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Friday, September 18, 2009

Family Meals Under $5 - Tuna Casserole

Sorry for not posting last week. A headache and football games got in the way. Anyway, this weeks dinner has some "stock up" items that were really great. It's also a classic, easy recipe that can be made in one pot. You can tweak it by adding different veggies or different cream soups to suit your family's tastes.
Some sliced tomatoes from the garden make a great accompaniment, and their free.

One Pot Tuna Casserole - $4.65

1lb uncooked macaroni (3 1/2c) -1.88/3lb @ Super 1 Foods = .62c (Stock up)
2 5oz cans tuna - 38c can coupon @ Super 1 Foods = .76c (Stock up)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup = $1.30
2 c grated cheddar cheese = .72c
2c milk - $1.48 gallon @ Super 1 Foods 12 hr sale = .18c
1 T Worcestershire = .08
1 16oz pkg frozen peas = .99c
1 c bread crumbs = free

Preheat oven to 350. In a large pot cook pasta till al dente. Drain and return to pot. Add remaining ingredients except bread crumbs and stir to combine. Pour into 13 x 9 baking dish and top with bread crumbs. Bake for 30 min or till heated through.

I'm amazed every time I go to the store it seems like prices have gone up. That's why I try to stock up on the things I use on a regular basis when they go on sale, like the pasta and tuna. One of our local grocery stores has a 12 hour sale every month. This is a great time to stock up since they usually have at least one or two things I use on sale. If I happen to have a coupon the savings are even greater.

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