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Friday, October 23, 2009

Family Meals Under $5 - Macaroni & Cheese

This weeks dinner is one of those classic, comfort foods. I have found that there are lots of different ways to prepare it. Many people have recipes that have been in their family for generations.

I grew up on boxed macaroni and cheese with hot dogs in it. When I had a family of my own I wanted to try the "homemade" kind. When I did it didn't get rave reviews. I was determined not to give up though.

Tonight's dinner was part desperation because it was getting late and I wanted something fast, and part inspiration because I realized I had all the ingredients to try this version of mac & cheese. It sounded creamy, which was what my family missed in my other attempts. There is still a little room for some add ins. You could try any type of meat, steamed broccoil, diced tomatoes and olives. I could go on and on. Just be creative, have fun and don't give up.

Macaroni & Cheese - $3.46
Mixed Veggies - $.68

Total - $4.14

1 1/2 lb elbow macaroni - got on sale for 68c /lb at Super 1 Foods = $1.02
1c sour cream - $.98 16oz Darigold on sale at Trading Co. = .49
4T marg or butter - I used margarine but butters always better = .08
4c grated cheese - $4.98 2lb loaf (the $3.99 2lb loaf at Fred Meyer would have been even better) = $1.81
1/2c milk = .06
salt & pepper to taste

Cook the noodles to package directions till almost done. Add remaining ingredients and stir till combined. Season to desired taste.

Mixed Veggies - 16oz bag on sale for $.68 @ Super 1 Foods = .68 (stock up)

My family actually liked this. They did say it could have been a little creamier so next time I'll add a little more milk. I'm glad I kept trying. Homemade is so much better than the boxed kind. I still like adding hot dogs though.

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