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Friday, October 2, 2009

Family Meals Under $5 - Potato Soup

Fall has finally arrived and the temperatures are dropping. There's nothing like a bowl of warm soup on a crisp fall evening.
Soups make a great budget friendly meal. When I saw potatoes on sale I knew this would be a good one to make. Thanks to my friend Kristin for this recipe.

Creamy Potato Soup - $2.26
Frozen Mixed Veggies - $1.36
French Bread - $.88

Total - $4.50

Creamy Potato Soup
3/4 c butter, melted - $.88lb @ Super 1 Foods last week (Stock Up)= .33c
3/4 c flour = .09c
6c Milk - $1.58 gal @ Fred Meyer last week (Stock Up)= .60c
1 1/4 t salt
1 1/2 c grated sharp cheddar cheese - $4.49 2 lb loaf @ Fred Meyer last week = .61c

7 1/2c diced potatoes - $1.25 10lb bag at Trading Co. 2 weeks ago (I stocked Up)= .45
1 1/4 t salt
1 1/2 c diced onions = free from the garden
2 3/4 c Water
2 stalks celery, diced = .18
1 t pepper

In a large pot put potatoes, onion, celery, seasonings and water. Cook over med/high heat till potatoes are done but not mushy.
While potatoes are cooking, in another pot melt butter for sauce. Remove from heat and stir in flour. Return to heat and stir till it makes a smooth paste. Gradually stir in milk and salt. Add cheese. Cook over low/med heat stirring constantly till thick.
Once potatoes are done add sauce and stir well. Simmer 10-15 min or till desired thickness.

Frozen veggies were on sale this week at Super 1 Foods for $.68 for a 16 oz bag, another stock up price. I thought 2 bags would be plenty.

A loaf of french bread split and toasted is great for dipping.

There have been some great stock up sales these past 2 weeks. Another thing I've noticed is that a lot of stores are lowering their prices on selected items. While I'm sure it's just an ad ploy to get us in the store, why not take advantage of the savings and stock up on the things you use the most while you can.

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