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Friday, February 19, 2010

Family Meals Under $5 - Poor Mans Meal

Gayle over at The Grocery Cart Challenge posted about a cookbook from a 91 year old woman named Clara who grew up in the depression. I have seen some of her recipes on Youtube and this is now one of my family's favorites. If you get a chance, check out her book. It's full of great frugal recipes as well as some frugal living skills of her own.

Poor Mans Casserole - $1.56
Tossed Green Salad - $2.34
Total - $3.90

1 pkg Hot Dogs - .88
10 Potatoes - .40 (10 lb bag on sale @ Albertsons for $.99c)
1 Onion - .11 ( 3lb bag on sale for $1)
8 oz tomato sauce - .17 (15 oz can on sale for .33 ea. I stocked up)

Wash potatoes and dice. Leave skin on for extra nutrition. Chop onion. Slowly brown onion and potatoes in a large skillet onver med heat. Meanwhile slice hot dogs. Add tomato sauce to potatoes and stir to mix. Add hot dogs. Cook till potatoes are done. You can add a little water to help cook the potatoes and make it kind of saucy.

Tossed green salad
Since the rest of the meal is so cheap you can really stock this salad. I like tomatoes, shredded carrot, zuchinni and chopped broccoli. You can add whatever your family likes.

Romaine Lettuce - $1
2 Roma tomatoes - .25c (.99lb @ Albertsons)
1 carrot - .09
1 zuchinni, sliced - .50 (.99lb @ Safeway)
1 sm head broccoli, chopped - .50 (.99 lb @ Safeway)

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  1. That's funny that your salad cost more than the main dish. That's my kind of meal.

  2. Ha ha, too funny that I saw you at yet another sale. I should make sure to follow you around so that I don't miss out on any sales :) So I tried this meal the other night, but I didn't have potatoes so I used yams instead and it was pretty good. I love a meal that's easy to make and cheap!