What’s For Dinner??

Shopping on a budget doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor. Our family eats well and we are often trying out new recipes. Most of our dinners average about $8 or less to make and can feed 4-6 people.

I’ve decided to do a weekly installment of “What’s for Dinner” to show you what our family eats along with recipes and a cost breakdown.

Shrimp Scampihttp://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/shrimp_scampi/ 

I followed this recipe except I omitted the oil and wine (since we are also cutting back on calories). Total cost $7.42    

Shrimp Scampi

  • Barilla thin spaghetti- on sale $0.77/ box
  • 12 oz bag of frozen shrimp- $5.99/bag
  • 1 lemon- $0.66
  • 2 tbsp butter, garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper – on hand

Chilihttp://busycooks.about.com/od/hotsouprecipes/r/crockpotchili.htm

Again, I tweaked this recipe and only used 1 onion, added a green pepper, and used 1 can red beans, 1 can black. I also found that after letting it cook in the crock pot, I did not need to use the cornstarch to thicken it up. Total Cost $4.23

  • Ground beef- $2.29/lb
  • 1 can Goya low salt red kidney beans & 1 can Goya low salt black beans – original price was $0.79 each but I bought 4 and used a $1 off of 4 coupon from the paper which brought the price down to $0.54 each, $1.08 for both
  • Muir Glen tomato sauce- $1.19 – $0.85 printed manuf coupon(doubled) = free
  • Muir Glen diced tomatoes – $1.19 – $0.85 printed manuf coupon(doubled) = free
  • 1 Green Pepper – $1.49/ lb = $0.56
  • 1 onion- $2.49 for 10 onions  = $0.30
  • chili powder, black pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic – on hand

Chicken & Mushrooms – This one was experimental with a new product that I recently bought.

I cut up chicken breast into bite size pieces and cooked in pan with a little oil. I added 1 large diced onion and 1/2 package of sliced mushrooms. Once chicken was browned and onions cooked, I added 1 can of Progresso recipe starters (creamy portabella mushroom flavor). I added salt and pepper to taste. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Then served it over noodles. Total cost $5.99

  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts- 2 lbs @ $1.99/lb = $3.98
  • 1 onion- $0.30
  • 1/2 package sliced mushrooms- $1.99/pack = $1
  • 1 can Progresso Recipe Starters – on sale 3 for $4. I used 3 $0.50 printed manf coupons (doubled) to bring price to $0.33 a can
  • 1 bag Pennsylvania Dutch Yolk free noodles- on sale for $0.88, I bought 2 and used $1/2 printed manf coupon, final cost $0.38
  • salt and pepper- on hand

Chicken Noodle Soup http://southernfood.about.com/od/crockpotsoup/r/bl43c14.htm

Another great crock pot recipe. As always, I made it mine by adding additional amounts of the vegetables and adding in mushrooms. I also substituted bouillon for the broth so I used about 6 cups of water. Total cost $5.86    

Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 2 large, boneless, skinless chicken breasts- 2 lbs @$1.99/ lb = $3.98
  • Earthbound Farms organic carrots – $0.99 – $0.75 manf coupon from their website (doubled) = free
  • Earthbound Farms organic celery- $1.49 – $0.75 manf coupon from their website (doubled) = free
  • 1/2 pack sliced mushrooms- $1.99/ pack = $1
  • 1 onion – $0.30
  • 4 tsp bouillon – $1.29 for 28 tsp  = $0.20
  • 1/2 bag of Wacky Mac Vegetable Pasta – on sale for $0.88, I bought 2 and used $1/2 printed manf coupon, final cost $0.38
  • salt, pepper, garlic – on hand

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches & Coleslawhttp://southernfood.about.com/od/coleslawcabbagesalads/r/r80731b.htm

The coleslaw is best when prepared the day before and I omit the vegetable oil that the recipe calls for as well as using a bagged mix for convenience. Then, I simply filet the chicken into thinner pieces and grill. (I also use my griddle when unable to grill) Once cooked, I coat with Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce, put on a bun and top with lettuce. Voila! Easy peasy! Total Cost $7.52

  • 2 large, boneless, skinless chicken breasts- 2 lbs @$1.99/ lb = $3.98
  • Franks Red Hot Buffalo Sauce – o sale $1.79 – $0.75 manf coupon from newspaper (doubled) = $0.29
  • Store brand Hamburger Buns – $1
  • 1/2 Head of lettuce – $0.99/head = $.50
  • Coleslaw mix – $1.25
  • Hellmans Mayo – $2.99 on sale – $1 manf coupon from newspaper = $1.99/30 oz jar = $0.50
  • vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar – on hand

Our grand total for  weeknight dinners this week… $31.02
What’s on your menu?

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