Monday Night Dinner
Jul. 27, 2009 11:12 am
Updated: Jul. 30, 2009 3:21 am
Normally, I would have my menu all planned out for the week but I failed. And, no extra money for groceries this week-we will be living from the pantry. So what's a girl to do when it's Monday afternoon and I need to have supper on the table by 5:30? Spend your lunch break looking up recipes on allrecipes.com of course!
My recipe for tonight is Pizza Pasta by ATHIELEN. I'm using this as a "start from" recipe so I can use what I already have on hand. My cost breakdown is:
Total :$4.37 for dish, approximately $1.10/per person.
- .99 -1 # box of whole wheat rotini pasta (Stites' Grocery)
- .99 1 jar of spaghetti sauce (Aldis)
- 0 1 green pepper (from garden)
- 0 1/2 onion (from garden)
- 0 fresh basil (from garden)
- .59 1 can mushrooms (Aldis)
- 1.00 1/2 bag of shredded italian cheese (on sale @ Krogers)
- .80 1/4 package of pepperoni (Walmart)
Notice I'm leaving out the ground beef-with the pepperoni and cheese, I don't think its needed. I can use the ground beef for another meal. I'll add more veggies because they are cheaper and healthier. I will mix the pasta, sauce, and veggies together-spread it into the casserole dish and put the pepperoni and cheese on the top. It will look more like a pizza and I can get by with less of these more expensive ingredients.
Adding a tossed salad (from the garden) and the dressing (.29/bottle at Stites) and I'll round that up to $1.20 per person.
Now, I know the garden isn't exactly free. But when you figure the cost of seeds ($1.00/pack @ Walmart), the amount of food you get from each plant, and the fact that we haven't had to water too much this season--it's pretty darn close. The biggest expense is in your time. And even that can be reduced. I will blog more on gardening later. Gardening, along with Aldis and the discount grocery, can be your best friend in cheap cooking.