Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dinners On A Dime

It's time for another edition of Dinners On A Dime.  If you are just joining Dinners On A Dime, Katie from Cincinnati Cents and I teamed up to bring you great dinners each week based on the sale items in our area.    This week has been a great week to come up with some really great and FRUGAL (another word for cheap!) recipes because Krogers and Meijers are having such great sales this week.

Be sure and check out Katie's site to see her great recipes.

First up for me....

Taco Ring

2 Packages Crescent Rolls (.25/can at Meijer's)
1 lb ground chuck ($1.69/lb at Krogers)
1 Package McCormick Taco Seasoning (Free at Meijer's)
1/2 cup Salsa (Chi Chi's $.49 bottle at Meijers - use about 1/2 bottle so cost = $.25)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Cook beef in frying pan over medium to medium low heat until done.  Drain off grease and add taco seasoning according to package directions. 

3.  Open crescents and arrange in a circle on a pizza pan with wide ends slightly overlapping. 

4.  Spoon the taco mixture all the way around the wide ends of the crescents.

5.  Now drizzle the salsa on top of the taco meat all the way around and wrap the crescent rolls over the mixture and tuck underneath the wide end. 

6.  Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. 

7.  Slice apart and serve with a side salad (Dole Iceberg at Meijers $.88)  Dressing free previously at Meijers over the summer.

This recipe makes 6 to 8 servings depending on how big your serving sizes are.
Cost of this dinner = $3.32
This dinner easily serves a family of 4-6 with a cost per person of $.55 to $.83/person

Montery Sausage Pie

1 Pound roll pork sausage (Jimmy Dean for $1.29 at Meijers)
1 large onion chopped ($.25)
1 cup chopped sweet pepper ($1 last week at Meijer I think)
3 tsps minced garlic ($.20 guestimate - I have a HUGE bottle I paid $2.89 for )
2 cups shredded Montery Jack cheese (divided) ($.83 at Meijers)
1-1/3 cups milk ($.50 for grins - I have no idea)
3 eggs ($.24)
3/4 cup biscuit baking mix (Free over the summer from Krogers I think)
3/4 tsp sage ($.15)
1/4 tsp pepper (free from Meijers few months back)

1.  In medium sauce pan (frying pan) cook sausage, onion, pepper and garlic over medium low heat until meat is cooked.  Drain.

2.  Stir in 1 and 1/2 cups shredded cheese.  Transfer to a greased 9" deep dish pie pan.

3.  In a bowl combine the biscuit baking mix, sage, eggs, milk and pepper.  Pour over the sausage mixture.

4.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake 1 or 2 more minutes until the cheese melts.

Another dish to serve with the Dole Classic Salad Blend ($.88 at Meijers)

Total Cost for dish including salad = $5.34.  You can easily serve this to a family of 4 making the cost per family member = $1.33/person

Johnsonville Bratwurst Mac N Cheese

1 Package of Johnsonville Bratwurst ($.50 at Meijers)
2 packges Kraft Macaroni N Cheese (Free from 5 pack over summer at Meijers)
1/4 cup of butter ($.18)
2 green onions ($.25)
1/2 cup milk ($.25)
2 slices bread cut into cubes ($.20)

1.  Grill Bratwurst (yes you can do it even though it's cold outside - I do it all the time!) Let cool slightly and slice into bitesize pieces

2.  Cook macaroni according to directions (drain) (don't add cheese mix yet.)

3.  Melt butter in sauce pan over low heat, add onions and cook for a couple of minutes until tender. 

4.  Add cheese sauce mix and blend well (no clumps here).

5.  Add macaroni noodles and bratwurst and mix well.

6.  Pour all into rectangle baking pan.

7.  Sprinkle bread cubes on top and bake in 350 oven for a couple of minutes until cubes turn to croutons.

Another dish you can serve with the Dole Classic Salad Blend ($.88 at Meijers)

Total Cost for meal with salad = $2.26
Cost per 4 servings = $.56/person

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