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DINNERS FOR DOLLARS

JANUARY 16-22

Don’t you love this cute little menu? It’s a free printable that I found on pinterest. I’ve been doing really good for the past few months with planning menus and cutting our grocery budget. I’ve also been using my crockpot almost exclusively and I love it. Seriously. Love it. I buy those nice slow cooker bags that make clean up a snap for Mr.McHunky, because we have the “I cook it, you clean it” rule at our house.

I grocery shop on Friday’s so I will be doing my weekly menu posts on Thursday’s for the following week. The menu above covers Monday January 16 thru Sunday January 22. I will post the menu and then each of the recipes, including the total cost of each.

Baked Ziti

1 box ziti noodles ($0.85 on sale)
1 lb sliced sausage ($2.29)
1 jar spaghetti sauce ($1.68 on sale w/ coupon)
1 can sliced mushrooms ($0.49)
1 carton ricotta cheese ($1.38)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese ($2.32)
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese ($1.98)

Mix ziti noodles and spaghetti sauce in bottom of crockpot. Add about ¼ cup water to jar, shake and pour over ziti noodles. Add sausage, mushrooms, ricotta and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Stir together until mixed well. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Cook on low for 6 hours.

COST- $10.99
I’ve made this dish before and it makes enough for our family of 6 to eat dinner one night, Mr.McHunky to eat leftovers the next day plus still enough for Leftover Wednesday’s dinner. That’s about $0.85 per serving.

BBQ Sandwiches

3 frozen boneless chicken breasts ($2.99)
1 bottle BBQ sauce ($1.19 on sale w/ coupon)
1/4 cup brown sugar (in pantry)
3 T worcestershire sauce (in pantry)
Hamburger buns or sandwich rolls ($1.06)

Dump frozen chicken breasts, BBQ sauce, brown sugar and worcestershire sauce into crockpot and cook on low for 5 hours. Shred chicken and return to crockpot, cooking additional hour. Serve on hamburger buns or sandwich rolls.

COST- $5.24
I use the bags of frozen boneless chicken breasts and I get 2 dinners out of a $5.98 bag. This dinner makes enough for dinner for the 6 of us plus Mr.McHunky takes it for lunch the next day. I serve this with tater tots and a veggie. The cost for just the BBQ sandwiches is about $0.75 per serving.

Enchiladas- recipe adapted from HERE

1-2 lb ground beef ($5.89)
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed ($0.68)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed ($0.68)
1 can diced tomatoes with garlic ($0.98)
cup water
1 t chili powder (in pantry)
½ t cumin (in pantry)
½ t salt (in pantry)
¼ t pepper (in pantry)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar ($1.16)
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese ($1.16)
6 flour tortillas ($0.99)

Brown ground beef and drain. Add all ingredients except cheese and tortillas; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. In separate bowl, cominbe cheeses. In crockpot, layer ¾ cup beef mixture, one tortilla and ⅓ cup of cheese. Repeat layers. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

COST- $11.54
I’ve made this dish before as well. It makes a ton so if you have a smaller family you might want to half this recipe. I use 2lbs on ground beef. We get a full dinner for all 6 of us, plus lunch for Mr.McHunky on Friday and lunches for the family on Saturday. That’s about $0.89 per serving.

Swiss Chicken

3 frozen chicken breasts ($2.99)
6 slices swiss cheese ($1.09)
1 can cream of mushroom soup ($0.60)
¼ cup milk
2 cups stuffing mix ($1.68)
½ cup margarine, melted

Spray crockpot with cooking spray. Place chicken breasts in botton of crockpot. Top with cheese slices. Combine soup and milk; mixing well. Spoon over cheese. Sprinkle with stuffing mix. Drizzle melted butter over top. Cook on low 8 hours or high 4-6 hours. Before serving, shred chicken and return to crockpot; stirring mixture well.

COST- $6.36
This dish normally makes enough for dinner for the 6 of us plus a lunch for Mr.McHunky. That’s about $0.91 per serving.

Chili & Cornbread

2 lbs ground beef, cooked ($5.89)
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed ($0.68)
1 pkt chili seasoning ($0.69)
1 can diced tomatoes with garlic ($0.98)
1 can tomato sauce ($0.46)
1/4 cup ketchup
1 T sugar
2 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix ($0.50)

Mix all ingredients in crockpot and cook on high for 3 hours. Serve with cornbread.

COST- $9.20
We love chili. We are also chili minimalists, we don’t like a lot of extras in our chili. I’ve experimented for years to find the perfect chili recipe with the right brand of products. I use the generic Wal*mart pinto beans, tomato sauce and mild chili seasoning and I use Hunt’s Fire Roasted diced tomatoes with garlic. The flavors are great. Mr.McHunky adds hot sauce to his and we all top it with cheese. It makes a ton- we get dinner for the 6 of us, plus 2 lunches and another night of leftovers for 4 of us. That makes it about $0.77 per serving including the cornbread.

Hawaiian Ham Sammies- recipe credit

1 pkg of 12 Hawaiian sweet rolls ($2.24)
1 onion, minced (on hand)
1 stick of butter (on hand)
3 T dijon mustard (on hand)
2 t worcestershire sauce (on hand)
3 t poppy seeds (on hand)
1/2 lb shaved ham ($1.99)
8 slices swiss cheese ($1.09)

Melt butter in small skillet and add onions. Add mustard, worcestershire sauce and poppy seeds into onion and butter. Let simmer for several minutes. Slice rolls as a group lengthwise and place bottoms in a foil lined 13×9 pan. Spread 3/4 of onion mixture on rolls in pan and top with ham and cheese slices. Replace roll tops. Spread remaining onion mixture over top. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes on 350.

COST- $5.32
I haven’t made these before but I thought they would go perfectly with NFL playoff Sunday. I don’t imagine we’ll have many leftovers since the recipe only calls for 12 rolls. I’m guessing it will end up costing about $0.89 per serving.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00708902660307648104 Mrs M

    Thanks for linking up on my blog.

    I love how thorough you are with your meal planning!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07201905912594966854 Ruby Jean

    Oh can you PLEASE come over and get me Menu Organized… :) Thanks for the link to the printable… Love it.. Maybe if I something CUTE like that it will help… :)
    http://shoprubyjean.com/2012/01/sew-crafty-tuesday-6-and-giveaway/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10876740727214259373 Katie

    Now I know what we will be having for dinner this week. Thanks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17897718251146316249 Jessica

    I love seeing menu plans like this, it’s very well organized. I will say, I made the Hawaiian ham sandwiches after seeing them all over Pinterest (they looked sooo good) and no one liked them. They were incredibly mustardy and just not that great. I hope they turn out better for you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10287459817938983138 Amanda M.

    WOOT! SO glad you are back to posting meals and recipes! Thank you for streamlining my menu planning again. The kids were getting very hungry.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13129596870030033711 MyLinda

    I’m SO happy to see you back to blogging! And I’m especially glad to see you posting your recipes again…some of our family favorites have come from you in the past!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06672903160642341271 Silje

    My mouth is actually watering reading this. Must try some one day!
    That is, must get crock pot and try some time

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08589722207964905498 Kelly

    I love this post, and I love dinner menu’s. And I love that you posted prices.

    Glad you’re back!