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Dinners for Dollars

April 23-29
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Chicken Rotini Primavera
1 box Rotini pasta, cooked as directed ($1.06)
3 chicken breasts, cooked and diced ($2.99)
1 family sz bag of mixed vegetables, steamed ($1.49)
1 pkg cream cheese, softened ($1.69)
1 cup Italian dressing (on hand)
3/4 cup milk (on hand)

Combine cream cheese, dressing and milk in bowl; whisk until smooth and well blended. Add diced chicken, steamed vegetables and sauce mix to a saucepan and heat until warmed through. Serve over rotini noodles.

We love pasta around here and this dish is a great way to get them to actually eat some veggies because they love the sauce! We get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and leftovers out of this meal which makes it around $0.66 per serving.

Saucy Italian Pork Chops

10 boneless pork chops ($5.84)
1 pkg frozen mixed vegetables ($1.29)
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing (on hand)
1 can Italian style diced tomatoes, undrained ($0.94)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese ($1.16)

Heat large skillet sprayed with cooking spray on med-hi heat. Add chops and vegetables; cook 2 minutes or until bottoms of pork chops are browned. Turn pork chops over. Drizzle with the dressing and cover with the tomatoes. Bring mixture to a boil; cover and simmer on low heat for additional 10-14 minutes until pork chops are cooked to 160 degrees. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

I just recently found this recipe shoved in the very back of a kitchen drawer. I haven’t made this in a couple of years because I thought I’d lost the recipe. I love pork chops and this recipe is amazingly good and so easy! We get 6 dinners and 2 lunches out of it which makes it around $1.15 per serving.

Beer Battered Grilled Cheese Supreme

12 slices fully cooked bacon ($1.99)
12 slices bread (I use sourdough) ($2.29)
6 slices Provolone cheese ($1.60)
6 slices cheddar cheese ($1.60)
1 egg ( on hand)
1 cup pale ale beer (on hand)
1/2 cup all purpose flour (on hand)
1/4 t chili powder (on hand)
2 T butter (on hand)

On half of bread slices, top with slice of provolone cheese, cheddar cheese and 2 slices of bacon. Top with remaining bread slices. Heat skillet over medium-hi heat. In shallow bowl, beat egg, beer, flour and chili powder with fork until smooth. Dip each sandwich into batter, giving in a few seconds on each side to absorb the batter; drain excess batter back into bowl. Melt butter in hot skillet. Cook each sandwich for 3-4 minutes per side until browned.

These are the yummiest grilled cheese sandwiches and so easy to make! I sometimes substitute ham or turkey for the bacon for a change. I always serve these with sweet potato fries and dill pickles. We don’t have any leftovers since they would be soggy the next day so this dinner costs about $1.25 per serving.

BBQ Cheddar Chicken Pitas

6 whole wheat pitas ($2.09)
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded ($2.32)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ($1.16)
1 cup BBQ sauce (on hand)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice each pita in half to make 2 round surfaces. Top each pita half with chicken, BBQ sauce and cheese. Bake on cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

The kids love anything that looks like pizza and I love that the pitas are whole wheat and single serving size. We get 6 dinners and 2 lunches from this dinner so that works out to be around $0.70 per serving.

Tuscan Tilapia

1/4 t black pepper (on hand)
1 tub (10oz) Philadelphia Tomato & Basil Cooking Creme ($2.89)
1 cup frozen peas ($0.89)
10 Tilapia fish fillets, thawed ($5.89)
2 cups white rice, cooked (on hand)

Heat grill to medium. Place thawed fish fillets on individual foil squares and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill, turning as needed, until fish is fully cooked- approximately 12-15 minutes. Add cooking creme to a skillet and cook on medium heat, stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove 1/4 cup of the creme; set aside. Add peas and rice to remaning creme in skillet; cook and stir for 3 minutes or until heated through. Spoon rice mixture on to plates, top with a fish fillet and drizzle with reserved sauce.

We love tilapia and it’s so easy to grill. The kids will eat the peas with no complaint as long as they are covered in the sauce. We get 6 dinners and 2 lunches from this which makes is around $1.21 per serving.

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