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Dinners for Dollars

April 16-22
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15 Min Marinated Chicken
1/4 cup dijon mustard (on hand)
3 T lemon juice (on hand)
2 t worcestershire sauce (on hand)
3/4 t dried tarragon (on hand)
1/4 t pepper (on hand)
8 boneless chicken breasts ($6.98)

Combine the first five ingredients; spread on both sides of chicken. Place chicken on plate. Marinate at room temperature for 10-15 minutes or for several hours in the refrigerator. Grill, turning once, for 10-15 minutes or until juices run clear.               

I love simple grilling recipes. I hope you guys like to grill because you’ll be seeing a whole lot of grilling recipes around here for the next few months. We don’t get a lot of leftovers on nights when we grill but this does give us 6 dinners and 1 lunch so it’s about $0.99 per serving.

BBQ Ranch Bacon Cheeseburgers
2 lbs ground beef ($5.98)
1 pkt Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix ($0.62)
1/2 cup BBQ sauce (on hand)
1/2 cup Ranch dressing (on hand)
1 pkg Fully Cooked Bacon, heated ($2.68)
8 slices Monterey Jack cheese, sliced in half ($1.09)
1 pkg French Bread Rolls, sliced in half and toasted ($2.09)
French Fried Onions (optional) (on hand)

Mix ground beef with seasoning mix in large bowl until well blended. Shape beef into 8 oblong patties. Whisk together barbecue sauce and dressing in small bowl; set aside. Spray grate of outdoor grill and utensils with grilling spray. Preheat grill to medium heat. Grill patties 5 minutes on one side or until juices begin to appear on surface. Turn patties over; top each with 3 slices bacon. Cook about 4 minutes longer; top each patty with 2 half pieces of cheese, overlapping to cover patty. Remove patties when cheese begins to melt. Spread barbecue-dressing mixture on bottom of each roll. Place cooked patty with bacon and cheese on lettuce. Spoon additional barbecue-dressing mixture over cheese. Sprinkle with fried onions, if desired.

These burgers are a once in awhile treat because they are not cheap. But they are sooooooo good! I always add the French Fried onions but you can leave them off if you prefer. I always serve this with sweet potato fries and grilled corn on the cob! We only get 6 dinners and 2 lunches so these burgers cost around $1.56 per serving.

Nacho Supreme
2 lbs ground beef ($5.98)
1 pkt taco seasoning ($0.68)
1 can Condensed Tomato soup ($0.60)
2 cups water (on hand)
2 cups instant white rice, uncooked (on hand)
Salsa ($1.46)
Shredded cheddar cheese ($2.28)
shredded lettuce ($1.06)
tortilla chips ($2.88)

Cook beef and taco seasoning in skillet until browned; drain. Add soup, water, and rice. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat 5 minutes. Top with salsa, cheese and lettuce. Serve over tortilla chips.

This is another not-so-cheap meal but the kids love it and I try to plan it for when we will be having guests since it does make quite a bit. We get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and leftovers which makes it around $1.15 per serving.

Greek Tortellini Salad
2 pkgs (9 oz each) cheese tortellini ($3.76)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (on hand)
1/4 cup lemon juice (on hand)
1/2 cup red wine vinegar (on hand)
1 t dried oregano (on hand)
1/2 t salt (on hand)
1 lb baby spinach leaves ($2.69)
1 cup crumbled feta cheese ($1.99)

Cook tortellini in boiling water for 7 minutes; drain. In large bowl, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, oregano and salt. Add tortellini and stir to coat. Cover and chill at least 2 hours. Before serving, mix spinach leaves and feta cheese with tortellini.

I love feta cheese and I love tortellini so it was only natural for me to combine the two. You can also add grilled chicken if you want a more meaty dish. We get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and limited leftovers which makes this dish around $0.84 per serving.

Grilled Italian Pork Chops

10 boneless pork chops ($6.98)
10 slices of tomato ($0.72)
1/4 cup chopped basil (on hand)
2 t dried oregano (on hand)
2 T olive oil (on hand)
10 slices mozzarella cheese ($1.88)

Preheat outdoor grill to medium heat. Season pork chops with salt and pepper to taste and arrange in bottom of disposable aluminum baking pan. Top each with slice of tomato. Sprinkle oregano and basil over top of each and drizzle with olive oil. Cover pan with foil. Cook on pre-heated grill for 25 minutes or until internal temp of pork chops reaches 160 degrees. Remove pan from grill and uncover. Top each pork chop with a slice of mozzarella cheese. Re-cover with foil and wait for cheese to melt, about 3-5 minutes.

These pork chops are yummy! The kids even love this dish and that’s saying something with all the colors involved. My kids associate veggies with red and green so getting them to eat this was a victory! We get 6 dinners, 1 lunch and leftovers which makes it around $0.96 per serving.

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