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Dinners for Dollars

April 9-15
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BBQ Shrimp Linguine

1 T packed brown sugar (on hand)
1 t chile powder (on hand)
1 t sweet paprika (on hand)
½ t cumin (on hand)
¼ t ground red pepper (on hand)
½ t salt (on hand)
¼ t pepper (on hand)
1 lb medium frozen shrimp, thawed ($4.98)

1 box linguine noodles ($1.06)

In large bowl, combine brown sugar, chile powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Add shrimp and toss until evenly coated. Bake at 475 for 5 minutes, turn and bake additional 8-10 minutes. Serve over linguine noodles.

We love shrimp and we love BBQ so what could be better than BBQ Shrimp? Ahhhh! We normally get 6 dinners and 2 lunches out of this meal which makes it around $0.76 per serving.

BLT Pasta Salad

1 pkg spiral pasta ($1.06)
½ cup milk (on hand)
1 box cooked bacon ($2.68)
1 ctnr grape tomatoes, halved ($2.88)
½ cup mayo (on hand)
¼ cup sour cream ($1.48)
1 bag lettuce ($2.06)

Cook pasta as directed. Drain and toss with milk in large bowl; set aside. Cook bacon and crumble into pieces. Toss bacon pieces and tomatoes with pasta. Mix the mayo and sour cream with pasta. Add lettuce and toss to coat.

This is a family favorite! We love this meal and the kids can’t get enough of it! We get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and leftovers. It works out to be around $0.78 per serving.

Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake

8 oz rigatoni pasta, cooked ($1.06)
1 pkg (10oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed ($0.88)
3 chicken breasts, cooked and cut up ($2.99)
1 can Italian style diced tomatoes, drained ($0.98)
1 ctnr (8oz) Philadelphia chive & onion cream cheese ($2.69)
½ t salt (on hand)
½ t pepper (on hand)
cups shredded mozzarella cheese ($2.28)

Stir rigatoni, thawed spinach, chicken, tomatoes, cream cheese, salt and pepper in large bowl. Spoon mix into baking dish and cover with mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.

I love getting as many vegetables into my kids as possible and it seems like if I hide them in chicken and pasta, the kids will consume them with no questions asked! Psst..I also hide V8 juice in my spaghetti! We get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and leftovers out of this dish which makes it about $0.91 per serving.

Baked Ham & Cheese Croissants

4 oz cream cheese, softened ($0.99)
½ T honey dijon mustard (on hand)
9 large croissants ($2.05)
9 slices of swiss cheese  ($0.99)
½ lb ham, thinly sliced or shaved ($1.99)

Blend cream cheese and mustard together until well combined. Slice croissants in half and spread cream cheese mix on both sides. Top with slice of cheese and ham. Close croissants and put on baking pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

I swear there is nothing better than hot ham and cheese on croissants! We love them! I usually make 12 of them at a time and we get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and limited leftovers out of this dinner. It works out to be around $0.60 per serving.

Asian Pork Chops
10 Boneless pork chops ($5.98)
1/2 cup soy sauce (on hand)
1/2 cup ketchup (on hand)
1/2 cup light brown sugar (on hand)
1 t black pepper (on hand)

Place pork chops in bottom of crockpot. Mix remaining ingredients together and pour over top of pork chops. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

I had to give these a try the first time I saw this recipe. We love Asian food and this recipe seemed so simple. It was amazingly good! I think it would be just as yummy if you grilled the pork chops. We get 6 dinners and 2 lunches out of this meal which makes it around $0.75 per serving.

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