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April 30-May 6
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Mini Cheeseburger Pies- recipe credit

1 lb ground beef ($4.26)
1 T Worcestershire sauce (on hand)
1 t garlic salt (on hand)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ($1.16)
1/2 cup milk (on hand)
1/2 cup Original Bisquick Mix (on hand)
2 eggs (on hand)
1 medium tomato, chopped ($0.78)

Heat oven to 375?F. Spray 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef? over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Cool 5 minutes; stir in Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and cheese. In medium bowl, stir baking mixture ingredients with whisk or fork until blended. Spoon 1 scant tablespoon baking mixture into each muffin cup. Top with about 1/4 cup burger mixture. Spoon 1 tablespoon baking mixture onto burger mixture in each muffin cup. Bake about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, and muffin tops are golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. With thin knife, loosen sides of muffins from pan; remove from pan and place top side up on cooling rack. Cool 10 minutes longer, and serve with chopped tomato as garnish.

The kids adore these. I’ve made different varieties before but the cheeseburger ones are always the favorite! They are super easy to make and very yummy to eat. We get 6 dinners and 2 lunches from this dish which makes it around $0.76 per serving.

Pesto Turkey and Pasta

1 box bow-tie pasta ($1.06)
2 cups cooked cubed turkey breast ($3.29)
1 cup prepared basil pesto sauce ($1.29)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted red bell pepper ($1.19)
1 cup grated parmesan cheese ($1.16)

Cook and drain pasta according to directions. Mix all ingredients together in pasta pot. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until heated through. Serve topped with parmesan cheese.

This is one of my go-to throw together dinners when life gets busy. I buy the turkey pre-cooked and cubed to save time. I can have this on the table in 20 minutes, big plus for those busy night. All the kids enjoy this dish even with the roasted red peppers. We get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and leftovers out of this which makes it around $0.73 per serving.

Chicken Stir Fry

3 chicken breasts, cooked and cut up ($2.99)
1 lrg bag frozen stir fry vegetables ($1.89)
1/2 cup stir fry sauce (on hand)
1 cup La Choy crispy noodles (on hand)

Combine chicken, vegtables and stir fry sauce in skillet and heat over med-lo until vegetables are tender crisp. Serve topped with the crispy noodles.

I love the crunch that the La Choy noodles add to this dish. Adding the noodles to the top is the only way to get my kids to eat this dish with all the veggies! We get 6 dinners and 2 lunches from this meal which makes it around $0.61 per serving.

Lemon Pepper Fish Fillet Sandwiches

4?T yellow cornmeal (on hand)
4?T all purpose flour (on hand)
2?t seasoned salt (on hand)
1 t lemon pepper seasoning (on hand)
2?T vegetable oil (on hand)
4 Tilapia fillets, each cut crosswise in half ($3.89)
1/2 cup tartar sauce (on hand)
8 whole wheat buns, toasted ($2.09)
1 cup shredded lettuce ($1.29)

In shallow bowl, mix cornmeal, flour, seasoned salt and lemon-pepper seasoning. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Coat fish fillets with flour mixture. Cook in oil 4 to 6 minutes, turning once, until fish flakes easily with fork.?Spread tartar sauce on cut sides of toasted buns. Layer lettuce and fish fillets in buns.

I love fish sandwiches but I do not like all the grease in fast food ones. I found this recipe quite awhile ago and it’s my go-to recipe when I’m craving fish sandwiches! The kids love it and like to help me with the cornmeal mixture. This makes 8 sandwiches which does not normally leave us with leftovers. This meal ends up being around $0.91 per serving.

Honey BBQ Meatloaf

2 lbs ground beef ($5.98)
3/4 cup ritz crackers, crushed (on hand)
1 egg, beaten (on hand)
1 1/2?cups BBQ sauce, divided?(on hand)
2 t Dijon mustard (on hand)
3?T honey, divided (on hand)
1/2 t seasoning salt (on hand)
1 t worcestershire sauce (on hand)

Preheat oven 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix ground beef, crushed crackers, beaten egg, 3/4 cup of BBQ sauce, mustard, 2 T honey, and seasoning salt. Mix well. Shape into a loaf and add to a foil lined pan. Mix together 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce and one?T of honey to make the BBQ glaze. Brush glaze over the top of meat loaf, reserving?some glaze for serving. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes – 1 hour. Serve with the remaining glaze.

I have had the hardest time finding a meatloaf that my kids will eat without complaint. I should have known to smother it in BBQ sauce and they’d scarf it down. Der. This meal gives us 6 dinners, 2 lunches and leftovers which makes it around $0.50 per serving.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02543183653921405114 Aramelle {One Wheeler’s World}

    I, for one, think the Cheeseburger Pie sounds delish! I think it will be a big hit with my toddler.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10548653968066971599 Sparkling

    Retching. Violently. Cheeseburger pie. BLAAAAAHHHH. OMG. My mother used to make that ALL.THE.EFFING.TIME. We loved it a few times. And then she thought it was a major hit, so I think she made it once a week for like 10 years. Oh I am feeling so very sick right now. I can’t believe it still exists. The rest of your dishes sound fine, but that cheeseburger pie is making me burp grease taste right now. UGH.

  • http://jessicaapeters.wordpress.com/ jessicaapeters

    That meatloaf sounds delicious! Do I need a loaf pan, or is there some kind of work around I can accomplish? Like a meatsheet (sheet pan)? Or a meat pizza (round pan)? Sounds gross but you get what I mean? I don’t want to go out and buy a new pan because I am craving meatloaf.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16201061179479380167 Paige Kellerman

    Great post! I’m always looking for new ideas for dinner around here.