Our family is attempting to keep our grocery budget under $500 a month for a family of four. You can read more about our plan Here. In order to make this work our daily dinner budget has to be between $6 and $8 most nights. If we can find dishes that are even less on some nights we can then use the saved money to splurge a little on a dinner here and there. So this week I tried to come up with two dishes that were about $5 per meal. We also save money in the budget by having leftovers for lunches. So both of these dinners provided enough for us to have a hearty dinner meal and also left overs for a few of us to have for lunch the next day.
We are super sale shoppers and we buy a lot of our meat when Big Y has their buy 1, get 2 free sales. We have a chest freezer. So we can store the meat for when we need it. We also have chickens, which means we get eggs very cheap. But if you do not have chickens you can buy cheap eggs at walmart or Aldi. You can also stock up when big Y sells them for $.99 a dozen. Crack the eggs into ice cube trays to freeze them.
I hope you like these super cheap dinner ideas. They were easy to make, tasted great and we very budget friendly! Enjoy.
Chicken Club Quiche Bake
6 eggs ( $1.00)
1 cup pancake mix (.40 )
1/2 cup water (free)
1 tomato chopped (.50 cents)
3 strips of bacon chopped (1.20)
1 chicken breast (1.60)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (.40)
1 yellow onion (.16 cents)
1 sweet potato (32 Cents)
2 tablespoons pancake mix (.10)
Total Cost $5.68
This made enough for all of us to have seconds for dinner plus lunch for my husband the next day.
Dice chicken in to small pieces. Cut up the bacon into small pieces and dice the onion. Cook the bacon on medium heat in a fry pan until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and add chicken and onion into the bacon grease. stir over medium heat until chicken is cooked through. Drain off excess grease. Scramble 6 eggs and mix with 1 cup pancake mix and water. Pour egg mixture into a 8×8 greases baking pan. Add chicken , tomato , onions and bacon to the pan of egg mixture. Cover with the Parmesan cheese. Cook in a 400 degree oven until egg is cooked through and firm.
While Quiche is cooking, grate the sweet potato and mix with the 1 tablespoon of pancake mix. Using the extra bacon grease in a frying pan. Form the potato mix into 4 small patties and fry until brown on either side. You can put them aside and then heat them on a cookie sheet in the oven for a few minutes before the quiche is done.
Check out How to Dice An onion
Chicken and Zucchini Pasta
1 tomato (.50)
1 zucchini (.33)
1 chicken Breast (1.60)
1/2 block of cheese (.90)
1 cup Parmesan cheese (.50)
1 box of elbow macaroni (.88 cents)
1/2 container of pasta sauce (.50)
Total cost 5.11 cents
This made enough for everyone to have two helpings for dinner plus three lunches leftover.
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Cut the chicken breast into small cubes and saute in a fry pan with some oil until cooked through. Grate zucchini and dice tomato.
In a 9×13 baking dish, mix pasta, pasta sauce, zucchini, tomato, and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.