Yes We Cook: 5 Homemade Dinners For $30.00 Or Less! (Week Of 1/25)

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What’s for dinner? That seems to be the never ending question! We are going to give you some ideas, recipes and shopping lists for a 5 day menu at $30.00 or less. The prices for each dinner will be based on prices from Wal-Mart (see Wal-Mart weekly deals here). Prices may vary from region to region. Most of the recipes will be for a family of four. Of course, you can adjust for as many servings as you need. As many of us are couponers, we will already have many of these shopping list items in our stockpile and will be able to make these dinners for even less! Let us know if you have any frugal recipes to share.

We shopped at Wal-Mart for everything on this list. One store. $30.00 for 5 dinners. Ready? Here we go!

Shopping List:

  • 1 Rotel $0.98
  • Cost As low as $0.76 after coupon wyb 2
  • 1 package Johnsonville smoked sausage $2.98
  • Cost $1.98 after coupon
  • 1 16 oz box great value penne pasta $0.76
  • Cost $0.38
  • Great Value 17 oz Olive Oil $3.48
  • Cost $0.20
  • 3 lb bag onions $2.28
  • Cost $0.40
  • 32 oz Great Value Chicken Broth $1.48
  • Cost $0.74
  • Garlic $3.48 lb
  • Cost $0.05
  • 1 8 oz container heavy cream $1.48
  • cost $0.74
  • 8 oz kraft pepper jack cheese $2.98 $2.48 after coupon wyb 2
  • Cost $1.24
  • 1 bunch green onion $0.68
  • Cost $0.22
  • 1 Package 6 Cobblestone Sub Rolls $2.50 ($1.95 after coupon)
  • Cost $1.28
  • 1 32 oz package Cooked Perfect Meatballs $5.88 ($4.38 after coupon)
  • Cost 2.19
  • 1 Jar Ragu Marinara Sauce $1.27 ( $0.64 after coupon wyb 2)
  • Cost $0.64
  • 1 Package Sargento Mozzarella Shredded Cheese $2.98 ($2.48 after coupon wyb 2)
  • Cost $1.24
  • Ore Ida 5 lb Bag Fries $5.94($5.44 after coupon wyb 2)
  • Cost $1.00
  • 4 lb Bag Great Value Chicken Drumsticks $5.18
  • Cost $3.22
  • Hunts Ketchup $1.08
  • Cost $0.32
  • 2 lb Domino Brown Sugar $2.24 ($1.86 after coupon wyb 2)
  • Cost $0.11
  • Lipton Dry Onion Soup Mix $1.34 ($0.84 after coupon wyb 2)
  • Cost $0.42
  • Knorr Rice Side $1.00 ($0.50 after coupon)
  • Cost $0.50
  • Great Value Green Beans $0.94
  • Cost $0.94
  • 16 oz Jennie O Ground Turkey $3.18 ($2.63 after coupon)
  • cost $2.63
  • 10 lb Bag Potatoes $4.87
  • Cost $0.69
  • 12 oz Great Value Frozen Corn $0.94
  • Cost $0.94
  • Carton of 6 Sunny Meadow Eggs $1.08
  • Cost $0.36
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.99 lb
  • Cost $2.98
  • 1 8 oz package Great Value Cream Cheese $1.49
  • Cost $1.49
  • 1 Campbells Healthy Request Cream of Chicken Soup $1.00($0.50 after coupon wyb 2)
  • Cost $0.50
  • Great Value Dry Italian Dressing Mix $0.50
  • Cost $0.50
  • 1 lb Great Value Butter $3.27
  • Cost $0.20

 Coupons To Use:

 

Spicy Sausage and Pasta Recipe (Recipe Credit kevinandamanda!) $6.71
 Ingredients
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb smoked sausage
  • 1½ cup of chopped onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 10 oz can of Ro Tel and green chiles, mild
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz Penne Pasta
  • ½ tsp each of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese shredded
  • ⅓ cup Sliced scallions
 Instructions
  1. Add olive oil to a oven safe skillet over medium heat until just smoking.
  2. Add sausage and onion and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add broth, ro-tel, cream, uncooked pasta, and salt & pepper. Stir.
  4. Bring to a boil, cover skillet, and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer until pasta is tender. About 15 minutes.
  5. Remove skillet from heat and stir in ½ cup of the cheese. Top with remaining cheese and the scallions.
  6. Broil until cheese is melted and spotty brown and bubbly.

Meatball Subs For Four $6.35

Serve with fries

Ingredients:

  • 16 Frozen Meatballs
  • 1 Jar Marinara Sauce
  • 1 8 oz package Sargento Mozzarella Cheese
  • 4 Sub Rolls (not cut all the way through)

Instructions:

  1. Simmer meatballs on low in marinara sauce until hot and bubbly.
  2. Place sub rolls in baking dish.
  3. Spoon 4 meatballs into each sub roll.
  4. Top with a bit more marinara and sprinkle cheese.
  5. Bake on 400 for 20 minutes.

Prepare Fries According to Package

Crock Pot Chicken In a Hurry (recipe credit crockingirls) $5.51

Serve with Rice and Green Beans

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 lbs Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix

Instructions:

  1. Arrange chicken in bottom of crock pot.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over chicken.
  3. Cover and cook on high 5 hours or low 8 hours

Serve with Knorr Rice Side & Green Beans

Meatloaf $5.36

Serve w/ mashed potatoes and corn

Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz package Jennie O Ground Turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup ketchup

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Thoroughly mix all ingredients in a large bowl
  3. Press into loaf pan until even.
  4. Bake uncovered for one hour. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving.

Cost $5.44

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff w/ Pasta $6.05

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lbs skinless chicken breast halves, cubed
  • ⅛ cup margarine or butter
  • 1 (.7 oz) package of dry Italian dressing mix
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
 Instructions
  1. Put chicken, butter and dressing mix in slow cooker. Mix together and cook on low for 5 – 6 hours.
  2. Add cream cheese and soup. Mix. Cook an additional ½ hour or until heated through.
  3. Serve over pasta. Enjoy!

Total For All 5 Meals $29.98!

 

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Crock Pot Hamburger Stew Recipe

Crock Pot Hamburger Stew
 
Author:
 
This recipe is just right for this cold weather! The tomato soup give this stew a delicious flavor!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 3 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 can tomato soup
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef, drain. Layer veggies in crock pot in the order they are listed. Top with browned ground beef. Spread tomato soup on top. Cook on low 8 hours. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Easy and delicious!

 

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Clam Chowder Recipe

If you want a delicious bowl of homemade clam chowder, try this! You won’t be sorry. :)

Cream Clam Chowder Recipe
 
Author:
 
This is AMAZING Clam Chowder!
Ingredients
  • 4-5 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 4 cans of chopped clams, drained - reserve juice
  • 3 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup of butter
  • ¾ cup of flour
  • 4 cups of ½ & ½, warmed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook chopped bacon until it is cooked medium. Not too done. Reserve for later.
  2. Chop all of your vegetables. Place in medium saucepan. Pour reserved clam juice over vegetables to cover. Add a bit of water if the clam juice doesn't cover the vegetables. Simmer on low for about 20 minutes or until tender.
  3. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour to make roux. Cook 2-3 minutes whisking constantly. Add salt & pepper.
  4. Slowly whisk in warmed half & half. You will have a rich creamy texture. (it will be thick) Add your saucepan of vegetables with juice to cream mixture and mix thoroughly. Add reserved bacon and the garlic powder. Stir. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve with toasted sourdough bread.
  6. Yum!

 

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Yes We Cook: 5 Homemade Dinners For $30 or Less (Week of 1/19)

dinnersWhat’s for dinner? That seems to be the never ending question! We are going to give you some ideas, recipes and shopping lists for a 5 day menu at $30.00 or less. The prices for each dinner will be based on prices from Wal-Mart (see Wal-Mart weekly deals here). Prices may vary from region to region. Most of the recipes will be for a family of four. Of course, you can adjust for as many servings as you need. As many of us are couponers, we will already have many of these shopping list items in our stockpile and will be able to make these dinners for even less! Let us know if you have any frugal recipes to share.

We shopped at Wal-Mart for everything on this list. One store. $30. 5 dinners. Ready? Here we go!

Shopping List:

  • 2  lbs Ground Beef $3.49 lb
  • 1 Package Chicken Leg Quarters $0.69 lb
  • 2 Great Value can corn $0.50
  • 1 8 oz can Great Value tomato sauce  $0.49
  • 1 can Great Value diced tomato $0.68
  • 2 can campbells healthy request tomato soup $0.85
  • 1 14 oz can chicken broth $0.50
  • 2 old el paso cans refried beans $0.98
  • 1 pkg birdseye frozen peas $1.00
  • 1 package Birdeye frozen green beans $1.00
  • 2 packages great value taco seasoning $0.50
  • 2 packages chicken gravy mix $0.50
  • 1 Old El Paso Stand n’ Stuff Shells $1.98
  • 1 package Great Value shredded cheese (4 cup) $2.98
  • Sour cream $1.47
  • Great Value Butter $3.27
  • 1 Pillsbury Pie Crust $1.98
  • 1 Package Doritos $2.25
  • 5 lb bag potatoes $2.00
  • Carrots $0.99
  • Celery $0.99
  • Onion 3 lbs $2.28
  • Tomato $1.48 lb
  • Lettuce Romaine $0.98
  • Avocado (2) $0.75
  • Poultry seasoning $2.25

Coupons you can use:

Lets start Monday with a easy crock pot recipe.

Hamburger Stew

  • 1/2 lb ground beef $3.29
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced $0.40
  • 3 carrots sliced $0.25
  • 3 stalks of celery, sliced $0.25
  • 1 medium onion, chopped $0.25
  • 1 can corn, drained $0.50
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice $0.68
  • 1 cup frozen peas $0.50
  • 2 can tomato soup $.70 after coupon
  • salt and pepper

Brown ground beef, drain. Layer veggies in crock pot in the order they are listed. Top with browned ground beef. Spread tomato soup on top. Cook on low 8 hours. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Easy and delicious!

Total $6.82

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Dinner 

Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans

  • Chicken Leg Quarters 2 lbs(or use whatever chicken parts you prefer) $1.38
  • 2 Packages Chicken Gravy Mix $1.00
  • 1 14 1/2 oz. Chicken Broth $0.50
  • Potatoes $0.75

Directions

  1. Place chicken in crock pot. Pour in chicken broth, if it doesn’t cover chicken, add more or add some water. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Check for tenderness. When it falls off of the bone with a fork, remove from crock pot. Remove skin and bones.
  2. In a saucepan pour 2 cups of the chicken broth, then add the 2 packages of gravy mix. Whisk until thickened. About 2 minutes on medium heat. Or if you prefer, make the gravy from scratch using the broth from crock pot.
  3. Make mashed potatoes or pasta. Place chicken on top of each serving and cover with gravy. Check before adding any additional salt. Gravy mix and broth can already be pretty salty. Enjoy!

Total $3.63

Tacos 

Serve with refried beans, $0.68 after coupon

  • 1  lbs Ground Beef, $3.29
  • 1 Taco Seasoning packet, $0.50
  • Old El Pasco Stand n’ Stuff Taco Shells, $1.48 after coupon
  • Prepare meat as directed on package of taco seasoning. Spoon meat into bottom of taco shells.
  • Toppings
  • Cheese, $1.49
  • Lettuce, $0.25
  • Tomato, $0.40
  • Avocado, (1) $0.50 after coupon

Directions:

  1. Prepare meat as directed on package of taco seasoning.
  2. Spoon meat into bottom of taco shells.

Total: $7.91

Chicken Pot Pie 

  • Use leftover chicken with gravy from crock pot chicken dinner
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced, $0.25
  • 2 carrots, sliced, $0.20
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped, $0.15
  • 1 tablespoon butter, $0.10
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning, $.05
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 package pillsbury pie crust, $1.98

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line deep dish pie plate with one pie crust.
  3. In a large skillet, saute prepared vegetables in 1 tablespoon butter. Add leftover chicken with gravy. Heat through.
  4. Pour mixture into crust lined pie plate. Place remaining crust on top and pinch around edges to seal. With a fork, poke holes in top of crust.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Total $2.73

Taco Casserole

  • 1/2 lb hamburger, $3.29
  • 1 package taco seasoning, $0.50
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce, $0.49
  • 1 can refried beans or chili beans, $0.68 after coupon
  • 1 package frozen corn or one can, $0.50
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, $1.49
  • 1/2 bag of nacho cheese doritos, crushed, $1.13
  • Avocado, (1) $0.50 after coupon

Directions:

  1. Prepare hamburger as directed with taco seasoning
  2. Add tomato sauce, beans, and corn
  3. Simmer on medium heat for about 5-8 minutes
  4. Pour mixture into 9×13 pan
  5. Top with crushed doritos then shredded cheese
  6. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

Total $8.58

Total from all meals: $29.67 (+tax)!

 

 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff Recipe

Here is a easy and delicious crock pot recipe for a busy day! I found this recipe and photo on Allrecipes.com 

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff
 
Author:
 
If you love mushrooms, add some at the end of cooking time!
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cubed
  • ⅛ cup margarine or butter
  • 1 (.7 oz) package of dry Italian dressing mix
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
Instructions
  1. Put chicken, butter and dressing mix in slow cooker. Mix together and cook on low for 5 - 6 hours.
  2. Add cream cheese and soup. Mix. Cook an additional ½ hour or until heated through.
  3. Serve over pasta. Enjoy!

 

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Tuscan Garlic Chicken Recipe

This is a copycat recipe from the Chicken Tuscan that used to be served at the Olive Garden.  Thank you for finding this copycat recipe recipecritic!

Tuscan Garlic Chicken Recipe
 
Author:
Serves: 4 servings
 
Oh, this is so good! I have only made this a couple of times. It is a heavier dish. But, so worth it now and again! You won't be disappointed. Absolutely delicious!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cups of flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 5 Tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 1 red pepper, cut into strips
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 6 oz fresh spinach
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 cup lowfat milk
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 pound fettucuni noodles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, salt, pepper and oregano in a shallow dish. Dip each piece of chicken in mixture, coating well.
  2. In a large skillet heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil until hot. Place the chicken in skillet, brown on each side. Don't cook chicken all the way through.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray.Place the chicken on baking sheet and cook 15 minutes or until cooked through. Set aside.
  4. In a large pot, cook fettucini noodles according to directions on package.
  5. Wipe the skillet you used for cooking chicken out with a paper towel. Add remaining olive oil, cook the red pepper and garlic 2-3 minutes. Stir in one tablespoon flour and cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.
  6. Slowly whisk in chicken broth and bring to a low simmer. Continue cooking and stirring 3-5 minutes until mixture thickens. (about 3-4 minutes)
  7. In a separate bowl whisk together heavy cream and corn starch. Add cream mixture, milk and spinach to the skillet. Continue to simmer until spinach starts to wilt. Add parmesan cheese.
  8. Add half of the sauce to the drained fettucini noodles. Toss to coat. Slice the breaded chicken. Place chicken on noodles, top with more sauce.
  9. ENJOY!

 

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