Feeding dinner to five people for around ten bucks can be tricky (unless you count Costco hotdogs as an adequate dinner and we do in this house!). My favorite solution is to make Freezer Meals. By combining sale items from Albertsons over the last two weeks, three meals can easily be made with just a few ingredients.
Grocery list for Albertsons:
Jimmy Dean Roll Pork Sausage (12-16 oz) on sale $3.33 with weekly ad coupon – Buy 3
Albertsons Grade AA Large Eggs (12 ct) on sale $.98 with weekly ad coupon – Buy 2
Shopper’s Value Milk (half gallon) $1.89 – Buy 1
Country Farms Wide Pan Bread (24 oz) on sale $.99 with weekly ad coupon – Buy 1
Everyday Essential Beef Broth (14.5 oz) on sale $1 – Buy 2
Everyday Essential Northern Great Beans (14.5 oz) on sale $1 – Buy 1
Everyday Essential Diced Tomatoes (14.5 oz) on sale $1 – Buy 1
Sargento Shredded Cheese (5-8 oz) on sale $.94 after coupon last week – Bought 2
Fresh Express Spinach (5 oz) on sale $1.88 – Buy 1
Grimway Farm Carrots (16 oz) $1.89 – Buy 1
Onion $.99/lb – Buy 1
Head of Garlic $.59 each – Buy 1
Zucchini $1.69/lb – Buy 2
Items from your pantry:
1 ½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
3 tsp dry mustard
½ cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp Tabasco sauce
Total Cost: $29.45
Cost per recipe: $9.82
Cost per serving (average four servings per recipe): $2.45
Tips for Freezer Meals:
:: Date each freezer bag and consume your dinners within three months of freezing them.
:: You can freeze raw, whisked eggs without any problems.
:: For the Egg Bake, freeze your bread separate from the raw egg mixture and add the bread to your dish on baking day.
:: Cool the soup in the refrigerator before lying it flat in the freezer to freeze.
:: Unthaw your freezer meal in the refrigerator the night before you wish to cook the freezer meal.
*Note: You can substitute potatoes for the bread in the Egg Bake and you now have three gluten-free dishes for thirty dollars!
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