10-24-2007, 12:39 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Lapeer, MI
Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...
That shepards pie sounds delish! Here's one I made as an experiment today that turned out pretty good, and is pretty cheap...
1 bag mixed dried beans (I got these in a box when we bought from Angel Food and didn't want to waste them.) $1.00
1/2 lb. ground turkey $.79 (I bought 1, 1 lb. tube, cooked it and divided it)
16 cups of water Free! Well sort of at least
1 small can tomato soup plus one can water $.50
6 cubes of beef bouillon about $.35 (I buy it in the jar for $1.82)
1/2 bag mixed vegetables $.42 (I bought 1 package for $.84)
garlic powder should have on hand but can get for $.50 w/ many uses
italian seasoning same as above
and I'm going to add some onions when we have it for dinner tonight. about
$.50 or you might have some from your garden!
Rinse the beans, bring to a boil in the water for 2 min (mine went a little longer, no biggie) Let soak for 1 hour. About 1/2 way through this soak I added in my bouillon and tomato soup and ground turkey. Once an hour has passed turn the heat back on to high, once it is boiling add your veggies, then reduce heat to medium. Cook until beans and veggies are done. I served it with a piece of crusty, everything seasoned bread that I got on the bakery discount cart and had in the freezer.
Total: $3.56 if you had the seasoning on hand - the bread
$4.56 if you had to buy the seasoning - the bread
$3.72 if you had the seasoning and served it with the bread
$4.72 if you had to buy seasoning and served it with bread