What's running though my mind comes through in my walk / True feelings are shown by the way that I talk. ~MCA Adam Yauch 1964-2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Living on a Budget - Dinner for Under $11!

Since I unexpectedly found myself unemployed, I have been looking for ways to feed my family of four frugally, but what I didn't want is to feed them unhealthy foods.  I have come across quite a few sites that reference Depression Era recipes, which I tried out last week with pretty good success.  They fed my family with leftovers to spare, as well as being pretty healthy.

Today, I found Miserlymoms and got some ideas to try.  Going off their version of Hamburger Rice Casserole, I added a few things and substituted others to come up with a recipe that comes in at under $11. I have not done the calculations on calories and fat, but as I used healthy ingredients, I am sure it's healthy meal.

Kelly's Turkey, Bean, and Rice Casserole


20 ounce package Shady Brook Farms 85% Lean Ground Turkey $3.99
Half a chopped onion $0.30
Half a chopped pepper $0.40
1 15.5 oz can Goya Low Sodium Black Beans, drained and rinced $0.89
1 can Del Monte Petite Cut Tomatoes With Chipotle Chilies .99
1 24 oz jar Ragu Sauce $1.67
1 bag My Essentials Boil-in-bag Brown Rice $0.66
½  package Simply Organic Fajita Seasoning Mix $0.85
1/2 cup Shredded pepper jack cheese $0.59

Start boiling the boil in bag rice while browning ground turkey.  When turkey is almost done, add the chopped onion and pepper to cook all together.  Drain the turkey and add the fajita seasoning.  Once the turkey and rice is cooked, mix turkey, rice, beans, diced tomatoes, and ragu sauce(and any other spice and seasonings you like) together in a 9X13 Pyrex dish.  Place in 350 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes.  Really just to get it hot and combine all the flavors.   Take out of oven to sprinkle the cheese over top and place back in to melt.  

I served this with some avocado and sliced cucumbers and there was plenty of leftovers to freeze for later.

Pretty tasty!!

No comments: