Family Meals For Under – Shepherd’s Pie
Lately I’ve noticed sections in my weekly grocery circulars that read “feed a family of 4 for under $ 10!”. I’m sure most of you have laughed at this as I did. As a result, I began to wonder what does dinner really cost for my family of 8? I figured if I kept it under $ 5, I was doing good.
My challenge became what meals could I come up with that were both healthy and tasty (my family does not like beans) and cost me $ 5 or less. This includes everything, main dish and side dishes.
For this $ 5 dinner here’s a classic, Shepherds Pie. I like this recipe because it’s quick and also versatile. You can vary the soup and vegetables for a different twist. I’ve tried cream of chicken soup with broccoli and tomato soup and green beans. Again I served this with a tossed green salad. I usually make this on nights when I just don’t know what to cook or if I have a meeting since it really is fast to make.
1 lb ground beef = $ 1.46 lb
1 sm onion ( 5 lb bag for 99c) = .02
1 10.5oz can cream of mushroom soup = .50
16 oz bag frozen mixed vegetables, rinsed = $ 1.18 (not on sale)
8 potatoes @ .06 c each = .48
1 c grated cheddar cheese (2lb loaf @ Costco for 3.99) = .38
Tossed Green Salad
1/2 head Romaine lettuce = .65
1 carrot, shredded = .09
1 Roma tomato, diced = .15
Total = $ 4.91
In a medium pot boil washed, skinned and quartered potatoes till tender. Meanwhile brown ground beef and chopped onion till beef is no longer pink and onion is tender. Season well. Add cream of mushroom soup and mixed veggis. Stir to mix well. Place in a 13 x 9 baking dish. Mash potatoes and spread on top of meat mixture. Bake in a 350 oven for 25 min. Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake 5 min more or till melted.
After doing all of my calculations I figured this meal cost just under $ 5. And, this doesn’t even take into consideration gardening, where we grow our own food, instead of buying it. Still, it just goes to show that it is possible to feed your family a healthy meal for under $ 5.
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