Family Meals For Under – Cheesy Potato and Ham Casserole
“Weekly grocery circulars often 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? So I set a challenge for myself and I figured if I kept it under $ 5, I was doing good…”
I came up with this recipe one night when I was desperately trying to figure out what to make for dinner out of what I had in my house – ever been there? So instead of running to the store, I adapted a recipe I had for scalloped potatoes and ham with what I had and what my family likes. Here is the result.
Cheesy Potato and Ham Casserole
2c diced turkey ham – 1.42 lb for Festive brand @ Wal-Mart = .94
1 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup = .50
8 potatoes, scrubbed and diced – .07 ea = .56
2 green onions, sliced – 39c pkg – .03ea = .06
½ c powdered cheese sauce from Provident Pantry = .88
Mixed w/ 1c warm water to make 1 c sauce
Mix soup and sauce in a 13 x 9 dish. Add potatoes, ham and onions. Stir to mix well. Cover with foil and bake in a 350 oven for 1 hr.
Serve with tossed green salad and steamed carrots
Tossed Green Salad
½ head Romaine lettuce = .75
1 carrot grated = .09
1 sm tomato on the vine @ .96 lb = .25
10 carrots scrubbed and sliced = .90
Steam until tender
Total = $ 4.93
I realize many who read this may not have powdered cheese sauce or know what it is. Think of it as the cheese sauce that comes in a box of cheap macaroni and cheese. I buy it in a #10 can to have in my food storage since my family LOVES cheese. More about food storage in later posts.
I’ve included a couple of alternatives to this, along with their prices and subsequent totals.
1 10.5 can cheddar cheese soup = $ 1.39
If you choose this option omit the steamed carrots to keep your total under $ 5
Option 2 Total = $ 4.54
2. 2 c grated cheddar cheese – $ 3.78 2lb loaf on sale – .34c = .68
¼ c milk = .03
Option 3 Total = $ 4.76
Enjoy your meal…
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