Oct 08 2007

$15.63 dinner menu for the week of Oct. 8-12


Despite spending a lot on groceries last week, I feel pretty good about this week’s menu.

Originally, I was going to make some chicken noodle soup. But the weather report is saying this week’s temperatures will be in the 80s. Um, hi, it’s October…

I don’t want to heat up the apartment by using the oven or stove for long periods of time. So, I’m using the slow-cooker twice this week, stove top twice, and my George Foreman Grill once.


  1. Slow cooker mini meatloaf for two $2.23, twice-baked potatoes $0.30, canned green beans $0.50. Total: $3.03
  2. Omelettes, sausage, toast $1.93
  3. Chicken satay and rice about $3
  4. Ranch chicken $2.50, canned corn $0.30, Total: $2.80
  5. Slow-cooker taco dinner $4.87

To see my cost break-down post, please click here.

RECIPES! And cost break-down of each:

Slow cooker mini meatloaf for two

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef $1.79
  • 1/2 c milk $0.08
  • 1 c soft bread crumbs $0.09 (at most)
  • 1 c ketchup (I don’t remember what I paid. Let’s say $0.20)
  • 3 T packed light brown sugar $0.07
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar (pennies)
  • Total: $2.23
  • $1.11 if you make 2 servings; $0.56 if you cut it into 4 servings

Place ground beef in a medium mixing bowl. Combine milk and bread crumbs. Add to ground beef and gently mix to combine. Place in a sprayed slow cooker and form into a two-inch thick round.

Combine remaining ingredients and pour over top. Cover and cook on Low 3.5-4 hours, or until meat registers 160 degrees. Makes 2-4 servings.

I got this recipe from a slow-cooker cookbook called “Six Ingredients or Less”by Carlean Johnson. We haven’t tested it yet.

Omelettes & sausage

  • 3 eggs per omelette, or 6 total: $0.62
  • 1 cup shredded cheese total: $0.21
  • Sausage was on sale for $1 this week with coupon
  • Two slices toast each: $0.10
  • Total: $1.93, or $0.97 each

Chicken satay and rice

The recipe for chicken satay can be found here. I’ll make 4 servings. I’ll also make two servings of steamed rice, which is $0.05 per serving.

  • 2 teaspoons creamy peanut butter $0.02
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons soy sauce $0.36
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons lemon or lime juice (?)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar $0.0082
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder (?)
  • 2/3 clove garlic, chopped (?)
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (?)
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed $2.30
  • Total: Less than $3, more than $2.69

Ranch chicken

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves $2.30
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing $0.13
  • 1/3 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs $0.03
  • 2 T olive or vegetable oil $0.04
  • Total: $2.50 or $1.25 if it yields 2 servings; $0.63 if it yields 4

Pour dressing into shallow bowl. Place bread crumbs on waxed paper or a plate.

Dip the chicken into the dressing, coating all sides. Then, coat all sides with bread crumbs.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat 1-2 minutes. Cook chiken in oil 12-15 minutes, turning chicken over once with tongs, until outside is golden brown and juice is no longer pink.

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker’s Cooking Basics cookbook.

Slow-cooker taco bake

  • 1.5 lbs. lean ground beef $2.69
  • 2 cups chunky salsa, divided $0.86
  • 5 (8-inch) flour tortillas $0.40
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese $0.42
  • 1 can refried beans $0.50
  • 1 onion, if desired (pennies)
  • Total: $4.87
  • If you cut it into 6 servings, it’s $0.81 per serving. 8 servings, and that’s $0.61.

Brown ground beef with chopped onion; drain. Add 1 cup salsa and cook over low heat about 5-6 minutes or until heated through.

In sprayed slow cooker, layer in this order:

Half the meat mixture
One tortilla
Half the cheese
One tortilla
Half the refried beans
One tortilla
Remaining meat mixture
One tortilla
Remaining refried beans
One tortilla
Remaining cheese

Then, spoon the remaining 1 cup salsa over the cheese. Cover and cook on low 4 to 4.5 hours or until very hot in the center. Makes 6-8 servings.

This recipe also came from “Six Ingredients or Less”by Carlean Johnson. Haven’t tried this recipe yet, either.

Posted under Uncategorized | 19 Comments »

19 Responses to “$15.63 dinner menu for the week of Oct. 8-12”

  1. Great menu! I wish I could be that good with our money.

  2. Sounds good!! Have a great week!

  3. Sounds like a great week, we love the Taco Bake around here!:)

  4. Great job!!! Yummy menu! Mmmm! Have a great week!

  5. I think I could learn a thing or two about food costs from you. Yummy plan. Have a good week.

  6. I love twice baked potatoes–delicious!! What a great meal plan this week.

  7. Yumm… everything sounds so good. Have a great week!

  8. How cool of you to post the per person cost. You’re definitely the Savings Queen.
    Have a terrific week.

  9. Thanks, everyone! I spent some time with this, as you might imagine. It wasn’t tooooo much time, though. And, the next time I want to use this recipe, I already know how much it costs.

    I don’t know if I can be called the Savings Queen (yet!) but I’m certainly working hard! :)

  10. sounds good!

    I don’t have my menu up yet. will later today, hopefully. Gotta decide one more meal I think. :)

    I have seen so many slowcooker recipes that sound good, but I’m a little afraid of leaving a slow cooker on all day while I’m gone and especially now that we have a pup who stays in the kitchen when we’re not home and the smell might tempt her!

  11. That ranch chicken sounds great. Looks like a good menu.

  12. WOW! I can’t even believe how thrifty you are and how cheap you can eat. Great job!!! Have a blessed week!

  13. Way to go! This looks so impressive! Great planning and budgeting (I love your savings sidebar, too). Have a wonderful week!

  14. Very impressive! I wish I lived closer so you could show me how you do it.

    Thanks for sharing your menu, it looks so good. Have a wonderful week.

  15. Great menu for the week! I like how you’ve broken down the costs!

    I’m a CVS and Rite-Aid junkie too :)


  16. Great menu, everything looks yummy!

    Menu Plan

  17. Proof that you can eat well with out spending a lot of money! Great plan!

  18. I can’t wait to see your menu for next week. Keep up the hard work! I used to do the “grocery game” when I lived in Dallas now I live in a small town and find it hard to pinch pennies. You are doing great!

  19. Looks like a great menu!

    A tip on the taco bake: you could use corn tortillas or tortilla chips instead of the flour tortillas. They are cheaper around here (you must be getting a very good deal on your flour tortillas!), and they’ll give it a much firmer texture.

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