Weekly Dinner Deal 1/11-1/17/10

This week’s Dinner Deal is one I just have to share because of the cost!  It’s an oven-baked comfort classic, a creamy casserole that I found on Recipezaar, called OAMC Creamy Chicken.  But, as usual, I modified this to fit our situation.

  • 6-ounce package seasoned stuffing mix — Aldi
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter — .99/# store promo
  • 1 cup turkey stock — homemade
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken turkey — sale
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion — Aldi
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives — cheap coupon deal
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery  I omitted this; see below
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise — Aldi
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt  I omitted this, too
  • 1 egg — great egg deals last month!
  • 3/4 cup milk — still 1.49/gal at Aldi
  • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom celery soup — Aldi
  • 1/4 cup grated mild cheddar cheese — .99/8 oz on sale
  • I cooked a whole turkey last week, on yet another snow day, and had plenty of meat that went into the freezer.  I used the bones to make turkey broth, which made 13 cups, which also went into the freezer.  These ingredients were calculated into the cost of this recipe.  My boys have a youthful aversion to mushrooms, so I used cream of celery soup instead, and while the recipe called for 1/2 can, I used the whole one, and am glad I did.  Because of the soup, and because the herb stuffing mix I used had a lot of celery in it already, I omitted the celery, although I could have quickly chopped up a stalk for few cents more.

    The cost for this meal (recipe calculated by MasterCook):

    OAMC Creamy Turkey  $2.05
    1 can green beans  .49
    milk for three: .30
    TOTAL FOR THE MEAL: $2.84 !!


    This was a really yummy budget meal to put on the table on a very cold winter night.  Because I had everything prepped and either in the freezer or thawed, it went together in about 7 minutes, then cooked for 40 minutes total.  My family loved it, and I did, too, although the carbs will take their toll today.

    We don’t have casseroles every night, and while the original turkey provided a bonus for other meals, it all balances out.  The turkey dinner itself was relatively expensive because of the turkey, but the per-meal cost was quite reasonable when you consider the future uses of the bird.  I don’t usually make stock, because I find I don’t use it; however, I’m making a point to try new recipes this year, and this stash might be worth it.

    I suppose I should start showing you the finished product; but the guys just dive in before I can set it up!  I’ll try harder.

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