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.
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.