Weekly Dinner Deal 4/26-5/1/10

Warm, cool, warm, cool.  Welcome to springtime in Nebraska!  You think the weather is unpredictable?  Take a look at my Mondays!  On days like this I pull out one of my Crock Pots, and fill ‘er up!  This week I used up some near-forgotten ingredients in Italian Crock Stew with Italian Vegs and Garlic Bread.  Quite a filling dish.

As usual, I forgot to thaw the meat, so I had to let it thaw somewhat and put this together at around 1:30 on Hi, instead of at 9:00 on Low.  No matter, it turned out great.  Into the pot went about 1/2 cup canned spaghetti sauce (leftover) and  1/2 cup water.  I added 1/4 cup of acini di pepe (tiny bead-shaped pasta) leftover from a soup last fall, about a pound and a half of beef stew  meat, a cut-up zuchinni, another 1/4 cup of the pasta, the last cup of sauce, and another cup of water.  Clicked that to Hi, and got on with the afternoon’s activities.

I steamed one package of Italian blend vegs (could have added  to the stew, but chose not to).  Then I sliced half of an Italian bread loaf, spread with butter, sprinkled with garlic and Italian seasonings, and broiled for about 5 minutes.  Mangia!  The meal was colorful, filling, nutritious, and so yummy.  Not to mention, it was  a budget saver!

half a can of spaghetti sauce .42

half  a package of acini di pepe .35

beef stew meat from Aldi 1.47 # – $2 = 2.84

one zuchinni .43

Italian blend vegs $1

Italian bread .50

butter, garlic, herbs about .05

milk for four .40

Total for the entire meal:  $5.23 (extra stew for a lunch)

There was a lunch of stew leftover, which I may turn into a soup for two by adding beef broth and water.  The biggest cost was the meat, but when you’re cooking for a teenager, well, the protein matters.

What’s your best meal deal this week?

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