Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hen House Bargain Meal of the Week

Welcome to installment #2 of the Meal of the Week for Hen House. If you don't have a local Hen House, you can probably find a great bargain meal at your local grocer by visiting 5 Dollar Dinners. If you click on the button in my sidebar, it will take you right to the feature - check it out!

This week's Hen House ad has a few deals, but they have definitely had better sales. It's been very difficult to come up with a recipe below $5, which is my goal. I do have one, which you will find below, and then a second meal that will put you just over the $5 mark. So keep reading....

Budget Beef Stroganoff

1/2 lb. ground beef ($1.00 - on sale for $1.99/lb)
2 T. flour (negligible)
Salt, pepper, garlic powder (negligible)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (about $1.00)
1/2 soup can water
1 can mushroom stems and pieces (about .75)
1/2 c. sour cream (about .50)
Cooked egg noodles (Best Choice on sale for .77)

Brown and drain ground beef. Stir in flour and seasonings to taste. Blend in cream of mushroom soup and water and stir until smooth. Stir in mushrooms and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream just before serving over hot cooked noodles.

Serve with your choice of Popeye's, Allen's, or VegAll Steam Supreme frozen vegetables on sale for .66.

Total dinner cost: $4.68

Or, another option is:

Oven-Fried Chicken

2 lbs. fresh split chicken breasts ($3.00, on sale for $1.49/lb)
1 container plain Best Choice yogurt (.39)
1 c. bread crumbs (free if you made them, or about .30)
Seasonings for the bread crumbs, if desired (negligible)

Coat chicken breasts in yogurt, then dip in bread crumbs until covered.
Place on greased baking sheet and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until done.

Serve with Glazed Carrots:

1 lb. baby carrots (Green Giant on sale for .99)
1 T. sugar (negligible)
1 t. salt (negligible)

Cook carrots in water until tender, 25-30 minutes. Drain off all but about 1 T. of the water, then stir in the salt and sugar.

To complete the meal, prepare 2 c. rice (approx. .50)

Total meal cost: $5.18

Both of these are family-favorites here. I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine does! Be sure and check out the other bargain meals at 5 Dollar Dinners!!


  1. Great recipes. I am stopping by from SITS and will be back--I am always looking for creative ways to use leftovers.

  2. I have never tried the yogurt before, it sounds really good. I think I will try it next time I do Oven fried chicken!

  3. The stroganoff recipe is similar to one I use but I make homemade soy noodles (lower in carbs, easier on the blood sugar) for it. It's pretty darn good, too! Hmm, I haven't made it in awhile..will have to put that on next week's menu. :)

  4. Great post.
    Stopping by from SITS to say "Hello"!


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