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    Mini Ground Meat Session, Budget Friendly as well!

    Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:25 pm Groupie
    Hi All,

    Yesterday I completed a mini-ground meat session using 5 pounds each of ground beef and ground turkey. Some of the entrees came out cheaper than others, but I'm sure that most people will be able to better than I on cost since I live in one of the most expensive areas in the U.S.!

    My most expensive entree was Thai Beef Pitas. I made a double batch using 1.5 lbs of ground beef for each entree instead of the 1 pound called for in the recipe. Cost to feed a family of four comes to $6.89 Add some rice and lettuce leaves to wrap the meat mixture in and I still consider that a good deal.

    I also made a double batch of Hot Tamale Balls. This will feed our family for four meals. Each meal comes to $4.94.

    I also made four meals worth of turkey meatballs and gravy. This came out to only $3.50 per meal! Add some rice and a green salad and we're doing good!

    In addition I made 21 meal size turkey, bean and cheese burritos. Cost per burrito is $0.60. I had a large can of enchilada sauce in the pantry so I portioned that out as well (7 portions). If you add in the sauce to the cost of the burrito, it's $0.81 per burrito. Cheaper, and better, than Taco Bell!

    Feels good to have all that sitting in the freezer!
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:57 pm Groupie
    Nicely done. It is nice to have things in the freezer. I do burritos as well. Like twice the size as taco bell, cheap, fresher and just plain good. Add some salsa and sour cream and a salad and dinner.

    I just picked up whole chicken for 3.50-4.00 each. I just threw them in the crock, baked, picked them apart and froze (no skin). It's not a whole meal; but add some gravy, or throw on top of a salad; use in chicken tacos. It is nice to have it already cooked.

    I'll be making a few chicken pot pies with the last frozen whole chicken. I buy those mini aluminum tins. I make the pies, fill and freeze. Then just throw them in the oven to cook; and being small they cook pretty quick. Enough time for me to feed the animals, water the plants; and make a salad, lol.

    Great job on your cooking project.
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:06 pm
    Forum Host
    Absolutely amazing! You inspire me!!
    mums the word
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:01 pm Groupie
    Those Thai Beef Pitas look yummy, I am saving that to my cookbooks.
    Good job with the budget friendly meals!
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