Welcome to the third installment of the Bargain Meal of the Week. I am enjoying this and hope you all are too. Check out even more great recipes and bargains at 5Dollar Dinners!
Food Lion's ad had a several options this week. I definitely would encourage you to check your local ad.
Bone-in pork chops $1.99/lb (1.5 pounds for $3.50)
steamfresh frozen veggies (10/$10) (1 package of green breans- $1.00)
I would add a box of au gratin potatoes to this. They don't have them on sale but I usually have a package at home that I've picked up on sale for $1 a box.
Southern Fried Pork Chops
1 cup vegetable oil for frying
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
4 (3/4 inch) thick pork chops
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Combine flour, seasoning salt, salt and pepper in a paper or plastic bag. Place pork chops into the bag, and shake to coat.
When the oil is nice and hot, shake off excess flour from pork chops, and fry in the hot oil. Cook on each side for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden on the outside, and juices run clear.
Entire meal for around $6.00
I'm going to put this in here because it would be a good meal that is closer to homemade but still great if you're stuck but don't want to go out to eat or get fast food.
This week, Food Lion has their On The Go Sides (12oz) for $2.99 each. If you buy 3 of them, you get a free rotisserie chicken or 8 pieces of fried chicken free. So for aound $9 you can have a complete meal. A great option if there is a crazy day in your house or if everyone is sick and no one really feels like cooking.
Entire meal for less than $10.00
Tilapia fillets $2.99 pound (1.5 pounds $4.50)
steamfresh veggies 10/$10 (1 package of broccoli $1.00)
side of rice cooked in chicken broth
I don't really ever cook with fresh fish. However, this seems like a pretty good price and I found a very yummy sounding recipe so I think I might have to give it a go. Here's the recipe. It's actually for 8 servings but 1.5 pounds should be enough for a family of 4-5.
Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 pounds tilapia fillets
Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.
Entire meal for around $7-$8 dollars.
Not bad for a fresh fish dinner at home. Can you imagine what it would have cost at Red Lobster?
hamburger helper B1G1F (.93 a box for one box)
ground beef $1.99/lb (1 pound-$1.99)
steamfresh veggies 10/$10 (2 bags of your choice for $2.00)
Entire meal for $4.92
canned salmon 3/$7 (2 cans for $4.66)
velveeta shells and cheese 3/$5 (1 box for $1.67)
steamfresh veggies 10/$10 (one bag for $1.00)
2 (15 ounce) cans pink salmon
1 onion, finely diced
1 egg, beaten
8 saltine crackers, crushed
salt and pepper to taste
1 stalk celery
1 cup cornmeal
1/8 cup canola oil
In a medium size mixing bowl combine salmon, onion, egg, crackers, salt, pepper, and celery. Mix well.
Make patties out of salmon mixture and roll in cornmeal.
In a large frying pan over medium high heat oil for frying. Place salmon patties in oil and fry on both sides until golden brown. Drain well. Serve warm.
This recipe says it makes 8-10 patties. So if each person has 1 each this will stretch for lunch the next day.
Entire meal and possibly a lunch for aound $8.50 with ingredients for the patties.
There are even more options than this in the ad. I've found Food Lion to be a great place to check out early in the morning for markdown meat as well. The other day I got close to 2 pounds of beef stew meat for $4.60. So definitely check out your local Food Lion. Come back next week to see what meals I find for Food Lion!