Loving The Northwest

Loving The Northwest

Saturday, November 7, 2009

$5 dinners for a family of 4 - Ingredients purchased at WinCo Foods

Meal #1
Fettuccine Alfredo (serves 8)

1 lb uncooked fettuccine Ronzoni $1.49
2 cups whole milk $.20
1 tablespoon Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash freshly ground black pepper
Dash ground red pepper (cayenne)
2 tablespoons butter $.25
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic $.15
2 oz 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufch√Ętel) $.22
2/3 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese $.66
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley $.48

Cook fettuccine as directed on package, omitting salt. Drain; return to saucepan. Cover to keep warm; set aside.

Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir milk, flour, salt, black pepper and red pepper with wire whisk until smooth. In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly (do not burn). With wire whisk, stir milk mixture into butter mixture in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until mixture thickens and boils.

Stir in cream cheese until melted. Stir in Parmesan cheese until melted. Pour over fettuccine; toss to coat. Sprinkle with parsley.

Total $3.45 add a salad (bag of Dole salad mix for $.98).

Meal #2
Slow-Cooker Tex Mex Chicken (serves 4)

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch-wide strips $2.16
2 Tbsp. (1/2 of 1-1/4-oz. pkg.) Hy-Top Taco Seasoning Mix $.38
2 Tbsp. flour
1 each green and red pepper, cut into 1-inch-wide strips $.68 each
1 cup corn $.29 (1/2 can)
1-1/2 cups Thick 'N Chunky Salsa $.99
1 cup Shredded Cheese $.75

TOSS chicken with taco seasoning and flour in slow cooker. Stir in vegetables and salsa; cover with lid.
COOK on LOW 6 to 8 hours (or on HIGH 3 to 4 hours).
STIR just before serving; top with shredded cheese.

Total $5.93

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