$5 Dinner Challenge – 2 for 1 Edition

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 1, 2010

Tonight’s $5 Dinner Challenge Recipes come from Duffy!  She’s rockin’ it with 2 meals for the price of 1!!! Thanks Duffy!

The recipe below is yummy the first time, but reusing the leftovers in a frittata makes for an amazing meal the second time around!

Enjoy!

-Duffy

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Serves 6 ~ $3.75 plus oil & spices

Ingredients
* 1 lb chicken breast, cut to bite size pieces (I buy boneless skinless chicken breasts @ Meijer when the 40 oz package is on sale for either $6.99 pr buy one, get one free – I am only using a 1/4 of the package ~ so roughly used $1.75)
* 5 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed to bite size pieces (10lb bag of potatoes for $1.99 ~ so roughly used $.50)
* 4 carrots, peeled and sliced to same size pieces (3lb bag of carrots for $1.50 ~ so roughly used $.50)
* 3 handfuls frozen broccoli florets (I buy 4lb bags @ Sam’s club for ~ $5.00 ~ I roughly use about $.50)
* 3 handfuls frozen corn (I also buy these in 4lb bags @ Sam’s club for ~ $3.00 ~ I roughly use about $.50) – you could also use 1 can
* Olive Oil to drizzle
* Garlic powder, salt & pepper, Italian seasoning

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray large pyrex rectangular pan with cooking spray to help from the food from sticking!

I put all the cut up chicken, potatoes, carrots, broccoli and corn in a huge bowl. Drizzle olive oil over mixture to coat, but don’t drown! Then sprinkle the garlic powder, S&P, and Italian Seasoning to your family’s taste. We really like it seasoned!

This is a lot of food, and sometimes I need to put in 2 pyrex pans. It’s best to not overcrowd the mixture as it needs to brown.

Bake for 40 – 50 minutes, or until lightly browned (chicken cooked and veggies tender).

With leftovers you can do this recipe:

Roasted Chicken and Veggies Frittata

Serves 6 ~ $1.56 by using leftovers!

Ingredients
* 1 1/2- 2 cups Leftover Roasted Chicken & Veggies
* 1 1/2 cups of shredded Colby jack cheese (or whatever you have on hand) (last package I bought was $1.50 for 2 cups, so I roughly used about $1.00)
* 4 eggs (I bought 12 eggs for $.79 – so I roughly used $.26)
* 1 1/2 cups milk ($1.99/gallon – I roughly used $.30)
* Salt & Pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 430 degrees. Spray pie sized pyrex dish.

Put the Leftover mixture in the dish – spread to cover the dish. Drop cheese on top and spread around. Mix 4 eggs in a bowl and add milk with salt & pepper and then pour over mixture in pie dish.

Bake for 40 minutes or until the mixture is completely set. Cut in 8 pieces and serve with a salad or fruit!

Duffy works from home as a travel agent, and challenges herself to feed her family of 6 (including 2 adults, 2 teenagers and 2 tweens) with delicious, nutritious, and cost effective meals. She figures with 6 people, she can usually make dinner for $7-10, however, there are almost always leftovers which they either enjoy for lunch the next day, eat on a free for all night (where they eat leftovers for our dinner) or she reuses the leftovers for a totally NEW meal.

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Jodi March 1, 2010 at 6:55 pm

$1.99 for a gallon of milk? I live in MS and it’s $3.39. We drink 1%. Price goes up with more fat. And eggs I do not see cheaper than $1/dozen here.

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Kim March 2, 2010 at 11:00 am

@Jodi,

I was amazed when we moved to Colorado & found that milk was under $2. I was used to paying over $3 in Maryland.

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Queen of the House March 1, 2010 at 11:30 pm

I LOVE it when you can cook once, and eat twice! Good ideas, Duffy!

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Carrie@ Organic and Thrifty March 2, 2010 at 1:44 am

Great recipe! I love 2 for 1!!!! I’m low-carb, so I bet you could sub turnips or cauliflower stalks for the potatoes? Kohlrabi also works well (when in season!)

Thanks for al the great recipes!

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Kathryn March 2, 2010 at 3:32 am

Price of foods depend and vary greatly on where you live.

I live in Indiana and on sale can sometimes get a gallon of milk for $1.99 on sale at Kroger or Walgreens (on sale usually applies to all fat contents). Not on sale it would run $2.69-$3.39 a gallon depending on brand and fat content.

Eggs depend on the size – Kroger and Walmart run sales on medium and large for $1 a dozen sometimes. The only time I have seen lower than that though at Kroger when the end date is nearing and one time did get those marked down to 75 cents.

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Jessica March 3, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Thanks for the great recipe! I’m new to your site… I made this for dinner tonight – except I put my oven at 375 – I thought 450 would obliterate my bite-size pieces of chicken after 40 minutes. And I did sub for the potatoes like someone else asked about – I just used the veggies in my fridge – brocoli, carrots, zucchini, and red pepper. I’m looking forward to using my leftovers as suggested :)

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Stephanie July 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I know i am a little late to this one….Does Duffy have a blog? I too have to feed a family of six and am dying trying to get it done. lol. All they do is eat, 4 out of the six are boys, 2 grown and 2 growing. After I go grocery shopping it seems like everything is gone within two weeks or so.

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