I had the pleasure of sitting with Liz from Hoosier Homemade at dinner when I was in Nashville! She’s the real-deal! And she’s got a fabulous dinner to share with us tonight…complete with dessert too!
Cooking a special dinner for my family, including 3 teenage boys, is one of the things I love to do. Trying to keep our grocery budget down, can sometimes be a struggle, especially when I want to create a meal with a main course, side dish, dessert and a special drink.
This Mexican Fiesta fits our budget perfectly.
For the Main Course, I made this Southwest Vegetarian Bake. I will have to admit, I wasn’t quite sure how this dish would go over in my house full of teenage boys. In fact, when my husband asked what I was making, and I told him Vegetarian, he kind of groaned at me, but later had a second helping. Adding beans and rice to the dish not only kept the cost down, but also gave us good nutritional value (even if I did use white rice)
Ingredients for Southwest Vegetarian Bake
- 3/4 cup uncooked brown rice ($.33)
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained & rinsed ($.68)
- 1 can (11 oz) Mexicorn, drainer ($.59)
- 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chilies ($.55)
- 1 cup salsa ($.48)
- 1 cup sour cream ($.40)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded ($.52)
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion (didn’t use)
- 1 can (2 1/4 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained (didn’t use)
- 1 cup Mexican cheese blend, shredded ($.52)
In a saucepan, bring rice and water to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until tender (or cheat and make instant rice like I did )
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, except onions, olives and Mexican cheese. Transfer to baking dish, sprinkle with onions and olives.
Total cost for Southwest Vegetarian Bake $4.07 to make a full recipe, I froze half because it made tons, making the cost $2.04. I served it with a side salad, cost $.56
Note: This dish would also make a great dip and you could make some Homemade Tortilla Chips to go with it, for a yummy treat.
Ingredients for Apple Enchilada Dessert
- 1 can (21 oz) Apple Pie Filling ($.60/used half a can)
- 6 (8 inch) flour tortillas (.48)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup margarine
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar ($.50 for sugars and margarine)
- 1/2 cup water
Sprinkle a little cinnamon onto tortilla and then spoon fruit evenly, sprinkle with more cinnamon, roll up tortilla and place seam side down in baking dish.
Combine margarine and sugars in a saucepan and bring to boil on stovetop, reduce heat and simmer for 3 mintues. Pour over tortillas, sprinkle with more cinnamon.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Serve whole or cut in half for 12 servings, add some Ice Cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for a yummy presentation.
Total cost $1.78 including ice cream.
Note: This dessert was really good, it would also be good with raisins added to the apples or even cherry pie filling.
For our special drink, I served, a simple Sangria type drink, Kool-Aid mixed with Sprite. ($.25)
We all enjoyed this Mexican Fiesta, it will definately make it onto my monthly menu plan in the coming months.
Total cost for our special dinner $4.63 and we had some leftovers.
Liz is a SAHM of 3 teenage boys and happily married for 20+ years. She shares lots of homemaking tips including her love for baking, cooking and decorating. She hosts the Cupcake Tuesday blog carnival with lots of cupcake creations.