Spaghetti

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 17, 2008

A kid favorite!

I was recently asked how the boys were liking all these fun and different meals! They do a good job I’d say! My little guy will eat just about anything. Although you wouldn’t know it because he’s a skinny little guy (inherited his daddy’s metabolism!). My big guy is a little more finicky, but he’ll try most things. So I thought I’d go back to one of their favorites tonight since we haven’t had it in a while! I needed a simple meal because tonight we’re off to see the holiday lights just after dinner…and (maybe) sit on Santa’s lap!?!

Ingredients
Spaghetti noodles (whole wheat for us, rice for the boys) ($.99)
1 batch Homemade Spaghetti Sauce ($1)
1/2 lb ground beef ($.75)
1/2 cup shredded carrots ($.15) Leftover from last night’s Asian Chicken Wraps
Frozen organic Green Beans and Peas ($.75)

Directions
1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
2. Brown ground beef and drain.
3. Mix spaghetti sauce with beef. Add shredded carrots (I’m all about the “Sneaky Chef” concept!) to sauce. Simmer til your home smells delicious :)
4. Cook frozen veggies as directed.

Cost $3.64

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

momstheword December 17, 2008 at 8:53 pm

If the recipe calls for a pound of beef (or chicken) do you normally use a half pound of meat in order to stretch the meat?

If it calls for a pound of meat I use a pound of meat because I am afraid that the meat-police will come get me and take me away for crimes against meat.

Seriously, does it affect the recipe that much to have less meat? I would love to stretch my meat budget (o.k., I don’t really have a meat budget, but if I did I would like to stretch it).

Thanks in advance for answering!

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Melissa December 17, 2008 at 9:06 pm

That sounds good!

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momstheword December 17, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Thank you for answering my question. I am going to have to try that!

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Maine Mama December 18, 2008 at 8:05 am

I love the carrot idea. I’m a fan of the finely shredded spinach in my sauce. I’ll have to toss in some carrots too!

I’ve started a new frugal travel blog. I would love to have your opinion. I haven’t added any travel friendly recipies yet, but I would love to add links to your site for recipies that are easy to make on the road.

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The Mangerchine's December 18, 2008 at 10:08 am

I recently found your blog and LOVE it! Thank you for this idea and encouragement that you are providing to the blogosphere! I’m not nearly as thrifty to calulate price per ingredient in dinner (although I may start trying) and am so encouraged by selections, frugality and healthy options that you are sharing!BR/BR/Shannon

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The Mangerchine's December 18, 2008 at 10:08 am

I recently found your blog and LOVE it! Thank you for this idea and encouragement that you are providing to the blogosphere! I’m not nearly as thrifty to calulate price per ingredient in dinner (although I may start trying) and am so encouraged by selections, frugality and healthy options that you are sharing!

Shannon

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Rhonda December 18, 2008 at 11:41 am

I just wondered if you have ever tried spaghetti squash as a gluten free alternative for pasta. My kids love spaghetti squash, and I can put any sauce I would normally put on pasta over it. There is a different texture to it but my kids really like it. Just thought you might want to give it a try if you haven’t.

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ann_was_here December 22, 2008 at 9:26 pm

I do the carrot thing as well! Yum, it really adds a nice flavor to the sauce. I also sub meat products for blended lentil which I love.. it’s also high in protein and iron, gives the sauce a “meaty” texture but with added fiber!

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