Hey everyone, I thought I would break down the prices on some our my family’s favourite dinners. I always talk about sticking to our budget, and how you can eat healthy without breaking the bank, but for all you know I am spending $200 a week on 5 dinners because it just isn’t actually possible to eat healthy on a reasonable budget. Time for me to prove that you can!
If you have been a reader for sometime now, you know that every Monday I post our dinner menu for the week, so I thought I would share with you the meals that show up there the most. Dinners that are well balanced, that my husband and my kids all enjoy, that take around 30 minutes to prepare and cook, and that are easy on your bank account. This will be a little series, and first up is by far our most consumed meal:
My Famous Spaghetti – Serves 4-5 adults (we get 2 adult dinners, 2 kid dinners, and leftovers for 2 lunches) Cost: $8.75
A hearty and healthy meal for under $10! What’s not to love about that! You can even make the sauce ahead of time if you wanted to.
I have found that the leftovers freeze well, just mix the noodles into the sauce thoroughly before freezing. Thaw it, add a little more sauce, toss into a casserole dish, cover with a little grated cheddar cheese, and bake until heated through and the cheese is melted. A new dish made from leftovers? I count that as a free meal!
And don’t forget that these prices are not sale prices, so it could end up costing you even less. I used to only make it when the pasta or meat was on sale, but it is such a great meal that everyone enjoys, I don’t mind spending $2 more. And for a few dollars more you could add a nice big garden salad on the side. You could even add more veggies to the sauce if you wanted to; zucchini, carrots, onions, so many possibilities, but with just mushrooms and the tomatoes is how I usually make it.
And yes I realize by definition this is not traditional Italian spaghetti, even calling it spaghetti when I don’t use those noodles seems silly, but the sauce is similar to a classic bolognese or ragu sauce, so we’ll say it’s close enough. And growing up, this was what spaghetti was to my family, and it is what my own little family knows as spaghetti now too. I hope you give it a try, please let me know if you do and how you like it!
Please also take a peak at past meal plans and let me know if you see any other recipes you’d like to see broken down!