The Cheapest, Bestest Dinner Ideas, X

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I’m cheating a bit with tonight’s meal by not using an actual recipe.

Sometimes we get a bit hassled ’round dinner time and decide to go out to eat. Since we have four children who are too old to eat off our plates anymore, these trips end up costing $60 or more each time. Yowza!

Ever since a memorable night at Olive Garden when I was last pregnant (2013), I have always opted for something at home instead. Surely, I figure, for $60 we can think of an alternative meal.

I usually make a dinner from my list of meals I’ve shared on this blog. When not in the mood for one of those (again), I have a few quick and easy meals I can get from one grocery store visit.

Cue this meal! I think of it as Sausage with Rice-A-Roni. We’ll keep working on the name.

The cost is definitely worth it! One box of Rice-A-Roni is less than $2. The broccoli: $2. The sausage? $2.50. We’re talking a meal for the entire family for $11 (because I bought two of the meat and rice). ELEVEN DOLLARS!

Polish Sausage with Rice and Broccoli

Ingredients

1 pkg your favorite variety of Rice-A-Roni
1 full link sausage of your favorite variety
A head or two of broccoli (or a family serving of frozen)
Butter or oil
Water
Salt and Pepper

Supplies

Skillet
Saucepan
Microwave-safe bowl
Wax paper or EPA-safe plastic wrap
Knife for cutting broccoli
Cutting board
Spoon
Wood Spatula or tongs

Directions

  1. Prepare Rice-A-Roni in the saucepan according to directions, using the butter and water.
  2. Follow directions for frying the sausage in the skillet.
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  3. Rinse broccoli. Cut main parts of stalk off and discard. Place in microwave-safe bowl with some water in the bottom. Cover with wax paper and microwave for 4-5 minutes.
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  4. Serve together. Season broccoli according to taste.

My kids made a face about this meal, so we may try different varieties next time. I think I’d have great success with Li’l Smokies, for example, but that raises the cost.

In all, however, making a meal for under $20 and in less than half an hour is a win in my book!


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