Guest Post by Erin from 5DollarDinners
For a long
time, I thought it would be more expensive to make meals that used all
natural and “raw” ingredients, as opposed to cooking with just processed
“box” foods and canned goods. However, earlier this year, I challenged myself to try and feed our family of four for $5 or less every night. I decided I might as well try and prove to myself and others that it is possible to make frugal and wholesome meals! And I’ve learned it’s very possible; in fact, it’s become a fun challenge that I’m chronicling every night on my blog, 5DollarDinners.
Here is a sample dinner
that I recently made for less than $5:
Pork and Apples
1 lb. Pork Roast–$1.90 (Click here to see the deal I got on this
Water or broth
2-3 apples, peeled and sliced ($0.75–apples will be inexpensive throughout
1 tsp. cinnamon–$0.05
2 Tbsp. brown sugar–$0.05
2 Tbsp. lemon juice–$0.10
1/2 onion, chopped–$0.20
1/2 bunch asparagus–$1
2-3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil–$0.20
1 cup rice–$0.30
1. Place 1/2-inch water or broth in base of crock pot. Place roast into
crock pot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add onions around the roast.
2. In bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Toss
well. Pour over roast in crock pot. Cook on low 8-10 hours.
3. Snap ends off asparagus. In another bowl, drizzle olive oil over asparagus.
Let sit 30 minutes or so. Then saute for 5-7 minutes until tender, yet
4. In saucepan, boil 2 cups water. Add rice. Bring to boil, then cover
and simmer 20 minutes.
Serve pork and apples over rice with asparagus on the side. Delicious!
After the meal, I decided
to strain the pork broth to use in my Sweet Potato and Apple
Soup recipe. I have never saved pork broth, but I thought this sweet and cinnamon-y
broth would be perfect for that soup!
Saving your broth not only
saves you money, but it’s also free of preservatives and you know
how much salt you used! I’ll take free broth any day!
While you might not be able to get exactly the same prices I did on everything or you might have a larger family or different food preferences, I hope this meal inspires you to think of ways you can make the most of what you have. And perhaps you’ll even join me in setting a dollar amount for your family’s dinners every night?
Visit Erin over at her blog, 5DollarDinners.com, to see what she’s cooking up for $5 or less for dinners this week!