20 minutes to the table - Spaghetti
I debated about posting this meal... seems obvious, and it's not like everyone can't throw this together quickly & easily... but then I thought why not. All my meals are simple, quick to throw together & family favorites. So here goes...
1 can Hunts Traditional Spaghetti Sauce ($1.09)
1/4 package of Generic Spaghetti Noodles ( $2.00 / 4 = $.50)
1 lb Hamburger (bought on sale for $1.50)
1 can generic sliced mushrooms (.49) (drained)
Diced Onion to taste (I chop a whole onion & freeze, throw a little into meals as needed ... $.20)
1 can Corn (.49)
Put a pot of water on to boil the noodles while I thaw out the hamburger. If I've bought it in bulk, I'll brown it all up at once, and then freeze 1lb of it up in a package - ready browned. If I'm out, or they have a sale on 1lb packages (which they did last week) - I freeze it raw.
If the hamburger needs browning - I brown it in a sauce pan with the bits of onion. Meanwhile I toss the spaghetti in to boil.
Throw everything but the corn into the hamburger after I drain away excess fat.
Heat up the corn & voila - a family favorite. I made some Friday night, had lots of leftovers as "A" wasn't there - he managed to polish those off in about 5 minutes when he did laundry on Saturday. $4.27 total.... funny how a lot of my regular meals actually fit into the under $5 category once you figure it all up.