The $7 Dinner Challenge: Week 2

| October 21, 2008 | 3 Comments

Last week, I planned and primped and prepared for The $7 Dinner Challenge. Blood, sweat and tears went into that menu. Okay, maybe not blood, but you get the idea. This week? Everything pretty much fell into my lap. Seriously. And I didn’t even think about how inexpensive a meal this was until Cate mentioned that it would fit the bill.

As it would have it, there is a great sale at Shop Rite this week: boneless, skinless chicken is just $1.99 a pack. It’s the bulk package so stock up and separate it to freeze. A FoodSaver is good for chores like this, unless of course yours is broken like mine.

So, anyway, I created this whole dinner for about $6.87. Go me.

Full disclosure: For dessert, I copped out and used a box of Strawberry Gelatin from Jell-O. But it was for a good cause: Jell-O is donating $250,000 or more to Susan G. Komen For the Cure to benefit researchers who are searching for a cure for breast cancer. That is something that I am willing to support.

Menu:

10 Minute Salsa Chicken
10-Minute Salsa Chicken with Avocado Cream and Rice
jello
Think Pink Strawberry Jello

The Breakdown:

Chicken – 1 lb – $1.99

Salsa – 6 tbsp – $0.30

Cheese – 6 tbsp – $0.50

Avocados – 2 – $1.29 x 2

Rice – $0.50

Jello – $1/box

Total: $6.87

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Category: Budget Eating

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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. maris says:

    I’m intrigued by this Foodsaver…when all of you ladies were talking about it at BlogHer, I really had no idea what it was but let me just say, WOW! I need one!

  2. Chris Perrin says:

    Love the avocado cream! What a great idea and your dish looks outstanding.

  3. EB says:

    Well it took me long enough, but I did #2 this past week.
    http://www.amethystmuse.com/2008/11/12/7-dinner-challenge-2/

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