Category Archives: $10 meal Sample

$10 Meal Challenge: Glazed Pork & Veggie Udon Noodles

Stir-fried noodles, veggies and pork loins combine for a budget-friendly meal

Stir-fried noodles, veggies and pork loins combine for a budget-friendly meal

Here is a tasty $10 meal your family will love. This stir-fried meal is possible only because we had some leftover peppers, cauliflower, ginger and onion in the refrigerator. When you stir-fry these together with inexpensive pork loin and Udon noodles from Cash and Carry you will have plenty of healthy food to eat for under $10. Continue reading

Food Bank Meal Of The Month: Veggie & Egg Scramble

picture of spannnish veggie egg scramble.

This complete meal starts with our recipe for Veggie & Eggs scramble. It is the food bank meal of the month.

This may sound like scrambled eggs to you but this meal:

  • Offers lots of nutritious additions.
  • Is also very flexible so you can use what is in your garden and pantry.
  • Can be easily assembled for under $10

Here is how to put this together. Continue reading

Food Bank Meal of the Month: 1 Skillet Chicken

One Skillet Meals can be easy to fix and very tasty. Chiken breast steeped in garlic thyme rosemary-scented herbs is a perfect choioce to introduce the"Meal of the Month.

One Skillet Meals can be easy to fix and tasty. Chicken breast steeped in garlic, thyme and rosemary is a perfect way to introduce the”Meal of the Month.”

The Family Meals Project is partnering with WSU Extension’s  Food $ense Program, and The Ferndale Food Bank to explore a new idea; “Meal of the Month.” The main course for May is a  One-Skillet Chicken & Veggie Meal. This is an interesting idea and there are many options for using available food either from the food bank or your own pantry. You can use this recipe as a framework and then change the meat, grain and vegetable to fit your needs. Continue reading

Choose Items Carefully For Your Pantry

This spicy veggie patty is the centerpiece  of a $10 family meal.

This is an example of a $10 family meal. All the ingredients were sitting in our pantry just waiting to nourish our family.

We all know it is important to have a well-stocked pantry for emergencies. But more than that, it lays the foundation for assembling hundreds of different meals. It is important to take care in choosing the food in order to save space, money and the nutritional value of the food.

There are many things to consider so we’ll post our ideas in three segments, Here are some tips and tricks for you to think about. Continue reading

Would You Like A Free Lunch?

The Free Lunch  by Don R

Roasted carrots and Potatoes fresxh from the garden  are delicious

Steamed carrots and baked potatoes fresh from the garden are delicious and easy on the food budget.

“There’s no such thing.” you say? 

Well guess again. This salmon loaf lunch could have been free if I had warmed up planned-over soup to round out the meal. Instead, I chose to add some cottage cheese and pineapple that was left from a previous dinner.  So, that’s kind of free is it not? Here is how we calculated the cost of this almost free meal. Continue reading

A Ten Dollar Meal: Shepherd’s Pie

Shepard's pie is great for using planned-overs.

Shepherd’s pie is great for using planned-overs.

Shepherd’s pie is a comfort food that originated in Great Britain. Since the English elite confiscated all the grain, the commoners resorted to using potatoes as a food staple. The Irish cooked meat and vegetables together with wine and Worcestershire sauce then put that in a pot lined (or not) with mashed potatoes. After covering the meat with potatoes it was baked ’till done. Continue reading

Turkey A La King: A Planned-Over $10 Meal

picture of Turleya la King

Turkey a la King is easy to prepare and use in a thrifty $8.60 meal for 6 people.

Turkey a la King was a family favorite many years ago. Now, after our FMP fundraiser and Thanksgiving, we have lots of pulled turkey and chicken in the freezer. What to do?

  • Thaw a 2 Cup package of turkey in the fridge,
  • make a tasty white sauce,
  • stir in the turkey and a few vegetables,

and now you have a main entrée that can be served over bread, biscuits, potatoes,  rice  or noodles. Read more about including this in a budget-friendly meal. Continue reading

Planned-Over $10 Meal: “Sponges” that are Quick, Easy, Delicious

What if       fill in the blank             ?    We’ve all been there: running late, company shows up unannounced, you open a package and the meat is spoiled, or the  bag of rice is full of bugs. What are you going to do for dinner? Do you have”sponges” in your pantry?

Picture of soup n sandwich.

This quick meal was assembled by using planned-overs.

Well-prepared teachers use “sponges” when there is a disaster in the classroom. These are emergency activities stored in the closet. Likewise, a well-stocked cupboard or freezer will often save your day  during a home emergency. Here are five foods you can have ready so you can assemble a $10 emergency family meal that is quick, easy and delicious. Continue reading

$10 meal: Baked Chicken and Steamed Veggies

$10 meal: Baked Chicken and Steamed Veggies  by Don R

picture of chicken thegh, veggies and green salad

Baked  thighs & steamed veggies team up for a budget-stretching meal.

Watch for sales and stock up. Chicken thighs were $.98 per lb at Fred Meyer and assorted frozen veggies are available anytime for $1 per lb package at The Dollar Store. When put together with a green salad and day-old bread you can feed a family for under ten dollars. To save time, the thighs can be slow cooked but we chose baked to get a nicely browned meat. Steamed squash, peas ‘n corn, and cauliflower fill half the plate. Continue reading

$10 meal: Hodgepodge Lasagna

picture of lasagna

Be creative when assembling this budget-friendly meal.

It’s time to clean out your cupboard and rid yourself of the odds and ends of pasta. But don’t throw them out. Use them in a simple pasta meal. This slow cooked or baked pasta  recipe uses any thick pasta noodle, shell, tube or wheel. With budget-friendly ingredients, salad, frozen vegetables, a simple dessert and a fancy bread, you can feed your family for less than $10.  Continue reading