Cheap and Easy Dinner Meal Idea for a Large, Hungry Family
Are you looking for cheap dinner meals for a large family?
Today, I’m going to show you how to make some cheesy enchiladas for only $.98 a serving. I’m also going to show you how to make a delicious lemon pound cake for only $.38 a serving.
I shopped at Walmart for my ingredients. Altogether I spent $13.70. The ingredients and prices are listed below:
- 2 lb ground turkey $3.08
- 1 onion $0.46
- 1 can salsa $0.88
- 2 10.5oz cans cream of chicken soup $1.36
- 1 16oz container sour cream $1.96
- 1 16oz bag shredded Mexican blend cheese $3.98
- 1 pack of tortillas (at least 14) $1.98
I also used seasoned salt, red pepper flakes, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin.
I preheated my oven to 350 degrees.
Then I diced the onion and cooked my ground beef until it browned. While the beef was cooking I added in the onions and the can of salsa.
I added in one of the cans of cream of chicken soup and half of the shredded cheese. I dumped in the tub of sour cream and mixed the ingredients as they heated up and blended.
Then I added my seasonings. I put in a tablespoon of seasoned salt, a teaspoon of chili powder, a teaspoon of cumin, a teaspoon of garlic powder, and a teaspoon of onion powder. I also added a quarter teaspoon of red pepper flakes. You can add in more if you like.
Next, I sprayed down my pan so the enchiladas wouldn’t stick to the bottom. Then I lined the pan with my tortillas. I went ahead and filled each tortilla with about half a cup of the sauce.
I closed each of them and flipped them over so they would stay closed.
I had a bit of the sauce left over. I added the second can of cream of chicken soup to the leftover sauce. I mixed and heated the sauce and used that to cover the enchiladas.
I spread the sauce as evenly as I could to help the enchiladas come out nice and soft. Then I layered the rest of the shredded cheese on top.
I put the pan in the oven to let it cook for 25-30 minutes.
I knew it was done when it was bubbling and the cheese started to get that golden brown color. I like to serve this dish with some sour cream and guacamole.
2. Lemon pound cake
I spent $9.85 on ingredients for the Lemon Pound Cake. Here is what I bought:
- 4 lemons $2.72 2 lb
- flour $1.16 4lb
- sugar $2.94
- 1 8oz tub sour cream $1.16 6
- eggs $1.87
I also had some ingredients at home that I used:
- 1 cup of butter or margarine
- Powdered sugar
- Baking soda
I started by putting my softened margarine into a bowl. Then I added 3 cups of sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
I grated the peel of the lemon and added some of that into the bowl. I juiced my lemons and added that as well.
I added my sour cream to the mixture. I also added 6 eggs. I used a hand blender to mix the ingredients. Then I added in 3 cups of flour and continued to blend the ingredients.
I sprayed down the bunt cake pan. I find that adding some flour to the bunt cake pan in addition to the butter spray helps prevent the cake from sticking to the pan.
After I sprayed the butter and added the flour, I poured in the batter.
I baked the cake for about 15 minutes in a 320-degree oven. While the cake cooled I started making a glaze. I added lemon juice and about a tablespoon of lemon zest to powdered sugar.
I poured the glaze over the cake and brushed it evenly over the entire cake. The finished product was delicious. This was a great, budget-friendly dessert.
Cheap dinner meals for large family
I hope this gave you some practical and useful ideas for cheap and easy homemade food. Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice when it comes to eating delicious foods.
Try these recipes at home and leave me a comment to let me know what you think.