Posted in Budget Friendly Meals, Cooking Tips, Recipes

Cheap and Easy Sausage and Peppers Grinder ($1.51 per serving)

Cheap easy Sausage and peppers
cheap easy sausage and peppers

We are continuing on our journey (or challenge I guess) to feed our family of four for only $500 per month. You can read more about our budget plan HERE.

Feeding a Family of 4 on $500 a Month

Cheap and Delicious sausage and Pepper Grinders

4 shady Brook turkey spicy Italian sausage (1.84)

2 Bell Peppers ($1.06)

1 yellow onion ($.16)

1 jar tomato sauce ($.88)

4 Hoagie Rolls ($1.32)

1/2 block cheese shredded ($.80)

Total Cost $6.06 for 4 servings or $1.51 per serving.

The Turkey sausages were originally priced at $5.49 per pack of four links. But Big Y had them on sale for buy 1, get 1 free. Making the cost per pack only $2.75 per pack of six links.

The Hoagie Rolls are Big Y brand and again were on sale for buy 1, get 1 free. Original price was $3.99 per pack of 6. The sale brought the price per pack of 6 down to $1.99 and the price per roll to $.33 per roll.

The bell Peppers were at Super walmart for $.53 cents each and the Pasta sauce also at walmart for only $.88 per jar.

The onions we had bought a big bag of at Aldi and the price per onion was calculated out to be $.16 per onion

Now we calculated out these portions based on the assumption that all four members of your household will eat all the ingredients. But being a mother I totally understand that this is not the reality of family dinner. One kid may only eat the sausage and bun without the peppers and onions, one kid may only eat the cheese and bun, one kid might just eat the veggies and then there is that one kid, like mine that will only eat the bun! Ohhhhh! Such is life at the family table. So if that sounds lie your family , the good news is the meal may end up even cheaper. BONUS!!! HA HA!

To make these Cheap and delicious Sausage and pepper Grinders:

Brown Sausages in fry pan or dutch oven until cooked through and brown on the outside.


Remove sausages from the pan. Slice the peppers and onions into thin strips and cook in the sausage juices until soft. Add in the pasta sauce and stir until heated through. place the rolls on a cookie sheet and fill with 1 sausage link , cover link with the pepper and onion mixture and sprinkle cheese on top.


Bake at 350 in the oven until cheeses is melted.



You may also like to check out our other budget recipes:

Two Family Dinners under $6


Bonus Meal:

Used the leftover peppers and onions and mixture to make a yummy cheap gourmet breakfast.

Toast ($.15)

Egg ($.10)

Peppers and onions ($.00)

Coffee ($.16)

Total breakfast cost ($.41)



Posted in Cooking Tips, Recipes

Two Family Dinners under $6

Our family is attempting to keep our grocery budget under $500 a month for a family of four.  You can read more about our plan Here. In order to make this work our daily dinner budget has to be between $6 and $8 most nights. If we can find dishes that are even less on some nights we can then use the saved money to splurge a little on a dinner here and there. So this week I tried to come up with two dishes that were about $5 per meal. We also save money in the budget by having leftovers for lunches. So both of these dinners provided enough for us to have a hearty dinner meal and also left overs for a few of us to have for lunch the next day.

We are super sale shoppers and we buy a lot of our meat when Big Y has their buy 1, get 2 free sales. We have a chest freezer. So we can store the meat for when we need it. We also have chickens, which means we get eggs very cheap. But if you do not have chickens you can buy cheap eggs at walmart or Aldi. You can also stock up when big Y sells them for $.99 a dozen. Crack the eggs into ice cube trays to freeze them.

I hope you like these super cheap dinner ideas. They were easy to make, tasted great and we very budget friendly! Enjoy.

Chicken Club Quiche Bake


6 eggs  ( $1.00)

1 cup pancake mix  (.40 )

1/2 cup water (free)

1 tomato chopped (.50 cents)

3 strips of bacon chopped (1.20)

1 chicken breast (1.60)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (.40)

1 yellow onion  (.16 cents)


1 sweet potato (32 Cents)

2 tablespoons pancake mix (.10)


Total Cost  $5.68

This made enough for all of us to have seconds for dinner plus lunch for my husband the next day.

Dice chicken in to small pieces. Cut up the bacon into small pieces and  dice the onion.  Cook the bacon on medium heat in a fry pan until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and add chicken and onion into the bacon grease. stir over medium heat until chicken is cooked through. Drain off excess grease. Scramble 6 eggs and mix with 1 cup pancake mix and water. Pour egg mixture into a 8×8 greases baking pan. Add chicken , tomato , onions and bacon to the pan of egg mixture. Cover with the Parmesan cheese. Cook in a 400 degree oven until egg is cooked through and firm.

While Quiche is cooking, grate the sweet potato and mix with the 1 tablespoon of pancake mix. Using the extra bacon grease in a frying pan. Form the potato mix into 4 small patties and fry until brown on either side. You can put them aside and then heat them on a cookie sheet in the oven for a few minutes before the quiche is done.

Check out How to Dice An onion

Chicken and Zucchini Pasta

1 tomato (.50)

1 zucchini (.33)

1 chicken Breast (1.60)

1/2 block of cheese  (.90)

1 cup Parmesan cheese (.50)

1 box of elbow macaroni (.88 cents)

1/2 container of pasta sauce (.50)


Total cost 5.11 cents


This made enough for everyone to have two helpings for dinner plus three lunches leftover.

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Cut the chicken breast into small cubes and saute in a fry pan with some oil until cooked through. Grate zucchini and dice tomato.

In a 9×13 baking dish, mix pasta, pasta sauce, zucchini, tomato, and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.





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Mojo Pork with Orange Apple Salsa

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Mojo Pork with Orange Apple Salsa

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6- 8 servings


  • 1 Table spoon
    minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons
    olive oil
  • 1/2 cup
    hot suace
  • 1/2 cup
    orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons
    grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup
    minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons
    chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon
    dried oregano
  • 2 boneless
    pork tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup
    sour cream

Cooking Directions for mojo pork

  1. saute garlic in oil, cool. Slowly stir in hot sauce, orange juice, zest cilantro , chili powder and oregano. Reserve 1/4 cup marinade for later.
  2. Place pork in a zip lock bag. Pour remaining marinade over pork. Seal bag and refrigerate 3 hours. combine remaining marinade with sour cream and refrigerate.
  3. Grill pork over medium high direct heat for 30 min. or until center is no longer pink.Slice and serve with marinaded sour cream and orange apple salsa.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6- 8 servings

Orange Apple Salsa


  • 3
    navel oranges, peeled and chopped
  • 2 large
    apples cored, and diced
  • 2 tablespoons
    chopped red onion
  • 1/2 pound s
    chopped cilantro
  • 2 table spoons
    hot sauce

Cooking Direction

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, chill until ready to serve.

Check out some cooking tips that will help you with this recipe:

How to Dice An onion

How to Core an Apple


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Misfits Market Produce Box Reveal

It Is no secret That my family loves to cook and eat great food. But it can get expensive to buy the yummy ingredients needed to keep up this habit. We are always shopping around and looking for the best ways to cut back out grocery budget without sacrificing the tasty recipes we want to make.

I saw and advertisement for Misfits market on face book and decided to look into it. It is a company in the Northeast that buys all the produce that grocery sores don’t want ton the shelf because it doesn’t meet their visual standards. Still perfectly good to eat and taste the same, but might be a little small, a little too big, or a funky shape. They offer a box of this “ugly” produce to be delivered to your house for a lower price than you would pay at the store. But it depends on what is in season or what is available to the company, what’s in the box. Its a mystery until it arrives.

You can choose if you want to just buy one box or if you want to sign up for a box every week. There are also different size boxes to choose from. I choose the smallest box which is 12 pounds of produce. Since I only wanted it one time, it cost me $23. If I had it as a subscription it would have only been $19. But I wanted to check t out first before signing up for the subscription. I really like the idea of cutting down on food waste and also cutting some money off our budget. But I wanted to make sure it was something we would use before I sign up for a weekly box delivery.

You can watch the video to see what was in our first box. I will include the links to some of the recipes we have made using our box ingredients. All in all I was pleased with the box and the produce. The apples were a little bruised but other than that the produce was all fresh and delicious. I liked that it challenged us to not only try some new vegetables that we had never eaten, but it also gave us inspiration to come up with new ways to cook what we were sent. I would definitely do it again. I don’t know if I want a box a week though. It was a lot of vegetables to use in a week.

Misfits Market Produce Recipes:

Rosemary Sea Salt Rolls

Baked Rosemary and Sea Salt Sweet Potato Rolls
Baked Rosemary and Sea Salt Sweet Potato Rolls

Roasted Turnip, Sweet Potatoes and Chickpea

Baked Turnip, Sweet Potato and chickpea
Baked Turnip, Sweet Potato and chickpea


Easy Warm Turkey Avocado Sandwich


Parmesan Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Parmesan Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Parmesan Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts



Easy Cilantro Guacamole

Easy Guacamole recipe
Easy Guacamole recipe