Monday, March 16, 2009


Oh my Sandra Lee Money Saving Meals is just wonderful. The 3 recipes I have tried, have been divine. Divine in the budget sense and divine that they were a hit with the family. And if anyone knows my family, they are picky!
As you know, I will post the recipe as is, and then I will post what I do to it and the cost, both ways.

1 cup precooked potatoes with herbs and garlic
1 cup chopped leftover ham, pork, turkey or shrimp
1 cup shredded Colby/Jack cheese blend
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 tsp salt free all purpose seasoning (Mrs. Dash)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9 inch glass pie plate with spray.
Add potatoes, leftover meat and cheese to prepared pie plate. Set aside. In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt free seasoning, salt and pepper. Pour into pie plate. Bake in preheated oven for 35 -40 minutes or until eggs are set in center. Let cool on wire rack for 5 minutes before serving.

Cost as listed:
precooked shredded potatoes $2 - $3 depending on store
leftover ham Depends on your leftovers
Shedded cheese $3.29 for 2 cup bag
Milk $2.50 a gallon, you figure that out
4 eggs .50
All purpose seasoning $2.50 for a 1.75 oz bottle
salt and pepper we all have this at home.
Total according to recipe Approx $6.00 for this as is

Now, how I make this and what I use

2 whole potatoes, washed and shredded through food processor. Keep in water until ready to use. Squeeze out all water when ready. I salt the potatoes before putting them in the 8 x 8 pan
6 cooked breakfast sausage patties, crumbled
1 cup shredded cheese, I buy the block cheese. Generally store brand
6 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk, add some cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper

2 potatoes, shredded through processor approx. .31/lb
sausage 1.19
cheese (6.16 for 2lbs at Sam's0) .76
eggs ($1 doz at UGO) .50
milk and cream .30
My total cost for dinner 3.06
I get about 7 servings out of this, so it comes to .44 for each serving. That is with one leftover for Eric's breakfast.
I served this is Pillsbury Grands Biscuits. They cost me .59 cents due to the $1 coupon. So, it was 3.65 for our dinner.

So, until next time, my budget savvy friends and family, Les bonnes tables (good dining)


Elaine said...

Now THAT is a deal! Wow! And sounds delicious, too! : )