The idea was to see if I could feed a family of 4 for under $10.00.  I don’t have a family of 4 to feed, but certain the food would disappear as though I did.  I am focusing on this quite a bit on my website where I am creating a grocery savings area.   The rules: A complete healthy dinner with a dessert that was also “pretty” healthy, and staples are free such as cooking oil or sugar, flour, vinegar, dried herbs, etc.  I didn’t have a clue what I was going to cook when I went in to the store, basically letting the sales dictate what I bought.  And the result?  Not too bad.  I made a Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti.


And for dessert I made Balsamic Roasted Pears  with Lemon Yogurt.


And the total of the dinner (drum roll please).  $9.53!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bone-in Chicken breast were on sale, so I bought a pack of three and cut each one in thirds.  Dredged them in flour and browned them in olive oil, set them aside on a plate, and cooked a sliced onion, a  chopped green pepper, some mushrooms, and garlic in the remaining oil.  Add the chicken back in with a 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes, half a can of water,  a teaspoon of dried orregeno, or basil, or thyme etc. and a teaspoon of sugar.  Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.  Serve over spaghetti.

For the pears, peel, and core two of them.  In an 8 inch baking pan add 1/2 cup sugar, a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, and a couple tablesoons of water to the pears.  I cheated and dotted each pear with a little butter, but….  So, then just cover it with foil for 30 minutes at 400 degrees, uncover, and baste the pears with the juice for 10-15 more minutes until soft.  Serve warm with the juice spooned on top and a dollop of lemon yogurt (or vanilla).  Voilla!

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