What We Ate
1/2 box manicotti noodles (7 noodles)-FREE (came with BOGO deal for another type of pasta)
7.5 oz ricotta cheese-$1.50/2=$0.75
4 oz mozzarella cheese (grated)-$1.50/2=$0.75
2 oz parmesan cheese (grated)-$2.50/4=$0.63
1 egg-FREE (backyard chickens...we do pay for their feed but I am not curious enough to calculate that).
Cook the noodles according to package instructions. While that's boiling, mix the cheeses, egg and 1/8 cup chopped parsley. Add salt to taste, you want it a little on the too-salty side because with the noodles and sauce everything will balance out. Put a little sauce on the bottom of a square baking dish. Stuff the cheese mixture into the noodles. I use a Pampered Chef cake decorator, but in the past I have just loaded it into a ziploc bag, cut off the corner and squeezed the cheese in that way. Line each up on the baking dish. I ended up having enough cheese for 6 manicotti, so the chickens got to eat the 7th one! Cover the manicotti with the remaining spaghetti sauce and grate some more parmesan on top of that. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes!
1 large zucchini-$0.68
3 cloves of garlic (chopped)-$0.05 maybe? An approximation
1 TBSP butter-$2.50/4/8=$0.07
Chop the zucchini into squares and sautee in the butter for about 3-4 minutes. Add the chopped garlic and sautee until it starts getting a little brown. Add a sprinkle of parsley and heat only until it wilts. Add salt to taste.
Garlic Bread (frozen, we cut off only needed portion and keep the rest frozen) $1.08/4=$0.27
This meal created 3 servings, so that came out to $1.15 apiece! That total really just blows me away, and even if I had paid for the manicotti this meal would have been crazy inexpensive.
And here is my dessert:
This bad boy--a medio litro of Mexican made-with-sugar Coca Cola--cost me $1.39. More than my serving of dinner! Funny, but so worth it.