Well last night I started my 2 week meal plan with a personal favorite, tacos. We ate lunch yesterday at a church we visited so I only had to make up a quick and easy dinner. I get the taco dinner pack (12 shells, salsa, questionable meat seasoning powder) for about $2 at Aldi. Add to that a pound of ground turkey ($1.69) a head of lettuce ($1.12- also used for sandwiches) cheddar cheese ($4- a large bag for many different meals) and sour cream ($1- also used for many meals) and that is it for the dinner. Tonight we had a new meal, Chicken Cacciatore. More prep than the previous night but so fresh and delicious. Both Mr. V and Little W had two servings. The veggies were so soft and soaked in flavor from cooking that Little W kept eating them even with the pain of two molars coming through (poor babe). I got this recipe from the New Edition Betty Crocker Cookbook.
Sweet tea and Aldi brand soda optional!
3 – 3.5 lb cut up chicken ($4.25 for 3# local fryer chicken)
1/2 cup all purpose flour (owned)
1/4 cup vegetable oil (owned)
1 medium green bell pepper ($1.25)
2 medium onions ($2.50 for a bag)
1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes, undrained ($.70)
1 can (8oz) tomato sauce ($.30)
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms ($2.35 for a whole container)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves (owned)
1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves (owned)
1/2 teaspoon salt (owned)
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped ($1.79 for 3 bulbs)
Grated Parmesan cheese ($2.75 for a whole jar)
Coat chicken with flour. In large skillet heat oil and cook chicken 15- 20 minutes or until browned on all sides. Drain. Cut bell pepper and onions in to chunky bite pieces. Stir bell pepper, onion, and remaining ingredients except the cheese in the skillet. Heat to boiling; reduce heat and simmer covered for 30-40 minutes. When chicken runs clear when cut it is done. Serve with cheese.
The hardest part of this meal was the chicken for me. I bought a split frying bird and had to cut it apart myself which was a huge pain (without a boning knife- never doing that again). I think next time I will just buy chicken thighs. Also I think I would have liked a little more sauce so next time I am going to try 2 cans of tomato sauce and see how it goes (adding a bit more seasoning as well). All together it was a great fresh tasting dish that did not take too long to cook. We were all very pleased.