$7 Challenge #2: Meatloaf

November 10, 2008

Filed Under : main courses

I’m way behind on the $7 Dinner Challenge. Others are on to challenge 3 or 4, and I’m just completing #2 over here in my corner of the world.

Tonight’s $7 meal is standard Midwestern American fare. Meatloaf and broccoli for dinner and brownies for dessert.

This is also another recipe with “hidden” veggies. Chopped spinach is added to the meatloaf for extra moisture and for a little nutritional pop.

Dinner Ingredients (prices are prorated to amount used):

  • 1 lb 93/7 ground beef from Costco ($2.11 / lb)
  • I package frozen spinach ($0.99)
  • 1 package Lipton Onion Soup mix ($0.59)
  • 1 large egg ($0.32)
  • 1 cup rolled oats ($0.08)
  • 1 lb broccoli ($1.69)
  • salt and pepper (freebie)
  • lemon pepper (freebie)

The meatloaf makes 4-6 servings, depending on the appetite of your guests. (The Housemate could eat 1/2 of it by himself!). For the purposes of this post, I’m saying 4 servings, at a total cost of $5.78 (or $1.44 per person).

That left me a whole $1.22 for dessert. I’ve been planning this dessert as a part of a challenge for a while – so this was a walk in the park. Tonight’s dessert is … BROWNIES! Ok, seriously, yes, I made brownies for $1.29. Read on.

  • 1 box Betty Crocker chocolate brownie mix ($0.99 a box)
  • 1 can black beans ($1.29)
  • 2 T cocoa powder (freebie)

Yes, you read that right. Black bean brownies are pretty darned good. Just puree the beans (juice and all) in a blender, and then mix with the brownie mix and bake as directed on the box. I swear to you, they don’t taste like beans at all. Really. Now the box says this mix makes 20 brownies … but seriously … who eats a brownie that small. So I say it makes 10 brownies, which is a much more reasonable size. I even got all fancy and sprinkled them with some cocoa powder just for pretty. The math is as follows: $2.28 total / 10 brownies = $0.23 per brownie (rounded up). Total cost for dessert for four was $0.92.

Grand Total: $6.70

(Price Notes: Prices are from my grocery receipt from Sunday or from Peapod.com or Samsclub.com. I buy a lot of my staple foods at Sam’s Club or Costco as I’ve mentioned before, so things like chicken breasts, ground beef, cases of tomato paste, etc., are all prorated based on the Sam’s Club website prices.)

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One thought on “$7 Challenge #2: Meatloaf

  1. Sarah

    Hi Kara,

    Nice post! That’s a great frugal meal!

    Just wanted to let you know that whenever you join in, just leave your comment on the current week’s post — posted each Monday night. No need to go back to past weeks just because you missed them! ;)

    Have a great day, and hope you will join in the revamped $10 challenge soon.



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