So, I was participating in another thread on this forum:
Cooked in a Crock Pot for the First Time
and it inspired me to use my (the old man's) newly acquired 5 QT crock pot for some deer chili. As I was preparing it I was struck by just how darn
inexpensive this meal was...
CrockPot=free. Won at dirty santa
Ground deer meat=given to us every year by some "awesome" friends
Dried kidney beans=1 lb. about $1.49
Petite diced tomatoes (28 oz) =$.99 ( I didn't have any "home" canned)
Tomato sauce (8 oz)=$.49 (same as above)
Chili seasonings of your choice=free if you have them on hand already!
So far, we're at $2.97.
Now, we ladle ours onto sweet cornbread. As if it isn't rich and filling enough already!
1 cup AP flour=$.40
1 cup cornmeal=$.56
1/2 cup sugar (you can certainly eliminate this option!)=$.10 (my local grocer had it on sale last week for $.99/5 pound bag, that will last us
pinch of salt=$.0 (on hand)
3 1/2 tsp baking powder=$nominal
1 egg=$.24 (friends again!)
1 cup milk=$.40 (again on sale)
1/3 cup vegetable oil=$.25 (truly a guess on this one!)
Now, we're at $1.95 for the corn bread.
Mix all ingredients up real well. May be a little lumpy but, that's okay. Trust me.
Spray your cast iron (I recommend as it makes a nice "crust" on the bread) or put a dab of butter in the bottom so it melts as your pan heats. When
you get the pan out just "swirl" it around to coat.
Pour (spoon) the bread mixture and bake about 20 mins on 350
Less than $5.00 for the entire meal which will feed 5 of us tonight!
The bread is truly an indulgence so, it would be just as good w/out.
If you really want to go "over the top" (which we HAVE on occasion!) you could add chopped scallions, shredded cheese, and sour cream to the
It will increase the cost certainly but, you won't need dessert!
I hope you enjoyed reading!
The beginnings of a warm and "inexpensive" meal!