I knew that I was going to be watching the kid tonight while my wife went out to dinner with some friends, so something that I could cook while wrangling a 1 year old, and bonus points if he could "help," was to be the order of the day.
Stopping by the store after work, thoughts swirled about what could be made. I saw a display near the meat counter of hamburger patties, and thought that making something like that would be perfect- for dinner and for lunch leftovers. My first stop was the Manager Markdown Meat Market (MMMM).
|Slim pickins at the MMMM|
|The search is on for cheapmeat!|
Next stop, onions. I prefer red onions, but since they're typically 3x as expensive as vidalia onions, they're mostly eschewed. And for a dish like this, type is mostly unimportant.
|Brings a tear to my eye...literally.|
A quick swing by the Mystical Land of Manager Markdowns (*NOT* to be confused with the MMMM) and I was on my way. Unfortunately, it was basically a ghost town back there. Nothing but a few clearance OSU shirts. No biggie- I didn't really need anything from back there anyway.
|Just needs some tumbleweed and a Old West whistle|
|But it's pretty meat!|
|It's favorite composer is Chopin.|
Chop, sniffle, chop, sniffle.
My son *LOVES* the sizzling noise
While this was simmering, I sliced the potatoes into rounds and drizzled them with olive oil, seasoned salt, and black pepper. I cooked them on high heat until they were crispy around the edges and soft in the middle.
|Not nearly as sad as the onions|
Here is this meal's cost breakdown:
Potatoes- $1.47 (3 @ $0.49/ea)
Diced tomatoes (can)- $0.60
Velveeta- $2.49 (I had this already, but if you had to buy a small loaf)
Shredded cheese: $1.66
Total: $16.35 (and there's 95% of the ketchup, mustard and relish left)
Total servings: 8 ($2.05 per serving)
So making something that looks like one thing (in this case, it'd be best to not look at it...) but tastes like something else is a fun game to play. There are a lot of different things that you can do to trick the brain, so play around with ideas. I'd love to hear yours!