Home Cooking 35

$10 meal for four

jnstarla | May 2, 2008 06:21 AM

On the latest episode of Top Chef (Wednesday nights on Bravo, 9 pm CST), the elimination challenge was to cook a healthy meal for four with a budget of $10. There was quite a bit of grumbling about the size of the budget, and my husband and I looked at each other and just shrugged. $10 a meal is probably high for us most nights, actually! But we are big pantry/freezer cookers...

I was wondering what was the Chowhound's best idea for a $10 meal for four. No limit on cooking time, so braising or slow-cookers are ok.

My thoughts:

*Buy a cup of bulk polenta, some chicken thighs, some tomatoes (probably canned), and a small amount of cheese. Use the polenta as the base of a cacciatore-inspired casserole.

*A tortilla soup in the crock pot - my husband always calls it "soup of can" because everything is pre-made. Not the fanciest dish by any means, but tasty and hearty. Two boneless, skinless chicken breasts, one can of beans (rinsed), one can of diced tomatoes (drained), one cup of salsa (we use the home-canned from our garden), two cups frozen corn, chili powder, and some cumin & other herbs/spices to round it out. Cook all day on low.

Anyone else?

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