These meals are intended to be a relatively simple and healthy weeknight meal for a family of four. We assume that these dinners are being made in a kitchen stocked with regular kitchen staples. We will not include prices of oil, sugar, flour, spices, etc. unless you need a 1/4 cup or more. Regional food prices may vary and can be reduced by smart shopping techniques.
This is a quick and easy weeknight meal that my whole family likes. It is inspired by a recipe of my mother's.
|1 turkey (or regular) kielbasa or sausage||$2.50|
|2 to 3 potatoes||$1.50|
|1 lb. baby carrots, or 2 carrots, cut up||$2.00|
|1 medium onion (use 1/2 onion if large)||$.99|
|2 to 3 cloves of garlic||$.50|
|Total Cost = $7.49|
Slice kielbasa into coins and brown in large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. While this is browning, put 1 to 2 cups water in bottom of a saucepan with steamer basket (water should just touch top of basket), start heating on high. While the water is heating, cut up potatoes (peeled or unpeeled) and carrots (if necessary) into bite sized pieces and place in pan. Cook covered about 15 minutes or until veggies are softened.
Chop onion and mince or press garlic. When the kielbasa is browned, remove from pan and add enough oil to equal about 1 Tbps (this may be unnecessary if you used regular kielbasa). Saute onions and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes. Add water and scrape bottom of pan to release browned bits. The potatoes and carrots are usually ready to go at this time.
Dump steamed veggies and the steaming liquid into saucepan with onions, etc. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Allow to thicken slightly then add kielbasa, 1 to 2 dashes of Worchestershire sauce, 1/2 tsp. thyme and Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper. Reduce heat, cover and allow to "stew" for as long as you need, at least 10 minutes. I usually serve it with a crusty bread that I heat up at this time. If there is any left, it makes a great work lunch the next day. Start to finish, this shouldn't take more than a half an hour.
We like Kielbasa cut into bavarian kraut, an apple and a smidgen of brown sugar, then simmer for awhile.
Just made this. Used a little less water so that it was less of a "stew" as the end result. The flavor was amazing! Thanks for helping me use up some ingredients on hand for a wonderful dinner. :) It's a keeper!
Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!