This week I was contacted by the PR folks representing Prego spaghetti sauce who are promoting their "$10 meal" campaign. They sent along a bag of penne pasta, a jar of Prego spaghetti sauce, a can of cut green beans, a bottle of garlic powder, and a small container of shelf-stable parmesan cheese (all grocery store house brands, with the exception of the beans which were Del Monte brand and the Prego, of course.).
It would be so easy for someone who always makes her tomato sauce to criticize the canned and processed choices that were sent, but with so many people trying to stretch their budget these days, I bet this combination of food items appears more often than not on dinner tables all across America. You have to make the choices that are best for your family depending on your budget. No one can fault that.
But this planted a seed in my head, and you know we're all in trouble when that happens.
Since my first thought upon receiving my food pack was, "Oh, I can do better than this for $10," I'm going to put my money (literally) where my mouth is and cook a dinner for my family of four for $10. And I want you to join me! Together we can show that it's possible to cook a satisfying, healthful meal for $10. If you have a larger family, increase accordingly—family of 6 you get $15.00. Family of 8: $20 and so on. I'm just asking you try, just for one meal, then you can go back to eating the bone-in rib-eyes and sipping Dom Perignon.
If you are in, simply:
1. Write about what you plan on cooking on your blog and link back to this post.
2. Cook your meal, share your budget and post your results by, say, Wednesday October 8th.
3. Come back and leave a comment on this post with a link to your post and I will compile the links and post them to my blog along with everyone else's results.
The meal must cost $10 or less. The only exceptions (freebies) are salt and pepper. And for consistency let's price fats (butter, margarine, oil) at 10 cents a tablespoon.
Are you up for the challenge? I hope so!