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Jurassic World: The Official Cookbook
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Strawberry Dole Whip


Spanish Rice

With the prices of food increasing a lot lately, I keep getting messages about budget friendly meals for those who cannot afford a lot. Well, I make this meal all the time! Normally, I make it with 3 lbs of beef, and 4 cups rice.. but I have recently learned how to cut back. Let's break down how much this will cost you if you follow it like I did with the grass fed beef, which I recommend you do, since this is a cheap meal anyways. This made 6 servings, adding more rice than beef is what keeps the cost down. We have plenty of leftovers for lunch tomorrow. When I cook, I make sure that we have enough for tomorrow as that is lunch and no one gets a say lol. If we do not have enough, I will make something else or the kids get to pick something else (sometimes I have organic lunchables- simple truth brand on stock for those days). I will not count the cheese since not everyone likes or wants cheese on it. I usually pair this meal with peas but I did not feel like it tonight since I am clearly not feeling well. 

Beef: $7.99 (1 lb- I normally get the 3 pk for $18.99 then dollar off like I had today making it $17.99)
Rice: $4.99 (for 32 oz. Used 2 cups or 16 oz half the bag) $2.50-2 cups
Tomato Sauce: $1.00
Taco Sauce: $1.00 (I had half each jar so I will count it as 1)

Total: $12.49/6 $2.08 a bowl

Can you get fast food at that price? Nope! So, just take the time out, make a meal on a budget and enjoy. I promise your kids will ask for this over and over again (mine do!). Typically, I stuff this into bell peppers (just boil the pepper after gutting the seeds out, then stuff and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. It is the BEST ever, I actually forgot I had peppers or I would have stuffed some! oops, I will stuff some tomorrow with the leftovers. This will make 6 good sized stuffed peppers as well and peppers are only $0.89 each right now so does not add much more to the total). 


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