Monday, December 8, 2008

5 dollar dinner challenge

I've decided to participate in the $5 Dinner Challenge over at We are a family of 5, and I am always striving to make good dinners for $5 or less for all of us, with leftovers for lunch the next day. Here is what I am making tonight:

Honey Lime Chicken

1 pkg of chicken breasts - $2.49
1/2 c. honey - .50
Juice of 3 limes - .25
1/4 c. soy sauce - .10

Combine marinade ingredients (and I also tossed in the zest of one lime for a little more flavor) in a large zip-top bag. Marinade the chicken breasts for at least an hour. Pour entire contents of bag in 13 x 9 pan and place in oven, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 30-40 min. or until done. I served mine with:

Steamed white rice - .25
Frozen corn - 1/2 lb. - .35

Whole wheat banana muffins

2 c. wheat flour - .20
1 t. baking powder - incidental
1 t. baking soda - incidental
1/2 t. salt - incidental
1/4 c. maple syrup - .12
1 c. water
2 T. oil - .10
1 t. vanilla - .05
1 mashed banana - .20

Combine all in mixing bowl. Fill prepared muffin tins 2/3 full and top with cinnamon sugar, if desired. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Total dinner cost: approximately $4.65!
(Technically, though, it really cost me less than this, because I received a "new neighbor" gift card from a local grocery store that I used to purchase the chicken on sale. The price I used is the price that I WOULD have paid without the discount.)

Please be sure and check out for lots more great budget meal ideas - I can't wait to update my own recipe collection!!


~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Looks super yummy! and easy too. I love that at this time of year!

$5 Dinner Mom said...

That chicken looks delicious Janelle! Thanks for posting it on the Challenge! I look forward to seeing what other yummy meals you can create for your fam! :)