We were gone all day yesterday for Show choir, a pricey day, though budgeted for as part of the overall activity cost, but well worth being able to spend a whole rare Saturday with DH, watching our daughter and friends perform in hers and the other two choirs, plus really fun performances by other schools. If you want to get a bright glimpse into the future of America, attend a show choir event. Today, we are staying home and not attending any Super Bowl football gatherings. I don't think anyone is stopping by, but I am ready with food if they do.We finally went grocery shopping, and I'm building a menu for tonight game watching that is frugal, and adaptable to add more if needed.
I am just fine with buying frozen pizza to have on hand when those nights really are stressful. Better, when there are deals that help me have reserves at near make it at home price, still beating take out price. Tombstone had a buy two get two, so I did, taking home four large supreme for $11.98. I'll also make some flat bread and top with just a little white sauce, mozzarella, and onions. Both of these will be sliced small, and portable to eat as finger foods. I've loads of chicken to make boneless buffalo chunks, with ranch dressing for dipping. I'll also slice up carrots and celery for the sides. Avocado's were on sale, so I'll mix three with a can of dice tomatoes with peppers, salt and lime, for an easy guacamole, with bargain chips. We have tortillas for Grilled quesadillas, and meatballs and barbecue sauce. DH will not go hungry, and I can stretch and add more should he get a last minute guest or two. This will be supper so, to boost the five a day, I've pushed fruit for breakfast and nibbling. For my estimates, I started with the known price of the main ingredient, then estimated the other ingredients, bought in bulkier sizes. *Denotes a recipe of sorts is below.
$ .35 Buttered Popcorn
$ 3.00 Tombstone Pizza
$ 1.50 Onion Flat bread*
$ 3.00 Buffalo Chicken chunks*
$ 1.48 Chips and guac (per each avocado, serving three people nibbling)
$ 3.00 Meatballs in BBQ
$ .45 Seasoned oven French Fries
$ 1.52 Cheese and onion quesadilla with corn salsa (making one large)
$15.35 Super Bowl Treats for three
Happy hour at our favorite place, similar items
$ Free Popcorn
$ 8.00 9 inch Pizza
$ 6.00 Flat bread
$ 6.00 Buffalo Chicken chunks
$ .00 Celery, and ranch dressing (with chicken)
$ 4.00 Small Chips and guac
$ 5.00 Hamburger slider-three
$ 3.00 Small order of Fries
$ 4.00 Cheese quesadilla with salsa
$36.00 Super Bowl Treats for three
We don't eat like this often, but for these fun occasions, snacks are part of the culture. I might just get a left over two from the snacks for lunch tomorrow.
Onion flat bread: My no yeast pizza crust, 1 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp garlic, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon oil, enough water to bind crust, let set for while before rolling out. Dimple the crust with end of a spoon and lightly brush with olive oil. Pre-bake crust 10 minutes at 400 degree oven. Top with white sauce (mine will be a simple white sauce using butter,m flour, and milk, heavily doused with garlic), 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, 1 caramelized onion. If I had olives, I would have put them on as well. Bake another 10-15 minutes, watching for light browning.
Buffalo Chicken chunks: Cut Two boneless, skinless chicken breast pieces into roughly one inch chunks. Mix in a bowl 1 Tbls oil (I used olive, 1 tablespoon hot sauce, 1 tsp garlic, 1 tsp pepper* , and toss chunks in the sauce to coat. Next toss the chunks in a bread crumb mixture of 1/4 cup bread crumbs, tsps chili powder, and 1 tsp black pepper. Bake about 15 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Seperate chunks then toss chunks again in 1/4 cup hot sauce, and bake another 2-5 minutes to set the sauce. Any variation of sauce works well this way.
|Homemade buffalo chicken before last coating.|