I can say I did it; it's done. I made a meal of sorts with five items from the Dollar Tree. I knew going into it, a protein and high sodium were going to be the main issues. You can get a lot of basics at Dollar Tree, and I wish I had stuck to them. It would not have been anything unique, but it might have had better results. First, the rules. My meal had to be enough to serve a minimum of 3-4 adults. I had to have five different items and for my self imposed challenge, nothing from my own pantry to add. Many allow salt, pepper, and even stretch to any seasonings they have, plus oil or butter, and sometimes even egg and milk. I was very strict-which really makes it much harder, but if the challenge is a DT meal for $5, then that's what I think it should be. Had I challenged myself to make 3 meal for $10, I would have had an easier time planning, and probably better quality meal in the end. But, those weren't my rules. First, here's what I bought.
- 8 ounce/2 beef patties (I had seen people post Jennie O Turkey burgers, but my DT didn't have
- 16 ounce bag broccoli
- 5 ounce cheddar cheese
- Jambalaya rice mix
- Spring rolls