I was recently given $40 to cook meals for a family in our church. Wanting to bless them with as many meals as possible (they're a family of 8!) I was able to make 8 meals! All containing chicken or ground beef. I made:
Tomato based chicken and rice
Creamy chicken and rice
Two trays of spaghetti casserole
Two trays of ground beef shepherd's pie
Two batches of chicken soup
I'll have to find my receipt but I purchased $9 worth of ground beef (5 pounds) and $10 worth of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (5 pounds), large sack of rice, carrots, frozen corn, jarred spaghetti sauce (I'll make my own next time), potatoes, noodles and some cheese. I did use my spices, flour (the gravy for the shepherd's pie) , bouillon and a few other items.
I wish I could have used all organic ingredients, but I wouldn't have been able to make nearly as many meals.