Dinner for 4 people under $10! Scallop Potatoes Casserole

I am always searching for great deals on home cooked meals, stretching the dollar and maximizing the amount of entrees in an household. If you love potatoes, ham and cheese, you will love this recipe! If you don’t want ham in it, you can use cooked chicken or pork instead or as a vegetarian dish.

I recently made a great meal for my family and it was soooo yummy. It was quite easy to make. It’s about 10 minutes of prepping and an hour to cook. You will need the following to make it work. A lot of the ingredients requires little amounts so won’t have to worry about running to the store:

Potatoes: 5 cups, thinly sliced (get a 5 pounds bag for around $3.50. You’ll need to peel and cut about half of the potatoes in the bag so about $1.75 worth used.)

Cheddar Cheese: 2 cups of mild or sharp cheese. I found an Ibotta offer for the Kraft cheese. You’ll also use about 1/2 cup to sprinkle on top right before the baking time ends. You can use more or less based on personal taste.

Butter: half a stick of butter

Milk: 2 cups of whole or 2% milk

Flour: 4 tablespoons

Ham: You can buy a ham steak, slice it up or cube it and put inside the casserole or cook separately, I used a pieces and slice pack to have some inside (for me) and on the side (for the rest of the family). The pack I bought was over $4.

Salt and pepper to taste


Peel and slice your potatoes, preferably thin. Warm up pan with low medium heat, melt butter. After it is melted, add flour and use a whisk to mix well. Add milk and whisk well until thickened and has a little boil to it. Add 2 cups of cheese and mix.

In a greased casserole dish, layer half of the sliced potatoes. You can add meat on top of the potatoes, if you prefer. Add some of the cheesy mixture on top of the first layer. Then add the remaining sliced potatoes on top, more meat then the rest of the mixture.

Put covered casserole dish in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. After the first 30 minutes in the oven, remove the cover of the casserole dish. Within the last 5 minutes, sprinkle about 1/2 cup of shredded cheese on top.

My potato slices were actually thick and I cooked the ham in a separate pan. I did add some ham inside the casserole for me and I really enjoyed the flavors that coincided nicely.
With green beans, this meal was complete!

Yummy Banana Bread Recipe!

If you find a great deal on bananas, here’s a yummy and moist recipe you can try!

2 1/2 cups of mashed bananas

2 eggs

1/2 cup of room temp butter

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup brown sugar

Mix altogether

Add 2 cups of flour and mix.

Put in square baking dish or rectangle dish pan and bake 350 for 3-40 minutes til top is brown or when you put a toothpick in and out and it’s clean. Baking times vary so keep an eye on it.


Homemade Mints Treats! Cost: $3 for Six Dozen! Great to give as gifts!

I made these cream cheese mints! They are delish! Great for parties and as gifts!
I got the blocks of HEB cream cheese for $.50 each. It cost me about $3 to make 6 dozen!
Recipe HERE
1 block of cream cheese, 2lb bag of powdered sugar, 1/4 soft butter, 1-2 tsp mint extract. Put 1/2 cup of powder sugar aside to coat the candies when rolling them. Separate fully mixed ingredients into different bowls and add each favorite color desired.
For Keto: use Swerve confectionery powder/Stevia.


Simple, healthy and CHEAP Meal! Keto Friendly and under $7 for meal for 3!

I used a Keto recipe to make this dish but added my own variation to it. Click HERE for the recipe I used as a guide.

I also used gluten free pasta that I got from HEB. I paid $2.49 for the zucchini/squash (after quick sale discount.), $3.23 for the beef and $.77 for gluten free pasta. Paid less than $7 for a meal for three people! This is really good!