So when I am planning my $5 Meals I use that amount I've spent on meat ($3.35) then try to add a side dish and veggie without the total going over $5.00. I could buy a pound of fresh broccoli at $ .99 per pound and then cook several cups of rice (I buy in a 25lb bag) for around $ .50 if that, and I would still be under my $5.00
Fresh Broccoli $1.00
Rice $ .50
I have provided my family a decent meal that includes a fresh vegetable (sometimes I can get the organic for that price) and I was able to keep it under $5.00.
I'm not always exactly right on, sometimes it's more sometimes it's less and you may have a larger family so it's not possible, but maybe $7.00 or $10.00 is possible for you to try stay under?
I wanted to kind of explain this because I have had people ask me how I do it, then they say I wouldn't be able to do that or it wouldn't work for my family, well it's not going to work every time but if you try to do it with a few meals a week you could possibly reduce your food budget, can't hurt to try!
Here's another chicken recipe Chicken Thighs, Quinoa & Broccoli and more $5 Meal ideas!