April 27, 2011

$5 Dinners – Baked Lime Tilapia

Here’s the second dish I prepared from Erin Chase’s $5 Dinner MOM Cookbook.  We chose the Baked Lime Tilapia this week since we purchased 4 lbs. of individually, quick frozen tilapia filets at Walmart this weekend for just $12!  That’s $3 a pound.  We already had the rest of the ingredients:  lime juice, olive oil, dill weed, salt and pepper.

The yellow rice was leftover from a previous meal and frozen peas are a staple in the freezer.

The recipe was fast, easy and delicious!  Five minutes to defrost tilapia, whisk together lime marinade, marinate for 30 minutes while oven preheated, bake for 10-15 minutes.  While fish was baking, I was reheating rice and cooking peas.  Voila, a great meal in no time!

Cost breakdown:

1 lb. individually, quick frozen tilapia filets – $3.00
lime juice – $0.10
olive oil – $0.10
dill weed – $0.05
yellow rice – $0.25
frozen peas – $0.50
salt & pepper
Total = $4.00

Erin provides great tools for strategic shopping, meal planning and coupon shopping in the introductory chapters of the cookbook.  I, personally, employ many of these strategies with the exception of meal planning.  I just haven’t nailed that one down yet!

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I work as a real estate paralegal at a family-friendly law firm. Raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC, I graduated from UVa and met my husband, Mike, in our hometown of Alexandria, VA. Fourteen years ago, we took a leap of faith and moved our family out of the rat race to a small, rural community near Charlottesville, VA. Mike is my "OOH RAH man" and career real estate broker who is now enjoying life on a bucket list. We have three children, Bubba, (who married the girl of his dreams), Sissy, and Missy (now an "only" child). In the last few years, we've been blessed with two grandchildren (a girl and a boy). I love a bargain and have gained a reputation over the years for being quite the "coupon queen."

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