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Meatloaf With Green Chile-Tomato Gravy, G William Dickey / Styling: Cari South

Serve your family our budget-friendly menus. (Try Meatloaf With Green Chile-Tomato Gravy tonight.)

When our editor asked the Foods staff to come up with five meals that would serve four people for less than $25, we wondered if such a challenge was even possible. At $1.25 a serving, the prospects seemed slim--but with a little planning and some smart shopping, we surprised everyone with family-pleasing favorites such as baked chicken and pan-fried pork chops. Of course, supermarket specials change regularly.

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Serves 4

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Menu 1:
Meatloaf With Green Chile-Tomato Gravy
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Sautéed Squash and Carrots

Menu 2:
Cornmeal-Crusted Catfish Nuggets
Oven-Roasted Potatoes
Lemon-Apple Coleslaw

Menu 3:
Lemon-Garlic Roast Chicken With Sautéed Green Beans
Cornmeal Pudding

Menu 4:
Baked Chicken Breasts
Pasta Pancakes and Gravy
steamed fresh broccoli

Menu 5:
Pan-Fried Pork Chops With Onions
Fresh Spinach-and-Apple Salad With Cinnamon Vinaigrette
Cheddar Cheese Grits

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This article is from the February 2005 issue of Southern Living.


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