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What's for dinner Thursday AND review of baked omelet recipe

Posted February 6, 2014


Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like. If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas.

What's on your menu tonight?

Review of Spinach Baked Omelet: Last night I made Diana's Spinach Cream Cheese Baked Omelet recipe from her Spoonful of Luxe post on Monday and it was a HUGE hit! You can see the link to her original recipe above.  Although her omelet photo and presentation are far superior to mine, it still tasted great and thankfully, that's all my hungry family cares about!

I actually made 2 versions. One was Diana's version minus the scallions because I didn't have any on hand. I also added sauteed mushrooms because I add mushrooms to anything I possibly can. Yes, I have a mushroom problem.  The second omelet was a mushroom and cream cheese baked omelet for my girls using the basics of the recipe from Diana minus the spinach and scallions. They are not fans of cooked spinach or onions of any kind. 

The great news is that everyone LOVED their omelets! My oldest daughter asked me to make it every week. Score for the mom!

I had fun challenging them to guess the secret ingredients of cream cheese and nutmeg. I was impressed that hey guessed both fairly quickly.

Cost Breakdown

This is a very easy recipe using frugal ingredients I already had. Here is the breakdown of the cost for the omelets:

10 eggs (5 eggs in each 8x8 omelet) on sale for .99 per dozen = .82 for both omelets

4 oz of cheese (2 oz in each omelet) = $.75

8 oz mushrooms. (4 oz in each omelet) = $1.23 (the 16 oz package of mushrooms at Harris Teeter is $2.47 every day of the week) - If you get to Aldi this week they are only .79 for an 8 oz, though

4 oz cream cheese (2 oz in each omelet) = .50

1 package frozen Green Giant spinach (used 1/2 the package in the grown-ups omelet and then hubby ate the other half as a side) = .60 for whole package bought on sale with coupon over a month ago

Tomato slices = .30 (used about 1/3 of a tomato)

Spices = .25 at most

Total for both omelets = $4.45

Even with fruit and biscuits on the side, the total for the whole meal is only $6.00 for a family of 4!

Thanks again to Diana for sharing her fabulous recipe. You will see it on my meal plan often in the future.




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  • meredith88 Feb 6, 2014

    That bakes omelet recipe looks delicious! Tonight I had no idea what to make so when I got home I checked the fridge for leftovers. We ended up having beef and broccoli with rice. I started with a box of beef and broccoli out of the freezer. I can't remember the brand and I just took the recycling out so it's too late now ;) It was free on SD at LF a few months ago. Then I cut up 2 more heads of fresh broccoli from Aldi's sale last week. I also cut up and added 3 carrots from Aldi's sale two weeks ago. I mixed it all together with some stir fry sauce that was free at HT SD about a year ago and served it with leftover rice in the fridge. It was really good and because of all the extra veggies we added it made enough for two meals!

  • ascherer Feb 6, 2014

    Will we cheated tonight. We made a pizza using a tube of crust. DH and I had fun putting it together including some good laughs. I think some time we forget we can actually have fun in the kitchen, not just make a meal.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 6, 2014

    jdouglas- thanks! They were so delicious!!! And yum on the chicken and dumplings... sounds like a hearty meal on this chilly night... brrr!!!

  • jdouglas13 Feb 6, 2014

    RFB, your pepper poppers (minus the cilantro for me) sound so good. I love how you found such a creative way to use the leftover ingredients. Everyone's menus sound very appetizing today!

    Raesmom, Nakabi, and Gator Girll, hope everyone is feeling better soon! Healing thoughts coming your way.

    Tonight we are having chicken and dumplings (Bisquick style) with onion, garlic, carrots, celery, a can of the pups' green beans, and some frozen peas. The chicken has been cooking all afternoon in broth with the aromatics, a splash of white wine (we don't drink, but use some wine in cooking), a sad sprig of rosemary, and some herbes de provence, and it smells wonderful.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Feb 6, 2014

    widmannallison - I missed the Wine Thursday memo. Good thing I am prepared for emergencies. lol

    Gator Girll and Nakabi - I hope you are both feeling better soon. Sounds like you could both use some pho to warm you up.

  • Savvysaver Feb 6, 2014

    Mexican Night! We are having tacos stuffed with rice and black beans with corn casserole on the side! It sounded be yummy!

  • 4n0n Feb 6, 2014

    Tonight I will be pulling together a classic American favorite. Turkey meatloaf, grilled string beans, and mashed red potatoes. All fresh and homemade! Just need to pickup some wine as it is Thursday :D

  • nakabi Feb 6, 2014

    Faye-we love pho too, but I don't make it that often, just because it does take time and by the time I get home from work, the last thing I want to do is make something like that. But I stayed home from church last night since I wasn't feeling great and ended up making the pho last night.
    Gator Girl-the Viet Namese place on Capital blvd (Far East), has good pho. They also have a great papaya salad!!!! Highly recommend it! And their fried tofu is yummy too!

  • Gator Girll Feb 6, 2014

    Nakabi - I do enjoy a good Pho. The best I've had locally was at Lime and Basil in Chapel Hill. I've never tried to make it myself.

    I'm still sick and haven't felt like eating much. DH has made good friends with the subway shop a couple of miles from the house. Hopefully I'll get back up and running sometime next week.

  • twoboysandadog Feb 6, 2014

    We are having beef stir fry over rice. Beef strips on sale at FL as well as the frozen stir fry mix.