Sloppy Joes, Roasted Potatoes, and Green Beans ($5.10)

1lb ground beef ($1.50)
1 can Hunt’s Manwich sauce ($1)
5 Kroger Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns ($0.50)
5 medium potatoes ($0.50)
1 large can Del Monte Cut Green Beans (I use fresh during the summer, canned during the winter) ($1.50)
2T Olive or Canola Oil (olive oil is healthier, but canola is cheaper) ($0.10)
salt and pepper
1t sugar
Magic Seasoning Salt

Preheat oven to 425. Coat a 9×13 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cut potatoes into cubes (don’t peel them! This is the only time I can get my kids to eat potatoes with the peel on…) and place in baking dish. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of oil over the potatoes; add pepper and seasoning salt (as much as you like…my hubby likes a lot of pepper, so I go heavy on the pepper and do a light covering of seasoning salt). Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

While potatoes are baking, place green beans (do not drain) in medium sauce pan. Add 1 tablespoon of oil, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and a dash of salt and pepper. Simmer over medium heat until liquid is gone.

While potatoes are baking and green beans are simmering, brown ground beef. Lean ground beef is more expensive than the fattier beef, so here’s a trick to reduce the fat content: after browning your beef, place in a strainer over a large pot. Heat several cups of water in the microwave until almost boiling. Pour water slowly over the beef, and watch the fat drain into the pot! Discard water and fat and return meat to skillet. Add Manwich mix, reduce heat, and simmer.

Place hamburger buns on baking sheet and heat on the lower rack of oven for the last five minutes as potatoes are cooking.

A yummy way to eat the leftover potatoes is to add a layer of cheese and heat at 350. Add a little more seasoning salt and they taste like those delicious yet terribly unhealthy cheese fries from Charley’s Steakery!