Using Cheap "Dough"

A few girlfriends and I have been using coupons from the Sunday paper lately. One of the girls is really good at remembering which coupons we have and telling us when to use them. I also read Southern Savers once a week to see which coupons to pair with sales to get really good deals at Kroger and CVS.

A couple of weeks ago, Pilsbury pizza dough and biscuits were on sale for around a nickel or a quarter each when you used coupons. We don't eat canned biscuits, but you really can't beat a deal like that, so I looked around for a recipe that was somewhat healthy. I wasn't too excited about tasting this, but it was healthy and cheap. I was pleasantly surprised! David and I both really liked Taco Pizza, and when biscuits are on sale again, I will be stocking up so we can have more of it. I also did some quick math and discovered that if you buy most of the ingredients on sale, you will have 6 servings of pizza for six bucks and some change! (Cost analysis below recipe.)

Taco Pizza

1.25 lb. ground turkey breast
1/2 chopped onion
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes
1 tsp. taco seasoning (from a packet)
1 can refrigerated pizza dough crust or biscuits
1 cup shredded cheese (we used Colby Jack, but I bet Cheddar would be better!)

Preheat oven to 425.

Cook turkey and onion in a skillet until browned. Drain well and return to skillet. Stir in Ro-tel and taco mix. Cook until heated, about 1 minute.

Unroll dough or biscuits and press into a glass casserole dish. Cover the bottom of the dish and press up the sides. Spoon meat mixture onto dough. Bake for 12 minutes. Top with cheese and bake another 5 minutes until edges are brown and cheese is melted. Serve with a dallop of sour cream and salsa.

Serves 6
306 Calories
9.8 g Fat
27.9 g Protein
25.6 g Carbs
1.3 g Fiber

Budget Breakdown
Ground turkey - $3.99 (typical sale price, no coupons)
onion - .50 for one whole, so 0.25 for the recipe
Ro-Tel - .89 (typical sale price, no coupons)
Taco Mix - .50 (typical sale price, can get for free with coupons)
"Dough" - 0.25
Cheese - 1.25 on sale for 2 cups, so 0.63 for this recipe

Total: $ makes six servings, that's $1.09 per serving AND it's healthy!