Great meals you can make on a budget, vol. 2

Where you'll make them

POWS (as in those POW! blocks in Super Mario Bros., not P-O-Ws)

It’s a weird name. I don’t know where it came from, but these pows were a favorite of mine when I was a kid and I still like them today. I especially like how easy they are to prepare. With the ingredients listed below, each serving comes out to just under $5.00, but keep an eye out for sales, many of these ingredients freeze well and you’ll be able spread your budget even further.

You’ll just need to pick up a few items at your nearby grocery store. These ingredients will make four servings, with some leftover for your next meal.



1 Pound Package of 85/15 Ground Beef  //  $4.99

6 Slices of Cooked Bacon // $4.99 per pound

1 Can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup // $.99

4 Hamburger Buns (most come in 8 count packages) // $1.99 per 8 pack

8 oz Velveeta // $2.99

‘Chips’ on the side:

1 pound bag of carrot chips // $1.99

2 large apples // $2.00


Ok, let’s add this up! 4.99 + 4.99 + .99 + 1.99 + 2.99 + 1.99 + 2.00 = $19.94. There are 4 servings here, so $19.94 / 4 = $4.99 PER SERVING! + leftover buns, bacon, and velveeta 🙂

So, how do you combine these ingredients to make the aforementioned, weirdly-named, yet strangely-tasty pows?

Cook up the meat!

  • First, cook up the bacon. You’ll need 6 slices, crispy is best.
  • Feel free to snack on the extra bacon while you’re cooking, mmm!
  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet, drain the grease.
  • Crumble the bacon and add to the ground beef.
  • Add the tomato soup to the pan (just the condensed soup, no added water or milk)
  • Stir it all together.

Start your ovens!

  • Turn your oven on broil.
  • Lay out 8 bun halves on a baking sheet.
  • Top with the ground beef, bacon, and tomato soup mixture.
  • Cut the Velveeta into small cubes and add 3-4 cubes on top of each.

Brown & toast them up!

  • Put the baking sheet of open-faced pows in the oven for a couple minutes, checking frequently so the Velveeta is a nice golden brown and the buns toast up.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.
  • Serve with carrot chips and thinly sliced apples (‘chips’).


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