Vicki Wood is a self-employed mother of four grown children living in Mid-Missouri. She was formerly a nurse and is getting back to writing.
Is it possible to make delicious food out of ordinary Dollar Tree items? The point of this article is to find out if we can take the cheap,low quality meat items from Dollar Tree and make them more than passing. I am a pretty good cook, even outstanding sometimes. But I've never been much of a gourmet chef, so most of my dishes that we use to experiment will be every day filling meals, meant to satisfy kids and adults alike. If you have a Dollar Tree like I do with a freezer section, you can do a lot more with creating dishes from there. The meat choices at Dollar Tree are the food items that I have the most trouble with. Although convenient and cook very quickly, they are usually pumped full of sodium leaving them tasting bland and processed. So to me, they are the biggest challenge.
Dollar Tree Lasagna
I like this one because in my mind it classifies as a "company" meal, good enough to present at a pot luck dinner. In my family, this is a deluxe dinner. My Dollar Tree carries cottage cheese sometimes so I would add the "ricotta" filling by using cottage cheese and an egg. My store also carries feta cheese, and I would probably incorporate that as well. I would offer as a side dish their delicious garlic toast slices or their garlic loaf. A bag of broccoli or green beans from the freezer case makes it a complete and wholesome dinner. Meat sauce can be accomplished if your Dollar Tree stocks the 1/2 pound ground beef patties like mine does. It fries up nicely into crumbles. I just used it this morning in my gravy with biscuits.
Shop at Dollar Tree – Here's What You'll Need:
- No-Boil Lasagna Noodles, 1 box
- 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 1½ Cup Parmesan Cheese
- 18-oz. Jar of Pasta Sauce
- 3 Teaspoons of Dried Oregano
- 9" x 13" Baking Dish
- Aluminum Foil
Just layer the different ingredients in the pan, pour the sauce over the top, and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Price for this dish-$6.00
Dollar Tree Biscuits and Meat Gravy
1/2 pound ground beef patties
biscuits-Dollar Tree biscuit mix
Crumble ground beef patties in 1 tbsp oil. salt and pepper, brown. Sprinkle 2 tbsp flour over ground beef crumbles and grease. Cook about a minute until flour and oil becomes a roux mixed with the meat. Slowly start adding milk a couple of tablespoons at a time and while stirring. Keep adding milk and stirring until you get the mixture to the thickness that you desire. Turn down to low heat.
Mix baking mix for biscuits and bake as directed.
Price for this dish-$3.00 I'm not including the price of the condiments which would be fractions of a cent.
Dollar Tree Swedish Meatballs
A lot of the recipes on the website mentioned are based on the meatballs available at this store. They are not something I care for, but I can deal with them if they are prepared with a lot of sauce. Swedish Meatballs is my favorite dish I've come up with from the Dollar Tree food section for their meatballs. It's a quick and easy hearty dish.
|Prep time||Ready in||Yields|
- 1 package meatballs
- 1 carton sour cream
- 1 package egg noodles
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp margarine
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- Boil egg noodles in a pot of water, add a little oil and salt to the water when boiling. Add noodles. Cook ten minutes. Drain water.
- Brown meatballs in the skillet, in oil. Do not drain meatballs. Add a carton of sour cream and let melt with meatballs. Cook until starts to bubble. Add garlic powder, salt, pepper. Stir.
- Pour meatball mixture over hot drained egg noodles. Fold together. Serve hot.
Price of this dish-$3.00
And Now Possibly The Best Dish That I Have Made With Dollar Tree Items
Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches. Can it really be done? Yes! I didn't think it possible but wait until you see what I've done with all Dollar Tree Items.
Saute chopped onions and pepper strips, both bags found in the frozen food section.
Brown 2 packages of Dollar Tree ribeye steaks. Add more if you want, I think I will next time. You could also take a knife to them and chop the meat up nice if you want to spend more time on it and make a more authentic cheesesteak meat.
Use Dollar Tree hoagie rolls, and layer with their horseradish sauce as you desire your heat level. Remember, a little goes a long way. This amount pictured was almost too much for my taste.
Layer the meat and the onion-pepper mixture on the bun. Then top with Dollar Tree individually wrapped swiss cheese slices.
Add the top bun. Serve with Dollar Tree potato chips and Dollar Tree pickle spears on the side for a complete meal. This one got double thumbs up from my family, and I really enjoyed it myself. This one was definitely a keeper!
Price of this dish-$5.00 for two sandwiches or $7.00 for the complete meal.
© 2018 Vicki Wood
Vicki Wood (author) from Eldon, Missouri on June 21, 2019:
Thanks for reading! My mom used flour tortillas for dumplings too.
Annette Womack from North Louisiana on June 21, 2019:
Good article. I love Dollar Tree. I live in a small town and have to drive 30 miles to the nearest Dollar Tree but I spend about $40 each trip just to stoke up on things like cookies, and other snacks, flour tortillas that I use to make dumplings, and other groceries, especially spices. Perfect sizes for a single person. Thanks for the recipes.
Gregory DeVictor from Pittsburgh, PA on February 19, 2018:
Vicki, I also like your recipe for Dollar Tree lasagne. My mother also had a fantastic lasagne recipe.
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on January 23, 2018:
I'm a fan of Dollar Tree for a lot of things, but not food.
I've found if you do the math as in per pound, their food prices actually often aren't very good.
Sometimes they have decent deals on canned food, but it never seems to taste right.
Very interesting read.
Gregory DeVictor from Pittsburgh, PA on January 23, 2018:
I was on my way to do grocery shopping today at the Homestead Waterfront Giant Eagle (your daughter may know about this place too) and I remembered something that I had to tell you about Dollar Tree. About 10 years ago, I purchased two Dollar Tree delivery trucks in the toy section of their huge store in the Pittsburgh suburb of Collier Township. I have never taken either of the trucks out of the original packages and now have them stored in a storage box for safe keeping. Both trucks are white with the Dollar Tree logo on both sides. I never intend to get rid of them either. Talk about real finds!
I’ve even been to a Dollar Tree store up in Erie, PA north of Pittsburgh. By the way, I don’t like Dollar General at all.
Vicki Wood (author) from Eldon, Missouri on January 23, 2018:
Lol, well like I said it is my least favorite meat from there, but that recipe makes it decent for me. I usually add two cartons of sour cream, because it takes more sauce for me. Those egg noodles from there are better than any that I have paid more for. Yes, you would be the meatball expert. lol.
Vicki Wood (author) from Eldon, Missouri on January 23, 2018:
Thanks, and its funny to get people's reactions on this. Everybody I know almost from all wealth shops at Dollar Tree.
Gregory DeVictor from Pittsburgh, PA on January 22, 2018:
I especially like your fantastic recipe for Swedish meatballs. It really makes me hungry. As you can tell by my last name, I grew up with a lot of meatballs!
Jeremy Gill from Louisiana on January 22, 2018:
Glad to see another Dollar Tree shopper. With me bearing little culinary ability, I usually go there for quick snacks--Raisinets, off-brand Oreos (much cheaper than regular), and the like.
For healthier options, the frozen vegetables are also a decent option.
Vicki Wood (author) from Eldon, Missouri on January 20, 2018:
Thank you Jacque!
Jacque Higginbotham on January 20, 2018:
Enjoy your articles Vicki, I will have to try these recipes out.