I need cheap recipe ideas times are a little tough right now and I'm needing to know if anybody has any recipes that can feed a family of 5 for not too much $$

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Christina - posted on 01/24/2009

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thin slice potatoes fill 3/4 of cake pan.



sear thin boneless pork chops then put on the potatoes



Cover with non prepared cream of mushroom soup



375 for 45 to 60 minutes



 



I have a family of 8 and this is quick easy and cheap

Angelique - posted on 01/24/2009

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I'm new to this site, so I haven't built up a database on here yet and thus have nothing to refer from here. Before finding this site, I used online cooking.com etc sites and have been cooking more with veggie protiens like beans and lentils and rice for a "complete protein". Also, a friend just introduced me to "TheGroceryGame.com". It costs $8 a quarter, but I've already saved 50% of my grocery bill. My friend introduced me, and now she saves SO MUCH money. The best thing is some coupons are free online AND using the list of sales combined with the coupons, you can get some items for FREE! The concept is to "stock up" on items that are 70% off and Free and shop at Sams/Costco for staples like milk and eggs.

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Angel Food Ministries is a program that sells bulk food items divided out to families. It's $30 now (I think) for the box of food that is supposed to feed a family of 4 for a week. Check it out at angelfoodministries.com and you can find an order site and pick up location near you. It's a nationwide program. They have a different menu each month. Good luck!

Katie - posted on 01/24/2009

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I remember when my husband was out of work and $ was so tight!  I tried to make a game out of stretching the groceries.  Since my husband is a big meat eater also I used a lot of ground beef.  I'd buy it in bulk and break it up in into 1/2 lb. quantities and freeze it.  You'd be surprised how using a 1/2 lb. of ground beef in a recipe that calls for a full pound works!  You don't even miss it.  But, I'd do lots of spaghetti with meat sauce.  Meatloaf is another good way to stretch.  Some nights, I'd make a big pot of chili (there are some amazing mixes out there...one looks like it's in a brown paper bag - add water and maybe a can of kidney or chili beans), and with the leftovers I'd make Frito chili pie or nachos.  Another idea is to buy a brisket.  I use Claude's Brisket Marinade.  Pour it over, cover and cook at 350 for 4 or more hours, depending on the size.  A 5 to 7 lb. brisket will feed your family for at least 2 meals.  I serve it sliced with baked or mashed potatoes or rice and another veggie and the next time, I shred it and serve on buns with bbq sauce and potato salad.  Roasting a whole turkey can net a couple (if not more) meals.  Cooking a big ot of beans and serving it with cornbread goes a long way!  Leftovers freeze well too.  I always thought of ways to stretch one thing out into more. I keeping with my "game" mindset, every Friday night was leftover night.  We'd just get all of it out and warm it up and have a little of this...a little of that. 



If you have a dog, whatever leftovers your family doesn't eat, you can throw into a big pot, add some water, maybe some old soft potatoes or pasta and cook it down slowly.  Throw in some garlic powder (wards off fleas & ticks).  Keep it in the frig and add it to dry dog food.  I bought Ol' Roy and would put this homemade concoction (mush, really) over it and my dogs feasted!



Hope this helps.



Katie

Melissa - posted on 01/26/2009

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There is a wonderful site i have found that teaches you different menus so that your kids wont get bored w/ the same old spaghetti. It also teaches how to freeze cook, which is to make enough meat, veg. etc. on Mon. so that  if you have a busy night you can just get it  from the freezer.It also will give you a grocery list and an estimate on what you will spend for that week. The website is menus4moms.com. I'm sure you will find it very helpful.

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Nancy - posted on 11/26/2012

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Low Fat, Three Cheese Mac and Cheese, Made From a Box But Healthier...I'm using one of the newer whole grain boxes but adding all healthy ingredients. The results are a dreamy, cheesy, rich tasting mac and cheese. The skinny for 1 serving, 283 calories, 6 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber and 7 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. My entire family loves this recipe and I hope yours does too! http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/low...

Cameron - posted on 11/20/2012

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got some for 27dollars check out worldsbestcookingideas.blogspot.com you want regret it.

Sheena - posted on 10/28/2012

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I have a family of 4 and we have survived for years using left overs to make new meals like Goulash. If I make Mac and cheese with chicken and a vegetable, the next day the left over Mac and cheese gets mixed with ground turkey meat and stewed tomatoes and whatever the vegetable is I mix it all together. You could use ground beef instead of turkey and put it in a baking pan and put cheese and bread crumbs on top, pop it in the oven.

If you have leftover chicken make a quick sauce, put it over rice and that's your meal. There are easy sauce recipes on line or the bottled ones in the store, like sweet and sour sauce.

Nancy - posted on 02/25/2012

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When times are rough, I usually just cook chicken or a cheap round steak with whatever spices I have on hand and serve it with a cooked frozen veggie, a canned fruit, and a glass of milk. I don't worry about other ingredients. We can only do what we can do. And the family likes it just fine as we use food to nourish the body but its the conversationa and laughter around the table that nourishes our souls. Hope this helps.

Sue - posted on 02/20/2012

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Well, I find just hubby & I in the same situation as some of you, as we are both retired & living on a very fixed income.



We both love hot dogs (& chicken hot dogs saves you $$ & calories) but browning them in a little grease or butter, & then pour in either baked beans that already have everything in them, OR just pork & beans (are cheaper) & add your own brown sugar, onion flakes work fine, & a little garlic powder. Turn burner down low while you either make a tossed salad of what you already have on hand, or a couple lettuce leaves topped with a couple pineapple slices & tossed with a dollop of mayo. Serve with buttered toast or loaf. AND, keeping iced tea for drinking costs practically nothing compared to soft drinks, etc., or better yet, drink iced water (we do that all the time when we get the opportunity to eat out).



Fix breakfast for dinner ~ fix a simple quiche or omlette, a bowl of fruit or lettuce with tomato on top with a dollop of mayo, & biscuits or loaf bread.



I think my all time cheap recipe is cook rice from scratch, heat Campbell's Sirloin Burger Stew & pour over the rice! Guys especially like this type of dish (& you can use other things to pour over the rice, like chilli, beef stew, etc.). Serve green beans & a salad (with what you have) or even cut a tomato & cuke and add some Italian Dressing on top, or baked or raw apples, or any other fresh fruit, or a bowl of canned fruit in fruit juice. And my hubby always wants that buttered loaf bread!!!



Someone else mentioned tuna & noodles, to which I add a can of Cream of "something" soup..top with bread crumbs if you want to bake it for a few minutes, or serve right from the pot!!!



You can make your own "Chicken Pot Pie" by buying your pie crust in the cold box in the store, 2 cans of mixed vegetables, a can of chicken, & cream of "something soup." Put one crust in a pie plate, add your already stirred together vegetables & soup mixture, mash the sides together, slit the top with a few knife slits & bake at 350 degrees until crust is golden brown! Serve with some of my other suggestions!



Jello (without sugar) can always be served as dessert with a small can of crushed pineapple & any other can of fruit (drained) that you might have! Kids usually love jello & also jello pudding!! ;)



I think any pasta dish or potato dish is cheaper to buy & make, and also the most filling for a husband!!!



Good luck,

Suziann58

Tammy - posted on 02/16/2012

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We love mashed potatoes with either soup or stew.



We make the instant mashed potatoes because they are cheap and you can make in a jiffy. Place hot potatoes in a bowl and pour your favorite soup or stew over the top.



We seen this on TV for Dinty Moore Beef Stew and the boys tried it and they loved it and we have made variations since then to include tomatoe soup; chicken noodle soup and vegetable soup.

Tammy - posted on 02/16/2012

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We do HM chicken nuggets. These are something that you could prepare ahead of time/ freeze/ and cook and eat on those nights that you just don't have alot of time. But they are cheap and better for you than the store bought ones.



I take chicken breast. The thin ones that are individually frozen in a 3 or 5-lb bag work best for me.



Thaw the chicken and cut raw chicken into bite size nuggets.



Prepare your seasonings. I usually mix onion powder chicken all pupose seasoning; dry mustard; paprika in a large zip lock bag.



Break 4-5 eggs in a bowl and dip chicken in the egg to coat. Put 6-8 pieces in the zip lock container and shake to coat with the seasonings.



Once you are done with preparing the chicken you can either freeze for later; bake in the oven; or cook in the deep fryer.



Serve with ketchup; honey mustard; or ranch for a dipping sauce.

Tammy - posted on 02/16/2012

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We also like HM pepperoni hot pockets for dinner.



Again my family would require two loaves of bread for this. Plus a large package of pepperoni (we buy the pre-sliced; but I find you can save some money by cutting yourself. I just don't have the time and I like the really thin slices). Some butter/margarine and a jar of speghetti sauce.



We use a sandwich maker ($10 at Walmart) but a hot griddle will work just as well. Just doesn't sear the ends of the sandwich.



Butter one side of the bread and place that face down. Spoon 1 TBLSP of Speghetti sauce spread across the bread. Place a layer of the pepperoni slices across the speghetti sauce. (place a slice of cheese on top of the pepperoni slices this is optional but my kids love it if we have any in the house).



Butter one side of the other piece of bread and place butter side up. If you are using the sandwich maker you can make two sandwiches at a time and close the lid.



Five minutes later two sandwiches are done. (If you are using a hot griddle you would have to flip the sandwich at the appropriate time.)

Tammy - posted on 02/16/2012

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I also have a family of 5. Two adults and two teenage boys plus an active 7yo boy so my grocery budget is constantly under scrutiny.



We do breakfast for dinner at least once a week. Usually Sunday evenings as we like to just lounge on Sundays while we are getting ready for the week.



We can do French Toast and feed the family for under $5.00 total. A dozen eggs I can always get on sale for $.99 a dozen. I usually buy 2. Then a cheap loaf of bread I can get at the day old store for 2/$1.00.



Plus we have milk at the house and we go through about half a gallon between making the french toast and what we drink with the dinner. I don't count in the butter or syrup becuase we buy that and it lasts in our household for a long time as we buy the bulk size and refill the individual containers as needed.



But even if you factored in what you would spend on syrup and butter you could easily feed the family for less than $10. And it takes no time at all.

Tammy - posted on 02/16/2012

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My favorite "cheap" meal is Augratin potatoes and ham bites.



You can get whole ham right now pretty cheap per pound as the grocery stores are gearing up for Easter.



I find Augratin potatoes as low as $.50/box. I stay with the name brand on the augratin potatoes as I have tried the off brand and they just didn't taste the same to me.



Cut the ham into bite size squares. We usually use half of a whole ham for two boxes of augratin potatoes. Make sure to either have a plan for the other half or freeze it right away. You don't want it going bad in the fridge.



Prepare the augratin potatoes according to the box and prior to putting in the oven mix in the ham bites that you have cut up.



Cook in the oven according to the directions for the Augratin potatoes.



We serve with buiscuits. The buiscuits that I buy I get 4 tubes. 13 buiscuits in each tube for $1.20 at Walmart.

Tammy - posted on 02/16/2012

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My favorite "cheap" meal is Augratin potatoes and ham bites.



You can get whole ham right now pretty cheap per pound as the grocery stores are gearing up for Easter.



I find Augratin potatoes as low as $.50/box. I stay with the name brand on the augratin potatoes as I have tried the off brand and they just didn't taste the same to me.



Cut the ham into bite size squares. We usually use half of a whole ham for two boxes of augratin potatoes. Make sure to either have a plan for the other half or freeze it right away. You don't want it going bad in the fridge.



Prepare the augratin potatoes according to the box and prior to putting in the oven mix in the ham bites that you have cut up.



Cook in the oven according to the directions for the Augratin potatoes.



We serve with buiscuits. The buiscuits that I buy I get 4 tubes. 13 buiscuits in each tube for $1.20 at Walmart.

Angela - posted on 09/06/2011

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My kids love kraft dinner casserole you cook your kraft dinner as it says on the box and brown hamburger (or hot dogs) add these in a baking dish with a can of tomato soup for every box you and add salsa to taste mix together top with grated cheese or crushed saltine crackers and bake until lightly browned.
Also we make cheesy wraps as the kids call them you take browned hamburger add a can of Campbell's cheese add a little salsa put on a tortilla shell top with peppers and serve

Tonya - posted on 09/06/2011

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I believe I have a small book that is called 99 cent meals. IDK how many of those meals I have tried but I can def. look for it and send you some recipes if you want them? Let me know. Email me at Isaiah_1142005@yahoo.com

Tonya - posted on 09/06/2011

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I believe I have a small book that is called 99 cent meals. IDK how many of those meals I have tried but I can def. look for it and send you some recipes if you want them? Let me know. Email me at Isaiah_1142005@yahoo.com

Amanda - posted on 09/03/2011

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When we need to eat cheap we eat spaghetti - we use Delmonte spaghetti sauce in the can from $1 Tree and sometimes thier pasta, sometimes it's cheaper elsewhere and just ad a pound or less of hamburger. It tastes good too. I have also cooked "beefy meatballs and rice" using $1.99 bag of meatballs from Aldi's - a grocery store here that is very affordable. Cook rice according to package and in another boiler mix 1 packet of brown gravy mix with water and add meatballs in it to heat. Then mix the rice when it's done in with the beefy meatballs. We usually serve with green beans or baked beans. Shop at Aldi's or Sav-A-Lot, they are cheaper than most stores - even Wal-Mart. We also like a shrimp pasta dish. The shrimp at Aldi's is abour $4 a bag pre-cooked and we get a bag of frozen broccoli spears for about a $1 and a box of pasta. Make a rue using butter and flour in a skillet and then ad milk after the flour has cooked a minute or two, we like to add a lot of garlic powder and some "soul seasoning" it's a blend. then we add the de-tailed shrimp and broccoli and heat through then toss with the pasta. Breakfast is always good too with eggs and grits, toast and sausage or bacon. Aldi's has the link breakfast sausages for $1 per pack of 10, doz eggs around $1, whole box of grits around $1, bread around $1. Everybody loves breakfast. I used to send stuffed eggs in my kids lunch to school because she loved them and hated sandwiches. You can do stuffed eggs and make grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, or egg salad sandwiches. Aldi's sells 3# boneless skinless chicken breasts for just over $5. We take that and put it in a crockpot with rice and 1 can of chicken broth with extra water and a can of cream of chicken soup and cook for 8 to 10 hours, then shred the chicken and microwave one of those $1 bags of broccoli and throw it in with it and it's delicious and makes a ton. Spray the crock first so the rice doesn't stick. There's so much more, but i'll stop there.

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Taco's also are cheap when you do them yourself. You can also buy the big bags of boneless chicken when it is on sale for .99¢/lb. or less, or other chicken when it is cheaper. Boil it so you can make shredded chicken out of it. Do alot at once. Or buy turkeys when they are cheap like that too. Boil and shred the chicken and freeze it. Then you have some for when you want to use some for chicken taco's too. Or chicken and noodles, chicken and dumplings, Chicken enchilada casserole which is good. I will put more of those recipes up when I can too. I use the chicken and dumpling recipe out of betty crocker or better homes cook book. It is cheap to make.

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One other thing. Another cheap thing to make is goulash. Or even to make chili more filling or other soups. Add macaroni noodles. It makes it more filling and goes farther.

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Here is a casserole that is good and fairly cheap to make.

1 to 1 1/2 lbs hamburger
3 oz. cream cheese-softened by sitting at room temp
1 cup sour cream
green onions-chopped
8 oz. macaroni noodles
1 can tomato paste or sauce
seasonings for meat and sauce (whatever you like for italian and normal seasonings)
parmesan cheese or mozzarella

Cook hamburger with seasonings you like. Drain fat. Add tomato sauce or paste and italian seasonings. Let simmer. Cook macaroni noodles. While that is happening. Cream together cream cheese and sour cream with mixer. Stir in green onion to cream cheese mixture. Drain noodles when they are cooked. Rinse with cold water so they stop cooking. Set aside meat mixture when it has cooked enough.

Take a 2 to 3 quart casserole dish to assemble the casserole in. Put half the macaroni noodles in the bottom of the casserole dish. Spread half the cream cheese mixture on top of the noodle. Next put half of the meat mixture on top of the cream cheese. Repeat layers. Top with either parmesan or mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or until cheese on top is browning.

Another variation to this is that you can actually mix the cream cheese mixture in with the noodles and just do 2 layers. The noodles with the cream cheese mixed in and then the meat on top of it and repeat. It is good both ways.

We always serve rolls with this.

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My kids, we have 4 so total of 6 in house, don't like the tomato taste of Manwich so we came up with our own sloppy joe mix and it is fairly cheap to make.



1-1 1/2 lbs of hamburger

1 can of alphabet vegetable soup

4 Tbsp. Ketchup

1 Tbsp. Mayo

1 tsp. Mustard

Velveeta Cheese or some sort of cheese-cubed if velveeta



Cook hamburger until just done, drain off grease. Pour in the can of soup. Add in the mustard, mayo and ketchup. You can add or subtract more or less of these as you like for your tastes. Stir together until simmering on low. Add cheese, to your discretion on quantity, depending on how cheesy you like it. Let cheese melt into the mixture wll. Serve on buns when done.

Donna - posted on 03/08/2010

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Get a pack of kabalsa sausage (green lable) potato's and french style or cut green beans. Up to you on protions of each. Cut the sausage into 1 inch pieces then 4th those put in a skillet. cut your potatos about same size put in skillet pour in your green beans add just a bit of water to cover the ingredients salt and pepper and let simmer for about 2 hours. This is a very fast and easy thing to make and my family LOVES it!

Charlene - posted on 03/07/2010

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Also when i was little, my mom would take the left over spagetti sauce and add a can of early peas and a can of whole kernal corn, both with some juice, and called it "goolash" and she then served it with shell noodles. Whole different meal with leftovers. REALLY GOOD!!!

Charlene - posted on 03/07/2010

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Easy Chicken Bake (recipe on back of Stove-Top Chicken box)



***With 5 I would Double the recipe



1 Pkg (6oz.) Stovetop Stuffing Mix for Chicken

1 & 1/2 Lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (cut in 1 in pieces)

1 can (10 3/4 oz) Condensed Cream of Chicken soup

1 small bag of frozen mixed veggies, Thawed and drained





1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare stuffing mix as directed on box. set aside



2) Mix Chicken, Soup, Sour Cream, and veggies in LARGE baking pan. Top with prepared stuffing.



3) Bake 30 min or until chicken is cooked through.





Package says makes 6 servings but it never goes any farther than 4 for us. And it has all meat, carbs, and veggies in one!!! good luck

Amy - posted on 03/06/2010

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Chicken Taco Casserole:
4 chicken breasts
1 pkt taco seasoning
1 pkg flour tortillas
2 c shredded cheese
5 cups water or chicken stock
2 cans cream of mushroom/chicken soup
1 boil in bag rice
Put chicken, 3 c broth and 2 tsp taco seasoning in dutch oven, cover and cook for 1 hour. Pull out the chicken and shred. Cook the boil in bag rice.

Mix soups, remaining taco seasoning and 2 c water/broth, add chicken and rice. Tear the tortillas into bite sized pieces.

Grease 9x13 pan, layer tortillas, chicken rice mixture, cheese, tortillas, chickn rice mixture cheese, tortillas. Bake @ 350 for 25 minutes. I serve with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and sour cream. Very filling and everyone loved it.

Michelle - posted on 03/06/2010

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One of my favourites is...cook rice, add salsa, add shredded cheese (if available), a few dollops of sour cream...mix together...you can eat it by itself...or wrap it is a soft taco shell. :)

Cindy - posted on 03/06/2010

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I also have used Kraftfoods.com, tons of ideals for all diet needs. Too bad they stopped sending out magazines 4 times a month, but website is easy to use.Hope you try and like.

Kim - posted on 03/05/2010

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2 large cans of cream of mushroom soup 2 cups of rice or 3, a roll of ground beef either 3lb or 5lb boil rice,brown ground beef drain add mushroom soup pour over rice.

Sage - posted on 03/04/2010

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One of our favorite family recipes is what we call "Poor Man Lo Mein". We take 3 packages of Ramen Noodles and cook them without the seasoning packet. Then we cook up a protein (chicken). Later we add a bag of stir fry veggies and the noodles. At the very end we add soy sauce mixed with a little sugar (makes a teryaki sauce). Wahlah!! Dinner is served!!

Jenny - posted on 03/04/2010

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Cook as much pasta as you want any kind stir in a can of tomatoe soup and shredded cheddar cheese until it is melted.

Jenny - posted on 03/04/2010

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Cook as much pasta as you want any kind stir in a can of tomatoe soup and shredded cheddar cheese until it is melted.

Shannon - posted on 03/04/2010

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One idea would be to make a quiche - the main ingredient is eggs (cheap and protein packed) and you can use up some leftover veggies. Serve with a side salad. Won't seem like a budget meal at all! Try this one: http://tastebudding.com/recipes/150-any-...



A lot of people have also mentioned soups, but this chowder is hearty, delicious and nutritious. Add potatoes for some extra body: http://tastebudding.com/recipes/101-stop...



Hope this is helpful and a little different from the other suggestions!

Shannon - posted on 03/04/2010

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One idea would be to make a quiche - the main ingredient is eggs (cheap and protein packed) and you can use up some leftover veggies. Serve with a side salad. Won't seem like a budget meal at all! Try this one: http://tastebudding.com/recipes/150-any-...



A lot of people have also mentioned soups, but this chowder is hearty, delicious and nutritious. Add potatoes for some extra body: http://tastebudding.com/recipes/101-stop...



Hope this is helpful and a little different from the other suggestions!

Aisha - posted on 02/26/2010

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Pasta Bake - Make pasta in boiling water till al dente, Ground beef in skillet till brown, drain. Mix together ground beef, diced tomatoes (from can or fresh), Parmesan Cheese, pasta and pasta sauce. Put into 13x9 pan cover with Mozzarella Cheese and more Parm cheese cook at 375* for 20 minutes......add breadsticks or garlic bread and done!!! All under $20 feeds my family of 3 plus more for left overs!!!

Ginger - posted on 02/26/2010

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Here is an "In Case of Emergency" menu for $55. It feeds a family of four for a week, 3 meals a day, 1 snack a day and drinks for $55. This one is great because it doesn't expect you to cook from scratch (like make your own breads and stuff like that) and the shopping list includes everything.... condiments, seasonings... everything. http://frontporchlivingday2day.com/Emerg... Hope this helps, there is one particular recipe called "German Pizza" that all kids go crazy over. I doctor it up by putting some deli ham in it and topping it with cheese... it's great, cheap and easy though.

Danita - posted on 02/26/2010

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sometimes Quick and easy are not the best choices and cost more, i am a mother of six and about to graduate culinary school. I learned how to cut up the pig the cow and more,,,,my point is to buy larger pieces of meat and cut them up and freeze them. It may be more for the larger cut but after you break it down add up what you would have had to spend buying it that way and relish in the difference. Danita

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I really liked this recipe above. It really is a great way to feed a lot real cheap. You can buy canned veggies for real cheap, especially the off brand or at the Aldi or dollar store.
I did something similar.
Added 2 cans of a white beans (for protein) or some sort of pasta (a great way to extend a recipe real cheap)
Add beef stock (or bouillon) instead of chicken
add garlic and minus the cumin.
for a little more money and if meat is preferred, add some ground meat or leftover beef roast.

Ashley - posted on 02/22/2010

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Vegetable soup



2 cans mixed veggies

2 cans carrots

2 cans peas

2 cans green beans

2 cans diced potatoes

2 cans corn

2 cans diced tomatoes

64 oz Chicken stock



Add cans with liquid into a big pot and add Chicken Stock. Bring to simmer add 1tbls seasoning salt, and 1/2 tsp cumin.



Boil for approx 10 minuets or until tomatoes are soft.

Ashley - posted on 02/22/2010

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Egg Drop Soup



5 packages whatever brand of Ramen you like

5 eggs



Cook ramen in water as directed, one minuet before cooking time is complete add eggs turn off heat and stir. The hot water will cook the eggs and you have Egg Drop Soup.

Cyndi - posted on 02/22/2010

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I am seeing all these recipes that call for hamburger. Have you thought about salmon cakes with slaw and a veggie? Just because it has salmon in it doesn't mean it has to be expensive. My easy recipe: 1 can of salmon (dollar store or Wallyworld - $2.50), 1 egg (pennies), about a half a cup of cornmeal (also pennies), about a third of a cup or less of milk, salt & pepper. Drain off the water from the fish and take out the vertebrae. (round bones in the fish) you don't have to remove the small bones because they are so brittle they will mince up in the mixture and you will never know they are there. Add all the other ingredients with the fish and mix up with a fork. You want them to be a little moist but not extremely. Patty them out in the palm of your hand. The great thing about these, you can fry them in a pan of oil or throw them on the George Forman for a less fattening cake. As for the slaw, my easy recipe is to grate up a head of cabbage, add salt, mayo and sweet pickles. You can add a carrot if you like. Now open a couple of cans of corn, peas, green beans or what ever veggie your gang likes. I would venture to say you will have less than $5 in the whole meal.

Amber - posted on 02/21/2010

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ham and cheese bake. 1 bag hashbrowns, 1 can of cheese soup, leftover ham or get the package of cut up pieces of ham for salads add some onion,celery,green peppers mix. I get a bag of the frozen and keep this for everything. mix and bake in oven till warmed thru usually at 350. makes a lasagne pan. My family loves it. Quick and easy.

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Hi Carrie, I found that 1 roast chicken can go a long way. i.e. 3 meals.

1. Use some of the chicken for your roast dinner with roast vegies.( You can use the ends of your loaf of bread with a few herbs to make a stuffing for your chicken.

2. Make a white cheese sauce and add a small amount of the chicken chopped up in small pieces. and add enough pasta noodles for 5 people.

3. Boil the chicken carcas to make a chicken soup stock. When ready remove carcas and add any left over chopped chicken, 2 cans of creamed sweet corn, and eggs -(whisk 2, 3, or 4, eggs in a bowl, pour into boiling soup slowly over the back of a spoon

thus creating egg noodles. Season with salt and pepper. makes a lovely chinese soup.

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Pasta is real cheap especially at the dollar stores. You can also find red sauce real cheap, especially on sale. You can feed a family of 5 with pasta and sauce for about $6-8 if shopping smart. Get different types to add interest. One day throw butter or Olive oil on with some garlic for a side dish with added vegetables that you were able to get on sale in the freezer section.

Celeste - posted on 02/19/2010

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Poor Man's Lasagna



Lasagna Noodles

Ground Beef

Cream Cheese

Jar of your favorite Spaghetti Sauce



I basically make this the same as any other pan of lasagna. I brown the ground beef and then melt the cream cheese into the beef. Coat the bottom of the pan with sauce and then alternating noodles, beef mixture and sauce. The last layer is sauce only and if I have any parmesan in the fridge...I add to the top. Bake 350 degrees for about 1/2 hour. I try to serve with garlic bread and a salad.

Tara - posted on 02/19/2010

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I have tried a few healthy and very easy recipes that make large portions for my family. The Homemade Potato soup filled the crockpot and instead of eating potato soup everyday, try freezing it so it can be used again later. It also makes a great base soup for cheddar & broccoli!

Homemade Potato Soup:

6 LARGE potatoes, cubed (make your cubes big or small depending on how chunky you want your soup)

3 large carrots, sliced/cubed

3 stalks celery, chopped (I used mushrooms instead)

2 onions, chopped/diced

4 chicken bouillon cubes

6 cups of water

1 can nonfat evaporated milk



Combine all vegetables, bouillon cubes, and water in large corckpot. (Season to taste with salt & pepper, I used a little lemon pepper or roasted garlic and red pepper seasoning). Cook in crockpot or 8-10 hours on LOW or 3-4 hours on HIGH. Stir in evaporated milk, stir, and serve. If it seems too runny, you can add potato flakes to thicken it up or add less water. You can also mash the potatoes.



This recipe was fantastic, my husband loved it and it was really easy!

Chicken with Garlic & Balsamic Vinegar

2lbs chicken pieces

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cup apple juice

1 clove garlic, sliced/diced depending on your preference

1 tsp dried oregano

salt

pepper

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (or any other white cheese you may prefer, mozerrella went well too)

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar



Preheat oven to 450 F/230 C. Put chicken into baking dish. Sprinkle with olive oil, apple juice, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Bake for 45-60 mins, or until chicken is no longer pink. Pour balsamic vinegar over chicken and serve.

**Excellent with rice and/or spinach!

Tara - posted on 02/19/2010

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oooh, I also have something I just made up one day that was quick and painless being 9 months prego at the time!! When I don't have a lot of time on my hands and having a husband like mine that eats nonstop, I resort to my crockpot! Little kids liked it too.



Whole Chicken pieces, bone-in

3-4 cups Chicken broth/ water and bouillon cubes

I usually add some cooking wine, white or red is fine. If not on hand, try a vinegar, apple vinegar or balsamic.

4 large potatoes, cubed

2 large carrots, sliced or baby carrots, whole

1 stalk celery

1 large onion, chopped

soy sauce to taste

2-3 bay leaves

salt & pepper

1 tbsp olive oil

seasonings (per taste, I go for either mixed Italian seasoning or savory, sage, and thyme, with a little rosemary)

touch of flour (just to thicken the sauce a bit)



Put all in crockpot turn on HIGH for 5 hours or until chicken falls off bone.

Serve over white rice, adobo style.



**you can do pretty much the same thing with a pot roast as well. I used red wine rather than water.

Tara - posted on 02/19/2010

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I have tried a few healthy and very easy recipes that make large portions for my family. The Homemade Potato soup filled the crockpot and instead of eating potato soup everyday, try freezing it so it can be used again later. It also makes a great base soup for cheddar & broccoli!

Homemade Potato Soup:

6 LARGE potatoes, cubed (make your cubes big or small depending on how chunky you want your soup)

3 large carrots, sliced/cubed

3 stalks celery, chopped (I used mushrooms instead)

2 onions, chopped/diced

4 chicken bouillon cubes

6 cups of water

1 can nonfat evaporated milk



Combine all vegetables, bouillon cubes, and water in large corckpot. (Season to taste with salt & pepper, I used a little lemon pepper or roasted garlic and red pepper seasoning). Cook in crockpot or 8-10 hours on LOW or 3-4 hours on HIGH. Stir in evaporated milk, stir, and serve. If it seems too runny, you can add potato flakes to thicken it up or add less water. You can also mash the potatoes.



This recipe was fantastic, my husband loved it and it was really easy!

Chicken with Garlic & Balsamic Vinegar

2lbs chicken pieces

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cup apple juice

1 clove garlic, sliced/diced depending on your preference

1 tsp dried oregano

salt

pepper

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (or any other white cheese you may prefer, mozerrella went well too)

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar



Preheat oven to 450 F/230 C. Put chicken into baking dish. Sprinkle with olive oil, apple juice, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Bake for 45-60 mins, or until chicken is no longer pink. Pour balsamic vinegar over chicken and serve.

**Excellent with rice and/or spinach!

Jasmine - posted on 02/18/2010

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something easy that is super yummy is the DUGGAR's TATER TOT CASSEROLE

2 lb ground beef cooked, seasoned, drained

3 2lb bags tater tots

2 cans cream of mushroom

2 cans evaporated milk

2 cans cream of chicken

Brown meat & place in large cass. dish.

Cover with tater tots. Mix soup & milk together.

Pour over top. Bake at 350 for 1 Hour.

(One of Daddy’s Favorites!) Makes 2- 9”X13” pans



but you dont have to use the same amount of measurments ..

Leah - posted on 02/18/2010

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for a quick easy cheap meal I buy 2 kielbasas fry them in a pan, served with white rice and a can of corn. Really cheap and really quick

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