need cheap meal that will last a few days?

Alyssa - posted on 08/11/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )




What is a meal that I could buy all the ingredients for cheap and would last a few days?? card was supposed to come, but hasn't and we have limited money! Help!


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These are my SOL recipes:

Tuna Mac:
Boxed mac and cheese
1 can tuna
1/2 cup frozen peas

I don't use milk when I make boxed mac and cheese, I just use 2 Tbl butter per box. This feeds my family of 3 (table food eaters) plus some. A double recipe lasts us 3 meals.

Chicken and stuffing casserole:
1 box stove top
1 can chicken or 1 chicken breast
1 cup frozen mixed veggies

Cube and cook the chicken on the range. Cook the stove top, Mix all ingredients in a casserole dish and bake at 350F for 20 min. A single recipe lasts us 2 meals.

Roasted Turkey:
1 15lb turkey (or bone in turkey breast)
1 onion
1 apple

I know this sounds like it would be expensive, but 1 15lb bird lasts us an entire month, if not longer.

Stuff the turkey with the the onion (quartered) and the apple (quartered). Bake in the oven at 350F until a instant read thermometer reads 165F when placed in the thickest part of the thigh, not touching bone (about 3 hours). Let it sit under foil until it reads 180F (about 15 minutes).

The first night heat up some frozen veggies to have with it.

After that you can make so much with the left over meat, including some of the above recipes.

Cleaver - posted on 09/08/2012




spaghetti few cans of tomatoes, ground beef, spices, and any choice of noodle

Alysha - posted on 08/20/2012




You can make a goulash, it's really simple, you just take a box of elbow noodles, and pretty much empty your cabinet into the pan. Such as corn, peas, tomato chunks, tomato sauce, and anything else you want to add, like a type of meat. It'll last you for several days, not just several meals.

Kimberly - posted on 08/17/2012




Spinach enchiladas casserole

Mix 2 cups cottage cheese with frozen spinach and frozen corn and half can enchilada sauce . Layer corn tortillas and cottage cheese mixture. Make about 3 layers. Pour rest of enchilada sauce on top. bake 350 for 20-30 minutes.

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Melissa - posted on 09/09/2012




Dried beans and rice, I just recently learned how to make dried beans in the crockpot and it is sooo easy! I put the beans in (I usually do 2 lbs worth at a time and use it for multiply meals) season with a little salt, you can do whatever other seasons you like too such as garlic, onions, red pepper, etc. I keep it simple since I will be using them for several dishes and season them more when I use them. Then cover with water giving at least 4 in of water over top the beans (they will soak up a lot of water) and cook on low for 8 hours. Then I serve them sometimes over just basic brown rice or sometimes I make spanish/mexican rice (I always mix those too up), when I cook the rice, I put in the rice and water then add a can of crushed tomatoes and spices like I would use for tacos or you could use taco seasoning. With the leftovers we either just eat more of the same or I make enchiladas simply by mixing the rice and beans, adding a little cheese (I go easy on it b/c to me it's spendy) roll it up in some tortillas and cover with enchilada sauce and a light sprinkle of cheese. I also use the beans for breakfast with eggs in a tortilla. I've made black bean burgers before too or bean dips. We eat a lot of beans b/c they are cheap. :-)

Alyssa - posted on 08/20/2012




Thanks so much ladies!!! Was very helpful!!! Still waiting on the food card but we have food to last now!!! =]

Shelley - posted on 08/19/2012




I have a mexican casserole that lasts about 3 meals.

1lb browned ground beef
1 can rotel tomatoes and green chilis
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can ranch style beans
1 can corn drained
1lb cheese shredded
1 bag tortilla chips of your choosing

Mix the first 6 ingredients together. Spray a 13x9 or larger pan with cooking spray. Put tortilla chips in the pan. Pour the mixture over the tortilla chips then put shredded cheese on top. Place in a 350deg oven for about 20min until warmed thoroughly. Serve with refried beans or what you like.

Frances - posted on 08/15/2012




Pasta or rice is always a good stretching meal - you can buy a good quantity of both for not that much. A few ideas to try to also include your vegetables and protein
- Pasta tossed with butter, shredded cheese, spinach, and canned chicken or with a piece of chicken
- Pasta tossed with tomatoes, spinach, tuna fish and a light salad dressing
- Rice stir fried with veggies of your choice, ground beef or chopped chicken

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