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Old 09-04-2013, 12:47 PM   #611
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1 box mac n cheese
1 lb hamburger
1 packet taco seasoning
1/4c sour cream

Brown ground beef add macaroni noodles, taco seasoning, and 1cup of water simmer covered until noodles are done then add sour cream.


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Old 09-04-2013, 01:13 PM   #612
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Originally Posted by swrlgrl105 View Post
I just found an AMAZING recipe for steak tips in the crock pot.

About 1.5 lbs of stew meat or steak tips
1 pkg of mushrooms ( I prefer baby portabellas)
1 can beef broth
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1 can cream of mushroom soup.

put beef in crock pot. cut mushrooms into quarters and add to crock pot. in a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients then pour over items in crock pot. cook on low. Mine was perfectly ready in about 5 hours.

I served with mashed potatoes and OMG was it amazing.... sooooooo good! Pretty cheap too! and because of the onion soup mix... it required absolutely no additional seasoning, it was perfect.

This sounds yummy. Adding to my grocery list!
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Sautée one onion in olive oil until soft. add 2 cloves minced garlic and 2cups any veg, fresh, frozen(defrosted), etc. -- I prefer canned drained artichoke hearts or fresh broccoli. Heat through or cook till tender. Add 1 cup white cooking wine and 1 cup broth. Simmer until thickened, ad salt and pepper, toss over any pasta with Parmesan.
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Groundnut Stew (African Peanut Soup)

(I learned this recipe growing up in Ghana, West Africa.)

1 chicken ($3)
1 onion (.50)?
6-8 c water
(you can add stock stuff: celery, carrots, salt & pepper)
Boil chicken (I leave it for hours, until it falls off the bones)
Remove meat from bones, shred/ split into manageable pieces.
Put chicken back in strained broth, and add:
1 can diced/crushed tomatoes or a few of the real thing (.50)
1 onion, diced
red pepper to taste
1 jar natural peanut butter (NOT the sugared kind!) ($2)
You may have to separate this out into smaller pieces to help it
dissolve. Be careful so it doesn't stick.
Boil until oil rises to the top. Feel free to add more water.
Serve over rice.

Topping options:
boiled eggs
diced onions
diced fresh tomatoes*
pineapple chucks*
raisins*my faves, usually all I do.

Here are some ways to make it more authentic:

*Mold the rice into firm balls. Pinch off pieces of rice with backs of pointer and middle fingers, dip into soup, then rush to your mouth. Only the two fingers should be wet. You can only use your right hand for this. (Tons of fun!!! Great family memories to be made! )

*Chop up the chicken any ole way, with plenty of bones split in half.
*Use dried fish instead of chicken.
*Use LOTS of red pepper.
*Make it VERY runny (four times the amount of water).
*Serve it over fufu (gooey pounded starchy yams, you can get a mix at some ethnic stores) & eat with hands as described above.


Well, it looks like I went over the spending limit, but you could make it cheaper. Clearly, the more you add, the more expensive it gets. You can omit chicken completely or just use less. You could just cut it back to boiling natural peanut butter in water, and it would still be great over rice. As I tend to boil the dooley out of the chicken in the first step, remembering to add more water can make this meal last a week for DH & me. Easily feeds 8, could be stretched to more depending on ratio of soup to rice.

Have fun! PM me if you try it with your hands! I wanna hear stories!
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I made the chicken cream cheese pockets today and the chicken chili lime with brown rice and chedder cheese in slow cooker. By far my favorites!!
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Polska Kielbasa with Red Beans and Rice

1 package polska kielbasa (many varieties, including turkey, to choose from)
1 package Vigo Red Beans & Rice

Slice the kielbasa into approximately 1/4 inch slices and brown them in a large frying pan or wok. We like them almost burnt. It adds great flavor.

Prepare the red beans and rice in the kielbasa pan with the kielbasa, using the package directions. We cut down on the butter, since the kielbasa leaves fats in the pan.

Super simple, super cheap, super filling, tastes great reheated....we often double the recipe.
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