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Old 12-05-2015, 06:00 AM   #191
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Here, a couple of times a month we try serving a light pasta dinner with no meat/chicken/ham/turkey, etc.

2 lbs. of Favorite pasta shape
Toss in quarter of a cup of: chopped onion/chives and sprinkle garlic salt pepper to taste.
Chop and toss in a half a cup of any combo: fresh or frozen veggies, (ie. peas, mixed, snap peas!)
Optional: Add fresh or dried herbs if prefer.
Optional: Add 2-3 chopped (small) sun dried tomatoes, or 1/2 a can of whole canned, drained tomatoes with basil.

Sprinkle lightly with jar of parmesan and or romano powdered cheese (or a bit of fresh if preferred), and a drizzle of olive oil/vinegar or ital. dressing (1/4 cup).

Toss/mix. Can be served warm or room temp. Runs about under $5 and makes 2lbs.! Makes for dinner, and next day lunch sometimes. These measurements are suggestions but are per preference.
We look for sales on tomatoes, pasta, and stock on them.
I buy or grow culinary herbs, etc. (parsley, basil, cilantro, mint, rosemary, sage, ginger) during summer, preserve them by freezing them in a bit of water within ice cube tray partitions, or air drying them over a rack over the stove over several days, and use them up as needed.


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Old 12-05-2015, 06:47 AM   #192
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This thread is amazing....I have so many new recipes to try
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I am loving this thread!

A family favorite is a spruced up ramen noodle soup.
I boil the veggies and then add the noodles (broken in half the long way) and then add the seasoning packet. I add extra water than the instructions ask for as it will boil down some. Veggies can be anything, like a thinly sliced green, yellow or red pepper, a cut up stalk of scallion, 1 shredded/grated carrot, and place a fried egg on top to serve.
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Old 06-09-2016, 11:05 AM   #194
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Joining so I can read through this later. I'm loving what I've read so far!
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Old 09-18-2016, 02:27 PM   #195
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Casseroles are cheap and easy on the budget, and also easy on prep time. Using the store bought can of creamy soup as a binder can add costs and may not be healthy. Instead, I make my own binders in a pinch of time for casseroles using the main ingredient, ie. celery, chicken, broccoli, mushroom, tomato, etc., and then adding a pinch of butter or oil, onion and other spices for flavor, 3 Tblspns. flour or 1 Tblspn of cornstarch [adding or reducing amounts depending on how thick your roux will need to be per your preference], and your preferred amount of liquid, ie. milk. I make a roux (creamy base that is used as a binder) in substitution of a can of soup.
For most casseroles recipes, and recipe building that I have read on, they seem to call for a main ingredient, a vegetable, a starch like potatoes, pasta, or rice, a binder, a crunchy agent like roasted pimentos, olives, carrots, celery or nuts, and a topping (cracker meal or bread crumbs)==quick, cheaper, and a bit healthier casserole! Often, these are less than $5.00 for a Sunday Pyrex tray!

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Old 10-19-2016, 06:02 PM   #196
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Lentil soup:

one chopped onion
2 stalks celery chopped
2 carrots chopped
1/4 head of cabbage chopped
1 can of petite diced tomatoes (not drained)
1 cup brown lentils
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried thyme
6 cups of water or broth or a combination

Brown onion in some olive oil in a big pot for a while, then add everything else in at the same time, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Serve with cheese or sour cream. I make this almost every week.
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I'm going to have to try this one this week! Sounds so easy and kiddos would love this. Thanks for sharing!
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Wow. Is all can say. Everything sounds great for dinner. It 1F here and i need something easy good. Thanks for all the great idea's.
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