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Old 01-16-2012, 12:01 PM   #151
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Best pasta dish yet!! LACTOSE FREE!!!
Total is $3.24-$2.99

Today I wanted something different for the boys lunch. I needed leftovers for tomorrow as well. I threw this together and it just rocks!!

Cayden is Lactose intolerant so we have to continue learning new options.

On sale $1 box of barilla whole wheat rotini.
On sale .49 cents can of peas.
About 3/4 cup of coconut creamer. .75 cents?

I'm assuming a total of like .50 cents - $1 on these ingredients.
Splash of red wine vinegar.
Dash of rosemary.
Dash of dehydrated onion flakes.
Sprinke in some garlic salt.
2 of the large chicken bolion cubes.
And finally a splash of evo.

Time in kitchen around 15 mins.

Both boys are pickey and cleaned the bowl compleatly!


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Old 01-20-2012, 04:51 PM   #152
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One of my favorites!
Taco Soup

1lb ground turkey (or beef if you prefer) approx $2.50
(1) 4oz can green chilis, chopped .80
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Onion (optional, we do not use it)
(1) pkg taco seasoning .50
(1)pkg ranch (or 1 cup liquid ranch, we have tried both ways the pkg ranch tastes better) $1.00 for a packet cheaper with liquid ranch
(1) can southwestern style corn (or hominy) $1.25
(2) 14 1/2 oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained $2.00
(1) 15oz can of kidney beans, undrained .60
(2) 15oz cans of pinto beans, undrained $1.20
1 2/3 cup of water

This is a double or triple recipe. With any extras costs goes up.

Brown turkey (or beef) and onion if desired in skillet. Pour in the browned meat along with all other ingredients in pot, bring to a boil then simmer for 30 min. Serve with tortilla chips, cheese, and sour cream!

This feeds our family of five three times, so for us its a triple recipe! Its filling and the kids love it! Its freezes very well also.
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:14 PM   #153
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Made this one last night. Me, hubs, baby, and two friends ate well!
ONE spicy sausage (.70)
two slices bacon (.50)
1/2 one VERY small head of cabbage ($1)
One zucchini (.25)
One large onion (.50)
Three medium carrots (.15)
Six fresh mushroom (.15)
1 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (.25)
1 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, v8 juice, or pasta sauce whatever is onhand/cheaper ($1)
2 cloves garlic (.5)
1/2 cup bread crumbs (.25)
Small/medium egg (.25)

Cook brown rice or use left over rice (almost any kind will do)
brown bacon and sausage (SAVE GREASE!), you can remove sausage from casing and crumble it OR slice it. crumble bacon.
Shred zucchini, carrot, mushroom, onion, garlic. I use my food processor to make this fast.
Soften shredded veggies in bacon/sausage grease.
GENTLY peel your cabbage. This is great to do with wilted cabbage. Or gently steam on stove or microwave.
Mix meat, rice, and shredded veg in bowl. Spice to taste. I use whatever is coming up in the yard-parsley, basil, thyme. A little salt and black pepper, red pepper flakes and chili powder if you like it spicy!
Add in one beaten egg.
Mix in bread crumbs SLOWLY. Add just enough to add structure without becoming dry.
Now lay your very wilty or gently steamed cabbage leaves in a baking dish and stuff them with mixture. Cover with tomato sauce. Bake at 350 for apx. 45 mintures. You may find it helpful to occasionally pull some moisture off with a baster depending on how "Wet" your veg were.
This makes 6-8 stuffed cabbage leaves and works great as a stand alone dish, a rich side, or with a nice salad. It's loaded with veg and whole grains, but the bacon removes any suspicion of that! Even my toddler loves it. Easy to double, and can be "stretched" with more rice. Other meats and veg can easily be substituted with good results.

We use veg from the farmer's market and garden and meat from our co-op.
You may find this recipe is much more or less expensive depending on the season and where you're shopping.

Thanks for this thread! I'm really enjoying it!
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:18 PM   #154
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quick and easy black bean soup serves 4 $3.44 to $4.00
1/2 of a small onion (.15)
2 cans (kroger brand) seasoned black beans( $2)
1 can (kroger brand) rotel (.79)
cilantro (I used the kind in the tube and used 4 small squirts) (maybe .50)
garlic(powdered or minced)
celery salt
eevo for sauteing onions
the rest of the onion chopped for garnishment (.15)
sour cream for garnishment (.25 at most)

saute onion in oil with garlic until soft (I add a little pepper)
add undrained cans of rotel and beans
add a little celery salt and a sprinkle of garlic powder
cook on medium/ medium high until it boils
reduce heat and add cilantro
simmer for about 5-10 minutes
top with garnishments
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:51 PM   #155
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This thread is awesome! I've got a lot of new recipes to try!
Here are my cheap favorites.

Mexican mac n cheese -

1/2 lb ground beef
1 c. elbow macaroni
1 1/4 c. water
1 can corn (drained)
1 can dark red kidney beans (drained)
1 medium tomato
1 tbps. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 c. shredded chedder

Brown beef and drain. Add all ingredients, bring to a boil, simmer covered for about 20 mins or until water is absorbed and macaroni is cooked. Top with cheese and serve! Optional add ons : Salsa, sour cream, hot sauce.

Citrus spinich pasta:

3 c. shells
1/2lb cooking spinich (fresh)
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 lemon
olive oil
lemon pepper
fresh grated parmesean cheese

Cook noodles al dente. Zest and juice from 1 lemon, set aside. Saute spinich and garlic in olive oil (add more spinich as it cooks down) add lemon mixture to spinich. Add to pasta. Add more olive oil if needed, sprinkle with lemon pepper and parmesean.

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Old 08-16-2012, 06:43 PM   #156
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I just made this tonight and it tastes pretty good!

1 can cream of chicken soup w/ herbs (or regular)
1 can chicken brother
2 carrot
some flour (I only put a few tbs) adjust depending on how thick you like your soups
shredded cheddar cheese (I used about a half of a small bag)
milk (I added some milk so it would feed more people )

Combine and cook under veggies are tender.
I also had hard boiled eggs, and bread on the side.

I made this out of things I had sitting around because I really need to go grocery shopping.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:09 AM   #157
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Not sure if this was posted and I just missed it

Chili cheese Burritos

1 can of Chilli of choice (Or 2 cups of your left over home made chilli)
1pound of ground beef
1/2packet of Taco seasoning
1 can of Diced Tomato (Or one fresh Roma if you have fresh)
1 1/2 cup of Instant Rice
1 Slice of american cheese Per person (if you have shredded its about a Cup)
3/4 - 1cup water
1 Package of tortillas

Cook your Ground Meat Beef or turkey with the half packet of taco seasoning until cooked and crumbled Drain the grease.
Return to the pan, Add 1 can of chilli, one can of tomato Undrained, and the water Let it Cook for a few minutes so the flavors Kinda become One and come to a boil Add the Rice turn the Heat OFF cover and let sit for about 5 Minutes or untiil the liquid has been absorbed and Rice is Cooked.

Put about 1/4-1/2C of Mixture in each tortilla place One slice of cheese or a Sprinkle of shredded Fold like a Burrito (End, End, Bottom, Roll Top) and Serve. Should easily make 6-8 burritos depending on how much filling you put in them
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:10 PM   #158
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Lentil and sausage soup from allrecipes

Prep Time:
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Original Recipe Yield 10 servings
1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 large onion, chopped1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped garlic1 (16 ounce) package dry lentils, rinsed
1 cup shredded carrot
8 cups water
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon salt, or to taste1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 pound ditalini pasta (optional)
1.Place sausage in a large pot. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Add onion, celery and chopped garlic, and saute until tender and translucent. Stir in lentils, carrot, water, chicken broth and tomatoes. Season with garlic powder, parsley, bay leaves, oregano, thyme, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover, and simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until lentils are tender.
2.Stir in pasta, and cook 15 to 20 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving Calories: 353 | Total Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 17mg Po

I found it really does make enough to feed 10 people. We are 5 and all eating adult portions. We always have plenty left over. Today I subbed frozen broccoli for the onion and celery as we don't have those in the house. I used turkey sausage because my husband is allergic to pork. I actually did use only the 1/2 lbs called for. I used homemade broth so didn't pay much for the broth. I think for us it costs around $4-4.50to make this. So $2-2.50 a meal if I freeze half of it.
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:53 PM   #159
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Can't remember if I have posted this one?
Good old cheap beans, chops, over rice.
Clearance pork-$3
Bag beans-$1
1 large onion-.25 cents?
cpl tsps seasion salt
rice-.50 cents

Chicken/veggie stew
maters, cabbage, broc, onion, herbs, potatoes-free
roaster hen clearance-$3

clearance chicken-around $3 for the whole hen.
fried taters-free

Garden dinner: FREE!
Kale chips.
Spray kale with oil, splash with salt and/or garlic. Coop till crisp, like 10 mins.

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:15 AM   #160
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Crock pot chicken

3 chicken breasts
1-2 sticks of celery chopped
1/4 onion chopped
Carrots (we use a lot)
2 cans cream of chicken
1 container of biscuits


Put both cans cream of chicken in crock pot and then 1 can of milk. Add in chicken breasts and veggies (we add other things depending on left over veggies and stuff from the garden). Cook on high for about 3 hours. You can adjust temp and length of cooking to your desire. About an hour before you eat, cut up the biscuits into 1/4 pieces and place on top of everything in crock pot. Let those cook until browned (approx an hour) and done!
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