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Old 04-16-2007, 11:48 AM   #1
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Cheap Meal Challenge with two ingrediants

So, our budget is taking a crunch again with this new house. It never ends. LOL! Anyways, I'd LOVE to see how many meals we can come up with that take two ingrediants.

1. Beans
2. Rice

They are both really cheap and can be very filling. I would prefer recipes with dry beans but they don't necessarily have to be. Let's remember to keep cost down. Adding in expensive and exotic ingretiants kills the budget

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Old 04-16-2007, 11:58 AM   #2
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This site is the best site for living on a shoe string. She covers pretty much all topics and has great recipies. She even has menus with shopping lists for $45 emergency and $70 everday grocery budgets.

http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/recipeindex.htm
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Old 04-16-2007, 12:07 PM   #3
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Re: Cheap Meal Challenge with two ingrediants

Quesadillas
1. Tortillas
2. Cheese
or
1. Tortillas
2. Beans (or refried beans)

Cottage Fried Potatoes
1. Potatoes (I don't really count oil or marg. as an ingredient in this case)
2. Hamburger (or ham)

Something we like (not really healthy)
1. Chicken patties (or nuggets)
2. Rice
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Old 04-16-2007, 12:16 PM   #4
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Fried rice, no meat makes it cheap
Black bean burrito's
Nacho's
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rice & beans. It sounds boring, but is a favorite in my house boys under 10. cook rice as indicated on package. take pintos and soak for 24 hours, rinse, add cheap cheap ham cuts (hocks, necks, salt pork, left overs, anything) and big chucks of onions (easy to pick out before serving). and cook like soup. Serve the beans over the rice. It's a perfect protien, easy, cheap and lasts a long time. We add more fresh onions for zing for grown ups.

Also, take mixed frozen veggies and serve them with rice mixed up and grated cheese for another meal.

for breakfast we serve rice with butter, sugar & cinnamon.

using refried beans or black beans you can also make burritos, tacos, nachos.
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This site is the best site for living on a shoe string. She covers pretty much all topics and has great recipies. She even has menus with shopping lists for $45 emergency and $70 everday grocery budgets.

http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/recipeindex.htm
I've actually used this site many times. THey have an especially amazing homeschooling link. Thanks!
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Wow! Great recipes! I can't wait to get cooking!

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Re: Cheap Meal Challenge with two ingrediants

A lot of times we'll use rice AND beans (either black or refriend) in our burritos instead of meat. I also have a very easy spanish rice recipe...it's very light tasting.

Spanish Rice
(note: I don't always have tomato paste so sometimes I use tomato sauce or pasta sauce)

2 tablespoons olive oil (can use up to 1/4 cup)
1 onion, chopped fine
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups of medium or long-grain white rice
3 cups* chicken stock (or vegetable stock if vegetarian)
1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste or 1 cup of diced fresh or cooked tomatoes, strained
Pinch of oregano
1 teaspoon salt

*Check the instructions on the rice package for the proportions of liquid to
rice. They can range from 1:1 to 2:1. If your rice calls for 2 cups of water for
every cup of rice, then for this recipe, use 4 cups of stock for 2 cups of rice.

In a large skillet brown rice in olive oil, medium/high heat. Add onion and
garlic. Cook onion rice mixture, stirring frequently, about 4 minutes, or until
onions are softened.

In a separate sauce pan bring stock to a simmer. Add tomato sauce, oregano, and
salt. Add rice to broth. Bring to a simmer. Cover. Lower heat and cook 15-25
minutes, depending on the type of rice and the instructions on the rice package.
Turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes.

Serves 4 to 6.
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Old 04-22-2007, 06:57 AM   #9
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With the growing season about to come into full swing around here...I grow a ton of stuff in my garden (right now everything is still growing in the house ) seeds cost a couple dollars and will give you veggies all summer. Throw those veggies in with some oil (or butter), rice and spices...yum yum. practically free meal!
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Old 04-22-2007, 02:17 PM   #10
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This might not be cheap, but healthy. A package of stir fry veggies and chicken. Add a little soy and garlic andyummy.

ETA: Hillbilly housewife seems to rely a lot on prepackaged, salty stuff. Does she ever do fresh veggies or salads?
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