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Old 07-17-2012, 07:24 AM   #11
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:36 AM   #12
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Tacos. My family loves them and they are cheap - $5 feeds us all with leftovers for the next day.
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Pancakes, eggs, and sausage.

I make batches of pancakes from milk on the rare occasion it goes sour and it usually makes enough pancakes to last a while. I buy the precooked Banquet sausage links when they are $0.99 each, and my dozen eggs for $0.99 each too.

For 3 adults and 1 3yo I can make dinner for approximately $3 and it only takes about 5 minutes from the time I think "Hey we should have pancakes" until we all sit down to dinner
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Yumasetta

1 lb ground beef/chicken/turkey, browned (with 2 Tb brown sugar)
1 jar tomato soup
16 oz pasta, cooked
1 can/batch cream of X soup
Cheese

Brown the ground meat and mix with tomato soup. Layer on bottom of 9x13 pan. Mix pasta and cream soup. Layer on top of meat mixture. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes until cheese is melted.

Our family will eat an entire pan of this if I don't pull some out for leftovers!

The other SUPER cheap meal we do is pizza. I prebake crusts and freeze them...then in the summer we grill them. A great way to use leftovers!!
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I just tried a great recipe from Skinnytaste.com

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/07/w...-zucchini.html

It was super easy and affordable because it's a meatless dish. You can really add any kind of veggies. I think next time I'll even add a can of white or black beans.
Hey we are big skinnytaste fans here! It is my go to site for recipes, I usually make at least 2-3 of them a week
I made this last night.
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/02/d...rimp.html#more
I didn't add the shrimp due to allergies and I used cajun seasoning instead of the separate spices. It was super easy and I think thrifty. I usually have all those veggies on hand. I also buy the 2.25lb lean ground beef for about 10$ and I brown it all and put it in the freezer. I can usually get 3-4 meals out of it.

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Hey we are big skinnytaste fans here! It is my go to site for recipes, I usually make at least 2-3 of them a week
I made this last night.
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/02/d...rimp.html#more
I didn't add the shrimp due to allergies and I used cajun seasoning instead of the separate spices. It was super easy and I think thrifty. I usually have all those veggies on hand. I also buy the 2.25lb lean ground beef for about 10$ and I brown it all and put it in the freezer. I can usually get 3-4 meals out of it.

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Oh my gosh, I LOVE, LOVE Skinnytaste. DH doesn't even know he's eating healthy! I've tried a couple dozen of her recipes and I have yet to be disappointed. I try to make 2 new recipes a week. A lot of them are pretty inexpensive meals.

Neither of us like shrimp, but I have made the dirty rice recipe without it and it's so good.
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Hey we are big skinnytaste fans here! It is my go to site for recipes, I usually make at least 2-3 of them a week
I made this last night.
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/02/d...rimp.html#more
I didn't add the shrimp due to allergies and I used cajun seasoning instead of the separate spices. It was super easy and I think thrifty. I usually have all those veggies on hand. I also buy the 2.25lb lean ground beef for about 10$ and I brown it all and put it in the freezer. I can usually get 3-4 meals out of it.

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yum! Dirty rice isnt something I would have thought to make!
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Spanish Tortilla with some peppers from a farmer's market:
http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.c...nish-tortilla/

(I don't use as much oil).
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Definitely Smitten Kitchen zucchini and squash pizza!

Zucchini, squash and Basil are all free (from garden and from friends). 4oz of goat cheese is $4. Pizza dough is homemade. A lemon is $.45.

Slice a zucchini and a summer squash really thin (I use a mandoline slicer). Work the dough and put it on a pizza pan, pre-bake at 425 for 10 mins. Mix the goat cheese and half of a Lenin's worth of juice, until it is a soft mixture. Take the pizza shell out of the oven, spread the cheese on the dough. Break off some fresh Basil leaves, break them up and spread them around the pizza. Layer slices of zucchini and summer squash on top, covering the whole pizza. Grind some fresh pepper on top and squeeze the other half of lemon over the top. Bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes. It is divine!!!
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A slightly different version of salsa chicken:

Place frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot. Sprinkle with a packet of taco seasoning (I prefer the chicken flavor, but regular is fine too, especially if you make your own). Pour a jar of salsa on top and cook for 8-10hrs. Serve over rice. It takes literally less than a minute to prepare and is SOOOO delicious! You can also shred the chicken and make tacos or burritos with it. It's DELICIOUS!
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