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Old 01-07-2010, 11:02 PM   #91
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Creamy goodness

This is a recipe that I found that I cut alot of the ingrediants in half and still made just as much. OMG it's So good and makes a huge dish! Plus, it's very versatile which is can use many different ingrediants!

1 lbs turkey (or hamburger) $1.99
1 can cream of chicken $.49
1 can cream of mushroom $.49
1 Cup frozen corn...from a huge bag so pennies...maybe $.25?
1/2 onion (I like red) chopped $.50
1/2 C sour cream ..maybe $.25
1/2 box pasta $.50
Shredded cheese
Crackers or bread crumbs (opt) we had them so I used them

It can be cheaper if your meat is cheaper...mind you, this is at regular grocery store prices pre-thrifty me.

Cook the meat with the onions. Cook pasta as directed. Mix all together, put in 3 qt. baking dish and top with cheese and crackers. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 (or until cooked through)


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Old 01-17-2010, 09:36 PM   #92
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First I want to thank you ladies, you all are absolute geniuses. I sat down with DH and DS (who is the pickiest person in the house), and 2 DDs and went down the list of your delicious sounding recipes. We picked out the 7 that sounded most appealing to the kids (sorry to those we didn't pick) to add to the 7 I already know. I managed to go shopping for my family of 5 for 2 weeks with $97. Thats including breakfast, and lunch (which will most likely be left overs). Now I'd like to add one of my own for you wonderful people.

Pot Pie

3 -4 thawed out chicken tenderloins cut into pieces. (i get the frozen bulk 5lb bag for about $7 and i can stretch it into 3 meals.)
1 small bag frozen mixed vegies.
1 can cream of mushroom and chicken soup.
1 tsp rubbed sage
1 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp garlic (keeps it from being too sweet)
salt and pepper
dash nutmeg
(optional) diced onion
(optional) chopped celery
olive oil
2 pie crusts (for a top and bottom crusts of pie)

preheat oven to 350/375

place vegies a microwavable bowl and defrost, drain any excess water.

coat pan with oil over med heat.
add seasons (all but garlic) to oil (if using onion and celery add those as well)
warm the seasons (or saute till onion and celery are soft)
when it starts to smell good add chicken
cook till done, remove from heat.

In vegie bowl stir in garlic and cream of mushroom/chicken soup.

Add chicken and mix well.

pour into pie crust, put top crust on and poke a few holes in center.
Bake 20 -30 min or until crust is light to golden brown.

i tend to multi task so it takes me about 10 - 20 min to put this together.
10 min if I use left over chicken and no celery or onion, 20 if i cut the fresh chicken into pieces larger than 1/2 inch and add celery and onion.

In all (using generic brands), i think the total comes to about $3 (I almost always have the seasons) with out the fresh produce, and up to $6 with it.

I've never made this for more than $6.

Also you can use what ever seasons you have on hand. My friend altered it with Cumin and fajita seasoning, and used plain cream o'chicken soup and canned diced vegies (drained) instead of frozen mixed vegies.
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:45 PM   #93
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I haven't read all the pages yet, so I hope this isn't a repeat...

Pulled Pork Sammies & baked beans

pork roast (shoulder) $3
a can of baked beans $1
a bottle of kraft bbq sauce $1

Throw your roast (thawed) into a slow cooker with 1/2 bottle of bbq sauce and let cook 8-10 hours. Remove roast and dump the "juices." Place roast back into slow cooker and shred (or shred on plate then move to slow cooker). Add bbq sauce to taste & consistency desired. Season with Salt & pepper or any other seasonings you like. Pile your pulled pork onto your bread, making a sammie!
Heat your beans thoroughly & enjoy with your sammich! =)

This is assuming you already have bread, salt & pepper. If not, it'll cost more around $7.
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Old 01-22-2010, 02:28 PM   #94
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I have a picky family. My DH is not as adventurous with food as i am, My oldest DS is picky wont eat veggies My middle DS eats almost anything "so thankful for that" And i have an 8 month old DS. I try to make meals we can all eat saves me time and money.

"Secret pancakes"
Your favorite pancake recipe or Bis quick,
When you have left over veggies from a meal such as ( squash, carrots, etc) Throw them in your food processor puree them well..
when making pancake batter do not add all the liquid
Add in your puree'ed veggies mix well
( If your recipe calls for one cup of liqied add 1/2 cup liquid and 1/2 veggie)
then add reserved portion of liquid till you get the right consistency cook as normal.
We do comb's such as
Butternut squash and finely grated Cheddar cheese
Carrot and Apple
The combinations are limitless the Kids dont even know they are getting veggies and they're normally gone before i even get to eat them.
The kids also love sandwiches made from pancakes or waffles!
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quick homemade tomato soup w noodles

in the spainish section or market- the little packages of noodles that look like half match sticks really small around 4 oz package i think runs around a .25 a pack without sales can find this at walmart

brown in pan with little butter
then add tomato sause or i like to add v-8( wic) for the vegs cook until noodles ready salt peper to taste
normally serve with grill chess or quesdilia (sp)

kids love this
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:03 PM   #96
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Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...

Not exactly a full meal, but I just found a great, easy, thrifty recipe to make your OWN Cream of Chicken soup, which can be frozen in can-size portions to use in recipes I haven't made it yet, but I'll report back with how it turned out early next week!

Cream of Chicken

* 2 cups milk
* 2 cups chicken broth
* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 2 tablespoons canola oil or butter
* 2 cups finely chopped or pureed, cooked chicken meat
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)


1. Make a white sauce of milk, broth, flour, and oil. Add chicken. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder (may use more or less as desired). Mix well and simmer for 20 minutes over low heat.
2. If soup is not as thick as desired, mix a small amount of cornstarch with a small amount of water and add to soup. Simmer for 10 minutes.
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:10 AM   #97
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OK so most of the stuff for this is stuff I have on hand and buy/stock up on when it's on sale. Super easy and tasty as a lunch or snack or dinner

What you need:

~1-2 cans crescent rolls (depending on how many you want to make)
~lunchmeat (I like to get the prepackaged stuff from the meat dept when it's on sale for $2)
~cream cheese (any kind will do I like to use flavored, it goes on sale for like $1.50)
~1/2 box frozen spinach thawed and drained
~whatever cheese you have on hand (this is optional but adds a little something)

What to do:
1-open the crescent rolls and unroll them on your cookie sheet
2-spread with cream cheese
3-put on half a slice to a slice of lunchmeat (I've found that turkey or ham work best)
4-put on a bit of spinach
5-if you have and want to use it put a bit of cheese on top of that
6-roll up the crescent rolls
7-bake according to the crescent roll directions

These are addictive right out of the oven but are still good cold. Also you should end up with a ton of leftover lunchmeat for sandwiches and cream cheese for whatever. Plus the leftover half box of spinach has a myriad uses.
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:16 AM   #98
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Neat thread! I am def going to have to sit here one day and make my grocery list from here!

I know this isn't a meal but if you want some warm cookies!

1 cake mix
1/2 cup of veggie oil (or butter)
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

heat oven to 350 mix all ingredients drop on cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 mins and then cool.

I made these with a chocolate cake mix and then added some frosting to make cookie sandwiches and they were a hit!

this one would depend on what you bought but if you got off brand and sale items it would be way cheap.
Chili Dog Casserole

8 hot dog buns
8 hot dogs
1 (15 ounce) can chili
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
3. Tear up the hot dog buns and arrange the pieces in the bottom of the dish evenly.
4. Slice the hot dogs into bite size pieces and layer the pieces over the buns.
5. Pour the chili over the hot dogs, sprinkle with the chopped onion, then spread the mustard over the chili and the onion.
6. Top off with the cheese.
7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

I have a few others I'll post in the near future
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:11 PM   #99
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I made this last night and DH and the kids loved it!! A new twist on a homemade pizza

1 can pizza dough
1 can speghetti sauce (you will only use enough to cover pizza crust so you can use the leftover for speghetti!)
1 bag shred cheese (or do your own shred cheese)
1 bag pepperoni slices

Spread out pizza dough, cover with speghetti sauce, top with 1/2 cheese, top with pepperoni top the rest of cheese. Roll pizza into a log and bake for 20 to 25 mins. Go a little longer then can says so you cook the dough in the middle.

I added olives, mushrooms to ours but you can add anything and change it up with cooked chicken, spinach and ranch (we have done that YUMMY!!) I brush a little light olive oil on the top to keep it not so burnt.
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:36 AM   #100
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happened upon this one by accident while trying to figure out something easy for dinner with what I had on hand. It was a big hit.

What you'll need:
1 pound of boneless chicken cubed
about 1/4 of a medium red onion cut into strips
about 2-3 roasted red papers (I get the ones in the jar from the dollar store) cut into strips
about 2 teaspoons jerk seasoning
about 1 cup apple juice
2 pouch Uncle Ben's cajun style rice (several things here 1-it's not spicy but you can use whatever suits you 2-it goes on sale for like $1 pretty often 3-these are those pouches you stick in the microwave for 90 seconds)
a dab of olive oil

What to do
heat up your skillet with a bit of olive oil
put in chicken, onions and peppers, sprinkle them with the jerk seasoning
once chicken is cooked add the rice, stir in then add the apple juice
let the apple juice reduce down a bit stirring periodically and tada dinner

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