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Old 09-01-2008, 11:10 PM   #31
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Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...

Here's one we had the other night and it was a hit.

Turkey Shepard's Pie
1lb Ground Turkey $2 (sale & coupon)
I bag frozen italian veggies $1.49
1/2 c chopped onion $?
leftover garlic mashed potatoes
apx 3Tbs shredded cheese
1/3c chicken stock
2tbs flour

Cook turkey, drain on paper towel
saute onion
add frzn veggies
add turkey back in and season
Add stock and flour combine really well
put ingredients in a casserole dish
cover ingredients with leftover mashed potatoes
sprinkle with cheese
cook in 350 oven for 1/2 hour

Easy Cheap and GOOD.

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Old 09-23-2008, 09:49 AM   #32
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Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...

Enchilada Casserole

Bag of flour or corn torillas
Can of enchilada sauce
1 cup or so of any cut-up cooked meat - leftovers are great - or TVP or pinto beans
1/2 to 1 cup of shredded cheddar or velveeta-type cheese
Optional: chopped onions, bell peppers, or hot peppers to taste.

Cut up the tortillas in bite size pieces. I use a pizza cutter to speed things up. Layer in baking dish with meat/meat substitute. Pour enchilada sauce over entire pan evenly. Top with cheese. Bake for about 20-30 min on 350 until heated through. Tasted better if you make it ahead and let is sit and soak up the sauce for a while first.
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Old 10-05-2008, 01:10 PM   #33
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Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...

This recipe was an experiment that turned out delicious! It fit me as a vegetarian (didn't eat the sausage) and my meat loving DH was ecstatic!

Piggie Patties over Rice

1/2 lb. pork sausage $.99
Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Rice (4 servings) $1.75
1 cup veggies $.35
1/2 cup italian bread crumbs $.10
a bunch of seasonings on hand

Make rice in saucepan.

While rice is cooking, mix bread crumbs and seasonings (I used Lawry's, salt, pepper, and a meat/fish/poultry seasoning) into raw sausage. Make into tablespoon balls, flatten into mini patties with a fork. Brown on both sides in skillet.

A few minutes before rice is done, throw in veggies (I used (3/4 cup of chopped celery and threw in some dried corn, dried carrots, and dried roasted garlic from our Just Tomatoes stash).

Serve rice over pork patties. Makes 3 filling servings. Yummy and only around $1.00 per serving
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Old 10-07-2008, 05:41 PM   #34
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Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...

Mmm . . . these recipes look good, mamas! As a homage to Breakfast for Dinner, this is our favorite that we eat every Wednesday:

Pannkaka (Oven Pancake)

Spray cooking spray on 9x13 pan.
Melt 1 stick of butter and pour into prepared pan.

Lightly beat 4 eggs in a medium or large bowl. Add:
1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
1 1/2 C milk
Combine well but don't outwhisk yourself. Pour right on top of butter in the pan. Bake at 425 for 25 minutes or until puffy and golden.

This was a recipe from dh's side of the family. This is what I do differently to it (although it is totally delicious as-is!):
Make it with 1/3 or 1/2 C ww flour in place of AP flour
Omit a tablespoon of butter and add a tablespoon of ground flax
Toss in some wheat germ just for fun

When ds is in the kitchen, sometimes chocolate chips will appear in it, or if we have a giant bag of frozen berries from Costco, those are delish sprinkled in too.

If bacon was on sale anytime recently, I place it on the lower rack in the oven 10 minutes before the pannkaka is done. Bacon bakes wonderfully in a shallow pan, plus you don't have to turn it like you do stovetop. I wish this was my idea but I actually read it on a bacon wrapper a long time ago Works like a charm! I love baking two things at once. Keep an eye on it after about 8 minutes, though - it bakes quickly once it gets going. Sooooo crispy and perfect with the pancake
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:42 PM   #35
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Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...

I'm copying and pasting all of your wonderful recipe ideas, Mamas! I have to add one of our quickie favorites. Price depends greatly on where and how you shop, but for me the cheese and tortillas are bought bulk/cheap and are usually on hand so it's well under $5.

I got this online where they were called Shut-up Sandy Quesadillas (the chef was Sandy's DH - apparently eating them kept her from talking while she stuffed her face as long as he kept making them for her )

Gouda cheese (NOT smoked Gouda - this is expensive unless you buy it at Sam's )
Diced tomatoes
Chopped green onions
Tortillas

Put slices of cheese on the tortilla. Sprinkle w/ tomatoes and green onions. Fold and brown in a pan. Wow! BTW, we've tried these w/ several other kinds of cheeses and decided the wow-factor is exclusive to the Gouda cheese. One word of warning...tomatoes make them juicy (think hot liquid can run down your chin )!

This is one of our favorite 'instead of eating out' meals.
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Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...

I accidentally discovered a delicious quesadilla yesterday.

Your basic wheat flour tortilla, cheese (whatever kind you like), finely chopped sweet onions, shredded chicken spiced with TexMex spices, and chopped portabella mushrooms.

I made it again for lunch today without the chicken and it was still gooooood!
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Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...

Here is my fish meal to toss onto this thread
Salmon cake patties
Can salmon $2-3
Old bay salmon spice mix $1.99
mix saute and yum!
if you want veggies with it
collard greens cooked in garlic, oil, with chickpeas-healthy too.
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:34 PM   #38
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Boil lentils in water, bouillon cubes, garlic and onion powder.
Saute cabbage in olive oil till tender.

When all is ready, serve lentils on bed of cabbage, it is so yummy! (and healthy too)
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Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...

Macaroni beef casserole:

1 lb ground beef
1 box mac n cheese (with the powdered cheese mix, not the creamy one)
1 cup bbq sauce
1/2 onion diced

Brown beef and onion, drain. Mix with bbq sauce. Set aside.
Cook mac n cheese. Mix with cheese sauce and butter but no milk.

In casserole dish (8x8 square or something comparable, but not a 9x13 that's too big), spread half the mac n cheese. Layer the beef in bbq sauce mixture on the mac n cheese. Top with other half of mac n cheese. Bake at 350* for about 20 minutes. Serve.

I usually serve this with a salad or some green beans. Super cheap.
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Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...

This is my FIL's pizza crust recipe....it's really good, and quick enough that we can make it on a busy weeknight. Total cost of ingredients is very, very cheap, especially if you buy your yeast and flour in quantity.


Makes 2 pizzas.

1 1/2 c warm water
1 T yeast
1 T sugar
1 t salt
1 T oil (olive or vegetable)
enough bread flour to make a soft dough (3 1/2 to 4 cups, roughly.) You can use regular flour, but the bread flour really does work better.

Add yeast and sugar to the warm water; let the yeast proof (start to get foamy.) Add salt, oil, and begin adding flour. Mix this by hand (yes, really, it's an important part of the recipe. The crust will taste better!) I usually mix with a fork until the dough gets too thick. Mix as much flour in by hand as you can, then turn dough onto a floured surface and knead in the rest of the flour. Don't add too much, but enough that the dough is not sticky. Let the dough rise for about 5 minutes, then divide in half and pat and stretch dough into your pan sprayed with cooking spray or rubbed with oil. You can sprinkle cornmeal on the pan first, if you like. Prebake crust at 425 for 5-7 minutes, add toppings, bake for another 7 or so minutes or until done. You may find that a higher oven temp yields better results, our old oven worked better for this recipe when set to 450.



Another favorite recipe is Taco Soup....plus it's crock pot friendly!

1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
2 can diced tomatoes or ro-tel
1 small can diced chiles (if not using ro-tel)
2 cans corn
2 packets taco seasoning
1/2 to 1 cup of water, if needed

Combine everything in the crockpot, cook on low all day or high for maybe 4 hours. Serve with cheese, sour cream, and corn or tortilla chips. Might cost a little more than $5, but it makes enough for our family of 2 adults, 2 kids to eat 2 dinners plus a few lunches.
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