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Old 01-15-2009, 08:00 PM   #41
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German Runza Casserole

1/2 head cabbage
1lb ground beef
2 packages croissant rolls
Salt, pepper, onion powder
tbsp butter

Brown ground beef, season with salt, pepper onion powder. Saute cabbage in butter. Combine.

Spread one package of croissant rolls in pan. Spread in mixture. Top with 2nd package of croissant rolls. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.


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Old 01-16-2009, 08:57 AM   #42
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Here's another easy, cheap one our family enjoys.

Country pork ribs ($0.99/lb on sale)
BBQ sauce
bag of veggies for side ($0.99)

Cook ribs in crockpot on high for 5-6 hours in water (or use beer or other broth). Use BBQ sauce for dipping. We use left overs for pulled pork sandwiches the next day. Any veggie makes a good side.
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Old 01-16-2009, 12:38 PM   #43
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I am in Canada and our groceries are a bit more expensive it seems but this one is rather cheap for us and my picky pants eaters LOVE it!

tator tot casserole a.K.a= Sunken treasure

1/2 lb ground beef (2.50)
1/2 pkg tator tots (1.50)
1 can green beans/ drained (.69)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (.69) or any creamed soup if you dont like mushroom

Brown the ground beef and drain fat. Place in oven safe casserole dish. Next, dump the green beans over top and spread them out. Next dump the cream of mush. soup on top and spread out into an even layer. Next arrange tator tots in a single layer over top of the cream of mush soup.
bake in 350 degree oven for about 35-40 min or until the tots are golden brown on top and hot.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:23 PM   #44
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Here are few that we love.

This is a one pot wonder.

Quick Chicken Cacciatore

1lb. Chicken Breast, cut into bit size pieces
1/2 chopped onions
2 T. vegetable oil
Jar of spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 c water
1 green pepper chopped
1/2 t. dried oregano
1/2t. dried basil
1/2 instant rice

Heat oil in pan. Add chicken and onion until brown and stir in green onions, saute 2 mins. Add spaghetti sauce and next four ingredients. bring to boil. Add instant rice. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 mins.

I sometimes at mozerella on top before covering and removing from heat. By the time the rice is done the cheese is melted.

Skillet Tamale Pie
This is another one pot wonder. You will need a skillet you put in the oven. If you don't have one just at mixture to a cassarole dish and then top with corn bread.

2 T. Vegetable oil
1 onion minced
2 T. chili powder
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb. ground beef
1-15 ounce can black beans, rinsed
1- 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
1- package of corn bread- made to box directions- we use jiffy.
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 450
Het oil add onions and chili powder cook until softened. at garlic cook until for 30 secs. At ground beef, beans, and tomatoes and bring to simmer, break up meat until meat is done.

Meanwhile, mix cornbread batter to package directions.

At cheese to cornbread.

Dollop batter evenly over filling and spread into even layer.

Bake pie until cornbread is cooked in the center, 10 to 15 mins.

We usually put sour cream on top and cliantro if I have it on hand.

Each one is easily under 5. If you have the spices on hand. Especially if you are buying on sale items.
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:02 AM   #45
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Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...

Love this thread!

Here's one we really like - easy and basic:

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken - whatever you like - I use boneless skinless breasts (frozen they are $2/lb at Aldi)- 1 lb+ - cut into strips
Green Peppers (1 or 2) - sliced into strips
1 Onion - sliced up
1 package Taco Seasoning

Saute chicken in taco seasoning. Add veggies and saute till veggies are soft and chicken is completely cooked.

Roll the filling up in the tortillas!

You can add shredded cheese, salsa, and/or sour cream if you have them on hand!
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:19 PM   #46
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Mexican Chicken Casserole

1 package boneless skinless breasts
1 can corn
1 can rotel
1 can cream of chicken or mushroom
tortilla chips
shredded cheese.

Cook chicken (boil, pan, grill, etc.) and shred
add can of corn, cream of chicken or mushroom, and rotel. Mix
Put in casserole dish. Crumble tortilla chips and add on top, followed with cheese, bake about 20 minutes (covered if you don't want crunchy cheese)
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:54 PM   #47
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Chipotle Bean soup

1 lb mixed dried beans ($1.50)
1 24 oz can of diced tomatoes (1)
3 stalks celery, chopped (.30?)
3 carrots, chopped (.30?)
1 medium onion, chopped (.10?)
3 cloves garlic, minced (.10?)
1-3 chipotle chiles (in adobo sauce), depending on how spicy you like it ($1.50)
chicken bouilon (.25?)
6 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil

Rinse and soak beans overnight. Saute onion, celery, carrot and garlic with olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add beans, tomato, water, chicken boillon cubes and bring to a boil. Lower heat and puree.

Great with a loaf of french bread, or topped with a dollop of sour cream/yogurt and green onions.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:21 AM   #48
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Why did I never add this to my subscriptions? There have been so many additions since I last looked!

Here's a helpful tidbit....for those of us w/ recipes that call for taco seasoning. I found this taco seasoning recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  1. In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container.
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I made this for dinner....very good and cheap, too! (From the bon appetit cookbook)

Spaghetti Carbonara

12 oz spaghetti (3/4 box)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cream (I used whole milk)
4 egg yolks (save the whites for omelets or something)
1/2 lb bacon (mine was bogo with a coupon )
2 Tbsp bacon drippings

Dice bacon and cook, drain on paper towels. In the meantime, cook noodles. While noodles are cooking, whisk together milk, egg yolks, bacon drippings, and cheese. When noodles are done, drain and put back in pot. Add the whisked up egg mixture, toss with noodles over medium heat until the sauce thickly and evenly coats the noodles (like 3-4 minutes.) Don't boil it! Toss with bacon before serving. Salt and pepper to taste.

We served it with green beans that I picked from our garden and froze last summer. Yum!

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Old 02-03-2009, 02:28 PM   #50
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Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...

I have one too!! I don't know if it is under $5, it depends on the sale you get.

I do not take how much you need depending on the people.

put in a pan and fry:
ground meat (I used Tennessee pride Country Sausage, mild, 1lb)
a little bit "steak rub" (spice from Costco)
chopped Onion (I used dried, chopped Onions, may be 1-2 Tablespoons)
put in:
1 or 2 green bell pepper (cut)
1 or 2 cans diced tomatos (I used garlic raosted)
if you want: a little bit whipping cream or milk

Put in a pot for the oven:
ready cooked Rice to cover the bottom about 1 inch high (I used Jasmin rice)
the ground meat and stuff from the pan
ground cheese on top (I used a mix cheddar/mozzarella...)
broil on high for just a few minutes.
Do not stir.

Everything is done in approx 30 minutes.

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