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Old 05-18-2007, 10:46 PM   #131
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Meatballs and noodles

1/2-1lb ground beef
1 can cream of mushroom soup
water or milk to dilute soup
egg noodles
salt and pepper to taste

Form meatballs, fry in large pan. Boil noodles. Add cream of mushroom soup to meatballs, you can dilute it and whisk it up a bit in a bowl first if you choose. Simmer til heated thru. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve meatball mixture over noodles.
I add a hand full or two of fz peas and a can of sliced mushrooms,maybe some garlic, if I have it. I cheat and use fz meat balls.I slice meatballs in half. This is called sweedish meat balls in my house. Not sure why?

Those same meatballs go for meatball subs also.

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Old 05-20-2007, 11:07 PM   #132
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two good summer lunch recipes-no cooking required!


tuna apple salad

2 cans of tuna
1 apple
handful of dried cranberries
2 T of mayo-or more if you want
chopped walnuts (this is optional)
crushed red pepper-to taste
black pepper-to taste

Dice up the apple and combine all ingredients in a bowl-I also add a dash of raspberry walnut salad dressing if I have it on hand. this is quick and yummy-goes great on a sandwich or in a pita-and is even impressive for lunch guests-it impressed my MIL!


Tomato pitas

4-6 roma tomatos-guess you could use canned too
diced onion-however much you want
LOTS of basil-fresh is best, dried is ok-you can get it frozen in little cubes at Trader Joes!!
garlic-I use the prediced kind
any other herbs/seasonings you might want to throw in

combine all ingredients and drizzle with olive oil ( I sometimes also add a dash of balsamic vinegar) mix everything together

makes a nice light lunch when served in a pita

make extra and use it the next night to top pasta-can add some grilled chicken for protein



Quick and easy salsa

3 cans diced tomatoes
1 salsa seasoning packet
cilanto

we run it all through the blender
This doesn't last long at my house and its pretty cheap

a yummy, but spicy seasoning we use alot is a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce-we dump the whole can in the blender till its pureed, then store it in the fridge in tupperware to have on hand to add a bit of spice and smokey flavoe to just about anything.
without cleaning the blender, we usually then run the salsa through it for added kick!
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Old 05-20-2007, 11:17 PM   #133
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a one skillet pasta meal-not sure of the price

1 package of bacon
1 diced onion
garlic-to taste-we like alot of it
some type of greens-kale, mustard...ect
pasta of your choice

make pasta

while its doing its thing, take your skillet, cook all of the bacon, when its done, don't drain the fat. While the bacon is hanging out on some paper towels to soak up the grease, put the onion and garlic in the skillet in the bacon grease and cook, when they look done, throw in the kale just for a minute or two until it wilts.

tear up bacon into little pieces.

top pasta with kale/onion/garlic mixture, sprinkle onion on top.

Yum!
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Old 05-22-2007, 12:49 PM   #134
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I know I have more than this, and I'll add later if I remember. Wanted to say that if you buy pieces of bone-in chicken or whole chicken it's much cheaper than chicken breasts. And you'll probably find that if you shred it and use in a main dish instead of being the main dish, people will eat less of the chicken and more of the other 'stuff'

Creamy Crockpot Chicken

1 lb. chicken pieces, cut up $1.69
3 Tbs. butter $?
1 pkg italian dressing mix $.50
1 can Cream of Chicken soup $.75
8 oz. brick of cream cheese, cut in chunks at room temp $1.35
rice or noodles

Place butter and chicken in crock pot and pour dressing mix on top. Cook on low for 2-3 hours until chicken is done. Stir in soup and cream cheese and continue to cook until cream cheese is melted. Serve over rice or noodles. It's one of my favorite meals!
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Old 05-22-2007, 12:59 PM   #135
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I don't know about anyone else, but I know I can't get quality chicken or ground beef for under $5. Not unless I manage to catch a good sale at the store. I'm this-close to going vegetarian because of the insane cost of meat anymore.
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Ground beef and baked beans. Just brown the beef and then add a lg can of baked beans. Some onions and seasonings if you want. Makes like a sweet bbq chili. One of my all time faves since I was a kid. Cheap, easy, and tasty.
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I don't know about anyone else, but I know I can't get quality chicken or ground beef for under $5. Not unless I manage to catch a good sale at the store. I'm this-close to going vegetarian because of the insane cost of meat anymore.


Although produce isn't much better. If only I could live off of white rice, lol.
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Old 05-22-2007, 03:35 PM   #138
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Seriously good meatloaf!

1-2 lbs of ground beef depending on how many you feed
1 box of Stouffers cornbread dressing (1 box will make 2 lbs of beef)
ketchup


preheat oven to 400.
Mix stuffing and G beef.
form into shape evenly ( so that it will cook evenly)
cover w/ketchup
for 2lbs cook for 30-35 mins or until browned evenly...I like mine pretty crispy so I usually cook for 40-45mins
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Re: ~$5 Meal Ideas~

This is my favorite meat loaf, it came from Kraft.
2 lbs of ground beef
1 box of stuffing mix (6 oz)
1/2 cup of bbque sauce (divided)
2 eggs
1 cup water

Everything in a bowl except 1/4 of the bbque sauce. Mix well and shape into an oval loaf in baking pan. Top w/ rem. bbque sauce.
Oven 375 for ~ 1 hour

I am not much for measuring so mine tastes different everytime. This could be a great starter for those who like to add things. I like that it is very easy to prepare and doesn't take much time. Not sure on the price but I am sure that it comes close to $5.
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Old 05-22-2007, 03:47 PM   #140
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Seriously good meatloaf!

1-2 lbs of ground beef depending on how many you feed
1 box of Stouffers cornbread dressing (1 box will make 2 lbs of beef)
ketchup


preheat oven to 400.
Mix stuffing and G beef.
form into shape evenly ( so that it will cook evenly)
cover w/ketchup
for 2lbs cook for 30-35 mins or until browned evenly...I like mine pretty crispy so I usually cook for 40-45mins

Great minds think alike! I am going to give yours a try tonight. It is def easier than mine!!
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