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Old 12-29-2007, 01:14 PM   #291
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I don't know why I didn't check this out sooner. I just copied a ton of recipes down on index cards to start a book of recipes with. And it's perfect timing too....grocery shopping next week so I'm making my list from the meal ideas.

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Old 12-30-2007, 06:48 AM   #292
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So happy that I found this thread! Thanks for all of the good recipes!
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:42 PM   #293
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Turkey Tetrazzini

1 package egg noodles
2 T butter
2-4 cups sliced mushrooms (I left this out entirely)
8 oz cream cheese
2 cups chicken broth
4-6 cups chopped, cooked turkey (I used leftover turkey)
2 cups frozen peas, thawed.

Cook noodles according to package directions. (The recipe calls for 1.5 cups of noodles, but I am unsure if that means uncooked or cooked. I boiled almost the entire package and we had plenty of "sauce" leftover to eat it all.) Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet. Add mushrooms and cook until tender (like I said above, I just left these out because only 1 person in my family will eat them!) Stir in cream cheese and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 7 minutes or until slightly thickened (will still be pretty runny.) Add turkey and peas, cook until heated through. Pour over noodles and serve.

The recipe above is actually doubled from the original recipe. Since I used leftover turkey and generic items where I could, this was super cheap for my family of 6, even doubled.
Thanks! I made this tonight, and DH said it was delicious!

DD picked out the peas, but what can you do?
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:45 AM   #294
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No offense, but lots of ground beef and canned soups. DH would freak. He must have a substantial amount of meat at every meal, and I only cook ground beef about once a week. I am totally C & P the chicken recipes.

TUNA PATTIES:
4 cans of tuna (2.00 at walmart)
italian seasoned bread crumbs...1/2 C???
splash of lemon juice
2 T of mayo
1 egg
S & P
mix, form into patties, fry in a frying pan

HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE:
mayo, sweet relish, lemon juice, onion powder

BAKED COD: This probably only serves 3
1 lb frozen baked cod (walmart $4.00) thawed
put thawed cod on baking sheet
CRUMB TOPPING:
1/2 C seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 C parmesean cheese
1 T EVOO
mix and spoon on top of cod

bake according to fish package directions.

great value mac and cheese 33 cents
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:37 PM   #295
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Here are some more suggestions:

1 box of pierogies frozen
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 soup can of milk

Put the soup and milk in a saucepan and stir well. Pour in pierogies and cook on med until pierogies are done. This is wonderful and is easily doubled. I would say that this is a $2-$2.50 meal.

Ground turkey
2 cans of black beans
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 package of chili seasoning or taco seasoning
water

Cook turkey then add drained black beans and undrained tomatoes and package of seasoning and put in enough water to suit your taste and cook until it is heated through.


Here is a really easy and yummy dessert.

Use old or fresh bananas. Cut a slice down the banana with the peel on. Put a couple of teaspoons of brown sugar in the slit and maybe some nuts. Put in oven under broiler and watch it until the brown sugar has melted. Then take out and scoop your fav ice cream in the slit, we like butter pecan with this. Wonderful, easy and cheap recipe for a really good looking dessert.

I hope that this helps you guys out. Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes. I hope this thread keeps going.
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Old 01-07-2008, 02:37 PM   #296
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box of mac & cheese, can of corn & can of peas, 2 cans tuna! mix together and eat. You can either crumble crackers into crumbs, sprinkle on top and bake at 350 for 30 mins or eat strait!
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Re: ~$5 Meal Ideas~

I just wanted to share
I spent about 2 hour picking through recipes a few weeks ago from the awesome thread. I pulled about about 20 recipes from the first 10 pages or so to try. We have tried 2 so far We tried the American Chop Seuy and I have to say that EVERYONE in my house LOVED it. My 2 year old asked for more twice LOL We have added it to a repitore for future meals. The other one was the Sausage and Rice Cassarole. Again We all loved it. We added some onions and mushrooms and spices to season it up a bit but still very cheap and very easy to make! Thank you to those who posted those recipes and I can't wait to try some more!!
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Here is one my hubby loves!

Brown ground meat (beef or turkey)
Add a can of cream of mushroom soup cook to heat soup.

Serve over toast and w/ a veggie or salad.
I bet you can do this w/ like $3 depending on how many you are feeding. He comes from a large family and his mom made this all the time. She made 2 lbs of meat and 2 cans of soup. It is kind of like a sloppy joe, but w/ cream of mushroom soup. I have seen this in a cookbook w/ cream of celery, but I an not sure I would like that as much.
Easy Peasy
I make this sometimes...it's really good on buns like a sloppy joe.

Another one I have is this:
1lb ground beef
1 can enchilada sauce
1 package of corn muffin mix--prepared but not baked.

Brown the beef, drain, add the enchilada sauce and spread the prepared corn muffin mix over the top. Bake in a hot oven for like 15 minutes...very good!
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One-pot Tuna Casserole my 8yo's favorite dinner
1 lb any kind noodles, cooked in water with chicken boullion added for extra flavor-it really does make a difference in the over all flavor- drain and add
2 cans tuna, drained well
1 can cream of whatever soup you want (or make a white sauce with a flour rue and chicken broth for those no-dairy folks)
1 can/1 cup frozen whatever veggies you like - corn and peas both work great
once everything is mixed well and hot, top with shredded cheedar and italian breadcrumbs (i usually dont have any so I dont, but it is good that way) (pop under the broiler if you add breadcrumbs-makes them toasty)


all 4 of these should easily serve a large family... i make these frequently for dinner guests...hungry construction workers (are there any other kind LOL) and always get rave reviews!

enjoy!!

My MIL makes this with the canned chicken instead of tuna and its really good, not something I would cook off just a recipe but after trying it and not knowing it was made with the cream soups, we like it a lot. I think she crunches cheetos on top though LOL not something I would probably add to my dinner on my own lol
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I make this sometimes...it's really good on buns like a sloppy joe.

Another one I have is this:
1lb ground beef
1 can enchilada sauce
1 package of corn muffin mix--prepared but not baked.

Brown the beef, drain, add the enchilada sauce and spread the prepared corn muffin mix over the top. Bake in a hot oven for like 15 minutes...very good!
What size baking dish do you use? What oven temp?

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