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Old 06-14-2008, 03:30 AM   #371
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Ok I just made this one up tonight because I was hungry! I made two boxes of Jiffy cornbread. I poured salsa and cheese over it after baking, and stuck it in the oven until the cheese melted. Stirred it all up, yum! I was thinking about pan searing a chicken breast and shredding it up to add as well.

Corn muffin (2 for 1.00)
Shredded cheese, 1 cup (like, 1.00?)
Salsa(.25 portion)

That passes the five buck test!


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Old 06-15-2008, 03:02 PM   #372
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This is an easy one my mom has always done. I don't know if it's less than $5, but it feeds our family with leftovers for lunch.

Frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts (Just cover the bottom of casserole dish)
1 small can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1-2 cups of shredded Cheese
1 small bag of frozen broccoli
Crushed Corn Flakes for crust layer.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place frozen chicken in bottom of casserole dish. Put broccoli on top of that. Pour cream of mushroom soup on top of that. (I like to mix mine in a larger cup with a bit of milk, but you don't have to.) Cover with cheese. Put crushed corn flakes on top in a thin layer for crust.

Place in oven for 60 minutes. (Depends on chicken size. Smaller pieces of chicken will cook faster.)
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:28 AM   #373
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Re: ~$5 Meal Ideas~

made some good meals off of this thread this week-- we're broke! (let's see, though... we'd have an extra $60 grocery money if it weren't for diapers on the way, lol. we need to eat less, anway! good thing my lo nurses exclusively). here is one super cheap that's pretty tasty, healthy and cheap.

Chile Releno Puff

5 eggs
1/4 flour
1/4tsp. salt
1/2tsp. baking powder
1 pint non-fat cottage cheese
1 large (7oz) can mild green chiles, chopped
1/2 cup reduced fat mozzarella, shredded
1/4 cup reduced fat cheddar, shredded for top

Preheat oven to 350F. Beat eggs until smooth and lemon colored. Whisk in flour, then baking powder and salt. Add cottage cheese, mozzarella, and chiles. Pour into glass pie dish or similar baking pan. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and bake for 25-30 minutes until center is firm and the top slightly browned.

I usually add aspargus or spinach and some times some salsa or chopped tomoato. I like to have at least one veggie and I hate making more than one dish. Just beware that if you had some thing like tomato which has a lot of liquid content add a bit more (1-2Tbsps. of flour). Enjoy
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Old 06-19-2008, 09:14 AM   #374
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Pizza Soup

1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 lb. ground beef
2 cans tomato soup

Brown ground beef. Add soup, spaghetti sauce, 6 cups of water, and some italian seasoning. Simmer for 15 minutes. May add cheese to soup and melt through- or just top bowls with cheese. Serve with crusty bread.

Chicken Enchilada Soup

1 can chedder cheese soup
1 can cream of chicken
2 2/3 cup milk
1 can chicken (or leftover shredded up)
1 can enchilada sauce
1 can green chilis

Mix and heat through in sauce pan. serve with sour cream, cheese, and/or crushed tortilla chips.

Easy Stromboli

1 refrigerated pizza crust
1 lb ground beef
2/3 cup barbecue sauce
1 cup shredded chedder cheese

Brown meat. Drain fat. Stir in barbecue sauce. Place pizza crust on cookie sheet. Place meat down center, top with cheese. Then fold sides up and pinch closed at top and ends. Bake per directions for the pizza crust.

Have also used sausage and pizza sauce with mozzarella, or chicken and broccoli with some cream of something (dont dilute soup) with parmesan chese. Basically you can put anything in there!

Chicken tortilla roll ups

Diced cooked Chicken
Mixed veggies
flour tortillas
cream soup

Mix up chicken, veggies, soup, and cheese. Spoon mixture into tortilla and roll up. Place in casserole and bake at 350 for like 10 minutes to heat through.

That is all I have off the top of my head- but this is a great thread!!
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:52 PM   #375
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I feel like I've benefitted so much from this thread I have to add a recipe.

Anyway, one of our family favorites:

Calico Beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can great northern beans
1 can pork n beans
1 can tomato sauce
2 T. dijon mustard
1/4-1/2 c. brown sugar
season to taste

quinoa or rice
pureed carrot or butternut squash

Basically throw it all together, heat it up and you're good to go!
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Bag mixed veggies
Pack of fried rice seasoning
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:19 AM   #377
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Not really sure of the cost but this is GOOD!

Spinach Biscuit Bake

1 tube of buttermilk Biscuits
1 roll Bulk Sausage, I like the sage flavor
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 eggs
10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
4 oz crumbled Feta cheese
1/4 cup Parm cheese
1 & 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Press and flatten biscuits into bottom and up the sides of a greased 9x11 baking dish. Cook sausage and onions and then drain grease. In a bowl beat the eggs and then add spinach, cheeses, garlic powder, some salt and pepper, and sausage mixture. Mix well, then put on top of biscuits. Bake uncovered at 375 for 25-30 mins, until crust is lightly browned.

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Old 06-26-2008, 02:29 PM   #378
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Cheap and Fast Pot Pie

You will need a baking dish. I like to use a 13x9 glass baking dish.
Two cans of soup and Bisquick dumplings or any cookbook recipe for dumplings.

Fill the baking dish with soup add about half a can of water (even though the cans say not to add water).

Mix up your dumpling mix and add to the top of the soup. Bake in the oven according to the dumpling recipe and until your soup starts to boil.

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Old 06-26-2008, 02:44 PM   #379
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Fast and Easy Jambalaya

Rice-A-Roni Spanish Rice
1 can of Diced Tomatoes
Any Veggies/herbs such as Onions, Green Peppers, Cilantro- Whatever you have on hand

Sausage (I love to add spicy sausage. I cook it in a different pan and then just add to mine and hubbys.)

Or add Beans and/or Tofu

Cook the Rice-A-Roni according to the package and add the veggies, herbs to this stage of the cooking.

The last 10 mins add your shrimp, beans or tofu.

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Old 07-05-2008, 04:21 PM   #380
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Recipe courtesy of:
Fatfree Vegan Kitchen

Susan's Dirty Little Secret Soup

Some people eschew frozen vegetables, but they are often more nutritious than fresh ones that have been shipped from far away. They're usually flash-frozen at the farm, resulting in more nutrients being preserved; vegetables that are allowed to age before cooking lose some of their nutritional value.

5-6 cups vegetable broth (I use Imagine No-Chicken)
1 16-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 16-ounce cans beans, rinsed and drained (I usually use 1 Great Northern and 1 Kidney Bean)
2 1-pound bags of frozen vegetables (my favorites are California Blend [cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots] and Italian Blend [zucchini, Italian green beans, broccoli, red pepper])
4 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
a shake or two of hot pepper sauce (Tabasco)
black pepper and salt to taste
OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup small pasta OR 2 cups diced potatoes OR 1 cup frozen corn or other starchy vegetable OR 1/2 cup of quick-cooking grain (pearled barley, millet, or quinoa) or cooked rice

Put 5 cups of vegetable broth and all remaining ingredients into a large pot and cook until vegetables are done, about 20-30 minutes. If the soup seems too thick, add more broth.
Taste and adjust seasonings before serving.

This can also be made with 2 pounds of whatever fresh vegetables you have in the house, as in the photo above which includes zucchini, cauliflower, and kale.

This makes at least 8 servings, and though the nutritional breakdown will vary depending on the ingredients you use, if you stick to vegetables-only (no pasta or packaged meat substitutes) I think it constitutes a Core recipe for Weight Watchers and if not a "free food," a very low-calorie one on most healthy eating plans.

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