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Old 02-26-2009, 02:29 PM   #471
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Awesome thread!

My contribution:

Lentil Soup

1/2 bag of Lentils
1 jar of salsa
salt & pepper to taste

Cornbread (Jiffy boxes are so cheap - 30-50 cents plus 1 egg), Whole Wheat bread or Rolls

Cook lentils in a saucepan until tender, according to package directions. Add jar of salsa and optional salt and pepper while hot. Serve with bread, cornbread or rolls.

Simple, healthy and cheap. Not to mention, YUMMY!

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Old 02-26-2009, 02:48 PM   #472
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Re: ~$5 Meal Ideas~

I have No Idea what these are actually called my kids call it "special dinner" I was down to bare bottom end of the month food and threw this together worked great. Im sure its Not new but Its DEFFINATELY under $5

Refrigerator biscuits (I often find them on sale 4packs for $1.99)
Lunch meat ANY kind your family likes ($.99-1.99 Depending on the pack size)
Shredded Cheese (any kind your family likes)

Simply Pop open the refrigerator biscuits and let them warm up a Little bit maybe 10 minutes (makes it easier to flatten them out)

*Pre-heat oven to Temp on Biscuits and Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray
*Flatten out the Biscuits until they are aprox the size of the Palm of your hand
*Place One piece of Lunch meat and a small portion of shredded cheese inside then Fold up into little packages so its all sealed up inside
Bake for the same amount of time as the biscuit would cook. Since you have flattened the dough out this helps to cook the dough quicker and warms and melts the inside up nice.

My kids could eat 4-6 each with a Salad and some cottage cheese and be Plenty full

~happy cooking~
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Old 02-27-2009, 03:40 PM   #473
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I love this thread! One meal that my husband and I enjoy is the "smorgasbord." On a platter, we spread an array of any bits of finger foods we have, such as crackers w/cheese slices, apple slices w/pb, dried fruit, baby carrots, celery, rice cakes, various dipping sauces, etc. This meal is especially fun to eat during a movie.
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:48 AM   #474
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I've gotten many great ideas from this thread and I want to share one of mine.

French Toast Casserole

1 loaf whole wheat bread ($1)
8 eggs ($1.50)
3 cups milk ($.75)

cinnamon
sugar

Mix together some sugar and cinnamon for topping. Tear bread into cubes and place half in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Mix the eggs and milk together and pour half of mixture over the bread and sprinkle with topping mix. Place the rest of the bread cubes in pan and repeat egg mixture and topping mix. Cover and refridgerate overnight (or over the day). Remove from fridge 30 minutes before baking. Cover with foil and bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes. Serve with butter and syrup.

This is a great way for your whole family to be able to eat french toast at the same time! It reheats great as well. I usually cut it into servings and put each one in a freezer bag once it has cooled and then my DD can have french toast any morning she wants. Just thaw in microwave and it's better than the eggo waffles...and cheaper
I am making this now for lunch...I hope it is a good as it sounds!
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:09 PM   #475
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Re: ~$5 Meal Ideas~

Someone was talking about Rotel tomatoes on another thread, and I realized that this meal I always make is definitely around 5 bucks or less. This is great if you have a big cast iron skillet.

Black bean cornbread skillet:
Saute 1 onion in 12" cast iron skillet with butter or oil until carmelized. Turn off heat and add:
1 can black beans
1 can ro-tel (or tomatoes with green chilies)
1/2 bag frozen sweet corn, or a can of corn
Chili powder to your family's taste
(I also add either cilantro or green onions here if I have them around)

Top with 1 recipe cornbread batter. I usually make homemade (cheaper and healthier) but you could use your favorite box mix too. Bake until bread on top is done and golden, about 30 minutes for my recipe. Sometimes I will grate cheese on top halfway through baking to make it extra yummy.

A one dish (plus bowl to mix up cornbread) meal that is kind of like a Southwest flavored pot pie!
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Re: ~$5 Meal Ideas~

I love this thread...I have cooked every meal this week from it and they have all been really tasty and cheap So here is my under $5 meal:

Corn Dog Casserole
take a package of hot dog weenies cut them up add a little onion and saute in a pan. then mix up some jiffy corn bread mix according to directions and throw in your cooked onion and weenies. Bake according to directions.

Super easy and we serve it with a little mustard just like a corndog. Big hit with my kids
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Old 03-28-2009, 08:01 PM   #477
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mmmm i will have to try some of these they all sound great and the best part they are cheap!
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:23 PM   #478
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Re: ~$5 Meal Ideas~

I found this thread 3 days ago and have been copying and pasting away recipes like crazy lol....

Wanted to add a couple that I like to do as well...

Spanish Rice Supper
one can of spanish rice( can find in the spanish section or van camps makes the best if your grocer carries it)
1lb or less of hamburger meat
4/5 med sliced potatoes unpeeled
ketchup or tom sauce to taste

Brown the hamburger meat, drain then add all ingredients and cover and cook till potatoes are done. This is not a spicy mexican style dish. It has a real light tomato flavor. We like to add a little extra ketchup to give it a bit more tomatoey taste lol. Salt and Pepper to your liking.

Easy Chicken Alfredo
Egg Noodles or No Yolks or whole wheat pasta you choose
1 can alfredo sauce
1/2 can of evaporated milk
can of shredded chicken or leftover chicken

Boil noodles and mix all other ingredients- its great!!!

Also tried this a couple days ago and my youngest DS ate all the leftovers by himself(11 months old)

Easy Chicken Pie

Chicken leftovers or a few fresh chicken breast/tenders

If starting with frozen or raw chicken
Boil in water with chicken bouillon or veggies you have on hand just enough to cover.
Remove chicken- add two cans of cream of chicken soup, add parsley, season to taste. If you need to thicken you can add flour/or corn starch
shred chicken and put in casserole dish add filling

Sourcream Crust- this is wonderful taste like biscuits but better!! I had extra after covering the casserole and baked them seperately and DS has had them as snacks

2 cups flour
1 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup sour cream
Mix together, knead a couple times, roll it out and cut in any shape you want- I do triangles and place over casserole-
Bake at 350 about 35 mins

I have more to post later
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Re: ~$5 Meal Ideas~

My girlfriend always does "Pan Tacos" that turns out pretty cheap...depending on where you shop and what you have on hand.
I try to buy things ahead of time (like ground beef when it's on sale...I'll stock up and freeze. Same with chips and the sauce
If you are making this without everything already on hand it could get pricey.

Its a casserole version of tacos! Layered from bottom to top is
crushed doritos
browned burger & onion,
taco sauce,
lettuce,
tomato,
shredded cheese,
taco sauce.

Then pop into oven on 350 for about 10 minutes!

It's very tasty and is also good for potlucks or get togethers!
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Old 04-07-2009, 02:47 PM   #480
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tofu stir fry

1/2 package firm tofu cubed ($1)
1/2 bag broccoli, carrots, califlower cooked(.50)
3 packages ramen noodles cooked without flavoring packet (.30)
1/4 c. teryaki sauce (.50)?
2Tbs. oil (.10)?
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch (.05)?
2 Tbs water (.00)
dash garlic, onion powders (.02)
2Tbs honey (.20)?
1tsp soy sauce (.10)?

in saute pan over low heat cook teryaki sauce, oil, cornstarch, water, onion and garlic powder, and honey until thickens. Add and stir in tofu veggies and noodles until warmed and covered with sauce......

$2.77!!! If I know anything about what stuff costs....lol!

serves 2 (little) kids and 2 adults

BTW---Lentil burgers are REALLY cheap too!!! recipe is around here somewhere on DS.
Do you know where the recipe for lentil burgers are? I've been craving lentils!
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