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Topic: BUDGET MEALS awesomeness!!!!!  (Read 7164 times)
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guacaMolly
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2009 08:58:13 PM »

This is a great idea for a thread, these recipes look amazing!

I have something to add, Tuna Patties with a creamy dill sauce that are sooo yummy. Adapted from the recipe from Carbquik and a recipe on allrecipes.com

1 6oz. can of tuna
1 egg
2tbs carbquik/bisquick
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp dill weed

Creamy Dill Sauce:
1/4 c. mayo
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp dill weed

Pretty easy, mix up the first 5 ingredients, separate into 4 patties and fry in 2 tbs olive/coconut oil. Cook until nice and brown on both sides. Mix up the creamy dill sauce, it gets better the longer it sits, so I like to do that first. Modifications: To suit my own preferences, I use half mayo and half plain Greek yogurt to lower the fat and give it less of a tangy mayo flavor. I also use more like 1 tsp of dill weed.

So easy, yummy, potentially low carb and budget friendly!  Smiley
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melonhead-7
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2009 01:05:44 PM »

These recipes look yummy and may even fill up my son-in-law, the bottomless pit.

Stargardener, I LOVE your Fiestaware.
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dellamae
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2009 08:15:15 PM »

Here's a family favorite that is easy on money

Chicken Spaghetti (makes enough for an army)

1 whole chicken
1 pkg of thin spaghetti
2 cans of rotel tomatos as hot or mild as you like
1 normal sized block of velveeta (cubed)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
milk
salt and pepper
and any other of your favorite seasonings that go good with cheesy chicken

boil and debone the whole chicken add whatever seasonings you like to the water. (when done save some of the broth to cook the spaghetti in). set to the side.

boil and drain the spaghetti

(a little before deboning the chicken) in a large microwaveable bowl add rotel (you should drain one of the cans and keep the juice of the other.  It helps thin the cheese), the velveeta, both cans of soup, any seasonings you like and a splash or two of milk.  Microwave for 2 min then stir and repeat until the cheese is melted and a good saucey consistancy.  You may have to add more milk but be careful not to go overboard and make it too runny.  Its very much like cheese dip but with soup added and a little thinner.

once the chicken is done along with the spaghetti mix the three together and serve.
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« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2009 03:20:15 AM »

We've been doing the Dave plan for just about 2 yrs and it has made a difference for us! Yeah, he is intense but his points are honest and straight to the point. I was skeptical at first, but I became a firm believer within a couple of months.

I have some budget friendly recipes as well that I'll share. I'll dig around for them and post some. Smiley
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stargardener
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2009 06:37:24 PM »

thanks for the fiestaware Lovin'!!!  It sure is fun to eat off of! 
I love that this turning into a budget meal thread!  I can't wait to try all of these!  The tuna patties sound really good!
 

Who has MORE!!  I should post more of the ones that I have...hummm
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celticchrys
« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2009 09:52:55 AM »

Have any of you seen this series of videos on Youtube? "Depression Era Cooking"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuMkW35BwK8

A guy filmed his grandmother talking about and cooking meals from the Depression.  These are things her family ate while she was growing up, and are quite budget friendly, and some look awfully yummy.  Definitely watch these if you're looking for ideas.
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stargardener
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2009 07:01:02 PM »

Does she crack you up or what!!!  I love those videos!  Worth a view if only for REAL history and not even cooking!  They made me wish I could have talked to my Grandparents like that. 

Thanks for putting up the link!
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Applemint
« Reply #17 on: October 07, 2009 05:31:31 AM »

For saving money, buying pre-shredded,diced,chopped ext. items are a no no. They do charge more for that.

Also box mixes such as biscuit mix or cake mix are a poor idea. They are charging you a ton for just for simple ingredients. It might feel like you're spending more in the first place, but a bag of flour is going to last you a lot longer than that box mix, and be a lot more versatile.
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donniesgirl
« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2009 07:57:18 AM »

Yes & no. 

Frozen pre-chopped fruits & veggies are actually often cheaper here than whole fresh veggies, but the fresh pre-chopped are more expensive.  I bought a one pound bag of frozen chopped mango last weekend for $1.25 (sale), and my grocery stores usually have fresh mangos for $1.99 each...and they aren't one pound mangos.  Celery I find is cheaper to buy & chop myself.

They sell generic "Bisquick" that is actually very cheap & I generally buy mine on sale anyway.  But there are recipes out there for how to "make your own" Bisquick.  I like to do that since I prefer food from scratch anyway. 


For saving money, buying pre-shredded,diced,chopped ext. items are a no no. They do charge more for that.

Also box mixes such as biscuit mix or cake mix are a poor idea. They are charging you a ton for just for simple ingredients. It might feel like you're spending more in the first place, but a bag of flour is going to last you a lot longer than that box mix, and be a lot more versatile.
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stargardener
« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2009 10:26:49 AM »

frozen fruit and veggies are often cheaper and more healthy because its frozen right away and then shipped...I have heard if you pick up a bag of frozen fruit or veggies make sure the item has a loose feel, if its like a brick it probably has thawed and refrozen. 

But when you are looking for a healthy alternative to fresh nothing wrong with these options.

For me, a full time work outside the house mom, I have to weigh convenience with what is healthy.  Sometimes it just works out better to pay a few extra cents per serving and get to spend that time with my family.  Its a balance.
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