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Topic: Five-Dollar-Dinner Cookalong?  (Read 18747 times)
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« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2010 12:49:10 PM »

thelastkodama - looks delicious!

doesn't it?  i especially love the presentation.
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« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2010 03:27:22 PM »

Presentation does make a difference, doesn't it?  I live alone, and i love to cook, so you'd think cheap eats would be a no-brainer for me.  And many nights it is -- I open a can of corn and nuke it -- and that's dinner.  Or I stop off at the fast food joint and eat off the kids menu -- boom -- still a reasonable price.

But healthy food, and an entire, balanced meal -- that's where I often fall flat.  (Unless I'm cooking for work.  Somehow supplying the 10 ravenous gulls I work with brings out all my creativity.)

So I'm in on this cook-a-long as well, looking for not only cheap, but healthy and balanced as well.  Look forward to seeing what we all come up with!
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« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2010 04:40:12 PM »

Since my bf and i have to work at the butt crack of dawn we are staying home this NYE. I did make a tasty quick meal tonight.

Barritos:    1/2 can Refried Beans fat free $ .95
                          Rice                         $ .40
                           wraps (3)                 $1.80
                        leftover chicken breast  $1.20
                                  1/2 can of corn  $ .40
                                       sour cream   $ .25
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                                            Total      $5.00   whew just made it ... and we have leftovers
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« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2010 05:00:10 PM »

I didn't feel like making a big production out of dinner tonight, so we had cheese dogs. I was out of chili, which would have made it rockin', and it still would have come in at under $5.

Hot dogs- $.99
Buns- $1.18
Cheese- $1.60
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« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2010 05:11:45 PM »

Last night ....

1/4 turkey 2.05
1/2 carton chicken broth .50
can corn .45
1/4 box potato flakes .25
3 potatoes .35
milk .20
butter .10
corn starch for gravy .05
4 croissants 1.00

total 4.95

Tonight ...
 Turkey tacos and nachos
1/4 turkey 2.05
seasonings .33
salad mix .25
nacho cheese sauce .25
re-fried beans .45
taco sauce left over from taco bell packets free
nacho chip .50
rice .25
tomato .35
tortilla shells  .50

total 4.93

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« Reply #25 on: January 01, 2011 01:03:10 PM »

I'm always on the lookout for affordable meals! Never thought of keeping track of what I'm spending though!
I also have a ton of food allergies so I have to be pretty careful.

 So last night was chili night. Plan on two meals for two adults. And one meal for my dad.  So 5 meals total.

Two packs of ground turkey{one bought on sale} - 2.65
               -the other my mom gave me since she bought it and thought it was pork!  free
One can of tomato paste - 0.50
One can of black beans- 1.19 
One can of corn - 0.45
Two boxes of corn bread mix- 0.90
One can of northern beans- 0.89
One can of seasoned pinto beans-1.09
Seasonings (onion powder, salt, pepper)- about 0.25
Milk (for corn bread)- 0.25
hot sauce left over from Chinese takeout- free
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Total   =              5.02    so that is    1.00 a meal!!! woohoo.
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« Reply #26 on: January 01, 2011 01:07:28 PM »

Presentation does make a difference, doesn't it?

For sure! I always feel better about my food when it's pretty. Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2011 09:34:08 AM »

For tonight I am making Julia Child's Potage Parmentier (Potato and Leek Soup). Super fancy sounding, but also super cheap!

Giant bag of potatoes scored for: 1.50
Bunch of leeks:                         1.50
butter:                                     .25
salt:                                         .05
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« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2011 11:41:24 AM »

Last night was leftovers = free but we did use some tortilla chips .75.

Tonight is a holiday meal at my parents .. so no counting tonight as I have to take certain things and they are all appies.  Undecided
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« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2011 04:32:47 PM »

Awesome idea!  It's just me and my rabbits, so I try to stick to a food budget of about $50/week, including drinks and papergoods and such.  It's a bit high for one person, but I never come home with nearly as much as I think I should for the prices.  As I haven't been trying very hard lately - whoops - I am now back on the wagon!  I don't do coupons, mostly because I find it's cheaper to buy the storebrand of things.  Also, for herbs, I check the Mexican food aisle where most of the herbs I use are faaaar cheaper than the fancy 'spice' aisle at the grocery store!

I made some black beans and rice in the crockpot for dinner ...

1.5 cups of rice - $.25 (I buy the biiiiig bag and it was on sale for 3.99!)
2 cans of black beans - $1.50 (I know dried is cheaper, but I didn't  have any)
1 can of diced tomatoes - $.80
1 tsp. of garlic - $.05
various other spices - $.05
1/4 onion - $.25
carrots - $.50
1 cube vegetable bouillon - $.25

grand total .... $3.65 with 6 big servingsf or $.60/serving.  As it's just me, that will do me for lunches this week (along with the soup I made last week) and a few dinners.  Woot!  Or, if I get sick of it, I'll pop it in the freezer for later.
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