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« Reply #80 on: November 10, 2005 10:53:22 PM »

soaked barley is good in soups. i don't know why. has any one else ever had that, or is it just a kiwi thing?

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« Reply #81 on: November 11, 2005 05:25:53 PM »

I just came up with a new 'cheap but yummy' dish this week... We order chinese at work quite often.. and I always have just a little left over.. not quite enough for another meal, but enoug that I feel bad wasting it by throwing it away.

THis works well for things like chicken and broccoli, or shrimp & hot garlic sauce.. all the dishes that have meats and veggies with some gravy..  boil a packet of ramen noodles, add all the seasonings, and then dump the leftovers in with the noodles... The sauce from the leftover chinese seasons everything up perfectly and it is SO simple!

You could probably order one $5 serving of food and use 4 - 5 packets of noodles to feed a crowd even!


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« Reply #82 on: November 15, 2005 09:49:40 PM »

take half a can of drained corn- mix it with three tablespoons of cottage cheese, a tablespoon of couscous (optional) and a large dollup of sweet chilli sauce. cover and microwave until the cottage cheese has melted, stir well and eat. this is one of my favourite foods!

i always make sure i have couscous, chilli sauce and sesame seeds on hand. mix em all together with some water and microwave... at the very least, you won't starve.

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« Reply #83 on: November 15, 2005 09:52:21 PM »

brookem  I love barley in soup Smiley My mother used to make it all the time in her beef and veggie soup. MMmmmm....now I'm totally craving it!

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« Reply #84 on: November 15, 2005 10:42:54 PM »

i wonder who first thought that would be a good idea? it is kind of an unusual ingredient

i love soups- watties (the kiwi equivalent of cambells) has some really good ones. try adding chopped or ground walnuts to soups- the oils inprove the flavour and they add extra protein. but now its getting too warm to eat soups.

does anyone have any one bowl meals which are good for summer? i only have a microwave.

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« Reply #85 on: November 15, 2005 10:58:45 PM »

I have finally come up with a stellar menu after a few months of living alone:
Trust me- alot more can fit into your freezer- you just have to try harder.
if you are making something wonderful why not make twice as much and freeze it?
I have also recently become a huge fan of tuna.It is cheap and a good source of protien.
I have also taken to having my candy frozen. I bought myself a bag of cookies as a treat and I keep them in the freezer. These cookies which I would have normally eaten in two weeks have lasted me 2 months! that is also a health trick.

and since you are mostly ladies can I please please please remind you DO NOT SKIMP ON THE CALCIUM!
« Reply #86 on: November 15, 2005 11:51:28 PM »

I LOVE food, but with a really tiny budget it's hard not to eat spaghetti and beans and rice everyday.  But every week I try to get something different:

grilled cheese and tomato soup
chicken - I love to marinate chicken in fish dipping sauce (sounds gross but really good, I love Viet food)
veggie gumbo- I just discovered this in the frozen section! It comes in a bag for about 2 bucks.
Vietnamese food - It's so cheap but takes a lot of prep.  I buy a lot of rice paper for wraps and rice noodles.
boxed potato sides
lots of cheese - I put cheese on everything
taco salad

I try to buy meat on sale (buy one get one free!).  Ha ha I remember when my roommates used to buy carrots and cheese in bulk.  Everything from eggs to chilli to spagettie would have carrots and cheese in them.  Good times.

recipe for three meals from one whole chicken:

a whole chicken
noodles (egg, rice, whatever you want in soup, my fav is mung bean noodles)

Take the whole chick and boil till done (30-50 min).  Boil noodles in broth, add whatever you like here.  Then take the boiled chik out and eat that how you like it (shredded for chicken salad, covered in hot sauce, whatever).  Then save the bones from the chick and make more soup from that.
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« Reply #87 on: November 16, 2005 08:44:59 AM »

I just tried something today for breakfast: Quesadilla with corn and beans in the micro. Mmmmm.....

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« Reply #88 on: November 16, 2005 02:01:09 PM »

Has anyone ever tried making Dahl?  It's a thick lentil and potato soup, with lots of carrots, onions, curry powder, etc.  The best thing about it is, its leftovers thicken by the day.  Seriously, 3 days after you make the soup, you can pile it into a tortilla (with chutney and/or yogurt!).

Also, curry is basically potatoes, onions, and carrots, saute'ed with a lot of spices and some oil.  Then you just add some plain yogurt to thicken the cooking juices, and serve with rice and chutney.

I <3 curry foods and chutney...

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« Reply #89 on: December 11, 2005 03:01:04 PM »

I like to bake, and the ingredients can really add up! For cakes and icings I use JIffy mix. Its like 50 cents to a dollar for each box. I LOVE Jiffy corn bread. You dont have to add hardly anything with these. Today I just made yellow cake with chocolate icing. Sooo easy and very good. Took no time and no money. All you needed was water and an egg!

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