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Old 06-18-2008, 08:30 PM
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How in the world do you find cheese for that price!!! In Alberta Canada the cheapest brand I have found is about 9.50 for that amount.
Aldi's. Though, I've not seen anything even CLOSE to $10/pound even for Sargento's, Kraft, or Frigo (national brands)
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Did anyone post rice and eggs? I do this often because my girls love it, and so do we. You just take some eggs, let's say four of them, mix them with a fork in a bowl, add 2 or 3 cups of cooked rice and a couple TBS of soy sauce to taste, then cook the mixture in some butter until cooked. Salt and pepper to taste. I've added frozen veggies (cooked), diced fresh zucchini, fresh spinach or chard, etc. Whatever your kids will eat, you can add it, or just do it plain. This is a true under $2 meal!
I do egg "fried" rice. Sometimes I toss in leftover bits of meat, too.

For the two of us to have supper, plus a lunch or two for the next day, I scramble and cook 2 eggs, then add 2 cups of cooked rice, thinly sliced carrots (2-3 baby carrots), 1/2 cup of frozen peas, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 2 cloves minced garlic, and whatever meat I might be tossing in (leftover beef or pork roast, or chicken). Soy sauce to taste (usually about 1/4 cup).

When I feel fancy, I throw in a handful of cooked shrimp and some fresh minced ginger. The bag that I buy at Aldi's lasts months.
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I thought I'd subbed to this, but guess not I've gone through the WHOLE thread now I do believe, and snagged a ton of great recipes and ideas
The fried rice on the cheap is a HUGE hit here too! I can make it without buying anything most of the time.. just going on leftover meat or eggs & frozen veggies. This thread is so handy!

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We make the white bean soup all the time now and the family loves it! Last week I put collards in it instead of the spinach and it was a hit..the collards were free :
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I'm a vegetarian but I've been trying to find cheap meat recipes for DP. It's so hard cooking meat when you don't eat it. It's like painting blind or composing music deaf.
Anyway, I found this oven-fried (i.e. baked) drumstick recipe he said was really good. It's also cheap and easy. I think I paid $5 for 16 drumsticks and that's like, five meals for him. I cooked half and froze half.
I've also been roasting whole chickens. They cost five or six dollars and you get a ton of meals, especially if you turn the leftovers into soup.
I also like making lentil soup (a bag of lentils, some onion and garlic and celery, some herbs and salt and pepper and a cup of rice). It winds up being about $2 for ten servings.


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Oven-fried drumsticks
about 4 tbl melted butter
1 cup breadcrumbs (I used the italian seasoned kind)
approx. 12 chicken drumsticks

Grease baking pan with cooking spray. Dip each drumstick in the melted butter then roll in the breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper. Bake about one hour at 350 degrees.
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beans tortillas and cabbage
home made tortillas for 5 about 30cents
1lb pinto beans $1
1/4thinly sliced cabbage 25 cents
1/2c. grated cheese $1
onion 50 cents
so about 3.00 for 5 adult servings and 1 toddler plus enough beans left over for 6 more servings.
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beans tortillas and cabbage
home made tortillas for 5 about 30cents
1lb pinto beans $1
1/4thinly sliced cabbage 25 cents
1/2c. grated cheese $1
onion 50 cents
so about 3.00 for 5 adult servings and 1 toddler plus enough beans left over for 6 more servings.
What's your tortilla recipe?

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I hadn't seen this thread in a long time, but I just finished reading through the whole thing! I had forgotten I had ever posted in here! Thanks to all who have posted, I've made many of the recipes from here and they've all been delicious!
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Yes. Love this thread. Getting lots of ideas.
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My favorite cheap recipe is my version of a restaurant meal I LOVE!

Cuban Breakfast

1 can black beans (spiced with taco seasonings, onion and garlic to taste)
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
2 slices mozzarella cheese
4 eggs cooked over easy
dollop of sour cream

Cook the beans however you like them seasoned. I like this dish with a mexican flavor, so I use cumin, garlic, onion (taco seasoning, essentially). Spoon the beans onto a plate with a slotted spoon. put a few slices of tomatoes on the beans, and the mozzarella cheese on the tomatoes. Cook the eggs either sunny side up or over easy if you don't love runny eggs. Pile them on top on the beans/tomatoes/cheese, and put it all under the broiler for a couple mins, until the egg firms up and the cheese is melty. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a hearty side of toast.

YUM!!!! I make this dish often for guests, for any meal they happen to be around for.
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I'm so glad this was bumped. Although, it's almost funny (not really) to see how cheap things were just 2 years ago.

There are some great meals here! Thank you!
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Thanks CC!!!
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If you have a Meijer, it is really cheap to buy their 4lb bags of frozen ravioli or tortellini. Just pour some cheap tomato sauce on it and a little bit of cheese and there you go. The ravioli is really good. I get about 4-5 meals out of a bag, easy, for 3 people. Lazy to do to boot!
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I mix Brown Rice, Canned Corn and chicken taken off of the bones (Just 2 drumsticks) and put pepper in it. Saute in a little olive oil.....that's a good dinner for us!

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it's almost funny (not really) to see how cheap things were just 2 years ago.

I was thinking the same thing!
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My favorite cheap recipe is my version of a restaurant meal I LOVE!

Cuban Breakfast

1 can black beans (spiced with taco seasonings, onion and garlic to taste)
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
2 slices mozzarella cheese
4 eggs cooked over easy
dollop of sour cream

Cook the beans however you like them seasoned. I like this dish with a mexican flavor, so I use cumin, garlic, onion (taco seasoning, essentially). Spoon the beans onto a plate with a slotted spoon. put a few slices of tomatoes on the beans, and the mozzarella cheese on the tomatoes. Cook the eggs either sunny side up or over easy if you don't love runny eggs. Pile them on top on the beans/tomatoes/cheese, and put it all under the broiler for a couple mins, until the egg firms up and the cheese is melty. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a hearty side of toast.

YUM!!!! I make this dish often for guests, for any meal they happen to be around for.
This sounds so good! I am going to make it for dinner soon.
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Bumping for more meals on the cheap!
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Wow! What an old thread! LOL An oldie but a goodie I think!
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oops! I'll try that again!

I am not crunchy enough for this forum. Everyday I get a little crunchier though! :
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Well tonight I made an incredible meal on the cheap!

Left over rice
2 cups torn up spinich (could easily use frozen)

Saute 2 cloves of garlic in 2 tbsp butter (or olive oil)
add 2 tbsp flour to make roux
add 1/4 cup parmasan cheese (I used the cheepy stuff)
throw in 1/2 cup milk, allow to thicken, add spinich, allow to wilt, add rice and heat through.

Salt and pepper to taste.

You could add left over chicken, shrimp... pretty much anything! We just had it as is, and it was SO yummy.

I am not crunchy enough for this forum. Everyday I get a little crunchier though! :
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Well tonight I made an incredible meal on the cheap!

Left over rice
2 cups torn up spinich (could easily use frozen)

Saute 2 cloves of garlic in 2 tbsp butter (or olive oil)
add 2 tbsp flour to make roux
add 1/4 cup parmasan cheese (I used the cheepy stuff)
throw in 1/2 cup milk, allow to thicken, add spinich, allow to wilt, add rice and heat through.

Salt and pepper to taste.

You could add left over chicken, shrimp... pretty much anything! We just had it as is, and it was SO yummy.
This sounds really good, thanks.
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Tomato Curry Soup
In saucepan, melt: 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
Add: 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. curry
1/4 tsp. onion powder
Stir with whisk until thick and bubbly.
Gradually add 46 oz. 100% tomato juice and 1/4 cup sugar

We add more curry but I'm not sure how much more. We also make grilled cheese or cheese quesadillas usually with this.

I'm not sure of the total cost, but it is super cheap for us because we can get the tomato juice, and cheddar cheese to top the soup and for the grilled cheese on WIC.
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Indian-style: Make a curry with potatoes and your choice of other vegetable(s), and serve it with sliced hard-boiled egg on top.

Scandinavian-style: Basic split-pea soup, simmered with a small amount of reasonably healthy sausage/hot dogs (left whole). Slice the meat and serve it with the soup.

Thai-style: If you have fish sauce and peanut butter on hand, a simplified version of Pad Thai can be made very cheaply. Our local Asian mega-mart often has rice noodles for $0.50/12 oz., coconut milk for less than $1/can, and green onions and cilantro for $0.33/bunch. At those prices, you could make a huge batch (enough for multiple meals) for under $5, including a little tofu or ground chicken if desired. [Coconut milk has lots of good fats and "staying power", but you can make Pad Thai without it. We actually prefer it that way. Just substitute regular milk or water.]

If you made a less-than-huge batch of Pad Thai -- and ended up with leftover tofu/chicken, coconut milk, green onions and cilantro -- you could add a can of straw mushrooms, some stock, and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice (or even vinegar, in a pinch), and make a Thai-style soup to serve with plain rice. [Again, the coconut milk is optional.]

German-style: Spaetzle is super cheap -- basically just a flour and water dough, made into little dumplings that are boiled in water and drained. The spaetzle can be served with butter, applesauce, cream sauce, gravy, or pretty much anything. Children like them, and they make a nice change from noodles.
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