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#391 of 419 Old 05-19-2009, 06:26 PM
 
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Holy cow Mirta! You are superwoman!! Thanks so much for all of that!! :

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OMG it's soooo awesome, thank you so much!!!

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this is a fantastic thread. thanks so much everyone for your additions.

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There is a great video meals around $2. Check it out.
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I luxlove.gif this thread, so I am bumping it up.


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Maybe I haven't had enough coffee yet or the kids have hidden my brain somewhere, but what is APF?  ( in post 336 )

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Maybe I haven't had enough coffee yet or the kids have hidden my brain somewhere, but what is APF?  ( in post 336 )



All-purpose flour?

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Yep, all purpose flour (she had in parentheses that she had used "WW"--whole wheat flour)

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haha I love this thread! Mainly because I grew up in a household where it was ALL about cheap meals. My mama is mostly italian so we had LOTS of pasta dishes. I cook that way now, my boyfriend lucked out with me (: I love to cook. Did anyone mention Goulash? That's a cheap meal! I need to use beans at least 2x a week..but BF just LOVES meat. *sigh*


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I was wondering if you bake or fry the Spring Rolls?

 

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scrambled eggs and toast

 

french toast

 

beans and rice

 

pasta bakes


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Roasted squash, a slice of bread and a simple salad works well around here smile.gif

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I have been watching this wonderful ladies youtube channel. she cooks her meals they used to eat during the depression, really awesome!

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/DepressionCooking#p/c/D6A6F21C9D7665FC


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Lots of great ideas here. I just quit my job and we're going to one income. Some things I stocked up on were- 10 lb bags of rice, black beans, garbanzo beans, quinoa,  flour and corn grits. I can make humus, pita bread, polenta, beans & rice, bean dips, curried dishes and just add vegetables from the garden for easy and cheap dinners. I buy (splurge)  mushrooms, organic fruit, fish, potatoes and avocados. We spend $100 a week on groceries for a family of 4 (plus extra cousins for part of the summer). I am working on cutting the food bill down to $75 weekly. Maybe the breakfast for dinner idea will help us. Thanks for tips

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I have been watching this wonderful ladies youtube channel. she cooks her meals they used to eat during the depression, really awesome!

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/DepressionCooking#p/c/D6A6F21C9D7665FC



That is so neat-  and it's so wonderful to preserve that history. I wonder how many people now are learning to make do in a similar way- I suspect there are more than we want to think of. 

 

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bumping because I searched for this thread again!


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I watch for when meat is on markdown and stock up on it then. I like to stretch it as far as I can so when whole grain chicken helper is on sale or if I have some brown rice, I'll season it up and add it to that with a can of veg. Eggs with some tomatoes. Pizza sandwiches in the sandwich maker. Frenchtoast. Homemade bread with some soup or stew.


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I adore Depression Cooking with Clara.  She makes me want to give her a hug!


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I adore Depression Cooking with Clara.  She makes me want to give her a hug!



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I realize this thread is super old, but I have 2 ideas, I'm pretty sure equal out to under or at $2.00 a meal!

It's just me and DS, but we love to have:

 

Fried Potatoes & Weenies

 

How I make them:  I fry my weenies(I use 3 weenies for us two) in a bit of veggie oil first, then put them in a bowl and set them aside (keeping the oil in the pan).  Then, I add the cut potatoes (I use 2 big potatoes or 3 small ones), add desired oil, salt and pepper the potatoes.  Cover and fry them about Medium heat for around 12 minutes, flip and repeat.  If they aren't done to my satisfaction, I just fry them more.  Though, I assume most you moms know how to make your own fried potatoes!  ;)  Anyway!  I add the weenies to the end of the frying process.  And it's done.  Some days we have corn, or spinach, or any side dish we have left overs of. 

And:

 

Beanie Weenies:

 

How I make them:  I fry the weenies until they are to my liking (I use 3 weenies for us two), one can of Pork & Beans, squirt ketchup and mustard in (I just add until I am happy), salt and pepper.  You can serve right away, or let it simmer a bit.  :)

 

Then I have a third one, that might be a tad over $2.00, depending on what you have in your kitchen.  :)  However, you can make many sandwiches with the ingredients. 

 

Cucumber Tomato and Sprout Sandwiches

 

You need:
 

Cucumber - sliced (ours are .49 cents right now)

Tomato - sliced (Roma tomatoes are 1.24 a pound here)

Alfalfa Sprouts (always on sale at our Krogers for around .59 cents)

Mayo - or condiment of choice (always in fridge)

Bread - I toast mine (always in cabinet)

 

It's simple, put it all on the bread!  I salt my veggies, and pile the sprouts on high.  But this is really healthy, and really tasty!

 

(Hope this wasn't too long)  :x

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Let's revive this thread! Who's got some great fall favorites they'd like to share?

 

And are we talking $2.00 for the entire meal or $2.00 per serving? Does our cost analysis factor in small staples like spices and oil, or just the basic ingredients in a recipe?


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I have been watching this wonderful ladies youtube channel. she cooks her meals they used to eat during the depression, really awesome!

http://www.youtube.com/user/DepressionCooking#p/c/D6A6F21C9D7665FC

Oh, I love her, too.

I'm making leftover soup tonight. My own homemade broth, the remains of cornish hens for the meat and a carrot, some tomatoes from a friend's garden for the basic chicken soup. I'll add a few egg noodles and can of biscuits on the side to round it out. I'm pretty sure this comes in way under the two dollar a serving mark.
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Here's a recipe my Mother would cook for us 8 kids.

Get a big pot, put a couple slabs of raw bacon in it, cut up potatoes and add a can of green beans. Let it cook till it's done. Some add alittle vinegar.

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We really like homemade green onion cakes - flour, water, oil, salt, chopped green onions, served with gf soy sauce and chili sauce and a salad or whatever veg is cheap and handy on the side.  And you can regrow the green onions from the bulbs if you put them in water in a sunny window.


We are gf and make them with ground chickpea flour instead of wheat flour - that ups the protein and I don't feel we need meat with this.  My family loves this meal.

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I loooooooooooooove this thread. Bumpitybumpbump! Can OP just rename it $2-$5 meals? 

 

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Egg fried rice.

 

Make rice in large frying pan.  Push rice to one side, add some oil, and crack an egg or two into the oil.  Cook a little bit, then mix with rice and continue cooking until egg is set.  Add soya sauce, peas and green onion to taste.  Salt and pepper.  Yum.  Fast, cheap and tasty. 


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I happened across this blog recently and have enjoyed all of the recipes I've tried thus far: http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/

 

The blogger provides a cost breakdown with each of her recipes and also tips for stocking the frugal pantry and kitchen. It's an interesting source for 'budget bytes'  


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I happened across this blog recently and have enjoyed all of the recipes I've tried thus far: http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/

 

The blogger provides a cost breakdown with each of her recipes and also tips for stocking the frugal pantry and kitchen. It's an interesting source for 'budget bytes'  

Nice! Thanks!

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