I currently have less than $100 to feed my family of 3 for a week and then our new family of 5 - I overspent getting their room ready.
My own additions: I don't use the bacon or ham.
I used adzuki beans instead of pigeon peas, but any bean would do. Personally, I like black beans very much. I also used way more than the recipe said. Bags of dried beans are so cheap!
I guess you can add some diced chicken thighs, cook them up with the sofrito. I used more sofrito than was called for.
I didn't use olives.
Oh and brown rice was used!
This makes a huge pot of beans and rice, enough for 5 people for sure. Add a cheap vegetable on the side and you're good to go!
I boiled pasta & carrots (separately and with the carrots still firm). I also steamed some broccoli.
In a skillet, I put olive oil & garlic, let heat. Then I added a roasted red pepper dressing we had on hand (which is about $3 for a bottle but is super-thick). I added already-cooked northern beans and let them cook in the sauce for a couple of minutes, added in the pasta, carrots, & broccoli for another 2 minutes or so.
The whole meal was probably $2-3.
Rice, lentils and caramelized onions: http://bedouina.typepad.com/doves_ey...rah_lenti.html
Minestrone soup with breadmaker bread and/or baked beans on toast.
Main ingredients are:
2-3 cloves of garlic
2-4 diced potatoes
Pretty much any vegetables that are on sale or were on the bruised rack or are bits and pieces in the fridge (since you're dicing/chopping you can remove the bruises): zucchini, carrots, eggplant, green or red or orange or yellow peppers, chard, kale, cabbage, peas, green beans, etc.)
Any inexpensive fryable protein (choose from: leftover chicken, ham, pork, beef, ground beef, small amount of bacon, tofu hot dogs (if using those add towards the end), tofu, whatever)
For flavouring we usually add a bit of soy sauce, oregano, salt and pepper, or some beef or chicken stock, but sometimes we use barbeque sauce or sometimes we add a can of/leftover baked beans. You kind of have to taste as you go and know your family's threshold
So you just dice and saute the onions and potatoes in a big pan, add protein and the rest of the veggies (diced or chopped up or whatever is appropriate for that vegetable) at the appropriate times. It comes out like a big mess and is usually yummy.
You can start small with onions, garlic, potatoes, ground beef, peas and carrots. Or corned beef hash if you want to be traditional.
When coconut milk is on sale I pick up several cans. I sautee some onions and garlic and cook some red lentils with curry, cinnamon and a few other spices I don't recall at the moment, lol. I don't have the recipe in front of me but it's a pretty basic coconut curry lentil soup. Very yummy!
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I use a half stick of butter, a package of neufchatel cheese, about 2/3 a cup of parmesan - I buy the small bags of shredded and use half (though sometimes I make a yellow cheese sauce) and milk to get it to the right consistency. Melt the butter, neufchatel cheese and parm and whisk the milk in until it's smooth.
I like to use bowtie pasta because it's easier for my little guy to eat it.
It's a meal big enough for our family of 5 with leftovers for the next night or lunch.
I usually have butter on hand, but the pasta is inexpensive $1-2, the neufchatel is about $1.50, the parmesan is $2 something and we have milk on hand. I usually serve with corn or broccoli.
We also do bean, rice and cheese tacos a lot. Super easy and the kids love it.
My go-to recipes though came from a battered little handwritten cookbook I got at a thrift store (I often make 4 or 5 batches at a time and freeze for later):
1 cup cup lentils
2/3 cup dry brown rice
5 cups liquid (stock/broth is best but you could just use water)
season as desired (whatever appeals, I usually add thyme, oregano, garlic, onion)
mix together in a loaf pan
preheat oven to 365, bake ~95 minutes, top with cheese or sauce
and my kiddos love what they call "messy rice".... cook up a pot of brown rice (I use the rice cooker, dh uses the pressure cooker), add black beans (I soak bags of the dried beans, cook them in a big pot, then freeze in meal sized batches so at dinner there is no real "cooking" needed), add cooked corn (frozen or canned), add salsa and heat it up. I usually top with cheese but that is totally optional and your teen could leave off the cheese.
coconut rice! Cook the rice in coconut milk instead of water, stir in dried or fresh fruit (raisins, apricots, apples, mangos, or whatever you have), bits of chicken/tofu, and serve. Without the chicken/tofu and topped with some sort of milk (I prefer coconut milk, the girls prefer almond milk, dh likes soy ) it makes a nice hot breakfast...we eat hot rice and oatmeal from the slow cooker most autumn/winter mornings.
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp onion salt
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1 bay leaf
1 (.7 ounce) pakage dry Italian style salad dressing mix
1 (up to 5lb) rump roast
combine water and dry ingredients in sauce pan bring to a boil.
place roast in crock pot then pour boiling mixture over roast.
cook on low 10 to 12 hours or high 4 to 5 hours.
when done remove bay leaf and enjoy
Serve on rolls or french bread. We like to top with a slice of provalone and some of the juice that it cooks in. It might not be the cheapest but if you can find rump roast on sale usually the rest is spices from the cabinet already. we also like to use leftovers to make green chili burritos, we drain all the juice then take the remaining meat and put 2 cans of green chilis and a can of rotel peppers in the crockpot then a little bit of water and let it cook all day serve on tortillas with some cheese,sour cream and avacado
I make a pasta bake - for a box of ww macaroni: 2 lbs ground beef (we use grass fed/hormone and drug free), a can of tomatoes and lots and lots of diced up veggies, whatever's in the fridge, plus onions and garlic etc.
I bake it with a little cheese on top. We can eat this for about 3 meals plus!
Many cheap recipes aren't a complete meal - if I want cheap I find the one pot meal concept is great if it contains lots of veg.
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|and my kiddos love what they call "messy rice".... cook up a pot of brown rice (I use the rice cooker, dh uses the pressure cooker), add black beans (I soak bags of the dried beans, cook them in a big pot, then freeze in meal sized batches so at dinner there is no real "cooking" needed), add cooked corn (frozen or canned), add salsa and heat it up. I usually top with cheese but that is totally optional and your teen could leave off the cheese.|
i have 4 boys, most of whom have food sensitivities/allergies (gluten, dairy, msg), so feeding them without breaking the bank takes some doing.
i can stretch a pound of hamburger to make tacos or nachos for everyone by adding a cup or 2 of black or red beans and/or a large can of petite diced tomatoes or a jar of salsa. top with shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, onion, sour cream, salsa, guac, whatever you've got.
the same base; hamburger, small red beans and diced tomatoes, can be used for sloppy joes.
i do a lot of stir fries and skillet or one pot meals. i realized recently that i start almost every dinner with some olive oil in a skillet, a chopped up onion and some minced garlic. last night i added to that: 4 slices of bacon cut in small pieces, a whole summer squash chopped up, a half a zucchini chopped up, 3 portabella mushrooms diced up, and a handful of cherry tomatoes cut in half. then i tossed that with some leftover gf pasta shells, and voila! dinner.
i made a tomato salad the other night... i got a bunch of heirloom tomatoes for super cheap, chopped them up and made a dressing of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon of dried basil, and 3 cloves minced garlic (most people would probably prefer one or 2 but we love garlic!) and poured it over the tomatoes. i let it sit overnight in the fridge, then served it on thick slices of rye bread (except for the gf kids, who ate it plain) and called it tomato salad sandwiches.
you can add onions and cucumber to the tomatoes and change the basil for oregano and serve it with warm pita bread for a greek salad.
op, i don't know if you do this already, but if there is a farmers market by you, go and talk to the vendors and ask if there is anything that is bumped or bruised or not-so-pretty that they will sell for less or give away. i have gotten a pretty good amount of stuff that way this summer. my egg lady saves the smaller eggs for me and usually gives me 2 dozen a week for the price of 1 dozen. the lady i buy meat from gave me a bunch of packages of bones (for broth) and liver and oxtail for free, and said if there was any other organ meats or bones i wanted, she'd give me those, too. she told me that hardly anyone wants them and she hates to throw them out at the end of the season.
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We add anything. Sometimes just butter. Other times, veggies and meat (what ever is in the fridge). One time I made it into soup with homemade beef broth, sliced cabbage, carrots and celery. Delicious!
1 cup walnuts
1 cup oatmeal
1 onion diced
seasoning to your own taste
Process all ingredients to desired texture, form into patties and pan fry. Serve hamburger style on a bun.
We like them with a grain and whatever veggies we have on hand.
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We usually serve with some raw veggie sticks and/or fruit...
Pasta: noodles ($1.50 for wholewheat) large can of sauce ($1) carrots if I have them on hand and a pound of hamburger ($3) = about $5
Lentil Soup: bag of lentils ($.88) whatever vegees were cheap or a bag of frozen mixed vegees ($1) and chicken broth or vegee broth which you can make with vegee scraps...serve with some cornbread or biscuits and you have a meal = $3-4
Rice and Bean Tacos: brown rice ($1) and black beans ($1) cheese ($2) shells ($1) = $5
Fried Rice: Brown Rice ($1) Bag of mixed frozen vegees ($1) 2-3 eggs ($.50) = less than $3
BBQ cups: 1 pound hamburger mixed with brown rice ($4) make bbq sauce or purchas ($.50) homemade biscuits ($1) in cupcake pan and smoosh up sides and fill with hamburger mix. Serve with frozen veggee ($1) = $6
Also, breakfast foods are super cheap...you can whip up lots of pancakes and eggs for next to nothing!
Stirfry: Bag of frozen california vegees ($1) sauce of some sort ($1) Chicken cut into small small strips ($3) Brown rice ($1) = $6
1 loaf of french bread pizza (day old is good) cut in 1/2 long ways
1/2 jar pizza sauce
all the toppings you want/dont want
bake at 350 til crispy enough
This feeds myself and ds for 2 meals each
sometimes I add a salad
For the non-dairy kiddo leave off the cheese!
My cost is about $3 for the entire pizza ($1 bread, 75c sauce, $1.50 cheese, toppings are free from the fridge lol)
I am just starting to add *breakfast for dinner* back into rotation. Summers in AZ are so hot I dont cook much and I admit, I got out of practice cooking dinner. Breakfast for dinner is usually eggs, toast, meat (sometimes we have left over ham or bacon), sometimes I will make pancakes.... it just depends what I have and what is on sale at the store.
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We also like migas--scrambled eggs with whatever you have in the fridge (veggie wise), plus tortilla cubes. Add some cheese at the end. Serve with grits or home fries. A carb heavy meal for sure, but very, very tasty.
Pimento cheese sandwiches. Egg salad sandwiches.
Other cheap meals that are big in out house-
Taco salad-tortilla bowls made in the oven w wraps-one is usually enough per person. Refried beans, lettuce,tomato, cheap salsa, onions, and whatever other taco fixings you like. This is a cheap summer meal that people enjoy
Minestroni soup w whatever veg are going bad, beans and noodles
Stuffed Zukes are a big one right now. We get free overgrown zukes from people this time of year and stuff them w rice, cooked chickpeas, a little tomato sauce, chopped carrots, celery, garlic, onion...whatever we have on hand and baked. Can put cheese over top..we dont though. We also do stuffed squashes like butternut ect
My kids will eat anything if they can put it in a wrap as a taco. Seriously I'll make a cheap dish like rice and beans which dh and I love and dc HATE,if I put it in a wrap they'll eat it right up!
Perogi casserole-boil frozen perogis, put into a casserole w diced onions, garlic, canned tomatoes, frozen corn, spices(basil ect), grated cheese if you want(we dont) and bake through...so good you dont need sour cream
Breakfast for dinner-frittatas or scrambled eggs, potato pancakes,ect
Tangy Greek Lemon Soup
(Says it serves 2, but really easy to double, triple, etc.)
*1 can 32 oz. chicken broth (option: can use bouillon cubes to make broth instead of ready-made broth)
*1/2 cup raw rice
*juice of 1 lemon
*1 tablespoon parsley
*1/2 teaspoon dill
*salt to taste
Heat broth to a simmer, add rice and cook 20 minutes. While rice is cooking, whisk together lemon juice, egg, and parsley. Slowly blend chicken broth and rice into lemon egg mixture. Heat for 2 minutes, stir in dill and serve. Garnish with thyme.
I'm gonna try the Masa Dumplings and the Tangy Greek Lemon Soup. Yumm, thanks!
Monday we made pork chop casserole
Family pack of boneless porkchops ($8)
Red Potatoes ($3/bag)
Onion Soup Mix ($1)
Cream of Mushroom soup ($1)
Shredded Cheddar ($2)
Put the pork chops in a square glass pan (about 1/2 the pack)
slice potatoes not too thick not too thin and layer over the chops
mix the pack of OSM and COMS with a couple TB water and pour over the chops/potatoes
Top with the cheese and cover with tin foil
350 for about 45 mins
makes about 2 meals
Now, my dd1 has celiac (so no gluten and, by extension, no wonton wrappers) and we don't eat hotdogs but... I remember stuffing wontons with my mom (fun!), and remember enjoying the soup.