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#1 of 3 Old 06-03-2007, 04:14 PM - Thread Starter
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So I need help i don't like to cook for more then 20 minutes in this heat. i need to start some meal planning.(got to save some money) I have never done this before. so i need enough dinner meals for a week which are not breakfasty, or take more then 20 minutes, and inexpensive.
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This isn't the cheapest meal, but it's really good when it's hot. It was originally shrimp cocktail, but we add enough water to eat it like a soup. It feeds the 2 of us two meals, and we are big eaters.

12-16 ounces shrimp (I buy already cooked at Aldi for $3.49 for 12 ounces)
Juice of 5 limes (I get limes 5-6/$1)
1 cup ketchup (1/3 of a bottle, so 33 cents)
Mexican hot sauce to taste (I use a few tablespoons--it makes it hot)
1 onion, diced (50 cents)
1 avocado, diced (50 cents)
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced (50 cents)
1 jalapeno, diced (10? cents)
1/2-1 bunch cilantro, diced (3/$1 here)

Mix all this up, add enough water to make it the consistence of soup, then let it hang out and the flavors marry int he fridge for 2 hours or so. We eat it with saltines or tortilla chips.

So, the total is $7 for 4 really, really tasty servings. I think our large Mexican population makes some of the stuff cheaper here than other places, though.
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And, to balance that, we often eat cheaper stuff.

refried beans (50 cents--I use dried beans, cook int he crock pot, then refry them)
cheese (1/2 of an 8 oz block at $1.49 per block, so 75 cents)
tortillas (around $1, but I can make them for cheaper)
salsa (1/2 of a jar at $1.99/jar, so $1)
sour cream (maybe 1/4 container at $1 each, so 25 cents)

So, that's $3.50 for 4 servings as well. And actually, I can salsa in the summer, so my cost on that is lower.

Beans and rice (one of our favorites)
Hot rice (??Less than 50 cents for a pot)
Beans (50 cents for 1/2 lb)
Onion (50 cents)

So, that's $1.50. We will eat these plain, but sometimes we add cornbread or salsa and cheese or just hot sauce. You can use black beans, blackeyed peas, pinto beans, kidney beans (not my fave), or any other type beans. If you cook these early in the day, you can mix the rice, beans, cut up onion, and a jalapeno (we like hot stuff ) with a vinagrette, and you have a cold salad that is tasty.
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