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#1 of 7 Old 09-16-2008, 05:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I stocked up on bulk items and I need to plan my meals around them. I have $200.00 to spend for two weeks. I will need to replenish my fresh fruits and veggies in one week but can do that from the farm stand and that needs to come out of the $200.00. Here's what I've got:

Black Beans
Pinto Beans
Red and Green Lentils
Yellow Split Peas
Small amount of Navy beans
Quinoa
Flour
Lots and lots of oatmeal
1 package soba noodles
potatoes
2 - 1lb packages pasta
4 large cans pasta sauce
3 onions
carrots
hummis mix
veggie broth mix

I want to buy ingredients that can be used in multiple ways to work with what I've got. We eat dairy, chicken and turkey. I'm trying to eat really healthy but save as much $ as possible. So while I could get loaf of bread at the mini mart for 89 cents I would rather spend $1.99 for a loaf and be able to pronounce and know all of the ingredients that are in it. YKWIM? Thanks in advance for your help.
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with the blk beans, i would buy some rice (flavored if you like), red peppers, sour cream and turkey burger.. make some yummy wraps!

with the veggie broth you could make a good soup.
chicken
broth
onion
carrots
choose from the beans you got
potatos
throw in some celery, maybe some rice and yummy!

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I am seeing....

Baked Oatmeal
Oatmeal Porridge
Oatmeal Pancakes
Muffins
Pancakes, waffles
Puffed Apple Pancakes

Honey Baked Lentils
Quinoa Pilaf
Coconut Quinoa
Black Beans & Rice (or quinoa)
Zucchini Beef Bake (sub turkey)
Tacos & burritos
Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas
Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Sloppy Joes (w/lentils or turkey)
Pasta w/turkey meat balls
Meatball Subs

My blog has alot of these recipes.
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Don't forget Black Bean soup, there is a recipe on my blog if you need it.

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i make a yummy soup w/ the yellow split peas. it's sorta like chicken noodle soup, but i just use veg broth, onions, garlic, celery, carrots, yellow split peas, noodles, salt, pepper, and parsley. easy and tasty.

w/ the lentils, you could do lentil tacos or burritos. they're sooooo good and easy too.

you could also put some of the oatmeal in the blender/food processor and make oat flour for baking.
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I stocked up on bulk items and I need to plan my meals around them. I have $200.00 to spend for two weeks. I will need to replenish my fresh fruits and veggies in one week but can do that from the farm stand and that needs to come out of the $200.00. Here's what I've got:

Black Beans soup, burritos
Pinto Beans beans and rice
Red and Green Lentils red, dal. green, a dal, lentil meatloaf, lentils and dumplings
Yellow Split Peas soup, with a hambone
Small amount of Navy beans homemade baked beans, with hamburgs, hotdogs, or brats to spend more
Quinoa
Flour if you have a breadmaker, make your own bread
Lots and lots of oatmeal cookies, oatmeal cake, oatmeal pie, and use in the lentil meatloaf
1 package soba noodles thai peanut chicken
potatoes potato pancakes, fried potatoes, baked, in stew, shephards pie
2 - 1lb packages pasta spaghetti pie,
4 large cans pasta sauce
3 onions buy more, 3 will only last a couple of days
carrots use in dals, lentil dishes, with meatloaf as a side, snacks, or make carrot & orange cookies
hummis mix yummy snack with the carrots, or pitas
veggie broth mix use in the lentils and dumplings or dals

I want to buy ingredients that can be used in multiple ways to work with what I've got. We eat dairy, chicken and turkey. I'm trying to eat really healthy but save as much $ as possible. So while I could get loaf of bread at the mini mart for 89 cents I would rather spend $1.99 for a loaf and be able to pronounce and know all of the ingredients that are in it. YKWIM? Thanks in advance for your help.
Hopefully that will help!
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Brown rice! We make all sorts of things with it...

Spanish rice for burritos

tabouli: cook brown rice (1 cup rice to 2 1/3 c water), when it cools add 1-2 cups chopped parsley (or to taste), mint (to taste), tomatoes, lemon juice, olive oil, salt. Serve cold or at room temp. This assumes you are either growing parsley or getting it really inexpensively at farmer's market, otherwise it can be pricey in a store. Same with the tomatoes.

We like this recipe for breakfast:
http://www.mothering.com/sections/re...rown-rice.html
We substitute a can of coconut milk for the yogurt and don't add nearly as much honey/maple syrup. This will provide a couple days' breakfast for both my husband and I.

"Pasta" salad. Substitute brown rice for pasta in any pasta salad recipe.

"cheesy eyeballs". My 3 year old made this name up and this is one of her favorites meals. Cook rice, add shredded cheese and stir until cheese is melted. You can also add finely chopped cooked broccoli florettes, spinach, etc. Then roll into bite-sized balls.

Base for stir fry, indian curries (good for using up your dry beans too).

Fried rice
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