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Is this a good place to post frugal recipes and meal ideas, or is there another place reserved for them? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I'll post one that we have pretty frequently, egg/cheese biscuits. I buy a can of "texas-style" biscuits for about $1.00, and make up a 4 egg omelet (I learned how to make a proper omelet thanks to Alton Brown <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: ) - since a dozen eggs runs roughly $1.25, four of them is very roughly $0.40. I make all 10 biscuits for our family of four (really, three, since the toddler doesn't eat this particular meal), and take five slices of cheese and halve them for each biscuit. Sliced American cheese generally runs me $2.50 for 24, so the cheese is probably about 50-60c. I am not good with math, you may have noticed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I cut the omelet into ten small portions, split the biscuit, put half a slice of cheese and a portion of egg onto each, and put the top back on. Viola! Supper for less than $2!<br><br>
This is not a very healthy meal, but it's good for those times when you are really stretched and don't have much on hand.<br><br>
What are your frugal recipes/meals?
 

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My mom swears by stretcher.com- they seem to have alot of frugal recipes. I have yet to try any but I have heard good things. I will keep my eyes and ears peeled for other stuff too!<br><br>
I make casseroles a couple of times a week- we are vegetarian so we make a 3-part casserole- for example:<br><br>
~quinoa<br>
~black beans<br>
~broccoli (or tomatoes or whatever).<br><br>
Then we season it with whatever would go with it- fajita seasoning, salsa, or whatever (or soy sauce if we are doing a more asian type dish). We get a well-balanced meal and it is a great way to use things up.
 

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The cheapest meal we have is this:<br><br>
Dump the veggies from the veggie bucket in a pot<br>
20 cubes of frozen veggie/meat broth<br>
Add in 2 cans of rinsed kidney beans<br>
One big can crushed tomatoes<br>
and one lb ground turkey.<br><br>
Feeds an army usually.<br><br>
Steph
 

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Our most frugal meals have to be soup - hands down!<br><br>
We eat soup at least twice a week these days. I can make a large pot full and then DH will pressure can the rest to use on days when I forget dinner. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> We easily get 3-4 meals from one big pot of soup.<br><br>
Our favs are chicken soup, bean/bacon or bean/ham soup, and lentil soup.<br><br>
We make our own chicken stock by saving the bones from roasted chickens. About every 2 months or so DH makes a batch of chicken stock by adding some carrots, celery, and parsley to the bones. They cook up most of the day and then he pressure cans the stock.<br><br>
For our soups we rely heavily on root veggies, which are usually very inexpensive - potatoes, carrots, etc.<br><br>
I grow parsley in my windowsill garden during the winter and in my herb garden during summer.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Our most frugal meals have to be soup - hands down!<br><br>
We eat soup at least twice a week these days. I can make a large pot full and then DH will pressure can the rest to use on days when I forget dinner. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> We easily get 3-4 meals from one big pot of soup.<br><br>
Our favs are chicken soup, bean/bacon or bean/ham soup, and lentil soup.<br><br>
We make our own chicken stock by saving the bones from roasted chickens. About every 2 months or so DH makes a batch of chicken stock by adding some carrots, celery, and parsley to the bones. They cook up most of the day and then he pressure cans the stock.<br><br>
For our soups we rely heavily on root veggies, which are usually very inexpensive - potatoes, carrots, etc.<br><br>
I grow parsley in my windowsill garden during the winter and in my herb garden during summer.</div>
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I want a pressure cooker! Is that the same thing as pressure canning, or am I dumb? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I think I'll save up and check around the garage sales this summer, maybe I'll get lucky! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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