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How do you make YOUR cheap quick meals?
January 19, 2009
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We used to have a dish of pork 'n beans with browned ground beef and some onions mixed in with it. Not bad, really. a little parmesan on top, and Voila! A very filling meal.

January 19, 2009
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bulk chicken is great, mix it with some stir fry veggies, and its healthy.

Also try it with 1/2 parmesean cheese and 1/2 breadcrumbs, bake at 350 for 20 minutes, yummy!!

Hep, you were funny above in your post, first Guest, then me, then guest again re: the maroon packaging!!

wow, this thread exploded, and see all the good ideas.

And yes, Guest, try out the Tyson Chix patties, they are soooo good and not "too" bad for you, i have them with a can of veggies and it fills me right up.

January 19, 2009
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anybody here eat peanutbutter? it 's good on wheat bread. you did say cheap, not low calorie low fat right?
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January 19, 2009
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My starving student repertoire:

1. Ramen Noodles baby. 20 cents a pack on average. Can't beat it.

2. Cheap mac and cheese, mix in peas and tuna. Yum. Cheap.

3. Spaghetti.

4. London Broil for beef, it's an inexpensive cut but tastes good and quick to make. Put it in the broiler (That's the thing on the bottom of the oven you pull out) for about 7 minutes each side.

5. A whole chicken. Roast it. Then eat chicken salad the next day. Then cover the carcass with water cook it all day, add salt, celery carrots onions and spaghetti broken into 3 inch pieces and that's the best chicken noodle soup ever. (Get rid of the carcass)

January 19, 2009
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Hepburn

>> So is that anything like doing Europe for a $1 a day?!

I didnt get it. Doing Europe?

CraigCo, yea, fiber! I got 2 loaves of wheat this time and am using them to pretty nicely. A long time ago I used to love eating cheese toast. That Soy milk thing might be tasty.

Bevdee, nope, dont have a grill. I should get a small cheap portable one.

Marypoppins, there is this insanely hot woman in the Walmart near me. I couldnt resisnt being a jerk and I asked her if she wanted to go for dinner sometime. I had asked her before on advice for some spicemix pack and how to use it. Yea- she didnt call me. Its just crazy. I always look around for her lol. Gosh. She's probably not single but she did say "yea, I'll call you sure, give me your number". I look like an idiot now. I hope she didnt tell anyone. Or maybe she did... oh well. I knew I had to do something. i told my brother about her. heh. What if I get a girlfriend and we go there and she sees me and says something, see. Not a smart move but oh well. Its cool.

Well, I'm gonna come back to this thread later and note what you wrote down. I need to do this if I gotta save money. I have to keep it fairly simple for me though cause I cant deal with more than 3 ingredients. Now i'm having a deja vu cause I did do another thread like this before but this time, I need to save.

SpecialK, wheat bread and this Bean/beef thing you wrote is now going to be on my permanent list. I'm definitely going to use wheat bread a lot. Its cheap and healthy and I can use the same bread for a chocolate spread, mm yum.

CAMER, for those Tyson chix patties and canned veges: do you just each a patti with some canned vegeies, thats it? Anything else with that?

TigerTrainer, yea! I got this yummy Choc/peanut butter thing. Amazing, I love it. On hot toast, it melts a little bit. Its real good. I checked and that company is safe from the Salmonella thing going on nowadys.

Soofoo, I got the Ramen noodles. Peas and Tuna? Do they come in a can together are you talking about tuna separate and canned peas separately?

I think you guys gave me a lot of good ideas. I'll work on these and re-read them later. This is great. yea!

Today for lunch I had flavoured Tuna (lemon and something) from "Chicken of the Sea", just 1.6$ and I used wheat toast. Pretty good. Thats going to become a part of my daily diet too and it had 60% of the daily protien so it was nice. I just want to sprinkle one more thing to it so its crunchy and more tasty. Any suggestions? Pork bits? I dont know, bread crumbs?

January 20, 2009
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I take chicken breasts...cut them up small...douse them with a lot of Ragu or Prego...any sauce will do...toss in about a tsp. of sugar...cook the whole mess for about an hour covered in the oven and serve with noodles. Goes pretty far depending on how much sauce you use. Sometimes I throw in a bit of wine too...if I have any opened! Bangles

January 20, 2009
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Cheap quick "Healthy" meals?
Get a slow cooker. You can make meals and freeze them in portions so you can nuke them when you want.
You can make Beef stew, Chili, chicken stews, soups, Macaroni, ...get a slow cooker cook book at Chapters...go to the discount section and you can buy one for less than 15.00..a slow Cooker you can get cheap at a thrift store sometimes, but many places are discounting them right now....you can get a small single person one.

The expense is in the preperation, then when you start cooking you'll see the savings mount up. Guys love Slow cookers!

Buy frozen veggies, mixed; carrots, corn, peas,lima beans, or California mix..buy whatever kind you like: mixed green and wax beans, brussels sprouts, chinese mix, etc.....why frozen? because they are flash frozen when picked and are actually fresher, with more nutrients than fresh ( lost in picking when not ripe,shipping and shelf time) ...unless the fresh is in season..tip..buy frozen when not in season..obviously not lettuce,hehe.

You can make macaroni and add the frozen veggies for extra nutrition and fibre.

Meusli is a very high fibre cereal with dried fruit, sunflower seeds and oatmeal. That with Soya Milk is great for breakfast.
Buy No Name products... Raisin Bran....Here we have Presidents Choice and all of their products are high quality and healthy. Presidents Choice has Indian and Thai frozen entres that are really healthy, and Stouffers has single serving meals ( turkey, Meatloaf, beef) for around $2.

Mixing canned beans with brown rice, or regular, and frozen veggies, spice it up with some garlic powder and Cajun spice is also a cheap healthy meal.

Buy Peanut Butter that is just peanuts...the other stuff is full of added saturated fat and sugar. It's crap.

Google recipes for quick info and cooking tips if you don't want to spend on a recipe book but the best basic recipe book to have is "The Joy of Cooking"....It has all the info you need to Bake ( cookies, breads, pastries) to recipes and info about all other foods. It's a Complete guide and a must for every home.

This Cookbook used to show you how to skin a squirrel or a rabbit, but that's in the old publications, HA!
Now wouldn't that be cheap eating. Trap squirrels in the neighborhood....ahahaha

All the Best!

....and a bag of apples is always good to have around.

January 20, 2009
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guess, yep one tyson chix patty, on a hamburg roll, with a whole can of veggies...the veggies fill me up and the chicken is delish!! and eating a whole can of veggies, if you get generic veggies they are only 40 cents each, and a whole can is good and filling and about 3 servings of your veggies for the day!

January 20, 2009
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1 lb hamburger meat. 1 can diced tomatos. 1 pkg mac and cheese. Brown meat. Cook Mac and cheese mix together with tomatos. Eat for several days.

Try buying some things at a fruit and veggie stand rather than the grocery store. WalMart is not always cheapest.

Oatmeal is cheap and makes a very filling breakfast with some frozen fruit.

When buying cereal be sure to look at the bottom shelves. The more expensive stuff is at eye level.

Bitsy

January 20, 2009
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Thanks Bangles, I'm gonna get those chicken breasts.

MsG, thanks a lot, thats great info. I'll keep all this as a reference and keep an eye out for a slow cooker since you said guys like them.

Thanks for the tips, Bitsy.

I had some Quaker oatmeal this weekend and it was completely tasteless. I thought I'd save money and not buy thoese ready made flavoured oatmeal packets but it didnt do the same trick. Those others are really nice but they're too sweet as well.

CAMER, thanks, I'm gonna try the chicken patties. I have to start buying things in bulk (bag of patties, etc, etc) if I want to save. I havent gone out to eat in a few days so I'm doing good so far.

January 20, 2009
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Guest - the beef was Sdesigns, not me, but I am very happy you're going to jump on my grandma's beans idea.

Speaking of beef...do you like Manwich? My bf and I eat it on tortillas, as though it's a soft taco. I prefer it to the powdered taco seasoning from Old El Paso and whatnot.

January 20, 2009
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MsGuided, I have a slow cooker question...I got one as a redemption for supermarket points, but I have not yet used it. I am out 7 to 7 so it is pretty much 10 hours. If I put something in before I leave, will it be too overcooked? Thanks...

January 21, 2009
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You can also find some good stuff if you have a "Dollar Tree" store in your area.

With this chain, everything is priced at one dollar.

You might find that the newer stores are much larger and include a few grocery isles as well as a frozen food section.......all for a buck!

Next to that, you can try "Family Dollar" and "Dollar General" as well.

Then there is always good ole bologna.

Frying it up as it makes a little sombrero brings back memories 🙂

Also, you might try the huge 'institutional' size canned goods at you local grocery store.

The prices are really, really cheap per ounce.

Believe it or not, I heard a little blurb on the news that while other companies are experiencing a down turn in sales......Hormel Foods (makes of Spam) are experiencing growth.

Funny thing about Spam - did you know that it is really, REALLY popular in Hawaii?

Yep. They even make sushi out of it!!!

tBt

January 21, 2009
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Hi SpecialK.

That's a broad question since it depends what you make.

If the cooker is on High it usually takes 4-6 hours to cook a meal, On Low it takes 6-10.

Most are designed to have a meal ready for a regular working day 8-10 hrs.

The best thing to do is get a Slow cooker recipe Book that has specifics for each recipe. They really are fantastic for working people, who commute..you get home and voila! just scoop up a bowl and relax for a while.

The general rule is Meats and dried beans can cook for a longer period on low. They end up very tender. Chili and stews are fine for 10 hrs.

You can make baked beans from scratch in a cooker, on Low setting and 10 hrs would be fine, as long as theirs enough liquid.

Veggies on the other hand can get mushy depending on the density ( brocoli opposed to root veggies.
Just make sure you follow a recipe ( online or a book)

I hope this helps!

Be Well!

January 21, 2009
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I was in a bit of a dilemma about using a slow cooker and my long hours. The cooker just didn't seem SLOW enough.......How about plugging it into a timer?! Set the timer for a few hours after you leave for work?

Hey, I'm not just another pretty face here....hehe

January 21, 2009
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LOL.a timer.DOH! GooT ideaH!

((Hep))

January 21, 2009
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Ground turkey with onions and garlic powder. Brown rice. Mix together, add sour cream and curry sauce, or salsa for topping. I call this my poor woman's diet!!!

January 21, 2009
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A juicer is great too!!

January 21, 2009
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"Poor Woman's Diet". Yeah, that 'll be me soon. Or maybe just "poor, woman...." or "Poor Woman!" Or how about, "Pour this woman a drink!"

January 21, 2009
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.....or how 'bout just plain Po ..as we say here in the south......too Po to afford the 'or' 🙂

January 21, 2009
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......ahahahahaha
"pour some more chocolate sauce on my bananer split please!"

er " Po me! I picked anudder loser! and I'm so Po-thetic I can't end it!"

or "was that written by a Wo_Po(e)" (TbT)

This could go on forever!

January 21, 2009
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MsGuided.......

Thanks! I needed a good ole belly laugh!!!!!!!!! 🙂

January 22, 2009
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SpecialK, thanks. Nope, I hadnt heard of Manwich. I'm gonna get it next time. I'm writing all this stuff in notepad in my grocery list. I have to start writing some notes on the foods I can eat and refer to this thread for all the ideas.

TbT, yup, we have some Dollar Tree in my area! I'm gonna check them out for sure. yup I heard too that Spam use was going up. Some positive news finally about 'spam'; usually its of the Nigerian scam type that we delete it in our inboxes.

>> Also, you might try the huge 'institutional' size canned goods at you local grocery store.

And you mean the same canned beaf/beans, beef stew and that type of stuff, yes? I have bought those before and they're pretty yummy. See, I forget all these things, thats why I need to take notes. I wonder what they do with Spam in Hawaii! I wanna do that too so I can make it into the delicacy that they see it is. Ha. Why not. Today I cooked some more and had it for dinner, along with a cup noodle. I'm looking it up in Google - looks like you're right. I wanna know what they're doing to it. I'll find out more.

OMW, thats too many ingredients for my male-brain! I can handle water, salt and just one more thing. I can tell it tastes very good though, damn. yea, I'm hungry.

I think I'm gonna have some time to do some food investigations on this weekend today! Gotta eat something now so I dont go to bed hungry.

January 22, 2009
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Do you guys also ever take notes and have some stuff written up about meals to help you remember good choices of foods and meals? (besides recipes)

Or I guess you can just remember it all cause you've been doing it for a while, yea?

January 22, 2009
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Regarding GOOD food choices....well now, that is altogether different thing than CHEAP food choices.

I have done quite a bit of research on this - trying/shifting to eat healthier.

By healthy, I mean that basically, you shop the perimeter of the grocery store i.e., produce, lean meat, low or no fat dairy. Mostly all of the rest of the stuff in the middle isles are filled with preservatives and crap.

Rule of thumb: You just have to read the labels.

Read, read, read.

Try to stay away from anything that is considered processed foods and also has ingredients which end in "ose" - fructose, sucrose (I think that's how it's spelled) corn syrup, white, refined sugars and white flour, a biggie is partially hydronated oils and well, basically anything you can't pronounce.

That eliminates alot from pretty much the middle of the store once you start to read the labels.

guest_guest, If you really want more information, I would suggest the book: "YOU On A Diet" by Michael F. Roizen, MD & Mehmet C Oz, MD.

This is a pretty popular book. Dr. Oz is featured on Oprah quite a bit and it was/is on the list as #1 NY Times. You could probably just check it out at your local library.

It really gives you the 'skinny' (pun?) on the way that food is processed in our bodies. Has cute little cartoon illustrations too!

I just bought another book entitled: The Foods You Crave" by Ellie Krieger which is filled with healthy recipes.

I've tried a few so far and really like them.

Good tips on choices.

But I have found that eating healthy is not cheap, overall.

If you like asian food, that is basically pretty healthy to prepare at home.

Lots of rice (I use brown) and loads of veggies and you can really stretch lean meat like boneless, skinless chicken breast, lean pork and beef. Ground turkey is healthy too.

Actually, if you live in an area where there is deer hunting - deer meat is extrelmely healthy. Some hunters only trophy hunt and look for folks who can use the meat.

(My ex-husband's family used to deer hunt strictly for the meat because they had 4 boys to feed. They used to process about 5-6 deer a year and used it in everything.)

It never had a 'wild' taste to me as they would soak the meat in water overnight to draw out all the blood.

They had this processing stuff down to a science!

See, the thing is, in America, we have grown accustomed to processed, convienience foods as just part of our everyday diet.

In other parts of the world, I understand that there are still farmer's market where fresh food is bought almost daily - hence - fresher, no preservatives and better for you.

Anyway, geesh, didn't intend on this post being so long.

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