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How do you make YOUR cheap quick meals?
January 22, 2009
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What kind of weekly food budget do you have? You might try savingdinnerdotcom. They have various menus and one is an economical one. You can sign in and get one free weeks menu and shopping list with directions how to cook.
When I was doing Body Clutter I spent about 75 a week but that covered breakfast lunch and dinner and was a little more expensive because it was basically a diabetic diet

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January 23, 2009
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Natural P-nut butter on whole grain bread.

Oat meal.

Chicken.

Eggs.

Kids like the five dollar pizzas.

The church gives away free food.

January 26, 2009
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I have been doing You on A Diet and you can get the menu and shopping list online at RealAgedotcom for free. It is expensive the first time you go to the grocery store but just recently I bought about 2 weeks worth for around $70

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January 31, 2009
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TbT, wow, 5-6 deer only for a whole year and feeding the family with that. Thats cool. I cant deal with recipes, its hard for me getting all the ingredients.

Bitys, I went to that site savingdinner.com but they were selling some recipes so I came back.

A few days ago I got a chinese takeout. I filled up the bin and its 4 meals with my home cooked rice for $6 so its 1.5 a meal which is good.

Then I got that Boudain which also means 1.5/meal and its nice and flavourful. Thats what I love - just open it up, heat and eat.

I forgot to defrost my chicken yesterday by leaving it out otherwise I'd cook it today. Gonna cook it tomorrow I think.

February 2, 2009
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Hey there fellow how are you? Thought I would say hello and share what hubby and I do for cheap meals. Now I do understand that you are single but if you fix these..you can have half one nite and save the other half for another day.. Ok lately cause its cold we have been doing the oven thing......2 pieces of chicken(any kind) can be boneless or even very cheap darker legs, thighs or whatever. Ok so just turn on oven to 350..put chicken in a glass or tin pan, pour over a can of any soup you like.....veggie, cream of anything, tomatoe or whatever you have in the house. Cook for 45 to 50 mins and just before you take it out you can even add some of you own precooked rice to it into the juice....It is wonderful and as i said it might make you two nights meals...Hope this helps, we also love to use the crockpot...turn it on low before you leave for work and when you get home, dinner is ready...You can cook alot of things in the crockpot and even cheap cuts of meat come out very tender...ok enough from this tired old grammie who is not into cooking any more ..lol...see ya soon..
Love in recovery, Peace4all

February 2, 2009
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if you have a lot of stray cats in your neighborhood...

February 2, 2009
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Ah yes...CATS: The Other White Meat.

: )

= Ma Strong

February 3, 2009
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Oh I love cooking... and have been doing it on the cheap for decades.

OK here are two ideas...

Quick Baked Potato

slice a skin of a potato then microwave (most microwaves even have a potato setting) add any variety of toppings such as cheese and salsa or
frozen mixed veggies (many brands come with sauce) or chili (made with a can of beans, a few handfuls of textured vegetable protein/ground meat and some salsa) or scrambled egg with onion, bell pepper, mushrooms and whatever else you have in your fridge. This is a quick and easy way to use up left overs, especially if it is just a small amount of food.

Fideo

in a sauce pan heat some oil, add a box of vermicelli pasta (uncooked) to the heated oil and saute it until it begins to change to light brown. Add a small handful of minced onion and green chili (bell pepper if you want a milder version) and saute until they start to get soft. Add 1-2 cloves minced garlic and saute for a short while then add a small can of tomato sauce and about 3 cups water. Bring to boil, then cover and simmer until pasta is cooked and most of the water is absorbed (about 10 minutes). Serve with beans.

I try to stock up on the bags of frozen mixed veggies with various sauces when they are on sale. They are versitile, easy and quick. I add them to rice, pasta, potato, beans, or cooked whole grains for a hearty meal.

Beans and rice is a very economical protein source.

Vegetable soups are another easy and cheap meal. Just use in season veggies or whatever cans or frozen is on sale in a broth.

February 10, 2009
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MaStrong...you are Bad!

"the other white meat!"

March 24, 2009
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I finally bought the Tyson chicken patties and gonna try those out. I've gone over other advice too here and will look at it again.

What I wanted to ask is: Does anyone know whats the *easiest* way to turn a packet of plain cooked shrimp into something great?

There's this:

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http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0.....03,00.html

EASY SHRIMP SCAMPI

1/3 c. Wish Bone Robusto Italian or Herbal Italian Dressing
1 lb. med. size cleaned and uncooked shrimp

In large shallow broiler proof pan, pour dressing over shrimp. Cover and marinate in refrigerator turning occasionally, at least 2 hours. Broil shrimp with marinate, turning shrimp and basting with dressing until done, about 10-15 minutes. Serves 4.

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So this is the kind of stuff I like - ONE ingredient, in this case the dressing. I gotta get these dressings next time.

March 24, 2009
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Something I did when it was just me was buy some country ribs (3 lbs), some bread, rice and vegetable and that lasted me about 8 or 9 meals for about 11 dollars or so since I always kept rice on hand and canned vegetables.

March 25, 2009
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Thats good they were probably already cooked. I'm going to look for the cooked section next time.

March 30, 2009
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Looking for any type quick meals?

Campbells soup has a recipe book for dinners that take under 20 minutes.

Also, cook up lots and freeze serving sizes. Then you spend one day cooking and many many days having what you like over and over.

Here is a really quick recipe my family likes that is really good. Chicken pot pie. Get already made pie crust in freezer section of grocery. Mix already cooked chicken (or any type meat), cream of chicken soup for chicken or use cream of mushroom for almost anything else, shredded italian, taco, cheddar cheese whichever you like, frozen veges. You do need to cook your veges and meat or buy already cooked. Mix all together, and put in pie shell, put crescent rolls unrolled on top and cook according to pie crust directions, usually 350 for 20 minutes i think. if crescent rolls take longer then go longer. Very good and quick.

Another is take any type soup you like and put it in a casserole dish, take Jiffy cornbread and mix to directions on box and pour over top and then bake according to box. Works on every type soup I've tried so fer but I think tomato would be gross. lol.

Hope this helps.

March 31, 2009
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Thats full fledged cooking, I cant do that stuff! Lol. It might be quick for you but not for me. I'm really not too picky on food. I bet what you told me tastes awesome.

March 31, 2009
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The ribs I was talking about are not in the freezer section. It is easy. Boil them for a 2 hours with some garlic powder, then take out. Add garlic powder and put on sheet pan. After 50 min at 350, put bbq sauce on for about 5 and bam. It falls apart and makes good sandwiches.

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