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  1. #1
    Liss
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    <SPAN class="085455414-03102007">Fall is here & school has been in full swing for several weeks...I thought it was time for us to put our heads (and our cookbooks) together and share a couple of your favorite, Fast, cheap meal ideas and recipes.


    <SPAN class="085455414-03102007">I don't know about ya'll, but here, between making sure the kids homework is done, household chores and work, I need to be able to throw togethera meal in no time.


    <SPAN class="085455414-03102007">What are your favorite, fast, cheap meal ideas?


    <SPAN class="085455414-03102007">


    <SPAN class="085455414-03102007">Liss



    <SPAN class="085455414-03102007">



  2. #2
    Kelly
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    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Liss" <liss@...> wrote:

    >

    > Fall is here & school has been in full swing for several weeks...I

    thought

    > it was time for us to put our heads (and our cookbooks) together

    and share a

    > couple of your favorite, Fast, cheap meal ideas and recipes.

    >

    > I don't know about ya'll, but here, between making sure the kids

    homework is

    > done, household chores and work, I need to be able to throw

    together a meal

    > in no time.

    >

    > What are your favorite, fast, cheap meal ideas?

    >

    >

    >

    > Liss

    >

    Here are a few of my favorite recipes that I make during the week,

    that are fast cheap and easy!



    Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken



    This would have to go into that "so easy it's not really a recipe"

    category.



    1 cut up chicken or just your favorite pieces

    2 cups barbecue sauce or a jar of your favorite store-bought



    Put the chicken in the slow cooker (Crockpot™ is actually a brand

    name) and cover with the barbecue sauce. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

    (Newer slow cookers will probably only take 4 hours as they cook much

    hotter than old ones.)

    ----------------------

    Four Bean Casserole



    1 15-oz can pork and beans (undrained)

    1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained

    1 15-oz can lima beans, drained

    1 15-oz butter beans, drained

    1/2 pound bacon (optional)

    1 onion, chopped

    1/2 cup ketchup

    1/2 cup brown sugar

    2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce

    1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated



    Mix all the ingredients together. Bake covered at 350 for 2 1/2 hours

    or in a crockpot on low for 5 hours.

    ------------------------

    Chicken Quesadillas

    You can make this with leftover roast chicken or canned chicken. The

    canned chicken makes for a nice quick pantry dinner.



    Diced cooked chicken

    chili powder

    garlic or garlic powder

    leftover broth or water

    flour tortillas

    Cheddar cheese or a Mexican blend

    sour cream

    salsa



    In a small pan, mix the cooked chicken with some chili powder and

    garlic. Optionally, if you have some taco seasoning mix you can use

    that instead. Add some water or broth, just enough to make everything

    moist without being too soupy. Bring to a simmer, cover, and let it

    heat through, stirring now and then. In the meantime, grate some

    cheese.



    You can bake these quesadillas or heat them in a frying pan with a

    bit of butter on the outside surfaces. If you're going to bake them,

    preheat the oven to 450. Set the tortillas on a baking pan, spread

    the chicken mixture across the tortilla and sprinkle with cheese. Top

    with another tortilla, then bake for 5 minutes or so.



    If you don't want to bake, spread one side of the tortilla with

    butter and lay in a warm frying pan or on a griddle. Spread the

    chicken mixture over it, sprinkle grated cheese on top, and place

    another tortilla on top. Spread butter over it as well. Cook a few

    minutes until the cheese is melted and the outside of the tortilla is

    a lightly browned. Carefully flip it over and cook the other side.



    Cut into wedges and serve with sour cream and salsa on the side.

    Refried beans make a nice side dish, of course.

    ----------------------

    Hobo Hamburgers

    I'm not sure why these are called hobo hamburgers because they're

    more like little meatloaves. Whatever you call them, they're good

    though!



    1 pound ground beef

    1 egg

    3/4 cup bread crumbs

    1/4 cup lemon juice

    1 tsp salt

    1/4 tsp garlic powder

    1/4 tsp pepper

    1/4 cup chopped green (or red) pepper, optional

    1 cup grated mozzerella cheese

    2 Russet potatoes, peeled and sliced

    2 carrots, peeled, cut in half, then sliced lengthwise

    1 large slice of onion for whoever likes onion

    4 slices bacon, cut in half, optional



    Mix the beef, egg, bread crumbs, lemon juice, seasonings, pepper, and

    cheese.



    Tear some foil pieces large enough to fold in half, but the burger

    on, then wrap tightly and seal. Shape 4 patties and place one on each

    piece of foil. Place onion, potato and carrot slices on top. Top with

    2 pieces of bacon. Wrap the foil tightly around the meat and

    vegetables. I like to bring two pieces up to the top and fold down a

    few times to create a nice seal, then roll the side pieces up.



    Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or cook over coals.

    -------------------

    Pasta and Ricotta Cheese

    A kid-favorite that's much easier than macaroni and cheese!



    1 cup ancini di pepe pasta (or other small pasta)

    2 tsp butter

    1/2 cup ricotta cheese



    Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until done, about 9 minutes.

    Drain but reserve a bit of the water in case the pasta is too dry at

    the end. Mix the pasta with the butter and ricotta. If it's too dry,

    add a bit of the hot pasta water to moisten.



    Enjoy!! and I hope this makes your weeknights easier. I know it does

    for me.



    Kelly in IL








  3. #3
    armstrca
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    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="989121113-04102007">Anything in a crock pot. That way it can cook whileI am at work.






    From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Budget101_@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Liss
    Sent: Wednesday, October 03, 2007 6:03 PM
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: Budget101.com : New Subject: Fast Easy (Cheap) Dinners



    <SPAN class="085455414-03102007">I don't know about ya'll, but here, between making sure the kids homework is done, household chores and work, I need to be able to throw togethera meal in no time.


    <SPAN class="085455414-03102007">What are your favorite, fast, cheap meal ideas?



  4. #4
    johnnie_velasquez
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    Default New Subject: Fast Easy (Cheap) Dinners

    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Liss" <liss@...> wrote:

    >

    > Fall is here & school has been in full swing for several weeks...I

    thought

    > it was time for us to put our heads (and our cookbooks) together

    and share a

    > couple of your favorite, Fast, cheap meal ideas and recipes.

    >

    > I don't know about ya'll, but here, between making sure the kids

    homework is

    > done, household chores and work, I need to be able to throw

    together a meal

    > in no time.

    >

    > What are your favorite, fast, cheap meal ideas?

    >

    >

    >

    > Liss

    >

    My favorite recipe is easy to prepare!

    Throw boneless skinless chicken breasts in a large zip lock bag

    immediately when I get home. I fill it with water, lemon-lime juice,

    garlic, and sea salt totally immersing the chicken. I let that set

    until I start dinner. Then I BBQ or bake the chicken. Then steam some

    small potatoes with green onions and sea salt, while chicken in on.

    Then microwave some frozen peas for 3 minutes right before we sit

    down.

    Dinner takes 20-30 minutes and only 5-10 prep.



    What you need:

    -Large zip lock bag

    -Chicken breast (boneless, skinless optional)

    -Sea Salt

    -Lemon Juice (or bottled lemon-lime juice)

    -Garlic (pressed)

    -Small golden potatoes

    -Green onions

    -Bag-O-frozen peas (peas and onions, corn, whatever)
















  5. #5
    Denise
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    Our favorite quick & cheap dinners go in about this order:



    1. Stirfry (any veggies on hand with leftover meat & rice)



    2. Albondigas soup (recipe adapted from the flylady website) topped

    with the crumbs from the tortilla chip bag.



    3. Biscuits & gravy with fruit cocktail to the side



    4. Egg Mock-Muffins (Just what they sound like. An egg in an english

    muffin with a cheese slice. A bit of mayo & mustard on the muffins is

    divine!)



    5. Frito pie (Fritos, chili, & cheese. Can be topped with mustard as

    well.)





    Hope that helps!

    Denise





    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Liss" <liss@...> wrote:

    > What are your favorite, fast, cheap meal ideas?










 

 

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