Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes Dirt Cheap Dinners 20 cent meal featuring Fall Vegetables and Apples

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    • #237920
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      Keymaster

      Here’s a 20 cent meal featuring Fall Vegetables and Apples. Anyone got one that uses winter squash?

      ***Menu***
      Golden Chicken Vegetable Soup
      Crispy Peppery Potato Skins
      Apple Tea
      Baked Cinnamon Apple

      ***Grocery List***
      .00 Chicken broth homemade from chicken used for other meals
      .00 1 tablespoon chicken fat from the broth making
      .025 4 oz of potatoes at .10/lb
      .00 potato skin from the above potato
      .04 2 oz onion at .33/lb
      .04 1 carrot at .25/lb
      .005 2 tablespoons flour at .99 for 5lbs
      .01 1 tablespoon margarine, divided .33/lb
      .01 1 Tablespoon sugar, divided 1.69 for 5 lbs
      .01 herbs and spices, salt
      .05 4 oz apple at .20/lb
      .01 tea bag at .99 for 100 tea bags
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      .20 total

      Meal Preparation

      ***Golden Chicken Vegetable Soup
      1) Bake potato. Can also bake apple at same time.
      2) Simmer onion peel in 2 cups chicken broth.
      3) Mince onion and sautee in 1/2 tablespoon chicken fat in soup pot until onion is translucent.
      4) Remove onion peel from broth, rinse, and compost peel.
      5) Add broth to sauteed onion.
      6) Slice carrots (cut out any bad spots, but no need to peel) and simmer in broth until cooked.
      7) Cut baked potato in half and scoop out potato being careful not to break the skin. Save skins.
      8) Put cooked onions, carrots, potatoes and one cup broth into blender and blend until smooth. Cover top of blender with hotpad or towel to avoid any splash of hot broth. If you don’t have a blender, you can mash it with a fork or leave it with the diced vegetables. All versions taste good.
      9)Stir flour into 1/2 tablespoon melted chicken fat and small amount of water until smooth and add 1 cup of broth still in pot. Put mixture back into soup pot. Cook until thickened. Add purreed vegetables and broth from blender. Add a bit of white pepper. (Black pepper works fine but will be visible in soup.) Taste to see if salt is needed. There may already be enough from the chicken broth.
      10) Keep warm. Just before serving, sprinkle with a diced green herb, fresh from your garden or windowsill if possible. Good choices are basil, chives, parsley, asian celery leaves, thyme, oregano.

      ***Baked Apple
      1) Wash apple.
      2) Core apple from top without cutting through the bottom.
      3) Discard seeds and stem. Save rest of core.
      4) Put 1/2 tablespoon margarine and 1/2 tablespoon sugar into center of apple.
      5) Bake apple.
      6) After removing apple from oven, sprinkle center area with cinnamon.

      ***Apple Tea
      1) Dice apple core once stem and seeds have been removed.
      2) Heat two cups (filtered if possible) water with diced apple core in nonreactive pan. (Can add mulling spices as well here.)
      3) Remove from heat. Mash diced apple with a fork. Add tea bag and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bag. Tea bag may be reused 2-3 more times.
      4)Just before serving, remove any undisolved apple bits and eat or compost apple bits. Warm. Add 1/2 tablespoon sugar and stir. (Optional you can add cinnamon or any sort of mulling or chai type spice here as well.) Serve warm or over ice.

      ***Crispy Peppery Potato Skins
      1) Cut each potato half into 3-4 slices lengthwise. Place potato pieces on pizza pan or baking pan. Spread the 1/2 tablespoon butter on the potato side of the 6-8 pieces. Sprinkle lightly with salt. If the margarine is salty, you may not need any additional salt.
      2) Bake until crisped but not overly browned.
      3) Sprinkle with black pepper, white pepper, paprika, jalapeno pepper, grated horseradish, wasabi paste, or hot red pepper and serve.

      Sharon

    • #435097

      The Golden Chicken Vegetable Soup sounds yummy!
      Gonna incorporate this one into my menu in a couple of weeks.
      Thanks for sharing!

    • #435132

      This is amazing. Delicious and nutritious! I’d love to see more of these super cheap menus.

    • #435215

      Used soup idea with leftoer turkey, on Tuesday. Still had enough leftover soup for another meal for 2. Added leftover gravy from turkey dinner, and some frozen peas and egg noodles. Served stew with some bread and got another full meal for 4.

    • #435249

      What a great idea. I can see a lot of different ways you could go with this. Thanks for sharing 🙂 I am going to add this to next weeks menu.

    • #436875

      I love the way you used everything; the onion peel, the apple core, the chicken fat. This was a great demonstration on the waste not – want not concept! Thanks!

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Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes Dirt Cheap Dinners 20 cent meal featuring Fall Vegetables and Apples