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      Ok, let’s say it’s the day before pay day, and you’re broke. The cupboards are almost empty.

      What is your favorite “Bare Bones” Recipe or meal? Most people have some stock items they try to -always- have on hand, whether it’s canned mushroom soup, or instant rice, or condensed milk, or whatever.

      What could you come up with if you only had a few items on top of your stock items?

      Cheap easy meals that you can scrape together from the pantry!

      Please share with us!

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    • #398688

      Some of our tried and true cheap meals are:

      *Chicken pot pie – Bisquick recipe using canned chicken & mixed veggies and adding seasonings to both mix and the crust. (estimated meal cost: $2.00)
      *SOS – country gravy with diced ham lunchmeat pieces over toast (estimated meal cost: $1.75)
      *French toast (estimated meal cost $1.50)
      *Denver egg scramble – eggs mixed with veggies, cheese, and diced ham lunchmeat. (estimated meal cost $1.50)
      *Filled baked potatoes – use chili, cheese, broccoli, chives, bacon, etc. (estimated meal cost $1.50-$2.50 depending on ingredients used)
      *Cheese dog subs – frozen roll dough, thawed, then wrapped around a cheese wrapped hot dog.

      (estimated meal cost $2.50)
      *Nachos – tortilla chips, chili, and cheese baked in layers and served with sliced green onions and sour cream. (estimated meal cost $2.50)

      *All meal costs are for the entire meal making 3 servings.

    • #398692

      sometimes when I get down to almost nothing I will make a pack of Macaroni and Cheese (about 75 cents) throw in a can of drained tuna and a can of drained peas. There you have it a really cheap but tasty meal and the kids love it

    • #398723

      @BiggerPiggyBank 3618 wrote:

      Re: Budget Meals

      My favorite bare bones meal is instant mashed potatoes served with
      canned beef stew. Another one of my favorites is boxed macaroni with
      canned tuna mixed in. I try to keep these on hand at all times

      omg! i used to love this growing up. thanks for reminding me!

      lori:004:

    • #398756

      Thickened potatoes. Make potato soup with cubed potato pieces and water. when it cooks some add cornmeal, stirring slow & constant to prevent lumps.

      Add butter,salt and a little milk. YUMMY. My granny made it for us all the time.
      :food:

    • #398763

      That sounds so yummy!

    • #398846

      @BiggerPiggyBank 3611 wrote:

      Ok, let’s say it’s the day before pay day, and you’re broke. The cupboards are almost empty.

      What is your favorite “Bare Bones” Recipe or meal? Most people have some stock items they try to -always- have on hand, whether it’s canned mushroom soup, or instant rice, or condensed milk, or whatever.

      What could you come up with if you only had a few items on top of your stock items?

      Cheap easy meals that you can scrape together from the pantry!

      Please share with us!

      Chicken Alfredo

      noodles
      leftover chicken from a deboned whole chicken
      jar of alfredo sauce

      I use ragu for about 1.50 a jar noodles about .50 chicken is leftover .00
      Total cost 2.00

    • #399408

      I have several “Stand By” Meals:

      1.) Black Beans & Yellow Rice
      2 cans black beans (drain 1 can & partially drain the other)
      1 medium onion, chopped
      3-5 tsp minced garlic
      1-2 pkts Sazon Goya
      1-2 tsp Sofrito
      1 pkg yellow rice

      1.) Cook rice as package indicates.
      2.) Saute onion in oil. Add garlic & sazon & saute 1-2 minutes longer. Add beans & Sofrito.

      COntinue cooking while rice cooks. (I mash the beans a little with a potatoe masher. That way all the ingredients really do mix together well.)

    • #399458

      It’s usually some yummy omelets for us. When I am out of milk, I make powdered milk or have even used coffee creamer to make the egg base with some garlic salt. Then it is whatever we have left around.

      A little ham and cheese with spinach or chopped broccoli is great. Some onions and peppers with cheese and chicken, also works. You name it.

      Add some toast and jam and my kids love this meal.

      The other thing that works is a double box meal of mac & cheese with hot dogs or ham cut up in it. The kids love it.

      When food items are really low it is usually breakfast for dinner. Pancakes, waffles, eggs, etc.

    • #399459

      When you said chopped broccoli it brought something to mind. When my 15 year old was little he loved broccoli and cheese and hated most breakfast items. So I fixed him a broccoli and cheese omlet and called it “Ricky’s special” he still asks for them to this day.

    • #399460

      What a sweet memory…Thanks for sharing. My little one does not like veggies and this is one of the tricks I used to slip something green into the diet occasionally.

    • #399521

      Circumstances are different for my family than the norm. We live on a farm, have our own milk cow, chickens :117: , and a huge garden. We make our own cheeses, butter, yogurt, and of course have all the milk we want. The chickens give us lots of eggs, too. We butcher hogs and steers for our own pork and beef. But, on our bare bones days (which are more often than not anymore), we like to make egg noodles from scratch (recipe follows-can just use eggs, flour, & salt) and use up a roast in the freezer to go with it. Another idea would be what we call Bologna Boats (recipes follows).

      Egg Noodles

      2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      1 pinch salt
      2 eggs, beaten
      1/2 cup milk
      1 tablespoon butter

      In a large bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Add the beaten egg, milk, and butter. Knead dough until smooth, about 5 minutes. Let rest in a covered bowl for 10 minutes. On a floured surface, roll out to 1/8 or 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired lengths and shapes. Allow to air dry before cooking. To cook fresh pasta, in a large pot with boiling salted water cook until al dente. To save time though, you can roll the dough out to desired thickness, roll it into logs, then use a knife to cut into how wide you want..then toss with a bit of flour to separate the noodles. Make sure you don’t roll them out too thick. They will thicken up a bit when added to the soup.

      To make a beef-noodle soup, boil (fast simmer at least) in 6-quarts of water a small roast for about 3 hours (if frozen to begin with). Add the noodles, and boil for about 15-20 minutes. Serve over mashed tators. Yum!

      Bologna Boats

      Boil up about 6 med. sized tators, mash them with butter and milk. Preheat oven to 350*F. Line up about 12 pieces of bologna pieces on a cookie sheet. Use a ice cream scoop or cookie dough scoop, and put a scoop of tators on each piece of bologna. Top each piece with a slice of cheese, cheddar is good. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the sides of the bologna look like they are cooked.

    • #399525

      Bologna Boats

      Boil up about 6 med. sized tators, mash them with butter and milk. Preheat oven to 350*F. Line up about 12 pieces of bologna pieces on a cookie sheet. Use a ice cream scoop or cookie dough scoop, and put a scoop of tators on each piece of bologna. Top each piece with a slice of cheese, cheddar is good. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the sides of the bologna look like they are cooked.

      Oh my goodness! I didn’t know anyone else actually did this! My mom would be tickled to see this one! We my sister and I were young – and are family was struggling financially – this was one of my mom’s standby meals. (Of course, I didn’t like cheese on top, so mine was just the bologna and mashed potatoes. When I was in college – and my parents were doing better financially – it had been a long time since my mom had made this. One day I said, “Mama, why don’t you make that bologna & mashed potato dinner any more?” and she said, “I made that because we couldn’t afford anything else.” I said, “Well, I didn’t know why you made it, but I liked it!” :081:

    • #399759

      @BiggerPiggyBank 3611 wrote:

      Ok, let’s say it’s the day before pay day, and you’re broke. The cupboards are almost empty.

      What is your favorite “Bare Bones” Recipe or meal? Most people have some stock items they try to -always- have on hand, whether it’s canned mushroom soup, or instant rice, or condensed milk, or whatever.

      What could you come up with if you only had a few items on top of your stock items? Cheap easy meals that you can scrape together from the pantry!

      Please share with us!

      Spaghetti or elbow macaroni mixed with Spaghetti sauce and hamburger if I have some, if not I can still make it. A can of peas on the side makes a tasty meal.

      Elbow macaroni mixed with chicken broth, seasoning and a can of mixed veggies makes a hearty soup. I’ve found that adding a can of rotel or similar and chunk chicken makes a hearty southwestern flavored soup.

      Fried vienna sausages with a side of sliced potatos and pork and beans is tasty too.

    • #399766

      I always keep macaroni on hand. We like that with a can of tomatos, a can of tomato sauce and a stick of butter. And I’ll make some corn bread to go with it. But I also keep dry beans, and rice on hand always, you never know when you might need them. I’ve been known to mix rice in with my beans to make them stretch more.

    • #399777

      Dear hubby’s mom made a variation of this using Spam instead of bologna.
      I too, don’t like cheese on top. His mom called her creation Supper on a Raft.

      @rtebalt 84038 wrote:

      Bologna Boats

      Boil up about 6 med. sized tators, mash them with butter and milk. Preheat oven to 350*F. Line up about 12 pieces of bologna pieces on a cookie sheet. Use a ice cream scoop or cookie dough scoop, and put a scoop of tators on each piece of bologna. Top each piece with a slice of cheese, cheddar is good. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the sides of the bologna look like they are cooked.

      Oh my goodness! I didn’t know anyone else actually did this! My mom would be tickled to see this one! We my sister and I were young – and are family was struggling financially – this was one of my mom’s standby meals. (Of course, I didn’t like cheese on top, so mine was just the bologna and mashed potatoes. When I was in college – and my parents were doing better financially – it had been a long time since my mom had made this. One day I said, “Mama, why don’t you make that bologna & mashed potato dinner any more?” and she said, “I made that because we couldn’t afford anything else.” I said, “Well, I didn’t know why you made it, but I liked it!” :081:

    • #400207

      The gravy idea is very helpful!

    • #400208

      This is my kind of recipe — thanks for the post!

    • #400370

      I remember once being totally out of $$ and food and used canned veggies with a white sauce and crunched crackers over the top. My DH & I remember it often as a very treasured meal in very hard times!

    • #398729

      What great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    • #401846

      was this called “california chicken” back in the late ’60’s? my mom made it and this sounds close. loved it and she can’t remember the receipe.

    • #401848

      had a painful day yesterday so last night i opened a jar of speg sauce (i normally make my own but had run out) cut up some meatballs i had in the freezer, used some fettucinni noodles i got on clearance from the store i had in the freezer and waaaaalaaaaaaa speghetti lol. IT was very good actually. I am going to make our speghetti with fettuchini noodles from now on. Both hubby and i had gastric bypass so pasta is hard for us. Normally i use wheat pasta but this was great

    • #402411

      We like to make Onion soup mix noodles: Boil elbow noodles and drain, add 1 packet of dry onion soup, mix in 1-2 sticks of butter.

      Normally have this as a side dish with pork chops or chicken, but we make way more than needed because we eat it for a day or two afterwards in our lunches or a quick meal at night. Love it ! We do not add any veggies to it, because we like the onion flavor.

    • #402634

      On our “tight’ days I usually make black eyed peas seasoned with seasoned salt and accent and make a head of cabbage to go with it. Even the biggest heads of cabbage are almost always under a dollar and a bag of Black eyed peas are 82 cents !!!

    • #402637

      We also like cabbage soup made with a head of cabbage cans of kidney beans and cans of tomatoes in beef bullion broth. If you have more money to work with you can add onions and ground meat we like ground turkey !!!! You can add and take out items according to what you have and what your budget is !!!

    • #402638

      Any kind of dried beans cooked and seasoned with rice or cabbage as a side is very low cost high flavor meal !!!
      Home made corned beef hash is also very cheap just peel and cube about 5 pound of potatoes (depends on family size) and boil them until tender . When tender mash them with an old fashioned potatoe masher and add a can of corned beef !!! Waaalaaa you have homemade corned beef hash witch is so wonderful and by far better than canned !!!!

    • #402663

      Peanut Butter is really so versitile and good quality protein. It often goes on sale 10 for $10 here, and I buy a dozen jars at a time. It’s not just for sandwiches!

      One of my favorite meals is pasta in peanut sauce…

      Peanut Sauce for pasta

      1/2 cup peanut butter (roughly 25 cents from my $1 jar of peanut butter that holds about 2 cups of peanut butter)
      1 cup of hot water (not technically free, but pretty dern close)
      3 Tbsp soy sauce (pennies, bought on sale)
      1 Tbsp honey or sugar (pennies)
      a shake of garlic powder (from my 50 cent jar of $ store garlic powder…not even a penny)
      pinch of ground ginger and white pepper (pennies)

      Mix all ingredients. Toss with hot cooked pasta (bought on sale, of course!)and serve immediately. Great with green onion sliced finely on top, too.

      I also will throw in pea pods, watercress, bean sprouts, and other veggies, sometimes

      I can get this dinner on the table for under $2 total. I LOVE it when that happens!

    • #402667

      @BiggerPiggyBank 3617 wrote:

      Re: Budget Meals

      Here is one of our Budget Helper Meals

      Chicken and Rice

      1 can crm. of mushroom soup

      1 can crm. of chicken soup

      1 pky onion soup mix

      2 cups long grain rice, or 2 pkgs of whatevcr rice mix. I have used
      wild rice, or spanish rice. Whatever was in the pantry.

      Chicken parts-any that is still in the freezer, or you can use leftover
      porkchops.

      Mix together soups, dry and wet, and rice, then add 2 cups water.

      Pour in covered casserole or small dutch oven, then bury the chicken in
      the liquid.

      Bake for 1hr to 1hr and 15 minutes at 350*

      Serve with Salad, or whatever veggie on hand. Yummy!

      Hope you enjoy!

      Tina

      this is also good with pork chops that have been browned and seasoned with lemon pepper

    • #402670

      I usually make a bunch of white rice, and cook up some frozen ground turkey (if I have it in my freezer) and then pour on whatever leftover sauce we have… usually some asian teriyaki sauce.

      Another favorite is meatloaf if you have frozen ground beef/turkey available. I usually just add whatever is in the fridge: mayo, ketchup, soy sauce, worcesture sauce, lemon juice, spices, egg, milk, teriyaki sauce, bbq, mustard, … It’s a great way to get rid of all the sauces you have piling up 🙂 But remember, just a little of each!

    • #402771

      last nite i wasnt feeling good so i just threw together a few things, well i had already made homemade spegetti sauce , so i looked in freezer to see what else i had. i wanted something different.
      Raviolis i had gotten on clearance at the store, meatballs ( i had gotten the same way), yellow squash i had from this summer i used my food saver to store longer.
      i put some sauce in the bottom of the dish put in the raviolis, a few meatballs, sliced squash, more sauce , parm cheese, motz and stuck in the oven for 20 minutes, wallaaa dinner is served lol.
      i purchased a bread machine last week at the thrift store for 12 bucks, i have been making all our bread with it, so easy and sooooooooo cheap so with dinner we had home made french bread. 🙂

    • #403096

      I don’t know how you get Tuna fish in there, but here in Portugal canned tuna fish is rather cheap, so is rice. One thing I used to make (it was my speciality :)) was tuna rice.

      Onion frying on olive oil, then add the rice, let is soak the oil, Then add the tuna, stir everything, and the add water and let simmer until rice is done. Very simple. I’m not sure about the quantities, but I believe half a can of tuna, one glass of water and half a glass of rice per person.

      Greetings

      Pat

    • #403341

      Rice with gravy is a dirt cheap comfort meal. Just make up a batch of your preferred gravy, white or brown, and boil some rice. Sometimes I put bits of veggies or meat in, but it’s delish by itself.

    • #406077

      I am famous for freezing leftover tidbits of foods, ( even as little as a couple of tablespoons), in one large freezer container. I combine these with ramen noodles, the soup base, along with what ever else I may have on hand. These might be, onion, a carrot, celery, a can of spam, diced, and make what my family likes to call….

      Gruell. It doesn’t sound great, but “most” of the time, it is very tasty, and nutricious, and fills the empty tummy.

    • #406089

      boil hot dogs and then cut them almost half but not all the way and then add some mashed potatoes and then cheese and broil that for a few minutes yummmy

    • #406264

      I like to cook bacon and eggs for dinner or grilled cheese and tomato soup. They are favorites and never get a negative response frm anyone.

    • #406268

      Soup is always a must at our home and we usually have for dessert fruit cut into small pieces with yogurt. Everybody likes it and it is dinner… 🙂

    • #420746

      Garbage can soup. Just as it sounds. Instead of throwing away that tablespoon or two of peas, carrots, etc left after dinner it goes into a bag or bowl in the freezer.

      I do the same with a single piece of beef, chicken, etc. As time has gone by I have learned to store veggies that would be appropriate used together in the same container. When you want to make soup just take out the items you want to use add some water, a few bouillon cubes some tomato sauce if you want and the spices your family likes.

      When done to your liking add some cooked rice or pasta and serve. Always turns out great, the family loves it and actually will ask for it !!

    • #421672

      My favorite thing to make when money’s tight and it’s just before payday is usually what my mom called “Tuna Melts” it’s made with a can of drained tuna, mixed with mayo and mustard, spread onto a piece of bread with a slice of cheese on top. You cook it until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasty. I can usually make 8 of them with this which feeds 4 people.

      Another thing that my kids enjoy is “Pizza Dogs”, which is hot dog wieners on a piece of bread (or hot dog bun if you have them), pizza sauce (I mix mine from tomato paste, water and spices…usually Italian Mrs.Dash, but you can use ketchup if you don’t have any other sauces), a slice of cheese (I usually have mozza slices, but grated cheese of any choice works),, and top with oregano. Place in the microwave until cheese melts.

    • #422643

      Chicken Mush

      Chicken boullion or broth (enough for a bowl, cup, etc.)
      saltines

      Heat the chicken boullion/broth then add saltines. Tastes like chicken noodle soup without the chicken and the noodles.

      I eat this alot when theres no money/groceries.

    • #422644

      Soup with left over vegies and what ever meat on hand. Fresh bread or warmed up bread.

    • #423547

      My fave ‘bare bones’ recipe is actually pea soup!

      I started buying dried peas from the bulk bins at the grocery store and now have a nice stash. Its a great, quick meal. If you have some meat on hand, you can add that too or else just have it plain.

      Yummy! love smiley

    • #423559

      My husband works 2nd shift so I often am eating alone, unless one of my daughters pops over. I have become the queen of the pantry because I refuse to waste perfectly good meals on just me, unless I am fixing meals for left-overs. I have found one of the best dinners for me is a egg sandwich.

      I make mine just like Cracker barrel. I always have bread, eggs, butter, chedddar or swiss cheese. I usually top it off with a slice of tomato and some mayo.

      I grill it like a grilled cheese.

    • #426456

      to stretch if for big appatites(dh)i put this on texas toast

    • #426458

      lone this idea 7 yr old will go crazy and 14 yr old can make it while i throw a salad together !

    • #426463

      Pancakes are always good in a pinch. Baked beans with hot dogs cut up in it with cornbread-always a favorite. Many years ago when I was a kid-a glass of milk with cornbread cut up in it with fresh green onions on the side.

      Didn’t know any better….

    • #426528

      one of my fav. budget meals instant mashed potatoes, topped with browned ground beef and gravy.

      Another cheap fav. Is box mac and cheese topped with canned chilli.

    • #426925

      My family’s favorite bare bones meal (often we throw it in the menu as it is yummy and quick!) is Hamburger pie.

      1 lb hamburger
      1/2 onion chopped (or however much you have or like)
      2 cans of cut green beans
      1 can tomato sauce
      salt/pepper to taste (I like garlic too added in)
      pie crust for top and bottom of pie plate (can make it if it is super tight or purchase if I find on sale or in the freezer from the last sale)

      brown hamburger, with chopped onion, salt and pepper with garlic to taste, drain and return to pan.
      Add tomato sauce and green beans (drained) warm through.
      Lay the bottom pie crust in the pan, add in hamburger mixture, top with top pie crust, flute edges and make a few small slits on the top to vent.
      Bake at 375 for ab out 30-45 minutes or until crust is browned and cooked.

      Slice like a pie and serve.

      My kiddos go bonkers for this and think it is cool to have pie for dinner :055:

    • #426928

      Sounds good, but what size can of tomato sauce?

    • #426940

      Sheppard’s pie… meat, veggie, potato… can be inter changeable with what ever we have!

    • #426950

      When my cupboards are bare, I will usually make my version of a Shepherd’s pie by using up whatever leftover meats I have in the fridge, as well as vegetables that are “on their last leg”. I combine this with ground spicy Italian sausage. Mix it all with a gravy of some sort and top it off with dollar store mashed potatoes and my kids love it (even the one that doesn’t like vegetables!!)

    • #427670

      @mcnerd 131389 wrote:

      Sounds good, but what size can of tomato sauce?

      I use the standard 15 oz.

    • #428177

      Potato Pierogi

      These take time to prepare, but they’re worth it! potatoes are mashed with cottage cheese and butter, then wrapped in a circle of dough. The pierogi are boiled and then pan fried in butter.

      Serve with sour cream, butter and fried onions, if desired.
      Ingredients:
      12 potatoes, peeled and quartered
      3 eggs
      3 tablespoons cream cheese, divided
      3 teaspoons milk, divided
      2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
      2 1/2 (8 ounce) containers cottage cheese
      salt to taste
      2 tablespoons butter

      Directions:
      Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool.
      Meanwhile, prepare dough by combining 1 egg, 1 tablespoon cream cheese, 1 teaspoon milk and 1/2 cup flour.

      Once all the flour has been worked in, add another 1/2 cup flour, 1 tablespoon cream cheese and 1 teaspoon milk. When the dough is well blended, add 1 egg, 1 tablespoon cream cheese and another 1/2 cup flour; mix well. Finally, add the remaining egg, 1 teaspoon milk and 1/2 cup flour.

      If dough is too dry, add a little more milk; if too wet, add more flour.
      On a well floured surface, roll out 1/4 of the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Using a glass, muffin cutter, or any rounded surface, cut out circles of dough. Flour both sides of the circle and set aside in a single layer on wax paper.

      Repeat process with remaining dough.
      Mash the potatoes with the cottage cheese, salt and butter. Place a spoonful of the filling slightly below the center of a circle of dough. Fold the dough over and seal edges with fingertips.

      Use enough filling so that you have to stretch the dough over it, but not so much that it squeezes out when sealed.
      Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop in pierogis, a few at a time. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until they float to the top; drain.

      You can eat these just like they are drizzled with melted butter, or you can pan fry in butter till golden brown and serve with fried onions. yummm!!!

      fry bread

      i serve these with homemade refried beans or i make native american tacos with them. but i have been known to serve them sweet with jam

      this native american bread is a specialty in the southwest, especially in the navajo and hopi nations. fry bread is a thin round of dough puffed like a giant doughnut without a hole in the middle. it can be a complement to savory foods or it can serve as a sweet when drizzled with honey and powdered sugar.

      it’s commonly enjoyed as “street food” at festivals and celebrations.

      ingredients and preparation
      2 cups flour
      1 tablespoon baking powder
      1 teaspoon salt
      1 tablespoon oil (peanut oil is best)
      3/4 cup warm water
      Peanut or other vegetable oil for frying

      Preparation:

      Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then stir in the water and oil.

      Knead the dough lightly until it is smooth and elastic.

      Shape the dough into a ball, place it in a sealable plastic bag and refrigerate for about an hour.

      Form the chilled dough into 12 small balls and flatten them with your hands, then roll into circles about 4-5 inches in diameter. Let the circles rest for 5 minutes and roll them again, expanding to 7-8 inch circles, creating a fairly thin disk.

      Place the dough circles, one at a time, into a deep skillet in oil that is 375 degrees. Fry 1 minute on each side.

      Remove the fry bread from the oil with tongs and drain on a paper towel.

      Kids will have fun drizzling honey and dusting the bread with powdered sugar.

      Empanadas

      I fill this crust with any leftover meat, chopped fine, fried onions, taco seasonings, a bit of tomato sauce, maybe some rice if I don’t have a lot of meat, I also add beans sometimes. Whatever I have goes in these. I just make up a really tasty filling and they alway come out fabulous!

      This flaky crust is perfect to make empanadas. Just add your favorite filling, cook and enjoy a crispy empanada.

      Ingredients:
      3 cups flour
      pinch of salt
      2 teaspoons sugar
      3 teaspoons baking powder
      1/2 cup lard or shortening
      3/4 cup chicken stock
      1 egg
      oil or shortening for frying
      Preparation:
      Mix the dry ingredients together. Cut in the lard with a pastry cutter or 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Whisk egg and mix into chicken broth.

      Mix the broth and egg into the flour mixture and knead until dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
      Lightly flour a surface and roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 4-inch circles for small empanadas, 5-inch for medium ones or 6-inch for large ones. Place 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of the dough circle for small empanadas, 2 tablespoons for medium and 3 tablespoons for large.

      Fold dough over to make a filled half circle and use a fork to press the edges together. Refrigerate uncooked empanadas for 3 hours.

      Fry in 350 degree oil for 6-7 minutes or until golden brown.

    • #428329

      I was just going through my Grandmother’s recipe box the other day…

      One of my Dad’s favorits was Pork and Bean Soup

      1 can pork and beans
      1-3 potatoes (whatever you have) peeled and cubed
      1 quarter onion chunked (if you have it)
      1-2 carrots peeled and sliced
      1 pint half and half or cream (I’ve substituted evaporated milk or powdered milk in a pinch -it’s just a little thinner)

      Boil potatoes, onion, and carrots in a kettle of water until tender (if you want to cut starch you can drain and add fresh water). Add can of pork and beans and cream and simmer until warm throughout or longer. The longer it simmers the thicker it will be.

      She used to serve this with Grebble – A fried sweet bread – I’ll post that recipe later.

      Also, quick and cheap…..

      Fried Noodles with Pork and Beans

      Noodles
      Vegetable Oil
      Can of Pork and Beans

      Cook noodles as directed on package and drain.

      Heat oil and add noodles. Fry until some are crispy or slightly browned. In our house the crispier the better.

      Serve noodles topped with Pork and Beans straight out of the can.

    • #429758

      I am really curious to know where BiggerPiggyBank finds $1 ground turkey. That is something that I would really like to stock up on. Thanks for all the great info!

    • #429757
      Avatar for BiggerPiggyBankLiss
      Keymaster

      @aj7273 169843 wrote:

      I am really curious to know where BiggerPiggyBank finds $1 ground turkey. That is something that I would really like to stock up on. Thanks for all the great info!

      Although the original post in this thread is 3 years old (03-09-2007), you can still find Ground Turkey for $1.14-$1.18 per pound.

      Walmart has Ground turkey in the Freezer section (normally in the coffin cases in the middle of the isles) for $1.18

      Aldi’s has ground turkey (also frozen) for $1.14

      We generally buy the ground turkey at aldi’s- as the texture is the same as ground beef and it’s very low fat.

    • #429759

      Thanks Liss! Great info to know with grocery prices going through the roof! I’m canning meats, ect like crazy lately!

      Stocking up and replenishing our supplies as fast as we can. Just feeling the need to do so!

      Cherlynn

    • #429762
      Avatar for BiggerPiggyBankFreebieQueen
      Moderator

      @brchbell 169920 wrote:

      Thanks Liss! Great info to know with grocery prices going through the roof! I’m canning meats, ect like crazy lately! Stocking up and replenishing our supplies as fast as we can. Just feeling the need to do so!

      Cherlynn

      Hi cher! I’m finding that the last few months we’re stocking up a bit more than usual on meats as well. I’m getting the garden ready and tilled about 5’x18′ larger than last years garden. I’m anticipating a rather large rise in grocery prices once again with the gas price hike.

      Something else that I’ve been doing is printing off the recipes that I KNOW I’ll be using or want to use and adding them to my 3 ring binder recipe book. I’m not assuming the internet is going to go out, but with flooding, tsunamis, etc hitting all over the place, it’s not unreasonable to assume that peoples web servers or internet connetions could get knocked out for a length of time.
      We had a tornado here yesterday and it made one hell of a mess.

    • #429763

      Yes! Making up a binder with your favorite recipes can be important. A few years ago when we had our great financial crisis and thankfully had a years supply of food to fall back on.

      I was under so much stress I couldn’t think. For the whole 4 month’s I couldn’t think! Came up with 4 meals, can’t remember what they were but we ran out of pineapple chucks!

      I went through and found 133 recipes that would work with our food storage and put them into sheet protectors and I use that binder daily. going to do another one up with salads, desserts and breads and then get rid of all my recipe books. the kids are already eying them!

      Now I don’t have to think in a crisis, just pull out the binder out and use it! Internet might work but if your brain is on overload in a crisis, the internet might not be of any use!

    • #429766

      Aldi’s has ground turkey (also frozen) for $1.14

      We generally buy the ground turkey at aldi’s- as the texture is the same as ground beef and it’s very low fat.

      It must depend on what part of the country you live in (Aldi’s ground turkey frozen for $1.14) We get the (frozen) roll of ground turkey for $1.39 at Aldi’s here. But even at that price, we consider it a terrific deal compared to ground beef which is anywhere from $1.99 to $2.99 a pound. I’ve been using ground turkey for a lot of years and when my kids were younger they never knew they were eating ground turkey, until their Dad finally spilled the beans about them eating ground turkey.

      I had to stop using it right then and there. Ground turkey is a necessity in today’s budget and now that I live with one of my daughters, we have been using ground turkey for quite some time. She actually prefers it to ground beef, saying that the ground turkey taste much cleaner than ground beef.

      We also found formed ground turkey patties at Aldi’s. They came 12 to a box and were $5.49, each pattie was 4 oz, so quick and easy to prepare. The cost of each pattie was like 45.75 cents per serving if I did the math right.

      We were lucky enough to get 2 boxes and we haven’t seen them back in the store for over a month now. I’m hoping that they will get them back in stock so we can buy a couple more boxes.

      Edna

    • #429846

      Thankyou love recipes for my husband and I to eat.

    • #429967

      I had found a great deal on bacon ends and pieces, so I have a ton in the freezer. I fry the bacon and cut or break it up, fry some onions (I always have some chopped in the freezer) and make some mashed potatoes with cheese. Mix it all to together and dinner is served.

      The family loves it and its cheap.

    • #431112

      This is something my grandma used to make. Grind up some hotdogs. Mix ground hotdogs with mayo.

      Separate hotdog buns and put some of the hotdog mixture on each bun half. Top with grated cheese, put on a tray and broil until cheese is bubbly. My grandma would also grind up leftover roast and mix with mayo and relish (ewww relish) and use as a sandwich spread for my grandpa’s lunches.

      My dad used to make egg sandwiches. Make some scrambled eggs in a small frying pan, but don’t scramble them up when cooking. Just let them cook in one piece like an omelet.

      Make your sandwich with Miracle Whip on the bread. These are really filling. I used to make an “egg and cheese” for my niece when she was really small using the same kind of egg.

      I put half a slice of American cheese on one half of the almost cooked egg, folded it over, and put the other half cheese slice on top and let the cheese melt. She loved these so much.

    • #431115

      Oh you’re making me hungry! Lots of good cheap ideas. I have a nice big ham bone left over from Christmas dinner so I’m going to fill my big stock pot with white beans and cook them up with the ham bone and can them up for fast yummy meals when we want them.

    • #431117

      For our family we have a few quick go to frugal meals…
      Tuna and nooodles:
      Egg noodles cooked til done and drained
      1can of tuna drained.
      1 can of corn drained
      1 can of cream of mushroom soup
      1 can of cream of chicken soup
      1/2 stick of butter
      1/2 cup of milk
      Mix all everything together and heat til done.

      Oatmeal and oven toast
      pancakes with fruit
      Soup beans made with a ham bone and corn bread
      next day use soup beans with cheese and salsa and have bean cakes with salad..
      Grilled cheese with canned soup
      and I hate to admit it but my kids like taken noodles
      Krystal

    • #431171

      @BiggerPiggyBank 3624 wrote:

      I need a good refried bean recipe. Can you share yours?

      Cassie

      My favorite thing to make with refried beans is what-have-you quesadillas! I take flour tortillas (my preference, use corn if you like), spread with refried beans and whatever you have on hand: shredded cheese; salsa; shredded or chopped chicken, beef or pork. fold over to half-circle and brown in a lightly oiled skillet until crisp and brown.

      cut into triangles and serve with sour cream and salsa if desired. I would make this more often if my husband didn’t dislike quesadillas so much…

    • #431183

      @brchbell 211969 wrote:

      Oh you’re making me hungry! Lots of good cheap ideas. I have a nice big ham bone left over from Christmas dinner so I’m going to fill my big stock pot with white beans and cook them up with the ham bone and can them up for fast yummy meals when we want them.

      Using a left over ham bone is my absolute favorite way to cook my beans…either Great Northern or Pintos, but I’ve never canned any.

      I may have to look into this idea…sounds super convenient.

    • #431186

      I love canning up foods so when things get rushed I can dump a bottle of canned foods in the pan and heat it up for a good fast meal.
      I canned the beans up in pint jars in the pressure canner for 75 minutes.

    • #431209

      I tend to freeze, rather than can, things like beans…in part b/c I don’t have a functional pressure canner! In part b/c we tend to have plenty of freezer space. I do love making jams, jellies, pickles, etc., though – and they make great gifts.

      As for budget meals – forgive me if it’s been mentioned – polenta!

      For breakfast, eat with a bit of honey or your desired sweetener (or not 🙂 ), or refrigerate and fry up as french toast – at whcih point you could go sweet with syrup, or savory iwth an agg on top. For dinner, top with favorite pasta sauce.

    • #431214

      The reason I quit freezing most everything is because if electric goes out I’d lose everything. Ok, it doesn’t happen often but when it does it’s a disaster. I’ve had it happen enough to know when it does the last thing I want to worry about is my freezer.

      So I can the meat. Pressure canner was the best investment I ever made! My son got a pressure canner at walmart last month for $45.

      He can’t do 9 pints like I can but he can do 5. 5 pints or quarts is better than nothing and $45 for a pressure canner is a steal!

    • #431216

      I’m going to look into canning some things. I usually freeze everything, but beans that’s been frozen just didn’t do it for me…I didn’t like the resulting texture and the flavor. No, they weren’t freezer burnt, I checked for that…they just weren’t good…but were before I froze them…needless to say, beans are on my ‘no freeze list’.

    • #431477

      We love having:

      Beef Ramen Noodles with ground beef and velveta cheese.

      Ground the beef, drain, cook noodles, drain then add seasonings, add beef and cheese, but cut cheese up into cubes for easy stirring. Let melt and you got a meal for days!

    • #431481

      I hate Ramen noodles and will not eat them but the rest of my family could live on them! Yes we have tons of them in our food storage. Mom might starve to death but the rest of the family will thrive!

      I print off these Ramen recipes so they have fast meals to make when Mom isn’t around!

    • #431830

      It depends on who is doing the cooking that night. If dh volunteers, it’s usually eggs or pancakes with toast.

      With me, I grab whatever leftover meat we have, chop it up, toss it into the crockpot with diced tomatoes and chicken broth. I also throw in whatever vegetables I have lying around (I usually have a few bags of frozen veggies of nothing else) add the seasonings my family likes and keep it on low. Right before we eat, I make some rice and then we just ladle the crockpot creation on top and dig in.

    • #431835

      I just complicated our meals! Just found out I’m allergic to eggs,soy, all gluten, all dairy. Dh asked if there was anything left to eat!

      It’s been an interesting couple of weeks . I went from baking bread that won ribbons at the fair to baking bread the dogs, chickens I mostly certainly wouldn’t eat! For the first time in years I have to go grocery shopping because we can’t grow or produce the things I now need.

      But the good news is that I can really breath again! What I was eating swelled my throat up and I thought it was an asthma thing but it really was an allergy problem! I am slowly learning to bake again.

      Made great crackers and muffins so far so there is hope I can make what we need. Will try flat breads next so we have something for sandwiches and go from there. I can still eat beans!

      Glad we have something I can eat that’s frugal!

    • #432129

      Thanks for all the great recipes. I’ll be using these next month for lunch and dinner ideas.

    • #432131

      Yesterday I made 3 batches of gf, df cream of chicken soup and canned up 9 pints of it and pressure canned it for 75 minutes. Now I have a supply of cream of chicken soup I can use in my recipes. I searched through all the cans of soup at the grocery store and there was not a single one I could use.

      I ground up navy beans in my wonder mill to make fine white bean flour. I used 6 cups of boiling water and whisked in 1 cup of white bean flour and 2 Tablespoons chicken soup base and cooked for a few minutes and then added in 1 cup of chopped cooked chicken for each batch of soup.

      Now I can use my recipes that called for cream of soups and use this and use my rice cheese when I need cheese.

    • #432140

      I was talking to my mom yesterday and we were remembering meals we’ve eaten when there wasn’t much money. Meals like tomato soup with cut up hot dogs and macaroni. We both had a good laugh about the double starch we used to eat.

      Her mom would serve mashed potatoes with noodles. My mom did the same thing. Every meal came with ramen noodles on the side

    • #432224

      A week or so ago, I had some leftovers in the fridge and really couldn’t think of what to do with them…so I called my MIL and gave her the rundown on what I had in the fridge.

      (Years ago, she had 2 growing boys to feed on her hubby’s salary from the Navy, which wasn’t much almost 50 years ago).
      One great suggestion she came up with, using 1 l/o hamburger patty, l/o fried onions and potatoes, 1/2 cup l/o rice, and a small servings of steamed baby carrots was to make hash out of it.
      So I crumbled up the burger, sliced the carrots, and put everything else in a skillet with a tbsp of oil and s and p.

      Fried up everything together making a left over hash type meal. Believe it or not, it was really tasty!
      Hubby had no clue it was leftovers. 🙂 A win-win situation!

      I didn’t waste any food, spend any money, and hubby was happy.

      For the next evening, I used the last 2 l/o burgers-crumbled, the remaining 1 cup cooked l/o rice, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, and some diced onions…voila’ dinner was home made mushroom rice burger helper. 😉

    • #432427

      I like to Make Great Northern Beans and Bacon..Throw it all in the Crock pot..I also always Have Tuna Helper in the cabinet just in case..Or Hamburger in the freezer To Make a Big Meatloaf

    • #432460

      I make a simple homemade hamburger helper.
      A pound of ground beef, whatever pasta noodles I have on hand, a package of dry spaghetti mix and a can of tomato or tomato sauce. If I have an onion I fry it together with the ground meat, salt and pepper. You can add cheese if you want.
      I make either garlic toast or homemade garlic sticks and homemade chocolate pudding to go with it.

    • #432461

      There’s also planned over chili mac.
      Take the left over chili, add to a prepared box of mac and cheese…and there’s dinner.
      I usually serve this with either baked or fried corn bread. Hubby thinks it’s pretty tasty. 😉

      Mos also has a great idea with her baked spaghetti. We’ve had it several times and it’s -very- good!!

    • #432462

      The hash mention reminded me of a ‘use-up-the-fridge’ hash I made once that was so yummy it’s become part of the regular rotation! I used breakfast sausage, cubed sweet potatoes, mushrooms (fresh), onions, and fresh spinach. Add spinach in the last minute or two, just enough to wilt.

      We often serve with over-easy eggs on top. 🙂

    • #432486

      Tasty sounding idea Sara. Thanks for sharing that one!

      Use left over meat, make a gravy, and add rice or pasta. Yep, sounds like dinner. 😉
      Can add left over veggies and you’ve got a casserole in the making.
      These type ‘planned over’ meals help to keep our food waste down, which in turn is helping a bit with the food budget.

    • #432488

      Even though it’s a regular way of life for us, I tend to feel especially happy with myself when I combine my leftovers into ‘encores’, as one acquaintance puts it.

      A few months ago at my dad’s, had such a moment. Several bell peppers in the fridge starting to pass their prime, a quinoa side dish, and Italian beef made stuffed peppers with a little added chopped onion, some cumin and garlic powder, and cheese shredded over the top. 🙂

    • #432571

      @SaraCate 242394 wrote:

      Even though it’s a regular way of life for us, I tend to feel especially happy with myself when I combine my leftovers into ‘encores’, as one acquaintance puts it.

      We call these premeditated meals.. haha

    • #432741

      I’ve made rice guiso with leftover pot roast. Shred up the meat and season with salt and pepper and fry it slightly in oil. Add chopped onion and 1 cup of rice. Cook briefly and then add 1 3/4 cup of water.

      Cover and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes. The hardest part of the recipe was keeping my dh from eating the leftover meat before I made the dish.:wink:

    • #435283
      Avatar for BiggerPiggyBankLNsGirl
      Participant

      We have enough food stocked to fix almost anything. Hubby just bought the industrial size cans of Dinty Moore Stew. They rand up more than the sign said. Our local grocery store’s policy is that if that happens, the first one is free, and the others are at the marked price. So we got 2 cans for the price of one. When we use these, we will add a can of mixed vegetables to it. Yum

    • #435284

      Sausage and rice. It is actually the favorite dish for one of my sons. Cook a pound of sausage, stir in minute rice and add tomato sauce, water, and onion, garlic, and any vegies you might have on hand. Sprinkle with a bit of cheese, cover and let stand for five minutes.

    • #436351

      I take a 1/2 pound of egg noodles, (cooked) and add a can of tuna, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and cooked veggies of any sort. Onions and peas are great also corn.

    • #436382

      Pancakes from scratch or rice balls

    • #436410

      My favorite family poor man meal

      Tuna casserole

      Macoroni and cheese (cook 1st according to package)
      in a casserol dish mix with one large can of tuna, and one can of mixed veggies, sprinkle with parmessian cheese.
      Bake at 450 for 30 min.

    • #436405
      Avatar for BiggerPiggyBankFreebieQueen
      Moderator

      Ours when the kids were younger was always Tuna Pea Wiggle over saltines or toast points.

    • #436642

      Our Favorite cheap meal is Egg noddles topped with beef stew. I put a little butter in the noodles after they cook and pour some beef stew on top. It’s cheap, quick and it’s my daughters favorite meal.

    • #436806

      @Working_Mommy83 267784 wrote:

      Our Favorite cheap meal is Egg noddles topped with beef stew. I put a little butter in the noodles after they cook and pour some beef stew on top. It’s cheap, quick and it’s my daughters favorite meal.

      That’s a great way to stretch a meal. I’ve used rice the same way before…works pretty well.

    • #436808

      Scrape together dinner:

      1lb. ground what ever you have
      1 onion chopped
      1 can of cream of mushroom or cream of chicken
      frozen tater tots or instant potatoes (mix as directed)
      frozen veggies if wanted

      Cook ground meat and chopped onion, drain
      Add soup and frozen veggies, mix well
      Pour into a sprayed casserole dish, top with tots or mashed potatoes
      Bake in a 350 degree oven till potatoes are golden brown and casserole is hot and bubbly

      Mmm enjoy

    • #436843

      Egg noodles dressed up with left-over chicken, fresh cilantro and fried garlic! By boiling half the required amount of water with some olive oil to cook the noodle will give it kind of a fresh noodle feel. Add sliced left over chicken strips and season with the seasoning it came with. turn off heat and add cilantro and fried garlic if available.

      Yummy treat for my family….seconds? anyone?

    • #436872

      I’ve made a dish very similar to this many times. I used ground beef and frozen peas and carrots. Sometimes, just peas and carrots. Sometimes I added a can of cream of mushroom soup. Ramen noodles are very versatile.

    • #438104

      i make a pot of hambuger soup..
      1lb hamburger
      1 large can Tom puree
      1 can corn
      1 can peas and carrots
      4 cups pot.
      and about 10 beef bullion cubes
      2 cups water.
      boil til potatoes are done.

    • #439005

      Macaroni,tuna & cream of mushroom soup.

    • #439038

      Sometimes. Just Thick bread and home made gravy works for my family during a Hard Times..Maybe have a fried egg on the side

    • #439055

      @Vampixen 287344 wrote:

      Sometimes. Just Thick bread and home made gravy works for my family during a Hard Times..Maybe have a fried egg on the side

      Hey Lady! Great to see you back and feeling a little better. You had me a bit worried…
      As far as the meal…Frugal comfort food at it’s best. 😉
      If this is what I’m gonna have, I’ll toast the bread, have a peppered white gravy, and a fried egg on top or on the side. ((SOS with egg))

    • #439066

      Taco Ring is a cheap eat —

      1 large can croissants
      1/2 pound ground beef, browned and drained
      1 packet taco seasoning
      1 medium chopped onion
      2 tomatoes chopped
      8 oz shredded taco cheese

      shredded lettuce to top, sour cream, and pace picante sauce.

      unroll the croissants, lay in a “sun rays” fashion, with the wide end towards the center of a GREASED cookie sheet (stretch the dough, and overlap the ends)… layer on the meat, onions, cheese then fold the triangles over to meet in the center of the sheet (forms a circle or wreath). Cut off the excess dough that’s piled in the center of the sheet, and bake until golden brown and fluffy (about 25 minutes).

      (350)

      remove from oven, cool slightly, slice and top with lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes and sauce… enjoy!

    • #439236

      @Dianne1999 211925 wrote:

      This is something my grandma used to make. Grind up some hotdogs. Mix ground hotdogs with mayo.

      Separate hotdog buns and put some of the hotdog mixture on each bun half. Top with grated cheese, put on a tray and broil until cheese is bubbly. My grandma would also grind up leftover roast and mix with mayo and relish (ewww relish) and use as a sandwich spread for my grandpa’s lunches.

      My mom used to make this for me with ground up bologna for my school lunches. Apparently her mom used to make it for her when she was little, too.

    • #439237

      My parents put three kids through Catholic school on one teacher’s salary. We ate waffles for dinner so much that I couldn’t eat them for a long time as an adult. My mom had a super easy recipe:

      2 cups flour
      2 tsp. baking powder
      1/2 tsp. salt
      1 egg
      enough milk to make it the right consistency.

      Mix and pour in the waffle iron. We used to have lots of different kinds – shredded cheddar cheese mixed in was my favorite, but she also made it with creamed corn, or sometimes chopped up cooked bacon if we had it on hand (which wasn’t very often).

    • #440163

      This sounds very yummy:). Thank you for sharing- Amber Morris

    • #441623

      We always have frozen ground venison in the freezer ( i freeze it in 1lb packs). I will brown in skillet with peppers and onions then i will add whatever is on hand, potatoes, leftover rice or pasta. then i will add tomato sauce or cream soup.

      maybe cabbage or another veggie. its always a surprise as to what i put in the skillet, but it always gets eaten ..

    • #441648

      black beans & rice has penty of protin & it’s good.

    • #441654

      Black Bean Chili
      I use what ever veggies I have on hand for this. I tried this when my vegetarian daughter was visiting and we all loved it so I make it often.

      Ingredients
      1 tablespoon olive oil
      1 small onion, diced
      2 garlic cloves, minced
      Coarse salt and ground pepper
      2 zucchini (about 1 pound total), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
      2 carrots, thinly sliced
      1 tablespoon chili powder
      1 teaspoon ground cumin
      2 cans (19 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
      1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
      1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn kernels, thawed
      Directions
      . In a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high.

      Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 4 minutes.
      . Add zucchini, carrots, chili powder, and cumin. Cook, stirring occasionally, until carrots are crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

      Add beans, tomatoes, corn, and 1 cup water. Simmer until slightly thickened and carrots are soft, 8 to 10 minutes more.

    • #443017

      Oh my gosh that sounds so yummy! Even if it is not the day before pay day I think we need to try this. Thanks!!!

    • #443033

      My family’s favorite last-resort meal is oatmeal.

      Old-fashioned oats
      milk
      raisins
      sugar
      cinnamon
      nutmeg
      ground cloves
      and a dash of salt

      Cook together until thick and creamy.

    • #443527

      ramen or mac & Cheese or burritos.

    • #443590
      Avatar for BiggerPiggyBankcjsmith45
      Participant

      momkids smilieMom used to cube and cook 1 potato and 1 or 2 cubed carrots till tender, then throw in some peas and a can of chuck tuna. She’d then make a rue to thicken the filling, and using a can of pop biscuits or making bisquick; make bisquits and place on top and bake till the bisquits were done. She called it mock chicken pot pie.

    • #443651

      My daughter lives next door to me so we “swap” cooking responsibilities. She has 9 people in her household including 7 kids from ages 2 through 15. Then there is my husband and myself for a grand total of 11 people.

      Needless to say we cook in bulk! One of our quickest, easiest meal is “Ghoulash”. I can give your our reciepe and you’ll have to adjust the amounts for your brood.

      3 lbs ground beef
      4 lbs elbow macaroni
      1 large onion or 1/2 cup dried minced onion
      11/2 cup ketchup (you may need to adjust this according to your prefernce.)
      1 clove of garlic OR 11/2 tsp garlic powder
      1/2 cup of worchestershire sauce

      Brown the ground beef, drain. Add the onion and garlic.
      Cook the mac according to the directions on the box.
      Now dump the ground bee, mac and other ingredients in a really big pot and stir it all together. Heating through on medium/low heat.

      This is good served with garlic toast. There is always enough left over for lunches the next day. It also freezes well for a make ahead meal.

    • #443690

      Here’s some meals I throw together when grocery money it tight.

      Spaghetti w/ sauce (no meat)
      Chili mac ( macaroni w/ can chili)
      beans, rice and cornbread
      Ramen noodles

    • #443711
      Avatar for BiggerPiggyBankmos
      Participant

      eggs, canned tuna and chicken are my standbys;-D I can do pretty much anything with any or those three main ingredients! breakfast for dinner, tuna-noodle casserole, and chicken a la king to mention a few off the top of my head! giggle smiley

    • #444460

      Sausage in a tomato gravy over rice
      Slice thin and brown a pack of smoked sausage add in a chopped onion and minced garlic once it softens add on a couple cans of tomato. What ever you have tomato sauce, diced, stewed,Mexican anything will do. Let simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

      We serve over rice but also good over noodles

      Potato stew..
      We use either what ever left over cooked meat is in the fridge or smoked sausage or ground beef

      Cook your meat add in a diced onion and garlic. Once softened add in a few chopped potatoes.. I usually use 5 or 6.

      Add water or chicken broth to almost cover potatoes. cook until potatoes are “mushy” and make a thick stew. Season to taste.

      Add water while cooking to keep potatoes from sticking. I like it like this but hubby eats it over rice. We also dump a can of corn in at times.

    • #450029

      I have everything to fix this! It does sound so good.I may have to get this out and make it tomorrow.

    • #451619

      I’m going to try your fried bread. Sounds goood, easy & cheap.

    • #451615

      I just had my food budget cut. This is just what I need. Thanks for all the great ideas

    • #451660

      I just had my food budget cut. This is just what I need. Thanks for all the great ideas

    • #451661

      One that was passed down from my grandma is fried bologna sandwich, Top with cheese, tomatoe ect.

    • #455444

      I will make some kind of pizza. I always have the dough ingred. on hand. I just throw whatever on it and bake it.
      2 c flour
      1 Tbls butter, softened
      1 Tbls sugar
      1 tsp yeast
      1 tsp salt
      1/2 c plus 2 Tbls water (105-110 degrees)

      Easy chicken dumpling:

      boil chicken in a pot and shred it. Keep the broth water! Add the chicken back into the broth and I add salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. I mix up about 2 cups of flour with 2 eggs and add a little bit of water until the dough is a soft pliable. Grab a piece and using my hands I just flatten it and tear bite sizes piece and throw them in the pot. Boil until the dumpling are cooked and serve.

      Pancakes is a big hit too. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 Tablespoons sugar 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups milk (less if you want thicker pancakes) 1 egg 3 Tablespoons butter. I usually have a ton of these in bags ready to go for whenever I am needing it. Just leave out the wet ingred. and the butter until you are going to make them.

      can of cream of mushroom mixed with some chicken or ground beef or sometimes no meat on top of rice.

      Easy Korean beef:

      1 lb ground beef
      1/2 cup brown sugar
      1/4 cup soy sauce
      1 Tablespoon sesame oil
      3 cloves garlic, minced
      1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
      1/2 – 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers (depending on how spicy you like it)
      salt and pepper
      1 bunch green onions, diced
      Rice, cooked
      Directions:
      Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown hamburger with garlic in the sesame oil. Drain most of the fat and add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper and red peppers. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Serve over steamed rice and top with green onions.

      beef stew:
      whatever roast on hand or beef cubed up and throw it in the pan with cubed potatoes, carrots (if have them) corn, green beans, salt and pepper and a can of tomato juice.

    • #455449

      I dont like the casserole a) because I dont like bread crumbs much and b) I have too many of them but, I do like Tuna noodle soup. I make it by basically the same method only cook all the way the noodles in the soup and tuna with some peas or other veggies and its the same. YUM!

    • #455460

      Macaroni and Tomato juice. Usually we have this with weiner winks, but all it takes is macaroni or any pasta and I always have TJ in the cupboard so a cheap and easy meal.

    • #455481

      @daylatedollarshort07734 117271 wrote:

      Garbage can soup. Just as it sounds. Instead of throwing away that tablespoon or two of peas, carrots, etc left after dinner it goes into a bag or bowl in the freezer. I do the same with a single piece of beef, chicken, etc. As time has gone by I have learned to store veggies that would be appropriate used together in the same container. When you want to make soup just take out the items you want to use add some water, a few bouillon cubes some tomato sauce if you want and the spices your family likes. When done to your liking add some cooked rice or pasta and serve. Always turns out great, the family loves it and actually will ask for it !!

      We call this ‘Once In A Lifetime Soup” (or Stew). If you don’t like it, don’t worry you probably will never get it again. LOL

    • #456126

      We usually keep eggs,butter, milk, self-rising flour, & yeast to make angel biscuits with peanutbutter.

    • #458501

      Ive made something very similar but I used Goya Black Bean Soup. Don’t know why they call it ‘soup’. It basically seasoned black beans but it is yummy! You don’t have to season it at all. Ive just heated and served it over plain rice – still lots of flavor. Sometimes stores have it in the Mex food section, or the Soup section or the canned beans section. Its worth looking for.

    • #458502

      This sounds like a Thai peanut sauce! I usually make mine from a mix but Im going to try this. Its good with a can of black beans added and served over rice. (add cubed chicken and a splash of lime if you’ve got it).

    • #458503

      Be sure to check the nutrition panel on tubes of frozen turkey for fat content. It usually contains a lot of ground up skin with the meat. I didn’t know Aldi’s carried it. I LOVE Aldi’s. They carry organic now too! I got canned organic tomatoes for $1.49. That’s cheaper than most regular brands of non-organic!
      I use meat more as a flavoring. Never use a whole pound. I will buy 5lbs on sale and divide it into 7 or 8 packets to freeze. Then I just add a can of beans or chopped spinach or handful of rice to stretch the recipies.

    • #458781

      Beans and corn bread is always a must. We usually have it a few times a month. I love it

    • #458811
      Avatar for BiggerPiggyBankmos
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      I ‘hoard’ dried beans/peas! With a bag of bean/peas and some seasonings, I can make a meal in a crockpot that I can serve more than once by adding corn bread or biscuits or crusty bread or salad as a side. Whenever I see a sale on these, I stock up! Speaking of which, I need to stock up since I’m down to my last bag of navy beansgiggle smiley

    • #459052

      I will take a couple of bouillon cubes and crumble up in a little oil to make a gravy and pour over noodles, leftover biscuits or bread. I try to keep bouillon cubes on hand for seasoning most anything.

    • #459198

      Pinto beans slow-cooked with a leftover ham bone, cornbread, with or without fried potatoes: delicious, super cheap, and warm, filling comfort food.

    • #459211

      Baked beans with hot dogs Mac cheese we call this Cowboy Bob dinner night

    • #459214

      We always have left over chicken that I put in the freezer. I chop up the chicken in cube size pieces saute in butter add chopped garlic, saute, then add lemon juice, dijon mustard, can of chicken broth and cream of chicken soup cook till it thickens a bit if in a hurry add cornstarch to thinken. Mix up instant potatoes heat up a vegetable.

      I put the chicken mixture over the potatoes like a gravy.

      Fried potatoes, onions, green pepper, real bacon pieces, mix up a few eggs and pour over top of potato mixture, scramble and if you have any left over cheese sprinkle over top of all.

      Scramble hamburger and onions, add brown gravy mix and beef broth. Cook egg noodles drain and add hamburger mixture.

      Macaroni and Cheese, mushroom soup, peas and tuna. Make mac and cheese according to direction when done add mushroom soup, peas and tuna heat through and serve.

      Loaded baked potato I always have onions, real bacon pieces, sour cream and some kind of cheese in the fridge.

    • #459227
      Avatar for BiggerPiggyBankmissyb1122
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      Green Beans with new potatoes and leftover chopped ham with Cornbread

    • #459233

      Mac & cheese with chopped ham and peas cooking smiley

    • #459547

      I’ve made…
      mac n cheese (cheap boxes that are around 50 cents) with hamburger meat with some veggies on side
      Can soup and grilled cheese
      Can beef stew over rice. pasta or potatoes
      mac n cheese with can tuna
      Hamburger meat, rice and shredded or slice cheese

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