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Hi there, This is my first time writing, but I hope someone can help. My fiance and I are moving into our own place in about three weeks, finally out of his parents' house. We have absolutely no food, none whatsoever. If your pantry was COMPLETELY bare, what groceries would you buy to be

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    Hi there,

    This is my first time writing, but I hope someone can help. My fiance and I are
    moving into our own place in about three weeks, finally out of his parents'
    house.

    We have absolutely no food, none whatsoever.

    If your pantry was COMPLETELY bare, what groceries would you buy to be able to
    make basic meals until you could afford to buy more?

    We like a lot of hamburger dishes: Spaghetti, hamburgers, meatloaf, but I want

    to learn to make more than just those...

    Help...please...

    Jennifer

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    >> If your pantry was COMPLETELY bare, what groceries would you buy
    to be able to make basic meals until you could afford to buy more?

    A good resource is the $10 Grocery List on http://www.Budget101.com

    ~Liss

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    I would buy hamburger, maybe a roast or two, some sausage. You can use the
    hamburger to make spaghetti, hamburgers. With a roast, you can have roast,
    potatoes and a veggie, with the leftovers you can make sandwiches. Sausage used
    for sandwiches or for your spaghetti. I try to pick meats that I can get a few
    meals out of. A ham, for a ham dinner, ham for omelettes one night for dinner,
    hot ham sandwiches. And if you like pea soup, use the ham bone for that....
    Hope this helps.

    Dee

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    It all depends on the things you like to eat. We love noodle type dishes so we
    keep a lot of rice, and different types of noodles on ours, but my dad doesnt'
    like noodles so it wouldn't make since for my mom to stock hers with noodles. so
    it just depends on your tastes. Noodles are very cheap and you can add just
    about anything to them to make an easy and inexpensive meal.

    We keep a lot of Cream of mushroom soup on hand for easy gravy to add with meat
    and rice. We use a lot of Cream Cheese so we like to stock up on that when we
    get a chance. We use it for alfredo sauce.

    We also use a lot of chicken breasts so we try to keep that on hand also.
    Lemon-Mustard chicken is our favorite for that one. In fact we usually try to
    make extra of this one and cut it up to add to our alfredo sauce for dinner the
    next night.

    My husband also loves to cook seafood so we try to keep that on hand just in
    case he gets in the mood for that. Usually it is just various types of frozen
    shrimp, fish, and muscles.

    If new recipes is what you want, I'd check out http://www.kraftfoods.com that is where
    i go to make out my grocery list for the week. I put in the stuff i know i want
    to make on the days of the week and then I go through and put ingredients that I
    have on hand into the search and the recipes pop up that have that ingredient in
    them and that is what i use for the days that i want to try something different
    or just don't know what i want to make for that day.

    HTH
    Stacey

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    Hi,

    Not sure how big your family is, but this is a tried and true recipe for
    stretching a whole chicken. Cheap and tasty too. This is from Leanne Ely,
    author of Saving Dinner. I'm not affiliated with her or her website, just a big
    fan of her recipes. HTH

    Wendy

    Leanne Ely's Rubber Chicken
    Serves 4 for 3 days

    1 chicken -- washed and patted dry (get a nice sized one)
    1/2 celery rib -- cut in pieces
    1 onion -- quartered
    1 carrot -- cut in 2" pieces
    salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste

    Day One: The adventure begins--Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In the cavity of the
    chicken, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder and place cut up vegetables
    inside. Sprinkle the outside with salt and pepper and a little garlic powder,
    too, if you like.

    Cook for about an hour or longer (depending on the size of the bird) till the
    juices run clear. Let sit a minute and then remove the vegetables. In the
    meantime, if you were smart, you boiled the neck with some celery, onion and
    carrot and have that broth, too.

    To further cut down on the grease from the chicken, you could take the cooking
    juices and put them in a cup and refrigerate while you make the rest of the
    meal. This will get rid of a significant amount of chicken fat which will all
    rise to the top. Make a nice gravy by deglazing the pan with a little water and
    thicken it up with a flour/water mixture (about a tablespoon should do) Serve
    your wonderful chicken with Just Like Mama's Mashed Potatoes and lots and lots
    of veggies. Remember, you want leftover chicken.

    Day Two: Let the adventure continue! Take your time and pull every last itty
    bitty bit of chicken of them bones. You want that chicken skeleton to look like
    a science project. Toss the chicken in pot with a can of black beans and season
    with a little cumin, some garlic powder and serve it up with lots of salsa,
    tortillas, some cheese--whatever turns your key! A great big salad will give you
    a perfect dinner.

    Day Three: The adventure ends--with the skeletal remains finally hitting the
    stock pot. Throw in the same veggies: onion, carrots and celery, season it with
    salt, pepper and garlic powder and throw about 3 quarts of water over the top.
    Cook the daylights out of it and strain. Now make soup or store appropriately.
    Bet you didn't know one puny chicken had so many meals in it, did you?

    Remember this is Rubber Chicken, not Miracle Chicken, if you have a big family,
    you will need to cook more than one chicken to insure leftovers. LOL

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    Great Recipe thanks


    Love Ya,
    Andrea

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    I am looking for an avacado dip recipe. The grocery store I was in yesterday had
    11 marked down in a bag for .52 cents, so I figured now is the time to try, but
    they are getting very soft, so I need to do it today.

    Lynn

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    The very best guacamole (avocado dip) is made by just simply mashing up the
    avocados with a fork, and then adding finely chopped onion, and plenty of salt.
    Taste test until you have enough salt. You can add a tiny bit of lemon juice or
    some Fruit Fresh from the store to keep it from darkening as fast. This is way
    more yummy than all the recipes that add lots of other seasonings and stuff.
    Barbara





    I am looking for an avacado dip recipe. The grocery store I was in yesterday
    had 11 marked down in a bag for .52 cents, so I figured now is the time to try,
    but they are getting very soft, so I need to do it today.

    Lynn

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    Here's my two scents worth You need to buy the
    very basics: Baking basics
    flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt &
    pepper shortening, oil.
    .......Now some basica for meals: noodles (macroni or
    spagetti) rice, tomato sauce, and some can soup. Meat
    has all been high priced lately... look for what is on
    sale or cheapest. I bought some bulk hamberger...last
    night we had Hambergers....tonight sloppy joes, we
    still have enough Hamberger that I will make chili and
    some tacos. Just use enough meat to flavor the food
    and have it last for several meals.
    ....... Here's hint that I wished someone would have
    passed on to me years and years ago.. cook dried beans
    in your slow cooker. I will put the dry beans in some
    water in my slow cooker at night before I go to bed
    and in the morning I will add some more water... I'll
    add the left over sloppy joe and cook all day I
    also love to cook potatoes in the slow cooker!

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    This is a really easy recipe for avacado dip:
    All of the ingredients are not really measured you add them to your
    liking.

    4 avacados(or more)
    Fresh salsa(is best) or in a jar
    Lime juice
    Garlic salt

    Mash the avacodos there will be some lumps. Then start adding the
    salsa it does not take a lot, it depends on how much tomato you like
    in the dip. Then the lime juice and the garlic salt. Test taste then
    make adjustments.

    Tracie

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    Help----Empy Pantry:
    I have used this for years as a good stretcher ---- Fry up
    Potatoes--Onions-- a pack of Hot Dogs (sliced) some garlic salt all
    together. Make sure you litely brown the bottom of your potatoes in the
    pan for added flavor then cook till tender. add a lid and leave for
    5min. OPP you may want to add a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese
    over top before putting lid on for 5min.
    Bonnie

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    Necessities vary depending on what you like to cook, but these are the
    things I would want to stock first:
    salt and pepper, flour, sugar, margarine, milk, vegetable oil, eggs,
    potatoes, carrots, onions, rice or pasta, then add your preference of
    meat...hamburger, chicken, and round steak (I cut this into stew meat myself)
    are all very
    versatile, then add some canned or frozen vegetables to round out your
    recipes....if you plan on doing much baking, add baking powder, baking soda,
    cocoa,
    cinnamon, yeast and maybe cornmeal. Dried beans are a great way to stretch the
    budget. For me, I would soon add garlic salt, seasoned salt, lemon and herb
    seasoning, chicken and beef boullion, and a few more baking spices. Hope this
    helps!
    Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savin' Moola
    Re: Budget101.com : Help...empty pantry!

    Don't forget chicken leg qts. Cook up a whole bunch at one time and put in meal sized servings. I like to fill a quart sized freezer bag but sometimes even that is too much meat if using in a casserole or skillet type meal. Keep these in the freezer with these a can of cream of anything soup and a can or a handful of any kind of frozen veggie, you can serve over rice, noodles, mashed potatoes, even just plain old white bread. I NEVER buy instant rice I use long grain rice and water in a plastic bowl with a plate on top. Perfect rice every time. My microwave has a pre programmed button for rice so I'm not sure how long it takes but I'm guessing 10min but I'm sure you could google rice/microwave and get dozens of recipes. Minute rice is very expensive! Just be sure to base all of your meals around rice, noodles and potatoes and bread and meat as an ingredient instead of the star of the meal and you will be off to a great start.
    Your next step to filling your panry is to start looking for canned goods at the cheapest price possible. Either on sale as a loss leader at your local store if you have a coupon to go with it. I NEVER pay more than $.33 a can w/o a coupon sometimess free with the coupon, W/O a coupon I get them at save a lot and big lots for $.25 a can. I bought several cases then so I don't know if they are still that price. It seems as if everything has doubled lately around here. You'll need to make a prce book so you knoe a great deal when you see one but that is a whole nother subject. you can google price book also if you really want to know more about that. In think about .com has a good article aboitn it and so does the dollar stretcher.
    Good Lck Hope this helps, Enjoy your new home. :smt023

    Here's my two scents worth You need to buy the
    very basics: Baking basics
    flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt &
    pepper shortening, oil.
    .......Now some basica for meals: noodles (macroni or
    spagetti) rice, tomato sauce, and some can soup. Meat
    has all been high priced lately... look for what is on
    sale or cheapest. I bought some bulk hamberger...last
    night we had Hambergers....tonight sloppy joes, we
    still have enough Hamberger that I will make chili and
    some tacos. Just use enough meat to flavor the food
    and have it last for several meals.
    ....... Here's hint that I wished someone would have
    passed on to me years and years ago.. cook dried beans
    in your slow cooker. I will put the dry beans in some
    water in my slow cooker at night before I go to bed
    and in the morning I will add some more water... I'll
    add the left over sloppy joe and cook all day I
    also love to cook potatoes in the slow cooker!

 

 

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