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need help with dinner!!!!

we're very short on cash this week and i need some cheap ideas for dinner.

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:47 PM on Jul. 19, 2009 in Food & Drink

Answers (7)
  • Pasta is always good or rice. Both of those you can just add a can of cream of mushroom, or some other kind, of soup too to make it nice. Frozen veggies are often pretty cheap too and if your looking for meat the fattier the cheaper, ground beef or ham are usually the cheapest around here.

    Answer by Noworktodo at 1:04 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs. Grilled cheese and tomato soup, English muffin pizzas, mac and cheese, spaghetti. Meatloaf, hot dogs.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 1:05 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Buy a chicken.

    Bake it the first night, use anything leftover for dinner the next night (chicken enchiladas, spaghetti, etc.) and on the third night boil the leftover carcass to use as a base for some soup. Make enough soup to last for 2 nights.


    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 1:09 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Take stock of what's already in your pantry/fridge/freezer. Can you put together any meals from that?

    I also like Carolyn's idea. One large chicken can provide a week's worth of dinners if you boil it, strip every bit of meat from the carcass & then divide it. Most casserole recipes take 1 1/2 to 2 c. cooked chicken. Use the broth and some frozen or leftover veggies to make a veggie soup, if you have a bit of chicken left then add it. Soup & muffins or biscuits are a hit.

    Tuna is another inexpensive source of protein. I buy mine (Chicken of the Sea) from a dollar store for 60 cents a can. 2 cans will make enough tuna patties for my family, one can plus a bag of egg noodles and some white sauce (homemade) will make enough of a casserole to feed my family.

    Breakfasts are cereal, oatmeal or pancakes with brown sugar syrup. Lunches are leftovers or PBJ sandwiches. Use milk only for cooking. PM me if you'd like help

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 1:33 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Dried beans
    Dried lentils
    Brown rice with veggies
    whole grain pasta with tomato, onion and garlic
    pancakes with fruit
    oatmeal with fresh, dried or frozen berries

    Answer by rkoloms at 3:50 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Frittatas are easy and cheap to make. You can pretty much throw anything and everything in them.

    Answer by texasgurl33 at 5:10 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Also, red beans and rice. Chicken Gumbo is cheap to make and will feed a family of 4 for 2 or 3 days.

    Answer by texasgurl33 at 5:11 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

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