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please help me with planning meals

I have 55 dollars to get food for a week for 2 toddlers and 3 adults. I need drinks and meat the whole 9 yards. We don't like raman so I'm open to any ideas for meals and snacks for us besides that. Thanks!

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:08 PM on Oct. 9, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • for us in lean times we lived off of cream of wheat, or oatmeal...VERY also kelbasa and rice are cheap meals, along with mac n cheese, spaghetti, and stirfry.
    for snacks popcorn is ALWAYS a cheap one, and if you want a sweet popcorn and melt butter and brown sugar together till boiling, pour over the corn and mix with wooden spoon and then lay out on a cookie sheet till its cool...yummy!

    Answer by blueeyedgrl2377 at 4:12 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • When we are on a tight budget, spaghetti and chili (meatless) are good bets. we also do popcorn like a PP said. and pretzels usually go fairly far for a snack. We also eat a lot of leftovers as snacks or PBJ sandwiches. Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Go see whats on sale in the meat section first and build from that. Look at the marked down for quick sale meat, sometimes there are really good deals there. Potatoes are cheap and can be made into a million things.

    Answer by auroura at 4:22 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • Drinks can be limited to milk for the children. Juice or fruit for all, but eating fruit is better than drinking juice. So don't spend anymore on drinks than you need to- no soda, no coffee, etc. Bread, lunch meat or hot dogs, eggs, cheese, vegetables that you can afford- salads are nutritious- lettuce if you can afford it, raw carrots. Canned or frozen vegetables- whatever is cheaper. A whole chicken or turkey will make a number of meals, eat it roasted the first day, then in casseroles a few days, boil up the bones for stock and you have another several meals.

    Answer by Bmat at 4:24 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • In tough times we always went back to the food we were raised on. The beauty of it is that comfort food is a lot cheaper than 'healthy'. If it is only a week here and there it isn't a big deal. A big pot of chicken and dumplings goes a long way. Oatmeal is a very filling way to start a day. ESP a cold one. Rice, pasta, beans are all inexpensive meal stetchers. You don't have to buy a lot of meat to have protein. Beans, lentils and eggs are packed with protein as is many nuts. Breakfast for supper was always my kids favorite. Cornbread is cheap and makes a meal go further. Check your local market within the first 2 hours of opening. Usually that is when meats get marked down for quick sale.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 4:30 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • Don't buy drinks, water is free and healthier than anything else.Don't buy meat; buy dried beans and lentils. Send me a message offlist for some budget recipes. Here are a couple of weeks of our meal plans.
    Week of 10/11
    Sunday chili
    Monday not crab cakes, tofu fish sticks, baked sweet potato “fries”
    Tuesday peanut noodles
    Wednesday tamale bean pie
    Thursday Mexican bean and pasta bake
    Friday breakfast for dinner – pancakes and fruit
    Saturday pizza (on the grill, weather permitting
    Week of 10/4
    Sunday white chili
    Monday lentil sloppy joes
    Tuesday curry
    Wednesday southwest falafel
    Thursday zucchini and cheese enchiladas
    Friday mushroom stroganoff
    Saturday pot pie
    Week of 9/27
    Sunday Lentil soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
    Monday not home
    Tuesday stirfry
    Wednesday peanut noodles
    Thursday tamale pie
    Friday not home

    Answer by rkoloms at 4:45 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • oooo drinks are an easy one...get a box of teabags and make homemade ice tea...that can last forever

    Answer by blueeyedgrl2377 at 4:46 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • I would take an inventory of what you have on hand. Then plan out your meals for the week.

    Chicken legs, are often cheap, definitely dried beans. A healthy pot of yummy navy bean soup will go a long way, & costs almost nothing. Pancakes for dinner are fun and very cheap. Soups can stretch small amounts of meat & vegetables. Potatoes & rice are affordable, & can be topped with all bean chili (or meat one if you have enough) any veggies, or other sauces. Add a little meat to hashbrown casserole, & it becomes a main dish that stretches a long way. PB & J is a cheap lunch for the little ones, & if you have ingredients, bake cookies or cupcakes for treats for the week. Bean & rice burritos are yummy, filling & affordable.

    If you have a whole chicken, or can buy 1 cheap this week, boil it with your seasonings, save the broth for soup. Bone it, & use half the meat in a casserole half in the broth for soup.

    Ask if you want recipes

    Answer by ohwrite at 6:11 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • meat is costly.
    A big pot of bean soup, splurge and top with cheese.

    refried bean and cheese baked enchiladas are cheap too.

    jambalaya mix is cheap-- add kidney beans and turkey sausage (Louis rich brand is like $2).

    veggie stir-fry with rice-- use cheaper veggies like carrots and mushrooms.

    baked potatoes topped with veggie chili.

    Answer by ecodani at 9:13 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • peanut butter and banana sandwiches, grilled cheese and tomato soup, bean and cheese burritos, chicken fried rice, chili pie (ask for recipe, similar to shepard's pie) black or red beans and rice, cheese omelettes or eggs with toast, individual tortilla pizzas and carrots and celery with ranch, baked spaghetti

    Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 11:03 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • $45 Emergency Menu for 4 to 6-

    Answer by ave.maria. at 4:03 PM on Oct. 10, 2009

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