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what are some cheap meal ideas?

looking for cheap meal ideas for breakfast lunch and dinner. Im on a tight budget! any suggestions will help

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Asked by olan8809 at 9:44 PM on Feb. 28, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • casseroles are good because you use less meat and they go farther. you can get some recipes on campbells website and i am sure there are others. sorry i dont have any handy right now. breakfast i would do pancakes. i get the mix that just takes water. so its cost effective.

    Answer by aly38914290 at 9:49 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • Making a baked chicken for dinner one night, then using left over chicken and making a side of rice and veggies, baking a pork, using the leftovers to make pulled pork sandwiches the next day.....i'm a big fan of left overs....I'll buy meat in bulk and use the left overs for a whole other meal. Toasted sandwiches, chicken stir fry, baked mac n cheese, you can bread a ton of chicken breasts or pieces ahead of time and cook them as chicken parmigian, chicken alfredo, breaded chicken with mash potato. Eggplant parmigian. Rice and beans!

    Answer by LynnB1 at 9:53 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • I use several of the Campbell's soup casserole recipes - they're generally pretty good! Last week we had meatloaf, which stretches ground beef with either bread crumbs or oatmeal (I use the Quaker oats meatloaf recipe - google it, it's really good!). We have pasta generally once/week because it's cheap. Some nights we just have Campbell's tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches - again very cheap!
    For breakfast, oatmeal is very cheap if you don't buy the instant packs - you can sweeten it with your own cinnamon and brown sugar or fruit. Lunches - not much is cheaper than peanut butter sandwiches!
    Have you tried local food pantries to see if you can get some help with food supplies? They can be very helpful in a tight spot!

    Answer by missanc at 9:55 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • pancakes
    overnight french toast
    yogurt with granola and frozen fruit
    lentils can be used for sloppy joes, tacos, soups, stews, etc.
    dried beans can be used in so very many ways

    Send me a message offlist if you would like some recipes.

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:20 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • what is over night french toast

    Answer by olan8809 at 1:36 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • Go to All meals under $5 for a family of 4 (double if you have a bigger family, obviously). She has ideas & recipes for all meals, as well as posting her monthly & weekly menus.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:06 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

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