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CHEAP, easy and good tasting meal ideas!

Any suggestions? It needs to feed a family of 5 as cheaply as possible. Thanks in advance!

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EvaSerenity

Asked by EvaSerenity at 11:08 PM on May. 25, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Me too!
    sunshine58103

    Answer by sunshine58103 at 11:11 PM on May. 25, 2010

  • seriously, google mr. food. his recipes are usually easy and pretty cheap.
    jeanclaudia

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 11:12 PM on May. 25, 2010

  • Lentil soup, rice and beans, baked potatoes, split pea soup, eggs, spaghetti or noodles, all are inexpensive and good.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:13 PM on May. 25, 2010

  • Buy meat from Safeway when they are on sale and freeze them. Get your vegetables and fruits from local Asian Supermarkets. Prices are so much cheaper.
    LavenderRose10

    Answer by LavenderRose10 at 2:13 AM on May. 26, 2010

  • Buy ground turkey instead of ground beef. Usually it's cheaper (here it's $1 less per pound). Use it to make:
    tacos - taco shells, jar of salsa, cheese (buy a small package or else portion it out), ground meat
    hamburger goulash - 1 box elbow macaroni, 1 can tomato soup, 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, bit of onion, ground meat, seasonings
    sloppy joes - 8 oz. tomato sauce, 8 oz. ketchup, seasonings, 8 pk buns, ground meat
    burger stroganoff - 1 pk egg noodles, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, ground meat, onion, garlic, seasonings, 1 can mushrooms (optional), 1/2 to 1 c. sour cream
    hamburger gravy - ground meat, seasonings, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, mashed potatoes
    Ramen casserole - 2 pkg. ramen noodles (1 seasoning packet only), 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 c. milk, 1 pkg. frozen veggies
    Hamburger stew - ground meat, bit of onion, bit of flour, 3 diced potatoes, 3 sliced carrots. Serve with homemade biscuits or muffins
    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 8:43 AM on May. 26, 2010

  • Chicken leg quarters are also cheap:
    drumsticks Pierre: chicken legs cooked in a seasoned tomato sauce, served over rice (I have the recipe if you want)
    chicken & rice casserole: chicken leg quarters (cut up), rice, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, seasonings
    Grilled chicken legs, serve with macaroni salad & veggies
    oven fried chicken, oven fried potatoes, veggies (again, I have the recipes)
    Cook some chicken and remove meat from bones. Use in:
    chicken pot pie - chicken, frozen veggies, cr of chicken soup, seasonings, topped with biscuit dough (from scratch)
    chicken stuffing casserole - chicken, cr of mushroom soup, frozen veggies, 1 box stuffing mix
    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 8:48 AM on May. 26, 2010

  • More chicken ideas:
    cut up cooked chicken in gravy, served over mashed potatoes or biscuits
    chicken quesadillas - cooked shredded chicken, salsa, cheese, tortillas
    Try some meatless meals:
    bean burritos topped with enchilada sauce & cheese, baked
    taco soup
    meatless chili - 3 cans beans, 46 oz. can tomato or v-8 juice, 1 large can tomatoes, onion, seasonings
    lentil & barley soup, served with muffins
    scrambled eggs & spanish rice (made from scratch)

    Make pasta salads for a main dish, like BLT pasta salad, Ham & cheese pasta salad, tuna macaroni salad, pepperoni salad

    I feed 4 adults, 1 teen, & 2 tweens on around $300 a month (was less, but food prices have shot up in our area). I cook a lot from scratch. I have many recipes that have to satisfy everyone and I'm willing to share any of these. Please feel free to ask.
    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 9:00 AM on May. 26, 2010

  • I have a ton of recipes that are budget and family friendly, and very healthy. Send me a message offlist if you would like some.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:03 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • chili dogs,
    stacy1403

    Answer by stacy1403 at 7:48 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

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