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

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  • Me too!

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

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

    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.

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

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

  • chili dogs,

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

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