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im writing my meal plans for next month and need so cheap recipes!!!

For dinner time, i have 350 to spend a month on food! Im stumped and wanna try something new!!


Asked by DeeMarie87 at 6:47 PM on Jul. 14, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Smoked sausage pasta is a favorite around here - Cook rigatoni according to package directions. Slice and brown smoked sausage. When cooked add a jar of spaghetti sauce. Mix everything together & serve with salad. We do kitchen sink eggs some nights - scrambled eggs with your choice of meat (ham, bacon, sausage, lunch meat, hot dogs, whatever) and veggies (potoates, chopped bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc). Pancakes, french toast &biscuts and gravy are also very inexpensive. Another favorite is Ramen Noodle Stirfry. I cut up a couple of chicken breasts (can also use steak or shrimp) & brown them in a skillet, crush up a couple of bags of ramen noodles and add the seasoning packets to the chicken, about a cup of water and the noodles. Stir while the noodles absorb the liquid (add more after it's absorbed if the noodles aren't yet tender). Add in favorite veggies (squash, cabbage, onion, etc) Season with soy sauce.

    Answer by scout_mom at 8:57 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • Red beans and rice! Try cutting meat out of your diet once per week (we are up to three times per week now). It saves alot of money.

    Answer by texasgurl33 at 6:54 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • Lentil tacos
    French toast casserole
    Oatmeal pancakes
    Southwest Falafel
    Home made pizza

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

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:53 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • get cans of campbells cream of chicken soup, rice, and either chicken breasts or chicken pattys. chicken pattys are cheaper, but chicken breasts are healthier. if you get the chicken breasts you have to bread them, if you get chicken pattys you need [whole wheat] hamburger buns. cook the chicken, cook the rice [brown or white]. pour the cream of chicken soup on the rice (mix it up), and if you have the chicken breasts you just pour the soup all over it, or if you have the pattys, you let whoevers eating add however much soup onto there sandwhich as they want.
    ragu sauce, rigatoni / speggati, ground beef - brown the ground beef in a pan with oil and adobo/garlic powder/both, once its browned, make sure you leave oil in the pan, but not too too much, pour the ragu in, cover, and let all cook through for about 10 minutes, make the pasta - parm cheese & bread/garlic bread if you want

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 6:54 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • how many people are you feeding? are you willing to eat lots of leftovers? Egg, soup, and tacos are pretty cheap. I like to get coupons for the taco dinner packs which include seasoning, sauce, and shells for ~ $2-3 all you need to add is beef and cheese and refried beans if you really want

    Answer by MamaSarah1104 at 7:02 PM on Jul. 14, 2010


    Comment by DeeMarie87 (original poster) at 7:09 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • ~HOT DOGS:serve with chili,diced onions,cheddar cheese,sour cream and french fries, pickle on the side
    ~Rigatoni Bake: Boil Rigatoni till aldente,drain, put a layer on the bottom of baking pan,then a layer of sauce of choice(you can mix cooked ground beef with the sauce if you want to spend a little more) then a layer of motzarella...continue until all the noodles are gone..trying to make sure top layer is the cheese..sprinkle on some parmesean...put in the oven until the cheese is melted and begins to brown.
    For cheap garlic bread...mix together some butter and garlic powder(and parsley flakes if you want to add some color) and spread onto regular white sandwhich bread and toss into the oven until it begins to can also throw on some parm.

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 7:09 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • ~ Campfire Taco Salad:get snack sized bags of corn chips(one for each person), 1 can chili no beans,shredded chedar chs,sour cream,jar mild salsa, shreded lettuce...cut top off each bag of chips,set aside...heat up can of chili (u can do this on the grill if you want) Spoon about 2 tablespoons chili into each bag of corn chips,top with cheese,sour cream salsa and lettuce! VOILA! Don't even have any dishes to wash,lol.
    ~BUY a whole chicken or two..they are usually really cheap..bake it in the oven or throw in crock pot all day if its too hot..this can make several meals. Stuff with stuffing and serve with browned potatoes,left overs can make a chicken salad for sandwhiches

    If I think of any more I'll be back...:)

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 7:14 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • we like dried navy beans cooked all day with onions and a can or so of diced tomatoes.Add spices you like serve with cornbread and cabbage or veggie of your choice.The beans easily make 2 meals.

    black beans,frozen corn,mild pico de gallo or dice a tomato ,half an onion diced tiny ,half a bell pepper diced tiny, a bit of diced garlic and Mexican spices of your choice.Chill add juice of lime and toss in lime meat and an avocado if in the budget.Serve rolled up in a warmed corn tortilla with cheese if you desire.

    Make a stir fry with meat as a condiment instead of a central ingredient.Mu Shu with all veggies.


    Answer by drfink at 10:16 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

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