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Looking for a good healthy cheap meal (possible with leftovers)

I'm finishing off my weeks meal plan. I'm trying to get groceries for 60 a week, but I don't want to keep making cliche cheap meals. I already have tacos, chili, greek couscous salad stuffed pita's, baked potatoes and toppings. I'm thinking I need a nice casserole or something because we eat only leftovers for lunch.

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Asked by MamaSarah1104 at 6:31 PM on Aug. 2, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • pasta! :)

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 6:33 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • Instead of planning a shopping list around a menu, you need to plan a menu around what's on sale and what's already in your house. I can give you a dozen ideas to stretch meals over a week, but they don't really save you money if you have to go out and buy all the ingredients for full price. Check your local store sales flier, see what's on special this week - pick the 3 cheapest types of produce, the 2 cheapest proteins, and figure out different ways to use them adding rice or pasta if you want a starch at every meal. WalMart is never the cheapest on meat unless you're buying it in those giant 10 or 12 lb packages, so stick to grocery chains or try your local butcher.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 6:35 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • chicken noodle casserole, tuna casserole, baked ziti with a vegtable pasta sauce, cold rice salad, shepherds pie, hobo stew (, pinto beans with corn bread and frozen greens or canned....keilbasa with potatoes or cabbage and onions....I know soo many =)

    Answer by flcouple7577 at 6:53 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • Cold Pasta Salad.

    Cubed, Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast. Cooked through. Whether in Microwave or in a skillet. No seasoning.
    Spiral or bow tie pasta. Cooked through. Drained.
    Mix in a large bowl with Italian Dressing, Pre-minced Garlic (From the produce section - In a jar), and Parmasean Cheese, Chicken, and Pasta. All ingredients aside from Pasta/Chicken are according to taste. You can have it cold, room temprature, or hot/warm. It is great for leftovers. It can also be used as a sidedish or a main dish.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 7:02 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • I make sausage & potatoes and everyone loves it. You cut up kielbasa (I use the turkey, a lot less calories, fat & sodium), potatoes (red or white, heck try both!!), onion, bell pepper and garlic. Sautee in a pan with non stick spray. It's delicious & you could easily add extra veggies.

    Answer by Ashlynnsmommy07 at 7:12 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • Baked Ziti with ground beef
    Baked shells with cheese
    Breakfast for dinner (eggs, hash browns, pancakes)

    Answer by RedRowan at 7:30 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • Beanie-Wienies 1 package hotdogs, 1-2 cans baked beans. Cut up hot dog in slices-1 for each person. Saute 1 chopped onion, add hot dog slices and beans. Add about 1/2 cup bar-b-que sauce or ketchup and brown sugar. Cook over low heat about 15 minutes or until bubbly and thickened. Yummy, cheap and quick...a great combination.

    Answer by SweetLuci at 7:31 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • Send me a message if you would like any recipes:
    No hurry curry
    sweet and sour cabbage rolls
    taco salad
    minestrone soup, salad
    General Tsao’s tofu
    stuffed peppers
    chili and cornbread
    sweet potato and black bean burritos
    Halloween black and orange quesadillas
    black bean soup, quesadillas, avocado salad
    not crab cakes, tofu fish sticks, baked sweet potato “fries”
    dairy-free nachos
    tamale bean pie
    Mexican bean and pasta bake
    white chili
    Stovetop lentil sloppy joes
    Tofu and spinach curry
    Lentil soup
    stew with dumplings
    lentil tacos
    Pot pie
    zucchini enchiladas
    Mediterranean Vegetable stew with poached eggs
    homemade pizza
    squashed macaroni
    peanut noodles
    blueberry oatmeal pancakes
    slowcooker lentil sloppy joes
    Southwest Falafel

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:14 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • We make a big tub a spaghetti it lasts two meals. We eat a lot of brown rice dishes. Those either stretch or are easily parceled out. I tend to make my meals around a set of staples rather than try to come up a menu. a can of soup, rice or pasta, some meat or not and a bag of frozen veggies makes a great inexpensive meal that can be dressed up or down with almost any add ons, can go stove top or baked or even crocked.

    Answer by Liansmommie at 8:46 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • Or Taste of home has great recipes. You can always borrow a cook book from the local Library

    Answer by chefjen at 11:19 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

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