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What homemade meals can I make for my kids that are also cheap?

We are sick of chicken casserole, chicken nuggets, and hamburger helper meals!

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Asked by menmy6 at 11:48 AM on Dec. 15, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Rice and beans and steamed veggies - what we have 9 nights out of 10. Cheap and healthy too! :o)

    Answer by FelipesMom at 11:49 AM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • spaghetti

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 11:51 AM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • crockpot meals. buy meats in bulk, separate it into your family size's portions when you get home, and make meals out of it. i buy our side items (rice, noodles, mashed potatoes, etc) in generic or store brand. plus we have the occasional frozen meal that you pop into the oven (also buy those in generic).

    Answer by tnm786 at 11:51 AM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • Homemade mac and cheese! My kids love it. You can add cubed ham or whatever you like. It is Butter, flour, seasonings, milk, cheese, and noodles. way easy to make too. If you want I can email you the recipe, just ask. lol. We also do alot of rice dishes. Chinese chicken (bnls/sknls chicken cut up and cooked with catalina dressing and tomatoe paste and brwn sugar, Serve on top of rice) Sounds wired but taste good. I got tons of cheap yummy recipes=)

    Answer by Caoimhe_Oona at 11:53 AM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • spaghetti
    chicken alfredo
    chicken parmesean over noodles
    meat loaf and potatos
    chicken soup
    Mexican Style Burritos

    Tip: If your family can eat a whole chicken, buy a whole chicken, much cheaper when bought whole. Then just carve it and serve it with a side after it is done. Save the left oer meat for next day lunches.

    Any recipes you need, PM me, and chicken parmesean is yummy, everyone thinks it's this fancy meal, maybe it is, but it's cheap, and can be made in about 20-30minutes

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 11:58 AM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • Top Ramen . I add frozen peas and carrots a bit of shredded cheese and sometimes some diced ham. It's actually really good. And we all know how cheap ramen is.
    Take ground meat and brown it (i use turkey way cheaper) sautee in a diced onion and some sliced mushrooms. Add brown gravy and pour over mashed taters. super yummy and it's only about 9 dollars
    Dice and boil your taters like you would for mashed. Once they are done add 2 cans cream of chicken soup and a small thing of half and half (you can also use milk) salt and pepper to taste. You can add cheese but it's not required. everything is about 5 bucks and it's super yummy.

    Answer by 2murphyboys at 12:32 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • Pasta tossed with olive oil, butter, garlic, parsley and parmesan cheese along side or mixed with chicken and broccoli.
    Omelletes with toast and preserves.
    Chicken Caesar salad in a wrap.
    Bacon cheeseburger pasta (Much better than hamburger helper).

    Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 1:07 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • Chicken fingers. Got a crockpot? make chili, soups, sloppy joes.

    Answer by brieri at 4:01 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • Left Over Corn Bread-Ground Beef Casserole
    1 lb. ground beef
    1/2 onion diced
    1 stalk celery dices
    1 carrot grated
    1 zucchini grated
    1 small jar salsa
    1/8 cup chili powder
    1 can black soy beans (you can sub black beans)
    1/2 can kidney beans
    1/2 can corn
    6 slices American cheese
    1/2 cup sharp cheddar grated
    left over cornbread

    Brown meat and veggies, add chili powder and salsa, simmer a few minutes. Add beans and corn, stir to warm.

    In a casserole dish, crumble or thinly slice your cornbread to cover the dish. Top with beef mixture, then American cheese and finally with sharp cheese. Bake until cheese is bubbly, at 350 for about 15 minutes. This was loved by all and pretty easy:-)

    Answer by SweetLuci at 4:14 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • This is one my family really likes
    Hamburger Stroganoff
    1 lb. ground beef
    1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
    1 8 oz. package sliced mushrooms
    1 medium onion, thinly sliced
    1 8 oz. carton sour cream
    1 10 3/4 oz can cream of mushroom soup
    Garlic powder
    Salt & pepper to taste
    1 8 oz. pkg. noodles, cooked as package directs
    Brown ground beef, drain, set aside. Sauté mushrooms and onion in oil for about 5 minutes. Add beef, and soup. Add seasonings. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes or until bubbly. Add sour cream, stir to mix, and remove from heat. Serve over cooked noodles.

    Answer by SweetLuci at 4:15 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

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