What are some cheap meal ideas to feed a family of five?

I am so sick of my normal meals LOL I dont have a lot of money to spend on groceries this week. Probably like $50 for 5 of us. And dont tell me mac and cheese. I really want some new good recipes. We eat the same things over and over and over and over.


Asked by Anonymous at 5:13 PM on Jan. 3, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • A favorite of ours is chili chicken pasta topper. For a family of 5 (like we are) I use 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or canned chicken if you want), 2 cans of cream of chicken soup, any pasta of your choosing, garlic powder and chili powder to taste, and 2 cans of water (from the soup). Then I make the sauce and pour it over the pasta. It was a Campbell's recipe and doesn't cost a whole lot. You can use leftover chicken or even canned.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:15 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • One dish meal black eyed peas, yellow rice and boneless chicken. All cooked in one pan. You may want some type of bread.

    Answer by Godswk at 9:04 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • Consider this cheap and easy casserole... for a family of five you might wan't to double it, but it's tasty, easy, and cheap regardless.
    1 package (7 1/4 oz) mac and cheese (I know... ;)
    1 lb ground beef
    1 can (14 1/2 oz) Italian-style stewed tomatoes
    1/4 tsp oregano
    1/4 tsp basil
    Shredded cheddar cheese to taste
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees (Optional, can be a skillet dinner.) Prepare mac and cheese omitting butter. Meanwhile, brown meat and drain. Add undrained stewed tomatoes and spices, mix well. Bring to a boil. Add mac and cheese to meat mixture. Spoon into a 9-inch baking dish. Top with cheese. Bake about 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through.
    This is a great comfort food! Get a cheap French or Italian bread from the store, toast it in the oven, and add greenbeans or something and you've got a great meal.

    Answer by theitalian3721 at 1:00 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • Spaghetti. Roast chicken. Eggs. Chili. Cheese sandwiches and canned soup.

    Answer by Bmat at 5:16 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • now that chicken pasta thing really sounds good LOL

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:20 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • -meat balls or meat patties, serve it with spinach and taters.

    -home made spaghetti sauce: fry some bolognia (dice it up) with onions, then add A LOT(!) of ketchup to it, also add some water... and a pinch of sugar. (no its not getting sweet, but it takes away the sour part of the ketchup). try if u need to add some salt or pepper. boil some pasta and voila u have a cheap meal. my daughter loves that by the way.. and i do too... my grandma taught me how to make that.


    Answer by m.robertson811 at 5:27 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • would cream of mushroom soup work LOL I have everything but cream of chicken soup and am thinking of changing dinner plans

    Answer by Moki75 at 5:32 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • Crockpot, boneless skinless chicken, cream of mushroom/chicken/even salsa . . 3/4 hours . .. serve over rice or egg noodles. Easy and yummy


    Answer by BridgetC140 at 7:53 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • Chicken in cream of chicken over rice. Its awesome and cheap. if you want the recipie pm me!

    Answer by katelynnsmommy1 at 8:26 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • mock chicken legs. cream mushroom soup w/ egg noodles, ramen noodles, eggs.

    Answer by RachelsMuma7 at 10:41 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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