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money is looking tight right now...i need recipes

Right now its looking like I have $70 for food till the 13th because some of our money didn't come in. I have angel hair, elbow noodles, canned veggies, chicken wings, flour, sugar, pancake mix, milk, instant potatoes, about 3-4 fresh potatoes. I think that's it. (Off the top of my head)
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by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM


Ramen noodle casserole:

  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey or beef, browned.
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup,
  • 1/2 c. water,
  • 1/2 c. milk,
  • 1/4 c. diced onion,
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced,
  • 2 packages of broken ramen noodles
  • 1 beef seasoning packet from the noodles.
  • Sprinkle with a little soy sauce if desired
  • 4 oz. can of mushrooms if you want.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, stir the noodles on top into the bottom, bake another 5 minutes

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Porcupine Meatballs (I have to double the recipe for my large family)

Combine the first 7 ingredients with 1/4 c. of the tomato soup. Mix well. Shape into about 20 balls and place in a skillet. Mix rest of soup, water, and Worcestershire sauce and pour over meatballs. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes or until rice is soft and meatballs are set. Serve with sauce.

Moki75
by Bronze Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

chicken casserole

1 cup of cooked chicken (shredded or diced)

1 can cream of chicken soup

2 cups cooked rice

1 cup shredded cheese

crushed crackers

In a baking dish add the chicken, soup and cheese.  Mix together well and top with the crushed crackers.  Baked until bubbling.  

I add frozen brocolli to mine

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM


Hamburger Goulash:

  • 16 oz. box elbow macaroni
  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • chili powder or other seasonings to taste

Cook macaroni in boiling water. While macaroni is cooking, brown beef with onion and drain. Drain macaroni. Add tomato soup and tomatoes to macaroni along with beef. Stir together, season and serve.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM


Salisbury patties & gravy

1 lb. ground beef (I use ground turkey)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 to 1 1/2 cups coarsely crushed saltines

1 egg

3 tsp. instant beef boullion granules, divided

2 to 3 cups water

3 Tbsp. cornstarch mixed in 3 Tbsp. water

Mix together beef, onion, saltines, egg and 1 tsp. beef boullion granules. Form patties with hands and fry in small amount of margarine on both sides. When all patties are browned, cover with 2 cups water and rest of beef boullion. Cover with lid and simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove patties to a plate and make gravy by slowly adding the cornstarch/water mix. You may add more water and beef boullion granules to taste.

Moki75
by Bronze Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM
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taco casserole

1/2 lb taco meat ( can make it meatless)

1 can tomatoe sauce

1 can refried beans

2 cups shredded cheese

crushed tortilla chips ( or you can even use shredded tortillas)


In a bowl mix beans, meat and sauce.  In a baking dish layer the mixture with cheese and crushed chips.  Bake until warm throughout.  serve with sour cream


we had this last night and I only got one serving bec my kid and hubby ate it all

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM
1 mom liked this

This will stretch out a pound of ground beef/turkey:


Copycat Manwich

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 cup. ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. dried onion flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped green pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. prepared mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. celery seed

Brown ground beef. Mix rest of ingredients together and add to browned meat. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes and serve on toasted buns.

conniejo75
by Bronze Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM
I use this one too but I use crushed up corn flakes on top instead of crackers.


Quoting Moki75:

chicken casserole

1 cup of cooked chicken (shredded or diced)

1 can cream of chicken soup

2 cups cooked rice

1 cup shredded cheese

crushed crackers

In a baking dish add the chicken, soup and cheese.  Mix together well and top with the crushed crackers.  Baked until bubbling.  

I add frozen brocolli to mine


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conniejo75
by Bronze Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM
My kids would love this. I hate beans but I am sure I could use a little more meat instead.


Quoting Moki75:

taco casserole

1/2 lb taco meat ( can make it meatless)

1 can tomatoe sauce

1 can refried beans

2 cups shredded cheese

crushed tortilla chips ( or you can even use shredded tortillas)


In a bowl mix beans, meat and sauce.  In a baking dish layer the mixture with cheese and crushed chips.  Bake until warm throughout.  serve with sour cream


we had this last night and I only got one serving bec my kid and hubby ate it all


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MrsWhite101610
by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Thank you. I just got back from the store and spent $30 on a 76$ order thanks to coupons. Then when I looked at my receipt because the price seemed "off" I realized I was never charged for the 2 chickens and gravy I bought.
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