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Cheapest meals?

Posted by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 9:54 PM
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In an extreme effort, we are going to cut way back on our grocery bill for the next few months to get our bills paid off before baby comes in dec. it's very doable but the grocery budget will be tight. We just stocked up on hamburger that was really cheap so we have 60 lbs of hamburger and we also have a whole bunch of deer rings in the freezer from hunting last fall. Only problem is we have out found two ways to eat the rings- boiled and sliced for a stir fry which can get old quick. Family of 4- dh and I and our 2 dds ages 2 & 4. We do get Wic so we get tortillas, oatmeal, some rice, and beans so that will help. I am able to cook every day before I leave for work, so prep isn't a big deal and we do have a garden that will hopefully yield lots of tomatoes, pumpkin, peppers, potatoes and hopefully some carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and summer squash.
I'm looking for some recipes and ideas of how to stretch what we already have.
Sorry this got so long.
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jobseeker
by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Quick easy veggie soup:

1 lb browned hamburger

1 quart beef broth ($1 at  dollar store)

1 quart  v8 juice or 2 cans tomato soup (I like V8 for the nutrients)

veggies fromt he garden or frozen.

picadillo:

1 lb hb meat

4 large fresh tomatoes or 1 can stewed or diced tomatoes

2-4 carrots peeled and chipped

2-3 potatoes peeled and chopped

any other leftover veggies 

water or broth, enough to moisten.

this is like a hamburger stew, brown beef, add tomatoes and hard veggies, let them stew until veggies are tender then add other veggies, (green beens, zucchini, peas, etc.. whatever you have) serve with cornbread or tortillas.

My only other hint is to cook up about 5 lbs of hamburger at a time and package it in 1 lb packages,  this is not as much a $$ saver as a time saver.   take out a package from freezer and add to  pasta sauce or sloppy joe sauce, or one of the other recipes I listed before.

Another trick I have is if you buy chicken, learn to cut your own.  it not only saves money but I pack up the chicken backs and freeze them after cutting up my dinner.  when I have 3 or 4 frozen I made a pot of soup.  You would be surprised at how much meat falls off the back bones.  you can make a pot of soup by adding your veggies and herbs and rice or needles or potatoes, or you can have chicken tacos with the meat, discard the bones and pack up chicken broth and freeze it for later.

Maries_Mom23
by Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Hamburger Hash

1 lb hamburger
1 onion, diced
1 lb potatoes, cut in tiny pieces (think the bagged southern style hash browns)
water
beef bouillon

Brown hamburger with your onions and drain.  Return to pan, add potatoes and cover with enough water to cover everything, add beef bouillon and bring to a boil.  Let it cook on low until potatoes are tender and most of the water has evaporated.  My girls LOVES this!   

a_and_j_momma
by on Jul. 11, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Stuffed peppers

Zucchini boat enchiladas

Tacos
a_and_j_momma
by on Jul. 11, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Taco Cauliflower crust pizza
a_and_j_momma
by on Jul. 11, 2013 at 12:04 AM
I don't know what deer rings are :-(

Can you do like beef and broccoli?
caseyloo
by Casey on Jul. 11, 2013 at 2:40 AM

 veggie pasta is one of our favorites and super cheap, especially since you have a garden. 

Cassie2115
by Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM
Deer rings could also be called farmer style rings. It's the seasoned meat put into a casinguch like a brat but Longer and the two ends are tied together.
We do like broccoli and beef. In fact one of the freezer meals I make is stew meat with French onion soup that goes in the crockpot with broccoli added towards the end of cooking.

Quoting a_and_j_momma:I don't know what deer rings are :-(

Can you do like beef and broccoli?
michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jul. 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

stuffed zucchini (open deer rings and use that meat or use burger)

sloppy joes instead of burgers would probably make 2 meals for your family

burger stew (deer meat or beef) made with any fresh veggies

soft shell tacos (use tortillas, make your own refried beans, tomatoes from garden, cheese - do you get some from WIC?)

rice pudding is good and can also serve as a breakfast food

Spanish rice (rice, tomatoes, peppers, onion) and boiled deer rings

sausage (deer rings) and potato skillet meal



Cassie2115
by Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM
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These are great! I never would have thought to use deer rings for stew

Quoting michiganmom116:

stuffed zucchini (open deer rings and use that meat or use burger)

sloppy joes instead of burgers would probably make 2 meals for your family

burger stew (deer meat or beef) made with any fresh veggies

soft shell tacos (use tortillas, make your own refried beans, tomatoes from garden, cheese - do you get some from WIC?)

rice pudding is good and can also serve as a breakfast food

Spanish rice (rice, tomatoes, peppers, onion) and boiled deer rings

sausage (deer rings) and potato skillet meal



matreshka
by Platinum Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Tacos, taco bake, burritos, enchiladas.

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