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Help me with food

Posted by on Nov. 28, 2016 at 1:52 PM
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We have 100 dollars that needs to last 2 weeks in food. Help me figure out a meal plan...
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Lindalou907
by Bronze Member on Nov. 28, 2016 at 5:46 PM
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Give up the lattes and wine, just kidding! How many in your family? Do you have meat in the freezer?

momama88
by Member on Nov. 28, 2016 at 5:59 PM

pasta is cheap. rice is a filling and cheap side. 

Does your family eat a lot of meat?  We try and do a few nights of no meat when money is tight. 

oryxx31
by Member on Nov. 28, 2016 at 6:02 PM
Eggs are great, pancakes and breakfast type stuff for dinner will stretch. Turkeys are insanely cheap this time of year and you can get so many meals out of them. I bought one for six dollars that's huge.
LattesAndWine
by Member on Nov. 28, 2016 at 6:16 PM
What kind of meatless meals do you make?

Quoting momama88:

pasta is cheap. rice is a filling and cheap side. 

Does your family eat a lot of meat?  We try and do a few nights of no meat when money is tight. 

Lindalou907
by Bronze Member on Nov. 28, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Oatmeal or eggs and toast is a good cheap breakfast, soups and stews are great for lunch, with bread. Don't pay more than a buck a lb for any veggies, make your dinners mostly whole grain pasta, beans (buy the dried ones, and soak them, they are so delicious and cheap) rice, or potatoes, with a little chicken or other meat. Fried rice is so yummy, with veggies and whatever meat you have, chopped. Spaghetti with red sauce is cheap and filling. Chipped beef in a white sauce over bisquits is good.

momama88
by Member on Nov. 28, 2016 at 9:59 PM

one of our favorites is a bag of frozen mixed veggies stir fried then served over rice, literally only a couple of dollars for the whole meal. we'll do pasta with alfredo and broccoli. veggie pizzas or just cheese pizza are easy and pretty inexpensive as well. 

Quoting LattesAndWine: What kind of meatless meals do you make?
Quoting momama88:

pasta is cheap. rice is a filling and cheap side. 

Does your family eat a lot of meat?  We try and do a few nights of no meat when money is tight. 


LattesAndWine
by Member on Nov. 29, 2016 at 6:22 AM
What do you Cooke the vegis in? Olive oil?

Quoting momama88:

one of our favorites is a bag of frozen mixed veggies stir fried then served over rice, literally only a couple of dollars for the whole meal. we'll do pasta with alfredo and broccoli. veggie pizzas or just cheese pizza are easy and pretty inexpensive as well. 

Quoting LattesAndWine: What kind of meatless meals do you make?



Quoting momama88:

pasta is cheap. rice is a filling and cheap side. 

Does your family eat a lot of meat?  We try and do a few nights of no meat when money is tight. 

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Nov. 29, 2016 at 9:03 AM

Not knowing what you already have on hand makes it harder to help design a menu, but not impossible to do.  Knowing what stores you have in your area would also help, since food prices vary from store to store.

My best advice is to plan meals that use similar ingredients, to get the best use out of what you buy. 


Buy a rotisserie chicken or two.  Shred the meat.  Use it to make chicken quesadillas, chicken fried rice w/veggies, chicken taquitos, white chili, baked bbq chicken sandwiches, oriental chicken salad, even chicken salad sandwiches.

The quesadillas require the purchase of tortillas, which can also be used to make breakfast (for dinner) burritos, soft tacos (using refried beans instead of meat), lunch wraps (using chicken salad from the rotisserie chicken), even individual cheese pizzas.  Because they're so versatile, I like to buy tortillas that come 50 per package.  

The eggs you would buy for breakfast-for-dinner burritos are cheap and nutritious.  You can use them for the burritos, a veggie frittata (baked omelet), or vegetable quiche. No meat required.  

Baked potatoes:  top baked potatoes with your favorite canned chili and a bit of cheese.  You can also make vegetable chowder using frozen or fresh (leftover) veggies and add potato cubes while cooking.  Use a bit of cheese to top the bowls of chowder.  Another popular frugal meal is baked potatoes topped with a can of Chunky-style vegetable soup (use store brand if they have it).

A bag of rice is cheap.  You can make fried rice, rice topped w/leftover vegetable chowder, rice topped w/leftover white chili, rice pudding, Spanish rice, even cooked rice for breakfast cereal.

Dry beans and lentils are also cheap.  The problem is that they're pretty bland and need additions to be tasty.  You could make a lentil & veggie stew.  A lentil confetti salad combines cooked rice, cooked lentils, and diced extra fresh veggies with Italian dressing or your favorite.  It's also a complete meal w/carbs, protein, and veggies.




LattesAndWine
by Member on Nov. 29, 2016 at 9:35 AM

Do you usually just by a roasted chicken already cooked from the store?  That's actually a great idea!

Quoting michiganmom116:

Not knowing what you already have on hand makes it harder to help design a menu, but not impossible to do.  Knowing what stores you have in your area would also help, since food prices vary from store to store.

My best advice is to plan meals that use similar ingredients, to get the best use out of what you buy. 


Buy a rotisserie chicken or two.  Shred the meat.  Use it to make chicken quesadillas, chicken fried rice w/veggies, chicken taquitos, white chili, baked bbq chicken sandwiches, oriental chicken salad, even chicken salad sandwiches.

The quesadillas require the purchase of tortillas, which can also be used to make breakfast (for dinner) burritos, soft tacos (using refried beans instead of meat), lunch wraps (using chicken salad from the rotisserie chicken), even individual cheese pizzas.  Because they're so versatile, I like to buy tortillas that come 50 per package.  

The eggs you would buy for breakfast-for-dinner burritos are cheap and nutritious.  You can use them for the burritos, a veggie frittata (baked omelet), or vegetable quiche. No meat required.  

Baked potatoes:  top baked potatoes with your favorite canned chili and a bit of cheese.  You can also make vegetable chowder using frozen or fresh (leftover) veggies and add potato cubes while cooking.  Use a bit of cheese to top the bowls of chowder.  Another popular frugal meal is baked potatoes topped with a can of Chunky-style vegetable soup (use store brand if they have it).

A bag of rice is cheap.  You can make fried rice, rice topped w/leftover vegetable chowder, rice topped w/leftover white chili, rice pudding, Spanish rice, even cooked rice for breakfast cereal.

Dry beans and lentils are also cheap.  The problem is that they're pretty bland and need additions to be tasty.  You could make a lentil & veggie stew.  A lentil confetti salad combines cooked rice, cooked lentils, and diced extra fresh veggies with Italian dressing or your favorite.  It's also a complete meal w/carbs, protein, and veggies.


michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Nov. 29, 2016 at 9:37 AM
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I don't, only because we already have several from our own flock already in the freezer.  Still, if I'm short on time I do get them from Walmart's deli.  

Quoting LattesAndWine:

Do you usually just by a roasted chicken already cooked from the store?  That's actually a great idea!

Quoting michiganmom116:

Not knowing what you already have on hand makes it harder to help design a menu, but not impossible to do.  Knowing what stores you have in your area would also help, since food prices vary from store to store.

My best advice is to plan meals that use similar ingredients, to get the best use out of what you buy. 


Buy a rotisserie chicken or two.  Shred the meat.  Use it to make chicken quesadillas, chicken fried rice w/veggies, chicken taquitos, white chili, baked bbq chicken sandwiches, oriental chicken salad, even chicken salad sandwiches.

The quesadillas require the purchase of tortillas, which can also be used to make breakfast (for dinner) burritos, soft tacos (using refried beans instead of meat), lunch wraps (using chicken salad from the rotisserie chicken), even individual cheese pizzas.  Because they're so versatile, I like to buy tortillas that come 50 per package.  

The eggs you would buy for breakfast-for-dinner burritos are cheap and nutritious.  You can use them for the burritos, a veggie frittata (baked omelet), or vegetable quiche. No meat required.  

Baked potatoes:  top baked potatoes with your favorite canned chili and a bit of cheese.  You can also make vegetable chowder using frozen or fresh (leftover) veggies and add potato cubes while cooking.  Use a bit of cheese to top the bowls of chowder.  Another popular frugal meal is baked potatoes topped with a can of Chunky-style vegetable soup (use store brand if they have it).

A bag of rice is cheap.  You can make fried rice, rice topped w/leftover vegetable chowder, rice topped w/leftover white chili, rice pudding, Spanish rice, even cooked rice for breakfast cereal.

Dry beans and lentils are also cheap.  The problem is that they're pretty bland and need additions to be tasty.  You could make a lentil & veggie stew.  A lentil confetti salad combines cooked rice, cooked lentils, and diced extra fresh veggies with Italian dressing or your favorite.  It's also a complete meal w/carbs, protein, and veggies.



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