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I don't know what to make for diner anymore. Were sick of the same things over and over. So I need some low cost meal ideas. What are some of your family favorites?
by on May. 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Replies (31-40):
HopeJoyPeace1
by on May. 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Taco Burgers with Cucumber Salad

Combine two favorite foods for one dish everyone in the family is sure to love.
Everyday Food, March 2012
  • Prep Time20 minutes
  • Total Time20 minutes
  • YieldServes 4
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup sliced pickled jalapenos, plus 2 tablespoons liquid
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced into half-moons
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 1/4 head iceberg lettuce, shredded

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk sugar into jalapeno liquid until dissolved. Cut 4 slices tomato and reserve for burgers. Cut remaining tomato into 3/4-inch pieces and add to dressing. Stir in cucumber and onion. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. In another medium bowl, combine beef and chili powder. Form into 4 patties and season with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, cook burgers over medium-high until cooked through, about 8 minutes total, flipping once. Serve burgers on buns with tomato slices, pickled jalapenos, and shredded lettuce, alongside cucumber salad.

Cook's Note

$1.97 per serving

HopeJoyPeace1
by on May. 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Emeril's Rigatoni with Broccoli and Sausage

Wholesome broccoli pairs with irresistible sausage in this one-pot dinner that will please kids and adults alike. Anchovies are the secret ingredient in this dish. They give it deep, savory flavor without a bit of fishiness, so if you're tempted to skip them, don't!
Everyday Food, March 2012
  • Prep Time25 minutes
  • Total Time50 minutes
  • YieldServes 6
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Ingredients

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets (about 4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 anchovy fillets, minced
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • Parmesan, grated, for serving

Directions

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. In last 2 minutes of cooking, add broccoli and cook until bright green and crisp-tender. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain pasta and broccoli.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together oil, garlic, lemon zest and juice, anchovies, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  3. Add sausage to pot and cook over medium-high, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat, return pasta and broccoli to pot, and add oil mixture. Toss well to combine, adding enough pasta water to create a thin sauce that coats pasta. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan.

Cook's Note

Emeril says, "If you're in the market for a simple, comforting pasta dish, look no further: This Italian-inspired combination is easy enough that kids can lend a hand. Let older helpers cut off the broccoli florets while little ones have fun whisking together the sauce. Feel free to use turkey or chicken sausage for a lighter meal."

ashley1693
by Gold Member on May. 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Thanks. I think well try this tonight.


Quoting HopeJoyPeace1:

Taco Burgers with Cucumber Salad

Combine two favorite foods for one dish everyone in the family is sure to love.
Everyday Food, March 2012
  • Prep Time20 minutes
  • Total Time20 minutes
  • YieldServes 4
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup sliced pickled jalapenos, plus 2 tablespoons liquid
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced into half-moons
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 1/4 head iceberg lettuce, shredded

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk sugar into jalapeno liquid until dissolved. Cut 4 slices tomato and reserve for burgers. Cut remaining tomato into 3/4-inch pieces and add to dressing. Stir in cucumber and onion. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. In another medium bowl, combine beef and chili powder. Form into 4 patties and season with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, cook burgers over medium-high until cooked through, about 8 minutes total, flipping once. Serve burgers on buns with tomato slices, pickled jalapenos, and shredded lettuce, alongside cucumber salad.

Cook's Note

$1.97 per serving


SpiritedWitch
by Froggie on May. 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Chicken is a super versatile food ... the other night I used one of the new Ragu creamy sauces (Three Cheese Alfredo ... the bacon is awesome). Poured it over frozen boneless, skinless breasts, added a little water to the pan, covered pan with foil and put in oven at 350 and then promptly fell asleep for two hours. *sigh* However! It was sooooo worth it. The chicken came out so tender that it fell apart using a fork. 

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I think I am making meatball subs tonight. Simple, buy a bag (or make your own with fresh ground meat) of meatballs, warm up in skillet, add favorite sauce. Use hot dog buns or sub rolls cut open (I scoop them out ... sort of a bun bowl ... instead of slicing them open like buns)... lay a slice or two of ultra thin slice provolone (or cheese of your choice) on the inside of the roll, scoop some saucy meatballs in ... yummy. 

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Amber's Chicken Grilled Cheese (NOT a fat free or lo-cal sandwich) ... you will need 2-3 boneless/skinless breasts, tomato (1 slice per sandwich), provolone and cheddar cheese (enough for two slices, one of each, per sandwich), Italian sandwich bread, butter (we like Blue Bonnet Light), Basil  and sliced onion (optional). 

boil two or three boneless, skinless breasts until they fall apart. (A big mistake many make is that do not season well enough when boiling so the chicken tastes ... well icky. Be sure to put your favorite seasonings in ... I use salt, pepper (fresh ground), basil and some liquid smoke.) When they are done, drain, add a little butter and shred with a fork. You can use the extra for lunch the next day. 

While the meat cools a little, slice the tomato if not done already, warm up pan for sandwiches (I use an electric griddle) and butter outside of bread. Lay butter side down, put one piece of cheese on each slice of bread ... provolone on one side, cheddar on the other. Put slice of tomato on provolone, sprinkle with basil (onion would go here as well but on the opposite slice of bread with the other cheese). Take some of the buttery shredded chicken and put on the sandwich, close sandwich and toast until golden. 

OPTION: to make a little healthier (maybe) ... use only one slice of cheese and bread and make as open-faced sandwich. 

Can be as a meal or as a side with a salad or soup. 

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Wow! this is long ... but I love coming up with easy, doable cooking ideas. 

ashley1693
by Gold Member on May. 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM
This looks so good.


Quoting HopeJoyPeace1:

Emeril's Rigatoni with Broccoli and Sausage

Wholesome broccoli pairs with irresistible sausage in this one-pot dinner that will please kids and adults alike. Anchovies are the secret ingredient in this dish. They give it deep, savory flavor without a bit of fishiness, so if you're tempted to skip them, don't!
Everyday Food, March 2012
  • Prep Time25 minutes
  • Total Time50 minutes
  • YieldServes 6
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Ingredients

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets (about 4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 anchovy fillets, minced
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • Parmesan, grated, for serving

Directions

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. In last 2 minutes of cooking, add broccoli and cook until bright green and crisp-tender. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain pasta and broccoli.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together oil, garlic, lemon zest and juice, anchovies, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  3. Add sausage to pot and cook over medium-high, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat, return pasta and broccoli to pot, and add oil mixture. Toss well to combine, adding enough pasta water to create a thin sauce that coats pasta. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan.

Cook's Note

Emeril says, "If you're in the market for a simple, comforting pasta dish, look no further: This Italian-inspired combination is easy enough that kids can lend a hand. Let older helpers cut off the broccoli florets while little ones have fun whisking together the sauce. Feel free to use turkey or chicken sausage for a lighter meal."


HopeJoyPeace1
by on May. 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Recipe:  Chicken/Tuna Melts

1 (13 oz) can of diced chicken, drained
1/4 cup of green onions, diced
1 celery rib, diced finely
salt/pepper to taste, usually just a dash of each
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon of red pepper, diced finely
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese + more for topping
1 can of Grand's biscuits or a batch of Gluten free biscuits

Preheat oven according to directions on biscuit can.

Bake the biscuits according to those directions.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.

After the biscuits have cooled for a few minutes, cut in half.

Turn oven to broil.

Put a small scoop of chicken salad on top of each biscuit halve with a bit more cheese.

Place each halve on a cookie sheet and broil until cheese has melted.

Remove and serve.

HopeJoyPeace1
by on May. 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Amish Do It Best Beef Bake

Amish Do It Best Beef Bake.

Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • medium onion, chopped
  • garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • green pepper, chopped
 
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
     
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over moderate heat. Add onion and garlic. 
     
  3. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes. Push to one side and add beef. 
     
  4. Stir occasionally until browned.
     
  5. Mix coriander, ginger, tomatoes, brown sugar, parsley, salt, pepper, and peppers in a bowl. 
     
  6. Add to beef. Mix well and transfer to ungreased 1 quart casserole dish. 
     
  7. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Serve over rice. 

Read more at http://www.recipelion.com/Casserole-Recipes/Amish-Do-It-Best-Beef-Bake#thcYRhtMJObyhqIy.99 
jeweldragons
by on May. 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Kabsa

Traditional chicken and rice dish eaten in the Arab Gulf.  This can be made with chicken & rice, shrimp & rice, fish & rice, beef & rice, camel & rice, or lamb & rice.  It is traditionally eaten for at least one meal a day in Saudi Arabia.

 

Equipment:

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Small Pot (if cooking for two people)
  • Big pot (if cooking for three or more people)
  • Glass bow to dethaw chicken in and wash rice

Ingredients:

  • Oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (omit peppers if you don't like spicy food)
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1-2 pieces chicken
  • 2 cups white rice
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3/4 liter hot water
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Peel onion and garlic
  2. Cut up onion and garlic
  3. Pour a little oil, enough to cover bottom of pot, into small or big pot (depending on how many people you are cooking for)
  4. Sauté onion and garlic together until onion changes color
  5. Cut up tomato
  6. Cut off ends of jalapeno peppers and then cut them up
  7. Dethaw chicken in hot water if frozen
  8. Remove fat from chicken (should be able to pull it off with your hand or cut it off with a knife)
  9. Put chicken into pot, put 1 and 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon cumin on chicken and sauté together until chicken turns white  and is cooked through on medium-high
  10. Put tomato and tomato paste in pot and sauté for five minutes
  11. Add 1 cup hot water to pot, enough to cover chicken, stir together, cover and let simmer for seven minutes on medium-high
  12. Add 3/4 liter water of hot water to pot and boil for 35 minutes
  13. Wash rice three times in bowl with cold water, look at package to see how to cook rice
  14. Add rice to pot, cover, and cook according to directions on package.  When done serve on pizza pan with meat on top of rice. 
HopeJoyPeace1
by on May. 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Gluten Free Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie

By: Betty Crocker: Bisquick to the Rescue from Wiley Publishing, Inc.

Gluten Free Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie
This image courtesy of Betty Crocker: Bisquick to the Rescue from Wiley Publishing, Inc.

Everyone at the table will love you for throwing together a quick, Gluten Free Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie for dinner! This hamburger stuffer is a whole lot of messy pie fun that you can enhance with ketchup, BBQ sauce or salsa!

Serves: 6

Preparation Time: 15 min

Cooking Time: 30 min

Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • (1/2 cup) medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounce) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup Bisquick Gluten Free mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • eggs
 
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.
     
  2. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in salt and pepper. Spread in pie plate; sprinkle with cheese.
     
  3. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk and eggs with whisk or fork until blended. Pour into pie plate.
     
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Read more at http://www.recipelion.com/Savory-Pies/Gluten-Free-Impossibly-Easy-Cheeseburger-Pie/#QYfWVX7pdiVAdgLA.99 
HopeJoyPeace1
by on May. 15, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Amish Six Layer Dinner

Make an old-fashioned casserole with six layers of delicious flavor with this simple casserole recipe. This is one of the best easy casserole recipes out there. Treat friends and family to this great casserole recipe.

Cooking Time: 2 hr

Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw hamburger
  • 2 cups raw potatoes, sliced
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onions, diced
  • 2 teaspoons salt or less
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup green pepper, diced
  • 2 cups canned tomatoes
  • medium onion, thinly sliced (optional)
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Instructions
  1. Grease a casserole dish. Sprinkle each layer with salt and pepper before adding the next layer. 
     
  2. Place potatoes in the bottom of the casserole Add the layer of celery. Add the layer of hamburger Add the layer of onions. Add the green pepper. Pour the tomatoes over the mixture. 
     
  3. Bake for 2 hours at 350 degrees F.

Read more at http://www.recipelion.com/Casserole-Recipes/Amish-Six-Layer-Dinner#IEhylTGOVAoD5LIR.99 
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