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    Here's one that the husband and I enjoy about once a month or so:

    1 package smoked sausage - $2.50 (I get Hillshire Farms 2/$5 when on sale)
    1 19 ounce can Cannellini Beans - .66 (sale price - probably $1 or less full price)
    1 27 ounce can Seasoned Collard Greens - I think they run somewhere around $1.79 a can

    I cut the sausage in coins and brown both sides.
    Drain and rinse the beans.
    Drain most of the juice from the collards.
    Once the sausage is browned skim all the fat and add the beans and collards with a splash of water. Let simmer a few minutes so the beans get flavored.

    Sometimes I completely change the flavor by adding a little barbecue sauce.

    For the two of us we get dinner plus two lunches the next day.

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    Here's one that comes to mind for us, though prices (of course) vary everywhere:

    chicken stir fry-
    -1 pack of boneless, skinless chicken breast purchased on sale for 1.99/lb, use roughly half of a good sized pack (so it costs, say, $3.50 for the pack- that's $1.75 for meat) I cook up the rest at the same time and put it in the fridge or freezer or another meal.
    -1 bag frozen store brand frozen stir fry veggie mix, $1 on sale, $1.49 full price
    -rice (hmmm...$1 to serve 4? Sounds about right, maybe even generous)
    -soy/teryaki sauce $1 bottle for generic (and of course, you only use some of it, not nearly the whole bottle, but let's pretend you had none on hand and had to buy it)

    So, assuming we bought what we could on sale when it hit, $1.75 for chicken, $1 for veggies, $1 for rice, $1 for soy sauce= $4.75. I did not count the splash of oil to cook the meat, though, and it would cost maybe $6-7 if you bought all ingredients at reg. price, so I don't know if it still 'counts' in your book. I'm counting it, as I do buy that stuff on sale and pack it away for a later meal! Almost any meat can be substituted, of course, but we generally use the chicken.

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    Doroghetti

    1 package spaghetti noodles
    2 cans diced tomatoes(no chilis)
    oil
    italian spices
    onion powder
    a tad garlic powder

    or use an onion and garlic.

    Cook spaghetti noodles per package directions. In a skillet place your oil and spices and/or onion and garlic simmer until vegetables are clear but NOT brown, add tomatoes juice and all. Simmer while noodles cook. Drain pasta, add to skillet, stir well add salt and serve.

    This is my go to olive garden copycat recipe. It is MUCH better than it sounds! I am famous for it!

    This is a pantry meal and cooks in 15 minutes.

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    I bought a $5 package of chicken breast on sale and we actually had several meals from it. DH is the main meat cook and he made it all into fajita seasoned meat.
    We had regular fajitas on tortillas the first meal. I made some spanish rice and made 2 "bowls" with the rice, meat, peppers, onions, cheese, and salsa. I still had leftovers and did a similar bowl for work lunch but I topped it with some crushed corn chips to get rid of them. My last lunch out of the leftover meat today was to make lettuce wraps - meat, cheese, onion, pepper, and tomato - all wrapped up into green leaf lettuce bundles.

    I will try come post some more meal ideas tomorrow on this thread. I love the cooking cheap threads!!! I am also into quick and easy along with inexpensive when it comes to cooking.

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    Calzones:

    Pizza crust from a pkt (.89 x2)
    Shredded cheese (on sale $1.99)
    Pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce from a jar (.99 on sale)

    Total = $4.76

    For the filling use up leftover veggies, mushrooms, meats, etc from the fridge. The best are onions, bell pepper, and black olives if you have them around. For meat, I might use some hamburger, diced ham , sausage, bacon, or even pepperoni if I have it. (I am not counting these as a cost since it is kinda of just a "clean out the stuff that would be going in the trash later anyway" sort of hunt for the ingredients.)

    Just follow the instructions for making the pizza crust, rolling it into about 8 or 9 inch rounds. put on a layer of sauce, then cheese then your "fillings" . Fold in half to make a half moon shape and seal the edges. Bake around 450 - 475 for 10- 12 minutes or so.

    If you spray or lightly oil the baking sheet first then it is easier to remove the calzones intact.

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    Homemade sauerkraut has been my kick the last 3 months.

    3# head of cabbage $2.07
    $0.05 course salt
    diced potatoes @$1
    $3.12 for 15-20 servings $0.21/serving

    We usually add smoked pork necks or ham hocks or plain fresh casing sausage, like breakfast links - whichever is on sale. Last time I used 1.5 pkgs of smoked pork necks @$3.50. Making a total of $6.87. $0.46/serving

    We also eat it with bread and butter. So add another $0.30/serving
    Grand total: $0.76/serving

    Tonight is pizza:
    hm crust - $0.50 I added minced garlic and oregano
    hm sauce - $0.75
    Cheese - $3.00
    Bacon - $2.00
    lo frozen hamburger - $1.50
    lo frozen sausage - $0.50
    lo frozen black olives - $0.75
    lo frozen and a few fresh mushrooms - $0.75
    3 banana peppers from the garden - free
    1 green pepper from the garden - free
    cilantro from the garden - free
    lo frozen ham - $0.75
    Total is $10.50 It will serve us 4 meals as the pieces are huge. $1.31/serving
    2017 Goals:
    Saving:
    January - $3,000/$3,000...February - $3,000/$3,000...March - $3,000/$3,000...April - -$9000(to fund 2016 Roth)/$3,000...May - $4,000/$1,000...June - $0/$0...July - $0/$0...August - $0/$3,000...September - $0/$3,000...October - $0/$3,000...November - $0/$3,000...December - $0/$3,000

    Roth:
    2016:
    January - $1,000/$1,000...February - $1,000/$1,000...March - $1000/$1,000...April - $9,000/$9000 Fully Funded!!
    2017:
    April - $1,000/$1,000...May - $1,000/$1,000...June - $0/$1,000...July - $0/$0...August - $0/$0...September - $0/$2,000...October - $0/$2,000...November - $0/$2,000...December - $0/$3,000

    Debt
    January - $594.14/$650...February - $750.87/$650...March - $752.10/$650...April - $0/$650...May - $0/$650...June - $0/$650...July - $0/$650...August - $0/$650...September - $0/$650...October - $0/$650...November - $0/$650...December - $0/$650

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    I call this cabbage soup:

    2# of pork chops - $2 on sale
    1 large head cabbage - $0.75-1.00 on sale for .25/#.
    water - $0.00
    Salt & Pepper to taste

    Cut up cabbage, toss in large pot, cover with water, add cut up pork chop including the bone and cook @1 hour until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    @10 servings = $4 total $0.40/serving

    Even paying full price it's still less than $5 to feed 4 people.
    2017 Goals:
    Saving:
    January - $3,000/$3,000...February - $3,000/$3,000...March - $3,000/$3,000...April - -$9000(to fund 2016 Roth)/$3,000...May - $4,000/$1,000...June - $0/$0...July - $0/$0...August - $0/$3,000...September - $0/$3,000...October - $0/$3,000...November - $0/$3,000...December - $0/$3,000

    Roth:
    2016:
    January - $1,000/$1,000...February - $1,000/$1,000...March - $1000/$1,000...April - $9,000/$9000 Fully Funded!!
    2017:
    April - $1,000/$1,000...May - $1,000/$1,000...June - $0/$1,000...July - $0/$0...August - $0/$0...September - $0/$2,000...October - $0/$2,000...November - $0/$2,000...December - $0/$3,000

    Debt
    January - $594.14/$650...February - $750.87/$650...March - $752.10/$650...April - $0/$650...May - $0/$650...June - $0/$650...July - $0/$650...August - $0/$650...September - $0/$650...October - $0/$650...November - $0/$650...December - $0/$650

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    I love this thread!! Every time I read it I find a couple of new recipes.

    Does anyone have any new recipes to add??
    2017 Goals:
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    January - $3,000/$3,000...February - $3,000/$3,000...March - $3,000/$3,000...April - -$9000(to fund 2016 Roth)/$3,000...May - $4,000/$1,000...June - $0/$0...July - $0/$0...August - $0/$3,000...September - $0/$3,000...October - $0/$3,000...November - $0/$3,000...December - $0/$3,000

    Roth:
    2016:
    January - $1,000/$1,000...February - $1,000/$1,000...March - $1000/$1,000...April - $9,000/$9000 Fully Funded!!
    2017:
    April - $1,000/$1,000...May - $1,000/$1,000...June - $0/$1,000...July - $0/$0...August - $0/$0...September - $0/$2,000...October - $0/$2,000...November - $0/$2,000...December - $0/$3,000

    Debt
    January - $594.14/$650...February - $750.87/$650...March - $752.10/$650...April - $0/$650...May - $0/$650...June - $0/$650...July - $0/$650...August - $0/$650...September - $0/$650...October - $0/$650...November - $0/$650...December - $0/$650

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    I should try this tonight as a side dish. Known as Colcannon (Irish). It is basically mashed potatoes and cooked greens. I'll use the rest of the swiss chard I picked Wednesday but other greens including cabbage are commonly used. Here is a recipe.
    Colcannon Potatoes Recipe | Taste of Home

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    That sounds really good. We'll have to try it.

    Sunday we had a very cheap meal.

    BBQ chicken breasts I bought for $1/pound - we split one $2.50
    Peas - from the garden - free
    corn - from the garden - free
    fried Yellow squash - from the garden. $0.25 for cracker crumbs and oil
    Butter, salt, pepper - $0.50
    And a garden "Salad" basically anything that was ripe in the garden - yardlong beans, snow peas, carrots, cucumbers and bok choy. I thawed hm lemon juice I had in the freezer - free

    @$3.25 for two of us. I love how much cheaper the garden makes our meals.
    2017 Goals:
    Saving:
    January - $3,000/$3,000...February - $3,000/$3,000...March - $3,000/$3,000...April - -$9000(to fund 2016 Roth)/$3,000...May - $4,000/$1,000...June - $0/$0...July - $0/$0...August - $0/$3,000...September - $0/$3,000...October - $0/$3,000...November - $0/$3,000...December - $0/$3,000

    Roth:
    2016:
    January - $1,000/$1,000...February - $1,000/$1,000...March - $1000/$1,000...April - $9,000/$9000 Fully Funded!!
    2017:
    April - $1,000/$1,000...May - $1,000/$1,000...June - $0/$1,000...July - $0/$0...August - $0/$0...September - $0/$2,000...October - $0/$2,000...November - $0/$2,000...December - $0/$3,000

    Debt
    January - $594.14/$650...February - $750.87/$650...March - $752.10/$650...April - $0/$650...May - $0/$650...June - $0/$650...July - $0/$650...August - $0/$650...September - $0/$650...October - $0/$650...November - $0/$650...December - $0/$650

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