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    Default $10 Weekly Menu Challenge -Take 3: 2-3 Ingredient Recipes

    To all that are playing the $10 game ~ fantastic job!

    Let's kick things up a notch. Help out others who are running out of ideas.

    Put on those thinking caps- and let's go.

    The challenge:
    recipes that require only 2-3 ingredients, TOPS!
    (That is not 2-3 main ingredients and then spices, oils, etc...) It is total from start to finish - no more than 2-3 ingredients, period. Except for water- water is a freebie!

    Homemade from scratch recipes are always the best - but

    You can use items like cans of soup, or box of mac/cheese, can of chili, box of cake mix, box of rice a roni, or noodle mixes, gravy mix, or cup of bisquick- these can all be counted as a one ingredient- (as long as they are complete and ready to make -meaning adding nothing else to them but water) - for example:

    A can of veggie soup and a lb of cooked ground beef combined would be considered 2 ingredients. Because this one only used 2 ingredients you would be allowed to either stop there or add 1 more ingredient -(maybe serve over a slice of bread, or a ready made biscuit).

    Now, to make things harder- these recipes need to be from the items that you would be purchasing with your $10 weekly budget.
    Don't submit a recipe that contains shrimp or t-bone steaks, when we all know that stuff is simply not on a $10 a week menu.

    Use only items that are easy to get for the average person and within budget.

    Good luck!

    “After the last tree has been cut down, after the last river has been poisoned, after the last fish has been caught.
    Only then will you find that money can't be eaten.”

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    Gosh guys ~ I posted this before I went to work, fully expecting to come home and have at least a dozen different choices for dinner tonight....

    I have seen your shopping lists. I have seen some of your menu's. I have heard some of your great ideas. So- why are we not cooking here????

    Where is everyone, out looking for bargains to stretch that $10 til it screams????

    I guess I will have to start - (didn't think you all were so shy).....

    2 Ingredient Biscuits

    3 cups self-rising flour
    1 1/2 cups milk

    Heat the oven to 450°F.
    Lightly grease a round cake pan
    Mix the flour with the milk

    Now you have 2 choices on how to make the biscuit.

    Drop by large tablespoonfuls into the greased cake pan, packing each drop biscuit close together
    or
    Pat out the dough with your floured hands and use a biscuit cutter to make rounds, then arrange touching one another in the pan

    Bake for about 20 minutes, or when you see the tops lightly browned. Do not over bake; the bottoms will get crusty and hard.


    There ~ now it is someone else's turn....

    “After the last tree has been cut down, after the last river has been poisoned, after the last fish has been caught.
    Only then will you find that money can't be eaten.”

    ~ Cree Indian Prophecy










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    Turkey leftovers cut into small pieces.
    Jar of gravy bought with coupon for 50 cents.
    Heat on low and stir often.
    Serve with bread as hot sandwiches or with mashed pototoes.
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    I'd add a country gravy packet, just add water variety to those biscuits.

    Chocoholic Brekkie Pancakes


    Ingredients

    2 cups Aunt Jemima® Complete or Buttermilk Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix
    1 1/2 cups water
    3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips
    1-3/4 cups Aunt Jemima® Original Syrup
    Preparations

    Prepare pancake mix according to package directions.
    Stir in chocolate chips just until blended. Proceed as package directs.
    Lightly grease skillet between each batch to prevent pancakes from sticking.
    Serve warm with Aunt Jemima® Syrup.

    Aunt Jemima —Chocoholic Brekkie Pancakes

    Dad's Quaker Panny-Cakes

    Ingredients

    2 cups Aunt Jemima® Complete or Buttermilk Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix
    1 packet Quaker® Instant Oatmeal, uncooked, any flavor
    1-1/2 cups water
    1-1/2 cup Aunt Jemima® Syrup
    Preparations

    In medium bowl, combine mix and oatmeal.
    Add water; stir with wire whisk until large lumps disappear.
    Prepare pancakes according to package directions.
    Serve warm with Aunt Jemima® Syrup.

    Aunt Jemima —Dad's Quaker Panny-Cakes

    Just Pancakes

    Just plain pancakes made with add water mix. Serve with syrup, or stuff with pie filling.

    Pumpkin pie oatmeal

    Oatmeal and water cooked to desired thickness. Add canned pumpkin pie filling to taste. Already spiced and sweetened.


    Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas


    2 cups self rising flour
    2 tbs Crisco Shortening
    Hot water

    Mix the Self Rising flour with Shortening real good until all mixed in and flour mixture looks crumbly. Add warm to hot water to flour mixture. Make sure the water isn't too hot but warm enough to melt shortening. Keep adding water until you can form a nice ball of dough that is not sticky but easy to handle. If you add too much water, add a little more flour.

    Squeeze off medium sized balls of dough and dip into flour on each side, going around the ball with hands to make a flattened circle.

    Dust your surface with flour and dust your rolling pin with flour. Take rolling pin and roll out your tortilla. Add tortilla to a very hot griddle or pan and when it bubbles up on one side turn tortilla over and cook on the other side for a few seconds longer. Place cooked tortilla in paper towel and cover with tin foil really tight and let steam while you cook the other tortilla's. This helps them to stay soft and warm until you serve them or use them in your recipe.

    Serve with canned refried beans

    My Sister's Shepard Pie

    Just add water instant mashed potatoes. (Idahoan I believe) And layer over Campbells (or generic) alphabet soup and bake.

    Beanie Weannies

    Canned baked beans and hot dog coins.

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    One of my favorites is simple - mix one small container of sour cream and one can of cream of mushroom soup. Bake over whatever you like. I use chicken mostly, but I've used it over broccoli and noodles too. I'd usually do both chicken and noodles, but since only three ingredients...

    I also like one can of black beans, one pot of rice (a few cups) and one can Rotel. Easy and nice on a cold day.

    Cream of anything soup mixed with rice and chicken is usually good.

    One can corn, one can black beans, and one can Rotel makes a nice summer salad.

    You can "wilt" most any green with vinegar and oil. I usually like to add onion too, but vinegar and oil will do.

    Fresh tomatoes mixed with a chopped onion and vinegar is good.

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    I came up with another one (I'm realizing how many recipes I use now that are simple):

    Boil water in a stockpot (not counting this as an ingredient) and add several smoked ham hocks, red potatoes (Idaho potatoes work too if cut up into chunks), and green beans (wax beans also work really well). You can delay adding the beans if you like yours with some crunch to them. Simmer for a good long time. Serve when potatoes are done and the hocks have started to fall apart. Sometimes I'll simmer the hocks for a bit before adding everything else.

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    How about using your biscuit recipe to make pizza? Just cover with sauce for a plain tomato pie. Or add a vegetable, or cheese.

    Aglio E Olio/Pasta With Garlic and Oil

    Self explanatory

    We eat this all the time

    3-Ingredient Fettuccine Alfredo

    This recipe for fettuccine alfredo is Martha's favorite. It comes from Russell Bellanca, the chef at Alfredo of Rome in New York City.

    Ingredients

    2 sticks butter
    1/2 pound grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
    Salt
    1 pound fettuccine
    Directions

    Using an electric mixer, beat butter and Parmesan until creamy.
    In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook fettuccine according to package instructions until al dente, about 12 minutes. Reserve about 1/2 cup of cooking water; drain pasta.
    Return fettuccine to warm pot. Toss pasta with 1/2 teaspoon salt, cheese mixture, and 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Add more pasta water, as needed. Serve with additional cheese.


    Three Bean Pasta Salad

    15 oz. can three bean salad, chilled
    2 cups mostaccioli or any pasta
    1 tsp. dried dill weed
    Preparation:

    Cook pasta in boiling salted water until desired doneness as directed on package. Drain. Combine with undrained three bean salad, tomatoes, and dill in medium bowl. Mix gently, cover, and chill. Serves 6

    My Sister's Tuna macaroni salad


    can of tuna
    cooked pasta
    mayo

    Italian Pasta Salad

    1 bottle of Italian dressing
    1 pound cooked pasta
    1 can undrained sliced black olives

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    My Aunt Linda's Pasta Primavera

    Cooked pasta
    Can of mixed vegetables (I prefer frozen mixed vegetables)
    Butter/oil/ or herbed butter

    Creamy Spinach Pasta

    Creamed spinach
    Cooked pasta
    Garlic salt

    Italian Spiced Pasta

    Cooked pasta
    Oil
    Italian seasoning

    Cincinnati chili pasta

    Canned chili
    Cooked pasta


    Layer cooked pasta, then chili

    Chili Macaroni and Cheese

    One box mac-n-cheese
    One can stewed tomatoes
    One can chili

    Cook noodles, add the rest and stir. Heat through

    My Mother's Quick and Cheap Mac, cheese and tomatoes

    One box mac-n cheese
    one can of stewed tomatoes

    Cook noodles, add the rest. Heat through.

    Tuna/spam/hot dog Stovetop casserole

    One can cream of soup
    One can tuna/spam/hot dog coins
    One box mac-n-cheese

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    Rice and peas

    Cooked rice
    Butter
    Peas

    Pack buttered rice in a ring mold. Unmold and fill with buttered peas.

    Egg drop Soup

    Chicken broth
    eggs
    soy sauce

    Vegetable stir fry and rice

    frozen vegetables
    oil
    rice

    "Chicken" and dumpling soup

    Chicken broth
    sabrelvssammy's biscuit recipe
    and flour

    Thicken chicken broth with flour. Drop spoonfuls of biscuit dough into hot broth, simmer till cooked through.


    "Chicken" Corn Noodle/Rice Soup

    Chicken broth
    Cooked noodles or rice
    Corn

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    Grilled Cheese

    Peanut Butter and Jelly

    Corn Fritters

    Jiffy corn muffin mix
    Canned creamed corn
    Oil

    Add only enough creamed corn to corn muffin mix to make a thick batter. Drop by spoonfuls into hot oil.

    My Grandmother's Quick Doughnuts

    Canned biscuits or homemade biscuit dough
    Oil
    Sugar- powdered or table

    Drop biscuit dough in hot oil, fry till done. Roll hot in sugar

    Fried Tortilla Chips with Refried beans

    Tortillas
    Oil
    Refried beans

    Cut tortillas into triangles, fry in hot oil. Serve chips hot with hot beans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollypurebred39 View Post
    I'd add a country gravy packet, just add water variety to those biscuits.
    That sounds like a great idea. I even considered thinking that maybe less milk/ & a little applesauce for flavor. But I haven't tried it, so I didn't want to ruin anyone's priceless ingredients during this challenge

    You guys are doing awesome!

    I think we would all not only survive this challenge - but also possibly thrive because of it!

    “After the last tree has been cut down, after the last river has been poisoned, after the last fish has been caught.
    Only then will you find that money can't be eaten.”

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    Sabrelvssammy, this is a rather fun exercise. It makes you reach down deep and think.


    Yeast-Free Bread


    2 1/2 cups self rising flour
    3 tbsps white sugar
    12 ozs carbonated beverages (flavored)


    1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9x5 inch loaf pan.
    2 Combine the flour, sugar and carbonated beverage. Mix well and place into the prepared pan.
    3 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Note: If using a sweetened carbonated beverage cut back on the sugar a little.

    Paul's (No Yeast) White Bread


    2 cups self raising flour
    2 eggs
    3/4 cup water
    2 tbsps oil

    1 Beat eggs in oil and add with water to flour.
    2 Bake 190degC (375degF) for 40mins in a greased loaf tin.
    3 Slice and serve with butter.


    Plain Muffins

    2 cups Bisquick
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 cup water
    1 egg

    Add sugar to Bisquick. Stir in water and well beaten egg. Mix well and fill well greased muffin pans 2/3 full. Bake in a moderately hot oven (400 F.) for 20 minutes.Amount: 12 fluffy, high muffins.

    Bisquick Pastry

    Cut 4 tablespoons of shortening into 1 cup of Bisquick. Leave this additional shortening in rather large pieces -- about the size of peas. Add just enough ice water to make dough stay together - about 3 tablespoons. This will make pastry for 1 crust for an 8 inch pan. For a 2 crust pie, double the recipe.

    I'd fill with whatever I had, canned pie filling, pudding, whatever.


    Dessert Dumplings

    sabrelvssammy's biscuit dough


    drop into hot sauce, in a wide kettle. Cover tightly and cook over low flame. Cook 10 minutes.

    For Applesauce Dumplings

    Pare, core and cut up 9 apples and cook with 3/4 cup of water and 3/4 cup of sugar until apples are mushy. Drop in Dumplings. Cover tightly and cook.

    I think I'd just use jarred applesauce unless our tree was ready for harvest.

    For Caramel Dumplings

    Caramelize 1/2 cup sugar in a heavy pan. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 1 cup of water. Cook until dissolved (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. Drop in dumplings. Cover tightly and cook.


    BISQUICK IMPOSSIBLE VEGETABLE PIE

    Any leftover vegetables in the bottom of a pie pan

    Mix together: 1 1/2 c. milk 3/4 c. Bisquick

    Blend 30 seconds and pour over vegetables. Bake

    IMPOSSIBLE CHILI PIE

    1 can chili


    Mix together: 1 1/2 c. milk 3/4 c. Bisquick

    Blend 30 seconds and pour over chili. Bake


    QUICK IMPOSSIBLE QUICHE

    2 c. milk
    4 eggs
    1/2 c. Bisquick

    Blend ingredients in blender for 1 minute. Pour in pie pan. bake.

    Egg Salad

    Eggs
    Mayo

    Self explanatory


    Deviled Eggs

    Eggs
    Mayo
    Dry mustard

    Hard boil eggs. Cool, shell, slice in half, remove yolk. Mash yolks, mix with mayo, add dry mustard to taste. Refill egg shells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollypurebred39 View Post
    My Grandmother's Quick Doughnuts

    Canned biscuits or homemade biscuit dough
    Oil
    Sugar- powdered or table

    Drop biscuit dough in hot oil, fry till done. Roll hot in sugar
    Yummy! I am trying this one out this weekend!!!!

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    My Grandmother made tons of these. She used both canned biscuits and homemade dough. Rolled in plain powdered sugar, cinnamon powdered sugar, plain table sugar and cinnamon sugar. We grandkids ate them till they came out our ears.

    I hope you enjoy them as much I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollypurebred39 View Post
    My Grandmother made tons of these. She used both canned biscuits and homemade dough. Rolled in plain powdered sugar, cinnamon powdered sugar, plain table sugar and cinnamon sugar. We grandkids ate them till they came out our ears.

    I hope you enjoy them as much I do.
    Gawd - we loved these too! My mom would cut them out with a lid for shape and then deep fry them & into the cinn/sugar. We had them every Sunday morning and we couldn't wait!

    “After the last tree has been cut down, after the last river has been poisoned, after the last fish has been caught.
    Only then will you find that money can't be eaten.”

    ~ Cree Indian Prophecy










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