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12-04-2006, 03:25 PM #1
Favorite Cheap Recipe? Cheap meal???
Anyone want to list their favorite and easy to make frugal dinner recipe? Here's mine:
Mushroom olive pasta (Takes less than 10 min to make.)
Set the pot of water on to boil for the pasta (any kind of pasta).
While water is heating, sautee some garlic and white mushrooms in olive oil (I usually use quite a bit garlic). Salt as desired. Once the mushrooms are on the soft side (I like them cooked well because they become more flavorful) empty contents of pan into blender or food processor. Add a can of olives (I do not drain the olives) and pulse til you get a crumbly texture. Salt to taste (salt really brings the flavor out) and add more olive oil if desired. Serve over pasta with parmesian cheese. This is delicious. I usually have olives, pasta, parm and mushrooms on hand, so this meal is a no brainer. Add a salad and bread and you're good to go!
- 12-04-2006, 03:57 PM #2
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My favorite meal when I'm low on time, ingredients, or cash is just a couple of fried eggs with a couple pieces of toast. There's nothing better!
Another good one is my simple rendition of tuna casserole:
Ani's Tuna Casserole
5 or 6 handfuls of dry macaroni
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can corn, drained
1 can tuna, drained
cheese, grated or cubed (if desired)
chips, any sort, crushed (if desired)
Cook the macaroni in boiling water until tender. Drain and mix with cream of mushroom soup, corn, and tuna. Mix in any desired cheese. After dishing up, add crushed chips of whatever sort you have. It's a great way to use up the smaller chips at the bottom of the bag that no one wants to eat.12-04-2006, 04:07 PM #3
Yes, breakfast for dinner is always great! And I LOVE tuna casserole! I also love to grill sandwiches on my George Foreman grill. Sometimes I make cool ones like ham, cheese and horseradish. Sometimes just two pieces of bread and a slice of cheese!12-04-2006, 04:10 PM #4
12-04-2006, 04:20 PM #5
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my favorite fast, cheap meal is scrambled eggs, sausage, and cheese stuffed inside tortillas.12-04-2006, 04:34 PM #6
I use the large size can of whole, pitted olives.12-04-2006, 04:43 PM #7
~In the summer, I love to make stewed zucchini in my crock pot. I just simmer a few large tomatoes and and a cut-up zuchinni from my mama's garden and half a cut-up onion and a teaspoon or so of Italian seasoning for 3 hours in my crock pot. Then I serve it over egg noodles, penne rigati or rice. It's practically free and very flavorful.~12-04-2006, 04:49 PM #8
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Ani, we make the same kind of quick tuna casserole as you, only we sub a can of peas for the corn, and skip the chips and cheese!
My fav is what my mom used to call "macaroni cheese bake":
Cooked macaroni (or any pasta)
1 can tomato soup (or 1 can diced tomatoes)
2-3 slices processed cheese, or 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
Add tomato soup to cooked macaroni and mix well in a casserole. Place the cheese on top of the mixture, and microwave until the cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!12-04-2006, 05:24 PM #9
~I thought of another one. More winterish. Microwave baked potatoes with broccolli cheese sauce. I just cook frozen broccolli pieces in water on the stove. Then I drain and add a slice of processed american cheese, 1/8 cup cheddar cheese and 2 Tb milk per serving. Stir it until well blended and bubbly hot then serve over baked potatoes. Takes 10 minutes tops and costs about $.30 per person.~12-04-2006, 05:28 PM #10
1 can salmon
1/4 cup minced onion
2 tbsp pickle relish
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
Combine salmon, onion, relish and lemon juice together and form into patties. Roll in cornmeal. Fry in canola oil until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. I serve this with a salad and hush puppies.12-04-2006, 05:29 PM #11
Another cheap easy and filling meal
Red Beans and Rice
1 pound dry pinto beans, soaked overnight and then cooked until tender
1 lb smoked sausage
1 can spice Rotel (tomatoes and green chilis)
1 tbsp Creole seasoning, ( I use Tony Chechere's creole seasoning)
1 tsp Louisiana hot sauce (omit this if you don't like your food really spicy)
4 cups cooked white rice
Slice sausage into 1 in chunks and brown in skillet, add tomatoes and seasoning, simmer for 15 minutes. Add to beans and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve over cooked rice.
12-04-2006, 05:31 PM #12
Easy kid friendly meal
My kids loved this one when they were younger. It was so quick and easy to make and inexpensive too.
1 lb hamburger or ground turkey
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp minced onion
1 can biscuits
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Brown ground meat and drain. Add BBQ sauce, brown sugar and onion. Press uncooked biscuits in muffin tin, one biscuit in each muffin space, making the biscuit cover the inside of the space, bottom and sides, spoon meat mixture into each muffin pocket andtop with cheddar cheese. Bake at 350º for 12 minutes.
12-04-2006, 09:34 PM #13
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Wow these all sound yummy!! I might have to try some. I don't have measurements but here's one we like.
can of diced tomatoes
Soak the beans overnight. Mix all ingredients(except rice) together and heat.
Serve over the rice.12-04-2006, 10:36 PM #1412-05-2006, 07:11 AM #15
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Egg fried rice, bacon, and grits.
Sausage gravy (usually deer sausage), over grits, eggs either fried or scrambled and homemade hashbrowns.
Sausage gravy over hot biscuits with a side of grits.
Fried ham and red eye gravy over, you guessed it, grits.
Sometimes it's just grits with fried eggs mixed in and toast with jelly.
Corned beef hash, fried eggs, hashbrowns and grits.
Fried fish, grits and hoecakes.
Fried deer steaks, gravy, grits, biscuits.
Fried shrimp, mashed potatoes (love dipping the shrimp into the potatoes) and corn.
Fried squirrel, gravy, rice, biscuits
Smothered rabbit, mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes and fried okra.
Homemade vegetable soup from garden vegetables and cornbread
Let's face it, we will never starve here as long as there are grits, cornmeal, wild game, fish and seafood available and we can grow a garden.
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