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    Meals on a BUDGET for a family of 6!

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    Karen=^..^=
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 8:18 pm
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    Help! It is almost time for me to do my bi-weekly menu-planning and food shopping and I really need to be careful this time with $$$$$.

    I have some old stand-bys that I have been making, but I am looking for some new cheapy dinners (that we may actually have left-overs from for lunch).

    I should say none of us eats seafood and my 4 kids will not eat anything too strange.

    I usually stick to chicken, ground beef, stews, casseroles, Italian and Mexican. Love pork, but it has been too expensive.

    I have a 6.5 quart crockpot, and I do work everyday, but get home around 3:15, so I do have time to cook.

    I know I can do a search under "budget-stretchers" but I thought maybe someone could recommend something REALLY good.

    Thanks all icon_smile.gif
    MizzNezz
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 9:04 pm
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    Karen=^..^=
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 9:13 pm
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    Quote:

    Karen, I know how that goes!! Here's a few of my "money ran out before the month" recipes.

    Beef Patties With Cream Sauce

    Pizza Skillet

    Easy Way Lasagna

    Beef Noodle Paprikash

    Elbows And Ham Bake

    Pork Skillet

    And for the crockpot
    Crockpot Pork Stew
    Crockpot Beef Stew
    Country Chicken And Vegetables (crock pot)


    Thanks so much, Inez. I had 3 or 4 of these in my recipe book already, and just added a couple more! BTW, have made your Pepperoni Rigatoni 2x now, and my whole family is nuts over it...that is going to be a staple around here icon_smile.gif Also have made Meatless (But Very Cheesy) No Boil Lasagna a couple times...yummy!
    MizzNezz
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 9:17 pm
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    Now it's my turn to say thanks!! icon_smile.gif

    When I want to save time I make up the lasagna in the morning and pop it in the oven that evening.
    MizzNezz
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 9:20 pm
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    Hey, Karen I almost forgot this one. When I had the day care all the kids loved this!

    Wendy's Burger Goulash
    Husbands love it too!
    Malriah
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 9:30 pm
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    Here are a couple of our budget-stretchers...

    Stolen Zesty Chicken Casserole

    Old Fashioned Corn and Potato Chowder

    Heavenly Tomato-Basil Angel Hair

    Poverty Meal

    Quick Veggie-Beef Soup with Parsley Dumplings

    Spicy Honey Orange Chicken Breasts

    I just realized that most of my recipes are inexpensive. Especially if your pantry is pretty well-stocked with basic spices and such.

    Good Luck!
    Tish
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 9:56 pm
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    I have found that the easiest way to save a bit of $$$$ is to cook some of my meals ahead...boil a chicken, use the broth, chop the chicken and use in recipes that call for chicken (mostly casseroles), and maybe a bit of soup. I also like to make a couple of lazy lasagna since it's so cheap to put together and easy to freeze and heat up. My favorites are:
    Creamy Turkey Vegetable Soup
    Spicy Chicken Tortilla
    Sweet Potato Burritos
    All Purpose Ground Meat Mix
    Chicken Curry (Once a Month Cooking)
    Chicken Thigh Parmigiana
    Crock Pot Pasta Sauce with Chicken
    Inez has some great recipes I would definitely try out as well. Her crockpot recipes and casseroles are to die for! Enjoy the search. I'm constantly living on a budget!
    morningglory
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 10:01 pm
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    I have a fairly inexpensive recipe that my kids love.
    Karen=^..^=
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 10:12 pm
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    Thanks! I appreciate all of the ideas...now I have to start number crunching icon_smile.gif

    Keep 'em coming though...have to do this every 2 weeks!
    Leta
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 10:23 pm
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    Just a few that I know are good:

    Steak Shapes 44378
    and

    Easy Chicken and Stuffing Casserole 44374 (if the kids don't like broccoli you can leave it out and just do a veggie on the side)

    Also,

    Navajo Tacos
    Breakfast Burritos (We have these for dinner quite often)
    Calico Beans (These baked beans are a meal in one pot)
    Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
    Baked Potato Soup
    Creamy Corn Chowder (If they like corn they'll like this)

    Hope this helps.
    Ridgely
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 10:43 pm
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    I am there with you..in fact that is what I am doing right now, making my menu and grocery list. Here are a few that I might suggest:

    Chicken Velvet Soup
    Oriental Hodge Podge
    Crockpot Ginger Chicken
    Burrito Bake
    Veggie Mac Soup

    Also quesadillas, quiche and frittata's work well. Sometimes we just will have fried rice for dinner the kids love it!
    MizzNezz
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 10:48 pm
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    This is a good thread Karen!! I'm popping recipes in my cookbook.
    Karen=^..^=
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 10:48 pm
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    Quote:

    Just a few that I know are good:

    Steak Shapes 44378
    and

    Easy Chicken and Stuffing Casserole 44374 (if the kids don't like broccoli you can leave it out and just do a veggie on the side)

    Also,

    Navajo Tacos
    Breakfast Burritos (We have these for dinner quite often)
    Calico Beans (These baked beans are a meal in one pot)
    Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
    Baked Potato Soup
    Creamy Corn Chowder (If they like corn they'll like this)

    Hope this helps.

    Hey there, Leta...I tagged your breakfast burritos...we are having them this week! I also added a couple others to my cookbook. thanks!
    Karen=^..^=
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 10:55 pm
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    Quote:

    Burrito Bake

    Also quesadillas, quiche and frittata's work well. Sometimes we just will have fried rice for dinner the kids love it!

    This one sounds good, but mixing the beans in with the baking mix sounds really weird! It sounds like it would be really gloppy, although I saw that you and 5 other people gave it 5 stars icon_smile.gif

    Quesadillas, burritos and tacos are a major favorite around here also.
    Ridgely
    Sun Nov 17, 2002 11:19 pm
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    The Burrito Bake does sound wierd, but it was pretty tasty. My daughter who is extremely picky had seconds and thirds. You never know. You know what else I thought of is homemade pizza. I really like homemade pizza over any take out or restaurant- the kids like putting on their own cheese and pepperoni. If you need a good pizza dough recipe let me know, but in a pinch I use Greek pita bread that I always have in the freezer. I buy the pita at Costco, it's 10 in a bag for $1.99. My family loves hummus and we always have the ingredients on hand to make it. Some people don't like it, but it is always a fill in dinner for us. I serve it with Cucumber salad and grilled chicken.
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