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    Meals on a BUDGET for a family of 6!

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    Nessa, Texas Housewife
    Fri Sep 22, 2006 5:43 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Thanks so much! We do a lot of that already, but I still got some great ideas from it. I really need to get better about menu planning; I'm bad about impulse grocery shopping.
    Kytelady
    Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:30 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Here's a quick one we call "Stogie" Can be made in any size.

    1 pound Hamburger (can use turkey as well)
    1 onion diced
    (brown and season)
    (drain fat)
    add mushroom soup
    Heat well and then add sour cream or buttermilk (they have the same flavor) Needs to be rather soupy.

    pour over noodles for yummy "stroganoff"

    when reheating the next day, add a little more buttermilk to keep it nice and moist. My grandkids love it!
    chef 138622
    Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:36 pm
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    WOW this thread is great! Heres my cookbook for Quick and Frugal Meals http://www.recipezaar.com/cookbook.php?bookid=74500
    Amy V#2
    Mon Oct 30, 2006 8:22 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    This is a great thread. Could you list the 13 meals your planning to make for $100? You'd save me a lot of work icon_smile.gif
    Paka
    Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:21 am
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    Wow, thanks to everyone here for this thread! I just finished reading the entire thing and have next weeks menu planned. They have cut my DH's pay and it's getting hard with two in college. I've been saving any meat for him and I just eat the veggies, which is ok 'cause I really do like my veggies! I'll check back often, keep up the good work.
    icetea
    Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:36 pm
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    bump
    icetea
    Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:37 pm
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    bumping
    DEEP
    Sat Aug 18, 2007 11:38 pm
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    [quote="Laci"]
    Quote:
    WOW this thread is great! Heres my cookbook for Quick and Frugal Meals http://www.recipezaar.com/cookbook.php?bookid=74500


    Thanks, Laci! A great cookbook. I've saved to faves. Some super great ideas!

    Regards,
    DEEP
    3KillerBs
    Sun Aug 19, 2007 10:01 am
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    Pretty much anything on my list is both budget friendly and sized for 6 (or more), because we have 4 kids.

    www.recipezaar.com/recipes.php?chef=384041
    Nova Scotia Cook
    Sat Oct 13, 2007 9:44 am
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    bump icon_biggrin.gif
    Have been looking at this thread & checking out recipes for over 2 hours....found some great ideas and just want to keep it going.....
    Tish
    Sat Oct 13, 2007 10:59 am
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    Glad you found it and us! Welcome icon_smile.gif
    ColoradoCookin'
    Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:09 am
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    Something that works no fail for me is BBQ. BBQ can be made in so many ways, and with nearly any meat that is on sale.

    The history of BBQ is greatly debated, on who or where it started. Truly one of the origins is from the slaves in the south. They were given the poorest and worst cuts of pork, at least what was deemed the worst at that point. By BBQ'ing (slow roasting for hours in marinade... aka. in my world as the crock pot) you could turn a hard cheap piece of meat into something really good.

    I've experimented with all kinds of sauces and marinades. The beauty too is you can mix up most sauces toss it over meat, boned or not. Even toss in some taters or veggies if you want and freeze it all in a bag or pan. Dump that in your crock pot in the morning, come home to something yummy. By freezing it you marinade it too... sort of. You can get nearly any meat that's on sale that month and put it in a yummy marinade, which is essentially the roots of how BBQ started, for a yummy dinner.

    I love those 88 cent sales on pork butts... "may I have 20 pounds please?"!!! hehehehehe
    2bizzy
    Sun Oct 14, 2007 11:20 am
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    Our grocery has a quick sale meat section which often has great deals. My kids call it the "rotten meat" section, but I've gotten fantastic buys and then just popped them into the freezer until I need them.
    Whatscooking?
    Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:53 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    This may sound kind of obvious- but I regularly decrease the amount of ground beef or chicken in recipes (sometimes adding more of the veggies or starch). Family of five eats til they are full (albeit 2 of them are little kids) and the money/food goes twice as far.
    Vicki in AZ
    Sun Oct 21, 2007 6:02 pm
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    Karen=^..^= wrote:
    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.


    I tried this and thought it was not so great, but the kids loved it. It is definitely a kid's meal, imho.
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