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    You are in: Home / Community Forums / Cooking on a Budget: OAMC, Make Ahead, Freezing & More / Meals on a BUDGET for a family of 6!
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    Meals on a BUDGET for a family of 6!

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    jonesies
    Sun Oct 21, 2007 7:26 pm
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    LOVE this thread. One sentiment that was repeated a few times is how you can eat on a budget, but most of the foods are fatty, etc. I'm posting some budget meals that are good for you to boot!

    Grilled Baby Vegetables - I now grill whatever veggies are on sale including broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, carrots, etc. I throw in some stew meat or leftover chicken and a great meal for about $4.00 (for four). - I cook it on the George Foreman in about 6 minutes.

    Creamy Broccoli Soup
    Weight Watchers Macaroni Salad
    Weight Watchers Sunshine Salad - when you can get canned fruit on sale
    Weight Watcher 1 Point Banana Bread--Flex Points
    Skinny Mashed Potatoes
    Garlicky Green Beans
    Rich and Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
    Low Fat Buffalo Chicken Tenders W/ Blue Cheese Dip - for when chicken tenders or breasts are on sale.
    Tex-Mex Tostadas (Lower Fat) - I omit the green pepper and can use less chicken (just mix the chicken with bean mixture for one layer)
    Crunchy Onion Chicken - kids love these!
    Low-Fat Creamed Tuna on Toast
    5 Can Soup - add whatever leftover meat you may have.
    Cheerio Applesauce Muffins - save all those "bottom of the box" cheerios and use them up for these!
    Uncle Bill's Microwave Potato Chips - 180 ratings can't be wrong!
    Quick Cheezy Oyster Cracker Snacks - get some generic oyster crackers and jazz them up instead of buying expensive chips, pretzels, etc.
    Crispy and Easy Bagel Thins - buy those day-old bagels and use them up!
    Roasted Garlic & Spinach Spirals - when I need fresh spinach for one recipe, I buy it from the salad bar at the grocery store. WAY cheaper than the bagged stuff.
    Easy Crock Pot BBQ Chicken (Low Fat) - this is SOO good
    Crock Pot Ranch Chicken Stew
    Split Pea 'n Ham Soup - made this last night. Got my hamhock for $2.00, split peas for $.79 and had the rest of the ingredients on hand. (Earlier in the week, bought bagged carrots, buy one, get one free) Made quite a bit. Ate half, froze half.

    I have to say, the crock pot is my best friend during the fall/winter months especially. I just bought a 4.5 lb chicken for $3.43. Will cook it in the crock pot and use the meat for chicken salad and then for soup.

    I also love my George Foreman. It lets me cook almost anything in record time and using minimal electricity, unlike the stove or oven.

    And don't forget the dollar stores (like Dollar Tree). Search their food aisles for some great deals. I got 17 oz bottles of olive oil for $1.00 each! (I bought 10). If I'm entertaining, I go there to get my crackers, pickles and olives, etc. I even got biscotti there once!

    Thanks for bumping this .... let's keep it going!
    Amanda Beth
    Tue Oct 23, 2007 1:13 pm
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    Just re-read this thread, because I'm always looking out for great ideas on a budget! I found tonight's dinner, and next weekend's breakfast, lol. And I was reminded of some hard times, and some good times too. Anyway, I just wanted to agree with the posting about the Dollar Store. I'm forever buying stuff there. I get my minced garlic there. A big tall jar for a buck! I could probably get fresh garlic myself, and mince it myself, but ugh. I would buy it, and it would go to waste, so this is a good choice for us.
    I also make meatless dinners when my DH isn't home. He's a whiner, lol. But the kids are thrilled with grilled cheese or eggs and toast for dinner, and it's a good way to stretch that money on out a bit farther. We also eat meatless lunches pretty often too. Grilled cheese, soup, PB sandwiches, mac n cheese. I try to only serve meat once a day, unless I can get a good deal on it. And I love leftovers! Cook once, eat twice. I like it!
    redplaid huf
    Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:09 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    With gas and food prices being crazy this is a great thread. (I just saw a Spam commercial, I can't remember ever seeing a Spam commercial before! More people buying Spam? Spam getting rich? Spending money on advertising?eek!)

    For a semi summary of this thread Lvs2Cook made a cookbook of recipes in this thread http://www.recipezaar.com/cookbook.php?bookid=51062

    I would like to know if anyone has made a OAMC plan for budget cooking?
    JillAZ
    Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:17 am
    Forum Host
    redplaid huf wrote:
    With gas and food prices being crazy this is a great thread. (I just saw a Spam commercial, I can't remember ever seeing a Spam commercial before! More people buying Spam? Spam getting rich? Spending money on advertising?eek!)

    For a semi summary of this thread Lvs2Cook made a cookbook of recipes in this thread http://www.recipezaar.com/cookbook.php?bookid=51062

    I would like to know if anyone has made a OAMC plan for budget cooking?


    Have you checked out the plans at the top of the forum?
    redplaid huf
    Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:14 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    yes I have. In fact I am on my way out to buy groceries for meal plan #3. Cooking day will be on monday. I have done small plans but this will be my first big one! My 11 y/o daughter is looking forward to the big day.

    I was just wondering if anyone had done a plan for any of these budget recipes although, OAMC is good for the budget anyway!
    j.a.c.k.
    Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:16 am
    Food.com Groupie
    I have been reading this all night (the benefits of having the internet when working night duty) its really inspired me to have a crack at some OAMC. I made a double batch of oven baked chimichangas, doubled up on a sausage curry and made some porcupine meatballs. What a help it is when you work shift work to know there's something in the freezer when you lose the will to cook. Thanks everyone for all the great ideas. Please keep adding to this thread its fabulous. chris
    HouseGurlJenna
    Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:31 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I really am loving this thread... I am a working mom of 5 kids, my husband is a disabled vet going through school full time to get into a career his body can handle. Needless to say we are on a very tight budget and all of these ideas are very helpful. I am really interested in healthy recipes on a budget for a large family, I don't do to bad on my own and I absolutely love to cook but with this many kids and the youngest two are 3 and 8 months I really haven't the time anymore. But I am always down to try new ideas. Has anyone given any thought to doing a OAMC night with a group? Like 5 or 6 getting together and making a night of it for all of the households... brainstorming and the help would be awesome not to mention those of us with small kids really don't have much of a social life. Just a thought. I have considered it but most of my female friends aren't cooks and just want me to teach them so it doesn't get so much accomplished. Keep posting and thanks from a lurker. icon_cool.gif
    Mom2AbbyandParker
    Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:11 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    bump..

    what a great thread! I'm going to go through the cookbook and meal plan some of the recipes for august. We are really trying to save as much money as we can (not that we have a big budget in the first place)to move closer to work and also into the country setting.. I shopped today and got enough for a couple weeks minus a few things i couldnt find for about a $110 so about $55 for a week. But Im sure I will be back out to the store for bananas and milk next week.
    http://cashcrate.com/1381
    Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:53 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    1. Tomato and Basil Pasta ( very simple, but delicious )
    SoNottaCook
    Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:15 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Wow, this post has lasted forever!!! Just wanted to bump it up because there are a LOT of recipes here that sound really good.[/b]
    bakedapple42
    Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:46 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    HouseGurlJenna wrote:
    I really am loving this thread... I am a working mom of 5 kids, my husband is a disabled vet going through school full time to get into a career his body can handle. Needless to say we are on a very tight budget and all of these ideas are very helpful. I am really interested in healthy recipes on a budget for a large family, I don't do to bad on my own and I absolutely love to cook but with this many kids and the youngest two are 3 and 8 months I really haven't the time anymore. But I am always down to try new ideas. Has anyone given any thought to doing a OAMC night with a group? Like 5 or 6 getting together and making a night of it for all of the households... brainstorming and the help would be awesome not to mention those of us with small kids really don't have much of a social life. Just a thought. I have considered it but most of my female friends aren't cooks and just want me to teach them so it doesn't get so much accomplished. Keep posting and thanks from a lurker. icon_cool.gif

    Please tell your husband we all thank him for his sacrifice and service to our country. And God bless you, being a mom of 5 and holding it all together icon_biggrin.gif
    Perhaps you could start a OAMC cooking group at your place of worship or at a local Mommy & Me type group. Or you could ask someone that you think matches your level of cooking expertise. I agree with your hesitation on working with someone who is not a cook, I did two OAMC days with someone who was not a cook and I ended up doing much of the work while teaching her what to do. It was exhausting.
    If you cannot find anyone you'd like to cook with, you could make your solo efforts much much easier if you enlist the help of someone just to do most of the cutting and chopping. This makes it a LOT easier to assemble everything. Maybe you can bribe someone into being your "chopper" if you offer to give them one of the dinners or a batch of cookies.
    Margie99
    Sat Aug 15, 2009 12:43 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    HouseGurlJenna
    If you are unable to get a OAMC session going I would suggest doing little bits of OAMC done when you can. When you make dinner try to double whatever recipes that you can. You make two pans of enchiladas and freeze one type of thing. You could also do prep work that way. One day chop and freeze a bag of onions. Another day do a bunch of celery, or carrots, then green peppers. This will help you get dinner going much faster. I also have hamburger and chicken both cooked and just prepped in the freezer. Last week I got a great deal on chicken breast so I cut some up and left some whole and froze them. I went back to the store a few days later and got more that I cooked and chopped and threw in the freezer. I also try doing the "Rachel Ray" thing and prepping my veggies or fruit when I can find a pocket of time-while something is simmering on the stove.
    stlmommy
    Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:20 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    BUMPING!!! GREAT THREAD!!!
    MommyCheryl #345095
    Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:54 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    bakedapple42 wrote:
    HouseGurlJenna wrote:
    I really am loving this thread... I am a working mom of 5 kids, my husband is a disabled vet going through school full time to get into a career his body can handle. Needless to say we are on a very tight budget and all of these ideas are very helpful. I am really interested in healthy recipes on a budget for a large family, I don't do to bad on my own and I absolutely love to cook but with this many kids and the youngest two are 3 and 8 months I really haven't the time anymore. But I am always down to try new ideas. Has anyone given any thought to doing a OAMC night with a group? Like 5 or 6 getting together and making a night of it for all of the households... brainstorming and the help would be awesome not to mention those of us with small kids really don't have much of a social life. Just a thought. I have considered it but most of my female friends aren't cooks and just want me to teach them so it doesn't get so much accomplished. Keep posting and thanks from a lurker. icon_cool.gif

    Please tell your husband we all thank him for his sacrifice and service to our country. And God bless you, being a mom of 5 and holding it all together icon_biggrin.gif
    Perhaps you could start a OAMC cooking group at your place of worship or at a local Mommy & Me type group. Or you could ask someone that you think matches your level of cooking expertise. I agree with your hesitation on working with someone who is not a cook, I did two OAMC days with someone who was not a cook and I ended up doing much of the work while teaching her what to do. It was exhausting.
    If you cannot find anyone you'd like to cook with, you could make your solo efforts much much easier if you enlist the help of someone just to do most of the cutting and chopping. This makes it a LOT easier to assemble everything. Maybe you can bribe someone into being your "chopper" if you offer to give them one of the dinners or a batch of cookies.


    I know this is a bit old, but incase someone else is interested....
    There is a blog I check out, Freezer Chicks, that is a group of 4 or 5 friends who OAMC together. They explain and post recipes. It looks like each month they plan the menu, everyone take a few recipes and makes enough for each family and once a month they get together and swap.
    Braunda
    Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:31 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    This is really great!! Thank You!!! Hugs
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