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    mums the word
    Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:38 pm
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    With food prices going crazy, I thought it would be neat to start a thread that showcases budget friendly meals. I am hoping that posters will give a cost breakdown of their meal - nothing complicated, just estimates. In this example, I have taken the cost of the ingredients and divided by the number of servings in the package, then calculated the amount I used in the recipe. Here is a meal that I made a few days ago for a family of 4:

    See Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings By Lavender Lynn. Although the recipe is for wings, I switched it to drumsticks as they were more economical

    1 pkg of 12 drumsticks $4.62
    4 servings rice . 48
    1 egg .19
    sauce ingredients - maybe $1.00 at most
    1/2 head broccoli .49
    tin of corn .79
    Total $7.57

    This was an economical, healthy meal and was enjoyed by all of us. What can you make for under $10.00?
    Chef1MOM~Connie
    Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:19 am
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    mums the word wrote:
    With food prices going crazy, I thought it would be neat to start a thread that showcases budget friendly meals. I am hoping that posters will give a cost breakdown of their meal - nothing complicated, just estimates. In this example, I have taken the cost of the ingredients and divided by the number of servings in the package, then calculated the amount I used in the recipe. Here is a meal that I made a few days ago for a family of 4:

    See Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings By Lavender Lynn. Although the recipe is for wings, I switched it to drumsticks as they were more economical

    1 pkg of 12 drumsticks $4.62
    4 servings rice . 48
    1 egg .19
    sauce ingredients - maybe $1.00 at most
    1/2 head broccoli .49
    tin of corn .79
    Total $7.57

    This was an economical, healthy meal and was enjoyed by all of us. What can you make for under $10.00?


    mum what a great topic with food and GAS prices skyrocketing this is a very helpful forum/topic.

    My go to's are

    Tun fish casserole Tuna Fish Casserole
    .


    10 -16 ounces egg noodles $1.00
    1 (10 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup $.55
    1 (10 ounce) can peas $.59
    2 (6 ounce) cans tuna in water $2.00 at most
    5 -6 ounces milk (1/2 of soup can) $.20
    1 teaspoon butter, pat $.20

    Less than $5.00 for a family of 4 and I usually have some leftovers for lunch the next day.

    I also try to do a spaghetti or any pasta and sauce night at home. I make the sauce from my tomatoes in the garden and freeze but when I runout I buy 2 large tins at $1.00 each to make the sauce with a can of paste and herbs already in the cupboard i costs less than $4.00 al told with the pasta for a family of 4 plus leftovers for another night as a side dish.
    mums the word
    Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:36 pm
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    Hi Connie - we love pasta dishes too and they are so budget friendly.Today, I am preparing Simple Crock Pot Chicken and Potatoes for the Pick a Chef event. I switched the roasting chicken to some legs and breasts that I had in the freezer.

    chicken $5.52
    assorted spices - about .25
    4 potatoes - about .50
    side dish of carrots - about .30

    $6.57 for 4 people

    I often switch cuts of meat to something which is on sale to keep the cost lower.

    We are having my in-laws here for the weekend so I am in the midst of planning a menu for the next three days. I know lasagna is on the menu for Friday night - rather expensive, but it's company! I'll do a side of garlic bread and a salad to round it out. Then, a crockpot apple cobbler recipe that I found on this site. I'll let you know how that turns out. icon_biggrin.gif
    Chef1MOM~Connie
    Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:47 pm
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    mums the word wrote:
    Hi Connie - we love pasta dishes too and they are so budget friendly.Today, I am preparing Simple Crock Pot Chicken and Potatoes for the Pick a Chef event. I switched the roasting chicken to some legs and breasts that I had in the freezer.

    chicken $5.52
    assorted spices - about .25
    4 potatoes - about .50
    side dish of carrots - about .30

    $6.57 for 4 people

    I often switch cuts of meat to something which is on sale to keep the cost lower.

    We are having my in-laws here for the weekend so I am in the midst of planning a menu for the next three days. I know lasagna is on the menu for Friday night - rather expensive, but it's company! I'll do a side of garlic bread and a salad to round it out. Then, a crockpot apple cobbler recipe that I found on this site. I'll let you know how that turns out. icon_biggrin.gif


    I do the same thing as far as switching cuts of meat to what I have already or what is on sale as long as it follows the essence of the recipe.

    In the next week or 2 I am getting 1/2 a beef and agreed to help wrap the cuts of beef to reduce cost for myself and my sister n law. her and I are sharing a cow. HUGE expense initially about $300.00 but it should take me through most of the year. I already told the butcher/farmer that all I want are 3/4 inch steaks and 5 lb roasts. The remainder of the meat (end pieces) I want ground beef and bagged in 5 lb bags.
    When I get home I can reduce the size of the roasts to fit my needs here,(some I will leave larger for company or leftover days) break up the ground beef packages and add in ground turkey, pork, & oatmeal to make meatloaves and burger patties or ground beef mix for ther recipe r soups.

    I usually try to make 3/4-1 lb lb packages of each of these and if company is coming (more than hubby and I) then I take 2 bags out to make dinner or 2 bags of patties to make dinner.

    I am interested n yoyr crockpot apple recipe. Is it online or not?

    Another super budget is soups once per week. I take whatever is leftover and add in. Today's soup is chicken vegetable. Used leftover chicken qtr, some carrots, beans from dinner, onions, celery, and the broth I had saved from another dinner. I think it cost me less than $2.00 over all and I have enough for dinner today and another day this week. Perfect as temps are again 10 and below!
    mums the word
    Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:53 pm
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    Hi Connie - Crock Pot Apple Pie is the one that I am going to make tomorrow. Check it out, it sounds yummy!

    I have never looked into buying a side of beef but it sounds like it could be a good idea to save $. I would have to find a family member to share with, both for the cost and the fact that I only have a small chest freezer. I really should research that idea. icon_cool.gif
    JLBear71
    Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:35 pm
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    So, what you are looking for is a meal for 4 coming in at less than $10? I think I can try this but am probably doing it wrong.

    Even tho it is just the 2 of us, I will usually double or triple a regular recipe for 4 to get at least one leftovers lunch and at least one more dinner out of it. I just bought the ingredients for beef stew from my Amish Farmers Market. This is for a triple recipe for me so bear with me for a minute.

    2 lbs Beef cubes $9.25 (I know, a little pricey but the quality is incredibly good)
    3 lbs baby potatoes $2.50
    2 bags baby carrots $2.00
    1 bunch celery $1.00
    1 large onion $.50
    Spices/herbs/flour from cabinet $.50 (probably much less than that)

    Total $15.75 for 10-12 generous servings or approx $6.28 for 4 servings. Add $1.00 if we get a loaf of italian bread to serve with it.
    mums the word
    Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:44 pm
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    Hi JLbear - you did it right! I love stew with Italian bread. Sometimes I just can't stop dipping the bread in and I end up stuffed!

    I often make extra food as well, to put in my husband's lunch. Better to cook once and eat twice in my opinion. That actually saves on energy costs too so double good thinking. icon_biggrin.gif
    JLBear71
    Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:53 pm
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    I am always trying to do double-duty meals. Either something I can get more than one meal out of or turn the leftovers into completely different meal. My favorite is a roasted chicken.

    1 whole chicken (average I get is 6 lbs) @ $.79/lb = $5.00
    1 bag carrots - $1.00
    1 onion $.50
    2 cups rice $.50ish
    1 bag egg noodles $1.00
    1 bag frozen mixed veggies $1.00
    spices & whatnot from pantry $.50
    6 slices bread $.50
    Total $11.00

    However this will make at least 4-5 meals out of this.

    Meal #1 Roast the chicken. Have with carrots & rice. Clean remaining meat of bones. Meal #2 Use half of meat for chicken salad sandwiches. Meal #3-4 Put bones in crockpot, cover with water. Left cook on low for 18 hours to make stock. Use other half the remaining meat in the soup with noodles and frozen veggies.
    mums the word
    Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:06 pm
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    I agree with you there, a roasted chicken will give you at least 3 meals usually. I always make soup out of the bones, and use leftover meat to make some type of casserole.

    I always know what is in my fridge to be used up so I very rarely throw food out. My sister-in-law has a "thing" about leftover food and she wastes so much it is shocking. icon_eek.gif
    mums the word
    Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:00 pm
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    Well Connie, I did make the Crock Pot Apple Pie and it is yummy. A must try!
    Gabby LSW
    Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:14 am
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    My easy, go to recipe for 4 is my Crockpot Chicken Caccitore (that I can't spell)

    1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts 1.49 (or less)
    1 large onion, sliced .30
    1 pkg fresh mushrooms .99
    Italian seasoning .10 (?)
    1 jar/can spaghetti sauce 1.00
    1 lb pasta/spaghetti 1.00

    Place chicken on bottom of crock pot. Top with sliced onions and italian seasoning. Pour pasta sauce on top. Cook on low 6-7 hours, add mushrooms, cook for an additional hour. Serve over spaghetti.

    This recipe easily doubles and freezes well. We have a local store that sells b/s chicken breasts for 1.19 - 1.49 / lb in a 40 lb box every month or so. DD and I buy a box and split it. 20 lbs of chicken lasts DH and I several months.
    mums the word
    Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:26 am
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    Wow Gabby I can't believe that you pay so little for boneless breasts. If I am lucky I can get it for $2.49 lb but usually a sale is $2.99/lb.l

    Your cacciatore recipe sounds easy and yummy. I think I'll have to try that.
    Gabby LSW
    Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:12 pm
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    Yep, we get really good chicken prices here...good thing we like it! I can often get it for $1.50-1.69 per lb without having to buy 40 lbs of it. One benefit of being in Ohio is the decent grocery prices. When we travel in Canada, I'm always amazed at how high your prices are.
    Cinisajoy
    Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:24 pm
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    No recipes here but I can do that easily.

    Angel food ministries and their meats are better than our grocery stores. One week of food for four is $31. They also have a $41 box with more meats and vegetables.
    mums the word
    Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:30 am
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    Wow, hi Cinisajoy...I haven't seen you on here in ages. Nice to have you back. icon_biggrin.gif

    Sounds like Angel Ministries is an awesome organization. I am not familiar with that but assume that you are in the states? I'll have to check your AM page to see where you are.
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