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    Poverty Meal

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    25 mins

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    Malriah's Note:

    When I was a child, my family used to eat this at least once a week due to the fact that it is inexpensive and a little goes a long way. We also added fresh herbs or sometimes whole kernel corn. Its even better the next day and it freezes well.

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    1. 1
      Saute onions and garlic in olive oil until translucent.
    2. 2
      Brown ground beef and drain.
    3. 3
      Add ground beef, tomatoes, water, raw macaroni, salt and pepper to the onion and garlic mixture.
    4. 4
      Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
    5. 5
      If desired, top with Parmesan cheese.
    6. 6
      Serve with crusty bread and a salad.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 12, 2002


      Whether you are in no money times, or not, this is a SUPER MEAL TO HAVE! My hubby was so excited to try it, and I have to admit while cooking I ate a little here and there! LOL I did use ground turkey and put in an extra clove of garlic and 1 tsp basil. It was so good. I thank you for this wonderful meal that will come in good use at our home!

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    • on February 04, 2003


      hi Kari, This recipe reminds me of some of the wonderful concoctions we put together as kids,there were 10 of us kids so we lived very frugal,the only change I made was to add a can of kidney beans,it was delicious!!! Thanks for reminding me of my childhood. Darlene Summers

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    • on August 19, 2010


      I've been making a one dish meal similar to this for years. It too, was my mom's go to supper for us girls when we were children. We called it goulash, but whatever you call it, it makes a wonderful meal. I made this exactly as written with the exception of using regular cheap tomato juice in place of the water, I've found that this one addition makes a big difference in the flavor. Which means DH doesn't feel compelled to pour ketchup all over his, (that used to irritate me). This is also an easy recipe to dress up any way you want, ie. italian seasonings, mushrooms, peppers, hot pepper flakes etc. This is really good, and leftovers are better!

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    Nutritional Facts for Poverty Meal

    Serving Size: 1 (576 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 578.6
    Calories from Fat 196
    Total Fat 21.8 g
    Saturated Fat 7.3 g
    Cholesterol 77.1 mg
    Sodium 624.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 64.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.0 g
    Sugars 11.8 g
    Protein 31.7 g

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