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Old 02-12-2005, 10:16 AM   #31
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Aldi's and Save-A-Lot

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Old 02-12-2005, 11:57 AM   #32
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A lot of great ideas here.

Also would think of a frittata.

Toss in some onion, green onions, a bit of ham, a slice or two of bacon that can be cooked and broken up, fresh or canned mushrooms, a tomato, cheese, almost anything in the fridge, and you can make a frittata.

Serve as is or put some mozzarella cheese on top and some pizza sauce, and the kids will love it.

Yep, a good old cheap, use anything you can find in the fridge, frittata, one of my favorite meals.

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Old 12-29-2005, 09:39 AM   #33
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This sounds interesting and wanted to bump for the new ones, like me, that weren't around for it.
My cheapy would be, shredded chicken, rice, scrambled egg and soy sauce.
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Old 12-29-2005, 10:57 AM   #34
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stir fry is a good one, chix or even ground pork bag of mix veggies throw in some pasta goes along ways.
This is a good topic. So many times i see young couples with small children or less fortunate family buying their grocerys. I see how much they waste thier hard earn money on alot of prepared foods when they could do just what every one above has said. I guess some haven't been taught to prepare foods also. I count my blessings.
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:13 AM   #35
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I don't think I'd ever seen this thread, but it is very interesting. I'd read somewhere about "declaring yourself poor" one week a month and saving whatever you would have spent. I thought that was a good idea, but haven't tried it. I really should and eat out of the freezer for more than a week until things are really more orderly there. I'm going to read all the good ideas in this thread. Thanks for bumping it up.
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:13 AM   #36
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probably a fritatta or french toast
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:15 AM   #37
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I agree with letscook... we probably spend a lot, lot more on groceries than average couple, but on a whole we are also saving a lot because we so rarely eat out in restaurants. It doesn't always have to be an elaborate effort to make an appealing dinner!!

these are just a few example of our "frugal gourmet" menu....

-Spaghetti amatriciana or spaghetti aglio, olio & peperoncino and frittata with potato and scallion.
-Stroganoff made with mince, instead of strips of steak.
-Tabouleh made with cous cous instead of bulgar (cous cous is much more economical, and works well with this recipe)
-pancakes with fruit salad
-(if tomatoes are in season) oven baked tomatoes stuffed with rice, garlic and parsley, with roasted potatoes.
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Old 12-29-2005, 12:35 PM   #38
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tuna caserole or pasta, pasta putanesca (bacon, olive, anciovy, capers, tomatoes...everything from a can if need be and sooooo yummy!) beans and rice of some type.

pantry meals can be wonderfully creative.
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Old 12-29-2005, 12:45 PM   #39
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This is one I made a few weeks ago that has become one of my wifes favorites.

Bowtie Pasta with Dried Cranberries.

Cook a box of bowtie pasta
In a saute pan, cover the bottom with evoo. Add minced garlic to your taste (I use about 4 cloves). Cook about 30 seconds. Add a few handfuls of dried cranberries. Cook until they start to plump up. Drain pasta and add to the saute pan. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
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Old 12-29-2005, 01:29 PM   #40
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Well my wife call's it Frito pie ..

Put a bag of Frito's in a casserole dish, Spread a can or 2 of chili on top and cover with shredded cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes.

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