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Old 01-16-2014, 11:45 AM   #1
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Help with budget cooking

Right now we have 10 ppl (4 adults and 6 kids) living in our house with only 1 income and its getting tough. We are stockpilers so we have been getting by but I am tired of eating the same things over and over lol.
So I am looking to find some new recipes or new ideas of what to cook.

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Old 01-16-2014, 11:51 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome to DC. Give us an idea of the ingredients available to you and what you cook now so we can help.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:54 AM   #3
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I love to cook and used to do a lot of it, first off. But lately I have just been cooking what I can easily and cheaply cook in bulk. Stews, soups, chili, beans. This is getting very monotonous. Ingredients, you name it (except for those very rare things lol) and I probably have at least a little of it.
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:38 PM   #4
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Generally, meat will be your most expensive ingredient. Consider pasta dishes-mac and cheese, pasta with tomato sauce, American chop suey/goulash, etc.
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:43 PM   #5
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Yes, pasta would be my next thought. You could make a big casserole with diced onions, green peppers, zucchini and Italian sausage with penne or rigatoni and spaghetti sauce, or tortelloni with roasted butternut or acorn squash. Serve with a big green salad or green beans with diced tomatoes and garlic. Homemade bread is really easy to make and much cheaper than buying it.

Hope this helps.
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:46 PM   #6
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Are you a member at any of the warehouse clubs? Seems a family you're size would be suited well for a Costco or Sam's membership.
Personally, I think Costco blows Sam's into the next world, but thats just me.

Membership is $50.00. I bet you recoup that in as little as two visits with a family that size.
They also have a $100.00 membership that provides more incentives. You should look into this.
Food in bulk and high quality at Costco.
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:10 PM   #7
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Right now we have 10 ppl (4 adults and 6 kids) living in our house with only 1 income and its getting tough. We are stockpilers so we have been getting by but I am tired of eating the same things over and over lol.
So I am looking to find some new recipes or new ideas of what to cook.
I went looking---- cheap and easy recipes. Well------ it was disappointing because some of the recipes weren't cheap at all (one had salmon, one had lamb you get the picture.)

And not all were easy. But you might google "cheap and easy" and see if at least some of those recipes are a match for you.

Here is one that depends a bit too much on 'un-healthy' eating but, again there could be many there that fit you.
100 Delicious, Dirt-Cheap Recipes for the Starving Student - OnlineCollege.org

Recipes for starving college students? - Home Cooking - Chowhound

When I HAD to cook cheaply (but liked food too much) I relied on recipes from ethnic sources. (They aren't all 'strange'! LOL) Tacos are ethnic, do you know? Made with beans and cheese and corn tortillas they give you a complete protein meal.

Since some of the adults don't have a job right now------ there's plenty of time to cook pinto beans the 'long way' ---- which makes refried beans even cheaper.

So---- let the Internet be your friend!

There's no need to reduce the pleasure of good food just because times are tough right now. A little imagination and a little preparation is all that's needed.
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:23 PM   #8
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I used to make a dish I called Mexican rice back in my early 20s. Now, I know it's not really "Mexican" but it's good, pretty cheap, easy and fast to make.

1 to 1-1/2 pounds ground meat, I'd buy whatever was on sale, but if it's really fatty you'll have to skim some of the grease.

1 bag of frozen mixed veges - just buy a store brand

Large onion and 4-6 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 cans of chopped tomatoes with juice

Salt and pepper

Chili powder

white or brown rice as you prefer - I don't remember the quantity for that many people, been a long time since I cooked that quantity

water for rice - about 1 cup less than what directions call for. You can use chicken or beef broth if you want, though I'd do about half water/half beef broth so as not to overpower.

Brown the ground meat, removing some of the grease if there's a lot, add the onions and cook until soft, add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Add chili powder to taste (more or less amount you'd use for chili) and S&P. Stir. Add rice, stir until mixed well. Add liquid and tomatoes, bring to boil. Add veges and cook for about 15 minutes. If you are using brown rice, let it cook for a little while before you add veges since brown rice takes longer to cook than white. Taste, adjust seasoning and serve.
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:30 PM   #9
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I used to make a dish I called Mexican rice back in my early 20s. Now, I know it's not really "Mexican" but it's good, pretty cheap, easy and fast to make.
I used to make the same thing only with sausage-----might depend on what's cheapest on the day hamburger vs bulk sausage.

When I wanted to splurge (!) I used Cocktail Lil Smokies in a rice dish similar to yours, only without the veggies.
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I don't have a Sam's or Costco within an hour and half of me, so I don't go.
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