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Old 10-19-2012, 06:09 PM   #1
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What kinds of meals do you make when in a bit of a hurry but light in the wallet? Some of the things I've done:

Cold spaghetti sauce on bread.
Canned beef stew on rice.


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Old 10-19-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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Egg salad sandwiches on toast

scrambled eggs on toast, serve open face, it's more, well, la-de dah style.

Chili, while not quick, can be made ahead and frozen. Thin it out while thawing if it was thick, or you want it to stretch futher. Serve it on rice or mash potatoes. Potatoes are not too expensive. Fried potatoes are good.

I think toasted (grilled) peanut butter sandwiches are a treat, not too often, but good, cheaper than cheese.

I always add extra water to frozen juice, makes it go further and doesn't detract from the flavor. Ice tea or Iced coffee rather than soda pop.

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Old 10-19-2012, 06:38 PM   #3
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My boys swear by Ramen! While I myself don't partake of that particular delicacy, some of my quick and cheap meals include spaghetti with tomato sauce (red gravy), Cream of chicken soup over rice (have been known to do broccoli cheese soup too.) fried egg sandwich, oatmeal.
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:55 PM   #4
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:04 PM   #5
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Breakfast for dinner is always a good cheap meal, eggs are one of the best and cheapest forms of protein.

chili-mac, a good flavor change from regular spaghetti.

soups, can of broth, a hand full of veg, maybe some meat, season to taste.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:09 PM   #6
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Sloppy Joes.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:36 PM   #7
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Sloppy Joes, pasta carbonara, BLT, dressed up grilled cheese, Indian heat and serve curries with our own brown rice, brown rice fried with sesame seeds and tamari, soup and a sandwich.
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:47 AM   #8
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Another vote for breakfast for dinner! I do that often and Bake beans on toast (with a little mayo in the beans) the only way my kids eat them!
Toasted tuna or tomato and cheese, instant noodles with some frozen mixed veggies added, canned sardines or canned oysters on toast, fried rice made with leftover rice, egg and whatever veggies we have, veggie soups, marrow bones with toast, baked potatoes with jarred pasta sauce and cheese if we have, pancakes (crepes since we make them thin in SA) filled with minced beef, tuna mayo, swiss chard, stir fry veg or whatever else we have, pap and morogo (like swiss chard), pap and curried cabbage, sauerkraut with warm bread and butter, hotdogs or sausage rolls, gravy or relish with pap or toast etc etc. I could carry on all day lol!
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:58 PM   #9
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Tofu is a cheap source of protein. Cube it and marinate it with a bit of oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and take whatever veggies you have and make a stir fry.

I'm big on breakfast any time of day. Eggs are an inexpensive source of protein as well.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:20 PM   #10
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Curried egg sandwiches with lettuce or plain egg

Baked beans on toast

Tuna and salad

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