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Old 05-04-2006, 11:27 AM   #1
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Low budget meals

I think some of the best meals our low cost. My favorite I think
is chili, what about yours?


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Old 05-04-2006, 11:38 AM   #2
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You can season up your ingredients and make it look like a million dollars. I like a simple roasted chicken (and chicken is cheap) spruce it up with whatever I have at home (the most expensive thing is fresh herbs) and it goes in the oven.

Serve it with some oven roasted potatoes and carrots.

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Old 05-04-2006, 11:38 AM   #3
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Ham'n beans is the first thing that comes to mind.

One thing my kids loved was SOS, made with peas, mushrooms, and chipped beef. I served it over toast or bisquits. You can feed a family of four a balanced meal for about $4.
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Old 05-04-2006, 11:43 AM   #4
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Quesadilla's or grilled cheese and tomato soup are the first things I think of when it comes to cheap and easy.
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Old 05-04-2006, 11:53 AM   #5
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Lima beans and rice with home made biscuits or chicken and dumplings...
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Old 05-04-2006, 12:21 PM   #6
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I cook alot with pasta and rice. Fried rice, arroz con pollo, jambalaya, etc provide an awful lot of bulk with not much meat. They're healthy to boot. Spaghetti with a basic marinara is the ultimate budget buster.

When I was in school, I budgeted $4.00/day for dinner for a family of 5. I did it with a whole lot of the above and a smattering of splurges. That was around the time that the price of beef went through the roof. I went completely away from beef and still do--and feel better because of it.
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Old 05-04-2006, 12:37 PM   #7
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stir fry with rice is myfavorite.
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Old 05-04-2006, 12:47 PM   #8
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pasta dishes, beans and rice, chili, tuna caserole, salmon cakes (another thread) baked/roasted stuffed vegetables like peppers, squash, cabbage, soups made from leftovers etc. wonderful family recipes!
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:45 PM   #9
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any egg dish, scrambled eggs, omelets, you get your veggies and high quality protein together.

Think breakfast dishes; pancakes with a side of sweet potatoes. Any hot breakfast dish can be served for dinner.

I lived on fried eggs and toast and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for more meals than I care to remember.
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Old 05-04-2006, 03:00 PM   #10
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Raman noodles I think are the signature low budget food. But you can really make them into fine cuisine. Just add a little spice of your choice. Add some peanut sauce, or curry. You can add some vegetables or meat. Add whatever you want! They are the most versatile low budget food.

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