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Old 02-06-2011, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Southern Maine, Greater Portland
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:53 AM
 
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Anything with eggs, is usually fairly cost-effective, too.
Potato frittata. Two cheap ingredients, potatoes and eggs, in one dish. Actually, it's potatos, eggs, herbs, salt and pepper, and cream (or just milk). You can stretch your meats, too. One or two strips of bacon rendered for the fat, then crumble the bacon in the recipe. That's two strips of bacon for 4-5 people. Or a bit of ham or sausage. Great for leftovers, perfect for breakfast or lunch. It's a budget saver.

I'll use ramen for all kinds of noodle bowls with leftover meats and vegetables. I had that last night. One grilled steak you can thinly slice for lots of different purposes (sandwiches, stir-fries, quesadillas). The meat is just a component of the dish, not the main ingredient. Soak the noodles in boiling water just until they almost separate, so they're not waterlogged. Drain and add sauteed carrots, onions, celery, paper-thin beef slices.

I mix fish sauce, soy, honey, hot sesame and tahini (maybe garlic, maybe a dash of Worcestershire, maybe some ginger, maybe some 5-Spice powder--there's no recipe. If it tastes good on the spoon it'll taste good in the dish). Sauce it, toss it, and eat. Or put it in the fridge and eat cold later. Throw in toasted sesame seeds or nuts if you have them. When food is cold you can make the flavors more bold. Spicier, that is.
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:51 AM
 
Location: the AZ desert
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The dinner I'm making tonight is cheap. I'm making a turkey, (which I got free with a $100 grocery purchase around Thanksgiving), and turkey vegetable soup. Since there's just 2 of us, the turkey will last many meals and there will even be enough to freeze some leftovers. After day 2 I am usually tired of "regular" turkey dinners, so I use leftovers to make turkey pot pie, turkey casserole, (turkey pieces mixed with cooked bow tie noodles, cream of chicken soup, peas & carrots, then baked until whatever cheese or cheese/cracker mix I top it with melts), etc. The pot pie and casserole are each good for a couple of meals here, too. I wind up using all the room I just made in the freezer by taking out the turkey to cook. LOL.
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:35 PM
 
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legumes... many variety of beans, split peas, lentils
potato/egg dishes
rice dishes
barley soup
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Realized this last night...polenta! Really, anything that's rooted in "peasant food."

I made polenta with marinara last night, and cornmeal is a pretty darned cheap commodity, and just a little bit makes a whole lotta polenta. You can usually buy jarred marinara for inexpensively if you avoid premium brands (which is typically fine if you season it to taste yourself), or you can make your own very easily with canned tomatoes, which are typically pretty dirt cheap, too, garlic, seasonings, and olive oil.

It really struck me last night how super inexpensive this deceptively tasty dish was. Hadn't really thought about it, before...plus, it's a nice change of pace from pasta.
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:49 PM
 
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My wife makes a faux chicken pot pie that is easy and inexpensive. Brown 2 cut up chicken breasts, or use leftover chicken from a routissere. Add a can of cream of chicken to the pot, and some chicken stock to thin it out a bit and salt and pepper to taste. Then add a half a bag or so of frozen veggies (the one that has carrots, peas, corn, green beans etc...) and cook over medium heat. She then bakes one of those frozen puff sheets in the oven. Serve in a bowl and put the puff pastry on top. It's really good....
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:54 PM
 
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Realized this last night...polenta! Really, anything that's rooted in "peasant food."

I made polenta with marinara last night, and cornmeal is a pretty darned cheap commodity, and just a little bit makes a whole lotta polenta. You can usually buy jarred marinara for inexpensively if you avoid premium brands (which is typically fine if you season it to taste yourself), or you can make your own very easily with canned tomatoes, which are typically pretty dirt cheap, too, garlic, seasonings, and olive oil.

It really struck me last night how super inexpensive this deceptively tasty dish was. Hadn't really thought about it, before...plus, it's a nice change of pace from pasta.
Polenta is a great, low cost idea. We make it a lot. So easy to cook, spread in a pan to cool, bake with tomato sauce & parmisan cheese. Yum!
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I might bake it next. I've been chilling it, cutting it into squares, and browning it on the griddle till hot and crispy-edged, and topping it with deliciousness.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:04 AM
 
Location: SouthCentral Texas
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Do you know how many meals you can make with just rice and beans?

I make about 7 staple recipes...Its cheap and health. Main meal or side with a salad and sometimes a meat[of your choice]

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Old 02-19-2011, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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This is a great thread! I will have to try polenta
Here are some of my favorite low cost meals:
Fried rice
Spagehetti
Homemade pizza
Jambalaya
Chicken noodle or rice soup
White bean chili
Bean and cheese burritos
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