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9/14/14 3:49 A

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Quick, easy meal -- spaghetti noodles, sliced garlic, olive oil, parsley, roasted red pepper seasoning (McCormick brand is what I have), grated Parmesan. Add chicken and broccoli and a whole wheat tortilla to make a meal. One of my kids' favorites.

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dried beans are significantly cheaper than canned, some just require more planning (soaking them overnight = shorter cooking time), but you could also prep a huge plain batch and freeze into smaller portions.

leftover makeovers are necessary- turn leftovers into wraps/sandwiches/salads/stir fry/soup etc.

vegetarian meals are usually cheaper than non-veg- make meat a participant in the meal, not the star. eg- replace half of the meat for tacos/burritos with black or pinto beans. try adding white beans to pasta instead of meat.

eggs are a very cheap protein source- try recipes from around the world to change them up (also a great place to use leftovers!).

if i have to turn the oven on, i try to cook more than one thing at a time so i can avoid reheating the oven later- eg i'll roast off sweet potatoes- i just put them in when i turn the oven on to take advantage of the preheat time too!

most importantly, USE ALL THE FOOD YOU BUY. a lot of us end up throwing out some of the food we purchase because we forget about it and it goes bad. for me, meal planning helps a ton because i just buy what i need for the week.

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VEG954 Posts: 3,353
9/13/14 7:56 P

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I use baking soda as a facial scrub and toothpaste.
Also put a pinch of it in a quart of boiling water, add one tea bag and have hot tea for breakfast.
The baking soda brings out all the flavor in the 1 tea bag.
Saves me a huge amount of money.

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hungry girl usually has low and cheap meals. Not all are cheap though,


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I have a homemade chili recipe that's cheap, beans, ground turkey chili powder, diced tomatoes ,garlic



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I found the recipe online.
Think it was on one of the copycat recipe sites.
Please let me know how it works for you.

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VEG954,
I would love your recipe for homemade Hoisin, if you don't mind sharing. It's a staple in my house and that little jar is pricey :)

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I'm going to try DDONOVAN10's baked eggs today! Sounds simple! Eggs are a cheap protein and there are many ways to use boiled eggs. Thanks for the tip!

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The slow cooker......buy dried beans which are cheaper than canned and veggies on sale and a cheap cut of meat and you are set.

Check out a couple of shows on Foodnetwork.com for shows that feature inexpensive meals.



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I like to 'boil' eggs. I put uncooked eggs in a muffin tin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once it's heated, I put the eggs in for 30 minutes and put ice and water in a big bowl. When the timer goes off, I put the eggs in the ice water. I go do other things, watch tv, exercise, etc until I get around to taking the eggs out. I usually peel them at the time so I have a bunch of quick snacks or eggs to add to salads and recipes that are ready to go. I'm kind of lazy, but this is sooo easy!

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Well no I wouldn't



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VEG954 Posts: 3,353
9/10/14 7:07 P

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Sounds tasty and inexpensive.

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crock pot tomato sauce with polenta!

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Great Ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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Most people toss their leftovers, but those mystery dishes can save you a lot of money! Chop meat, veggies, etc. into chunks for stew or small pieces for soups. Add one can of Progresso soup. I rarely salt my veggies and such so the sodium is not a problem. The flavoring of the soup makes all leftovers taste great. I add leftover pasta, potatoes, rice, etc. or make a fresh batch for the soup. Try some fun pasta shapes! Mini shells are great for soups. Bowties are good in stews where the meat and veggie chunks are bigger.

I find grilled baked potatoes add a lot of flavor to soups so a grill a couple extra ones. Same goes for grilled veggies, such as summer squash, onions, garlic, and carrots. They bring life to soup and stews!



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9/10/14 11:13 A

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Here's my cheap and easy go to meal that is very satisfying.
1 can of your favorite beans.
1 can of Hunt's petite diced tomatoes
1 cup of cooked rice. (I often use leftover from my chinese dinner that week)
Additional optional ingredients are diced leftover ham, sausage, etc...
I like to chop 2 to 3 cloves of garlic and add it.

Get two bowls and put 1/2 cup of cooked rice (microwave 1 minute) into each bowl.
Heat the beans and tomatoes together. Split into 2 bowls.
I use hot sauce (Crystals, Franks, ...)

Comfort food! Approximately 400 calories and very filling.

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VEG954 Posts: 3,353
9/10/14 8:23 A

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Sounds great.
Glad there is another tofu and TVP enthusiast out there.

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9/10/14 3:11 A

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I use tofu in stir fry and curry vegetables. I've also added it to miso soup. I even got my meat-lover husband to eat it and he reluctantly said it was pretty good.

I have also made chocolate pudding (will try butterscotch next time) and corn bread.

All recipes site has quite a few good recipes.

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Anyone use texturized vegetable protein and/or tofu?

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WOW!!! There are so many AMAZING ideas here, and I thank you so much!!!

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Tuna creations hickory flavored tuna, bowtie noodles, and balsamic mayonnaise. Add peas (to make four ingredients) for a full meal. Great with Texas toast.

Veggie burger (I use Boca), sauerkraut, and deli mustard. One of my favorites with a Hawaiian sweet egg roll.

Dinty Moore beef stew and dumplings. Add a bowl of chunky applesauce. Perfect, though not very diet-y.

Two eggs scrambled with turkey bacon bits and green pepper (a little milk and flour to fluff up the eggs, too).

Now I'm hungry.



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I love making Ramen and then adding mashed potato flakes after mixing in browned kielbasa and frozen french cut green beans! Makes a good dinner for two if you're not huge eaters, or dinner and leftovers. I've been in college for six of the last seven years so budget has always been top priority. Finally graduated but still on that budget until I find the job of my career!

Thanks for the ideas everyone! I can't wait to try some of them!

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eggs are a cheap source of protein, as are dried beans.

farmer's markets can offer cheaper produce than regular grocery stores.

bulk food memberships are useful if and only if you'll use all the stuff you buy before it goes bad. i use ours for almond milk, bread (i freeze a loaf), eggs, onions, fruit, and chicken.

vegetarian meals are almost always cheaper than meat- if you want meat in your meals, make it an add-in, not the main star. eg: replace half of the meat you normally use in burrito filling with black beans. i also add other veg like butternut squash, bell peppers, and/or sweet potato.

if you're heating up the oven, cook other things in there at the same time to save energy later (you'll just have to reheat instead of turning the oven on). i usually roast sweet potatoes or a tray of veg if i have to turn the oven on.

it's also much cheaper to actually use all of the food you buy! a lot of households waste. i meal plan- i just look at the weekly ads and shape our meals around them :)

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great ideas I made a pork loin the other day and measured it out into portion size and froze the left overs It will help as the week goes on I can use it for left over meals which will make the meal easy and fast since the meat is already cooked



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VEG954 Posts: 3,353
9/5/14 10:48 P

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Great shopping list.
Yummy beans and rice recipe!

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Just got back to work and needed food in the house here is my shopping list:
store brand instant Brown Rice 1.99/box
store brand organic Black Beans .89/can
Reduced Produce Rippened 3 Mangoes 1.48
Reduced Produce unrippened 4 bananas .48
seltzer water .49/bottle
Hagen Dazs Salted Caramel 1 serving cup/ 1.59

the next morning I prepared six servings of Brown Rice, mixed in drained and rinsed black beans and diced up on mango voila brown rice mango rice with black beans



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I buy dried garbanzo beans and cook up the whole package, portion it out in 1 cup servings and freeze.
I can make my own hummus, toss them on top of salads, puree and put in soups, bake in oven with olive oil and kosher salt for a great snack and the list goes on and on.
Talk about cheap? Really cheap!

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I have a few I can think of

Goulash: ground beef that's cooked combined with egg noodles and a sauce that is tomato soup thinned out with tomato juice and seasoned with salt and pepper. You could easily add tomatoes, onions, peppers or mushrooms.

Stir fry from grandma. Match a package of ramen noodles with the meat on the package. Chicken with chicken ramen, shrimp with shrimp ramen etc. Cook the meat using the seasoning packet. Cook the noodles separately. Heat up stir fry veggies (I use frozen) and combine the veggies, noodles, and meat. I eat it plain with soy sauce or over rice if I want to.

Roasted cauliflower, with olive oil, salt and pepper. Great!

A friend told me to get a bag of stir fry mixed veggies and drain the juice off of a can on light fruit like apricots or oranges and cook it together for vegetables as a side dish or to mix in as part of a stir fry. Need to try this

Hummus, peppers and carrots

Greek yogurt, raspberries and a tablespoon of chocolate syrup for dessert.

Smoothies for me are greek yogurt, frozen berries including bananas and a little milk because I like a thinner shake. You can add a little honey or orange juice for sweetness too.

I love jello and fruit. Especially orange with mandarin oranges. Just drain the oranges and use sugar free jello if you want to.

Turkey sausage, low calorie English muffin, and egg white for breakfast sandwiches

I also eat cereal as a snack with bananas sometimes or for breakfast




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I make a simple omelet using 2 eggs...on the inside I use 1 T grated cheese and about 2 T salsa. Simple and delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Great ideas and recipes! Thanks!!!

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My husband grew up in a family without much money, and one of my favorite dishes he taught me is H,P & O. It's just hamburger, potato and onions--easy, cheap, quick!
I use ultra-low-fat ground beef or buffalo, Ore-Ida potatoes O'Brien (which adds onion and bell pepper) and then more fresh onions. With the low fat meat you'll need something else for texture, so consider adding a little low-sodium chicken broth or the like. Just cook it all up in a frying pan and serve it with a side salad. YUM!

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I made Keema casserole from sparks recipes It is very good and cheap to make It makes 6 serving so I am freezing some for latter a serving is 199 cal add a fruit and your meal is complete



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Pasta Roni (creamy parmesan, made with milk) + leftover cooked green beans + canned salmon. Tastes good - I just had it for lunch!

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Dinner tonight is grilled salmon with pasta and fresh tomato sauce.

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I think if you go to YouTube, her grandson put together some videos of her cooking and reminiscing. I've been wanting to watch all of them, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

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Do you mean ramen noodles? Romaine is a type of lettuce. Ramen is an asian noodle. Generally speaking, ramen noodles are not great for nutritional value, but like all food with calories, you're not going to die of starvation, so whether or not it's a good choice really depends on your priorities.

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I was going to have a shredded chicken pancake for dinner.
Changed my mind.
I will have a sugar free protein shake.
Simply want something sweet tonite.

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I have been eating romaine noodles off and on. And about a couple of weeks ago on the internet news it mentions that they could be bad if you have metabolic syndrome. They did the study over in the China area. I have used it to make lo main once in a while and eat it just as soup. So should I continue to eat it or not.

this will help my new challenge.


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Just had leftover spare ribs for dinner with home made Hoisin sauce.
They were so delish!

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Thanks for all of the great ideas!. Lot of new things to try.

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Spare ribs were on sale for $1.99 a pound.
Cooked in homemade Asian BBQ sauce until tender.
Removed the ribs.
Cooked the 'sauce' minus the fat until it was thick.
Broiled ribs in broiler, basting with the sauce.

The remaining sauce is in the freezer for another time.

They are delish and only about a dollar per serving.

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Toast a corn tortilla in the microwave oven so it gets crunchy like a tostada shell. Then top it with anything on hand for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Breakfast: Black Beans (rinsed & drained), homemade pico with fresh from the garden tomatoes & a runny yolk egg.

Lunch: Lettuce, tomatoes, taco meat (I cook it in regular size batches and then freeze in individual snack size baggies since it's just me eating), salsa

Dinner: Fish Tostadas with pan seared cod (or other fish), coleslaw mix, slivered onions and hot sauce.

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Tonight's menu is baked potato tacos. Just baked potatoes topped with taco meat and our fave taco toppings. Pretty cheap since tomatoes are coming out of garden.



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Money's tight right now, so I'm cleaning out the freezer. Tonight is bean and barley soup with Whole Wheat Vikingerbrot (Viking bread). I'm watching a Viking movie, have a shawl clasped with a pennanular broach and by Ragnar's beard, this is delicious!

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Had the legs and thighs marinating in a spicy brine mixture I made for two days..
They were on sale for 69 cents a pound. Bought 5 pounds.
Baked them this morning and they came out awesome.
Usually don't like leg quarters. Changed my mind now.
Will have lots of freezer meals to enjoy!

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Baked potatoes. they are cheap and awesome!



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Chicken wings were on sale really cheap!
Marinaded then baked the lovely things in the oven.
Just finished enjoying some for dinner.
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I love to read and try new recipes I cook for one so it is challenging I made a pizza with flat bread today It was very good I am making spaghetti tonight I saute any vegetables that I have also garlic Then I put some of the water from the boiling noodles drain and then add the noodles It is really good Little Louie



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Loved the Flatouts before going grain and legume free.
Pizza sounds great!

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Lately, my favorite is a flatout flat bread, put pizza sauce on it, and grilled chicken, (or whatever I have on hand) and cheese. Bake it at 350 for about 20 minutes. Very low carb!



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Bean soup is our faborite



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I've been having this for dinner lately (and leftovers for lunch or breakfast): bake 2 or 3 potatoes in the microwave until 'almost done.' Heat up a little olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Rinse and drain a can of garbanzo beans until fairly dry (they don't have to be perfectly dry). Pour the beans into the hot pan and spread them out and fry them. When they have started to show color (dark brown spots, or dark spots), cut the baked potatoes in quarters and put them cut side down in the pan, adding more oil. Fry them until crispy brown, while continuing to stir the garbanzos (chickpeas). When they are hot and crisped (skins were left on), season with salt, pepper, parsley, garlic - whatever spice interests you at the moment. Pour EggBeaters (liquid egg whites, basically) over all and flip the egg over as it sets. Eat hot with ketchup and added seasoning (if needed).

I'm in love with this supper lately! Probably not a good dish for a family - they expect more, but I eat it late at night after a long day.

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Thanks for this one! I'm tired for runny sauce.

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Discovered something new at the store.
We are all watching our carb and/or calorie intake.
Tried Xanthan powder which has no calories and use it to thicken sauces.
Used a very small amount when making ketchup and BBQ sauce.
Did a surprising job and added no calories.


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I create meals according to what is a good buy.
Saves me lots of money.

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I love eating squash, okra, cucumbers, and tomatoes from my mother in laws garden. She has little tomatoes just right for my 17 month old.



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Tasted the Hoisin sauce today and it wasn't as good as I thought it was yesterday.
BBQ sauce is wonderful!

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This is my copy of the sauce (45 cal per 1/2 cup) used on my chicken dis from the Cheesecake Factory's SkinnyLicious Menu.

Tuscan Chicken - The Cheesecake Factory
Makes 1 1/2 cups of sauce.

1 1/2 pints Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 cup Sun-dried tomatoes, not in oil
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
Pinch red pepper flakes
Salt & Pepper
1 garlic, minced
1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. Capers
1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar

Preheat Oven 400F.
Mix cherry tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes on sheet pan. Bake 25 min.
Add garlic, (impt. garlic will burn if put in too early), Balsamic Vinegar, rosemary, capers and bake 5 min. more. They served it with grilled chicken and Farro (looks and tastes like barley).

This sauce freezes well and I reheat chicken in it and served it on whole wheat pasta.





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Hoisin sauce turned out pretty good.
Am making BBQ sauce today.
Putting up large pork roast in crock pot and will use the BBQ sauce.
Will let you know how it works out.

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I to buy ready cooked chicken on paydays . it helps make the meal quickly when i get home and i have lots of chicken to use in many ways . this is a real good buy at our local kroger . at times they sell them for $6.00. . I love soup but my hubby does not . He hates anything cooked with tomatoes or sauce that makes pizza . He is hard to cook for and a real problem at times . i can tell you many times he says he will not eat this or that . only to have him taste it and then he eats it . next time i make it starts all over again . i dont like this . sounds like a two year old . sorry guys but its true . I had more luck with my children in cooking for them . married for 57 years so it is not in the books to not carter to him . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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love the idea of balmasic vinegar and honey soy sauce to marinade my chicken . thank you so much . reading lots of good tips and they all make wonderful additions to any meal. I bought a book that was called clara kitchen . a recipe book or trip down memory lane for a very active older lady . she was alive and active in the depression . a time when trying to make ends meet was taking a cup of hot water and adding a tsp. of ketchup and making tomato soup . she has many ideas that can be addressed in our times .

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Found a recipe for Hoisin sauce and am going to make it this week sugar free style.

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A slice of grilled polenta topped with chopped chicken and tomato. A little parsley or basil to garnish and your dinner is ready. (For dessert, have a fresh orange)


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Anyone have a recipe for low carb Hoisin sauce?

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my fave (and low cost) dessert: freeze a banana that has been chopped into chunks and blend, until it is banana ice cream. NO other ingredients. I use a Bamix hand blender which is high powered.

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garbage soup: broth and whatever is in the fridge from veggies to pasta, rice, meat, you name it. Make sure you season it sufficiently. The possibilities are literally endless

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Sounds delish!

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I like using equal parts balsamic vinegar, honey, soy sauce, and 1-2 tsp ginger to marinate my chicken. Then grill it.

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Also love any kind of eggs!
Add a little Feta cheese, spinach and chopped tomato.
Wonderful!

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I love omelets, be careful not to add too much cheese :) I then cut up veggies, such as onion, green pepper, and tomato; sauté them before making omelet, add veggies, then cheese

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Sounds so great and cost effective as well.
Thanks for sharing!

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Cauliflower (from my garden), Spaghetti squash (from my garden), 2 carrots (shredded)
soy beans. with 2 TBSP butter, 1 tsp Basil and 1 tsp ground sage. Yummy

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pinto beans, fried potatoes, corn bread

all needed food groups

CHEAP

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I'm not feeling well so my husband bought a whole roasted chicken at the grocery store yesterday for $8.99. So far that one chicken has fed 3 people meat for 3 meals and I'm going to make soup out of what's left tonight. We had it with steamed potatoes and fresh veggies.

I could have done a chicken salad with some lettuce and 2 strips of bacon crumbled.

Chicken sandwich with lettuce and tomato.

Baked sweet potato with chicken and green onions on top.

Eggs, fried sweet potato hash with onions.

Mini meat loaf, roasted sweet potato and roasted cauliflower.

Homemade sausage, baked potato and broccoli.

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Does the three-ingredient cap count spices? If not...beans and rice, with a side of whatever veggie is leftover from another meal.

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bean burritos fit this wonderfully
one whole wheat tortilla
half cup fat free refried beans
half oz cheddaer cheese
very quick, easy and filling

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(makes about 10 small pancakes)
1 large ripe banana
2 eggs or egg substitute
2 tbs flour
(Optional Additions: cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, - peanut butter (substitute the flour).
Blend all the ingredients in a blender until there are no lumps, or alternatively, whisk by hand. Heat a non-stick skillet with the grease of your choice or non-stick spray over medium-low heat. Pour two tablespoons of the batter in the skillet. It’s thin, so the pancakes will be very flimsy. Be careful flipping! After a few minutes, gently turn to the other side. Repeat for remaining batter, greasing the pan after every couple of pancakes.

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Chicken Soup:
4 oz chicken breast (use bone and skin to make broth; shred the rest for soup)
1lb shredded cabbage
1lb shredded carrots
8c previously mentioned broth and spices of choice (garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley for me)
Simmer on stove.

If all that mattered was calories, you could live off a ten dollar bag of rice (20lbs) for over 20 days.

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Frittata of leftover vegetables (or choice of vegetables from supermarket) using eggbeaters mixed with a few eggs. I use a dozen eggs for a frittata so I would only use 6 + eggbeaters. Can be eaten hot, warm, or cold. I put in plenty of onions!

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Hey everyone I thought it would be cool if we had a fun topic on some healthy budget friendly dinner or lunch ideas that would cost less then 1 or 2 dollars to make all with only using 3 different items. One of my fav lunches is a 1/2 cup of brown rice, 1 can of tuna, and some franks hot sause. Cost would be little close to 1 dollar :-) Any other good ideas?

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