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4/17/08 9:43 P

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I made this black bean recipe, it uses dried beans, so those are cheap and salsa (you can usually get that pretty cheap on sale). It was really good and made tons - we were eating it for a week. It's a crockpot recipe, but I'm sure you could make it on the stove top too.

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4/17/08 4:03 P

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I have found I save money when I look at vegetarian alternative. There is a great recipe for sweet potato black bean burritos. It makes 12, but they freeze very easily and taste great when defrosted and heated. We also do vegetarian chile, eggplant Parmesan and a variety of vegetarian pasta's. Good luck.

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4/17/08 1:04 P

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Hi Linny

I found this recipe on SP the other day and am going to make it for dinner tonight. We too are running on a tight budget for the next while, and I find if I look for bargains in the meat department your meals can be stretched. The one thing I do is once my ground beef has been fully cooked, I put it into a sieve and drain all the grease from it and then as the grease is draining, I have hot water running so as not to clog the drain, but I then run the hot (very hot) water over the cooked ground beef. This way I can use regular ground beef if that is what is on sale.

Spanish Rice & Beef Serves 6 WW 7 pts
1 lb lean ground beef
1 onion
1 green bell pepper
2 32 oz cans stewed tomatoes
1 cup Mahatma uncooked long grain rice (I don't know what kind of rice that is but I am going to use Uncle Ben's Converted)
1 cup water
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder

(These are not the instructions given by the original poster - KAIROSGRAMMY- but the way I would do it.)
cook ground beef, drain. Return to Dutch oven and add the pepper and onion. Cook until softened.
Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cover reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is cooked. Stir occasionally.
Nutrition: calories 348, Fat 13g, Carbohydrates 39g, Protein 18g, Fiber 3g. WW Pts 7.
You can find the original recipe in SP Recipes. But ground beef is probably your cheapest way to feed people - as in Taco, Fajita, spaghetti sauce (add a 1/4 to 1/2 pound ground beef cooked to a jar or 2 of spaghetti sauce.) Good luck and enjoy your visit with your sister
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Edited by: LIZZIE13 at: 4/17/2008 (13:21)
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4/16/08 8:29 P

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The chickens from the deli at Wal-Mart, Brookshire's, or Super 1 run under $5.00. Take all the meat off the chicken while it is still warm. I find tearing it off is easier than cutting it off.
The chicken than can be used to make fajita, chicken salad, or plain chicken salad.

We make a dish that makes a lot. You can use steak or chicken. (your already cooked chicken works well)
If you use raw meat cut in small bite size bits.
Cook in Pam or a little oil. (We like to cook chopped onion with ours. Use what you like) When good and browned add a can of rotel tomatoes and a half can of water. Simmer to let the meat get the flavor. Next add minute rice (I like instant Brown Rice more fiber and better for you). You can add however much you want to make serving for 2 or 4. The more rice the father it stretches. Add the amount of water that the minute rice calls for. Add 3-4 tablespoons of chili powder, shake garlic powder in, and 1/2 teaspoon of oregano. Bring to boil, cover, and turn off heat and let the rice soak up the liquid. If you like you sprinkle cheese on top (adds more calories).

Taco meat that you make yourself by adding chili powder, garlic, oregano to browned ground beef, can be used for taco salad, tacos, and to put in bake potatoes.

You can make spaghetti noodles, add rinsed drained tuna, any variety of veggies you like and add either low fat salad dressing, your low fat mayo, or a vingerette dressing.

Good luck, let us know how the visit goes.

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4/16/08 7:45 P

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Hi, I am on a really strict budget for the next few weeks but don't want to get stuck eating all the old garbage that we have laying around, and on top of that my 14yr old sister is coming for the next 4 days and eats a lot. Does anyone have any good recipes that are fairly inexpensive to make and will last for a meal or two? thanks for the help

Edited by: LINNY427 at: 4/16/2008 (19:45)
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