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9/12/07 7:41 P

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I buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts when they are on sale.(today I got them for $1.78 per pound.) Then I put two-three packages in the slow cooker with celery and lots of seasonings and cover with water. Then, when it is cooked through, I shred the chicken and put it in 8oz containers in the freezer. It is perfect for Chicken soups, casseroles, chicken salad, tacos and enchiladas, helpers, etc. I even reserve the broth, put it in cottage cheese containers in the freezer and use it in my chicken and noodles. It is not only a money saver, but a time saver as well.

Amanda

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9/12/07 5:56 P

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You are welcome.
Another sounds weird but good
Cut half a head of cabbage and boil it in salted water when it starts to boil add in 1 1/2 cups macaroni and cook until tender. Top with parmasen cheese.

Easy Salmon Patties
1 can of salmon (1 remove bones and skin but u don't have to)
1/2 cup or so crushed saltine crackers
1 egg
salt and pepper
form into patties and cook in a small amoutn of olive oil til brown on both sides.
I'll post more as I think of them
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KALINKALESMOM's Photo KALINKALESMOM Posts: 461
9/11/07 11:56 P

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KK, I mush sort of. Just one of my dogs at the moment and on skiis not a sled. This year I plan on training the other as well though.

I agree that people tend to have strong opinions on raw feeding for dogs. But in my experience, the strong opinions fall into one of two catagories, those against who have never and never will try it, and those for who tried it and either still do it or would if they could. You would not believe the difference in my dogs since I switched them and they are only half switched, meaning they still get kibble in the morning.

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KALINKALESMOM's Photo KALINKALESMOM Posts: 461
9/11/07 11:51 P

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Novamater, Meatless! Is that actually possible? LOL. Actually I was going to make up a big crock pot of tomato soup tomorrow, well actually my original plan was for pea soup, but while I got the pork hocks, I forgot the peas. Doh!

MCDLADY, thanks for the recipes and ideas. I never thought of adding beans, I usually do either or... adding them makes more sense. hehe Breakfast for dinner is a great way to save money too, I used to know that...



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9/11/07 7:32 P

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Here is a couple ways to save money:
When making tacos or burritos and a can of rinsed balck beans and double the seasoning it's healthier and filling.
My kids love this easy tuna casserole:
Cook 3/4 bag of noodles in salted water
Meanwhile open a can of tuna in water and mix in a can of cream of mushroom soup and 2 Tbsp of parmasen cheese. Mix with cooked noodles. Place in microwave and top with 2 more TBSP of parmasen and microwave for 5 min.
I also make lots of veggie soup and stews in the winter.
I also make veggie omlets for dinner with onions, peppers, and mushrooms and serve with toast.'
Maybe at least thing will work for your family
Kerri


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9/11/07 6:52 P

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A musher! That's cool. Do you mush as well?

I did do my own research - a difficult task, as people are either for or against it. It is one of those topics that seems to attract people with strong opinions. I usually use the CDC and Cornell for most of my information.

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9/11/07 5:39 P

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I try to cook meatless a couple of times a week, which saves money, and I definitely shop sales -- I rarely pay full price for meat, in particular. I also buy a lot of generics and a lot of things in bulk.

Hope this helps!

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9/11/07 2:39 P

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Thanks Zola. Some great tips..

KKBird. I would suggest you do some research on raw feeding yourself. Vets are not required to take any nutritional courses in vet school and therefore are not experts on dog nutrition. Plus many sell dog food at their office and sadly some are prone to recommending their prescription diets for profit. I no longer trust anyone to tell me what is good for my dogs. I'm very dedicated to feeding what I feel is the best food for them. If you want to do some research, email me and I'll give you some links to get you started. BTW. My vet is a musher and owns over 30 dogs. He feeds a raw diet.

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9/11/07 2:17 P

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Now since it's summer it's a bit harder. But, in the fall and winter and even spring a little bit. I make soup. Split pea soup will last us 4 days easy. With homemade soups you can monitor how healthy it is and if you make too much, freeze some for later so you have a quick frozen dinner on hand that is healthy.

I make my own salad. Take the romaine lettuce and cut it up, then add dressing, croûtons, cheese, maybe some leftover chicken.

Make a menu of what you are cooking for dinner. That way, you shop for what you need and won't throw out as much food.

If you are making hamburgers and they seem a little plain, make it fancy by toasting your buns. Or you can go bunless and have your burger wrapped in lettuce.

Plant a garden and use your own home grown tomatoes and green beans or snack on fresh strawberries. A Blueberry tree would make some great desserts or smoothies for summer.

Stock up on staples when they are on sale. Cereal lasts a long time in the pantry and if you buy in a bag rather than a box you save some $$. Try adding fruit to your cereal to sweeten it up. I like bananas on my cheerios. My mom likes blueberries on hers.

Well, I hope these ideas have helped you out. Below is my split pea soup recipe that so far no one has not liked. Give it a try and look for some summer soups to make too. Head to the library and check out a cookbook or two. I've heard that Saving Dinner is good, but as I looked through it, there were a lot of fish dishes and we don't really eat fish. Although, as long as it's from the library, it doesn't hurt to check out and see if there are any recipes you'd like to try.

Before I forget. Checkout recipes.sparkpeople.com On there I have my recipe for "Steve's Italian Sausage Soup" that recipe is a bit longer so I won't copy it here. Check it out though. It's had 10 great reviews so far. Even in-law approved.

Have a great day!

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My Split Pea Soup Recipe:

2 1/4 c dried green split peas (rinsed)
8 c water
1 tsp chicken bullion
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried marjoram
1 medium ham bone/ham hock (I just use regular boneless ham)
1 medium onion chopped

Boil, reduce heat & cover
Let simmer 1 hour stirring occasionally
Take out the bone, put meat back in (chopped up or shredded)
Stir in sliced carrots & celery
Cook 1/2 hour

Great served with saltine crackers.
Even better as leftovers!

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9/11/07 2:12 P

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One thing with the raw food for the dogs: they can contain parasites, and the vet bill for making your dog healthy is quite expensive. I don't know from experience, but when I told my vet that I was considering a raw diet for my dog, she sort of exploded with "I can't even tell you how many dogs I've had to repair after they got parasites from raw food!" She's a really mellow woman & superb vet (having saved my dog twice already from serious illnesses), so I took her at her word.

On the skinny husband: I wouldn't know. We're both love carbs and tend towards the round apple body type. Any chance that he could fend for himself?

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9/11/07 12:19 P

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Sorry, Inexpensive food. But healthy.

I've been doing all kinds of research on what kind of food is cheapest to feed my dogs and have found that chicken backs and necks are about as cheap as they come as well as liver and some other things...Anyway...

What about people? Lean hamburger is more expensive than regular so I buy the reg and rinse it really well after its cooked. I only buy the extra lean if I'm making burgers. If I could, I'd live on Ribs, but those are fattening and expensive. haha.

Lettuce is cheap, but I can really only eat so much of it. Carrots aren't bad, but again, too many and... well they start to sicken me. I would love to eat spaghetti squash more, but its expensive.

Pasta is cheap, but again high in calories especially when you want to eat the entire package.

I make my own bread so I can add fiber and thats good, but not if you eat the whole loaf. hehe It is cheaper than buying it though.

Soooo Money Savers... what are your money saving staples in the kitchen? What do you feed your starving-skinny-never-gain-a-pound-husband
s when you're on a budget and on a diet?

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