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7/10/14 11:18 A

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I like growing beets because you can eat the whole plant. I realize this is also true of turnip greens but I found out I don't care for turnips.


"The truth is out there, but the lies are in your head." Terry Prachett

Comprehension is where intrigue ends and the yawning begins.


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5/7/14 4:33 P

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BTW, I live in Iowa and the only "cheap fresh" vegetables you can get are from Aldi's.

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5/7/14 4:32 P

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I make crepes and fill them with whatever leftover vegetables and meat I have and a little cheese. Makes a delicious main dish!

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3/29/13 12:51 P

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Getting meat & vegetables at the local Mexican grocery store saves me lots of money.

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1/31/13 6:44 P

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That's true. I'm really going to try rollerskating tonight. I know how, I just had really really weak legs last time. I'm a lot smaller now so I hope it's a little bit easier. It's Christian music night and only $3 to get in and $3 to rent skate. Daughter has skates so only $3 for her to get in.

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MY3NTHEPUNKIN Posts: 418
1/29/13 12:44 A

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Well,at least your daughter is making HEALTHY choices by eating the fruits & vegetables!

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1/28/13 6:47 A

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That's cool. I really need to watch what I spend per meal I do serve only portions on packaging or recipes. Made some low carb cake yesterday. It's not bad, used pureed pumpkin. Boy it's not cheap to bake without sugar, so I don't do that very often. I cut the cake in portions & put in the freezer. Tomorrow I am making sugar-free peanut butter cookies. My daughter really needs snacks. She eats up all the all the veggies & fruit up right away, lol.

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MY3NTHEPUNKIN Posts: 418
1/26/13 10:54 P

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I like to watch the Food Network TV channel, and visit their website. They have a TV host that teach you how to make healthy, nutritious meals / "dinner for four" for under $10.00

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4/19/12 7:32 P

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That would be very cheap for me since I have chickens and a garden! Thank you!

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4/14/12 1:09 P

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I have a cheap and easy lunch/dinner that you may find ineresting.
take some cooked veggies(can be adjusted to feed as many as you want) and put into a flan/quiche dish top with with cheese and one beaten egg per person and cook for around 20 mins on gas 5or6.
I usually use any left over veg from in the week.

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1/1/12 5:27 P

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The soup from leftover veggies brought to mind that once a week (usually Saturday, otherwise known as household chore day), mom would go through the 'fridge and make soup out of whatever leftovers she had from the week. Usually ended up corn, peas, beans of one kind or another, and some kind of meat. Along with buttered bread (or crackers, if she had any on hand) it made for a quick lunch/lite dinner.

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MY3NTHEPUNKIN Posts: 418
2/5/11 1:26 P

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I always like to go online and check the weekly grocery store adds, because most stores usually have 2-3 days at the beginning of the week when they price several items at rock bottom prices. These are the HOOKS that get you into the store, so if the item are things you would normally buy (or maybe you wouldn't normally buy them because they are usually to expensive,) this is a GREAT time to stockpile or buy large amounts of those items, and put them away for later!

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1/13/11 11:40 A

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That's a great idea. We have only 1 car & its gone with my husband by 5am until 2:30pm. Some days he's off early and that's when we could do that! emoticon

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MY3NTHEPUNKIN Posts: 418
1/12/11 12:00 P

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Visiting the grocery store in the early morning hours is a great way to save! Always find GREAT deals on meats and vegetables because they are marked down for "quick sale" before the expiration date runs out.

GREAT way to purchase cuts of meat that you normally couldn't afford!




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7/9/10 9:27 P

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Sometimes you can get pork spareribs on sale, cookem up and use them in TV Dinners. I used turkey burger and made a homemade cheeseburger mac for the main dish. Used my apples that i slow cooked with honey, cinnamon, and a little water for the dessert! Turned out great and my son even liked those.

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7/9/10 12:20 P

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New to the team, so just looking through all of the threads and postings. Saw the one about "making T.V. dinners, and that sounds very interesting!

Do you have any inexpensive favorites that you could share?

Also saw your posting about containers at Costco, going to check those out. Costco usually has really nice stuff. Some of the storage things you but at the grocery store or discount stores are of very poor quality!

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7/9/10 12:16 P

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Indoor gardening sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing the links! Fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables can be very expensive, so growing my own would be a way to save $$$. However don't know if I have much of a "green thumb!"

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7/1/10 5:36 P

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Ohh, a friend just found me this link for indoor gardening of fruit! gardening.savvy-cafe.com/great-ideas
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7/1/10 4:21 P

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Also, someone shared this great site with me for slow cooking..... www.justslowcooking.com/slo-0011727.
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Right now I am trying out a recipe I made to slow cook apples for the dessert portion of the TV Dinners. Cut up apples, some honey, cinnamon, and a little water, and toss in some raisins. Cook on low for 4 hours and check. Cook til tender.

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I found some containers at Costco that I think will work quite nicely. It is a 38 piece set that locks airtight for around 30 dollars. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Also, I have some links if you all want to check out making indoor gardens for yourselves. Here they are:
/all/indoorvegetable_rhar.htm www.essortment.com/all/indoorvegetab
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www.herbkits.com/ membrane.com/synapse/library/health/
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www.gardengal.net/page44.html www.ehow.com/how_2142356_grow-indoor
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MY3NTHEPUNKIN Posts: 418
6/30/10 10:38 P

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if you find containers for TV dinners, please let us know! Making my own TV dinners is something that I too would like to do for lunches at work, but haven't gotten around to. Working and eating healthy is a real challenge for me!

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I am going to be messing around with different ideas. I want to make my own TV Dinners, so will be looking for containers that would work. I will be cooking a bunch of apples in my slowcooker with things like cinnamon and whatever else I think of. They freeze quite nicely. I have some other ideas I am toying around with. If anyone has suggestions please let me know!

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MY3NTHEPUNKIN Posts: 418
6/29/10 3:40 P

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Thanks for SHARING! I agree soups are always fairly inexpensive and quite filling!

On Saturday, I made a super easy sesame chicken. I simply seasoned two large chicken breast with garlic salt and pepper and browned on both sides in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil. Placed them in the crockpot, and added light soy sauce, soya bean sauce (didn't have enough soy sauce so I used the soya bean sauce,) and drizzled with honey, and topped with sesame seeds.

Cooked on high for about 3 hours, then added baby carrots, and cooked for another hour. After 4 hours added chopped cabbage, and cooked until veggies were tender.

Served over jasmine rice (brown rice would be healthier!) My husband loved it!

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6/27/10 7:32 P

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Hello! I was scrounging around yesterday looking for something healthy to eat. It happens to be the end of the month so the cupboards are a little empty. I had chicken broth and some veggies so I made a huge pot of homemade veggie soup. Threw in cucumbers, a can of mixed veggies, half a bag of frozen mixed veggies. Had enough to freeze for at least 4 more meals! Was cheap too. Broth does not cost that much. And with soups, you can make almost anything you can imagine!

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5/4/10 12:01 A

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This week, potatoes are cheap, cheap, cheap! I bought a 10 pound bag of potatoes for $1.99. Then, I went to another store and they had a 10 pound bag of potatoes for $.99!! That's a GREAT bargain!

Anyways, since I now have this 10 pound bag of potatoes, the question is: "What am I going to do with them?"

I found a lot of GREAT recipes with potatoes!!!!

Last night, I made a really EASY POTATO SOUP RECIPE that I found on SPARKRECIPESCOM.

Potato Soup Recipe:

Ingredients
2 cups cubed potatoes
2 cups water
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 chicken bouillon cubes
pepper to taste



Directions
Cook potatoes, carrots, onion, and water until tender.
Add bouillon and pepper.
Simmer 10 minutes.


Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user SALDRU.

Number of Servings: 4


I changed it up just a bit! I sautéed the onions in a little butter and added the potatoes, and carrots and cooked for a few minutes before at the end.

I estimate this meal cost under $3.00

potatoes-$.50 (still have 16 potatoes left)
baby carrots-$.99 (only used part of the bag)
chicken bouillon cubes-$1.00

This meal is by no means a GOURMET meal, but was very tasty & CHEAP!

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5/3/10 11:41 P

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Hmmm......poached eggs and pasta? Sound very unusual yet interesting! PLEASE let us know what you think!!

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5/3/10 3:52 A

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Hi, ive been reading through the website and came across a recipe called 'Stefanie's Easy poached eggs and pasta' Its in Spark recipes. I havnt tried it yet but it sounds quite unusual to me, it isnt something Ive tried before but it does sound really yummy and has loads of good reviews for it. And best of all it looks as though it would be fairly cheap to make!! I will definately be trying it soon and will let you know how it goes. Has nayone already tried it?

JAcqui
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5/1/10 7:46 P

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Please share your favorite budget friendly tips, recipes, websites, etc!!!

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