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Nutrition on a Shoestring

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  FORUM:   New Year Goals
TOPIC:   Chef on a Shoestring" Challenge 

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2/5/11 1:35 P

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Today found a SPARK recipe for "Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken." Looks easy, and had lots of GREAT reviews from other SPARK members. Also, extremely budget friendly recipe! Can feed family of 4 for under $10!! Even cheaper if you substituted chicken thighs for the breasts.

Will let you know how this recipe turns out!

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7/9/10 1:06 P

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Just read this thread, and I think this is great way to get $$$ saving recipes from fellow team members!

The other day I made an "american" version of a Mexican favorite called Pozole.

Very tasty and very inexpensive! Because pork butt roast are usually pretty cheap! I got one for $5, and I only used a third of it for the Pozole soup, and I will use the remainder to make 2 other meals!

Recipe is pretty easy:

Cut pork roast into bite sized pieces, and brown in skillet with a little oil (I always use olive oil)
and season with your favorite spices.

In a large pot, boil 8 cups of water.

Add 4 cubes of your favorite bouillon flavor to season the water ( I used chicken because that's what I had.)

Add 2 tablespoons of chili powder (if you like it spicier add more)
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 tablespoons of oregano
Salt and pepper to taste.
*Feel free to adjust all spice measurements to adjust the flavor of the soup fit your taste.

Add meat and juices to the broth and let simmer for 1/2 hour on low heat.

Add 1 large can of hominy
Add 2 cans of corn. Let simmer an additional 1/2 hour.

Divide into 4 servings & top with diced onions, fresh cilantro, and chopped oregano.

This meal serves 4 and cost less than $6.00!

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5/4/10 12:32 A

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This week potatoes were CHEAP, so I will be planning my meals round my 10 pound bag of potatoes!

Last night I made a potato soup recipe that I found on SPARKRECIPES.COM Total meal was less than $3.00
(I believe I posted the recipe under the budgeting tips thread, so if interested you can find it there!)

Tonight I made CURRY.


1 boneless skinless chicken breast
garlic salt
black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
5-6 potatoes(cubed)
1 cup sliced carrots
1 Package GOLDEN CURRY sauce mix


Cut potatoes into large cubes.
Slice baby carrots in half.
Cut chicken breast into 1 inch cubes, and sauté in a little olive oil. Season with garlic salt & pepper.

Add the carrots and potatoes.
Cover potatoes with water, and boil until potatoes and carrots are soft.

Break curry into sections. Add CURRY cubes one cube at a time, making sure to stir constantly so curry dissolves. Keep adding CURRY until desired thickness. Make sure you stir constantly so curry dissolves and is mixed evenly.

*If your curry seems to thick, gradually add more water until you reach the desired consistency. Mixture should be a little thick, not soupy.

Serve over rice.

Servings: 4-5

Husband and son LOVED it!

Cost of main ingredients: $9.08

Chicken-$1.50 ($9.00 for package of 6)
Potatoes- $.50 (still have 10 left)
Carrots- $.50 (used leftovers from potato soup recipe)
Golden Curry sauce mix-$3.58
Bag of Rice-$3.00 (Estimation, I buy rice in 25lb bags)

Tomorrow I am making: Chicken with Cheesy mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes
Submitted by: MISSY_MAGOO

Another recipe I found on SPARKRECIPES.COM

I'll let you know how it goes!!!

Edited by: MY3NTHEPUNKIN at: 5/4/2010 (00:36)

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5/1/10 10:19 P

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The focus of this team is to learn how to eat "healthy" without breaking your budget!

Do you have a plethora of dinner recipes that can feed a family of 4 for less than $10! OR Maybe you have a healthy breakfast that is inexpensive to prepare; or a lunch that cost less than $2 per serving. If so, we'd like to hear from YOU!!!

This month's "CHALLENGE" is to prepare 1 BUDGET FRIENDLY meal at least once a day! "Budget Friendly" means less than $3 per serving to prepare!

Please share your "healthy" budget friendly recipes here!!

Edited by: MY3NTHEPUNKIN at: 5/1/2010 (22:21)

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