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Old 07-25-2012, 11:35 AM
 
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What ideas do you have for dinners that don't break your budget?


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One of my favs...

Chicken Breats
Salsa
Canned Corn
Can of Black Beans
Cream Cheese
Rice


Cut the chicken breasts into cubes
Throw the chicken
Salsa
Corn
and Beans into a crock pot

Let it cook on High for 4 hours then turn to low until you are ready to eat

About 30 min before you are ready to eat cube to Cream Cheese and throw it in the crock pot and turn it on high

Cook the rice and enjoy!! It is a great meal
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My husband loves this:

Take a link of smoked sausage (beef is good). Slice it into coins and cook in a skillet for a bit, then add chopped up green peppers and onions. When it is close to done add some broccoli and cook a few minutes until it is bright green. Meanwhile, cook a couple boxes of mac/cheese. Add the meat/veggies to the mac and cheese and sprinkle in some pepper/salt and a light dusting of cayenne. It's really good and cheap!

Omelettes, with whatever fillings you like in them, are cheap and delicious. Spaghetti squash w/spaghetti sauce (with or without meat) is yummy. We like vegetables cooked in foil packets (w/or w/out meat). Just use a foil square and slice some potatoes, onion, and carrot into each, then split cans of corn, green beans, and peas among the packets. Top with salt/pepper/butter and bake at 350 for 45 mins to an hour. Potato soup is cheap and easy, too. Good luck!
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Previous thread with ideas
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http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=418366
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:05 PM
 
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We buy one whole chicken and roast it with some fresh rosemary in the cavity. One chicken can get DH and I one meal with veggies and rice on the side, then another with quesadillas, tacos, or with the chicken breast sliced over a salad.

I then cook the bones and skin down again, strain it and use it as a broth base for soup. DH isn't big on soup, but he will go along with it occasionally. It can also be a base for cooking down beans, seasoning pasta, or cooking rice.

It helps so much to think of meat as flavoring/enhancement rather than the main part of the meal. I buy huge bags of frozen veggies at BJS and mix in just enough meat to flavor things up. Better for the budget and much healthier. We do a lot of stir fry meals, pasta with veggies and meat, and eggs as our protein.

Be sure to make a menu THEN a grocery list. Then post it on the fridge as your weekly meal planner. Good luck, and happy budgeting!


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potato soup with toppings and bread
make your own potato night, make them in the crock pot
turkey burgers and roasted veggies
frozen tortellini with leftover chicken breast and a bag of frozen veggies with jarred red sauce or pesto
quesadillas can make meat stretch, especially if you add corn, canned black beans, onion, peppers
spaghetti and garlic bread
meatball sandwiches
shredded bbq meat in the crock pot

these are some that come to me quickly
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