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Inexpensive Meals
Published on Monday, May 9, 2011 by

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Times are tough here, as they are for everyone.  If I tighten my belt anymore, my button is going to fly off and shoot someone’s eye out!  Pretty soon, eyes will be shot out all over the country.

In looking at where the money goes, I see that quite a lot of it is spent on groceries.  Currently I shop at my local Bottom Dollar, going to Food Lion only for the meat and deli items.  My struggle is trying to find inexpensive meals I can prepare that people will actually eat.

This weekend my mother took me to dinner for Mother’s Day and we had an amazing dish that would cost very little to prepare.  Al dente Orecchiette (pasta  that looks like “little ears”) is mixed with crumbled sausage, chicken broth, broccoli, garlic, salt, pepper and I believe white wine.  As simple as this sounds, the flavor was simply out of this world.  Ground chicken or turkey can be substituted for the sausage if desired.

little ears

Now it’s time to pick your brain.  I have completely run out of ideas for inexpensive meals that taste good.  What do you cook when you are on a budget?

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    Chicken alfredo lasgna or hamburger helper!

    • Chicken alfredo lasagna… I would love to know how you make it!

  • That does sound good. Really good, but I’m a big fan of pasta. Really big fan.

    Hubby cooks and that means he shops too. I can’t answer your question. I agree that the grocery store is where most of the money goes.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

    • I don’t eat any pasta/carbs during the week… but I tell you what.. this was a weekend and I WENT TO TOWN on it. It was al dente… a bit chewy which I love… the sausage he gets from out of state – it was not fatty or too spicy – just little bits of it tucked all around the pasta… ohhhh yummmmyyyyyyyyyy

  • That sounds delish! Hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day Katherine. Pasta is great when you’re on a budget. Tends to be inexpensive and a little feeds a lot. Of course, I ruin it by adding the expensive cheese! 🙂

  • I’ve gotten a big spaghetti squash and made jalapeno cream squash. The squash is not expensive and it’s actually a pretty healthy meal. Get one jalapeno, split it an take out the seeds. Heat a cup or so of non-fat milk to a simmer, then turn it off. Put the jalapeno in it and let it cool. Remove the jalapeno. The squash looks like spaghetti and topped with the jalapeno cream and a little parm, even the kids will eat it. Pasta with cherry tomatoes and parsley and garlic is also great. I also make salads that don’t cost an arm and a leg for warm weather. I seldom use prepared foods because most of them are not really tasty and are pretty unhealthy because of the “additives”. We eat a lot less meat now because the stuff isn’t good for you, and it’s very expensive. I do buy organic strawberries, but they do cost more. I may spend more on veggies and fruit (organic) but with the fewer steaks and chicken breasts, it’s costs less and it’s better for us. I know it’s hard out there, Katherine.

  • I’ve gotten a big spaghetti squash and made jalapeno cream squash. The squash is not expensive and it’s actually a pretty healthy meal. Get one jalapeno, split it an take out the seeds. Heat a cup or so of non-fat milk to a simmer, then turn it off. Put the jalapeno in it and let it cool. Remove the jalapeno. The squash looks like spaghetti and topped with the jalapeno cream and a little parm, even the kids will eat it. Pasta with cherry tomatoes and parsley and garlic is also great. I also make salads that don’t cost an arm and a leg for warm weather. I seldom use prepared foods because most of them are not really tasty and are pretty unhealthy because of the “additives”. We eat a lot less meat now because the stuff isn’t good for you, and it’s very expensive. I do buy organic strawberries, but they do cost more. I may spend more on veggies and fruit (organic) but with the fewer steaks and chicken breasts, it’s costs less and it’s better for us. I know it’s hard out there, Katherine.

  • I tend to buy what’s on sale. I purchase the family pack and put half in the freezer and use half. Unfortunately, pasta is the least expensive meal so if you don’t eat carbs during the week, that puts a damper on saving money. Anything you can flesh out with pasta or rice will help. I used to make leftover enchiladas. You can easily make your own enchilada sauce mix whatever meat is leftover with rice and a little cheese. Wrap in tortillas poor sauce over, sprinkle cheese and bake. Another option is lettuce wraps. Stir fry chicken with lots of veges. Serve with lettuce leaves and everyone wraps their own.

  • I can throw together a soup with just about anything I have on hand… leftover chicken some onions and celery and what ever veggies are going to go bad if I don’t use them in a hurry. Toss in rice or pasta and it will feed the whole house

  • Staples that are always in stock are canned beans, rice, onions and garlic.  I have several beans & rice recipes that I make regularly, both with black beans and white (navy) beans. 

    Yes, white beans with rice.  Sounds crazy, but it’s delish.  Just use lots of onions (4-6 cups of chopped onions).

    I also make a black bean and sausage soup, which you could make without the sausage if you like.

    All cheap and filling!

    • White beans and rice actually sounds great! That would be a “perfect protein,” wouldn’t it? That is my problem.. not enough protein. It sounds good!

      • Here is the recipe I use, although now I cut back on the butter a bit and use some olive oil.

        Polish Beans and Rice with Onion Butter Sauce 

        4 cups chopped onion (or more)
        ½ cup uncooked white rice
        1 can navy beans (drained and rinsed)
        4 TB butter or more (no substitute)
        1 cup chicken broth or water

        For the onions:
        In large skillet over low to medium heat, melt several TB of
        the butter and add the onions.  Cook slowly
        until they are lightly brown and very tender. 
        Melt in remaining butter at the end of cooking. 

        For the beans and rice: 
        When the onions begin to soften, bring the broth or water to
        a boil and add the rice and drained beans. 
        Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until liquid has cooked
        out and rice is tender. 

        Serve the onion and butter mixture over the beans and rice, or mix together.  Excellent as a side dish or main course.   Good with polish or smoked sausage.

        • THANK YOU for the recipe!!! That sounds SO GOOD!!!! I can eat beans as long as I don’t overdo it… I am absolutely going to make this!!!! And maybeeee on a weekend I will splurge and get the sausage!!!

  • Людмила Хараськина

    Totally
    agree that
    life is becoming expensive!

    Recently, draw attention to the
    monthly budget! I spend a lot of money for
    food. Thank you for such tasty and
    cheap dish!

  •   Totally agree thatlife is becoming expensive!

    Recently, draw attention to themonthly budget! I spend a lot of money forfood. Thank you for such tasty andcheap dish!

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