Post your recipes here for inexpensive meals or meals you put in your freezer. If you happen to know the approximate cost per meal, feel free to add that too.
My "babies" are Abigail (6/06) and Caleb (1/08 )
This is a really inexpensive meal that is easy to make and tastes really good! Things can also be interchanged for whatever you might have in your pantry. I also buy almost everything off brand so I'll add the price that I pay for the items.
1 large can crushed tomatoes~.98
1 can "rotel"~.79
1 can black beans~.60
1 can pinto beans~.58
1 can corn~.58
1 can stewed or diced tomatoes~.60
1 pack taco seasoning~.33
1 pack ranch seasoning ( I buy the big jars in at Sam's so I'm guessing the price)~1.25
1 lb ground beef~2.00-4.00
Brown ground beef in pan. Drain if there is a lot of excess fat, if extra lean then no need. Open and pour in all cans without straining anything. Add the seasonings. Heat through. We usually serve with crushed tortilla chips and cheese or you could do sour cream.
This makes 5 big bowls of soup (one for DH and I for dinner, one for each for the next day for lunch and on to freeze when we don't have leftovers and DH needs a lunch at work). You can add more cans to make a bigger pot and freeze.
I make and freeze these for the kids breakfast, they love them and are way cheaper than the already prepared version.
8 eggs - we use egglands 2.20 a dozen so 1.47
little milk to make scambled eggs
1 pound sausage, I use the kind the store makes, I think usually $2 a pound
4 oz cheese - usually buy on sale so maybe .75 worth of cheese
1 package of 12 tortilla shells - 1.50
Brown sausage in skillet, drain. Scramble eggs, add sausage. Take tortilla, put egg and meat in, top with a bit of cheese and roll up into burrito, I flash freeze and then wrap in paper towel and then microwave one at a time, 30 sec flip and 30 seconds.
Comes to around $.48 a burrito, much cheaper and tastier!!
Approx. 2 lbs of chicken (light or dark meat) (Depends on what you buy....)
1 can of whole berry cranberry sauce (Approx $1.00)
1 packet of french onion soup (Approx $.75)
Let simmer in crock pot for 3-4 hours. Done!
I usually serve with wild rice. It's a great fall dinner! AND, my husband can even do it! Who can believe he'll have dinner on the table when I get home from work?!?!?!
Last edited by lisetterenee; 09-06-2008 at 06:17 PM.
Lisette & Cori - 07/12/2003
Evangeline Abrielle - 02/26/2006
Aurelia Pearl - 07/24/2008
This isn't a recipe, but its something I have been doing to save both money and time. When Ground Chuck goes on sale I buy several family size packages, then over the weekend I brown it all and then season it several different ways, such as I make taco meat, chili meat, plain for things like pizza, put some in spagetti sauce. Then I package in quart size ziplock bags in the amount we would need for a meal, and freeze laying flat in the freezer. Then I just pull out what I need in the morning put in the fridge, sometimes I will throw it in the crock pot at lunch with a little water, esp the taco meat and then when we get home dinner is done!!
I also invested in a patty maker, and buy a couple packages and just make patties out of them, then freeze in meal size packagers to throw on the grill for an easy dinner. And my hamburgher doesn't get brown waiting for the meal to be made.
I do the cook it once and freeze it for the month. It is not nearly as hard one would think. We went shopping on the 1st and we were done yesterday, but only because I left the last two dishes in the fridge 24 hours because I was sick and tired. If I can do two months meals 38 weeks pregnant as sick as i was any one can do this!
Here is a start picture of dry goods, AKA $320 worth of food and I bought most everything as I wqas documenting for another board I belong to. I didn't look for any great sales and i didn't use any thing stock piled, except the sun dried tomatoes and I have no idea what they cost so they are not included in the price. The 5lbs mozz cheese was bought at sma's and not included in the $320 but in recipes it is counted in the cost of the dishes.
I was not trying to go very low because I was not catering to a budget group and I was more interested in varied food because we had been eating the same thing over and over again. Plus at the end of my pregnancy beginning of having a new baby. I wanted something exciting to make me want to eat. We usually make our Sat pizza but i was just lazy!
Sun: Pg 259 Rosemary Roasted Veggies Thaw in fridge roast on 400 degrees 20 min
Mon: Pg 174 Beef Bourguignon Thaw in fridge serve with potatoes, egg noodles, bread. Skim fat thicken
Tues: Pg 257 Black and pink beans and rice. Microwave Serve with rice and sour cream or cheese
Wed: Pg 83 Spanish Chicken Thaw in fridge heat 30 min at 350 degrees remove foil add cheese broil 3 minutes until cheese is golden
Thur: Pg 68 Manicotti Thaw in fridge bake 60 min at 350 degrees do not microwave.
Fri: pg 97 Chicken chili con Queso Thaw in microwave. Serve over rice or with tortillas
Sat: PIZZA Tostinos
Sun: Pork loin Pg 133 lemon rosemary pork loin Thaw in fridge rotisserie for 50 min Serve with starch and veggies
Pg 134 Parmesan-sage pork loin Thaw in fridge transfer to roasting pan, Meat on top of veggies roast 50 min rest 10 min
Mon: Pg 164 Meat balls in Root Beer sauce. Thaw/cook in microwave serve over mashed potatoes/noodle/rice with veggies
Tues: Pg 26 Southwestern Pork soup Add box of chicken broth heat with frozen package in Microwave or stove top.
Wed: Pg 118 seared chicken with sun dried tomato sauce thaw/heat in microwave serve with rice/noodles and veggies
Thurs: pg 52 Rotelle zucchini reheat in microwave add ½ brick feta ½ container olives
Fri: Pg 144 Chipolte pork soft taco serve with tortillas sour cream and cheese side of pink and black beans
Sat: PIZZA Tostinos
Robin to the Rescue Rosemary-Roasted Vegetable Medley. (my price 5.47 per meal for four)
This was supposed to be a side dish but i added italian sausage and made it a meal. i can serve over Rice or noodles. Even in a tortilla if I am LAZY.
Recipes is as in the book my adjustments are at the end.
Prep time: 10 min
walk away time: 20 min. Preheat over to 400
2 medium tomatoes cut into 8 wedges
1 medium Zucchini cut 1/4 thick
1 mediume yellow Squash cut 1/4 thick
1 cup Mushrooms
1 medium red onion cut hald moon
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoonds fresh Rosemary
1 preheat oven to 400 coat baking sheet with cooking spray
2 arrainge veggies on sheet and spray with cooking spray. Roast until squash are tender 20 min.
I cooked up 3lbs italian sausage in the box from Walmart and put 3 sausages diced in each bag. I put a tablespoon olive oil in each bag and shook.
Robin to the Rescue Pg 174 Quick Fix Beef Bourguignon (my cost 4 servings$8.95)
Prep time 15 min
Active cooking time
Walk away 20 min
4 slices bacon
1 1/4 lbs beef tenderloin, sorloin, ribeye, or round cut 1 inch cube
1/4 cup flour
2 cloves garlic
1 tea dried thyme
1 cup red wine
2 cups beef broth
2 tbl tomato paste
3 med carrots chopped
2 cups pearl onions
1 cup frozen peas
1 cook bacon until crisp drain on paper towle
2. season beef with salt and pepper dredge and brown on all sides about 5 min add garlic and cook 1 min add thyme cook 1 minadd wine and simmer add broth adn tomato paste carrots onuions and bacon simmer 20 min until brotehr thickens add peas serve when peas are warm
So my first big change was the meat OMG I cannot afford to make stew out of rib eye! So i used stew meat and a crock pot. I also used regular onions.
Robin to the Rescue Pink and black beans with rice Pg 257 my cost see below
Total time 20-25 min
Prep 10-15 min
walk away 10 min
2 cup instant brown rice
1 8ov can tomato
1 cup salsa
1 tbs onion flakes
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 11 ox can black beans
1 11 oz can pink beans
1 11 oz can corn
1 Combine all ingredients in sauce pan simmer reduce heat warm fluff add salt and pepper.
This recipe I took a lot of liberties with first of all I skipped the rice enrirely. Next I redid the recipe for the crock pot. Since dried beans are a lot cheaper than canned and I am making ahead for the month I opted for dried beans and the crock pot. However my translations didn't go so well!
First of all my crock pot runith over. So I had two crock pots simmering this stuff. It tastes great, the black beans stained the corn and the pink beans and I think this would probably be an issue even with the canned beans. However the colors and look is perfect for halloween. So with my adjustments I ended up with four 4 cup meals and 6 two cups meals, either bean and cheese burritos or side dishes. So this one is very very cheap like this, $.39 a cup big packs $1.56, small packs $.78
Last edited by Azbrat0526; 10-09-2008 at 11:59 PM. Reason: recipe NAME added