Weekly Savings Thread-10.00 & Under Meals

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Mommyin0406080912's picture
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Weekly Savings Thread-10.00 & Under Meals

Can you share some meals with us that you make for 10.00 and under? What size family do you feed with it?

SoCaliLover's picture
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Frozen Pizza LOL

we have several but we are only cooking for three --and Zayden doesn't eat much.

Spaghetti and sauce is usually quick and cheep.

My latest that I cook at home has been chicken and Quinoa. I have a huge bag of Qunioa I got a costco. I make a few cups of that. I have a bag of frozen grilled chicken that I grab some, cut it up and add it to the quinoa and then some frozen veggies. If I really want to be smooth, I will cook the Quinoa with chicken stock for some more vitamins. Not sure exactly what that costs per meal but I probably spend a max of $15-20 for all those supplies and easily make 4 or more dinners out of that feeding three with a few leftover portions for lunch.

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Something I did last night: Cooked a meal using the recipe on the back of the Pict Sweet frozen broccoli package. It was for Broccoli Fettuccini, and I added some frozen chicken breast tenders (non-breaded).

Here's what I did:

Threw some tenders in a round, 2-qt. microwavable casserole dish along with a little water on the bottom, put almost the whole family size pkg of broccoli on top, put the lid on (leaving a small space for some of the steam to escape), then threw it in the microwave for 16 minutes (stirring halfway through).

In the meantime, I cooked some whole wheat fettuccine (the recipe just calls for regular fett.), and in a separate frying pan, sauteed the other ingredients listed on the pkg to make the sauce (onions, garlic, mushrooms--I use jarred mushrooms~all sauteed in olive oil, then add chicken stock and boil for 2 min, then add sour cream, basil, parsley, s & p, and shredded cheddar cheese). Then you take the broccoli & chicken out of the microwave, cut up the chicken with a wooden spoon (it comes out really tender being steamed in the microwave! :)), then mix everything together (drain the pasta, of course, and also drain the broccoli and chicken before mixing with the other ingredients)! Pretty easy, and very tasty.

Tip: If using whole wheat fettuccine, cook about 1-2 minutes longer than the pkg calls for so that it's "less chewy."

Cost:
1. About $6 for the whole package of frozen chicken tenders (only used about 1/3 of it for a family of 3, so-- $2)
2. About $3 for the pkg of frozen broccoli
3. A few cents here and there for the rest of the ingredients.

About $6, and it makes enough for 2 meals, so about $3 per meal for a family of 3.:)

PS: If someone wants the recipe and can't find Pict Sweet broccoli (family size package of baby florets) where they live, let me know and I'll post it.

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PS: After posting the above, I edited to add some important things, so if you already read it when you see this, please go back and read it again to make sure you have the accurate info. Smile

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We do frozen pizza and we need 3 and we like tombstone so its about 10.25 cents for 3 of them! Hubby can eat a whole one to himself, must be nice to be 6'3 and 135lbs! When the kids are older how many pizzas will I need? I am scared to think about it lol!!

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Taco soup in the crockpot is my favorite. Of course when I am only feeding a 3 yr old that doesnt eat, a 1 1/2 yr old and myself this lasts forever so I don't make it very often.

***Twiced stuffed baked potatoes (twice baked potates stuffed with canned ckn or salmon)
***Chicken tenders with rice and veggies. (I buy a big bag of chicken tenders from Costco for $13 and get 10+ meals off it)

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Amber will you share your taco soup recipe? I love it but that last time I made it, it was really gross but it was sort of mix things to make it Smile

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We do a lot of split meal shopping for our three person family. My husband is a big eater, though, so these would likely feed 3-4 people

I will buy a pound of ground turkey--Half of it is combines with a can of chili beans, half a can of black beans, a can of crushed tomatoes, a little frozen corn, some V8 and spices for a small pot of chili. The other half I combine with the reserved half can of black beans, some chopped onions, jalapeno and bread crumbs to make turkey burgers, with burger buns. (I want to say that's roughly $6.75 per meal... it's hard to calculate the veggies as I keep them on hand and I use portions in various meals)

I do this also with chicken breasts. I will get a package of breasts and poach them all. Half of them I shred and combine with finely julienned carrots, then I simmer it all together with some barbecue till the carrots are tender--voila BBQ chicken sammies tha use up the rest of the burger buns. With the other half of the chicken (and the broth that I made when poaching the breasts) I make a chicken and brown rice pot by using the rice, chopped chicken, carrots, onion (some chicken stock if the broth was weak)--sometimes I add in raisins, other time I will use peas or broccoli, then as it's almost done I grate in just a pit of parmesan cheese. (I think these two work out to about $7.25 per meal)

If there is leftover chicken and brown rice, it's really easy to throw in some extra veggies, an egg or two, some low sodium soy sauce, and make a quick fried rice!

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One of my Faves is a roasted stew,
about 2 lbs of stewing beef (5 or 6 dollars max)
2 or 3 potatoes (not much $)
3 or 4 carrots
1 small onion
clove or 2 of garlic
either a can of beef stock or a bullion cube

add the beef, onions and garlic (crushed or chopped) with salt/pepper/ your fave seasonings and cook in the oven low and slow for a few hours till beef is tender, add potatoes and carrots chopped, depending on how much liquid there is in the pan with the beef I'll add a can of beef stock and put back in the oven, covered till the veggies are cooked and most of liquid is gone (stirring frequently). It's like a cross between a roast beef and stew - so yummy!

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"CrysRee31" wrote:

One of my Faves is a roasted stew,
about 2 lbs of stewing beef (5 or 6 dollars max)
2 or 3 potatoes (not much $)
3 or 4 carrots
1 small onion
clove or 2 of garlic
either a can of beef stock or a bullion cube

add the beef, onions and garlic (crushed or chopped) with salt/pepper/ your fave seasonings and cook in the oven low and slow for a few hours till beef is tender, add potatoes and carrots chopped, depending on how much liquid there is in the pan with the beef I'll add a can of beef stock and put back in the oven, covered till the veggies are cooked and most of liquid is gone (stirring frequently). It's like a cross between a roast beef and stew - so yummy!

This sounds so good. Do you think it would still be as good cooked in a slow cooker (crock pot)?

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I have done it in a slow cooker and it is good but there is way more liquid so it's more like a stew/soup. I often use my oven just like my slow cooker when I know we'll be around most of the day. I set it on low and leave it for hours while we go about our day!
I've cooked a ham for 16hours before - it was so tender it was almost like butter lol!

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This is a fave in our house and I found it on Campbell's Kichen website

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

1 can of Campbell's Cream of Chicken (we prefer to use either the Cheddar cheese or Nacho Cheese that comes in a can from Campbell's instead of the Cream of Chicken)
1 and 1/3 cups of water
3/4 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups frozen mixed veggies (we usually do whatever we have on hand like broccoli, corn, peas, carrots etc)
1 and 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese(again we usually use whatever we have on hand)

1. Heat oven to 375 F. Stir the soup, rice, onion powder, pepper and vegetables in an 11x7x12baking dish.
2. Top the rice mixture with the chicken. Cover with foil.
3. Bake for 50 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender. Top with cheese. Let casserole stand for 10 minutes. Stir the rice before serving. (for this last step we usually after the 50 minutes, cut the chicken and stir, top with cheese, and put it back in until the cheese is melted, and then serve)

This dish is so easy and yummy. A lb of chicken is usually around 5ish(I always buy on sale), Bag of long-grain rice is about $2 ish but that last several times of making this dish, and a bag of store brand veggies is about $1.79. Then cheese is about $2.50 (always buy on sale). Soup is about .50 (again I always buy on sale.)

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You all are making me hungry!

I feed 7 people, so I usually make a lot of food. The following are cheap and yummy and include the protein, carb and veggies in one dish:

My family loves my chili. I like to make it quick and simple. I use:
*1 lb ground turkey
* 1-2 cans chili beans
* 3-4 cups V-8 juice (though you can substitute 1 c. spaghetti sauce plus water)
* 1/2 - 1 cup chunky salsa
* add water if needed, season to taste

My kids love black-eyed peas and greens - great way to use a ham bone
* ham broth with diced ham (water and ham simmered on the stove with black pepper, garlic and onions to taste)
* prepared black eye peas (from a can, or dry beans cooked in the ham broth with the lid off or vented until tender)
* 1 package chopped spinach or other greens (e.g. turnip greens)
Note, if you don't have ham, you can use any kind of sausage (italian, pork, hot, polish, etc.) I've made it with hot kielbasa before, and it was tasty!

Soups are another great way to make a cheap meal. This is a great time of the year for soup. I love to make cream of potato, ham and vegetable, chicken and vegetable, lentils, etc.

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"Mommyin04060809" wrote:

Amber will you share your taco soup recipe? I love it but that last time I made it, it was really gross but it was sort of mix things to make it Smile

Sorry this took me awhile.

1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 can black beans - undrained
1 can kidney beans - undrained
1 can corn - undrained.
1 package taco seasoning
1 package hidden valley ranch mix

Brown meat. Combine the meat with remaining ingredients cook on low for 8 hours in a crockpot or about 30 min to 1 hr on the stove.

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The Other day I made a Meal for all of us for $4.03 it was to feed 3 of us. I like to hit up Walmarts reduced meat when ever I'm up there. I got a pack of chicken thighs there were 5 of them in the pack which was $2.35 which I added the rest of the Sesame Ginger maranaid we already had, with a can of whole green beans (.68c) and a pack of teriyaki Knorr Noodle Sides ($1.00) we had a great Asian inspired meal for under $5.

Another thing we enjoy are the Betty Crocker Home Style bakes. There's one that DD LOVEs, It's chicken and country gravy with mashed potatoes. $3 for the meal kit, then I get a can of mixed veggies (68c) to mix in with it to make it more hearty and so DD gets her veggies since she will eat them that way bc they are mixed in the with mashed potatoes. So a pretty decent meal for $3.68.

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One of my favorites is a split meal, I'll make a 3lb roast with garlic, potatoes, and carrots. Then the next day I'll shred the rest of the beef and make enchiladas and spanish rice.

So I probably spend about $10 on the roast, I always have taters and carrots in the house so don't know exactly what the cost would be but I spend $2.50 on 10 lb's of taters and $1.89 on 2 lbs of carrots, .69/lb on garlic. I'll usually use 6-8 potatoes and 1 lb of carrots, and 2-3 cloves of garlic. Then the enchiladas, I spend .79 on enchilada mix, and .49 for tomato sauce, 6 tortillas, and .89 for a packet of spanish rice. A little cheese shredded on top and some onion mixed with the meat and sauce. I think between the two meals I'm right around $15. I feed a family of 5.