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Cheap & Quick Dinner???!!!

Post by Laura on Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:13 pm

I was thinking we could post recipes for really cheap and quick dinners. pictures optional but would be nice Smile

Here is one i did tonight...



made baked



cost is about $7 to make 2 mediums sized pizzas and you have leftovers

jiffy pizza crusts- 68 cents

pizza sauce- 98 cents (lots of leftovers)

bellpepper- 1.29 (lots of leftovers)

shredded cheese- 1.28 (lots of leftovers)

tomato-33 cents

olives- 68 cents

pepperonis- 2.39 (lots of leftovers)



directions to make is on the jiffy box and all the prep time really is is 5 minutes.

AWESOME FOR LAZY DAYS!



feel free to add more!
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Re: Cheap & Quick Dinner???!!!

Post by TwiztidYoshi03 on Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:29 pm

That looks soooo amazing!
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STUFFED PORK CHOP ROLLS

Post by MANDY on Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:07 pm

I WAS LUCKY THIS WEEK AND FOUND A FEW GOOD BUYS.
STUFFED PORK CHOP ROLLS
THIN PORK CHOPS(7ct) $2.55
GENERIC BOXED STUFFING .60
CR.CHICKEN SOUP .50
MILK (1 CAN FULL) .21
MIXED VEGGIES(CANNED) .29
FRESH SPINACH(LG BAG
USED ABOUT 1/3) .40
SALAD DRESSING .20
TAKE & BAKE LOAF BREAD
(KROGER REDUCED) .59
TOTAL $5.34

I TRY TO KEEP MOST OF MY DINNERS AROUND $5(GIVE OR TAKE) I DO LOOK FOR REDUCED, DENTED AND OOPS! WE BAKED TO MUCH ITEMS. THERE WAS ENOUGH FOR LUNCH THE NEXT DAY FOR HUBBY AND ME.

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Re: Cheap & Quick Dinner???!!!

Post by Laura on Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:27 pm

oooh! sounds wonderful!
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RANCH & BACON PASTA SALAD

Post by MANDY on Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:07 pm

I THOUGHT I WOULD GO AHEAD AND PUT TOMORROWS ON HERE TOO. HOPE IT'S OK?

TOMORROW IS MEATLESS SATURDAY(YES, I HAVE DESIGNATED DAYS FOR CERTAIN THINGS. LOL)


RANCH & BACON PASTA SALAD ON A BED OF SPINACH
WITH AN ARRAY OF VEGGIES AROUND IT.


RANCH & BACON PASTA SALAD .49
(IT WAS ON SALE & I HAD A CPN)
MAYO (1/2c OR 8T) .32
SPINACH (LAST 1/3 OF BAG) .40
CELERY STICKS (THIN) .15
CARROT STICKS (THIN) .15
TOMATO(HOME GROWN) .00
GR. PEPPER (USED 1/2) .25
ONION (SMALL USED 1/2) .25
COLE SLAW(LEFTOVER FROM
YESTERDAY. ALREADY COUNTED
IN THAT MEAL'S PRICE) .00
SALTINES (5/SERVING) .16

TOTAL $2.17

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Re: Cheap & Quick Dinner???!!!

Post by Laura on Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:29 pm

absolutely! the more the merrier! great savings too!
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Re: Cheap & Quick Dinner???!!!

Post by wicked1 on Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:49 pm

I'm hungry.

Smile All of these sound wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Laura always has pretty food. Smile
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Re: Cheap & Quick Dinner???!!!

Post by Laura on Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:54 pm

aw thanks wicked! Smile
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Re: Cheap & Quick Dinner???!!!

Post by jersma on Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:15 pm

I like to pick up the roasted chickens at Sams Club -about $4.80 and make dinner with part of it, then use the left overs to make chicken salad sandwiches, chicken quesadilla & use the bones to make a chicken stock. keep in mind it is just me (of course the dog gets some too!) so i get a couple lunches & dinner out 1 chicken.

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Re: Cheap & Quick Dinner???!!!

Post by Laura on Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:48 am

mmm i love chicken stew too! you can smell it through the house!
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Re: Cheap & Quick Dinner???!!!

Post by Patty432 on Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:07 am

We like to buy a Whole Turkey (since we are a family of 4 and my son eats like a grown man now). But if you have a smaller family, do like Jersma does, buy a whole chicken and do the same with the chicken that I do with the turkey. I buy a 13 pound turkey for around $14 and can make 2 lunches and 3 dinners for my family. I can't get chicken here cheaper than that. Chicken for 3 dinners costs us around $15 and I still have 2 lunches to think about.

For the first night, we do a cheaper Thanksgiving type dinner with Instant Potatoes, Boxed Stuffing, and Broccoli.

For night 2, We use some on the leftover turkey and make Turkey and Broccoli Alfredo. You can get a box of pasta at Walmart for a little over a $1 (I use about 3/4 a box), Alfredo sauce for around $1.50 and Broccoli is $2, but we only use half, the other half we had with the turkey, night 1. So its really cheap, and my family LOVES this. Just cook you pasta like normal, heat your alfredo sauce in a pan, break up the turkey into smaller pieces, add it to the sauce and heat. I steam my broccoli (but you can stove cook it) and after I pour the sauce on the pasta, I throw the broccoli on top.

For night 3, we like to do Turkey Tacos. All of the taco ingredients are really cheap and its a great way to get your family in the kitchen with you creating their own tacos.

For the lunches, we do Turkey Sanwiches for 1, and Turkey Salads for the other. The Turkey Salads are really great because you use pretty much all of the same ingredients that you use for the Turkey Tacos minus The corn tortilla and sour cream. The Salads are a great way to use the rest of that Lettuce Head you would normally throw out because you just can't seem to use it all (Thats what always happens in my house) and the leftover tomatoes and onion.

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Re: Cheap & Quick Dinner???!!!

Post by Laura on Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:02 pm

yum! all of these ideas so far are great! i really never would have thought about cooking a whole turkey or chicken!
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LEMON HERB CHICKEN DINNER

Post by MANDY on Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:18 am

MMMM-- THESE SOUNDS SO GOOD. THANKS LAURA FOR STARTING THIS POST. IT IS HELPING WITH SOME WONDERFUL IDEAS FOR DINNERS.


ON MY MENU TODAY IS:

LEMON AND HERB LEG QUARTERS(4 OR 8 IF CUT UP) $2.55
BROWN RICE PILAF:
BROWN RICE (1/2LB DRY) .50
PEAS & CARROTS (L.O. FROM DINNER NIGHT BEFORE) .00
CHOPPED ONION .10
CHICKEN STOCK(SAVED/PREVIOUS ) .00
FRESH CORN ON COB(FRIEND'S GARDEN) .00
SQUASH MEDLEY(YELLOW/ZUCCHINI F. GARDEN) .00
W/SLICED ONION .25
WHOLE GRAIN DINNER BREAD .59
TOTAL = $3.99

I HAVE BEEN LUCKY THAT A FRIEND HAD SOME SURPLUS IN THEIR GARDEN THIS YEAR. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS BEFORE. I WASHED, SLICED AND BLANCHED THE VEGGIES AND THEN USED ZIPLOCKS TO PORTION AND FREEZE THEM FOR LATER USE. THIS HAS HELPED ME OUT CONSIDERABLY.

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Re: Cheap & Quick Dinner???!!!

Post by Laura on Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:31 pm

oh how lucky!!!!! i love corn on the cob from the garden....actually anything from the garden!



today:

crab salad



imitation crab pack- $2.39

onion-.64 (leftover)

1 lemon- .36

1 bushel of cilantro- .68(leftover)

1 tomato-.33

tostada shells- 1.69 (leftover)



total: about $6



cut imitation crab into small chunks and put in bowl. cut lemon and squeeze into bowl(watch for seeds). mix and cut up 1 tomato into the bowl and chop desired amount of onion into bowl. then take 1/2 a bushel of cilantro and chop finely into bowl. mix all and then put salad on tostada shell.

this makes about 10 tostada crab salads.
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