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8/15/11 11:53 P

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I hsppen to be one of those people who like breakfast food for other meals. So does my hubby so we sometimes have omelets for dinner.

I like to slice some mushrooms, cut up onion & spinach and saute together. Then I add the beaten eggs. Cover and let cook thru. Melt any mild shredded white cheese over the cooked eggs. Fold and top with marinara sauce (bottled Ragu is fine or make your own.)

Pancakes from scratch with whole wheat or buckwheat flour & add some toasted pecans after pouring the batter onto the skillet. Heat some syrup and add a little hazelnuts liquor to it.

Also good - make French toast using raisin bread. Add a Tablespoon of OJ concentrate to the eggs when beating (instead of milk) along with cinnamon & orange zest. Heat syrup and add a bit more orange juice to that, too.

Then there's meals like Eggplant Parmigian which is easy to make (if messay and takes a few extra minutes) but is excellent left over the next night as sandwiches. Can be served the first night with sauteed or stuffed mushrooms om the side. Those vegetarians meals once or twice a week save lots of money.

We eat a lot of vegetable soups - navy bean (you can had any meat); split pea with ham; lentil with kielbasa; chicken veg; minestrone. And all the cream soups - I can't have dairy but you can use skim milk then thicken them with cornstarch. Great for leftovers, and you can freeze any extra for anyother day whn you want to stretch your meals. Soups and sandwich Yum!

I suggest you check some of the on-line websites or get a good cookbook for soups and stews from your library or bookstore.

And homemade Beanie Weanie just can't be beat. It's chock full of protein and is fairly cheap to make. Smells great cooking in the oven, too.


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6/17/11 10:18 P

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I just made a great skillet supper with very few ingre. It just takes 2 chicken breasts, 1 can low fat cream chicken soup, small can green chilies, and lemon juice. Just brown chicken with some non stick spray in a skillet, and when brown add the rest of ingre that were combined ahead of time. Bring to a boil and then cover with lid and let simmer until chicken is cooked through!! Season the chicken however you like to before browning, I used Cajun seasoning!! Can add some low fat sour cream at the end if you like, but it did not need it. I went very light with the Cajun seasoning, because I don't like to much spice, but my son added more for his taste. Served with some canned Green Beans, and Brown rice!! It was really good, and very inexpensive!! I had plenty of sauce left, so I am going to add some chicken stock to it tomorrow and some vegies, and make some chicken soup out of it... So 2 meals!!! Yeah!!

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6/17/11 12:07 P

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I like to buy ground beef in the value pak and break it down to 3/4 pound bags for the freezer. We use ground venison most of the time, but there still a couple of recipies that beef is still preferred. emoticon Sometimes our store has meat reduced for quick sale because the date is coming up - I will pick some up and put in the freezer for later. We don't eat rice (and it's kind of expensive where we are) so I use egg noodles or spaghetti noodles where rice would usually be served. Stir frys and casseroles are great because they are sssooo adaptable and you can definitely stretch the meat used - slice it small and it seems like there is more too.

Someone posted about kielbasa with peppers and onions - it's so yummy. I make that too and add a can of tomatoes and about a cup and a half of chicken broth - then thicken with cornstarch after simmering to make a nice gravy and serve it over egg noodles with a side of broccoli or sometimes a side of pineapple chunks - whatever is on hand.

This is really a great thread - thanks for starting it.

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6/15/11 12:19 P

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sounds good

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6/15/11 11:09 A

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I like that idea about the stir fry with rice and veggies. I will make that.

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6/15/11 8:49 A

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Hi and I am new too. I find that you can't beat vegetables. There are a lot of great recipes that don't cost the earth on the Spark Recipe site. We are also on a very tight budget at the moment and I always buy fresh vegetables that are in season and on special. Chicken is also cheap in my country ( Australia ) so I tend to cook with it a lot. Try stir frying as this gives you lots of veg and you only need to add a little meat and serve with egg noodles or rice. I always use egg noodles as they are lower in calories

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6/15/11 12:05 A

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I am new to this group too. We are all having trouble with our food budget with food prices sky rocketing.

Here a recipe that I make over and over because it makes a lot and you can use what ever left over meat you have on hand.

About two cups of cabbage saute in butteror olive oil till tender when done put aside in a large bowl. Saute one small onion till tender in a little olive oil or canola oil, add two cloves of garlic, cook 30 seconds, Add to your pan of onion and garlic one and a half cups meat with three TBSPsp low sodium soy sauce and three TBSP teriyaki sauce. simmer about 5 minutes. Hubby likes chicken or pork the best. In a pot of boiling water add thin spaghetti noodles I use the barilla multigrain. Cook till tender. In a large pan put noodles, cabbage meat all together season with salt and pepper to taste. I usually add shredded carrots, green onions and sprinkle a little garlic powder and onion powder to my taste. reheat all the ingriedients and serve. Note: this can be eaten hot or cold. When I was a little girl I remember my moms friend even making this with left over hot dogs. My mom likes squeezing fresh lemon juice on top. you can add brocolli,snow peas and even pepper but add them to the meat and sauce so it picks up the flaovor of the sauces. Hubby likes taking left over for work.

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6/14/11 11:11 P

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Hi Jenkay11,

Welcome! But really, I'm new to this group too.

As a volunteer chef I have learned much in our kitchen to feed 100's getting our costs to less than $2 per plate. I have adopted many of the same tactics in the kitchen here at home.

You sound like you are on the right tract with your chicken and rice recipe. For ideas check out some of the recipes here in SP, and I also like Also for buying veggies, you may want to check to see of your town has a coop. Ours does. will let you buy 2 large round laundry baskets - 1 fruit and 1 veggies for only $15.

I hope some of these suggestions are helpful.

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6/14/11 11:10 P

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I too have to live in a tight budget, and have found that eating and cooking healthy has upped our grocery bill!! Go to the Hungry Girl website. She has some really good recipes for 1-2 servings, and does not use alot of ingre.. She also uses many ingre over and over in other recipes so if you have to buy something, you will definetly use it again. Here is a recipe that I made up, that all you need is some turky kielbasa, or smoked sausage, cut into thin rounds. Any chopped vegies that you like, I am on a yellow squash kick, but I also have used onions and green peppers. Dice vegies small, and add meat and vegie in large skillet with some cooking spray, and just stir fry until done. I like my turkey to be a bit crispy... Add whatever seasonings you like, we like cajun seasoning, and put it over some cooked brown rice. It is very fast and so good, and CHEAP!!! I hope this helps!! Shannon

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6/14/11 10:59 P

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Hi, I'm new to the group! I started on SP to get healthy, but I'm having a really difficult time with food. We are a very low budget family, and I usually don't spend more than 5-10 dollars per meal. (for 2 of us, and sometimes even leftovers!) So as i'm going through new healthy recipes, so many of them require so many different ingredients that I just cannot afford, So i'm looking for help! I can share tips and tricks that I found too that work on a budget! Thanks in advance!

easy peasy chicken and rice: (my comfort food)

Cook up a chicken breast in EVOO, throw in whatever spices you have handy, I like chicken seasoning, basil and oregano,(I experimented with several different spices from my rack) then I throw brown rice into my rice cooker, with whatever veggies I have on hand (peas, green beans, carrots, broccoli). toss everything together, throw a little bit of soy sauce on top! I love it!

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