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Recipes on a Budget — Feeding the Household

bornbakwrd said…
Chili Dog Chili!   (as shown on 30 Minutes Meals with Rachael Ray) – prepare this with corn bread and when you take a bite of the chili with a bite of the corn bread; it’s like eating a chili dog and a corn dog at the same time. Mmmmmmmm. This should feed a family of four for approximately $12. (Certainly less costly and far more healthy than a trip to the golden arches). 1 pkg. hot dogs 1 lb. lean ground beef 1 can kidney beans 2 Tbs. chili powder 1 Tbs. cumin 1 med. onion (chopped) 2 med. jalapeno’s (chopped – discard seeds unless you like more heat in your chili) 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped) 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes 1 32 oz. can beef broth 1 box corn bread mix Cut hot dogs in bite-size pieces and brown them then set aside. Brown the ground beef and drain fat. Add onion, jalapeno, chili powder, cumin, and garlic. Cook till onions are somewhat soft. Now mix all ingredients in a stock pot and simmer for 20-30 minutes. While Chili Dog Chili is simmering, prepare corn bread as directed on the box. Both should be done cooking and ready to serve at the same time. I have to add my thanks to Rachael Ray for presenting this recipe on her show “30 Minute Meals.” This recipe is quick and easy and absolutely packed with flavor. Enjoy!

Quirky Mom said…
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup!    Stock: chicken -any parts that you like (and as much as you like ..ie..1lb -2lbs) use an 8qt. stock pot and fill with water or combination of water and chicken broth (lg can) to cover chicken Add to broth 2 lg onions peeled and quartered or eighths Add approx 1 lb of carrots (if you use the baby carrots just cut in half) Add 4 stalks of celery cut in approximately 1/2″ chunks boil on high-med heat until chicken is done and falling off the bone (usually about 1 – 1/2 hours. Noodles: Use store bought egg noodles or make your own. Homemade Noodles: 10 eggs good pinch of salt flour break eggs into large bowl pour in about 1 C flour mix with fork until flour is mixed into egg well. Add in salt. Continue to mix flour into eggs until you have a stiff consistency and cannot mix with fork. Put flour on table or work surface (enough so that the mixture will not stick to the surface) Take the mixture out of the bowl and put it on your work surface and flatten out slightly. Flour a rolling pin and roll out dough until the desired thickness is achieved. Roll dough up into a “loaf” , on cutting board and with a sharp knife cut the noodles to desired thickness, unroll and set aside, Take chicken out of the pot and take the bones out (this will make eating the soup much nicer), then put it back into the pot. Season the broth with salt and pepper or whatever spices you like) I use salt, garlic salt or powder, onion salt or powder, and sometimes if you like spicy I use just a bit of crushed hot pepper flakes. Once the chicken is boiling again put in noodles and continue cooking for approximately 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. To test noodles take one out of the pan and taste it, it will not taste doughy and should be a light yellow in color. Makes enough for two or three family meals if you freeze some. Cost about $11.00 you can get two to three meals out of this dinner. Enjoy!!

Quirky Mom said…
Here’s another oldie but goodie!   Easy Spaghetti!   1 lb ground hamburger or turkey 4 – 5 lg cans of tomato sauce salt, pepper, oregano, garlic salt or clove(chopped fine), onion salt or 1 med. onion diced 1 lb spaghetti Brown burger in skillet add seasonings to taste (add garlic or onion at this time) once burger is browned add in tomato sauce let cook for at least until sauce is boiling Start spaghetti water in another pan while browning burger, bring water to a boil then add spaghetti cook according to directions. Once spaghetti and sauce are cooked place them in separate serving bowls on table this will allow everyone to take as much of each as they like. Now here’s the trick to make it even more economical — Freeze any leftover sauce for another meal in a Ziplock freezer bag. for the leftover spaghetti noodles either feed it to Rover or try spaghetti salad with it, or heat it later with a little butter for a “midnite” snack. Now the next time you want a spaghetti dinner, just thaw out the sauce, and throw in another can or two of tomato sauce, boil up some more spaghetti noodles. Enjoy!! Only freeze sauce once, after the second meal throw away any remaining sauce. Cost about $5 -7.00 Good for two family meals

Quirky Mom said…
Here is a “hamburger recipe”   that my family just loves. Its easy and tasty and you will get more for your buck. First you will need 1 lb of hamburger, one egg, and handful of cornflakes (if they are a little stale its better but you can do it with fresh ones) or a handful of rice or 4 – 5 slices of bread (torn into small pieces), 1 med onion (diced), 1 clove garlic (minced), salt and pepper to taste. Put hamburger into a med or lg mixing bowl, make a hole in the middle. Add egg, cornflakes or rice or bread, onion, garlic, and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly, then pat into hamburger patties just like you typically would. (about the same size as always) Fry them up and ENJOY! You will get approximately 1 – 2 extra burgers doing it this way. This recipe is also good when making meatloaf or Salisbury steak. Cost: approximately $5.00 and the extra hamburgers. So you get more food for your buck and that’s always good!

  1. mick
    May 28, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    guys, some really good recipes here: http://www.deliciouscheapmeals.com

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