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We “have” $50 for this weeks groceries. This check was eaten up by our lovely energy bill. We try to live off just my income and put DH’s away for a rainy day.
Anyways, we already have chicken, ground beef, ground turkey, and steak. We also have lots of vegetables to work with too. I need help with side dishes.
I know $50 isn’t alot but I don’t want the same old mashed potatoes or rice for a side. Help me get creative(;
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Send me a link to your local grocery flyer & I’ll make you a list & menu!!
Post # 4
This isn’t a side dish, but you can use either the ground turkey or ground beef and make taco soup. 2lbs ground meat, browned and drained and put in a large pot. Add 2 cans each pinto and kidney beans (rinsed ans drained though), 2 cans corn (with juice), 1 can rotel original (with juice) and one large can diced tomatoes (with juice-‘I think its 28oz). Add one packet of dry ranch and one taco seasoning packet, heat until warm and voila. So yummy when topped with a little cheese and sour cream. Makes a ton, too. This lasts my DH and I at least a week. If you have any of those beans or veggies on hand, it’ll be super easy and cheap.
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@crazydogmom: Girl, you rock! That sounds delish and I have everything except the ranch packet..but those are cheap!(: Thank you!
Post # 7
Do the veggies a million different ways, and as a side dish OR part of the main course: stir fry (different sauces?), curried, grilled on the BBQ, summery salads (beans, quinoa, rice, veggies w/ dressing), taco salads, crockpot stews… Also you can switch it up with sweet potato fries, or stuff like that.
You can probably get all of the things you need for the above for under 50. I also recommend looking in your spice cabinet and getting creative with the seasoning! Even just that can make it more interesting.
By the way, the best sweet potato fries I’ve ever had were these fancy homemade baked with olive oil and rosemary fries. YUM.
Post # 8
Last night I used steak to make beef bowls. Just marinated the steak in soy sauce and sesame oil overnight and then cooked it on the stove. I made white rice and marinated left over napa cabbage in soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, brown sugar and Sriracha. My FI loved it and we already had all of the ingredients to put it together.
Post # 9
@hedgehogcatcher: I’ve never like sweet potatos but the fry version sounds good! Maybe I will try that.
@BruinBeeMPH: You had me drooling. haha I have everything for that except soy sauce and Sriracha.
Post # 10
@figgnewton: if you like spicy food, Sriracha is an awesome thing to have in your fridge! We use it all the time, especially in marinades. I like to dip my quesadillas in it as well 🙂
I was trying to save on groceries this week as well, and I also made mushroom stroganoff. I don’t know if you guys like mushrooms but if you do it’s really good. You just sautée an onion and garlic clove in some olive oil for like 10 minutes, add a carton of mushrooms (I quarter them first), and cook it all down. Once everything is cooked through, add beef broth until everything is covered and bring it to a boil. Mix together half a cup of sour cream with 3 tbsp of white flour. Remove the pan from the heat and mix in the sour cream stuff. Put it back over the heat and cook until it thickens up. I always serve it over egg noodles.
Now I’m really hungry haha.
Post # 11
@figgnewton: I don’t have any side dish ideas right now, but I wanted to say that if you dont have a packet of ranch mix, you can easily make your own with spices you probably already have.
Here is a website that gives you that recipe as well as some other ones like Italian seasoning and Mexican seasoning.
Post # 12
So I looked at the best deals in your flyer & this would be my grocery list assuming you have the grocery store card:
1lb of peaches
3lbs of zucchinis
2lbs of green beans
2 heads of lettuce
1 dozen Smiths eggs (if the 4 for 5$ special can be split… if not I’d buy 4 lol)
1 bar of Kroger cheese
2-4 packs of Barilla pasta (99c)
4lbs of chicken legs (89c/lb)
2lbs of angus ground beef
Old El Passo Tacos or tortillas
I would also buy a can of tomatoes, 2 cans of beans & 1 can of corn which are not in the flyer but usualy under $1.50 each.
So that totals around 35$, leaves room for some more protein, just didn’t see anything else cheap on the flyer
Dinner 1:I’d do BBQ chicken legs one day with pasta salad & green beans
Dinner 2: Tacos or burritos another with your ground beef, corn & canned beans
Dinner 3: Pasta primavera left over green beens & broccoli go in here, if you find sausages for 2-3$ I’d grab those & put them in your pasta.
Dinner 4: Zucchini casserole: chop & fry your zucchinis in a (large) pan with some onions, then chop them & put them in a casserole with 1c of cooked rice, 1/2 c of cheese, & 3-4 eggs. Cook at 350 for 15 minutes then raise your oven to 400 for another 15 minutes. Once all the liquid is gone serve!!
I can guaranty you will have a bunch of leftovers for lunches so you just need to figure out breakfast!
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@MrsRugbee: My jaw just hit the floor. I really appreciate that! Thank you! And yes I have the card(:
Post # 14
if you already have basic store cupboard ingredients (flour, baking powder, oil) then you could give these a go – homemade flour tortillas (lard free). i made them once and they were kind of a cross between tortillas and thin bread (btu i might have just made them too fat haha)
i like these sauteed potatos: [ i didnt know what charlotte potatoes were, just bought the baby ones]. make sure you dont undercook them
- 450g small Charlotte potatoes, cut in half
- 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled
- 3 sprigs of rosemary
- 30-40g salted butter
– parboil potatoes in boiling salted water for 8-10 mins depending on size.
– put oil in pan
– lightly crush garlic cloves. add to pan with rosemary.
– add potatoes. cook till going brown. add butter. cook for few more mins
you can apparently make chinese style noodles with spaghetti and things like soy/oyster sauce if you have them.
let me think a bit more, DH and i literally have rice tortillas and beans all the time as we live in mexico and we lack imagination haha. thinking about it, beans are time consuming but quite inexpensive?
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@figgnewton: I take homemaking very seriously!
Post # 16
@figgnewton: Here is one of my go to’s, it was my great-grandmothers recipe
2 heads broccoli or cauliflower (I prefer to cut it into pieces)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cheddar cheese
Steam (or boil) broccoli until tender.
Combine soup, cheese, milk
Put broccoli in baking dish, top with cheese/soup/milk mixture, then breadcrumbs.
Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until soup is bubbling.