(Closed) Really cool really simple really cheap recipes?

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Get some wraps.  You can put random stuff in them (start out with some rice, then you can go from there.  I like to put some kidney beans, maybe some corn, and some ground beef with taco seasonings.  Make the seasoning yourself just look it up online; it’s easy if you have the spices). 

That would probably cost less than $10 for the two of you and it makes a lot.  We each eat a couple and then freeze like four for lunches.

You can do the same thing with some salad and chicken in a wrap, although it doesn’t freeze well.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

my go to meal, involves pesto from a jar, olive oil, pasta, a few slices of bacon and whatever veggies you like. While your pasta is cooking, chop up the bacon slices and saute with your veggies (I usually have 1/2 onion, maybe a diced up zucchini and a bell pepper, and some garlic, but really, go with what you like here) add a TBSP of the jarred pesto, and your olive oil (about 1/2 cup for a 12 oz-1 lb boxed pasta). Add your cooked pasta and toss until all the pasta is coated. I usually sprinkle some parmesan, asiago or even feta cheese on top.  You can make this entire meal for about $3.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Pasta is always a good option!! I make a baked ziti that my FH raves about. All I use is a box of noodles, 2 jars of sauce, ground beef, 1 bag of mozzarella, and ricotta cheese. Boil the noodles, brown the ground beef, warm up the sauce, mix the ground beef in with the sauce, and then start layering it in your dish. Cheap…and super yummy!!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Plus..there are lots of leftovers!!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@SandyThePoet:  Yes!  I make almost the same thing too!

If you don’t have the pesto, you can also make a good base pasta by combining olive oil, basil, and onion in a skillet.  Get a little basil plant in a pot for like $2 and then you’ll have fresh basil for a long time.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Another thing that I make a lot is chicken soup. I see that chicken hind quarters are often on sale for around .59 a lb in 10 lb bags. So I will buy a bag and divide it up into 5 or 6 bags. Then when I want to make soup, I put the frozen chicken into a pot with 10 cups of water, and 2 TBSP of chicken soup base (I love Orrin Farms, but there are other brands that are just as good-you see it in the soup section of the store) I chop up an onion, and some garlic and throw that in the pot. When the chicken is cooked, pull it out and debone, and add a bag of frozen mixed veggies to the pot, and bring back up to a boil, then add about 1 1/2 cups of box pasta, like bow-tie or rotini. You can add any spices that you like. I sometimes add chili powder and cumin and cayenne pepper, other times I go italian and add oregano and basil. Whatever spices and herbs you like, I’ve even made it before with curry powder it was great. Then salt and pepper to taste. Once the pasta is done it’s done. Another meal under $3.00.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

1 1/2 lbs hamburger ground and cooked loose

2 bags simply potatoes just the sliced ones or slice 6-8 potatoes

2 cans french cut green beens

1 can cream of onion

1 can cream of celery (mix the two cans together in a bowl)

Casserole dish

Layer potatos, meat, green beans, potatos, soup, meat, green beans, potatos, soup, etc

cook uncovered at 375 for about an hour maybe alittle more till the potatos are cooked.

 

This is my families favorite dish, the step son goes ape crap over it and will eat the whole thing so I have to get the Dhs and I’s lunch out before the step goes for seconds and thirds.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@HappilyEverAfter54:  Very similar.  It is easy, cheap (esp with real potatos), and is still fab heated up the next day.  I don’t think that I have ever thrown any away, which is more than I can say with most of our meals, usually leftover get thrown out a few days later.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

veggie quesadillas

tortillas  $3

the veggies (whatever you want in them…peppers, mushrooms, zuccini) shouldn’t cost more than around $8

shredded cheese $4

salsa $3-4

sour cream $3

total = $22-25 and you can easily make several quesadillas with that batch.

 

mediterranean wraps

use the same flour tortillas you bought for the quesadillas because there’s a lot in the package

hummus = $4-5

romaine lettuce $3

tomatoes – $3

greek dressing – $3

black canned olives – $2

feta cheese – $3-4

Total = $20 ish..

 

 

 

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