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Feb. 4th, 2008

  • 1:44 AM
so valentines is coming and i found this really cool pasta at world market for 1. 99



so i was wondering what can be a very yummy pasta recipe that is inexpensive.  i have no clue what to do but am very excited.  any ideas?

More Soup-tastic Fun

  • Dec. 18th, 2007 at 6:00 PM
No one has posted here in a while, but I tried a new soup recipe that I like a lot, so I thought I'd share. It's a modified version of this recipe for "meatball stew."

Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey - $2 (I used half a pound ($1), and it was fine) original called for frozen meatballs
3 cups frozen green beans - 50 cents
2 cups baby carrots - 75 cents
2 cups veggie broth - free - homemade from saved veggie scraps (original recipe called for a can of beef broth)
1 packet soy sauce - free - leftover from Chinese takeout (original called for Worcestershire sauce, but I find that soy sauce is an acceptable substitute when other spices are involved)
2 cans stewed tomatoes - $1
3/4 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
total cost: $4.25 for 8 servings (53 cents per serving)

Directions:
- if using ground meat, form into meatballs and cook. I just cooked them in the microwave.
- Combine all ingredients in a large pot, bring to boil, reduce heat, cover, simmer for 15 minutes until veggies are tender.

Original recipe notes that this freezes well. I haven't tried it yet but intend to!

This is not thick enough to actually be a stew IMO, but it's a nice soup with a different flavor. I also think this would work fine as a veggie soup or even with some lentils added instead of meat. I intend to eat future bowls with brown rice in them, too.

Oct. 16th, 2007

  • 4:46 PM
Ingredients:
1 box of elbow macaroni
1 can of tomato sauce
slices of american cheese


Directions:
Boil the pasta and drain. In an oven safe dish, line the bottom with some of the sauce, then put a layer of pasta, and then a layer of cheese, and then a layer of sauce, and just continue until the dish is full or the ingredients are used up, ending with cheese as your top layer. Bake in the oven at 375 for about 10-15 minutes. Delicious, cheap, and filling!

Lentil Soup

  • Aug. 10th, 2007 at 1:16 AM
Lentil soup is great and one of those things that you can do to use up random stuff in the kitchen. I just made a huge batch and realized how cheap it is, so I thought I'd share my recipe.

Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil (but you could use whatever oil you have on hand to cook up veggies in)
salt + pepper
1 onion - 75 cents
2 carrots - 25 cents (I used 1/4 of a bag of baby carrots that I got for $1)
2 celery stalks - 50 cents (The whole bag was $1.10)
1 can diced tomatoes - $1
1 lb lentils - $1
2 garlic cloves - ? (I keep a jar of chopped garlic that I use for everything)
2/3 cup pasta - 50 cents (1 box of whole wheat pasta is around $1)
11 cups chicken broth - I used about $1 worth of bouillon, but making your own is tastier and free
The original recipe calls for 4-6 thyme sprigs, but I left these out.
I also threw in some leftover corn I found for this batch.
Cost: $5ish and this makes a huge pot of soup that'll last many many meals :)

Directions:
1) heat oil over medium heat
2) chop up all of the veggies
3) add onion, carrots, celery, garlic, salt, and pepper and saute 5-8 minutes until tender
4) add tomatoes and their juices
5) simmer about 8 minutes
6) add lentils and mix to coat
7) add broth and any seasoning and stir
8) bring to boil
9) cover and simmer over low heat until the lentils are almost tender, about 30 minutes
10) stir in pasta and simmer until tender, about 8 minutes

Then you're done! A suggested garnish is shredded parmesan, but it's great without it, too.

Aug. 5th, 2007

  • 12:33 AM
My uncle bought me some meat to cook.  It's like beef cubes for stew.  I want to use the slow cooker.  Any good recipes and time frame on how long it neeeds to cook?

Sausage Potato Bake

  • Jul. 28th, 2007 at 10:55 PM
Since things have been kinda slow here...

I made this tonight and it was simple (prep of less than 10 min) and yummy

1 Med Onion diced ($.25)
3 russet (baking) potatoes cubed (I get a 10lb bag for $3ish.. so... $1?)
1lb of polish sausage (on sale at Walmart for $1.50)
2-4 cloves of garlic, minced ($.05)
1 cup cheese (I used pepper jack, but whatever makes you happy)(6cups for $5, so $.83)

Prep -
Preheat the oven to 400
Cut up all the ingredients. Put them in a baking dish. Drizzle some olive oil over them. Cover with foil and bake for 45 min. Remove the foil, add the cheese, bake for 20-30 min more.


Cost total - $3.63
Even when polish sausage is the regular price ($2-2.50) this still comes out to under $5!

Kidney beans with pumpkin and corn

  • Jul. 27th, 2007 at 11:52 PM
(for imperial users, 30g = 1oz)

500g dried red kidney beans ($1.00 or so)
4tbsp butter (35c)
2 onions, finely chopped (about $1)cook in boiling
6 corn cobs or the equivalent in corn kernels (I used 250g at about $1)
250g pumpkin (50c)
2 cups vege stock (30c) or milk (60c)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Soak the beans overnight, then boil in salted water until tender (at least 45 min)
2. Fry onion in butter until golden brown.
3. Add corn cut off the cob and cubed pumpkin, fry until soft.
4. Add beans and season with salt & pepper.
5. Add stock/milk and simmer over low heat for 20min.

Serves 3-4.

Prices from Perth, Western Australia and in AU$.

Rockin' Around The Crock

  • Jul. 17th, 2007 at 11:50 AM
Another Crock Pot favorite, this one is from my "Stuff To Do The Week After Thanksgiving" file:

2 Cups Chopped turkey, mostly dark meat, cut in to 1/2-inch pieces

All your leftover gravy, hopefully at least 1 Cup

Enough Chicken Broth or Turkey Broth to make your gravy in to 4 cups of liquid.

1 Cup Diced carrots

1 Cup Peas

1 Tube of Biscuits.

Pretty straight forward here... put everything in the crock pot, cover with the biscuits, cook for about 4 hours. Makes a super-tasty Turkey Pot Pie/Dumplings meal that is EXCELLENT served on top of leftover Mashed Potatoes!

Italian dinner for six or two with leftovers

  • Jul. 17th, 2007 at 12:56 PM
This is great to cook ahead and freeze in portions if you're cooking for 2, but it makes a yummy dish for a dinner party too.  The only changes I made to the recipe are that I added a diced zucchini (approx 2 cups after a run in with the food processor) in with the onions, rosemary, and garlic for about $.25, and I added Italian seasoning into the ground beef as I was cooking it (~$.10?).  The cost might be more if you don't buy meat and freeze it when it's on special.  You could probably make this vegetarian if you added more veggies to it (frozen spinach plus squash, eggplant, and zucchini are a few that come to mind that are in season and can be found for cheap-cheap right now).

This recipe came from allrecipes.com and was entitled Baked Ziti IV.  It was originally designed for 12 servings, but that website is nice in that it gi
ves you directions for dividing or multiplying portions (within reason). 



Total cost of meal including bread and salad:  $7.75
Cost per person: $1.28

My fiance says that the ziti is his new favorite Italian dish, so there must be something done right here.

What a crock!

  • Jul. 17th, 2007 at 8:18 AM
As requested, my cheapest Crock Pot Recipe:

BBQ PORK
1 Lb boneless Country Style Pork Ribs (never buy Bone-In Country Style Pork Ribs - why pay for something heavy in the middle of your meat that you can't eat?) - 98-cents a pound on sale

3 Packets BBQ Sauce (I find that th stuff from Wendy's to be the best) - Free

1 Packet Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce (once again, I enjoy Wendy's for this ingredient) - Free

1 small Onion, diced - 20 Cents

1 Clove Garlic, minced - 20 Cents

1 Cup Red Wine - $1

Some salt and pepper - Free

Cut your meat in to 1-inch cubes and stab them repeatedly with a fork till you've taken out all your aggressions and have a well perforated piece of meat. You might also want to remove some of the excess fat at this point if you're the type of person who is grossed-out by such stuff; I personally keep it in because it adds flavor, moisture and lubrication.

Sprinkle the meat lightly with salt and pepper, then rub the S&P in to the meat so you know that the seasoning is staying with THE MEAT and not just drifting off in to the rest of your meal. Put the meat in your crock pot along with the onions and the garlic, stirring it all together and jumbled-up.

In a seperate bowl, whisk together your sauces and the cup of wine. Pour your wine/sauce mixture over your meat-and-onions, stir to coat all the meat.

Cook on low for a day or so (5 to 8 hours), checkng once every hour-or-so to stir and make sure nothings gone wrong (burning). Near the 5-hour mark (maybe even sooner) you'll discover that the meat is falling apart when you stir; this is GOOOOOOOOD, and exactly what you're looking for. Serve over rice or on a bun, makes no difference. Makes about 4-6 servings.