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    Default Cheap Eats :)

    The $100 Grocery Challenge thread got me thinking about thifty meal ideas.

    What is the thriftiest meal you make. What is the approx cost of the meal?

    Tonight I made mushroom omlettes and toast. I used Egg Creations that I got on sale for $1, a pack of No Frills mushroom, again $1, a little grated cheese, and about a 1/2 loaf of whole wheat bread about $1. So I figure the entire meal cost less than $1/person. Not gourmet, but pretty tasty anyways.

    So, what cheap eats do you cook?
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    Anything with rice and beans is super cheap. I worked it out once and the brown rice was something like 15 cents a serving. And then with the dried beans, they were less than that per serving. Obviously if you're adding veggies, that adds to the cost, but it's one of the cheapest staples.

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    Pasta dishes, especially when I make them meatless. Honestly we try frugal on groceries but it always ends up with alot of pasta and even though I buy whole wheat, it makes me feel guilty.

    I'm going to have to follow this for some better/pasta free options.
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    Breakfast for dinner is usually pretty cheap.
    DH is a big eater so we usually scramble 8-10 eggs. We'll have toast, fruit, and sometimes sausage or bacon (always bought on sale).
    The whole meal ends up costing $6-7 for a family of 4. If I can keep a supper under $10 then I'm pretty happy.

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    BEG-can you give me an example of what you would cook with the rice and beans? Other than rice as a side dish, I don't really know what to do with it.....and I rarely ever use beans.
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    Spagetti for sure

    -88 cents for the pasta
    -88 cents for the pasta sauce (need 2 cans)
    -4 cans of buscuit (sp?) 10 in each can for $1.22 (so 30.5 cents per can) (bought from the states)
    -$2.50 for ground beef (buy 4 for $10 at a time)

    Total $5.45 for 5 people equals $1.09 each person, and usually have at least one serving left over for DF's lunch the next day!! So really 6 servings equals $0.91 each!!)

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    Well really simple is just to cook the rice and the beans separately (any kind really...black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, etc). Mix em together, add some spice (we use a lot of curry/cumin here), maybe a can of diced tomatoes and whatever veggies you like.

    I have a few good recipes though, I'll dig em up.

    Also tuna is a cheap source of protein, so tuna casserole is good because the noodles are also cheap, and if you add some frozen veggies, you're set.

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    BLACK BEANS AND RICE
    2 cups cooked black beans
    1 onion, chopped
    1/2 red pepper, chopped
    1/2 cup tomato sauce
    3 cups cooked brown rice
    In frying pan, saute the onion and red pepper in a bit of olive oil for about 5-10 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and beans; bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the rice.
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    KIDNEY BEANS AND RICE
    2 cups cooked brown rice
    2 cups cooked red kidney beans
    2 cloves garlic, smashed
    1 onion, chopped
    1 can diced tomatoes with liquid
    2 tsp cumin
    Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes with liquid and cumin. Simmer for 15 minutes. Serve over the cooked rice.

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    LIME-CILANTRO BEANS AND RICE
    2 cups cooked brown rice
    2 cups cooked black beans
    1 onion, chopped
    1 lime, juiced
    1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
    1/2 tbsp ginger
    Saute the onion in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add the beans, cilantro and ginger; simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the lime juice and cooked rice.

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    You can also make a lot of good cold salads with rice, beans and some crunchy veggies.

    Another thing we've been doing lately is cooking rice and red lentils, mixing them together and putting it in wraps with spicy hummus. Super good hot or cold.

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    Spagetti is the cheapest meal I make, besides breakfast for dinner

    2 can of hunts tomatoe sauce, $2.00
    1 pack of spagetti $0.50
    1 pack of mushrooms $1.00
    couple of stalks of celery $0.50
    lean ground beef the BIG packs, $7.00 (on sale)

    So $10.50

    and that feeds my family of 7 for two nights at the cost of 0.75 each

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    you can warm oil & curry on the stove to make a curry sauce. Add onions, and carrots to 'saute' them to a softness. add rinsed chickpeas. stir everything together and remove from heat. (do not cook the chickpeas- just let the heat transfer). yum.

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    We do breakfast for dinner a lot, especially when DH works nights.

    A few others:
    Tuna Pitas- Tuna, baby spinach, tomatoes, sundried tomatoes dressing or mayo. Stuff it with whatever you like. Healthy and cheap.

    Veggie chili- kidney beans, beans in tomatoes sauce, can of diced tomatoes, Hot and Spicy chili seasoning (club house), mushrooms, celery, onion... whatever else you have in the crisper.

    Soups!

    Pancakes with fruit

    That said DH is picky, so we never eat on a budget. He hates beans, and loves his meat.

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    Oh yeah, soup for sure. Homemade soup is really inexpensive, especially if it's vegetarian!

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