cookin on small budget...

Hosted by Diane Eldridge
Group active since Wed, Mar 23, 2011

for all of use who are on a tight budget...we need recipes that go a long way.....what amounts do u's all spend each month on food 2 here and we spend bout 275-300 a month food starts to run low after week 3....... need yur help and ty

Melanie B
Aug 31, 2011

What to do with Leftover Veggies

This is a great way to clean out left over veggies. My neighbor lady keeps a container for little dabs of veggies (left over from dinner) in her freezer. When it gets full, she makes soup. Vegetable Beef Soup This recipe is inspired by her.

Melanie B
Aug 22, 2011

Freezer Queen

I got into the habit of cooking a bunch of stuff every other weekend (every week may be necessary for your family). I make batches of spaghetti sauce, pot pie filling, chicken Parmesan, all sorts of soups, taco meat, enchiladas, a variety of casseroles, meatloaf, etc...anything you can make and freeze. Then portion it out into serving sizes that fit your family's needs. Pull it out of the freezer in the morning, add a veggie or salad, and dinner is ready in 30 minutes or less.

I actually started doing this when there were just 2 of us at my house and we were on different schedules. I put meals into individual serving sizes, so my son could warm up a meal before he went off to class. I could also take a portion to work for lunch. I've told others that you just build up a rotation in the freezer. Make a double batch and freeze half. In a few weeks you'll have a lot ready in the freezer if you don't have a weekend to spend cooking.

I also make cookie dough and freeze it in a zipper bag. Make sure to write the cooking time & temp. When you get ready to bake them, bu the tip off the end of the zip bag and squeeze out your cookies. Fresh baked cookies if you can't eat a whole batch at one time.

Another plus, in the hot summer, you only spend one day heating up the house cooking and baking.

Kelly Rinaldi
Mar 24, 2011

Need Ideas

I would love to make healthier dinners for my family. But my budget is tight, and could use any ideas on budget saving recipes.

Lori Kirkland-Howell
Mar 24, 2011

With todays prices, I need help!

I would love to make healthier dinners for my family, but the price of fresh and frozen veggies and wholesome ingredients I truly cannot afford to pay the price... and I can see and taste the difference any suggestions?

Craig Clark
Mar 23, 2011

good deal saved money

The other night I made my spicy chicken & cheese you see posted, FYI the chicken breast were on sale for $6.99 (8 breast in the bag I used 4) The pasta dish was store brand on sale $.80. The cheese was on sale $1.89 and the bread crumbs I had in the cubard. The cheese is brick style so I cut slices off the end, I use 12 slices and have the rest left over. Cost about $.30. I fed a family of 4 for a total of $4.60. And we were all stuffed.

Diane Eldridge
Mar 23, 2011

another question......

hubby loves his griled steaks summer is comin soooooo my question is........ what steak is best for the grill and not costin so much last month was $18 for 3 small steaks [they were rib eyes] i also know marinating them helps what kind of marinate is best

Nikki Schotten
Mar 23, 2011

Homemade noodles!!!!!

Homemade Noodles are a very inexpensive way to feed a family, chicken and noodles or beef and noodles and you can make large amounts and dry them then store them in the freezer...

3 egg yolks
1 whole egg
3 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour

1 Beat the egg yolks with the whole egg until very light.
2 Beat in the salt and water.
3 Stir in the flour and work with hands until blended.
4 Divide dough into 2 parts.
5 Roll out each part as thin as possible on a lightly floured board.
6 Let stand until partially dry (like chamois skin), at least 1 hour, then roll up like a jelly roll and cut into strips of any desired width.
7 Shake out strips and allow them to finish drying before using or storing them

Diane Eldridge
Mar 23, 2011

???????? time for a question??????

what are the cheapest way to make cookies,cakes,pies, from cratch,store brand or from bakery .......... hubby loves his sweets.......needa know wat is cheapest way to still fix it