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Join date : 2009-11-26
Age : 43

PostSubject: Budget Meals   Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:51 am

This thread is for meals on a budget.

Please know that recipes in this thread will be used on the MyRazzles website.
If you do not want your name or recipe to be used on the original MyRazzles website please say so during you budget recipe post.

To visit the original MyRazzles website where your recipes could be published, please visit:

MyRazzles Food

I'm also looking for:
Great shopping tips
Feeding large families on a budget
Meal Planning tips

And more....anything you submit will be used on the website. Your name will appear as the author, contributor. (Username, that is.) If you would like your real name used please let me know.
Thanks for your help.
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Join date : 2009-12-30
Age : 47

PostSubject: Beef Stew   Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:38 pm

This is a recipe my husband used to make for us. A huge favorite!! It calls for 2-3 pounds of beef stew meat, onion gravy seasoning (or mushroom gravy ), stew seasoning, and several different kinds of canned vegetables. I use green beans, yellow beans, peas, carrots, corn, and diced potatoes. Baby corn works well too. You can also add diced onion. You brown your stew meat and then add the veggies. Don't drain them, as the water in the veggies will help in mixing in the seasonings. It will make a lot, so be prepared for leftovers!! It is very good and very easy! A very easy meal and one that is very good on the budget.
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Join date : 2010-01-02
Age : 61

PostSubject: Mexican Lasagne   Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:17 am

Hi, I made this one up and everyone seems to like it - especially the vegitarians

1 package corn tortillas - soft, not crispy
1 can refried or black beans
1 can (S&W) "santa fe" beans - often on sale
1 jar salsa or 1 cup homemade salsa
2 ears corn niblets or 1 can corn
1-2 cups shredded cheddar
optional - 1 tomato diced, 1/2 jalapeno', seeded and fine diced, 1 green onion chopped, 1 lime squeezed
you can add seasoned ground beef or chicken or pork if desired

Prep: about 5 minutes
Best to use baking dish or lasagne' pan

To Make:
Use 2-3 corn tortillas on the bottom, overlapping, then 1-2 in between layers
1st layer up: refried or black beans, some cheese,1/4 jar salsa, onions?, cover with more tortillas
2nd layer up: corn, tomato?, 1/2 lime juice, salsa, tortillas
3rd layer up: santa fe beans, cheese, Jalapeno?,more cheese, more salsa, more tortilla
4th layer up: remainder of ingredients, rest of lime juice
Top with last of tortillas, cheese and salsa (make sure the tortilla edges are covered with salsa or cheese, otherwise they'll burn)

To Cook: You can microwave or bake this.
Microwave for 15-20 minutes on high - the top won't brown, but it will cook through, if to mushy, cook another 5-10 minutes - should be semi-solid
If Bake, 350 for 1/2 hour, cover with foil for about 10 minutes, then remove to brown cheese.

Makes between 4-8 servings and freezes for 3 months, covered. Obviously, use as much cheese and salsa as desired - BUT - beware using too much juicy ingredients and salsa as it can get mushy. Enjoy!
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Join date : 2009-12-01
Age : 56

PostSubject: Re: Budget Meals   Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:26 am

Shamashe you and Flipper have been posting some good stuff. As I told her, they are quick and simple, healthy and tasty. Nothing else to ask for. Great recipe Im going to try this one too.
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Join date : 2010-01-02
Age : 61

PostSubject: Re: Budget Meals   Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:10 pm

Hi, I was surfing for a recipe and thought these two sites might be of interest.

Look in coupons for their coupons.

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Join date : 2009-11-26
Age : 43

PostSubject: Re: Budget Meals   Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:07 pm

Hey you guys thanks for the help with recipes.

As bad as my memory is, I forgot to tell you guys something. (Geez, there's a surprise.) lol

When you post recipes here in Budget Meals, along with servings it makes, I also need an approximate cost to make.

This is from the recession proof recipes as an example:

1 pkg. Leg quarters =4.99
2 bottles BBQ sauce =2.00
3 cans Corn =1.50
Option A:
Put unfrozen chicken in slow cooker.
Add 2 bottles BBQ sauce, and 1/2 cup water.
Cook on low 7 hours, or high 5.
Boil chicken on high until done. Drain all except 1/2 cup.
Add 2 bottles BBQ sauce plus the 1/2 cup chicken broth.
Simmer on low until well heated.
Heat corn, add salt, pepper and butter.
COST: $8.49

**You don't have to itemize the ingredients as I have, but if you could give me an overall cost guesstimation that would be wonderful. Thanks so much.


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Join date : 2010-01-02
Age : 61

PostSubject: Re: Budget Meals   Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:04 am

Hi countrybelle, great idea - I think the websites list the recipes that way too, but i didn't look that closely, durp!

Here's a copy of something from Sandra Lee's "Money Saving Meals" site

"$ Tip: Buy things in season when you can. If it's out of season, shop for it in the frozen section.

Fresh blueberries in season are $0.99 cents a pint; out of season they are $2.99. If you buy them frozen, blueberries are only $1.99.
$ Tip: Sometimes you don't pay for convenience.

Whole Mushrooms cost the same as pre-chopped or sliced mushrooms.
Boxed pound cake costs less than making from scratch (due to the amount of butter).
Eggs: Hard-boiled and peeled go on sale for same price as raw eggs on Tuesdays.
$ Tip: Shop for inexpensive cuts of meats that fit your budget.

Fish, such as tilapia, can cost $6.99/lb, Cod $10.99/lb, and Halibut $14.99/lb.
In comparison to ground meat, 80% lean ground beef costs $2.99/lb, 80%lean ground pork costs $2.49/lb, 90% ground veal or turkey costs about $2.99/lb.
$ Tip: Store Brand vs. Name Brand

We all love a good sale! Name brand products are on sale in the beginning of the month (when families have just been paid) and private label store brands go on sale at the end of the month (when families may have less in their budget).
$ Tip: Expiration date: There is a misconception that you have to throw food away.

Fact: The date is just a "for-sale by date." These items are good for five more days.
$ Tip: Invest in a slow cooker; running a slow cooker costs $0.02 per hour.

$ Tip: Know when to substitute expensive ingredients for less expensive ones.

For example, for my Slow Cooker Cheese Cake, I used ricotta costing me $1.67 vs. Cream Cheese at $3.75. I saved $2.08 or 55%.
$ Tip: Measuring ingredients accurately is an important aspect of saving money.

$ Tip: Buy staples in bulk to save money and stock your pantry smartly.

Buying items in bulk such as a 5lb bag of onions will save you money. Buying a whole chicken and cutting it yourself will save you more than 50%. Buying meat in bulk is also a great way to save money; family packs of chicken or 3lb bags of ground meat.
Keeping a few key items on hand like seasonings, baking mix, condiments and lean protein will ensure that a tasty meal is just a mixing spoon away.
$ Tip: Choose double-duty foods and beverages.

Many food garnishes and juices can serve as flavor enhancers. Using fruit juice in place of water in mixes – white cranberry or white grape juice – adds flavor without changing the color."
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