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Subject: Inexpensive, healthy, easy meals
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 1:22 PM ET
Member Since: 7/27/2007
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Anyone have some favorite recipes of inexpensive, easy, healthy meals.  The less we eat at restaurants, the healthier, and better we will be financially.

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 8:08 AM ET
Member Since: 11/23/2008
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kraftfoods.com has a great site with lots of free recipes including those on a budget.  I have made several from this site and can say that they are easy, economical and great tasting.  There is even a section for a weeks worth of meals for one bag of groceries.  It includes a shopping list and recipes for the week.  They are time-saving and money-saving.  Check it out.

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 8:54 AM ET
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When tomatos are in season, get a fresh tomato (or two depending on how big your family is).  Cook up some pasta & drain.  Add a bit of oil & the chopped up tomato to the pasta & toss. Serve with parmesian to top.

Subject: inexpensive meals
Date Posted: 1/10/2009 9:36 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2005
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Almost all homecooking is inexpensive--for quick and easy, check out "Monday to Friday Pasta" by Michelle Urvater, anything by Marian Burros. I could go on as I have about a zillion cookbooks,,,,,Also, learn to cook with beans; think of soup for dinner, etc.

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There's not that much on recipes, but I'd be happy to post some. I spend only about $50/wk for a family of 4.


Date Posted: 1/10/2009 11:05 PM ET
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I stretch out lean meats (not cheap but sometimes on sale depending) by making them into soups or chili along with veggies and beans.

spaghetti isn't too bad price-wise or anything with pasta/rice/noodles or beans as part of the meal.

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 11:08 AM ET
Member Since: 12/14/2008
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I save money by baking my own bread. When my favorite bread went up to $3 a loaf, I started baking.  Here is my favorite recipe.

3 cups warm water (110degrees)      3 T. butter, melted      2 packs active dry yeast    2/3 cup honey      1 T. salt

3 cups bread flour      4 cups whole wheat flour     

1. In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast and 1/3 cup honey. Add 3 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes,

or until big and bubbly. 2. Mix in 3 T. melted butter,1/3 cup honey and salt. Stir in 4 cups whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface with one cup

whole wheat flour and knead about 6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a

dishtowel. Let rise in a warmed place until doubled. 3. Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9x5 inch loaf pans and

allow to rise until dough has topped the pans.4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with melted butter when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely before storing. I keep one in the fridge to use and freeze the others. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 2:59 PM ET
Member Since: 8/3/2008
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We have rice-and-beans at least one meal per week.  It shaves money off our grocery bill and for us is also a small spiritual and social justice practice to remember the majority of the people of the world who subsist on this dish or who do not have even that much.

You can use canned beans or the even-less-expensive dried beans.  We usually soak and cook a pot of dried beans every week and use them as part of multiple meals.  We tend to vary the type of beans used, and the basic rice + beans equation can be varied by seasoning in different ways and by adding other vegetables.  It's a great way to use up odds-and-ends like half a carrot.  (If you've never made this before at all, the basic recipe is simply to cook rice and cook beans separately, then serve the beans on top of the rice.  That's it.)