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June 8th, 2006, 1:18 pm #1

Post your master list of meal ideas here.

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June 8th, 2006, 1:22 pm #2

• meatloaf
• spaghetti
• lasagna
• 3 cheese chicken
• grilled chicken
• Mexican chicken
• chicken stir fry
• cornflake chicken
• pork chops
• cube steak with gravy
• roast
• steak
• fajitas
• pizza burgers
• chicken and dumplings
• tacos
• chili
• pinto beans and cornbread
• taco soup
• breakfast
• salad & baked potato
• pizza
• soup & grilled cheese
• beef stew
• beef tips
• chicken enchiladas
• chicken & rice
• stuffed peppers
• taco filled pasta shells
• spinach-cheese enchiladas
• meatballs
• ham
• hamburger steaks
• shrimp creole
• tuna patties
• meatball sandwiches
• Mexi-chicken
• chicken creole
• chicken pot pie
• sloppy joes
• chicken & dressing
• chicken & stuffing
• taco salad
• beef nachos
• turkey jambalaya
• chicken noodle soup (homemade)
• hot dogs
• sour kraut and wienies
• tuna salad
• egg salad
• chicken salad

Side Dishes
• green beans
• carrots
• corn
• asparagus
• broccoli
• cabbage
• salad
• butter peas
• spinach
• turnip greens
• squash
• baked apples
• congealed salad
• slaw
• rice
• Spanish rice
• mashed potatoes
• baked potatoes
• scalloped potatoes
• oven fried potatoes
• macaroni & tomatoes
• sweet potatoes
• rice pilaf
• potato salad
• mushroom wild rice
• wild rice stuffing
• marinated vegies
• 5 cup salad (mandarin oranges, pecans, coconut, mini marshmallows, sour cream)
• macaroni salad
• sautéed vegies (in butter)
• squash in microwave with parmesan cheese
• pineapple salad
• deviled eggs
• vegies and dip


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June 9th, 2006, 10:44 am #3

Post your master list of meal ideas here.
This is not a complete list, just the current one. I sit down with my family a couple times a year and ask for ideas and update the list.


Some cereals (with soy milk)
French toast
Cinnamon rolls
Baked French Toast
Granola (homemade)
Toast/cinnamon toast
Hashbrowns with sausage
Egg casserole
Fried apples

nachos with veggie cheese
taco salad
rice or quinoa pasta
chicken and dumplings
stew with dumplings
pepper jack chicken
cowboy steak
beans and rice and cheese
hamburger rice casserole
corn-shell tacos
chicken pot pie
chicken packets
chili and cornbread
roast, taters, carrots
hamburger and gravy over mashed potatoes
taco ring
chicken divan
Cowgirl beans
Fruity Curried Chicken
Zero point soup
baked potato w/ baked beans and veggie cheese

peanut butter cookies
oatmeal cookies
honey-nut cookies
fruit crisp
apples and peanut butter-honey dip or honey-cream cheese dip
protein balls
fresh fruit or veggies
fruit pies

(edited to fix format)

Last edited by BethannM on June 9th, 2006, 10:46 am, edited 1 time in total.

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August 23rd, 2006, 12:00 pm #4

Post your master list of meal ideas here.
I copied and pasted this thread from the main board. Posts that were just questions or comments I deleted. Recipes are copied to the appropriate category, as well. Watch for my notes in the thread.


Cheap Meals List
August 15 2006 at 4:34 PM BethannM (Login BethannM)


The kids and I brainstormed and have come up with a month's worth of main dishes and a few more than a week's breakfasts and lunches to rotate. These are based on things my kids like (for the most part). A couple are more costly than others, but all are very reasonable, and some are just dirt cheap. Here's what I've got. What cheap meals does your family like?

Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad
Meatloaf, baked potato, green beans
Beans, rice, and cheese
Mac-n-Cheese, broccoli
Grilled cheese and soup
Chicken soup
Vegetable soup
hamburger bean soup
chicken divan
chicken and cheesy biscuit casserole
cream of broccoli soup
salad with grilled chicken
pepperjack chicken
sloppy joes
chicken quesadillas
homemade pizza
Ceasar Salad & cheesy garlic bread
roast chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy
chicken pot pie
roast with potatoes and carrots
beef stew (from leftover roast)
chicken and dumplings

Lunches to rotate
tuna salad
egg salad
grilled cheese
hamburger bun pizzas

Breakfasts to rotate
cheap cereal
eggs and toast
broccoli quiche
French toast
Baked French toast
homamde granola
coffee cake

Snacks (all from scratch)
caramel corn
granola bars
cookies of all varieties, esp Snickerdoodles, sugar cookies, and oatmeal cookies (cheap)
homemade cake

There are a few free hamburger- or chicken-helper meals on my shelf already too. When they're free with a coupon, I pick those up.

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(Login midwestgirl)
The Frugalista Files I have been really trying to utilize my odds and ends leftovers. August 15 2006, 8:57 PM

Tonight we had salmon. Tomorrow morning I am going to make an omlette with leftover salmon and some tomato that my neighbor gave us. Most nights I rarely have enough leftovers to really do anything with, except make one meal for one person. Sometimes I save up four dinners for a leftover night, but I like to use them while they are still fresh.

I had leftover taco meat a few days ago and put it on a baked potato with sour cream. That was yummy!

One thing to add to your list: cook a chicken (preferably one bought on sale for 59 cents a pound!) in the crock pot, debone and put bbq sauce on it. We LOVE that around here and I can usually get three meals out of it.

(Login simplecity)
The Frugalista Files Cheap meal August 15 2006, 9:14 PM

Don't forget eggs as a cheap meal. Omlettes, scrambled, quiche, etc.

Tammy L
(Login TammyL)
Moderators Quiche August 16 2006, 8:41 AM

Quiche is a great way to use up the leftovers too. You can even make a crustless quiche and that way it is healthier and has lots less calories and fat.


(Login missyintx)
The Frugalista Files Here are mine August 16 2006, 8:47 AM

at least my breakfast and lunches. I really need to work on this as we still dont have a paycheck till Sept 8. Definatly a beans and rice kind of month. I need to get my dinners done.

Breakfast foods
sausage bites
breakfast tacos
french toast
cinnamon toast
pop tarts
toaster strudle
french toast casserole
Cracker Barrel hash brown casserols
egg mcmuffins
hot cereal - cream of wheat
english muffins
biscuits and gravy
donuts / begneits
sweet rolls
coffee cake

Lunch Foods
fingerfoods from sams
chili dogs
pita pizzas
frito pie

RR =: )
(Login RR-KS)
The Frugalista Files I just found a kids' granola bar recipe August 17 2006, 9:19 AM

I haven't tried it ~ just spotted it. It looks interesting:

Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola Bars
2 C uncooked oats
1/3 c peanut butter
1/2 C all-fruit jelly (or jam)

In medium bowl, mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Spread in a lightly greased 8" square pan. Bake @ 350* 20 - 25 min. Cool; cut in squares.

(If I made this I'd add protein powder or etc.)

(Login missyintx)
The Frugalista Files easy recipe August 16 2006, 5:03 PM

you know the one... on the back of the box...

Mix bisquick, cheese and cooked sausage
add milk till it is mixed
roll into balls

pull out as needed and bake.

(Login cariokienc)
The Frugalista Files OK August 16 2006, 5:14 PM

We call them sausage balls and I dont cook the sausage before I put them together. I think that would be a great weekday breakfast. I could make them, freeze and nuke in the am!

(Login missyintx)
The Frugalista Files We have done both August 16 2006, 5:26 PM

Frozen them cooked and frozen them raw. But I ALWAYS cook the sausage.

I prefer raw so we eat them in the winter or on weekends. Cooked gets eaten on the run.

Oh yeah, finger foods are all those nasty things in the case at sams that you should not eat
but do because you are in a hurry. Pizza rolls, chicken nuggets... still cheaper than eating out.


(Login Pollyuk)
The Frugalista Files Possibly repeating things already mentioned August 18 2006, 2:50 AM

but cheapy meals (main meals) tend to involve leftovers, eggs (quiche goes so far with only a couple of eggs)or lentils/beans

For instance this week
Sunday we had traditional roast beef/veg (no yorkshire pud but it is a great "extender")
There was a tiny bit of beef and a few bits of cooked carrot and runner beans left over

so on Monday we had
Beef and vegetable pie using all the leftovers (beef cut up very small to spread it around!) - the only extras were an onion, a potato, some instant gravy and the pastry. Served with cabbage.

Having found an aubergine and a lot of tomatoes which needed using and had all the other ingredients anyway, I make a pan of ratatouille which we had with fried eggs and french bread (part bake ones that are quick in the oven)

Fish pie - made 2 so there is one in the freezer (fish bought on offer a few weeks ago)


Lentil lasagne - very cheap and a dishful will feed 6 easily ( 3 portions of it in freezer as there are 3 of us at the moment) I have never managed to make a smaller lasagne!

Back to the ratatouille, this time with bacon and new potatoes

Other things

The Coconut/rice recipe mentioned in Sandys thread is good with bits of ham or prawns added - with a salad it has main meal status

Cornish pasties - similar to Mondays pie but individual portions and traditional shape

Toad in the hole

Fish cakes (with potato)- canned tuna is good for these

Spanish omelette - serve with salad and crusty bread

Meat and potato pie - (my version of traditional Lancashire dish)
Make in deep dish for preference. Pre boil lots of potatoes and cook a very small amount of mince (hamburger) with onion.
Mix the whole lot together with as good a gravy as you can manage at the time and season well. NO HERBS but plenty of pepper. Top with pastry brushed with beaten egg. Serve with a veg - carrots or cabbage go well.
This is a winter dish - nobody can move far afterwards!

Soup of any variety - homemade. For a main meal add a sandwich or similar

If I have leftover chili or similar it gets turned in to enchiladas with a few extra bits and pieces (home made tortillas - Cheryl in Utahs recipe)

(Login Pollyuk)
The Frugalista Files Any fish will do August 22 2006, 12:53 AM

I usually use coley with a few prawns thrown in because coley is very cheap and the dull colour doesn't show up in a fish pie.
My favourite is to mix white fish with a little(a third of the amount?) smoked cod or haddock - then a few prawns mmaybe.
I make it like this

Precook fish.
Make about half a pint to a pint (depending on size of pie)of white sauce. If I have cream or creme fraiche I will add a dollop.Add plenty of parsley or herb of choice/salt/pepper.
Pour over fish in oven proof dish and mix so integrated.

Cover with enough mashed potato to cover, then top with grated cheese or leave plain. Cook in oven or whizz under grill to brown if everything is still hot from preparation.

You can also heat in microwave then brown under the grill

(Login TxNet)
The Frugalista Files I wish this list could be archived - maybe pinned is a better word August 21 2006, 10:05 AM

Super cheap meal - potato soup & biscuits, really almost any vegetable soup is going to be cheap.

Frittatas - we like Mexican

Pasta & rice dishes without meat. We like Rice e Fagiola & can make it with pasta instead of rice.


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