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post #1 of 6 Old 06-01-2018, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Cheap meals

I know this is not BBQ & Grilling.
These are cheap meals that can be made on a budget. I wish I would have known these in my younger days.
This is one of my favorites.
First of all go get a big jar of this.

This stuff is awesome! Screw peeling and chopping garlic.
Now then since that is out of the way.
Pork Chops. Get the big package, you know the one that has a bunch of "chops" in one package. I guess you could call it pork steak too.
Shake and Bake for pork. Yep some of you younger folks probably have no clue. It comes with two envelopes of seasoning and two plastic bags. Plan on using both envelopes. It is in the baking isle in my local grocery store.
Your favorite rub.
Cheese, Velveeta works best, along with what ever is in your fridge.
Frozen vegetables, what ever you like works. Me I like peas.
Ok time to put it all together.
Peel and chop the potatoes. Put them in water and boil until they are fork tender.
While the potatoes are cooking get the chops and Shake and Bake out. Put the seasoning in the bag and add your favorite rub.
Make according to directions in the oven.
When potatoes are tender, drain, smash, add butter and milk till smooth. Add garlic, taste, add cheese.
Make the vegetables per instructions.
Anyone else have some favorite cheap recipes?

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-04-2018, 05:21 PM
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Not really a recipe but a method. When chicken is on sale I buy a couple large family packs of parts. Grill or bake with a variety of seasonings and then freeze two pieces per bag. Just grab one to go for work and it's thawed by lunch time. I find it's a much better result to freeze after cooking.

As for a recipe. I like to make a paste with miracle whip, crushed garlic and other seasoning to taste and brush it on chicken or pork chops before baking. It makes a nice crunchy crust; Does not work with mayo though; only miracle whip.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-16-2018, 06:57 PM
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  • 1 container (16 oz.s ea.), Ground Sirloin 96/4
  • 16 ounce, White Button Mushrooms (Sliced)
  • 2 raw, Raw Onion - Medium Diced
  • 1-2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 0.50 tsp, Pure Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 container (16 oz ea.), Penne Rigate
  • 1 tsp, Italian Seasoning Flakes
  • 1 tbsp - Basil, fresh is better add at the end. 10-12 leaves.
  • 2 container 28 oz Canned Diced Tomatoes

Lately I've been adding a pound of Italian sausage, also you
can omit the mushrooms, add bell pepper, play with it. Lately
I've been adding hot paprika as well.

Brown the meat, set aside.
Sweat the veggies, then add the meat, tomatoes, and spices. etc..

Put a lid on, and keep it at a very low simmer (med-low heat)

Now is when I put on a the water, and bring it up to a boil.
Stir the "sauce" while the pasta cooks to your liking.

Drain pasta, combine, and eat.

It's cheap, and makes a lot.

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An old favorite...Baked Mac & Cheese
1/2 Cup Diced Onion
1 Tbs Butter
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Dry Mustard
1/4 tsp White Pepper
1/4 Cup Flour
3-1/4 Cups Milk
2 Cups Macaroni Noodles
10 oz Cheddar Cheese, cut in 1/2" cubes, plus a handful shredded

Start the water heating for the pasta first . Cook the pasta al dente while you're making the sauce. Don't over cook, it will absorb more moisture from the sauce.
Melt the butter in a skillet, then throw in the onions and sauté until transparent.
Add the salt, dry mustard, &white pepper & mix. Add the flour. Mix so the flour absorbs all the butter, then let it cook for a minute but do not brown.
Start the oven preheating to 400 now.
Add the milk and stir often, scraping the bottom as it thickens until it starts to bubble.
Add cooked macaroni, cheese, and sauce in a casserole dish and mix. Sprinkle paprika on top.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes and serve hot.
Variations: add chunks of leftover ham, bbq pork or beef, chilies, or use your imagination.
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So we're 2 days away from payday, guess what's for dinner! LOL
I'm out $9 for the ground sirloin, and Italian sausage. I skipped
the mushrooms this time, and I have everything else I need in
the (always) well stocked pantry! Basil I can walk out back, and
snip some off.

Weighing in at 9.6 lbs. (added a 3rd 28oz can of mashed plum tomatoes)
we will have dinner for the family, plus a lot of left overs! I added more
meat, and wanted to balance it out some.

Not bad for under $10 if you keep basic staples in the pantry!

***Next day, lunch is served with a lot leftover!***

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post #6 of 6 Old 03-24-2020, 02:49 AM
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These recipes might come in handy, especially now.
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