Potatoes cut up, boiled, then roasted with some oil and Montreal Steak Spice on them works pretty good as a side dish.
Any cheap meal ideas?
Very cheap but tasty
- Everyone today must find ways to eat cheap with the costs of food so "macaroni" comes to mind first. You can cook this with sauces and meats that will stretch for days.
Don't say I'm going to get tired of it!
Think of the money you are saving and you will enjoy it more.
My time is the kitchen has been many years and I still prepare some of our favorite budget friendly dishes not just because it's cheap it's because it really tastes delicious and is filling.
Pasta and beef Italian style
1 pound of macaroni such as elbow or rigatoni
Follow directions on box cook as directed and drain
1 small can about 3 ounces tomato paste
1 15 or 28 ounce can of tomato puree
1 15 ounce can tomatoes diced
2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano,
1 1/2 pounds of ground lean beef such as chuck
onion and green pepper chopped enough to make 1 cup together
1 clove garlic peeled and minced
In deep pot place olive oil when it's hot add onion, green pepper, ground beef and spices cook until meat is not pink and veggies are soft. Turn down the heat and add the tomato paste and stir well add water to the empty can pour in the pot then add tomato puree and diced tomatoes. If you have some DRY NOT SWEET red or white wine add 1/4 cup or 4 ounces to the pot it helps cut the wild tomato taste and the alcohol evaporates as it simmers.
If you like spicy food add a pinch of red cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
Simmer everything in the pot for at least 45 minutes to an hour until it's mellow. The sauce is best if made the day before the flavors are more smooth. After draining the macaroni put enough sauce with it so it's not dry and not too soupy. . Top with Parmesan cheese. Two good additions are toasted garlic bread and a green salad.
With produce being so high and not the best quality some weeks I just by frozen green spinach and cook that instead of a salad it's cheaper and is good for you. With so many green veggies in the freezer case you have a wide choice.
You can't go wrong by roasting your own chicken or buying one already roasted at your local Wal-mart these are really good buys. You can remove the meat and make chicken salad, a chicken and rice casserole, a tossed salad with chicken or chicken soup.
If you have any questions I'm happy to help you more just send an email.
Best of luck!02
- I have a idea for cheap meal like Biscuits and Bread.00
- Some of the cheapest foods you can buy are lentils, dry beans and rice. Most dry lentils and dry beans go for under a dollar a bag and one person can eat off one bag several times. Tinned tomatoes and tomato sauce are also a must; you can make delicious pasta sauces, soups and more and the big cans are cheap! These are all really good meal starters and things I always have on hand!
Soups are really filling, really cheap and can last forever if you put leftovers in tupperware and freeze them. Soup ideas:
-Carrots, onions, celery, garlic, some herbs and spices and some chopped potatoes.
-Tinned tomatoes with kidney beans, onions, garlic, bell peppers and herbs/spices.
-Vegan dumpling soup with carrots, onions, celery, garlic, some herbs and spices and the dumplings found here: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=10161.0
-Lentils with carrots, onions, herbs/spices and tinned tomatoes.
-Broccoli soup with carrots, onions and parsnips.
Sandwiches! Boca Burger brand vegan 'chicken' patties are seriously to die for and are only a couple of bucks for 4! Throw'em on some bread with vegan mayo, tomato and lettuce or slice and wrap in a tortilla. Just make sure they say vegan on them if you are vegan and not vegetarian because some of Boca's burgers have dairy/eggs.
Burritos, fajitas and tacos are really cheap, good meal options. Basically you can fill tortillas with whatever you'd like; not even necessarily things you'd normally think go into burritos. Sometimes I make chickpea (garbanzo bean) burritos with avocado, onion, spinach, tomatoes and curry sauce! It's also really fun to put a can of rinsed black beans, chopped tomatoes, onion, cilantro and corn in a bowl with some small taco tortillas and fill them yourself.
Pasta is another really cheap, versatile food. You can make a mean vegan alfredo by sauteeing garlic in olive oil, letting it cool and then pureeing it in a food processor or blender with a half a block of tofu, soy milk (or non-dairy milk of choice) until you get the consistency you'd like and Italian herbs and spices (basil, rosemary, oregano). Heat in a pan with some green onions and pour over pasta. You can also easily make your own red sauce by using a can of tomato sauce and a can of diced tomatoes. Add some onion, garlic, mushrooms, salt, pepper and any other veggies or herbs/spices you'd like! I like to make this really cheap and delicious pasta salad with tri-color rotini pasta, Italian dressing, salt, pepper, chopped onion, sliced black olives, chopped cooked broccoli, cherry tomatoes and chopped cucumber.
Stir fries are really delicious, healthy and cheap too. Stir fry some onion, garlic, peppers, broccoli, carrots and mushrooms; add some soy sauce and serve over rice. You can mix and match different veggies too; sometimes I even make Mexican stir fries and serve over beans.
I hope this helped!00
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