Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Top Ten Frugal Meals

I'm going to try something a little different today for my top ten recipes. I'm giving you a grocery list (with approximate prices) to go with ten very frugal meals. This list will include everything, but most of you will have many of these very simple ingredients already.
To make
1. Cheeseburger Pie Make your own pie crust.
2. Sloppy Joe Buns just fill buns with 1 lb. ground meat mixed with sloppy joe sauce. 
3. Whole chicken  (cover with oil and italian seasoning, bake for about 3 hours until juices run clear), biscuits, and broccoli. Pick all leftover chicken off bones and reserve for chicken soup.

4. Pancakes and Sausage
5. Mac and Cheese with ground turkey and broccoli
           Boil 1 box elbow macaroni according to directions. Melt 2 T butter in sauce pot. Add 2 T AP flour and whisk. Cook on medium just until brown. Whisk in 2 cups milk. Stir until beginning to thicken. Add 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir until all cheese is melted. Mix cooked macaroni, cheese sauce, 1 lb. cooked ground meat and 1 1/2 cupped cooked and chopped frozen broccoli. Cook at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
6. Homemade pizza Use this recipe for the crust. Bakeat 425 degrees for about 10 minutes. Take out of oven and spread pizza sauce, 1 bag of mozzarella cheese and pepperonis. Bake until cheese is melted.
7. Grits Casserole
8. Chicken Soup Put 1  cup uncooked rice, leftover chicken, bag of mixed veg, italian spices, and bullion to taste in a pot with about 8 cups of water. Cook until rice is done and vegetables are tender. Serve with leftover biscuits or saltine crackers.
9. Black Beans Burritos--substitute regular rice and make your own flour tortillas
10. Lentil Soup--cook lentils according to package directions. Add 5 chopped carrots, 2 chopped potatoes, and chicken bullion to taste.
For these ten recipes you will need:
2 lbs. ground turkey (about $2)
1 lb. ground beef (about $3)
       (when you get home from grocery store, cook all 3 lbs. ground meat together. Put in three    separate baggies. So each bag will have 2/3 ground turkey and 1/3 ground beef.)
1 whole chicken (around $4.50)
2 lbs. ground sausage (about $4)
1 bag pepperonis (about $2)
1 bag lentils (about $2)
1 can black beans (about $1)
1 can yellow corn (about $.75)
1 can tomato sauce (about $.50)
1 jar pizza sauce (about $1)
1 box of saltine crackers (about $2)
1 bag rice (about $2)
1 jar chicken bullion cubes (about $3)
1 can sloppy joe sauce (about $1.50)
italian seasoning (about $1)
dry mustard powder (about $2)
canola oil (about $2)
worcestershire sauce (about $2)
1 box elbow macaroni (about $1)
1 huge bag frozen broccoli (about $5)
2 bags frozen vegetables (for sides, about $2)
1 bag frozen mixed veg-carrots, peas, and corn (about $1)
1 deep dish pie crust (about $1)
1 bag carrots (about $1)
2 large potatoes (about $2)
onion soup mix (about $2)
1 green pepper (about $1)
3 8oz. bags of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 8 oz. bag of mozzarella
and 1 8 oz. bag of mexican blend cheese (got these for $1.25/bag at BiLo=$6.25)
1 5 lb. bag AP flour (about $2)
1 5 lb. bag whole wheat flour (about $3)
1 small tub vegetable shortening (about $3)
1 small bag of white corn grits (about $2)
1 bag light brown sugar (about $2)
1 container baking powder ($1)
3 envelopes rapid rise yeast ($4)
1 gallon milk (about $4)
1 dozen eggs (about $2)
1 box butter (about $3)
1 jar salsa (about $3)
sour cream/yogurt (for black bean burritos) (about $2)
Total $89.50--- So if you have absolutely none of these in your pantry, you could fix these 10 meals (and have lots of the supplies left over) for under $90! And if you use coupons and shop deals, I'm sure you could even cut this total down by $15 or $20!
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  1. Friend, this just makes me smile. Planning and frugality are your forte. =D Thanks SO much for sharing this. Inspiration for the weary! ;)

  2. Thanks for this ... what a great post!

  3. Oooh, I needed some meal inspiration today! Thanks SO much!

  4. Great job. Plain old fashion wisdom that works. What a concept? I'm a big fan of whole chickens. When they are on sale I buy several for the freezer and get tremendous deals!

  5. Love the recipes and the blog. Thank you for sharing a little of yourself with me.

    Sharee (Sounds like starry)

    My recipe for today is Oreo Delight

  6. This is wonderful!! Thank you so much for all your hard work on this post. The recipes look so filling and easy to replicate. I look forward to it.

  7. What a great post....recipes and cost. Wonderful idea.

  8. Fantastic post with a lot of great favorites...The cheeseburger pie would be really great in my Dutch oven.

    Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop this week.

  9. Oooh, I love to see the breakdown of the math, and you know that a lot of that is coming out of the pantry of freezer, so great deals! I love your top ten lists. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop. I'm your newest follower.