Macaroni is not only a satisfying staple, but it's easy on the grocery bill as well. With generic boxes of macaroni and cheese selling for as little as $.20 a box, it can make one of the cheapest and heartiest meals. Plus, the kids love it! If the prepackaged fare isn't to your taste, purchase a box of macaroni itself for $.50 a box and make a meal from scratch.
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I always have a house full of boys, and they can definitely put some food away.
here are 2 recipes to make a house full leave smiling without hurting your wallet.
texas style mac and cheese
-1 pound ground beef
-2 boxes mac and cheese
-1 pkg. taco seasoning
brown ground beef while boiling macaroni, drain both. mix macaroni and beef, add cheese sauce* and taco seasoning and serve hot.
1 pkg. mini cheddar dogs/or cheddar sausages
2 cans mushrooms (preferably cut, or steams and pieces)
2 boxes mac and cheese
cook cheddar dogs while boiling macaroni.
drain macaroni, add cheddar dogs and drained mushrooms. stir in cheese sauce* , serve hot.
*if your mac and cheese comes as a powder, make sauce as directed on box separate from macaroni.
I hope you enjoy these as much as my family.
Make it dried beans! One of the tastiest and cheapest dishes I make is Great Northern Beans & Ham. I usually plan on it when I have leftover ham and preferably a meaty ham bone. A 2 lb package of dried Northern beans at Aldi's is .99. Add to that a little meat and seasonings and you have a delicious and inexpensive meal. Great with cornbread...of course! Also you can freeze leftovers or use in other meals or even soup.
Beans are very nutritious and I think I read that they contain more fiber than any other food!
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