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Easy, Inexpensive and Quick Recipes

Poor Mans Stroganof

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • salt, pepper and garlic powder
  • 1 can of cream of soup

Saute beef and onions, then drain off the grease. Add 1 can cream of mushroom soup. Add seasoning to taste. Cook 1 bag egg noodles and add that. Mix together.


This is really good and cheap.

By Anna

Turkey Bacon

An inexpensive and quick meal I make for my family that can also be low carb breakfast. Turkey bacon and eggs. You can also add biscuits and potatoes if your not worried about carbs or any of that. Turkey bacon is low in fat and carbs and cooks very quickly.

You can also make a quick casserole by precooking the bacon and then scrambling about 6-8 eggs. Then add green peppers, onions and the bacon pour, into a casserole dish and add cheese to the top. Cook till golden. Add biscuits to the bottom of the casserole dish first if your not watching carbs. You can have a quick inexpensive quick meal with everyday ingredients you probably have around the house.

By justgonecrazytoo

Cube Steak

Another idea on the stroganoff vein, use cubed steak and slice it thinly. There are times you will find 2 cubed steaks cheaper than a pound of hamburger. Use the recipe already submitted, but add a tablespoon of catsup and 2 tablespoons of worchestshire sauce. Brown the cubed steak in butter and then continue with the recipe. Tossing in a can of mushrooms with the broth is great too! (03/07/2005)


By jaxi3

Mom's Hamburger Helper

My son calls this Mom's Hamburger Helper.

  • 1 lb. ground beef, browned
  • 1 jar of brown gravy
  • small can of slice mushrooms, drained (if desired)

Brown hamburger, add gravy, salt and pepper and mushrooms. Serve over egg noodles. Cheap, good and filling.

By ALONG37264.

Chicken Wraps

I call these chicken wraps. It's very inexpensive especially if you consider how many you can make. My family loves them and thinks they are fun and you can make them in under 5 minutes, so they're great if you've been working all day.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Frozen chicken patties
  • 1 package of flour tortillas
  • 1 package of your favorite shredded cheese
  • 1 package of sliced ham
  • 1 bottle of ranch dressing
  • 1 head of lettuce

Here's what you do:

Cook the chicken patties in the microwave for specified time per patty


Cut up the chicken patties and distribute approximately 1 per tortilla
On top of the chicken, add sliced ham and shredded cheese.
Place back in the microwave for 45 seconds ( the cheese may not be completely melted but will when the wrap is folded. You don't want to over heat the tortilla because it will become too hard to fold.)
Add ranch dressing and lettuce to the tortilla
Fold into burrito.

My boyfriend raves about these to his friends and they ask me to make them when they are over for any game. Also, the kids love them and one will usually fill my boyfriend up, so there really are no side dishes needed. Unless you'd like a nice salad with it, and in that case the ham, cheese, lettuce and ranch dressing will work nicely as well. Enjoy!

Spaghetti Bolognaise

What about Spaghetti Bolognaise? My recipe takes a long time to simmer but once you've thrown it all together it's done.


Chop up your onion and garlic, put in frypan with your beef mince (about 500g), brown the mince then put in 500g tinned chopped tomatoes, 500ml beef stock and a slosh of red wine. Throw in some fresh or dried herbs and let it simmer away till the sauce is reduced. It looks really awful and liquidy to start with but ends up quite nice!

By Sonya_82

Pizza Night

We love to make pizza at home, but I don't always have time to make my own dough. So I buy store brand pizza dough in a can next to the can biscuits and cinnamon rolls. Then we us ragu pizza sauce for $0.99 located next to the jar beef gravy, etc. We top ours with cheese and ham lunch meat both of these are always staples in our house. You just follow the directions on the can for baking and enjoy.


By Chelebugg

Cheap Chicken and Tortillas

This is one my family loves! Quick, Easy & Cheap!

  • 9x13 pan
  • 1 package flour tortillias (10 count)
  • 3 bone in chicken breasts
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups grated cheese (1 pkg)
  • 3 tbs salsa or taco sauce
  1. Boil chicken breasts & take off bone then shread
  2. Put back in pot - stir in salsa or taco sauce - mix well so chicken is coated
  3. Put 2 spoonful of chicken in tortilla and sprinkle with grated cheese then roll and put in pan.
  4. Continue until all tortillas are filled.
  5. In a bowl mix 1 can of cream of chicken soup and 1/2 can of water together to make a "gravy"
  6. Pour over the rolled chicken tortillas
  7. Sprinkle grated cheese over the top.
  8. Bake in 350 oven for about 30 minutes
  9. Let set for 5 minutes

I serve this with a lettuce salad, salsa and sour cream on the side. This also freezes well and for 2 people can be split and frozen for up to 2 weeks although the tortillas do have a tendency to get a little soggy.

By Chey

Scrambled Egg Stir Fry

  • 6 eggs scrambled and set aside
  • 2 bags frozen vegetables of your choice

Cook them in wok or large skillet till tender (I cook them frozen with a little water to steam) then add the eggs in and some garlic powder, onion powder, or however you want to season. Your done! Delicious and healthy.

By Lisa

Barbeque Cups

I make what we call Barbeque Cups, and kids love it!

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 can of refrigerated biscuits
  • 2 Tbs Brown Sugar
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef; drain; remove from heat and mix in brown sugar and barbeque sauce; take can of bisuits and press into muffin pan to form cups; fill cups with meat mixture and top with a little shredded cheddar cheese; bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

By Anna

Chicken-and-Rice Casserole

Here's my mom's Chicken-and-Rice Casserole recipe:

  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (condensed)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (condensed)
  • 1 can cream of celery soup (condensed)
  • 2 cans of milk (just use on of the empty soup cans; less clean up!)
  • 1/3 cup of cooking oil (vegetable, canola, etc.)
  • 2 1/2 cups of Minute Rice
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix up everything but the chicken and cheese until it's relatively smooth. Spray a 9"x13" (2" or so deep) baking pan with non-stick spray, or grease with butter. Pour a bit of the soup and rice mixture to cover the bottom of the pan. Arrange chicken breasts flat in the pan, and then cover them with the rest of soup and rice mixture. Sprinkle as much Parmesan on top as desired. Cover loosely with tin foil, and place in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove tin foil, and bake for another 30 minutes (cheese should be lightly browned, and chicken very tender). Remove, let it cool for a few minutes and EAT!

The amount of chicken doesn't really matter, either. You can keep all of the other potions exactly the same and just add less chicken, and it turns out just the same (which can be great if you're on a super-tight budget and don't have a spare $5.00 for more chicken). It's also really easy to mix everything up, and then keep it in the 'fridge for a day or two until you're ready to cook it. I made this the other night for myself and four friends, using two chicken breast halves. With a green salad on the side, and some brown bread, everyone left the table stuffed, and I only spent about $10 on the whole dinner!

By Adam

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Easy, Inexpensive and Quick Recipes

Chicken salsa

Buy chicken breasts or whatever kind of chicken you like cook thoroughly top with salsa and taco cheese till melted serve with simple salad and Spanish type of rice this entire meal cost me about eleven dollars and can feed a family of four or five. (10/09/2006)

By Jane

Easy, Inexpensive and Quick Recipes

Tomato Alfredo Pasta

Mix one jar of Alfredo Sauce and one can Italian diced tomatoes, undrained. Heat until warm.

Pour over your favorite pasta and you're done. I serve this with garlic bread and salad. You can also add chicken (cut into small pieces) to the alfredo sauce. (02/16/2007)

By Kayla

Easy, Inexpensive and Quick Recipes

The chicken and rice casserole could be easily dressed up a bit, if someone wanted to. Toss in some steamed chopped broccoli florets (drained), a few dashes of curry powder & 1/2 cup or so of sour cream, along with 1-2 cans of mushroom pieces, drained.

I've made the BBQ Cups before, they went over really well! (04/25/2007)

By badwater

Barbeque cups

I make a taco version of this. Put your biscuits in the muffin pan as described, brown hamburger meat in a frying pan, add a package of taco seasoning, spoon into the biscuits, and bake as directed on the biscuit label. A few minutes before it is done, sprinkle with cheese and voila....taco biscuits. And if you have any meat left over you can buy the scoop tortillas and place on a baking pan, fill with a small amount of meat and cheese and bake until cheese is melted. My family LOVES this! (10/05/2007)

By Laura

make your own pizza alternative

I buy the cheapest frozen pizzas and then add shredded mozzarella, pepperoni is cheap and some canned mushrooms, black olives, lunch meat ham, etc. I babysit for my friend a lot and she has 3 small children I have 2, so I get them each half of one and they dress it up themselves! I never have trouble getting them to eat it either. You could also put veggies out too. My 5 year old loves broccoli on his! We also make faces with the food on the pizza, that way they can remember which one is which when they come out of the oven. (12/18/2007)

By Lea

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