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Recipes to Prepare Over an Open Fire

First I would like to tell you that you are all life savers. We have to feed a family of four on an $80.00 a week budget. These recipes will help tremendously. I have a couple of cheap and healthy meals that I have made over open fire when homeless. Of course these are all prepared to feed four.


Pan O' Chicken Noodle Soup

The reason it is called "Pan O'" is because it is a home made (bigger) version of Cup o' Soup. You will need a pack of Mexican noodles. You can purchase these very cheap in the Mexican aisle of your store.


  • Mexican noodles
  • 4 cups water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed very small
  • 4 to 5 chicken bouillon cubes


Boil chicken breasts for 20 minutes or until done, in a pot with the 4 cups of water. Take chicken out and skim off fat from water. Add the cubes and bring back to a boil. Cube chicken. After broth is boiling again, add the noodles and chicken. Boil until noodles are just done. Now serve with crackers. This is a great recipe to prepare when someone in the family has a cold or the flu. Altogether, this meal costs about $3.00.

Tomato Mac With Beef


  • 2 cans of store brand tomato soup
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 2 cans (the soup cans) of milk
  • 4 prepared hamburger patties or 1 lb. ground beef
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  • 3 to 4 cups of macaroni noodles


Cook ground beef and drain. Cook macaroni noodles. Put soup into pot with milk and over medium heat and bring to simmer. Add noodles and beef, simmer for an additional 3 to 5 minutes and serve.

Tomato Ramen

Shoot, here is another one that popped in my head that my kids whipped up when we were short on food.


  • 2 packs of ramen noodles, without the flavor packs
  • 2 cans of tomato soup
  • 2 cans of mixed vegetables


Cook the ramen soup in a medium pot. When done, add the soups and vegetables. Cook for 5 minutes on medium-high heat. Serve with crackers or buttered bread.

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By Mary from Ocala, FL

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January 5, 20090 found this helpful

These are fabulous! We're down to no gas/heat and working off the fireplace (more out of choice) and I can't wait to put these to use! Hope things are better for you and hope you're still cooking up a storm like you've just displayed!



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August 30, 20090 found this helpful

I posted a recipe a few days ago called Drii's El Cheapo Pasta, I cant find it on here but maybe you can. It can feed 4-6 with nice portion size and costs maybe $4.00 if that! A lot of the ingredients are things that are constantly in my pantry anyway. Plus its versatile as far as being able to change it up with meat or more veggies or putting it in a tortilla. Let me know what you think if you find it and try it. Best of luck to you.

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