Bored with Food! Adice Needed!!
December 12, 2007 4:43pm CST
I am SO bored with the every-week-dinner-ideas. Burgers, tacos, spaghetti, and the dread hamburger helper! I'm looking for new dinner ideas that are INexpensive and actually have REAL ingredients! Haha What I mean is, I've found many really great looking recipes that I wanted to try but it called for a specific cheese that can only be found at a specialty food store that specializes in that particular cheese and there isn't a store like that in this side of the country! I need a inexpensive recipe where all the ingredients are found at Wal-Mart! Lol. Any ideas??
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12 Dec 07
You should experiment with making soups. They're incredibly nourishing and really warming for this time of year. I really like, chunky, hearty soups with lots of ingredients. I have a nasty cold at the moment so tonight it was a vegetable soup with chunks of potato, tomato, beans etc. with added garlic to boost my immune system. Fab!
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13 Dec 07
Homemade chilli is good. All you need is a package of chilli mix, ground beef, a small can of tomato sauce and maybe throw in a can of canned red beans. This is quick, easy, inexpensive and a good meal that all should enjoy. It's cold outside (well everywhere but the south) and a good hot bowl of chilli should be nice! I also do a lot of homemade hamburger helpers. It cuts out the sodium and all the preservatives in the boxed stuff. I use the Hunts flavored spaghetti sauces, pasta and ground beef and season to taste. You can vary the flavors. My family loved these dishes and I quit wasting money on the Hamburger Helper after this. And it is just as quick!
12 Dec 07
A little bit of advice from someone who likes to cook and is on a tight budget. When those specialty cheeses are called for try and substitute similar cheeses found in your grocery store. If the cheese needs to melt try mozzarella. If it asks for Brie, take Camembert etc. I also have a really delicious lentil soup recipe that is so popular with anyone I serve it to that I have to keep the recipe printed up because it is always requested. Lentil Soup with Spinach 1 ¼ cup of orange or red lentils 8 cups of water salt and pepper ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro leaves (substitute parsley if no cilantro is available) 2 onions finely chopped 4 cloves of garlic, crushed ¼ cup olive oil 2 cups (packed) shredded spinach - can also use swiss chard ½ cup lemon juice · Place lentils, water, salt and pepper to taste and cook over slow heat until lentils are tender but not mushy. About 20-30 minutes. Check a few times. · Meanwhile fry the cilantro leaves (or parsley), onions and garlic in the oil, stirring until the onions are golden brown. Add this mixture including the oil to the lentils. · Add Spinach and lemon juice. · Simmer until spinach is wilted but still green. Serve with extra lemon juice and warm french bread and butter. Very filling lunch dish or supper dish if followed by Western Sandwich and simple green salad or pickles. Note: Orange lentils are usually found next to the dried beans and peas. If no orange lentils are available green or brown lentils are usually there. If using those you may have to add some broth or water and extra salt and pepper to get the right consistency of the soup and watch the cooking time.
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12 Dec 07
Here is a site that I use alot. It has alot of recipes and money saving tips. I hope this helps you out. I get tired of the same things all the time too.http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/recipeindex.htm I have made quite a few of the rice recipes and a lot of the cakes and the fudge brownies are wonderful.