What to cook this season with limited budget?

Philippines
December 22, 2011 1:28am CST
I have limited budget for this season but I am thinking of cooking foods that doesn't have expensive ingredients. I may be cooking spaghetti, prepare macaroni salad, steamed fish and chicken lollipops. Though I really want to prepare fruit salad and cake but those would be too expensive and not healthy enough. What would you cook if you have limited budget?
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@SIMPLYD (81756)
• Philippines
22 Dec 11
The way i see your foods for this season, is already enough to be festive. Since you already have the macaroni salad, there's no need for a fruit salad. Actually, spaghetti and macaroni salad already have costly ingredients. The foods to be prepared for the season really depends on the budget.
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@SIMPLYD (81756)
• Philippines
22 Dec 11
Me too gav. I will look for something to eat and divert my attention instead. Anyway, it's just 3 days before i could eat all of those foods.
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• Philippines
26 Dec 11
Those foods are usually present on our table when there's festivities. What I did is to twitch with the ingredients so I can save on it. @ simplyd, divert to fruits and vegetables.
@SIMPLYD (81756)
• Philippines
27 Dec 11
OMG guys , i pigged out these holidays guys. I cannot resist all those foods. Anyway, they only come once a year. Now i am on fruits again, but i have to brace myself for the New Year's foods ! And like i said, it only comes once a year!
• Philippines
22 Dec 11
since I am a solitaire this christmas day, I am planning to cook only one recipe which is pancit guisado ( bam-i in visayan ). It can be eaten without a partner (rice etc.). I'm gonna cook and amalgamate it with a bihon or a sotanghon, a few chops of cabbage or a chinese pechay( also called as "kinchay"), chops of fried pork liver and shower it with few drops of pepper and that's it. This only costs 120 pesos and even below.
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• Philippines
26 Dec 11
Just one menu... hmmm that's is less costly. It would be great to share with neighbor though. If I'm near you, I may cook extra for you. I wish you all the happiness this holiday season.
@liumirror (138)
• China
22 Dec 11
I think you could buy some vegetalbe and reduce some animal food such fish or chicken lollipos.I think animal food only one is enough.Some popular fruit is necessary.
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• Philippines
26 Dec 11
Hi liumirror. Thanks for commenting. That's the idea. I would look at foods that is indeed healthy and less costly. Have a nice day!!!
@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
23 Dec 11
One of my favorite items to make that you can use for more than one meal is baked beans. Macaroni and Cheese you could make up then add tuna or chicken as you eat it. Tuna salad is also easy to prepare. I like Egg Salad and make that about once a month then have toast and egg salad either for breakfast or lunch. If you need any recipes let me know I had to cook for 7 people when my children were home. If I know what your budget is, I can suggest some other things. But those above are pretty cheap and basic. One of my favorite meals is Chicken and Dumplings. Unfortunately I don't get to make it much because my husband prefers noodles but after the holidays I am making some and will make him some noodles and chicken. Let me know if you need any recipe ideas I love to share!
• Philippines
26 Dec 11
Hi marie2052. That is great! Can you give me a recipes for the egg salad? Thanks and have a great holiday!!!
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
27 Dec 11
adding you to be my friend so I can message you with the recipe you requested!
• Philippines
30 Dec 11
Hi marie2052. I have added you already. Will wait for your pm.
@beenice2 (2336)
• Canada
26 Jan 12
How about making your own bread. You can save twice the price of the store bought one,I do make my own bread since 4 years now and you can't beat the taste it is wow to be able to eat it fresh, and it smells so good.
• Philippines
26 Jan 12
You know, that is actually a good idea. My brother gave us an oven as a holiday gift. Maybe I should start learning how to bake. Thanks for the good advice.
@marguicha (100518)
• Chile
10 Jan 12
In Winder, I always make a legume dish once aweek. I make them from scratch, soaking them overnight instead of buying expensive cans. I buy a kilo (about 2 pounds) and boil them all at once to use less gas. Then I add the other ingredients to the amount I need and freeze the rest. I boil the legumes without salt lthough I might add some milk to lentils and a bone to beans and chicken peas.
• Philippines
11 Jan 12
Hi marguicha. Those sound good. I will try to find a complete recipe for a legum dish. Thanks for the suggestion.
• Philippines
9 Jan 12
I'd rather prepare, pancit canton, lumpiang shanghai and if you know how to make the fish lumpia, it would be cheaper also but tastes good really. I'll just also prepare macaroni salad for the dessert and have some extra fruits which will last also until New Year. Prepare juice instead of sodas. Happy Holidays!
• Philippines
11 Jan 12
This is a little too late for the holidays but thanks. Those are good suggestions. I can use it for another event.