What is your favorite frugal meal?

United States
June 15, 2009 5:42pm CST
Tonight for dinner we are having TVP (textured vegatable protein) sloppy joes. They are very cheap to make for dinner. Its just a can of manwhich, which I got on a great sale and have a case of, beef flavored TVP, an onion, a carrot just because I have it and I can hide things in there nicely and buns that we had left over from a BBQ. What are your favorite cheap meals and how do you make them?
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@wiccania (3360)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I love soup, since you can make it with just about anything. I'm also a big fan of potatoes as the central part of the meal every now and then. But my absolute favorite cheap meal is something my mom used to make when we were kids. Eggs n Taters. It's 1 medium-large potato per person, cut up (not so much diced as randomly sliced) into a pan and cooked until fork tender (and perhaps a little browned) and 3 eggs for every 2 people beaten and stirred in. Just cook it till the eggs are set and you have breakfast, lunch or dinner. A little salt and pepper... maybe a little ketchup if you're in a nostalgic mood... it's delish.
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@Anne18 (11034)
16 Jun 09
MMMmmmmm thats sounds so yummy, I'll have to try it .... any more Mmmmmm recipes please
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• United States
17 Jun 09
We do breakfast for dinner about once a week. It is almost always cheaper and easier. I think I will make it for dinner tomorrow. Thank you.
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@cher913 (25862)
• Canada
16 Jun 09
in the winter we eat quite a few frugal meals. i really like beef and barley soup (i can get the bones for under $2- at the butchers) so its just the barley, potatoes and carrots, we also make homemade pancakes and pasta is another favourite.
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• United States
17 Jun 09
I love beef and barley soup. I need to get a good recipe to make it. When we have a roast or steaks we almost always have extra meat left over that I make other meals from. I should add this to my meal rotation.
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@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
16 Jun 09
In the winter I make a huge pot of chili with a can or two of black beans, kidney beans or mixed beans, tomatoes, onions and peppers and a package of TVP or 1/2 TVP and 1/2 ground beef. I freeze some of it for another meal. I serve some with gherkins, grated mozzarella and low fat sour cream and whole grain buns or brown rice. In the summer I boil up about 2 pounds of smallish potatoes, make a potato salad just with low fat Italian Dressing, garnish it with bacon bits and green onions, I serve it cold with hard boiled eggs, thickly sliced tomatoes, a green salad and some foccacia bread or some foccacia bread that I bake myself from ready made whole wheat pizza dough. My family loves this cold meal on a hot day.
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• United States
17 Jun 09
I have never tried a potato salad with italian dressing. It sounds like a new great twist on something I love. It is also something I almost always have in my pantry. That could be a meal we might have all the time. Thank you.
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• India
16 Jun 09
My favourite cheap and quick meal would be rice, boiled and mashed potatoes with butter, boiled egg, salt and chillies to go with. OK, I can leave out the egg too, but the other ingredients are always there in stock. Rice is a staple and potato goes with almost anything so I always stock it. If I am in a little more better condition, I’ll add pulses to the rice and mixture, some spices and onions and make it into a khichdi (a very nutritious, porridge-like consistency dish, quick, spicy and tasty).
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• United States
16 Jun 09
We eat a lot of rice too. It is simple and delicious. I have never tried it with potatoes but it sounds tasty. Thanks.
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@lilaclady (28227)
• Australia
16 Jun 09
I think soup and toast is my frugal mean or anything with potatoes with the quick gravies that one can buy in the supermarkets these days...
• United States
16 Jun 09
We do a lot of soup here in our house too. It is cheap and easy. Its summer now and I feel like I need to branch out a bit. We are trying new things.
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@saundyl (9683)
• Canada
17 Jun 09
Lately I've really been enjoying what i call a noodle bowl. You take a pack of ramen noodles/ichaban noodles...cook them up without the seasoning drain. While the noodles are cooking steam some veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots) and make a sauce (add a tsp of cornstarch to the seasoning and 1/4 cup of water and heat - sometimes need a bit more water) Chop up left over chicken from a previous meal Place the chick, veggies and sauce on the noodles in a bowl. You can divide it into several bowls however i find rewarming it isnt the yummiest so its best to feed to a couple peeople rather than just one person.
• United States
17 Jun 09
And ramen noodles are so cheap too. Im sure I have at least a case in my pantry. I have added lots of things to ramen before but I have always stirred it up into the soups. I think that this is a meal my whole family will enjoy. My kids love ramen noodlse and mac and cheese.
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@saundyl (9683)
• Canada
19 Jun 09
I acutally got the idea at a restaurant for them - they were charging 4.95 for them It was cheaper than the soup and sandwich!
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
16 Sep 09
Mostly meals made out of veggies from the garden + leftovers, are our most frugal meals. It looks gourmet, but really it's just us being creative.
@Shellyann36 (11592)
• United States
1 Jul 09
Hamburger use to be the cheapest meat going out there. I would always buy large packages of hamburger and divide them up and use them for different meals. Favorites of my kids include tacos (use kidney beans or rice to stretch the meat), sloppy joes and spaghetti with meat sauce. Vegetable beef soup is also a big winner at out house.
@wolveren (1577)
• Cebu, Philippines
27 Jun 09
I remember back in my frugal days, I used to just eat some peanuts for lunch or dinner. Those were the days of my great depression. But hey out here from where I am, specially in times of crisis, I feel that eating is a matter of survival and not luxury. I'd do it again if necessary for survival. Cheers!