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TRUEPEACENIK's Photo TRUEPEACENIK Posts: 1,255
9/11/19 3:56 P

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Salad, because I prep a salad bar in my fridge.
Whole grain toast with tahini and all fruit spread
Beans and rice (especially since it’s chile season) by extension, veg posole.
I’ll use fruit salad as a meal.
Not fast, but easy and easy on the bank account, are vegetarian lasagna and spinach enchiladas.

I make an assortment of Indian dishes, mostly northern state cuisines. But I like dosa and idly, sambar and rasam, too. I’m just not as practiced with them.

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PIKA1319 Posts: 142
9/11/19 7:16 A

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pasta shells with butter & Parmesan cheese. Not necessarily healthy, but it is both inexpensive & easy!

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9/7/19 7:34 A

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Eggs and toast



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9/6/19 3:39 P

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chili, breakfast, pizza (homemade), most of my vegan meals are cheap since tofu costs less than meat.

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9/6/19 11:17 A

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Scrambled eggs and toast.



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9/4/19 9:25 A

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Vegetarian chili made in the instapot over sweet potato.
Roasted potato slices, corn on the cob, baked beans.

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9/4/19 6:41 A

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Beans and rice.

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9/3/19 12:22 P

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Taco salad - Base of mixed greens, generous spoonful of taco-spiced meats (ground beef or chicken), smothered with salsa, cheese, hot sauce, and guacamole.

Tasty, filling, and generally pretty cheap, especially if you use higher fat content ground beef!

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9/2/19 9:46 P

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lentils and rice

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9/2/19 1:23 A

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In grad school I'd have cabbage and chicken stir fry all the time. Chopped up cabbage, added some diced onions and garlic, and stir-fry this altogether with soy sauce as well a chicken breast. Just stir-fry it enough to get the cabbage a bit of color, I still liked to have it crunchy/tender.

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9/1/19 11:48 P

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Omelettes

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9/1/19 11:35 A

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Nice. Thanks for sharing



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8/31/19 1:45 A

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I like to cook a bag of frozen chopped spinach, add 1.5 cups of beans, or one 15oz can, drained, a diced tomato and some tomato juice. (I use low sodium V8) I season it with some oregano and black pepper and heat it. Makes a nice quick meal topped with grated parmesan and leftovers for another day.

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Omelets. Can make dozens of different ways.

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8/29/19 10:22 P

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In a 2-quart casserole mix together:
One can black beans
One can (or 1 cup frozen) corn kernels
One cup rice optional
One small jar salsa

If you want to, you can stop there and just serve it. Serves up to 4 people depending on how hungry they are (8 if there's lots of other stuff on the table.)

Or you can do some other stuff to it:

Top with shredded cheese if you have it, heat it if you want to until cheese melts.

Can serve with any of these you might happen to have on hand: tabasco sauce, avocado/guacamole, crumble-fried ground beef, raw or cooked chopped onions, corn/tortilla chips or taco shells or tortillas, sour cream, raw or cooked diced bell peppers, olives, shredded lettuce, etc.





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8/29/19 7:58 A

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Quinoa and beans - a spin on rice and beans which provides more nutrition and protein. Saute some onion and garlic until brown and fragrant, add the quinoa and toast in the pan for a few minutes. Top off with stock (vegetable to keep it meat free or chicken), add black beans, cilantro, any other seasonings you like.

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8/28/19 12:51 P

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Stew!

I always have mirepoix (onion / carrot / celery) ready to start with, so I toss that in a pot with some oil. I'll add mushrooms if I have them, and any other veggies that are either leftover or need to be used up from the fridge, toss in a bit of whatever meat I have (I always cook excess proteins and freeze - so have sliced ham / beef / pork roasts, cooked ground beef / pork / turkey, chicken / turkey pieces), then add in some broth (either frozen homemade, or just use some Better than Bouillon and water), a bunch of lentils, some barley or beans, and let it simmer for an hour or so. I'll end with adding in some canned diced tomatoes and / or some other frozen veggies. If I want it thicker, then I'll puree part of it and add it back in.

The great thing is that the same technique works with any combination of ingredients, and always ends up as a great meal.

I found that a good place to start was checking out "lentil stew" recipes on Spark Recipes ( recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipes.asp?food=l
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recipe=383055


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8/27/19 7:28 P

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Chili! I can make it with almost anything and it is great. Tasty, high fiber and filling

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8/27/19 7:29 A

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Pasta, tomato sauce - I like tomato basil, frozen broccoli/cauliflower mix and some mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top

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8/27/19 2:56 A

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Based on the cheapest items I usually find at my local markets:

eggs and collard greens
simple chicken soup (just water, whole chicken, celery, carrots, garlic)
ham (purchased post holidays and frozen) and cabbage
turkey (purchased post holidays and frozen) and frozen broccoli
turkey or ham salad (mayo, celery, relish)

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8/27/19 2:08 A

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For a low cost, low calories, and low sodium meal it's hard to beat DW's pouches on the grill in summer or oven in winter. Garden veggies (or canned or frozen from the garden or store), meats, fowl, or fish, potatoes, etc with spices to taste.

We don't always eat at the same times and when I fend for myself, doctored soup is usually my go-to. I rarely pay more than $1.50 for any of the healthy varieties from the major brands and even less for store brands or at the Dollar Store. I'll add extra meat, noodles, brown rice, veggies until I reach a stew-like consistency. Typically less than $3 total and under 1000mg sodium and 500 calories. If you walk away from that bowl hungry it's your own fault. Our biggest secret is reading labels and buying on sale. The no salt added canned veggies come up for under $.50 a can quite often and I sometimes worry our shelves will collapse when I'm done stocking up.

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I absolutely LOVE the Budget Bytes site, so I'll have to second that recommendation.

Other than that, my favorite inexpensive go to? Fried "rice". It's in quote marks because I use cauliflower rice to drastically lower the calorie count.

I usually get a dozen eggs for less than a dollar at my local grocer, a head of cauliflower is under $2, and I buy large bags of frozen veggies for about $6 at Costco (and it lasts MANY meals).

So I can feed my family of four for under a total of $10.

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How about a whole website dedicated to inexpensive meals?

www.budgetbytes.com

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8/26/19 12:12 P

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Looking for easy to make and inexpensive meals! What are some good ones you like to make?

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