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What is your favorite CHEAP meal that you cook?

Asked by tWrex (1655points) September 15th, 2008

I love food. My father was an excellent chef and could turn spam and bread into a 4 course meal that tasted phenomenal (and he still can). Nowadays my parents can afford much more than they could then, but it seems that now my position is what theirs was and their position is where their parents were then. I’m curious as to what your favorite cheap meal (that can be made at home – ie McDonalds doesn’t count) is and how do you make it? Is it a diet mainstay? Or is it out of convenience and being broke? Or do you hate eating it, but can’t wonder for the life of you how to make anything else?

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2late2be's avatar

Entomatadas! you will just need tomato, tortillas, and cheese! Very cheap!

allengreen's avatar

Garbanzo beans with crunchy Chinese noodles and cream of mushroom soup, baked with pees and chicken….

babiturtle36's avatar

I love speghetti!!!! Very cheap to make. Lean ground meat, wheat pasta, and sauce in a jar! Add some Texas toast and a ceasar salad if u have a lil extra money. Yum yum!

El_Cadejo's avatar

Ziploc Omelets it was posted on here a couple days ago, but the idea is brilliant,cheap, and easy.

Nimis's avatar

JackA: Haha…you provided a link for ramen.

autumn43's avatar

I just made one of them – impossible cheesburger pie (ground beef or turkey, cheese, bisquick and milk and bake!) I made the Mexican version tonight – adding tomatoes, using nacho cheese and packet of spices. Yum!!!

tWrex's avatar

Wow! Me thinks me has food to make for dinner tomorrow. I just had Macaroni and Tuna topped with salt and LOTS of pepper. I like pepper

@JackAdams Ramen is definitely a mainstay in my diet. I know there’s a site with recipes for it. My Ma just made some Ramen salad that was fantastic (although I don’t think it was cheap).

MrMontpetit's avatar

Quesadillas. They taste great, easy to make, and not that expensive.

JackAdams's avatar

@uberbatman: Thanks for mentioning that omelet link, which I supplied.

tWrex's avatar

I can’t stand eggs, but I’ll make that for my wife in the morning – although that disclaimer from ziploc kinda scared me.

tWrex's avatar

@JackAdams LoL! I think that’s the site I was thinking of for Ramen!

poofandmook's avatar

I like making a box of Kraft mac & cheese (with only 1/4 cup milk instead of 1/2) and throwing in a can of drained and flaked tuna.

eew allengreen pees in his food! lol kidding allen.. did you mean peas? ;)

EnzoX24's avatar

Cheeseburger Pie

Ingrediants: 2 pillsbury cresent rolls
Ground meat
Barbeque sauce

Lay the first crecent roll onto a flat cookie sheet. (do not break apart, it should be a large rectangle). Mix ground meat into a bowl with barbeque sauce. Add as much as you like. Evenly spread the meat onto the flat dough with about half an inch of uncovered dough around the edge. Place 4–6 pieces of American cheese onto the meat. Finally add the last crecent roll dough to the top. Push the sides together to cover up the meat. Preheat oven to 350 degrees then cook for 30 minutes or
Until crust becomes brown. Enjoy!

Easily feeds a family of 4–6, or 2 for 2–4 meals.

richardhenry's avatar

Any sort of stir fry. Buy the vegetables fresh, you only need a few slivers of meat (unless you’re a vegetarian), and it’s quick and easy to make.

Just be sure to add the sauce and noodles when the greens are at their greenest.

Costs £2 or £3 (probably about $4) to make a really great meal.

acebamboo77's avatar

nachos… you can make them with just about anything you have on hand, and the vairety keeps it interesting

or my all time favorite…. chinese fried rice

JackAdams's avatar

Sub-Question: If you ate your parakeet, would that be a cheep meal?

Just curious…

poofandmook's avatar

Let’s hear it for Jack… he’ll be here all week, folks.

JackAdams's avatar

Not ALL week…

I have to return to the home periodically, to have my Lithium levels tested, and so they can put that there electricity into my brain…

richardhenry's avatar

Cymbal crash ;)

poofandmook's avatar

thanks richard! Now which one of us is going to clean up those tomatoes?

autumn43's avatar

Tomatoes? you can use those in the cheeseburger pie! :0)

poofandmook's avatar

btw autumn, I think I might try that… I’ll add a few things but I think I’m going to try it in individual little pie-thingies.

srmorgan's avatar

Sardines on rye bread.
Aside from being delicious and nutritious it gets my wife out of the kitchen..


tWrex's avatar

LoL @JackAdams…

@srmorgan I’ve found sardines to be too salty for me. Is there any way to take that down? What about adding flavor to it?

wenbert's avatar

Eggs + Rice!

blastfamy's avatar

Spaghetti! $3 serves, like, 4!

gailcalled's avatar

Fresh, sliced tomatoes, whole wheat bread, sliced mozarella cheese.
Drizzle a little EVOL on bread, layer tomatoes and cheese.
Toast in toaster. Sprinkle fresh snipped basil on top.

blastfamy's avatar

@gail, I’ve had that before; it’s delicious!

tWrex's avatar

@gailcalled Bruschetta is fantastic. I never thought of it as a cheap food, but now looking at the recipe, it indeed is.

Overall I guess that Italian food, in general, is relatively cheap.

gailcalled's avatar

TWrex; It is not even Bruschetta since I simply slice the tomatoes (picked from my bushes) and leave out the chopped onion. I am the laziest cook alive.

autumn43's avatar

There’s nothing like a tomato fresh from the garden! Yum!

tWrex's avatar

@gailcalled LoL. It’s not lazy. It’s using your talents to be inventive and creative and make the dish yours! =) See. I should be a politician. I can be a spin doctor! (ooooh. bad ju ju. now i need to listen to them! damn)

And the tomatoes being sliced rather than diced… I’ve seen that done before so it’s not actually being lazy and I can skip the onions on that anyways.

sdeutsch's avatar

Eggs in Purgatory is my favorite cheap meal: Take a small jar of tomato sauce, heat it to a simmer, and poach two eggs in it. Put the eggs on pieces of toast and cover with the tomato sauce – so yummy!

(Also good with homemade tomato sauce, which is even cheaper – I make a huge batch of it and freeze it in small portions that I can use for this, or just put it over spaghetti…)

Trance24's avatar

Shrimp scampi yummy ^_^

stratman37's avatar

Extra Hot Rotel, and Tostidos scoops!

stratman37's avatar

and of course, Velveeta

EmpressPixie's avatar

Lentils and rice. All you need is lentils, rice, an onion, and some sausage if you want a meat in there (you don’t need it though). Also cumin, salt, pepper, and apple cider vinegar. It’s super cheap and makes a TON of food.

marinelife's avatar

@stratman37 Rotel and Velveeta Dip! Yum! Clearly that (with Fritos only—no tortilla chips) was what manna from heaven was.

@JackAdams Since the best price going on a baby budgie directly from a breeder is $9–10, it is not a cheap meal, especially on a pound-for-pound basis!

babiturtle36's avatar

spam and rice!

tWrex's avatar

OOOOOOOHHHHH SNAP! I can’t believe you just busted out the YAKISOBA! That and Taco Rice and Cheese! My favorite Okinawa meals!

Dorkgirl's avatar

Cream chicken on rice or on toast. Tasty, quick, easy and inexpensive.

lorrissey's avatar

boil top ramen—just the noodles, not seasoning. then saute some broccoli or whatever veggies you want and throw i the noodles with the veggies—saute in any kind of sauce you want. just garlic and butter, soy, nama shoyu, teriyaki, el pato. whatever. it’s good. or just butter and like a steak seasoning.

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