Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Cook frugal foods from scratch, use a few convenience foods when you're rushed, or make a nice dinner so you don't have to go out. Whatever your dining choices, here are well over 50 recipes, and many more suggestions. From Meatless Split Pea Soup to frugal ideas for eating out, from Turkey Gravy to travel foods, from Myers Birthday Lasagna to an "emergency preparedness men Cook frugal foods from scratch, use a few convenience foods when you're rushed, or make a nice dinner so you don't have to go out.
From Meatless Split Pea Soup to frugal ideas for eating out, from Turkey Gravy to travel foods, from Myers Birthday Lasagna to an "emergency preparedness menu plan for a week", this book covers several decades of family eating, as we share with you what we have learned and enjoyed. Join us in this book of recipes and recollections. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Other Editions 1.
Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Myers Family Cookbook , please sign up. When my daughter was little and I had evening meetings I would have my husband make them dinner and tell him to just cook some spaghetti, pour in Ragu and shred cheddar cheese over it, stirring in till it melted.
My former tofu-hating husband loves it, just cut the cubes small.
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I live in Australia, where food prices are incredibly high. Stick a whole chicken can be frozen on top. Season and set on low all day. We eat roast chicken and veg I add another veg or two on the side to the carrots and celery for dinner than night. I keep the carcass in the slow cooker and add a bunch of water, poultry seasoning and a bay leaf — then the next day set it on high for hours and make a stock. Then the next day I use the stock as a soup base my recipes vary. Especially since its now winter down here! One of our favorites is homemade pasta, for which you only need flour, eggs, salt, and water.
Homemade pasta is cheap, much easier to make than you think, and tastes much better than pasta out of the box. I can do this meal for my family of 5 for less than 50 cents per person! We too are eatting whole foods only. I would love to know how you make your pasta. Mix them all together. I cook the rice, brown the turkey, combine together in a saucepan and add canned green beans. You can always add seasonings.
I make something like this but I also add in pink beans. However, our favorite staple is soup. Some of our favorite soup recipes from the book are:. If you have 2 bone-in chicken breasts, cook them in the crock pot until done with lots of water. Bring to a boil. Cut into squares and drop into boiling broth.
Cook covered for 10 min and uncover and cook for 10 more min. This is a cheap meal if you can get chicken breasts for 99 cents per pound, which you can lots of times. Egg in the basket! Pasta ceci pasta with chickpeas. Saute a large diced onion and a few cloves of diced garlic in olive oil.
Add a large can of chickpeas and saute until hot throughout. Cook a pound of pasta I like this with double elbows — celentani and drain, reserving some of the pasta water. Use what you have on hand. Also remember that not every meal has to include meat. From time to time we have meatless spaghetti, I am sure there are a lot of other recipes that can be modified to be meat free. Pre plan your meals to stretch. Instead, I go for old stand-bys from my recipe file that I know my family likes and that can usually be made with what I have on hand or with just a few extra ingredients.
My suggestion would be to look through your recipes and come up with a list of things your family enjoys and then pick the least expensive options from that list. I definitely think this is one of the BEST suggestions anyone can make to someone struggling with planning a menu on a budget. Yes, some things like cabbage and dry pinto beans are economical, filling, and nutritious, but not everyone likes them. Stick to what you know and like— sometimes tweaking just a few things, like cooking dry beans instead of buying canned, or using a whole chicken instead of buying frozen breasts can make a HUGE difference in your budget.
Good luck! I try to use what is on hand- I find one key ingredient and build around that with my staples- tonight I used canned biscuits and filled with BBQ, topped with cheese and popped in oven. I know sort of fatty so I served with carrots and fruit for dessert.
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Two of my favorites are my Knock-off Stroganoff and my Hamburger and Rice. I brown it with an onion finely diced, then add a can of mushrooms to heat through. I add a can of cream of mushroom soup, a can of water, and mix well. I serve it over rice my favorite or noodles.
I make more rice or noodles and add more water if I really need to stretch it further. For the hamburger and rice, I brown a pound of ground beef with diced onion and green peppers. I add 2 cups or more of cooked rice and mix it all together with soy sauce. This recipe only has 4 ingredients, all of which I usually have on hand thanks to my stockpile.
Love my slow cooker…. Our family loves this recipe for crock pot pulled chicken. Mix chicken, taco seasoning we make our own , salsa, and some sort of creaminess cream soup, cream cheese, Velveeta, whatever you have. You can put the chicken in taco soup, in enchiladas, on tacos, nachos, etc. Our family loves it. We also make a lot of things from scratch. Especially convenience foods. Corndogs, seasoning packets, breakfast burritos, pizza etc. Often times, it saves a lot to make it yourself versus buying it. Fry the potatoes with lots of onion, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder.
Cook your green beans separately, seasoning with salt, pepper, and goya ham seasoning if you can find it hispanic section and can add in your budget — only around a dollar a box — makes green beans wonderful! Add chopped ham — a little or a lot depending on what you have.
Even left over deli meat works. Continue to cook for a few minutes, then add drained green beans. Gently mix and heat through. A real comfort meal. Fried rice is also great — cook up a large amount of rice, cool and refrigerate overnight. Saute chopped onion if you like it and a little garlic if you have it, in a little butter, margarine or whatever you have in a large fry pan or wok. Add a few tablespoons of oil — canola if you have it and throw in the rice.
Season with some salt, pepper and soy sauce. This is where you can use leftover meats and peas and carrots. Add chopped cooked chicken or pork, cooked peas and carrots or whatever you have and heat through. Add scrambled eggs. Heat gently until warmed through — taste and adjust seasonings. Makes a ton! Great warmed up for lunch or leftover night. My garden this year is full of onions, green beans, carrots, tomatoes, squash, lettuce, and green peppers.
A big pot of vegetable soup or stew would be wonderful too! Lentil soup is really inexpensive and can be served as a main course with cheese. My Mother used to cook cheese potato which was mashed potato with a cheese topping plus a few halved tomatoes, browned under the grill. It was served with baked beans to add some extra protein.
The best and cheapest meal: Ingredients — one can of sardines in tomato sauce 36pence , one slice of bread 5pence , some lemon juice negligible if its from a bottle. Method — put bread in over and lightly toast both sides. Take bread out now toast and mash on the sardines and grill. Take off the grill and add lemon juice to taste.
Total cost: 41pence for a whole lunch. I did teach Home Economics for 10 years before staying home so I have some background in cooking which helps. We love many inexpensive meals like omelettes, fried rice, Cuban black beans, split pea soup, etc. My chili is fast, easy and inexpensive. Just a can of kidney beans, a small can of tomato sauce, a pound of ground turkey, an onion, water, and a few spices. They also make a version with white beans simmered with ox tails.
Rich and good for winter…non-meat version is good too.
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Wash and soak beans in clear water overnight. Drain and cover beans with fresh water. Cook in a 5-quart saucepan, adding water from time to time as needed boiled water. When half cooked add crushed tomatoes and garlic. Add tomato paste, black pepper, paprika and salt, cornstarch or flour, saute a few more minutes. Pour into beans and simmer for 5 minutes. Serves Top with olive oil, vinegar or yogurt. Eat with plain rice. Google your zone to see when to plant garlic. I just plant most of these right outside my front door and I can grab them to make plain meals much more interesting.
I have oregano, parsley, lemon balm, cat nip, garlic chives, regular chives, horehound, johnny jump-ups edible flowers , and mint, and 3 varieties of garlic. For winter use, I dry many of these on a cookie sheet placed in my car window on a sunny day. It works great. I just chop up the chives and freeze them. Pinto beans and cornbread Kraut and weiners with cornbread A great big pot of homemade vegetable soup with or without beef Omelets with in season veggies with or without ham or bacon Egg salad sandwiches with raw veggies Tuna salad on bread or crackers or a bed of lettuce Chicken and dumplings made with the leftover bits of a roasted chicken Chicken salad made from leftover chicken.
The last week of the month I make a point to inventory my freezer, fridge, and pantry and plan as many meals as possible with whatever I have on hand. My mother-in-law has laying hens so we eat lots of free eggs in the spring and summer. The most important things are to menu plan, watch your grocery sale flyers, and eat seasonally.
Rice noodles super cheap from our local asian market. Makes a great pasta dish hot or cold. The formulas were so comprehensive that I made muffins without flour one morning for breakfast. I just make this recipe with whatever I have, but its good even if all I have is lentils and bacon. Brown onions and garlic add diced potatoes until soft parboil first to speed up add sliced hotdogs cook til browned mix in a handfull of sauerkraut and remove from heat.
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Slice kielbasa or smoked sausage links into coins. Put in crockpot. May not look the prettiest, but once someone takes a piece and tries it, they will go MMMMM and the crockpot will soon be empty. Left over rice — heat in skillet, scramble in an egg, add whatever frozen, canned or leftover veggies you have. Pretty much add whatever you want to taste.
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