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post #1 of 10
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My friend and I are going to do a $25/wk grocery budget challenge. Right now I have a few packages of chicken breasts, 1 lb hamburger and 1 lb chuck steaks, as well as a basic pantry.

What can I buy with my $25 and what should I make? TIA!!!!!
post #2 of 10
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Any ideas? I could really use some help on this one. TIA!
post #3 of 10
Eggs
Cheese
Beans
Rice
Pasta
post #4 of 10
With the chicken you can cook it and shredd it up, add a can of cream of chicken soup and rice.

You can also leave enough to make chicken salad. Cut up the chicken, add boiled eggs, onions and mayo. Put on toasted bread.

With the hamburger you can make tacos, spagetti or meatloaf.

I would buy potatoes, mashed with the meatloaf or mashed or boiled with the steaks.

Look thru your pantry and see what you have and work a menu around that first.
post #5 of 10
Here are a couple of my favourite SUPER-cheap recipes:


Golden chick-pea patties:
(This one is great with a creamy country gravy served over it!)
* 15-ounce can chickpeas
* ¾ cup quick oats
* ½ clove garlic, minced
* Salt to taste
* Dash freshly ground black pepper
* 1 to 1½ tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions
1. • Drain the chickpeas and reserve the liquid.
2. • In a food processor or blender, process the chickpeas with ¼ cup reserved liquid. If the purée is dry, add more liquid, a tablespoon at a time, to achieve a smooth, thick paste.
3. • Place the chickpea purée in a mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients except the oil. Mix well, adding additional water or oats as necessary to make a mixture that keeps its shape. Shape into 4 patties.
4. • In a heavy skillet, heat the oil and fry the patties until golden brown on each side, about 20 minutes altogether.


Southern Chili:
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
* 1 serrano or jalapeño chili pepper, finely chopped
* 6 ounce can tomato paste
* 28 ounce can diced tomatoes, with liquid
* 15 ounce can pinto beans, black beans, or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
* 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons cumin
* 1/4 teaspoon finely ground red chili powder or cayenne pepper
* 1 cup canned white hominy, drained
* 3/4 cup frozen corn kernels
* 3/4 cup frozen okra slices
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Directions
1. Heat oil in large, deep pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeño and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, but don’t let garlic turn brown.
2. Add tomato paste, tomatoes, beans, cumin, chili powder, hominy, corn, and okra. Stir to combine. Cook for about 15 minutes or a little longer, stirring occasionally, until mixture is well heated and flavors are blended. Serve in bowls and top with cilantro, if desired.


Hash Brown Potato Pie
* 5 large eggs
* 1/2 cup milk
* 3 cups country style hash browns, thawed (or just shred your own potatoes...)
* 1/3 cup green onions, thinly sliced
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
* 1-1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
* 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled, OR 1/3 cup real bacon bits

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together eggs and milk in a medium bowl; stir in potatoes, green onions, salt, and hot pepper sauce. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese and half of the bacon. Pour into a greased 9-inch pie plate or quiche dish. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Sprinkle remaining bacon and 1/2 cup cheese over top of pie; continue baking 3 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Good luck!!!
post #6 of 10
You can also have chicken taco's with the chicken.

Brown the hamburger meat, throw in some cooked noodles or macaroni and a can of rotel tomatoes. Serve with cornbread and a salad for a complete meal.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the ideas girls! I knew this would be the right place to come!
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BopKatBop View Post

Hash Brown Potato Pie
* 5 large eggs
* 1/2 cup milk
* 3 cups country style hash browns, thawed (or just shred your own potatoes...)
* 1/3 cup green onions, thinly sliced
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
* 1-1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
* 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled, OR 1/3 cup real bacon bits

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together eggs and milk in a medium bowl; stir in potatoes, green onions, salt, and hot pepper sauce. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese and half of the bacon. Pour into a greased 9-inch pie plate or quiche dish. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Sprinkle remaining bacon and 1/2 cup cheese over top of pie; continue baking 3 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Good luck!!!

My mouth is watering after reading that one!
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by pinkgirl79 View Post

My friend and I are going to do a $25/wk grocery budget challenge. Right now I have a few packages of chicken breasts, 1 lb hamburger and 1 lb chuck steaks, as well as a basic pantry.

What can I buy with my $25 and what should I make? TIA!!!!!

**All my suggestions are based on what I would do for my family of 4- 2 adults one teen boy and a 6 yr old boy...And I would be basing it on the fact that the kids are in school for lunch and DH and I usually eat egg salad or tuna for lunch at work
So any assumptions are based from what I have in my basic pantry!**
Monday I would make in the crockpot- 4 chicken breasts with a bottle of salsa and taco seasoning... to shred and make Chicken tacos..
I would need to buy
A pack of Tortillas
Small bunch of romaine lettuce- even if you get it from the salad bar- enough for just the tacos
I have the cheese and sourcream and salsa
Save any left over Chicken for Wed night dinner

Tuesday I would make meatloaf and scalloped potatoes with Corn
I would need to buy potatoes and Milk and onions
I have a good from scratch recipe for scalloped potatoes if you want..
save any left overs for lunch the next day for me and DH- save the corn for wed( any leftovers that is)

Wed .. get the left over shredded chicken and make Chicken and Corn soup
I prolly wouldnt need to buy hardlly anything since I make it with what ever I have in the fridge... tasting as I go!

Thursday
I would make a non- meat meal-Homemade mac and Cheese or Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
I would need to buy bread- unless I made it in the breadmaker

Friday..
I would make the chuck steaks in the crockpot with lipton onion soup mix- or the store brand and beef broth- to make " french Dip sandwiches, and make greenbeans and buttered noodles...
I would need to buy rolls- unless I made them with the bread maker- which I would if I was making my meals for 7 days (week) and not a 5 day week...
post #10 of 10
That's entirely doable if you already have a basic pantry. I would just be eating alot of beans,rice and pasta.
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