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Amanda L. is looking for: (18 recommendations)
Cheap, cheap, cheap please! I dont like giving the grocery stores my husbands hard earned money these days, seems like everytime i shop prices are higher and in some cases the packages even smaller. Im trying my best to learn to cook from scratch to save money, and i have alot to learn still. Chicken is fairly cheap, at least this week it is at my local grocery store, so is sausage, not sure what sales they have on beef yet. The meats we usually go for are, pork chops, sausage of different types, ground beef, chicken, ham, not much for seafood. Any recipes or ideas?? THANK YOU! Will check back tomorrow.

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Last updated: Apr. 30, 2012 6:42 pm
Posted: Apr. 30, 2012 12:25 am
Commented by: JoJoMouse
Apr. 30, 2012 12:55 am
Dont know were you live. In my town I can get fruits and vegies really cheep. You might check on to see if it is available in your area. It has REALLY cut down on my food bill!
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Spicy Pork Chops with Herbed Roasted New Potatoes

Submitted by: Don 
Home Town: Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, U.K.
Living In: Marbella, Andalucia, Spain
Pork chops are marinated in cumin, ginger, lemon, and cardamom, then pan-fried and served with baby new potatoes that are roasted with four fresh herbs. 
Recommended by: Don
Apr. 30, 2012 1:42 am
Hi, shameless promotion. cheers.
Apr. 30, 2012 3:51 am
I have found that I really cut down on the amount of meat we eat and that has saved alot of money. I do alot of sauteed veges with a little chicken or pork cut up in there over rice or pasta or in a tortilla. Rice and pasta are both really cheap and use lots of veggies, whatever is on sale at the time, cabbage is always cheap and we love it. Start a garden, if you don't have the room, a container garden. A tomato plant, some lettuce in a pot, Lettucce grows like crazy and you can have a salad every night for the two of you on one seed packet of lettuce. It will regrow all summer for you if you cut it. Make soups, really anything goes there, make a broth and start adding veggies or buy a frozen package of mixed stew veggies. One pot of soup would last a few meals for two people. Check your sales in the store. My grocery store has a clearance meat section. 30 % off everything, of course you have to use it that day, and after 5 it is 50% off. If it is on sale anyways, then take the extra off, it is pretty reasonable then.
Commented by: April's Kitchen
Apr. 30, 2012 4:17 am
Might seem silly, but you can extreme coupon! A TON of coupons for an easy price. I am not one myself, but it is a good try!
Commented by: Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Apr. 30, 2012 4:30 am
I know exactly what you mean. Prices are going up, up, UP! I have cooked chicken and shred (using my hands) and froze til I wanted to heat up. I made pot pies, dumplings, chik and rice, chk cachatory (sp), soup, etc. I use up all my veggies too. Some veggies you can freeze; chop/slice put in freezer bag.
Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Apr. 30, 2012 4:37 am
Don is right pasta goes a long way. I find coupons are helpful, however, some are extreme. Buy 3 save $1. I really look for sales. If that item is on sale that's when I use my coupons
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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Submitted by: Stephanie G 
Instant wild rice is cooked in chicken broth with shredded chicken, then combined with thickened cream for a quick soup. 
Recommended by: Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Apr. 30, 2012 4:43 am
Here are some recipes.
Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Apr. 30, 2012 4:45 am
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Provided by: al fresco all natural
Linguine with tomato cream sauce is an easy and impressive dish, topped with savory and delicious grilled Italian chicken sausage. 
Recommended by: Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Apr. 30, 2012 4:52 am
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Sweet Italian sausage is simmered with plum tomatoes, garlic, onion and heavy cream to create a thick, rich sauce that's served with bow tie pasta. 
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Apr. 30, 2012 4:52 am
Thisni Caza
Apr. 30, 2012 5:41 am
We really like this. I make it with turkey Italian sausage (when I can find it) and fat-free half and half, because we need to watch cholesterol. I'm pretty sure you could use milk (cheaper) or evaporated milk in place of the cream or half and half.
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Submitted by: KATHYP100 
Home Town: Robertsville, Ohio, USA
Living In: Arvada, Colorado, USA
A delicious dish created from the fresh bounty of my garden. My whole family has seconds when we have this meal! 
Recommended by: Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Apr. 30, 2012 4:53 am
this one had more veggies!
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Little breaded and seasoned catfish nuggets fry up just right! Pop them down as a tasty appetizer. 
Recommended by: Indiana Peggy
Apr. 30, 2012 5:04 am
Amanda, I have found a cheap fish that people who don't eat much seafood really like. I think you're in Missouri? Here in IN we have Kroger grocery stores. They are selling a very mild white fish called swai. It is in the freezer case and is large while boneless pieces of fish with a label that says " farm raised in VietNam". They are $2.99 a pound, sometimes on sale for $2.49. I use the above recipe usually, but also just season them and put on a cookie sheet in the oven. If you can find them, please try. They do not taste "fishy" and I have not yet found a bone. A good way to add fish to your menu. Hope you can find it. Peggy
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I love Mexican food, but I'm always looking for ways to make it more healthy. I 'renovated' a dish that I have enjoyed in restaurants to suit my taste and lifestyle. --Christie Ladd of Rockville, Maryland 
Recommended by: Thisni Caza
Apr. 30, 2012 5:43 am
This is a great recipe and very hearty. You won't miss the meat! Makes a lot and freezes well. Enjoy!
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