Food recipes

  1. OK guys. I have been calculating our expenses and have came to realize that we spend wayyyyyyy to much needed money on fast food. Do any of you have any good, fast recipes? I will post one in a few minutes. Thanks.
  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Girl, you know a pot of beans and cornbread goes a long way!!!!! LOL

    Throw in some sow belly, onion and garlic - you're good t' go for @ least a couple of days. Top it w/cheese & pico de gallo and you've got a gourmet meal.
  4. by   Fuzzy
    Go to They have at least 200,000 recipes from around the world. There's something for everyone here.

  5. by   maureenlynn
    Also try, one of my all time favorite sites.
  6. by   Jules A
    I always bought large packs of chicken breast and boiled it to have on hand. It freezes well after cooked and can be cut up for chicken salad, chicken sandwiches or sliced with pasta for a quick dinner.
  7. by   Cherish
    Well I swear by Top Secret Recipes and Copycat. The recipes are VERY similar to fast food, and you can adjust the calorie intake, ie. substitute low-fat dairy products for full. Here's the
  8. by   texas_lvn
    Thanks for the replies so far. I appreciate them. [BANANA](And I have to say I can not exclaim how excited I am to be able to finally post here! Thanks!!!!)[/BANANA]
  9. by   Gompers
    Quote from maureenlynn
    Also try, one of my all time favorite sites.
    I agree!!! The best part of that site is that all the recipes are reviewed, so you know if it's good or not before you bother trying it. Plus the reviews often have tips on how to improve each recipe.

    My husband's favorite dinner is absolutely delicious and easy to make - plus it satisfies that fast-food craving and it's cheap. Cheeseburger macaroni - but not the Hamburger Helper kind.

    I start by browning 1 to 1-1/4 pounds of ground beef in a skillet - leave the lid on to help steam the meat while it browns, stirring often, for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, make a box of mac and cheese, or do it from scratch if you prefer. If you can find a mac and cheese with more substantial elbow noodles, that is even better than Kraft which can get a little soggy. Make the mac and cheese like normal. When it's done, the meat should also be done. Drain grease, then add ketchup and mustard to taste and stir. Fold in the mac and cheese. Done.

    Believe me, it is SO good and if you have kids they'll inhale it.

    (If you want to make it healthier - use low-fat ground beef or turkey. You can also use whole wheat pasta or that great Barilla Plus pasta that has added protein and fiber.)
  10. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    My number one tip: shop at aldi's if you can.
    Okay, on to cheap meals.
    I buy huge bags of frozen chicken breasts. They are very versatile. Pound them out really thin, pan fry, then top with canned diced tomatoes and cheese, pop in the oven to melt the cheese.
    Beans and cornbread.
    Cornbread and buttermilk (not a meal for me, but DH loves it!)
    Buy meats in bulk and freeze enough in each bag for an individual meal.
    Whole chicken: cook whole on day one, dice the leftovers. On day two make a casserole or chicken salad. Day three, make soup.
    I use canned veggies. Fresh ones go bad here and I can't cook the frozen ones. They never seem to get done in the time allowed on the packaging.
    If you watch for waste, you can cut the budget a good bit. I found that buying milk at bilo was a waste due to spoilage. Aldi's milk lasts much longer and is cheaper. ok, I know I got off the intended topic, but saving money is a must for me. I hope something here can help you.
  11. by   babynurselsa
    I agree Gompers. When I go in and find a recipe on the site I choose the one with the most reviews and at least a 4 star. I have never gone wrong on allrecipes.
  12. by   WickedRedRN
    OKay, here is a simple casserole, family loves it and so do is simple to fix and always has leftover for the next day! Works with ground beef, ground round/chuck, and ground turkey. I change it up by using mexican spices, or italian, whatever strikes your fancy.

    9x13 pan
    can of dice tomatoes
    Velveeta cheese

    oven 350 degree
    small amount of water in bottom of pan
    layer pan with slice potatoes and onion
    pour uncooked rice on top of potatoes and onions
    dab marg on top of rice
    put hamburger raw on top of mixture. pour tomatoes on top
    of mixture. cover with foil bake till potatoes are done. about 1 1/2 hours
    When loaf is done turn off oven and put slices of cheese on top
    put back into oven till cheese melts.
    Let set for a few minutes to set.
    This is great to warm up.
  13. by   babynurselsa
    For easy meals I LOVE my crock pot. You can put in a roast in the morning, season it and just let it cook all day. No muss, no fuss.
  14. by   texas_lvn
    4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    1 cup salsa
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1 tbsp dry mustard
    mix all, put on chicken
    bake uncovered 400 degrees F for 20 minutes
    yummy. hot and sweet. and moist
    one dish and idiot-proof
    my way of cooking!

    This was just PMd to me by muffie. Thanks!

    There are so many ideas, I can not tell you how greatful I am. And the money I will save! Thanks guys.