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Old 04-13-2010, 05:36 PM   #91
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Old 04-15-2010, 03:38 PM   #92
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:46 AM   #93
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I made spaghetti squash (bought on sale) with a jar of Ragu Alfredo Sauce (can sometimes get on sale for a buck)... tossed it with bacon & parsley... even my 8yo loved it! And because it's rather filling, I had leftovers for lunch for the next two days!

With eggs, definitely mix things up and don't have them the same way or you'll get bored! I make a lot of fritattas (look up a recipe to get temp & timing) but you can pretty much add any leftover meats & veggies and a variety of cheeses. It's one of those things you can have for any meal of the day, good hot or at room temperature... eat "as is" or top with sour cream or salsa or cheese or all of the above!

I also do a lot of skillet scrambles... same principle, throw in all my leftover meats and veggies, top with cheese & salsa & sour cream (yum!)

Experiment with veggies you haven't tried before, like root vegetables... my mom used to make mashed rutabaga with butter when I was growing up and now it's a low carb staple at my house (love it, so yummy!) I also use root vegetables in place of potatoes in dishes like kielbasa & cabbage.

Oh, another thing I do with eggs is make "egg crepes" (got that out of a Suzanne Somers book)... basically scramble your eggs and pour a very thin layer into a well buttered non-stick frying pan... after it sets up, carefully slide it out of the pan and repeat... fill with spinach or mushrooms or cheese or whatever veggie you like and fold over like a crepe... feels like you're having a decadent brunch (especially it you top with home-made cheese sauce, but really not necessary because it's so yummy!)

I actually shop at our 99 Cent Only Stores a lot (not sure they have that chain everywhere)... but ours has a lot of produce, spices and canned goods, like mussels, clams, mushrooms, chilis, etc. Oh, and I've gotten jars of grilled eggplant, roasted peppers, grilled zuchinni... so nice to have on hand!! It's really worth taking the time to check it out and makes my grocery budget so much more manageable.

Also, see if there's a local produce co-op in your area... that's saves me a bundle.
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:47 PM   #94
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:03 AM   #95
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I buy 36 eggs-$4.50
5lbs ground beef-$9.00
10 throw away containers-$2.00 (dollar tree)

I cook this every weekend. Just brown the ground beef and you can add seasoning if you want. Then separate out in containers. 1/2 cup in 5, 1 cup in 5. Then I poach 10 eggs and add 2 each in the containers with 1/2 cup ground beef. I have this for breakfast and lunch every single day. It's cheap, easy, ready for the week and I don't get tired of it. I add mustard, mayo, ketchup, or whatever condiment I want that day.

The only other expense is dinner, but some days I eat more ground beef that's left over from the 5lbs and a frozen veg if I feel like it, or a chicken breast ( I get the large pack at Walmart of fresh, has about 8-10 boneless skinless breast for about $10) with a salad (Iceberg lettuce-$1).

That's pretty cheap.
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:13 PM   #96
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Use Cabbage instead of Cauliflower as a vegetable...usually a fraction of the cost of Caulifower...and pretty much the same flavor and close in carbs.

3 ways we love it:

1- I cut the cabbage into macaroni size strips and sautee it in butter until tender.

2- Jazz it up? Add a handful of shredded cheese (good sub for macaroni & cheese)

3- Want meat? Bacon-pork Sausage (often on sale for a buck a 1# tube) browned and added to the above is really delicious!
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:34 AM   #97
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:42 AM   #98
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Old 05-07-2010, 06:40 PM   #100
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I take a can of Libby's corned beef (zero carbs), fry it up and add 1/4 c of chopped onions, cook until the onions are softened and translucent. Then I add an 8 oz can of tomato sauce and a can of cut green beans. I usually don't add salt because the corned beef has enough salt. This is tasty all by itself or over cauliflower "rice".
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Old 05-07-2010, 06:45 PM   #101
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Another inexpensive meal is cut up chicken cooked in a little butter an olive oil, remove from pan. Add chicken broth to the pan and scrape off the browned bits, add a pat of butter, cream, and lemon zest (and if you're not on induction, the juice of one half to one lemon depending on your taste). Add chicken back to pot and cook until the liquid is reduced and slightly thicker. This is excellent over the cauliflower rice or over mashed turnips with butter.
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:01 PM   #102
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I think LindaSue has some great menus. Anything that uses ground beef is usually relatively inexpensive. I am on a budget too and eat a lot of eggs, chicken (usually available somewhere for $1.99/lb) and ground beef. The taco bake and coney island pie are good filling and inexpensive. I always make more than we'll eat and count on leftovers for bfast or lunch.

This time of year ham and turkey are inexpensive and can stretch a budget. Taco salad is a good use for ground beef too.

No real secret to it, just sticking to the basics and stock up on good meat when on sale. I always get my produce from our local farmer's market grocery. Otherwise it's frozen broc. or spinach.

Here's a week's ideas from a typical week for me:
Taco Salad-Sunday
Grilled chicken (save leftovers for chick cesar salad) and green beans - Monday
Roast beef (crock pot) and spinach salad - Tuesday (should have leftovers here too.
Chick Ceasar Salad(from the other day's chick) - Wed
Enchilada bake (LindaSue) - Thurs
Shredded chicken (crock pot)w/ salsa, sour cream and cheese (or a lc tortilla depending on what stage you're in) - Fri - save leftovers for chick. taco salad another day
Ham (leftovers for omlettes w/ cheese) and brocolli or cauliflower bake (if you have time) - Sat.

We also do "Breakfast for dinner" night (family night-games and movies) usually on Fridays.

Hope that helps. It's what we try to do. Usually there's one night out in there somewhere despite my efforts. Usually In-n-out Burger, double-double animal style protein style - our whole family eats for about $12.00.

It is certainly harder to cook and plan meals without all that filler (pasta, rice, potatos etc). Although it's more expensive, it's so worth it. For you and your family! Good luck!
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:30 PM   #103
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Does anyone ever get tired of just trying to come up with something to eat? I am married w/ 2 young children who won't touch anything lc. So I am always trying to make to cheap meals. And it gets old. And old standbys get older after a couple of weeks. My mainstays are eggs, bacon, salads.
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:28 AM   #104
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I guess I'm lucky, DJ, my soon to be 9yo actually loves low carb foods - any grilled meat or poultry, breakfast burritos on LC tortillas w/ shredded cheese, "mac n cheese" made with spaghetti squash & home-made cheese sauce or a jar of alfredo, she'll eat most green veggies (broccoli, green beans, asparagus) as long as they hav a little salt & butter on them. She won't eat salads and doesn't like raw veggies, so that cuts out a few options, but we make it work. She also loves peanut butte protein smoothies for breakfast (actually prefers 'em to fruit smoothies!)
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we mostly eat eggs, salad and chicken, we don't really like bacons
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:46 PM   #106
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Old 05-15-2010, 05:34 AM   #107
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I live on ground turkey 1.19 per pound and large bag of Chicken Breast at ALDI's only 5.49 a bag and some of the breast are huge. lol
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:33 PM   #108
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Old 05-30-2010, 09:49 AM   #109
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I went to the Dollar Store yesterdayand bought canned pink crab (Chicken of the Sea) that I used in a quiche for .99 cents a can. I bought my eggs and cheese there, some Farmer John ham slices, 1/2 and 1/2, etc... So if you have a Dollar Store or a DollarTree in your area, give them a look. Just check the "Sell By" dates.
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today for lunch i crumbled up some hamburger meat and added very little but some mushrooms and onions in one lb of meat.that took care of three adult ond one five year old. best of luck
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Zesty Low Cal Itaion Chicken

I just made this up because I did not have any other seasonings one day...

Take Fat Free (about 20 cal a serving) Italian Salad Dressing and marinate your choice of chicken at least an hour or 2 its better if you take a fork and poke it to death, come on theres someone you know you can pretend it is. The more pokes the more tender/flavorful it is.. Put in baking pan with some dressing over top of the pieces and Bake at 300-350 till its not pink inside. You will be surprised how good, zesty and tender it is and ITS LOW CALORIE!
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Stir fried vegetables - chunky pieces of cabbage, peppers, broccoli, onion, (fresh or frozen) whatever you have that you think might be good. Stir fry it in a bit of oil, season with soy sauce and ground red pepper.

Canned green beans are cheap and quick. Crumble up a slice of bacon in it if you have it. This is good with deviled eggs.

Canned diced tomatoes + jalapeno peppers turns anything into mexican food.
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Oooh, I bought some of those cans of good crab meat at the dollar store, too... hadn't thought of what to do with them yet, but a crab fritata sounds awesome! My ex used to make the most delicious crab quiche with tarragon and swiss... think I can make a variation of that, mmm!
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crab quiche with tarragon and swiss... think I can make a variation of that, mmm!
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I am really saving money by having a garden. I had stir fried chicken with yellow squash and zucchini straight from the garden last night
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