Looking for quick, cheap dinner ideas/recipes...

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    I have committed to creating weekly menus. I'm on week three and I'm running out of ideas. I want to have 5 weeks, then we can just rotate.

    My menus per day usually just have two items; the entree and one side. Spaghetti & salad, meatloaf & potatoes, Oriental Casserole and...well I think that one stands on its own.

    I found it yesterday and can't wait to try it. Super simple, I think it will be a hit, SUPER cheap. Cook 4 packets of ramen, add oil, fry some ground turkey, add 2 packets of the seasoning to the meat, add 2 packets of the seasoning (and some frozen mixed veggies) to the noodles, then mix the whole shebang.

    I work and I have a daughter learning to cook, so I'm looking for simple, super cheap, not many ingredients. We don't get home until 6 pm or so at night, so I'm not interested in recipes that need all sorts of prep and special ingredients.

    So does anyone else rely on a menu to feed their family? I got tired of always having to scramble and never knowing what we were having. I want to have it laid out so we know when we go to school and work what we're going to have that night, and I can make sure we come home with whatever we might need.

    Tonight we're having swedish meat balls and carrots. I'm using gr turkey, cream of mushroom soup (I know, I know, but it works for some things) and egg noodles (and sour cream). Carrots are about the cheapest veggie going if you buy the big dirty ones and cut them up. I cook them in the microwave, super easy.

    Pears for dessert, but we don't always have dessert.
     
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    Ramen noodles are cheap.
    so are peanut butter sandwitches and canned soup.

    I have pretty much lived on those things for long periods in my past hard times.

    On the other hand homemade veggie soup is fairly cheap and can even be frozen for future use.
     
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    Yeah, we do sandwiches but we can't do them all the time. We had grilled cheese and tomato soup last night. I have a child who would live on PB&J if I let him, but I won't. The same with soup. I like having it sometimes but growing kids probably shouldn't eat soup for dinner every night.

    Or maybe they should, this jury's out on that one, lol.
     
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    Hamburger Helper

    Tuna Helper

    Cabbage Rolls

    Mac-n-Cheese

    Hot Dogs

    Brats

    Jambalya

    Baked Zitti
     
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    Went to a church supper a while back, there was a salad that included Ramen noodles....pretty darn good.
     
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    Shit. I just barfed,:(
     
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    It wasn't easy to write either.
     
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    Fajitas, Taco salad, shepherds pie, beef stew, chicken and dumplings using frozen crescent rolls cut into dumplings,Tacos in a soft tortilla with a side of cucumber salad.
    A good breakfast make a decent dinner occasionally. An omelette with a side of banana bread and some cheese grits or sausage gravy and biscuits.
    Chile.Potato soup. All easy crap and fairly health if assembled right..
     
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    Going to need about a 5 quart pot or casserole or whatever, that can go into the oven.

    Get some chicken, parts, roasted, whole, whatever suits you.
    Bone it if necessary and roast it then chop it up.

    Quantities are up to you, you can buy those little single serving cans or regular size cans and save what you dont use for later.

    Corn, lima beans, English peas, sliced carrots, sliced mushrooms, any other sliced vegetable to your liking.
    1 can of mushroom soup
    1 can of those whack them on the counter biscuits

    Dump everything into the pot and cover with the biscuits. Bake until the bread is brown.
     

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