That's $5 (or less) a serving...lots of pastas and soups in there. Some good ideas, different things you can stuff peppers with (green peppers are currently going for $2.49 a pound here - have been as high as $3.99) tis not the season to be doing things with peppers. Along with being heavy on the pastas, they seem to rely an awful lot on cheese.
Although "food" for thought, I wasn't that impressed with the list.
For getting a nice variety, and cheaper homemade food the once a month cooking I think did a better job. We also used to do (I haven't done one here, should think about doing that)have a day where everyone brought the ingredients for a meal for 4 for $5 (total costs) times have changed so we might need to up it to $10. Got lots of good ideas from that...that's actually when I started making calzones.
I be we could come up with 86 or more meals that are under $10 for a family of four. Next time I'm shopping I'll get some current prices and post a few.
I have never made a calzone. I have made beirocks. Some of these ethnic meals are cheaper to make and taste darn good. That time I made chili I cooked 6 cups of dried beans. And had the kids over for supper and I had chili to eat and froze a batch. I still have a couple meals left for me. I would cook up a couple things so be different. Lima beans and ham. Baked beans. Your pastas, chicken and noodles . I fried zucchini and had in freezer. It does stick to paper plate on heating but I just put some plastic wrap under it and is okay. I like with Greek seasoning on it and I make the seasoning. Beef bullion sure costs. I am using more chicken and I want to learn to do the sweet and sour sauce for it. So much sugar in it. Biscuit and gravy is good. Just milk gravy or sausage gravy. I make some plain gravy with chicken bullion in it and that was good too. Rice dishes. I like paella with just left over chicken or turkey. I am not fancy cook. Like stuff that freezes okay. Beans take long time to cook here so I cook in batches and freeze. There is a winter squash soup that is good and has rice I cut out cream and used canned milk and so on. Was not as rich but good. Ramen noodle are no tall that bad cooked and seasoned. Chop suey on rice. Stronoff is good. Canned fish loaf
Month of $5 meals would , one a day would be like $150. I only looked at the first few. One person. That should buy food for a month for one.
I really never did once a month cooking though read on it. But I did cook on weekends and freeze me meals. Pretty soon had a variety in the freezer to eat from.
I think most are like 2-4 meals,and the recipe calls it one like one dish.Could have been clearer. And I liked the links for the food took you to peoples blogs.Found some I liked,went to blog and found lots of other good things.The sweet potato and zuchinni chips are a good idea.
I liked the freezer part,many were designed for freezing leftovers.Good looking stuffed peppers,man I like those.I love leftovers,some dishes are better after having been frozen for sure,very cool.
I want to try the chinese chicken recipes,some of the baked chicken,and really want to try the parmasans,they looked intriguing.
I liked the Wendys chili clone,I like mild chili.Surprised they boiled the meat and poured off the grease,very surprised at that.
Didnt care for a couple soups,way to rich,ie,add 8 ounces heavy cream.....call coroner.Some didnt look healthy at all,then go to site and blogger doesnt look healthy either,no surprise.
They say at the top of page $5 or less per serving. Recipes not for just one serving I take it. Most do not cook just one meal at a time. So recipes could run $20 for 4 servings. It is good to have new ideas. I would buy cookbooks and decided if I found one good recipe it was worth the .50 to $1 I paid. Used ones. I had a real good black bean soup recipe and could not find. I borrow a soup making book from library years back. French monk wrote it. So filling soups. He cooked at a monastary. Seems he sauted every about first. You need some fat in soup.
Eve potato soup is good. I had some at restaurant that was thick and I think made with chicken broth. Boiled unpeeled potato and diced after cooking and add to the cream sauce made with chicken broth and seasoning good. Mom made potato soup and it was thin and had milk. She just diced the potato and cooked and left enough water in to add canned milk. She cream potatoes some times and such and we ate on bread. When I say creamed I mean a white sauce you make. We never had real butter just margarine. Every one cooks different.
potato salad is good. Fried sliced potatoes and onions is good. French fry cutter and you can cut them up easy . I like seasoned mash potatoes. I add chicken bullion and butter to the box flakes. Easy to do for just me. Potatoes and gravy and with raw minced onion is good.
They are doing one dish meals which I do with soup and beans. Mac and cheese you can add some meat.
As the meat supply becomes more unstable and overpriced I am pretty sure we will all be switching to dishes that use meat as a flavoring as opposed to the main course. The bulk of my meals now lean toward vegetarian types of things. A bit of meat here and there, but not nearly as much as even five years ago. i grew up around the Amish and Old German baptist types and the meat now is just a pale echo of what I remember from those times. Bologna was actually GOOD once upon a time. Now it just burns my gut. Chemicals I suppose. Here I am, rambling again!
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