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I was debating whether to post them here or on the recipe board, but it seems to make more sense here because it's about frugal ideas backed up with recipes. Post your ideas on how to eat cheap and include recipes too if you want. Lately I've found it's WAY cheaper to buy dried beans and then soak them than to buy canned. The markup on canned beans is something like 400 percent. You pay a lot more for that convenience. I'll soak beans overnight and then vacuum seal the extras in Food Saver bags and freeze them for later use. I'll soak and then cook a bunch of them the next day in the crock pot, usually with some seasoning. I've done pinto beans with a teaspoon of cumin and a teaspoon of salt. One friend of mine told me not to put the salt in until the very end, but I've had good luck with putting it in right away. I'll also throw in a chopped up onion, which is cheap too. The ingredients for most Mexican food is also cheap.<br><br>
Here are some of my cheapie recipes.<br><br>
Sir-Fried Potatoes<br>
(Cheap, but not as healthy as many vegan recipes.)<br><br>
ingredients are just potatoes, a large onion, oil (such as olive oil), salt, and pepper. The number of potatoes used is flexible, but I usually use about 5. Just saute the onion in the oil and then add the chopped up potatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook till tender. Tasty, not as healthy because of the oil and salt.<br><br>
Mexican Rice and Beans<br><br><br>
All these ingredients are cheap. As I said before, the beans will be way, way cheaper if you soak dried beans first.<br><br>
1 onion, chopped<br>
4 tbs cooking sherry (I used to use olive oil, but changed it to this to make it healthier.)<br>
2 15 oz cans of kidney beans (orig recipe calls for canned, but just soak roughly this amount of dried beans overnight and use them. You have flexibility in the amount used.)<br>
1 15 oz can of pinto beans (see above)<br>
1 1/2 cups of cooked rice<br>
1 can of diced tomatoes<br>
1 tsp cayenne pepper<br>
1 tsp of chili powder<br>
2 cloves of garlic<br>
1 green pepper, diced<br>
1 red pepper, diced<br>
6 mushrooms, sliced<br>
1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced<br>
1/2 tsp pepper<br>
1 tsp salt<br><br>
Sauté the onions in the sherry until they're translucent. Add the mushrooms and sauté for about 5-10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, except the rice. Stir fry the remaining ingredients until the bell peppers are tender (about 40 to 45 min). Serve over rice. This recipe could also be done in the crock pot minus the cooking sherry. Then it would be cheaper because you wouldn't need to buy the sherry.<br><br>
Here's another cheap one:<br>
CHICKPEA AND POTATO CURRY<br><br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> 1 can chickpeas, drained (Again, use dried chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, soaked overnight instead to make it cheaper.)<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> Carrots (about a cup) cut up<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> 2 Potatoes (about a cup) diced<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> 1 can crushed tomatoes<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> 1 cube veggie bullion<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> 1/2 cup scallions (aka green onions), chopped<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> 2 tsp curry powder (1 tsp for not as spicy)<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> 1/4 tsp nutmeg<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> salt & pepper to taste (optional)<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> cooked rice<br><br>
In a large skillet combine the above ingredients, except the rice. Cover and cook until the carrots are done. Add a little water if it is getting too dry. Serve over rice.<br><br>
Optional: This can be done in a crock pot on low heat all day. You just need to mince the veggie bullion cube into a fine powder and mix it in.<br><br>
To keep things dirt cheap, I'll often buy a bunch of potatoes and make the above recipe and also the stir-fried potatoes in another pan to stock up on two tasty dishes.<br><br>
I've also invested in a Food Saver. It's saved me bucks big time because I'll cook a bunch of food and then vacuum-save serving sized portions in plastic bags and freeze them. Then I'm stocked up with frozen meals that I'll thaw out and eat instead of resorting to eating out.<br><br>
Okay, your turn. Post your eat cheap ideas.
 

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I think this is a great idea.<br><br>
The above recipes look goooood.<br><br>
Pasta with cooked frozen mixed vegetables, olive oil, italian seasoning, and garlic salt. (Since I am not vegan, I also put on a bit of parmeasan cheese.)<br><br>
Fast, easy, and cheap.
 

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Here's the only entree I've ever came up with and can make AND eat without screwing it up. I call it....<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><b>Vegan chili that looks like dog food but tastes good</b></span><br><br>
Ingredients:<br><br><i>-1 can lard-free refried beans<br>
-1 can enchilada sauce<br>
-1 package of Boca crumbles (or two patties chopped up up)</i><br><br>
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Throw it all in a pot, heat n serve. You could probably throw in some canned veggies (diced tomatoes and/or corn) to make it a bit healthier.<br><br>
If you have a good stick blender or food processor, making hummus is easy too (chickpeas, tahini, water, EVOO +/- garlic, basil, or other spices).
 

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I was debating whether to post them here or on the recipe board, but it seems to make more sense here because it's about frugal ideas backed up with recipes. Post your ideas on how to eat cheap and include recipes too if you want. Lately I've found it's WAY cheaper to buy dried beans and then soak them than to buy canned. The markup on canned beans is something like 400 percent. You pay a lot more for that convenience. I'll soak beans overnight and then vacuum seal the extras in Food Saver bags and freeze them for later use. I'll soak and then cook a bunch of them the next day in the crock pot, usually with some seasoning. I've done pinto beans with a teaspoon of cumin and a teaspoon of salt. One friend of mine told me not to put the salt in until the very end, but I've had good luck with putting it in right away. I'll also throw in a chopped up onion, which is cheap too. The ingredients for most Mexican food is also cheap.<br><br>
Here are some of my cheapie recipes.<br><br>
Sir-Fried Potatoes<br>
(Cheap, but not as healthy as many vegan recipes.)<br><br>
ingredients are just potatoes, a large onion, oil (such as olive oil), salt, and pepper. The number of potatoes used is flexible, but I usually use about 5. Just saute the onion in the oil and then add the chopped up potatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook till tender. Tasty, not as healthy because of the oil and salt.<br><br>
Mexican Rice and Beans<br><br><br>
All these ingredients are cheap. As I said before, the beans will be way, way cheaper if you soak dried beans first.<br><br>
1 onion, chopped<br>
4 tbs cooking sherry (I used to use olive oil, but changed it to this to make it healthier.)<br>
2 15 oz cans of kidney beans (orig recipe calls for canned, but just soak roughly this amount of dried beans overnight and use them. You have flexibility in the amount used.)<br>
1 15 oz can of pinto beans (see above)<br>
1 1/2 cups of cooked rice<br>
1 can of diced tomatoes<br>
1 tsp cayenne pepper<br>
1 tsp of chili powder<br>
2 cloves of garlic<br>
1 green pepper, diced<br>
1 red pepper, diced<br>
6 mushrooms, sliced<br>
1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced<br>
1/2 tsp pepper<br>
1 tsp salt<br><br>
Sauté the onions in the sherry until they're translucent. Add the mushrooms and sauté for about 5-10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, except the rice. Stir fry the remaining ingredients until the bell peppers are tender (about 40 to 45 min). Serve over rice. This recipe could also be done in the crock pot minus the cooking sherry. Then it would be cheaper because you wouldn't need to buy the sherry.<br><br>
Here's another cheap one:<br>
CHICKPEA AND POTATO CURRY<br><br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> 1 can chickpeas, drained (Again, use dried chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, soaked overnight instead to make it cheaper.)<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> Carrots (about a cup) cut up<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> 2 Potatoes (about a cup) diced<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> 1 can crushed tomatoes<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> 1 cube veggie bullion<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> 1/2 cup scallions (aka green onions), chopped<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> 2 tsp curry powder (1 tsp for not as spicy)<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> 1/4 tsp nutmeg<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> salt & pepper to taste (optional)<br><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">p</span> cooked rice<br><br>
In a large skillet combine the above ingredients, except the rice. Cover and cook until the carrots are done. Add a little water if it is getting too dry. Serve over rice.<br><br>
Optional: This can be done in a crock pot on low heat all day. You just need to mince the veggie bullion cube into a fine powder and mix it in.<br><br>
To keep things dirt cheap, I'll often buy a bunch of potatoes and make the above recipe and also the stir-fried potatoes in another pan to stock up on two tasty dishes.<br><br>
I've also invested in a Food Saver. It's saved me bucks big time because I'll cook a bunch of food and then vacuum-save serving sized portions in plastic bags and freeze them. Then I'm stocked up with frozen meals that I'll thaw out and eat instead of resorting to eating out.<br><br>
Okay, your turn. Post your eat cheap ideas.</div>
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very nice. what i am often doing is making brown rice (8 mins in the microwaver) and heating a bag of fresh veggie stir fry (publix sells this in the produce section) for 4 mins in the microwave. you just heat it in the bag it comes in. probably this costs about 3.50 for a meal. seasoning with benson's table tasty, so there is no sodium at all. very tasty, and you can absolutely pig out on this without any worries <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">. i make the rice in one of the nordicware microwave pots, then add the veggies after they're done. clean up is a snap, and if it's just me, i'll eat it out of the pot, so cleanup is one pot and a fork <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">.
 

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I keep canned beans on hand, but 95% of the time use dry.<br>
2 cups dry chickpeas make about 5 cups cooked. After a days, or nights, soak, grind some for falafel. Another cup for hummos. Roast in a 400F. oven for about 45 min. for a snack. No oil, oil makes them tough. The rest are either eaten in salads, curries, or by themselves.<br>
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grain+veg+bean<br>
When I cook beans for soups or stews, after rinsing I cover by three inches, cook an hour, add chopped vegetables. Only when it's cooked do I add tomatoes. Most recipes call for using rinsed beans but their cooking water is thick and add flavor.
 

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Cheap 'n' Easy Chilli<br><br>
Dry Soy Mince (about £1.50 for a big bag which will make 4x it's weight)<br>
Tinned Chopped Tomatoes* (33p-£1)<br>
Chillies (Get them cheap for 30p in the clearance aisle and then dry them for later!)<br>
Kidney beans (33p-£1)<br>
Onions (easily dumpstered/£1 for big bag)<br><br>
Recipe;<br>
Soak mince until right texture is acheived. Add 1 tin tomatoes per two cups or so of dry mince (or figure out as you go along if it doesn't look right). Add 1 tin Kidney beans for every two tins of tomatoes (or to taste). One/two onions for every tin kidney beans. Add chillies to taste (I usually get birdseye chillies, which work out at 1 per two tins of tomatoes) Add whatever other dumpstered veg you have!<br><br>
Make in HUGE POT. Use like 6 tins of tomatoes, and you have meals on the freezer for two weeks easily, all for around £5!<br><br>
As far as I understand this will be cheaper in America too, since UK food prices are painfully high.<br><br>
*Or skinned plum tomatoes, which are SUPER fun to squish between your hands rather than chopping up!
 

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I think I'm going to try your cheapie chili, Kappa. "Tinned tomatoes" is UK English for "canned tomatoes," right? I have a lot of recipes that use a 28-ounce can of tomatoes. Is that about right? I'm not sure if they're still using ounces in the UK. In case they're not 28 ounces are about 800 grams.
 

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I think I'm going to try your cheapie chili, Kappa. "Tinned tomatoes" is UK English for "canned tomatoes," right? I have a lot of recipes that use a 28-ounce can of tomatoes. Is that about right? I'm not sure if they're still using ounces in the UK. In case they're not 28 ounces are about 800 grams.</div>
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Yea, tinned is canned. I use the 400gram cans in that recipe, but really it's all to taste. It made me so much chilli that I was getting si... nah I couldn't get sick of chilli.
 

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Are they completely metric in the UK now? I haven't been there since 1988. At the time it was a mix of metric and the old system.<br><br>
Anyway, I made my Chickpea and Potato Curry last night and took a picture:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://tommeinenphotography.com/food/chickpeaandpotatocurry.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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i am rapidly becoming a fan of prepackaged greens and veggies. today in walmare i got small sealed bags of cut and mixed salad for $1.00 each. it's not just about cost, it's also about time because time is also money.
 

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Are they completely metric in the UK now? I haven't been there since 1988. At the time it was a mix of metric and the old system.</div>
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Yup we're totally metric but for a few older people that still think in imperial measurements.
 

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Porco Rosso:<br>
Rice (50p a kilo, recipe uses a tiny amount of that, so about 5p per serving)<br>
1/2 jar of asda smart price bolognese sauce (34p a jar, 17p per serving)<br>
2-3 vegan sausages (£1 a box, 50p a serving)<br>
tortilla chips (25p a bag, eat as many as you like)<br><br>
Cook sausages in oven/on grill. Cook rice. Heat bolognese sauce. Chop up sausages and add to sauce. Stir. Serve up rice with sausage/sauce mix on top, with tortilla chips on the side.<br><br>
Less than £1 per person. It's dirt cheap. The cheaper the bolognese sauce is, the better, because it ends up being thicker and smoother, and going really well with the rice, as opposed to a more expensive one with chunks and things. And it only takes about 15 mins to do everything. Not the healthiest of things, but still, awesome.
 

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Yup we're totally metric but for a few older people that still think in imperial measurements.</div>
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Older people, and this 20 year old <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Maybe it's something to do with my living in Northern Ireland... new teaching styles tend to be tested out there first D:
 

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Take two slices of your favorite bread, put mustard and ketchup on one side and then smash together for a sandwich.
 

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Take two slices of your favorite bread, put mustard and ketchup on one side and then smash together for a sandwich.</div>
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Geez... you could at least throw some potato chips/crisps in there or something!
 

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Not really a recipe, but it turns one can of soup into a meal for the whole family, or several days worth of food for a single person. Surprisingly low calorie and very filling.<br><br>
You need:<br>
1 can of soup (whatever had a discount sticker on it, or make your own soup)<br>
1 box of Bisquick.<br><br>
On the side of the Bisquick box, there are further directions for making "dumplings." I'm not sure what a dumpling is, and I don't put tiny spoonfuls of this stuff into soup either. Follow those directions, but instead dollop big blobs of this mix into the simmering soup, cover and let simmer for about a half hour. Each big wad of dough is now a big biscuit. (The soup doesn't soak into them...odd...)<br><br>
Serve is one biscuit wad in each bowl with the soup poured over.<br><br>
It is SO filling!
 

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Are they completely metric in the UK now? I haven't been there since 1988. At the time it was a mix of metric and the old system.<br><br>
Anyway, I made my Chickpea and Potato Curry last night and took a picture:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://tommeinenphotography.com/food/chickpeaandpotatocurry.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></div>
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My mama has those platters. You are bringing it back old school. NICE.
 

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I eat a lot of bean salad:<br><br>
red and dark red kidney beans (rinsed), red onion, green pepper, green olives, sun dried tomatoes (I use the oil the are packed in as a marinade for the salad), artichoke hearts, parsley, and a little balsamic. You can throw in some whole wheat pasta too and make it a more filling real meal. I make a huge batch and usually have it for lunch.
 

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Geez... you could at least throw some potato chips/crisps in there or something!</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> Potato chip sandwiches!!
 
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