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Recipes on a Budget

Sometimes finding healthy, filling meals to prepare when you are living on a budget can be difficult. As a mother of five children, I struggle with finding meals that can feed a large family on a budget. I love looking for recipes online but I hate finding ones that have 30 ingredients. I don't have that kind of money! So, that is what this section of Home Jobs for Mom is for. For now, I will have the recipes divided into sections based on type of food. When I have enough recipes I will make separate pages as I need them. Here at the top, I have a few recipes that are short and sweet. Scroll down for some more recipes that I needed to make individual pages for. I welcome submissions from you all.

Dinner Recipes

#1 Cornbread Topped Chili

2 cans Chili

1 packages cornbread mix

Put chili in a casserole dish and spread evenly. Mix cornbread with required ingredients indicated on the package in a separate bowl. Pour cornbread batter on top of the chili, spread carefully. Bake uncovered according to regular directions on the cornbread package. Serve with a side of vegetable, like corn or salad.

#2 Taco Meat & Potato Stacker

1 package of tator tots or hash brown patties

1 lb ground beef

1 pkg taco seasoning

Shredded cheese

Chopped vegetables of choice - we used tomatoes, avocados and green onions

Salsa of choice

Bake potato product according to package directions. Cook the ground beef, drain, and add taco seasoning according to package directions. To serve, place potato on the plate, top with taco beef, cheese, vegetables and salsa.

#3 Scrambled Eggs

I'm sure you don't need a recipe for this, but I thought it was worth mentioning. Scrambled eggs are great not only for breakfast, but for lunch and dinner as well. You can mix nearly anything with scrambled eggs, including crumbled bacon, sausage, tomatoes, onions, sandwich meat, spinach, potatoes, zucchini, peppers and more. Get creative to turn the incredible edible and inexpensive egg into a tasty and filling dish.

#4 Ramen Soup

Ramen noodles are a great way to start a soup. Although ramen noodles are not especially healthy, they can help stretch other dishes to feed more people. If you are worried about salt, don't use the included seasoning packet and season your soup with your own seasonings. Add whatever vegetables and meat you wish to make a delicious soup. I personally love broccoli and shredded chicken with my ramen noodle soup.

#5 Macaroni Style Pizza Casserole

1 8oz box macaroni

1 lb ground beef (bought in bulk of course)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/2 tsp basil

1 1/4 tsp oregano

about 24 pieces chopped pepperoni

6 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

8 oz can tomato sauce

1/4 cup water

Cook ground beef and onion together until done and drain. Add spices and simmer while you boil the macaroni. Drain macaroni and mix all ingredients together in a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Serve with vegetable of choice.

#6 Chicken & Brown Rice Soup

#7 The Perfect Pot of Beans

#8 Healthy Carbonara

#9 Garlic Chicken & Broccoli Linguine

#9 Easy Vegetable Beef Soup Seriously, it's EASY!


#1 Easy Biscuits No shortening or butter needed.

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