questionswhat cheap eating recipes do you have?


This will last you all week and will taste just as good at the beginning as it does at the end. Great for friendly get togethers or simple family meals.

Peasant Pasta:


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
1/2 pound hot Italian sausage, available in bulk at butcher counter or, 2 links, casings removed
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, available in bulk at butcher counter or, 4 links, casings removed
3 to 4 cloves garlic, chopped, optional
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup frozen green peas
24 leaves fresh basil, torn or thinly sliced
1 pound penne rigate pasta, cooked to al dente
Grated Italian cheese, for passing

The most expensive part about the recipe is the sausage.
Admittedly, I got the recipe from Rachel Ray.

Oh, and congrats!


Congrats to you. Hubby and I had NO money when first married, broker then broke. I used to buy a whole chicken on sale, roast it, then make soup with the leftovers, with a loaf of crunchy bread~yum. Also, throw no food away, any leftover freeze and you can make another great soup with crunchy bread ( I always added a can of tomatoes). It is amazing what a few carrots,peas,beans,chicken,beef etc. can add up to after a few weeks.


@happyknappybeard: Thanks!, sounds good, my Fiance loves Italian sausage, and we both love Penne Paste so win! Thanks for the post!

@gigi889: Good call, My Fiance hates to waste food (and I love to eat it lol) so I'll take that into account, I bout a rotisserie chicken for like 5$ at the store the other day and ate off it by myself for like 4 days So good call I can use that for a lot!


When living alone in my apartment during a harsh winter I discovered the pinnacle of cheap and lazy eating:


-Instant Ramen Noodle soup package
-Soy Sauce


-Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add seasoning packet from the soup package. Add one cup rice and simmer for 20 minutes.

-Bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add noodles from the soup package. Boil for 2 minutes or until soft. Strain the noodles, and place in pan with soy sauce. Pan fry until it gets to desired texture.

Eat something much more fun than ramen noodles.

If you with to have vegetables as well, prepare the night before:


-One cucumber

Directions: Melt a few tablespoons salt in a bowl of hot water. Allow water to cool to room temp. Slice cucumber and place in bowl in the fridge overnight.

Garnish with sliced tomato with salt poured on.


If you wish meat with your meal, buy chicken thighs on the bone. Typically, this is the cheapest chicken you find at the grocery store.

Place a bunch of thighs on an oven ready dish with at least 3 inches depth. Flood the sucker with BBQ sauce. (The $1 or less stuff.) Add a can of pineapple chunks, layered over the chicken and BBQ sauce. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, flip, then another 30 minutes.

I don't eat the pineapple... I discard the pineapple with any BBQ sauce remaining after consumption.


Been making this in my bread machine:

Honey Whole Wheat Bread - one-lb loaf

* 1 1/8 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
(I replace about 1/4 cup of water with OJ)
* 1/4 cup honey
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups whole wheat flour
* 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Wet ingredients in first, then dry, yeast last. Whole wheat loaf setting, small (1lb) size and go!


I'd almost forgotten this, but after we'd had so much fun on the Share Recipes question, we went off and added MORE recipes over here:

There are plenty of good recipes there, including some that will fit right into your lifestyle. Corn Chowder's one of my favorites...

Now I'm hungry.


Thanks everybody! Keepem Coming!


head on over to the drugstore/grocery forums on There are lots of us there who have freezers and pantries fully stocked with name brand foods and meats & produce that can be had for cheap/free by stocking up when the deals are right. Extreme couponing may seem crazy and complicated at first, but if you just pick your favorite store and follow the threads that relate to that particular store/chain, you can catch on really quick. I shop & cook for my family of 5 and I never spend more than $200 in a single month, and only about $100 of that goes to food.


@kamikazeken: my roommate and his girlfriend do a lot of couponing and save a ton I really need to get into it thanks!