looking for cheap dinner ideas?!

Question: Looking for cheap dinner ideas?

You want cheap, I got cheap.
I can chili w/beans
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cook spaghetti and heat chili. Mix and top with cheese. Can add chopped onions. Quite yummy

Spaghetti Al-eo Olia

serves 6

1 lb. package of spaghetti
1 full bulb of garlic
chopped rosemary, oregano,thyme
olive oil (around 2 cups) varies with frying pan used
salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese
Fresh chopped parsley 3 tbsp. for topping only

Fill large pot with water, and set to boil.
While this is happening, beginning chopping all ingredients. This is a season to taste recipe.
Put the ingredients into a small 2-egg size frying pan that you have chopped finely. Now, fill the bottom of the frying pan with olive oil to about 1 /2 inch above the ingredients (usually a few cups).

Put all dry spaghetti into the boiling water, and bring to medium. It should keep boiling, but gently. Add some salt and 1 tbsp. of olive oil to water to prevent sticking.

Now pay attention to your sauce! Do not boil sauce, just keep it on 3 or so (just hot), until your spaghetti is done. Drain spaghetti, rinse slightly, then put it back in the pot with the cover on,. Remove from heat.

Take sauce and bring to high boil, when the garlic cloves turn SLIGHTLY BROWN, remove immediately from heat. If you leave garlic sauce on too long, it will burn and be ruined. Now, pour it over the spaghetti, and toss and toss and toss. You can add 2 tbsp of Parmesan and some salt and pepper to it, but not too much. Place in a large pasta bowl for presentation. Now sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top( but too much will dry out the whole sauce). This is just for presentation. You can also add chopped fresh parsley to the top.
Your guests can add more cheese as they see fit, so put the cheese on the table. Will look greasy at first, but the cheese will absorb it if added just right.

Our family has made this dish since the 1940's. It is so good and soooo cheap to make.

Almost Lasagna
By Anne Coleman
We make a version of lasagna that I call "Almost Lasagna" that is very versatile and easy to make ahead and heat later. Add a crusty bread and bagged salad, and dinner is complete!

Hands-On Time: 20 minutes
Ready In: 40 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

1 pound elbow macaroni (or other similarly shaped pasta-like small shells) cooked
1 pound ground turkey (or beef, chicken, sausage or tofu crumbles -- whatever works for you)
2 eggs
1 pound ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
1 jar spaghetti sauce: 24 - 26 ounces
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cup or so veggies (e.g. diced zucchini, matchstick carrots)


Brown meat and drain well, if necessary.
While meat is cooking, stir together eggs, ricotta, grated Parmesan and salt and pepper.
Mix cooked meat, macaroni, sauce and veggies. Add ricotta mixture and blend well.
Coat a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray or olive oil and spread half of macaroni mixture evenly over the bottom. Top with a cup of mozzarella and a healthy sprinkle of grated Parmesan. Add the remaining macaroni mixture and top with another cup of mozzarella and another sprinkle of Parmesan. Cover with foil.
At this point the whole thing can go into the refrigerator to be cooked when Youre ready.
Heat your oven to 350 degrees F and bake the casserole for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 10 to 20 minutes until the cheese on top is lightly browned and bubbly.

Not my recipie but this sounds quite nice.


breakfast for dinner - omlettes, pancakes, BLT sandwich

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