Sunday, October 21, 2007

Easy Frugal Recipe

This is a recipe that I use quite often because everyone likes it and it takes about 15 minutes to make, and I can feed 3-4 people for about a dollar per serving or less.

You will need:
1/2 or 1 lb ground beef (average for a pound in our area=2.00/lb)
1 can corn (drained) (about .50)
4 packages creamy chicken ramen noodles (about .60 total)
Makes 4 generous servings, about .80 per serving. Or even less than that if you only use 1/2 lb of meat.

Brown the meat in a large skillet. While you are browning the meat, boil the noodles in a large pan of water until they are done/soft. Don't add the sauce/flavor packet(s) yet.

When the meat is done, drain all but about a tablespoon of the grease from the pan. If you are a healthier person, you can drain all the grease, but the flavor is better if you leave a little in the pan.

Add the noodles to the meat in the skillet, mix well. Leave the heat on for the skillet so that everything heats up. You can cut up the noodles if you like. Add the can of corn to the mix, and all four seasoning packets from the ramen noodles. Mix it all well and serve hot. Serve with a salad or vegetable if you like. I have not yet met a person who doesn't like this.

The reason I say 1/2 or 1 lb of meat is, that if you are really trying to stretch your budget, you can use 1/2 lb of meat in almost any recipe that calls for 1 lb. Your family will probably not notice at all. My family doesn't. Most of the time I use 1/2 lb of meat.


Jack Moeller said...

Hello Carol,
I have been enjoying reading through your blog for some time now as my father battles bi-polar disorder.

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