1 jar Grape or Strawberry Peanut Butter Swirl $2.29
1 large loaf wheat bread with at least 28 slices $1.29
7 cans Luck's beans $3.85
2 lbs. self-rising buttermilk cornmeal $2.00
2 dozen eggs $2.00, or 1 dozen eggs and 1 box Clover Valley Instant Fruit 'n' Cream Oatmeal $2.25
6 different flavored pkgs. Ramen noodles $1.05
4 cans mixed vegetables $1.76
1 lb. margarine $.75
1 container vitamin-added sweetened drink mix $2.00
5 lbs. potatoes or a large box brown rice $2.00
2 cans chicken broth $1.00
1 pack sliced cheese $2.00
2 cans tomato sauce $1.00
2 packages frozen chopped spinach $1.00
Michelina makes many one dollar varieties of frozen entrees that serve one person nicely. No one will starve as long as they have some bread, oatmeal, Luck's canned beans, brown rice, Ramen Noodles, mixed vegetables, frozen chopped spinach, peanut butter, jelly, chicken broth, and tomato sauce.
If your food budget can afford more, add canned tomatoes, salmon, applesauce, diced fruit cups, broccoli, green beans, carrots, corn, onions, peas, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
Applesauce cups and Diced Fruit Cups make excellent desserts. Just by eating a 4 oz. cup of diced tropical fruit, you can help your digestion so much. Fruit can act as a substitute for a salad at a meal as well. You can make them fancier by adding yogurt as a dressing, but they are delicious on their own.
Self-rising Buttermilk Cornmeal, Bisquick Mix, eggs, sugar, extracts, spices, salt, black pepper, butter, milk, cereals, vegetable oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, hot sauce, lime juice, lemon juice, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, ketchup, pickle relish, and beef broth are other staples that you need to keep in stock in your food pantry. You might be surprised at just how many goodies you can make from the Bisquick Mix, such as waffles, pancakes, pie crust, biscuits, muffins, breads, cakes, and cookies. The large box has a lot of great recipes on it.
A quick syrup can be made by mixing 2 cups light brown sugar to 1 cup water and adding 1 Tbsp. maple extract when the sugar and water have boiled for five minutes. A simple sugar syrup can be made using white sugar in the same way. Any extract you like can be added to change the flavors. That simple sugar syrup can be used to sweeten your beverages as well, like lemonade, limeade, or iced tea.
Oatmeal can be served for breakfast, Ramen Noodles can be served as a soup for lunch, and beans and brown rice can be served for dinner. Even the most frugal budget should be able to afford these items.
Tomato sauce and Ramen Noodles can quickly be turned into spaghetti with marinara sauce by adding oil, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian Seasoning to the tomato sauce and cooking the Ramen for five minutes in boiling water, then serving the heated marinara sauce over the drained Ramen. Start with 1/2 tsp. spices, then adjust to suit your tastes. You can always add more, but once you have added too much, it is headed for the garbage. Generic Tomato Sauce is still a good frugal purchase at the store.
Bruschetta can be made by toasting some bread slices that are sliced in half that have been brushed with olive oil, then rubbed with a clove of garlic sliced in half, then topped with chopped tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese, and placing them under the broiler until the mozzarella has melted. It makes a wonderful quick appetizer or can be used as a whole meal when you eat several of them.
You can use the chopped spinach as a side dish such as Creamed Spinach, or with garlic powder or hot sauce added to it, or mix it with cooked Ramen Noodles to make a Spaghetti Florentine meal. Ramen Noodles can be used for the pasta in making spaghetti, Garlic Noodles, soup, casseroles, skillet dishes, garnishes for salads, or when crumbled up and cooked as a rice-like pudding for a dessert.
Leftover cooked rice can be made into a quick rice pudding using sugar, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and beaten eggs added to the rice and cooked until the eggs make it thicker. Raisins can be added if you like them.
When you have canned broths and mixed vegetables on hand, you can quickly make several different kinds of soups. By adding some sesame oil and soy sauce, you can create different Asian type soups.
By adding lime juice and hot sauce (both to suit your tastes) to heated canned chicken broth, 1 tsp. sesame oil, and 1 Tbsp. soy sauce, you can create a Hot and Sour Soup.
By adding one beaten egg to the boiling chicken broth mixture you can have Eggdrop Soup.
You can make a quick Beefless Stew by using canned beef broth, a pack of beef gravy mix, a can of tomato sauce, canned diced potatoes, canned sliced carrots, and a jar of pearl onions or dehydrated onions.
You can use just one chicken breast poached until done, then sliced into bite-sized pieces, and use it to make an entire pot of quick chicken stew by making a roux of equal parts butter and flour, then adding canned chicken broth, canned diced potatoes, and some Ramen Noodles broken into pieces. Your favorite herbs and spices as well as salt and pepper can always be adjusted to any soup recipe to your own preferences. Never be afraid to experiment with recipes to custom make them your own.
An excellent quick vegetable soup can be made using either chicken or beef broth, mixed vegetables, and Ramen Noodles.
A chicken noodle soup can be quickly made using one poached chicken breast cut into tiny pieces, canned chicken broth, and Ramen Noodles.
A quick tomato soup can be made by using tomato sauce and either water or milk and any spices like basil or garlic you might want to add. The milk makes it a Cream of Tomato soup, while water just makes it a regular tomato soup. You could also use beef or chicken broth in any soup recipe to make it richer tasting, as well as using heavy cream to make it thicker and richer tasting.
You can make your own frugal heavy cream with 3/4 cup milk, and 1/2 stick margarine.
A quick corn chowder can be made using milk, canned cream corn, and canned diced potatoes with some dried basil added to it.
Any fresh vegetables you have from a garden can be made into a quick soup in the same way by using either canned broths, water, milk, or heavy cream. You never want to boil milk or heavy cream, or it will curdle on you. Just heat it through at the last minute before serving. And you do not want to mix any type citrus juices with any type milk or cream or they will curdle it.
You can boil some diced potatoes in water for 15 minutes until done, then add some butter, salt, and black pepper to it to make Magic Potatoes Soup. Add some milk and heat through just before serving. This makes a very nourishing and comforting soup to serve sick people as well.
If you want a quick Coconut Lime Soup, use coconut oil and almond milk and some True Lime powder mixed with a can of chicken broth heated together. Use tortilla chips as crackers.
You can also make a salmon, shrimp, crabmeat, or oyster stew out of canned salmon, shrimp, crabmeat, or oysters, milk, and butter. Diced canned potatoes can be added if you want them. Season to suit your tastes. Add tiny oyster crackers when served.
Southern Recipes has some great comforting recipes on it that you might want to view.
Pre-cooked meatballs are good to keep on hand for quick appetizers, sandwiches, or meals. You can melt a jar of grape, peach, or apple jelly in a small saucepan to make a fast dip to serve them with for a sweet appetizer, or use a bottled marinara sauce to make a savory appetizer dip for them. Toothpicks can be used to spear them with in the center.
A quick Swedish Meatballs can be made by using a jar of brown gravy, a pinch of nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon and cardamom, and 2 Tbsp. heavy cream. Place your pre-cooked meatballs in the hot sauce and heat them through, then serve. The same could be served over cooked Ramen Noodles or regular noodles as an entree. You also can have them on hand to add to your spaghetti sauce when you want them. They also make excellent meatball subs. Just split them in half and place them with spaghetti sauce and grated cheese in a hotdog bun or hoagie roll.
Another quick and inexpensive appetizer can be made by using a store brand Lil Beef Smokies heated in half a bottle of honey barbeque sauce then use toothpicks to spear them with to serve. You could also use a package of wieners and slice each weiner into three equal-sized pieces.
Chopped cooked spinach (squeezed completely dry) can be mixed into a brick of softened cream cheese with half a teaspoon of garlic powder and half a teaspoon of onion powder to make a quick and easy spread for crackers.
A jar of Apple Jelly can be quickly mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper and a few red pepper flakes (optional) to make a hot pepper jelly that can be served with cream cheese and crackers for an appetizer or snack. You can adjust the heat by adding more or less cayenne.
You can make your own homemade Fritos by frying strips of corn tortillas in hot vegetable oil, then draining them on paper towels. You can salt or season them as you want them.
Chinese Noodles can be homemade by cutting wonton wrappers or eggroll wrappers into strips and frying them the same way. Use a slotted spoon to move them around the skillet. They fry very fast, so watch them carefully. They store well in large zippered plastic bags. They make great snacks. You can even add cinnamon sugar to them for another homemade treat.
Wonton wrappers can be used in muffin tins to create individual servings of recipes like lasagna. Use the wonton wrappers instead of lasagna noodles. You can become quite good at creating new recipes using these wrappers.
Egg Roll wrappers can be used to make individual homemade pies using pie fillings and baked.
I fry delicious homemade French Fries by slicing potatoes into long lengths and frying them in a skillet of very hot vegetable oil. I found that the hotter the oil the better they are. I turn them with a spatula as they brown so they get browned evenly all over. Then I drain them on white paper towels and salt them while hot.
You can do the same thing with sweet potatoes, although you might want to season them after they are done with cinnamon sugar instead of salt.
Shop at stores like Dollar General, Family Dollar, any type dollar stores, Walmart, KMart, Ingles, or BiLo to find many of the above products on sale. Make notes where you can find the best bargains so you don't have to drive a lot since gas is so expensive. You might be pleasantly surprised at just how many foods are available now at dollar stores. For every dollar you save on a product, you can add something else to your food budget.
If you can afford to spend more money, add some bean and cheese burritos (you can get two frozen for a dollar), peach flavored applesauce as well as some milk and cereals and oatmeal for additional breakfasts or snacks and some yogurt and fresh fruit, like apples or bananas for snacks and some pouches of boneless, skinless salmon for fish three to seven times during the week for additional nutrients.
Sugar-free Early Rise Orange drink is a shelf-stable pantry item you can keep for turning water into more like an orange juice drink any time of day. It comes in sticks or powder and is sold at Walmart and DiscountCoffe.com.
For breakfast on this $25.00 a week food budget for one, make two scrambled eggs with cheese and two slices wheat toast. If you can afford it, add peach or strawberry flavored applesauce to go on the toast. Alternate cereals and milk the next morning with some sliced bananas. Oatmeal is another inexpensive breakfast food to keep on hand for variety or frugality, and it's also great to use in ground meat to stretch a meatloaf recipe or use in an oatmeal cookie recipe. Dollar General has a box of Clover Valley Fruit 'n' Cream Instant Oatmeal that contains 6 individual packets for $1.00 that is very delicious, only needing hot water to fix a packet for breakfast or a snack.
For lunch, eat a Grape or Strawberry Peanut Butter Swirl sandwich with a pack of crumbled Ramen Noodles cooked in water (undrained) with the flavor packet added and 1/2 can Clover Valley Mixed Vegetables, (this Dollar General Store brand even contains potatoes,) added for vegetable soup. For a toasted cheese sandwich, just toast two slices loaf bread and while hot, add a slice of cheese and press the two slices together. In a pinch, you can add ketchup or tomato sauce to a cup of hot water to make tomato soup. (Save those condiment packets you can get free at fast food restaurants, as well as napkins and straws.)
If you can afford some apples and bananas you could use a diced apple, chopped boiled eggs, and pouch of salmon with pickle relish, mustard, and mayonnaise for a delicious salmon salad for lunch or use as a filling for a sandwich on toasted bread or with saltine crackers. The diced apple will give it a whole new flavor. Have a banana for dessert or sliced on a sandwich with either mayonnaise or peanut butter for another sandwich variety.
Individual diced fruit cups such as peaches or tropical fruit actually taste better than fresh fruits.
Walmart carries Pop Weaver 24 packs Microwave Butter Popcorn for $5.00. If your food budget will allow this, popcorn makes a great snack while watching tv or a movie at home. This gourmet popcorn is better than the most expensive popcorn. Dollar General also sells a large bag of pretzels for a dollar, and bean and cheese burritos which make good snacks or a quick lunch.
If your personal budget doesn't allow for cable tv, use your internet service to access individual tv channels websites online and search for tv episodes that are shown online for free. www.Hulu.com also allows people to watch some tv episodes online for free.
Kool-Aid packs that are doubled in strength make a close second to flavored soft drinks.
For dinner, cook a pot of beans or lentils or open a can of Luck's beans (the only canned brand with the closest taste to home cooked delicious beans I have ever found,) a skillet of cornbread, and some type potatoes or brown rice every two days and keep the leftovers refrigerated for the following day's dinner.
If you can afford it, you can also fry some salmon patties by mixing in some cornmeal, lemon juice, Old Bay Seasoning, and one egg, then forming into patties and frying them in some vegetable oil. Drain patties on paper towels (or a brown paper bag) when golden brown on both sides then serve with ketchup.
Bean patties can be made in the same way. Just mash them, and add some flour to bind them together, then form patties, and fry them in hot oil on both sides until brown. Beans are an excellent fiber and protein food.
Any nuts can be pulverized in a food processor to make nut patties in the same way. Bind them together with a beaten egg white and some cornstarch, with any seasonings you want in them, then form patties, and fry them in hot oil until golden brown on both sides.
Potatoes can be baked, fried, mashed, stewed, or boiled for variety. Don't forget about sweet potatoes. They are very healthy to eat.
Spinach is good for the nervous system, as is brown rice, and both are loaded with B Vitamins. Frozen chopped spinach is a very frugal product to use. Just squeeze out the water once you microwave it for five minutes, then add some butter and a bit of garlic powder and mix into it. Mashed sweet potatoes can be found in the frozen foods section of stores and usually are very inexpensive. Try mashing a can of carrots with some minced ginger for a delicious and different side dish. White rice has had all the nutrients stripped from it, so use brown rice instead which has B Vitamins in it. B-Complex Vitamins can help anyone who has nerve problems to calm down when overstressed or overwhelmed. B12 sublingual supplements might give you more energy when needed. What your body doesn't need will be excreted during urination.
Take a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement daily if you can afford it to make sure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs. Dollar General has a bottle for two dollars.
You can use Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom soups mixed with half a pound of cooked ground meat, a poached chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces, or any cooked seafood and 1/2 cup mixed vegetables to make pot pies or frugal casseroles. Canned biscuits can be used for the top crust. This makes excellent individual servings when placed in ramekins.
Buy the cheapest refrigerated canned biscuits dough and pinch them off in pieces to use to make dumplings in a can of heated Cream of Chicken Soup with one can milk or water, and a Tablespoon of Butter. Add some English Peas and diced Carrots and you have a good frugal meal.
Drink at least 8 glasses water a day to keep yourself hydrated. If you need to lose weight, it is very important to drink adequate amounts of water to flush out fat cells. A good rule of thumb is to divide your body weight by 2 and that is how many ounces of water you should drink every day.
Eating a MUFA after every meal can help you lose belly fat. A MUFA is a mono-unsaturated fatty acid such as almonds or other nuts or seeds, avocadoes, dark chocolate, black or green olives, or using oils such as olive oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, or extra virgin coconut oil.
If you have to cancel anything from the above list, delete the drink mix as you can always drink ice water with your meals. For the same price you could also buy a box of tea bags and five pounds of sugar and make both iced and hot tea to drink. Hot tea in the morning for breakfast or with snacks makes a great substitute for coffee. For added flavor, add a lemon slice to your iced tea or ice water, then eat the lemon slice at the end of your meal to help burn calories. Remember that lemon (or any citrus) will curdle milk if you use together. Keeping lemon juice and lime juice on hand makes it easy to make homemade lemonade or limeade for other frugal drinks. True Lime, True Lemon, and True Orange are great to add to bottled water or for cooking in recipes. You can buy them at www.discountcoffee.com.
A tea expert told me that tea is tea, and there is no special tea available that will make a person lose weight anymore than just drinking regular tea would. If you buy into that weight loss advertisement, you are just wasting your money. You can buy Oolong (pronounced Wu-Long) Tea Bags at grocery stores or health food stores if that is the kind of tea you want to drink. I have tried it, and it didn't make me lose any weight. Green teas drank each day do give your body antioxidants needed to fight free radicals that cause diseases. Four cups per day seem to work well.
If you need buttermilk, you can make it by stirring 1 Tbsp. lemon juice into one cup of milk. Within 5 minutes, it will become buttermilk.
You can make heavy cream by mixing 3/4 cup milk and 1/4 cup butter.
The Bible says that bread is the staff of life, so I believe that people should eat some type bread each day to maintain good health.
Eating yogurt with live probiotic cultures daily is reported to promote longevity and help your digestive system function better.
White chia seeds can be purchased at www.swansonvitamins.com and are very healthy to eat. You need to soak them in advance of eating them or else they will take the moisture out of your body. They need 10 to 15 minutes to soak in any liquid, and will take on that flavor. They have no flavor of their own. Be sure to drink plenty of water, as they absorb 10 times their weight and size in moisture. That means a one pound jar will make ten pounds of chia gel. They will stop diarrhea or constipation if you eat them daily. If you mix them with fruit juice, they are called chia fresca.
If you live in a noisy environment, try using ear plugs to keep out the noises so you can sleep or study. Or run a fan to make enough white noise so you can sleep.
If you live in an apartment complex where pests are frequent, buy some 100% Pure Peppermint Oil, and mix a little of it in a sprayer bottle full of water, and use it all over your apartment or home to repel pests. If you have problems with lizards, snakes, or rats, use pure clove oil sprinkled all around your doors' thresholds. It will repel them. Both can be purchased at www.vitacost.com and www.swansonvitamins.com, and both can be used to make your own homemade mouthwashes with water. You can make your own homemade toothpaste out of baking soda, and sea salt, using equal parts of each.
If you find you cannot sleep, try eating a turkey breast sandwich on whole wheat bread and drinking a glass of warm milk. The tryptophan in it should put you right to sleep. Or try dissolving two aspirin with a small glass of warm milk about an hour before bedtime to help you sleep like a baby without a drugged hangover when you awaken. Eating twenty dried cherries a day reportedly cures insomnia and gout. You can take one or two diphenhydramine capsules before going to bed to sleep better. Theanine and Tryptophan are amino acids supplements that will help relax you.
Bragg's Amino Acids will supply all the amino acids in just 1/2 teaspoonful per day. It is an excellent substitute for soysauce. You can use it to spray on a lot of foods to make them have more flavor.
In a pinch for money, you could exist on Ramen Noodles. One package on sale will feed one person for fifteen cents per meal. I have one website just devoted to Ramen Noodle recipes. Ramen Noodles were invented so people would not go hungry.
I figure almost anyone could afford instant oatmeal, Ramen Noodles, and Michelina dollar frozen entrees to have three meals a day.
Always keep your hands clean to enjoy better health. Another frugal health tip that really works is to use Q-tips dipped in 3% hydrogen peroxide, and swab out your nostrils and ear canals every day to keep colds and flu away. 3% Hydrogen Peroxide costs fifty cents a bottle at Dollar General. Or you can use pure cold-pressed sesame oil to do the same. It costs about three dollars a bottle at Walmart, but a little goes a long ways. You can cook with it as well. Sesame oil is the secret ingredient the Chinese use in their recipes that gives it that special delicious flavor. Only a teaspoonful is needed in most recipes. Pure Sesame oil can be used both internally and externally for good health. It makes an excellent lubricant for the skin. You can gargle with it if you have a sore throat to help heal it. It will help heal sores and skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Sesame oil will go rancid pretty quickly, so keep it in your refrigerator after opening it to make it last longer.
Another secret health defense is to use Grapeseed Extract pills or liquid to make your own cleaning recipes and take to get rid of pathogens inside you.
Many people in college have existed on cereals and milk as well. Just be sure to buy a cereal like Total which has a lot of vitamins in it, and use whole milk if that is all you are going to eat. Parmalat whole milk in quarts is carried the cheapest by Walmart and is shelf-stable. It doesn't need to be refrigerated until it is opened, and then will last for a week or so. You can buy it online at www.buythecase.net, or www.netgrocer.com.
Eating a good breakfast every day is one of the basics everyone should make a habit of doing. A healthy breakfast will fuel your body's energy needs for that day, and you will find your day goes better if it gets the nutrients it needs.
Eggs are a good value, and can be used scrambled with cooked brown rice and mixed vegetables to make a quick Fried Rice. You can add any chopped leftover cooked meats as well. You can use eggs fried, scrambled, poached, shirred, boiled, or baked in recipes. Eggs contain choline which is needed for proper brain function. Eggs can be used to bind ingredients together in recipes, and they can help to stretch other ingredients. Egg salad makes a good sandwich spread. Devilled eggs makes a good side dish.
Learn the simple basics of cooking, and you can improvise to create and cook many frugal recipes. I have some good basic recipes on my Miscellaneous Recipes website for making your own products a lot cheaper than you can buy them. I also have some websites with recipes to make your own cleaning supplies and beauty supplies. All of them are free and can be found on my main recipes index.
I have many free frugal recipes on my recipes links index that you can use to keep your frugal meals from getting boring. When you can afford them, buy dried spices in bottles or jars and keep in your pantry to perk up your recipes. Dollar General sells them two bottles for a dollar. Some spices that are great to use are garlic, onions, ginger, cinnamon, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, barbeque, lemon pepper, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, celery seeds, dillweed, cumin, cilantro, turmeric, paprika, and chives.
Knorr now makes seasoning cubes that you can find in the ethnic aisle section of a grocery store. One cube each will season a pot of soup. They have onion, garlic, cilantro, and chipotle. Soup bases need bouillion cubes. You can find them in chicken, beef, vegetable, and fish.
Remember also that you can still eat food that is freezer burned (it's just ice crystals that have formed on the food,) but you will have to add flavors to it, or it might taste off balance.
Quick recipes thrive when you add more flavor to them. Always keep plenty of herbs and spices in your food pantry to add flavor to your recipes.
Dried fruits and vegetables are very shelf-stable and can be quickly reconstituted when needed. They are excellent to keep on hand to always have in your food pantry.
You can make a quick individual peach pie by buttering a hot biscuit, and placing one half in a ramekin for the bottom crust. Add one individual container of diced peaches, juice and all, and sprinkle some cinnamon over it. Then add the top half of the buttered biscuit as the top crust, and serve.
Fish sticks are a frugal meal entree. Add macaroni and cheese, and English Peas.
If you qualify for Food Stamps, SCHWANS will deliver frozen foods straight to your home or apartment, or you can pay them with a check, cash, or credit card. You can call them at 1-888-SCHWANS. They can deliver food to you every two weeks. They will bring the food inside and put it in your freezer for you, then haul away the empty boxes, at no extra charges, if you want them to do that. Their service is especially helpful for home-bound people, disabled people, elderly people, busy families, or people who work or go to school and just don't have time for shopping. With gas prices being so high, this is another way you can save money on grocery shopping. Schwan's might seem high priced to some people, but it all depends on how valuable your time is to you that is saved by not having to go to a grocery store, to load and unload all the groceries in those germ-laden shopping carts subjecting yourself to all those viruses in the aisles where people sneeze and cough constantly, load and unload your groceries, and then put the groceries in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer when you get back home exhausted. Schwans sells high quality foods and many of them are already cooked so all that is needed is to be reheated. You will need an extra freezer to store them. You can also buy more foods by shopping online than just from their catalog, and it's free to register for their service.
1 pkg. lemon-lime Kool Aid
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. sea salt
1 cup orange juice
1 gallon cold water
Mix all ingredients in a gallon pitcher and drink as desired. Keep chilled in your refrigerator. This drink can be made for pennies and replaces the electolytes needed in your body when you get dehydrated or overheated. Drink two glasses to get rid of a headache.
1 pack Ramen Noodles per person
1 seasoning packet per person
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Cook the Ramen Noodles for five minutes in boiling water in a saucepan. Drain off the water. Add the butter and garlic powder and stir well. Serve.
RAMEN VEGETABLE SOUP
1 pack Ramen Noodles per person
1/3 to 1/2 can Clover Valley Mixed Vegetables per person
1 seasoning packet per person
1-1/2 cups stock or water per person
salt and pepper to suit tastes
In a saucepan place the water, mixed vegetables, Ramen Noodles, and seasonings. Let it cook for five minutes, and serve in bowls. Frugal generic store brand tiny oyster crackers are good to buy and eat in soups you make.
TATER TOTS CASSEROLE
Cook one pound of any ground up meat until done. Place the cooked meat in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Pour one large bag of Tater Tots over the meat. Mix one can Cream of Mushroom Soup with 1 can milk and pour over this. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, and serve.
You can purchase a sturdy clear glass teapot at www.adagio.com that you can safely put into a microwave to heat or use on top of the stove. It has a glass infuser to hold tea leaves for hot tea, or you can just use it to hold water for anything you need it. Adagio Teas sells a large variety of loose teas, empty tea bags you can fill, and tea ware.
Any time you cook with foods that cause odors to linger on your hands, just wash your hands with a small piece of stainless steel to remove those odors. You can buy a small piece of stainless steel just for this purpose at www.kitchencollection.com. Just type in odor remover to locate it. While you are there, be sure to check out all their products, as they have quality merchandise at very reasonable prices. Cooking great meals is so much easier if you have the proper equipment, same as any other job would be. It can be great fun creating frugal meals.
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