Low Cost Recipes

Inexpensive meals are possible for breakfast, lunch or dinner without sacrificing good taste. 

Bacon Muffins

2 cups of flour
5 slices of cooked turkey bacon
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup milk
2 beaten eggs
Mix ingredients well. While mixing, add four to five slices of cooked bacon crumbled into small pieces. Pour this mixture into a greased muffin pan. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. This batch makes 12 muffins. Substitute pieces of fruit instead of bacon for variety. 

Crockpot Oatmeal

2 cups milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup of oats
1 cup finely chopped apple
1/2 cup of raisins and chopped almonds
After spraying or greasing the inside of a crockpot, place ingredients inside and mix well. Cover and cook overnight under low heat, around eight to nine hours. Stir before serving.

Chicken Taco Soup

One pound of cooked and shredded chicken
2 cups of cooked kidney beans
2 cups salsa
6 cups of chicken stock
One taco seasoning packet
2 cups of crushed tortilla chips
Combine chicken, salsa, seasoning and stock in a two-quart soup pot. Bring ingredients to a boil and reduce heat. Allow the soup to simmer for about 20 minutes. Top each bowl of soup with tortilla chips. You can use pinto beans instead of kidney beans if preferred, in addition to adding shredded cheese to add variety to your low cost recipes.

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Easy Shepherd’s Pie

One pound of ground turkey
Any brand of mashed potato mix
One 16 ounce bag of frozen corn
One cup of shredded cheese
Spray baking dish with nonstick spray. Brown the turkey and make the potatoes. Spread the cooked ground turkey on the bottom of the dish, sprinkle with corn and then spread over the potatoes. Cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese and bake another five minutes.

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Cheesy Veggie Pasta Bake

One pound of cooked elbow or shell macaroni
One pound of ground hamburger
One 26 ounce jar of pasta sauce
Grated parmesan cheese
Two eggs
One pound ricotta cheese
Two cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
Two cups of shredded carrots or diced zucchini
Salt and pepper to taste

This recipe easily feeds a family of four. Coat a large baking pan with olive oil or cooking spray. Mix eggs with ground turkey and cook thoroughly. Spread half of the macaroni over the bottom and sprinkle a cup of mozzarella and 1/3 cup of parmesan. Place a layer of turkey in pan, and then add the rest of the macaroni. Sprinkle mozzarella and more parmesan. Cover and bake the casserole at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Uncover the dish and bake for another 20 minutes, or until the cheese on top is slightly brown and bubbling.

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Without breaking the piggy bank, low cost recipes provide good nutrition but most of all, they taste great too.

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