Family Feasts giveaway

This week I chatted with Coppelia from Air 1 radio about my cookbook Family Feasts for $75 a Week, and you can win a copy!  To enter the drawing, simply share your favorite affordable meal in comments.  (Get to comments by clicking on the title of this post, above.)  I’m looking forward to hearing your ideas!

In my book you’ll find step-by-step shopping strategies and 200 affordable, delicious recipes to make the most of your grocery money. For more info, check out the reviews on amazon.  Then tune into Air One Thursday at 1 pm PT, and Friday at 9 am PT to hear the interview. I’ll announce the winner of the book Saturday morning!

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  1. I love to make BBQ chicken in the crock pot. I just toss in a few chicken breasts and a bottle or 2 of BBQ sauce and walk away. It falls apart and makes a great meal or two. Yum!

  2. My favorite easy meal is Tacos or Vegetable soup!! Very easy and pretty cheap!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  3. My easiest is making cornbread, and pouring a can of chili on top of the cornbread. Tasty and cheap. Thank you for the chance to get a copy of your book.

  4. I love beans and sausage over rice. Easy, really cheap, and it feeds us for a few days.

  5. My family loves the simple meal of Creamed Eggs (or tuna) Over Toast. Make a simple white sauce, add in chopped hard boiled eggs, (or a drained can of tuna) and pour over toast. You can also add in frozen peas or any veggie and top with a little shredded cheese for color. Cheap, simple and delicious.


  6. One of our favorite fall back quick meals is noodles and sauce. We use spaghetti noodles and make a white sauce. We sometimes add a little cheese to the white sauce, but not always. We then add leftover chicken, beef, pork chops (cubed), or ham to use up bits of meat that would not feed all seven of us. Add a salad and some bread and it is complete.

  7. My favorite affordable meal is soup or stew made from leftovers. Little bits of leftover meat, vegetables, rice, beans noodles, etc. go into freezer containers. A big ice cream bucket works well. I don’t have one now, so I just use several freezer containers. When the container(s) get full, I make soup from it adding more vegetables or other items if I feel like it. I add some homemade bread and/or crackers and I have a filling meal that costs very little.

  8. We have scrambled eggs. If I have leftover veggies or sausage, I toss that in, too. With toast and fruit, its quick and easy and pretty cheap.

  9. I have 2 precious boys from Haiti, and Haitian Spaghetti is a favorite of my whole crew! Yep! Spaghetti Noodles, tomato paste with some spices, and a couple of hot dogs.

  10. We put a can of cream of mushroom soup in a casserole dish with some rice and frozen veggies. Sprinkle the top with cheese. Cheap and easy!

  11. Corn and black bean quesadillas: Combine one can each (drained and rinsed) black beans and corn with 3 Tbl. sauted onion, 1 Tbl. brown sugar, and 1/4 cup salsa. heat. Melt 1 Tbl. butter in a frying pan; place flour tortilla in pan. Sprinkle Monterey jack cheese on tortilla. Spread corn/bean mix on tortilla/cheese, top with another sprinkle cheese, and then another tortilla. Heat both sides until brown. remove quesadilla from pan and top with additional salsa, cilantro, parsley, etc. as desired.

  12. One of my favorite meals as a kids was one that my grandma used to make: simple pinto beans and a pan of delicious home fries. She’d also make with hot new mexico chile and homemade tortillas 🙂 I make this and my kids absolutely gobble it up, and it’s super cheap!

  13. Black beans and yellow rice. We toss in a bag of frozen peas and whatever chopped leftover meat we have. Easy and cheap. Feeds 8 of us with leftovers for a brown bag lunch or two and costs less than $5.

  14. We love enchiladas!

  15. I am new to your site. I think our easiest and cheapest meal is chili. I can add as much (or little) ground beef that I have, add a large can of tomato sauce or tomatoes, a large can of beans (I only use baked beans, per my husband’s taste), water and seasoning. Add cheese and crackers. This will feed 2 adults 2 teen boys, and 2 younger children. If I need to stretch further, I make some rice too.

  16. Our new favorite cheap and easy meal is Huevos Rancheros. I put 2 cups of salsa in a skillet and 15 ounces of black beans. Once they simmer, I crack eggs one at a time and make small wells in the skillet mixture, then drop an egg into each well. Let them poach for 4-5 minutes covered and then scoop up each egg with some of the mixture around it and place it on an open tortilla (homemade ones are the best!). We usually top it with sour cream and/or cheese and green onions. We love it and it is so easy and inexpensive!

  17. Breakfast for dinner!!!!! Scrambled eggs and biscuits.

  18. J. Johnson says:

    My children’s favorite meal is fried potatos and hot dogs. Slice up 4 large russet baking potatos, as many hot dogs as you want (we use about 7), and fry them up in about 1/4 c. canola oil. Salt and pepper, serve with whatever veggie you have handy. This is what they request on their birthdays!

  19. I would love a copy of your cookbook!

    Our favorite cheap meal is breakfast for dinner. Eggs, pancakes, waffles…it’s fast, cheap and fun!

  20. I think my favorite cheap and easy meal is tacos. Ground beef with taco seasoning, re-fried beans from the freezer (super cheep), tortillas and a few toppings. It’s a hit with everyone in the house.

  21. One of my favorite meals that my family loves is a meal you can make in the crockpot.
    3 chicken breasts (or if you really want to go cheap thighs)
    1 can of corn
    1 can of beans (your choice, kidney, black, etc)
    1 can Cream of Chicken soup
    4 tablespoons taco seasoning.

    Cook this in the crockpot and serve over rice. Yummy! Serves 6

  22. This meal is only inexpensive when there is a super good deal on roundsteak, but when there is a great sale or reduced due to sell by date, I snap packages up at a steal, then once I have enough in total, I throw about 2 lbs into my slow cooker with teriyaki sauce and let it simmer and fall apart and serve with rice and veggies. Any leftovers can be used for sandwiches, wraps, or the steak can top a salad. Yum!

    I already have your cookbook and its fabulous but would love to give to a friend who is trying to reduce expenses!

  23. We love noodles and beef. I slow crook a roast in the crockpot with some Better-than-Beef seasoning and divide the meat for creating two or three meals.. . . . . I make noodles from my own milled Durum; season the dough with basil and onion. If you make the noodles first thing in the morning, they can sit on the counter to dry and will be ready for a quick dinner prep. Make a sauce from the drippings off the roast; thicken it with cornstarch. Spice it up a little with Spike, S&P, and some onion flakes. Stir in a big spoonful of sour cream. Warm the chopped beef in the sauce and pour it over the noodles. DH says it’s the best. . . . . Add some green beans that have simmered in the small crockpot all day with a couple of strips of bacon a tad of sugar. Add a teaspoon of salt when you turn off the crockpot. Everybody’s happy!!

  24. Amanda Valley says:

    We like to make Spanish Beans & Rice. Cook White rice according to the instructions, and when you add in the rice, add in a small can of corn and the seasoning “Sazon”- sold in packets in the hispanic/ethnic section & is what turns the rice yellow. Also, cook kidney beans in a seasoned tomato-based sauce (we add in sofrito- but could add in salsa), with chunks of potato. Serve the tomato bean sauce over the rice. YUM!

  25. I will have to chime in with a few others and say beans and rice. We usually also have corn bread. I am not sure why B&R has gotten such a bad rap. There are various ways to prepare it and it is incredibly healthy. On top of that, it tastes great. Even our children eat it well. So, there you have it, B&R it is!

  26. My best meal is probably chicken pot pie – and I love that it can be a meal on its own!

  27. So when I cook my favorite meal to make is what we call Chicken Surprise aka Chicken Casserole.

    2-3 Chicken Breasts or you can get that canned chicken at Costco too that works just as good.
    1 can of Cream of Chicken soup
    1 16 oz. tub of sour cream (the whole thing)
    1 package of Ritz crackers
    1 cube of butter

    If the chicken isn’t cooked already you need to cook it then shred at the bottom of a pan. (Make sure that the chicken is spread out good) In a separate bowl mix the chicken soup and the whole 16oz. tub of sour cream together and spread that on top of the chicken. Put the Ritz crackers in a gallon freezer bag and smash the crackers and sprinkle them on top of the sour cream chicken soup mix. Melt the cube of butter and pour that over the top. Cook for 30 min. on 375 degrees and then yummy in your tummy!!! It is really fattening so we usually have salad or veggies with it but its fast and sooooo yummy! Enjoy!

  28. I love your book but still don’t have a copy of my own!
    My favorite quick meal is the sesame noodle recipe from Pioneer Woman or quesadillas. Both are quick and tasty and seem like they take more effort than they do.

  29. My favorite cheap (and simple) meal is stir-fry. I just use less meat, more veggies, and some soy sauce, spices, cornstarch, and rice!

  30. Homemade pizza. You can easily make the dough yourself. A little sauce, a little cheese and anything else is icing on the cake. And you can be so creative with toppings – sort of like a clean out your refrigerator kind of thing. Bits of chicken, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, etc…

  31. i’d love to win this book. i got a copy for christmas, but my sister gets married in a couple weeks and it’d be a GREAT gift for her as her husband wraps up his master’s degree!

    my favorite affordable meal is spaghetti. i make our sauce from scratch with loads of veggies and add just a little ground beef. everyone loves it — even my picky two-year-old!

  32. Our favorite easy, cheap meal is quesadillas… seems you always have cheese and tortillas around! We use either chicken breasts, or our home grown beef. Toss is all together and voila! It’s a quick one before church Wednesday nights….when we’re rushing around!

  33. My favorite affordable meal is rice casserole:

    Rice, cream of (anything) soup, leftover meat, and frozen mixed vegetables. Mixed together and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Or an hour. It doesn’t matter

    I just found a recipe for cream of X soup that involves cooking potatoes and onions together to make 2 cans worth. That might make it even cheaper. Will have to try it.

  34. One of our favorite cheap meals is spicy pepper-burger and rice. Brown a pound or so of ground beef, throw in some onions – fresh or dried – add a can or two of Rotel, and some fresh or frozen bell or hot peppers (we use what we chopped and froze from last year’s garden.) Season with a little soy sauce and serve over rice with chow mein noodles on top. Yummy! This can be personalized with the amount of beef, onions, peppers, that suits you best. Even better warmed up the next day. It’s easy to feed a crowd cheaply.

  35. delicious sloppy joe’s! very easy quick and kid friendly!

  36. Dawn Avant says:

    I love to make a Mexican twist on red beans and rice. So easy, inexpensive and yummy!

  37. Ok, our recipe is Chick Pea Pasta. Sorry no measurements. My sister who lives in Italy showed me this one.

    You saute garlic in olive oil in a medium pot add water and chicken bouillon. Puree one can of chick peas in the blender, add to the pot. Break up a box of linguine into small pieces, throw in the pot. Boil until the pasta is cooked. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with parmesan cheese.

    This comes together so quickly and even the skeptical have enjoyed.

  38. Ours is Jennifer’s Tuna Helper: 2 cans tuna, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, some black pepper, a squirt or two of lemon juice, and a good sprinkling of dill. Heat thorougly and serve over brown rice. Fast, easy, and hubby’s favorite!

  39. Soup, soup, and soup. Oh, and chili. Most broth-based soups I make are easy and inexpensive. Serve over rice or noodles to stretch it even further.

  40. I would have to say that homemade pizza is the favorite around here….Pizza night is Thursday. Even my teenage son’s friends request it when they’re over.

  41. This is one of my family’s favorite meals and it’s so easy (a caveman could do it)!

    2-3 chicken breasts cut in 1/2
    1 C rice (uncooked)
    1-2 cans cream of chicken soup
    1 C water

    In a casserole dish, place chicken, rice, soup, water and any spices you may want to kick it up a notch. Bake 350 for 35-40 min.
    You can add more water if you want this soupier.

    It smells so yummy cooking too!

  42. Lentil soup and rice or homemade bread. We even had it as part of our meal at our wedding reception.

  43. Kerith Earlix says:

    Veggie burgers!!!!

    This is the recipe:

    1-1/2 cup tvp (I use beef flavor)
    (OR mashed cooked black or pinto beans)

    If using tvp, soak for 15 minutes in 1-1/2 cups boiling water.


    2 eggs
    1 cup oats
    1/4 cup water
    6 T flour
    2 T soy sauce
    2 T ketchup
    1 t salt
    3-4 ounces crumbled cheese
    2 cloves garlic, mashed
    2 green onions, chopped

    Shape into patties and pan fry.

    I made this recipe for $0.25 per pattie! (Without the last three ingredients, it’s only $0.14.) Homemade 2-ounce buns cost $0.06 each. A generous amount of condiments (lettuce, tomato, onions, homemade pickles, mustard, mayo, ketchup) brought the total cost per burger to $0.45 each.

  44. I like stirfry. You don’t need to have meat, you can use eggs for protein in it and with lots of veggies and brown rice it’s pretty good for you!

  45. My favorite easy and inexpensive meal lately is a spinach and pasta toss with ground beef. I cook about 1/2 lb ground beef with fennel, black pepper, sea salt, and a dash of sugar. I put cayenne in ours because we like a bit of a kick. Cook up about 2 cups of dry pasta. Then I saute a clove or two of crushed garlic. Add in a can of diced tomatoes, some basil, parsley, oregano, and a pinch of rosemary. Add fresh spinach leaves and simmer until they are wilted or you can used frozen spinach thawed. Add in the pasta to coat it with the other ingredients. It’s one of the few ways I can get my family to eat spinach. It makes more than enough for our family of 2 adults and 2 little ones, so it’s a great way to stretch your meat.

  46. Kimberlie Meyer says:

    My crowd pleasing, easy, affordable meal is my enchilada casserole. I line a 9×13 pan with flour tortillas (I use plain but you could use wheat or flavored). I brown up about 1/2-1lb of ground turkey depending on how much I need to extend the meat in my fridge. Add to it onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder and 1 small can of tomato sauce. I layer this on top of the tortillas, then add a can of rinsed black beans, and 1/2 a bag of thawed frozen corn. I top it with another layer of tortillas, another can of tomato sauce seasoned with garlic, cumin,and chili powder. Then sprinkle with 2-3 oz of grated cheddar cheese. Cover, bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, then remove foil and bake 10 more minutes to sort of crisp up the tortillas. I serve this with broccoli on the side and we have a complete meal. I have no idea how much it costs but it feeds the five of us for 2 meals and I shop the ingredients at Aldi’s so I know it’s not that expensive. Especially if you stay on the lower side of the turkey and cheese.

  47. One of my favorite cheap meals is black bean and corn quesadillas. Also, I love risotto, polenta, grits, etc with whatever toppings (cheese, left over meat, mushrooms, roasted veggies, etc) we have in the fridge.

  48. judy kay kyker says:

    Our favorite cheap meal is bean tostadas. We make a big pot of beans (pinto) in the crock pot, fry some corn tortillas and top with whatever we have on hand. Cheese, onions, salsa, guacamole, sour cream… are all yummy! Super cheap and has even wowed company. : )

  49. This is why I need this book… I don’t cook much, so my kids are very bored with my ‘pasta + (insert any meat here)’ meals or breakfast-for-dinner meal. I’m taking notes from all the other comments (seriously!).

  50. Our favorite family meal, at the moment, is green enchiladas.

    We use flour tortillas. Fill with hamburger, kidney bean, corn mixture and top it with green enchilada sauce and olives. This is a huge hit with the kids… along with a big pot of rice.