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. Spaghetti is my go-to favorite. I would really would like to expand our repertiore.

  2. Sabrina M says:

    Pasta is always the easiest and most affordable and can be done multiple ways. Most affordable:

    Penne topped with a can of diced tomatoes, sauteed garlic and cracked pepper.

    Penne with some EVOO and cracked black pepper.

    Top with cheese of course!

  3. I love cooking pinto beans in a crock pot with some spices, mashing it up and serving it with cheese and salsa in a tortilla. Very yummy and the beans fill you right up 🙂

  4. I love borscht. In fact, I just made an entire Russian meal for 25 people for less than $40 and my freezer is full of leftovers!

  5. Our favorite rugal meal my hubby calls Frito Bandito… brown rice, ground turkey, tomato sauce and paste, spices… served hot over Frittos with cheese melted on top… mmmm tasty!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Cowboy burgers and homemade fries are delicious, quick, and affordable.

    Just make burgers the way you like it. Then one the stove top, saute onions with a little salt, pepper, and oil. When they are done, add your favorite bar-b-que sauce, which is now the “cowboy sauce”. When ready to eat, put the “cowboy sauce” on the burger and enjoy!

    For the homemade fries, cut the potatoes the wideth and length you like. Drizzle with a little oil, and sprinkle with season salt and pepper. Cook in the oven.

    My family loves this meal! Yum! Yum!

  7. potatoe soup…basically just potatoes, milk, chicken broth, cheese, cream cheese, salt, pepper and bacon

    I would love to win the book!

  8. Deanne OConnor says:

    Spaghetti Lover’s Soup
    • 2 Cups leftover spaghetti sauce
    • 2 cans diced tomatoes
    • 2 cans kidney beans
    • 2 carrots
    • 1 stalk celery (optional)
    • dry spaghetti noodles (I use enough to make spaghetti for one person)
    • 2 Cups water
    • 1 T Italian Seasoning (optional)
    Dump sauce, tomatoes, kidney beans, and water into pot. Peel and chop carrots and dice celery, add to pot. Add seasoning if desired. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, simmering until vegetables are tender. Add spaghetti noodles which have been broken into one inch segments. Continue cooking until pasta is tender.

    Great meal when you don’t have enough leftovers for stretch for another whole meal. This allows you stretch what you have left!

  9. propwashz says:

    Red beans and rice with cornbread.

  10. our easy, versatile, and fast favorite is chicken a la king and its variants! white sauce, seasoning, shredded chicken (from the freezer, cooked in bulk), frozen peas served over biscuits. or for variety, i sometimes add parmesan cheese to the sauce and serve over pasta or rice or potatoes–chicken . . . whatever . . . alfredo! have a big salad on the side–or whatever fresh veggies or fruit that needs to be used up.

  11. Pasta with a simple marina, salad or veggie, and garlic cheese biscuits. I almost always have the ingredients for this meal and everyone eats it!

  12. Our favourite affordable meal is homemade hamburger helper. Fry up some ground beef, cook some pasta, mix together, add pasta sauce or soup. Serve with a sald or raw veggies for dipping. Quick, easy, cheap, and oh-so-yummy!

  13. Jeanne A says:

    mac ‘n cheese

  14. Dedra Rainey says:

    My fav is breakfast for dinner:)

  15. Some of my affordable favorites are white bean chicken chili, homemade bread, homemade pizza, and mexican soup.

  16. Hamburger Surprise (dh says what’s the surprise – I say – what’s in it is the surprise)
    Basically pantry/freezer stuff
    hamburger, onion, garlic, usually canned tomatoes, maybe small can tomato paste or tomato sauce, any kind of pasta, some frozen veggies, spices like basil/oregano, some water to make enough broth – cook the hamburger then add onions (usually dried minced) and garlic – usually the stuff from fridge in jar. Add all the other stuff with enough liquid to make sauce and for pasta to cook in.

  17. Pulled pork sandwiches

    Grab one pork shoulder, throw it in the crockpot with a bit of water..

    Add in 1 bottle of bbq sauce after pork is done and has been shredded, throw all together into crock pot.

    Put on top of a homemade hamburger bun. Feeds our family of 9 very affordable. Add a few raw veggies on the side.

  18. I love to make beans and rice with soft shell tortillas. I have been into cooking with dried beans, as we did not eat them growing up. My son loves them and can’t get enough.

  19. Rachael -mom of 5 says:

    What an encouragement you are to us moms!!! We find ourselves always looking for helpful, healthy, and family friendly ideas as we raise our families. So, THANK YOU for writing this book and your Sane Woman’s Guide!!! Blessings!

    Here is my affordable meal:
    We purchase a 5lb. chicken from the store (it costs us $4.00-$5.00 @ Aldi). I thaw it in the fridge for a day or two, they come frozen. Preheat the crockpot on HIGH. Rinse your chicken and take out the “stuff” inside! 🙂 Pour a bit of Olive Oil in the crockpot just to coat the bottom (so chicken doesn’t stick). Place your chicken in the crockpot. Add 1/4- 1/2 cup of water and your seasonings. I use 1 tsp. onion pwdr., 1 tsp garlic pwdr., S/P, 1 tsp paprika (turn chicken over and use SAME amount on other side). Cover and cook for 4 hours. It is fall-off-the-bone GOOD! We de-bone and shred the meat. It allows 3-4 meals for us, i.e. tater tot casserole, BBQ chicken pizza, Chicken burritos or quesadillas! I separate the shredded chicken in sandwich size bags in portions I’ll use for my meals and freeze what I won’t use in the next day or two. The possibilities are endless! 🙂 ENJOY!

  20. We love eggs, bacon, toast and hash browns.

  21. Koshary

    1 ½ cups tomato paste Bring ingredients to a boil and
    7 cups tomato juice/sauce simmer for 30 minutes.
    2 green peppers—chopped
    6 T. celery leaves—chopped
    2 T. salt
    2 ½ tsp. cumin
    ½ tsp cayenne pepper

    4 T. oil Heat oil and fry lentils for 5 minutes
    2 ½ cups lentils Add boiling hot broth
    6 cups beef broth Cook uncovered for 30 minutes
    2 tsp. salt

    3 cups uncooked rice Add rice and extra water to lentils
    4 cups water Bring to boil again and then simmer
    for 30 minutes or until lentils and rice
    are soft.
    1 package macaroni When the macaroni is cooked
    add ½ cup of sauce and 2 T. of oil.
    4 onions Heat oil in frying pan until very hot.
    1 T. garlic Add onions and cook for 10 minutes
    4 T. oil Sprinkle with sugar and add garlic
    1 tsp. sugar Cook until very brown.

  22. Rice fried in butter until it just starts to get crispy and brown, topped with fried eggs. Sometimes I stir in a little spinach, bell pepper, or other veggies for added color and nutrition. Salt and pepper to taste.

  23. I fix my Grandmother’s Chicken and Dumplings. It’s soul food and loved by our family.

  24. Jennifer C. says:

    My favorite frugal meal is homemade tostadas made with homemade pinto beans and home-fried corn tortillas. Thanks!

  25. I love to make homemade stromboli for an inexpensive meal.

  26. Denise in IN says:

    Creamed chicken on biscuits.

  27. Spaghetti is one of our favorite inexpensive meals. I’ll occasionally make a BIG batch of sauce & freeze it – inexpensive and fast!

  28. My favorite inexpensive meal is breakfast – pancakes, breakfast casserole, cheese grits, muffins,fruit. Yummy ! and cheap !

  29. ooo…SUCH a hard prompt.

    most “comfort food” meal: grilled tuna + tomato soup

    easiest to prep meal: leftover ham (for only 2 of us, we buy the pre-cut half ham’s when they are on sale) + dijon mustard + basil + pepper + couscous (cooked) all warmed together in the skillet.

    yummiest “we are having people over” meal: a variation on any typical parmesean crusted chicken (i think you even posted the recipe before!) is to dip the chicken in a garlic cream sauce (you can use thousand island + freshly cooked garlic [cooked so it isn’t so bitter]) instead of egg whites. SO YUMMY 🙂 i usually serve with broccoli or salad & brown rice or quinoa.

  30. Everyone in our house loves BFD – Breakfast For Dinner. The fact that it is fast and affordable is a bonus! 🙂

  31. I love making a pot roast and then turning it into a Shepherds Pie the next day that usually lasts us two days! Three total days from one meal re-done sounds great to me! And it is super yummy to boot!

  32. We like to have spaghetti. We make our own sauces, so no two spaghetti dinners are the same. Pasta is cheap, and it’s easy to use whatever we have to make the sauce.

  33. Pinto beans and cornbread!

  34. Hopefulmom says:

    Grilled cheese and tomato soup!

  35. Dried Beans and Cornbread

  36. Shepherd’s Pie

    Layer in a 9×13 pan
    1 lb cooked meat
    1-2 cups vegetables
    leftover mashed potatoes to cover the top
    cheese to spread on top
    Bake at 350 for 45 minutes-ish

    Lots of variations!

  37. my overall strategy is eating vegetarian. specifically, I have an awesome Brazilian Black Beans recipe. Just beans and rice, but fancied up with green peppers, radishes, cumin, and red wine vinegar–delish!

  38. Tacos are our go-to meal when I need something affordable that everyone will like.

  39. Sherry Blair says:

    When feeding my family of six kids (plus whoever else came to dinner) my go-to meal was always a spaghetti sauce that could go on any pasta I had around.

    Now, with just two of us at home my go-to meal is grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. I bake the Cuban bread recipe for pennies per slice (letting my mixer and oven do all the work!)and use whatever cheese(s) I have available to make the sandwiches. And the soup is not only economical, but easy—part of a box of good chicken stock from Dollar Store, added to 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes that I get for $.89 a can at a local store, simmered on stove for 15-20 minutes, adding heavy whipping cream (which I buy at warehouse store to use for multiple things so always have on hand) basil and butter for one of the best meals I can think of in a hurry and for very little money—soup makes 4-6 portions so can feed more than the two of us or have leftovers for lunch the following day.

  40. Omelettes! Super fast, cheap, and as simple or fancy as you want them!

  41. Rebecca R says:

    We love grilled cheese and tomato soup with edamame on the side. It’s nutritious and cheap!

  42. Black bean tacos. Cheap and yummy!

  43. honey baked lentils + basic brown rice. mmm. tonight i threw in a sweet potato and dried zucchini from last year’s garden, and it was perfect.

  44. Oh Serina, you beat me to it. We had lentils and sausage tonight with homemade cornbread and a salad.

    Often we have lentils and rice in tortillas.

    My husband, a true meat and potatoes man, feels full on lentils. This is a real budget stretcher and helps us to work towards vegetarian once a week.

  45. Egg salad is our favorite quick and frugal meal.

  46. Homemade Black beans and rice. Makes a ton for just a few dollars!

  47. I am LOVING making spaetzle. It’s essentially flour, egg, water, and seasonings, and then you turn it into tiny noodles (I pass it through an IKEA cheese grater)

  48. My favorite fast-fix meal is a pot of chili with rice and/or corn & cornbread.

  49. we have several budget friendly meals….tacos…frozen pizzas when on sale… ham and cheese! I can do a pretty mean roast for pretty cheap b/c we have tons of deer, hog and beef processed so it’s pretty budget friendly to grab roast out of the deep freeze to take to friends to lift some spirits!

  50. I am into lentils now, and lentil tacos are a big hit with the family. A side of brown rice and lots of fresh toppings.