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MOM21SON:
It was very good!

1 lb browned ground beef
1 head of cabbage, raw and chopped
1 onion
1/2 cup raw rice
29 oz can tomato sauce

mix all together in a huge bowl, then put in a huge pan and pour a 14 oz can of beef broth over it and cover and bake for 1 hour at 350.  Then remove cover and bake for 1/2 hour more.

blarg314:

--- Quote from: Diane AKA Traska on April 19, 2013, 01:50:33 AM ---The keyword for budget cooking is: RICE.  Rice comes in ten to twenty pound bags and if you get yourself a rice cooker (about $20 for a dollar store rice cooker), it's effortless.  And rice is good for you, and so many stews, soups, and sauces go great over rice.  Teryiaki sauce?  Throw in some ground beef and serve it over rice.  Or brown gravy, ground beef, and rice.  Sloppy Joe over rice (better than buns, trust me.)  Chili over rice.  Beef stew over rice.  It's a versatile, cheap, and effortless way to stretch a food budget.

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And brown rice in particular is even more nutritious (and filling!) than white. We use brown short grain rice a lot - it takes a bit more water in the rice cooker, and a bit more time, but is very good.

I also like dried beans/chickpeas/lentils. It takes a bit of preparation (or freezer space), but they're cheap, filling and nutritious. If you combine rice and beans, you get a complete protein, and don't need meat for that meal.

Outdoor Girl:
I find that I save a lot of money by cooking in bulk and freezing everything in my own TV dinners.

Yesterday, I made baked beans, pea soup and turkey soup.  I still have to make my lazy cabbage rolls, which sound very similar to MOM21SON's cabbage casserole.

I belong to a community share agriculture program.  It costs me $55/month and I pick up the veggies every two weeks.  I get enough veggies that I don't buy anything else, veggie wise, except for special meals.  I do have to buy fruit.  I'll cook up all my veggies and put them in the freezer.  Then I buy large cuts of meat on sale and cook them up and add to the veggies.  And if one of the things I buy is a spiral ham or a turkey, I have the bones to make soup.   :D

I always grew up with chili over rice.  Nobody else I knew had that.  But then, we were pretty poor for a couple of years when I was 5 or so.  We often had rice when we had meatballs with brown gravy.  If you have lots of ground beef in the freezer, how about meatloaf?  You can do leftovers of the same meal or you can slice it thin the next day when it is cold and make meatloaf sandwiches.  Mmmmmm...  Haven't had one of those in years!

Diane AKA Traska:

--- Quote from: Outdoor Girl on April 21, 2013, 09:39:53 PM ---I find that I save a lot of money by cooking in bulk and freezing everything in my own TV dinners.

Yesterday, I made baked beans, pea soup and turkey soup.  I still have to make my lazy cabbage rolls, which sound very similar to MOM21SON's cabbage casserole.

I belong to a community share agriculture program.  It costs me $55/month and I pick up the veggies every two weeks.  I get enough veggies that I don't buy anything else, veggie wise, except for special meals.  I do have to buy fruit.  I'll cook up all my veggies and put them in the freezer.  Then I buy large cuts of meat on sale and cook them up and add to the veggies.  And if one of the things I buy is a spiral ham or a turkey, I have the bones to make soup.   :D

I always grew up with chili over rice.  Nobody else I knew had that.  But then, we were pretty poor for a couple of years when I was 5 or so.  We often had rice when we had meatballs with brown gravy.  If you have lots of ground beef in the freezer, how about meatloaf?  You can do leftovers of the same meal or you can slice it thin the next day when it is cold and make meatloaf sandwiches.  Mmmmmm...  Haven't had one of those in years!

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Chili over rice is AMAZING. Add some cheese, and it's a great casserole.  Or, sloppy joe (with meat, of course, no cheese.

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