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#52 Sep 30 2012 at 2:13 PM Rating: Decent
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Belkira wrote:
Where are you getting your canned white sauces, then? Because every canned Alfredo sauce I've ever had was horrible.

I'll... have to ask my dad lol. I usually just use whatever he ended up buying. Right now I couldn't find any Alfredo sauce but there was some Bertoulli Vodka Sauce.

And like spoonless we usually spend at least a bunch of hours when we make normal sauce.

Edited, Sep 30th 2012 4:17pm by Deadgye
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#53 Oct 01 2012 at 4:19 PM Rating: Decent
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Guenny wrote:
This. Plus alfredo sauce is much simpler/quicker from scratch to make than marinara. Saute butter and garlic, add cream and cheese. Depending on how much cheese maybe some flour to thicken. 10 mins tops. Mariana takes at least an hour of cooking.


Yup. The base for any form of white sauce is super easy to make. From there it's just adding stuff (like cheese) to make a specific flavor. I could see using a premade sauce if you're really in a hurry, but it's like 10 minutes to make the base sauce tops. Also, since it's one of the base sauces that can be used in a huge number of dishes, learning how to make it is a good skill to have. With really only minor variations, the same base is used for everything from Pasta Alfredo, to Beef Stroganoff, to Scalloped Potatoes.

Speaking of which:

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I thought of another good, cheap, easy meal solution to offer as well. Hashbrowns. If you have a cheese grater (or find one for prob 99 cents), you can get a giant bag of potatoes and make it into a hundred meals. You can always jazz it up with some onion, since onions are nice and cheap and can go a long way, but really, I just crave hashbrowns with ketchup. You can variate how you prepare the potatoes before you cook them, like cubing them, but fried potatoes are easy and quick. Might take a bit of time (~30 mins), but that's with very little attention. You can always just boil the potatoes first so you can quick fry them in the pan.

Another option is cubed potatoes on a cookie sheet, sprinkled with olive oil and lowry's or some other seasoning. Roast on 350 for like 30 minutes. Little attention required, cheap, filling.


Whenever I make scalloped potatoes, I usually have some left over slices of potato (better to have too much than too little, right?). I bag those puppies up and then fry them with eggs for a yummy breakfast. When sliced thin, they do tend to change color, but they also cook up really fast. Totally agree that potatoes are another food (like rice and beans) that are cheap for the volume and can be used in a bunch of easy/fast ways.
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#54 Oct 08 2012 at 4:50 PM Rating: Good
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Hamburger helper. If you've got the metabolism of a squirrel, use sausage in a tube for extra flavor. Otherwise, stick with lean ground beef. Sinks in your stomach and stays there for many hours. Calorie dense. If you use the sausage, costs less than four dollars for four meal's worth of food.


When I was a broke "dropped out of college before going back and finishing" waiter, and living with some friends, we made up something we called insta-meal.

1 box of kraft macaroni and cheese
1 lb of ground beef
1 packet of taco seasoning mix
cook the mac and cheese according to the box directions; sautee the meat, drain the fat, and add the seasoning mix until combined; combine mac and ceese with taco meat for homemade hamburger helper that tastes WAY better than the boxed ****
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#55 Oct 08 2012 at 6:06 PM Rating: Good
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I would make the same, without the taco seasoning mix. Just mac and cheese with ground beef (maybe seasoned with a little onion powder or something).
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#56 Oct 09 2012 at 2:45 AM Rating: Excellent
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I've got a bit of a thing for couscous at the moment, just add boiling water and leave for 5 minutes. I have it in place of rice or pasta with leftovers (makes for a quick meal) or to bulk up salads (it's a bit of a pain to eat without some sort of sauce to stick it together though). I also usually have a couple of packs of flavoured couscous so that I have something quick but reasonably filling for when I can't be bothered to cook anything proper.

Only thing is to be careful not to add too much water or it goes all mushy.
#57 Oct 09 2012 at 3:12 PM Rating: Decent
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Bigdaddyjug wrote:
When I was a broke "dropped out of college before going back and finishing" waiter, and living with some friends, we made up something we called insta-meal.

1 box of kraft macaroni and cheese
1 lb of ground beef
1 packet of taco seasoning mix
cook the mac and cheese according to the box directions; sautee the meat, drain the fat, and add the seasoning mix until combined; combine mac and ceese with taco meat for homemade hamburger helper that tastes WAY better than the boxed sh*t.


Can't beat boxed mac and cheese for price, but if you're not quite that strapped for cash, you can make the mac and cheese pretty easily (or with more difficulty depending on how fancy you want to be). This is another area where a basic white sauce does the job. Butter melted in saucepan, add flour and whisk until it turns into a paste (but before it browns!), add milk and stir until thickened and bubbly. Depending on the end result you're going for you may add other stuff, but for a simple cheese sauce, just add grated cheese of whatever variety you like. Done. Stir into cooked elbow macaroni in casserole dish and bake (350 for 30 minutes). More work and more cost, but even this simple of a recipe will taste better than the boxed stuff (and be a **** of a lot better for you. Minimizing anything processed is a good idea).

Add in the other stuff if you want as well. Maybe not "insta-meal", but still not too much time to make (most of which is you sitting around while it bakes).
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