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Meal Deals: 5-ingredient dinners for $3 or less

By Wendy Ruopp, June 29, 2010 - 11:32am

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Wendy asks: What super-simple dinners do you pull together with 5 ingredients?


ingredients = eggs, bread, cheese, potatos, sausage

make scrambled eggs in one fry pan, wash, slice and peel potatos and in another fry pan make homefries and cook sausage patties in the microwave then take the bread and toast. make breakfast sandwiches with the scrambled eggs and toast add the slice of cheese onto the warm eggs and top with a sausage patty and the other piece of toast. side dish homefires yummy breakfast for supper and two happy young boys..


09/14/2012 - 7:37pm

I take boneless chicken thighs, dip in egg, bread with panko crumbs & sprinkle this awesome fried chicken seasoning on them...fry in couple tablespoons of oil for couple minutes on each side then bake through...make angel hair pasta, cut chicken into strips, put over pasta and depending on your mood can toss with a alfredo sauce, or spagetti sauce...even some olive oil and sea salt. pick...easy to make in no time and everyone loves it...I work so of course am rushed for time but cook family meals almost every night... I even use leftover veggies and toss them in. And of course you can use any pasta you more prefer. Hope you enjoy:)


08/17/2012 - 11:20pm

One lb lean chopped beef
minced onion
can peas
can low sodium mushroom soup
envelope brown gravy mix
Saute the beef and onion, drain, add peas (juice and all) and brown gravy mix, stir then
add condensed soup
Serve over toast, rice, mashed potatoes If you count the starch as an ingredient then leave out the onion.
Hubby would do this when he took the boys camping.


03/21/2012 - 11:58am

6 Boneless Chicken thighs, 3 TBS Olive Oil, 3 TBS butter, 1/4 Tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 15 garlic cloves

Preheat oven to 425, melt butter in a 9x13 baking dish while oven preheats, add olive oil. peel garlic cloves lay in bottom of preheated baking dish. Season chicken with salt & pepper, lay in baking dish.

Bake 30 min, or til temp registers 180 degrees. Turn chicken over halfway through baking time.


02/15/2012 - 9:36am

4 thin cut pork chops
1 can black beans ( drain and rinse)
1 cup salsa

Cilantro and sour cream to top.

Brown chops on both sides, place on plate cover with tin foil. Heat up black beans and salsa in pan.
Place chops on top of beans and salsa cover and simmer about 5 min. or until chops are no longer pink.

Place chops on plate cover with beans and salsa. Top with a little sour cream and cilantro.

We always eat ours with a mixed green salad.


08/17/2010 - 1:13am


You can bake it in the oven at 350 degrees and it takes 12 minutes

Tilapia fish
1 can of cubed tomatoes
2 table spoons of Philadelphia cheese

You bake the fish for 4 minutes or so on each side, on a separate bowl combine the tomato and cream cheese to make a creamy sauce and pour on top of the fish. Bake for another 4 minutes.

It is very easy and tasty!!


08/16/2010 - 10:29pm

hmm... Instant Ramen:
boil water
put the dried up veggies
put the soup base
crack eggs
and pepper :)
p.s. if you want more calcium....
just put a DASH of milk! if you put a lot.... its not gonna taste like ramen.


08/16/2010 - 9:19pm

Bean Soup
! box vegetarian broth
1 bunch swiss chard chopped (or kale or spinach)
1 can whole tomatoes
1 onion chopped
2 carrots diced, optional
1 can cannelli (white) beans (can also use black beans)
Seasoning:2 tsp powdered cumin, garlic chopped; pepper
Bring to boil
Simmer until onion/carrots are tender
Let flavors meld; tastes even better next day; freezes well


08/16/2010 - 4:38pm

Chicken thighs, cream of mushroom soup, lipton onion soup mix in the crockpot, served over rice.


08/16/2010 - 4:10pm

My 5 ingredient supper, well nothing says cheap and no cooking like summer time sandwiches. Two slices of bread, your meat and cheese of choice, lettce, and tomatoe. We do it buffet style, plates at one end of the counter finshed with your condiments at the other end. You fix your own sandwich and sit down at the table with the family. Rock paper scissors to see who puts it all away.


08/16/2010 - 3:24pm

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