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Starting cooking poverty meals today want to do one or two a week. Trying to save money and get my guys used to eating like this...


Lima beans

turnip greens

corn bread

Scalloped tomatoes - got the recipe from Hillbilly Housewife http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/category/recipes/fruits-and-vegetables/vegetables



3 slices of toast

28 ounce cans of tomatoes

1 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/16 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon dry onion

2 tablespoons margarine

First toast your bread. I use the heels from a couple of loaves, plus any leftover bread I may have on hand. You can toast the bread in the oven instead of the toaster if you like. Lay the bread out on a cookie sheet and bake at 400° for about 10 minutes. This is a good way to do it if the kids have mangled the bread and it won’t fit in the toaster. After you toast the bread, cut it into small cubes. Oil a 3-quart casserole dish or a 9 by 13- inch rectangular baking pan. In the casserole or baking dish, combine all of the ingredients except the margarine. Sort of stir and scoop the bread and tomatoes together with the seasonings until it is well mixed. Now cut the margarine into pieces and dot it on top of the tomatoes and bread. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake it at 350° for about 30 minutes. Remove the tin foil for the last few minutes of baking if desired.

To Use Fresh Tomatoes: Cut up about 3-1/2 cups of fresh tomatoes, don’t bother to peel them. Proceed exactly as directed above, except cook the dish for 45 minutes. Scalloped Tomatoes tastes very good prepared with fresh tomatoes, so keep it in mind when the garden is exploding in the summer.


I did use garlic instead of onions and I added 1/2 cheese at the end.


So what are some of your poverty menus?



Hint if you use canned tomatoes drain half the juice or use double the bread. My scalloped tomatoes were way to juicy.

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Sounds good! The biggest thing is stretching things in such a way that the family *thinks* it's not "poverty". Cheese is a great "luxury" fake. ;)


Have you found this thread yet? "Poverty Cooking"




Yes Cat I have and I am going to try come of the recipes. We need a make Poverty Cooking like Pioneer Living where we can post different threads under it. I have a feeling more and more people are going to be searching for recipes to stretch and feed their family for as little as possible.

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Good old corn bread and navy beans or corn bread and pinto beans. mmmmmmmmmmm When we got married I had to teach my husband that it is a complete meal and you do not have to have meat. He eventually got to where he could forgo the meat and eat just beans and cornbread for a meal.

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we have changed the way we are eating too---



on the night the guys have fire department meeting--I went to a very simple can of soup with grilled cheese sandwitches--easy and CHEAP


I am adding in a fried potatoes, cornbread, pinto beans meal once a week--(this is hubby's fav meal anyway--so he is not suffering at all with this one)


Now that it is getting cold, I will be adding in another bean meal each week--they are so simple and easy


I am also trying to add in more soups, gumbo, etc--they are filling and cheap


We also got another deep freezer so we can get more deer this deer season--that way we don't have to buy meat unless we want too...

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It's a lot tougher to be frugal when you are doing the low carb thing to manage diabetes in the family...:misc-smiley-231:


Vic, I cook up a mess of chicken thighs in the crock pot with onion and garlic, then skin & debone the meat. Put about 3/4 cup or so in each baggie, then toss in the freezer. I take one out in the morning, then sauté it in coconut oil, olive oil, or butter with tomatoes or whatever is handy, and season it. Lunch!


Since I can occasionally get chicken thighs for $1/lb, it's a pretty cheap meal for me. Also get lots of broth from the crockpot.

Just an idea.


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  • 2 weeks later...

Variation to the scalloped tomatoes


My boys were switched at birth LOL hubby and both LOVE (and I do mean LOVE) tomatoes but none of the boys will eat them unless it is in spaghetti or chili. HOWEVER, I played with the scalloped tomatoes tonight. I used a can of tomatoes and green chilies, a can of diced tomatoes and 20 cubes of monteray/jack cheese. I used homemade sough dough bread and they scrapped the bowl clean. There is no left overs for our lunch tomorrow. They were even discussing a Italian spin on this recipe tonight. This is a definite keeper.

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  • 8 months later...

Rice with flair...


Cook 4 cups rice, add can of green chilies, can of diced tomatoes - I run my through the processor to make them even smaller. 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin and 1 onion. Our youngest LOVED it he kept going back I think he ate half the pot himself.


This also good in tortilla shells with black beans.

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