Poverty Meal

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So, how many of you have already spent more on holiday gifts, food, parties, travel, attire, etc. than planned? Here’s an inexpensive, filling recipe, appropriately called “Poverty Meal”, which may help you get your budget back on track after the holidays!

I personally haven’t tried this dish because of the ground beef, but I’ve made it for my husband in the past and he enjoyed it. I just made another round of it this morning and promptly divvied it up into multiple containers for him to bring to work for lunches and dinners over the next few days.

I originally came across this recipe on Food.Com. Since attempting it the first time, I’ve made a few tweaks.

Poverty Meal IngredientsIngredients:
• 1 lb ground beef (I added a little extra, more like 1.5 lbs)
• 8oz elbow macaroni, uncooked
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, minced (I used 4) Here’s the inexpensive Calphalon Garlic Press I love.
• 1 TBSP olive oil
• 2, 16oz cans of stewed tomatoes
• 1, 16oz can of water
• Salt & pepper. I also included some Morton Salt All-Season Pepper
• Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Poverty Meal In Progress

To prepare:
• In a large sauce pan (you’re going to need the space!), sauté onions and garlic in the olive oil until translucent.
• In a separate pan, brown the ground beef and then drain it.
• Add the cans of tomatoes, can of water, uncooked macaroni, ground beef, and some salt and pepper into the pan with the onions and garlic.
• Cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until the macaroni is tender.
• Top with Parmesan Cheese (optional)

I’ve also thought about adding green pepper into the mix. Perhaps I’ll try that next time. If you make this, I’d love to hear what else you include!

Poverty Meal




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