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DIY Diary

First hand DIY experiences, tips, and suggestions from an average DIY family!

We’ve all been there. Heck, I’m there at least once a month! When the money is tight, but you still get hungry, make these tasty recipes.

Lemon Butter Pasta

For this recipe, you will need:
– thin spaghetti (1 lb for $1)
– 1 lemon ($0.25)
– butter (4 sticks for $1)

I love this recipe, to be completely honest. We eat this weekly, even right after payday. In total, you can make 6+ services for less than $3. Not bad!

Lemon Butter Pasta

Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb thin spaghetti
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook your spaghetti with salted water until al dente. Drain spaghetti and add 1 stick of butter, the juice of 1 lemon, and salt and pepper to taste.

Cheesy Broccoli Rice

For this recipe, you will need:
– frozen broccoli ($1)
– rice ($1.30)
– cheddar cheese ($4)

This is another staple in our household. It’s tasty, quick, and a crowd pleaser!

Cheesy Broccoli Rice

Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb rice cooked
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli
  • cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • combine cooked rice, frozen broccoli, and cheddar cheese in a casserole dish. Bake for 15-25 minutes at 350 degrees, or until golden brown.

Sloppy Joes

For this recipe, you will need:
– 1 lb ground beef ($4)
– 1 c. ketchup (<$1)
– 1 TBS mustard (<$1)
1 Tbs brown sugar (<$1)

My husband loves this recipe because it only has 4 ingredients!

Sloppy Joes

Servings: 3 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef browned
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 TBS mustard
  • 1 TBS brown sugar

Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef, drain oil, and add ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. Mix together and simmer fo 20 minutes.

Cheesy Fries

For this recipe, you will need:
– frozen French Fries ($1)
– cheddar cheese ($4)
– pickled jalapeños (<$1)

These fries are a favorite of mine! They remind me of the State Fair, with the comfort of home.

Cheesy Fries

Servings: 3 people

Ingredients

  • 5 lb frozen fries baked
  • cheddar cheese
  • jalapeños
  • bacon bits

Instructions

  • Top pre-baked fries with cheddar cheese and bake until cheese is melted. Top with Jalapeños and bacon bits. 

Vegetable Fried Rice

For this recipe, you will need:
– 1 lb rice ($1.30)
– soy sauce ($1)
– mixed vegetables, frozen ($1)

Yet another favorite. Can you tell I love all of these recipes? This recipe is great because it doesn’t feel like a “cheap” recipe!

Vegetable Fried Rice

Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb rice cooked
  • soy sauce to taste
  • mixed vegetables frozen

Instructions

  • Combine the cooked rice, mixed vegetables, and soy sauce in a sauce pan that has been greased. Sauté on medium heat until golden brown and crispy.
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