Plenty under $20

These one-dish meals can be made for under $20

Cornbread Salad
1 (8.5 oz.) package cornbread muffin mix
2 (15.5 oz.) cans whole kernel corn, drained
2 (15 oz.) cans pinto beans, drained
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
3 small tomatoes, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
½ cup scallions, chopped
10 bacon strips, fried and crumbled
2 cups (16 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1 envelope ranch dressing mix

Prepare cornbread according to package directions. Cool completely; crumble. In a large bowl, combine the corn, beans, tomatoes, peppers, onions, bacon, cheese and crumbled cornbread. Dressing: In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients until well blended. Just before serving, pour dressing over salad and toss. Yields 6 to 8 servings. by Irene Stauffer, Barnett, Mo.


Cornmeal Mush
4 cups water
2 cups cornmeal
½ cup white flour
2 tsp. salt
3 ½ cups water

Bring 4 cups of water to boil. Add cornmeal, white flour, salt and 3 ½ cups of water to large bowl; mix well. Stir mixture into boiling water. Cook for ½ hour. When done, pour out into pan; let stand until cold. Slice and fry for breakfast. Yields 6 servings. Eli Miller, Clark, Mo.



2 tbls. vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced or ¹⁄8 tsp. garlic powder
1 lb. ground beef
1 ½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper (black)
1 tsp. sweet basil
1 tsp. parsley flakes
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 (8 oz.) cans tomato paste
2 cups hot water
8 oz. package lasagna noodles
12 oz. cottage cheese, small curd
1 (6 oz.) package grated mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350°. Heat oil in a large skillet. Brown garlic and beef; add salt, pepper, basil, parsley flakes, Parmesan cheese, tomato paste and water. Simmer 20 minutes. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Put half of noodles in a 13x9-inch lightly greased pan. Add a layer of cheese, using half of each kind. Add ½ of meat sauce. Add layer of noodles and repeat. Chill for 1 hour. Bake for 55 minutes. Yields 6 servings. by Lena Borntrager, Clark, Mo.


One-Pot Dinner

½ lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
¾ cup green pepper, chopped
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt (optional)
½ tsp. dried basil
¼ tsp. pepper
2 cups medium egg noodles, uncooked
1 (16 oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5 oz.) can stewed tomatoes
¾ cup water
1 beef bouillon cube
In a large saucepan or skillet, cook meat until no longer pink; drain. Add onion, celery and green pepper; cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add Worcestershire sauce, salt (if desired), basil and pepper. Stir in noodles, beans, tomatoes, water and bouillon. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until noodles are tender; stirring occasionally. Yields 4 to 6 servings. by Susie Gingerich, Clark, Mo.


Ham Potato Scallop

1 (5 oz.) package scalloped potatoes
2 cups boiling water
2 tbls. butter
¾ cup milk
2 cups cubed, fully cooked ham
1 (10 oz.) package frozen cut green beans
1 (4 oz.) cup shredded
cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400°. In an ungreased 1 ½ quart baking dish, combine potatoes and sauce mix with boiling water and butter. Stir in milk, ham and green beans. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender; stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer, or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yields 4 servings. by Kathy C. Gingerich, Clark, Mo.


Breakfast Casserole

1 lb. meat (ham, sausage or other)
1 onion, chopped
8 eggs, scrambled and fried
4 large potatoes, shredded and fried
1 ½ lb. cheese of your choice
White Sauce:
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
1 ¾ cup milk
1 cup sour cream
Salt to taste

Casserole: Preheat oven to 400°. Cube ham or fry sausage along with onion. Layer ingredients in order given in a 9x13-inch pan. White sauce: Stir in all ingredients and boil until thick. Cover layered ingredients with white sauce. Bake for 40 minutes. Yields 8 servings. by Lovina N. Borntrager, Clark, Mo.


Hunter’s Delight

½ lb. sliced bacon, diced
2 ½ lb. red potatoes, thinly sliced
2 medium onions, sliced
1 ½ lb. boneless venison steak, cubed
2 (14 ¾ oz. ea.) cans cream-style corn
3 tbls. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. sugar
½ to 1 tsp. seasoned salt

In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; drain. Place potatoes and onions in a 5-quart slow cooker. Top with venison and bacon. Combine corn, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and seasoned salt; pour over the top. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the meat and potatoes are tender. Yields 4-6 servings. by Perry J. Petersheim, Madison, Mo.


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