Economical Meal Using Vintage Recipes

If you are looking for an economical meal to feed your family that is also quick, easy, and sure to please, give these recipes a try. The main part of the meal is a great dish made with inexpensive ground beef and rice. Onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, etc combine with the beef and rice for a tasty treat . Add saucy carrots for added flavor and color. Finish off your meal with a very simple but good old-fashion sugar cream pie. This recipe calls for nutmeg to be sprinkled over the top. If you aren't a fan of nutmeg, use cinnamon. Or you could use a small amount of vanilla or another flavored extract. It is easy to make this pie in your family's signature flavor.


1 lb hamburger meat
1 med onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 tsp salt
pinch pepper
1 1/2 cups uncooked instant rice
1 can (14 1/2 oz)stewed tomatoes
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups hot water
1 tsp prepared mustard

In a large skillet, brown hamburger meat and drain. Add onion, green pepper, salt and pepper to skillet and cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Serves 4.


5 large carrots
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

Scrape and slice carrots. Cook carrots in small amount of water until tender crisp. Drain. Melt butter and add sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Add carrots and let simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour (or cornstarch and cold water)
1 1/4 cups hot water
dash salt
1 unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix sugar and flour together. Add hot water and salt. Mix together and pour into pie shell. Dot with butter and sprinkle nutmeg over the top. Bake at 350 degrees until done. Enjoy!

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