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Scalloped Potatoes 'n' Ham Casserole

I'm a home health nurse and got this recipe from one of my elderly clients, who had used it for years. Now, it's one of my family's favorites. It will never curdle, thanks to the secret ingredient of powdered nondairy creamer. You can serve this homey favorite for just 85¢ per serving. —Kathleen Johnson, Lake City, South Dakota
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Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

This speedy and hearty dish is quite tasty. You get the rich flavor by allowing the turkey and spices to blend overnight. Don't skip this step!—Shirley Goodson, West Allis, Wisconsin

Pasta Shells and Peppers

Pasta Shells and Peppers

Pasta Shells and Peppers

"Tomatoes and green peppers spooned over the top give this easy-to-prepare macaroni and cheese fresh homemade taste," shares Sharon Ann Sluski from West Ossipee, New Hampshire. Our test kitchen figures her thrifty main dish costs just 94 cents per serving.

Tender Corned Beef 'n' Cabbage

Tender Corned Beef 'n' Cabbage

Tender Corned Beef 'n' Cabbage

I have some Irish ancestry, so I started a family tradition on St. Patrick's Day. I came up with my own recipe for the classic corned beef and cabbage. The meat is tender, and the apple juice gives it a mellow flavor.—Jo Ann Honey, Longmont, Colorado
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Szechuan Chicken Noodle Toss

Szechuan Chicken Noodle Toss

Szechuan Chicken Noodle Toss

"My family loves Chinese food," says Carol Roane, Sarasota, Florida, "so I came up with this quick-and-easy recipe to use up leftover chicken, pork or beef."

Cheesy Zucchini Pie

Cheesy Zucchini Pie

Cheesy Zucchini Pie

For a light lunch or brunch that costs just 76 cents per serving, fix this quiche-like dish made with crescent roll dough. "This zucchini pie is delicious, easy and inexpensive," writes Melissa Collins from South Daytona, Florida.

Pepper Steak Fettuccine

Pepper Steak Fettuccine

Pepper Steak Fettuccine

"My husband is a pasta lover, so I created this tangy dish for him," explains Crysta West of New Straitsville, Ohio. Strips of round steak, green pepper and onion make it hearty—and at 99¢ a serving, it's economical, too.

Flavorful Meat Loaf

Flavorful Meat Loaf

Flavorful Meat Loaf

This recipe is a firm, hearty loaf with a distinctive taste, thanks to soy sauce and ginger. This is one recipe I rely on for a satisfying, inexpensive meal.—Sharon Hancock, Belleville, Ontario

Ham Loaves

Ham Loaves

Ham Loaves

This is a great recipe if your family enjoys meatloaf. The brown sugar mixture makes it so tasty.—Carol Van Sickle, Versailles, Kentucky

Chicken-Baked Chops

Chicken-Baked Chops

Chicken-Baked Chops

"Even my husband, who doesn't care for pork, enjoys these tender chops covered with an easy sauce," relates Debbie Smith of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The price of this thrifty main dish is easy on the wallet at a mere 98 cents a serving.

Garden-Fresh Fettuccine

Garden-Fresh Fettuccine

Garden-Fresh Fettuccine

Fresh vegetables right from the garden make this a special dish that is quick, easy, economical and downright delicious! Sometimes I add snow peas, too. —Jan Huntington, Painesville, Ohio

Ranchero Supper

Ranchero Supper

Ranchero Supper

"This hearty dish is quick and easy to fix after a busy workday," writes Karen Roberts, Lawrence, Kansas. "We like to use hickory and bacon baked beans and serve it with fruit or a green salad for a complete meal," she recommends. The handy skillet supper is a bargain at only 98¢ per helping.
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