Cheap meal recipes

As we are a one income family, it tends to be feast (the immediate week after pay) and then famine (the week prior to pay).  There are only so many exciting ways to cook mince (beef mince usually, about $12 a kilo - approx $US9 or 5 British pounds, 1 kilo = approx. 2.2 pounds), and it's becoming harder and harder to find new recipes.  Lamb is incredibly expensive at the moment (because of the drought), it costs about the same as some types of steak.  Vegetarian meals are a no-go because TTO has a pathological fear of vegetables.  Does anyone have any recipes for good cheap meals that their families enjoy, and are willing to pass on?

Feeling much better today, although still tired.

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Mexican chicken and rice

Saute about 8 chicken drumsticks (or 4 drumstick/thighs divided)in 1 T. oil until brown and remove. Add a large onion chopped, one red pepper and one green pepper cut in strips, and a couple of cloves minced garlic and saute until soft. Add 1 t.-1 T. of chili powder (I mean mild Mexican chili powder, unless you want to die), 1 or 1 1/2 cups rice (depending on how hungry you are), 2 or 3 cups chicken stock (depending on amount of rice) and the juice of one lemon and bring to boil. Add chicken and cook for 25 minutes or so. Sprinkle with coriander for extra snazz.

If you want to make Indian chicken and rice, replace chili powder with curry powder. If you want to make Italian chicken and rice, replace chili powder with a mix of basil and oregano, and replace half of the chicken stock with diced tomatoes. This is one of those things I make weekly, so I vary for my sake more than the vacuum cleaners.
I just made an animated icon - it's not very good, but I did it! The things you can work out when you're bored.
Very nifty. I'm impressed. It's all I can do do get a simple image with a word or two on it.
Yep, it's a keeper.

See my icon - now that I made (yes, so I've spent the morning learning how to make animated icons - what of it?)
I'm glad my wasted morning's efforts could be put to the important purpose of cheering you up. Of course you do realise that you will be inundated with my gyrating icons from now on, well at least until I get bored of making them,