Found this website today, listing recipes for meals under $3.00.
What are your go-to meals for those times when there's "more month than money"? Comment below please. My family thanks you for adding some variety to their lives.
Here are my contributions for cheap and easy meals. Those with an aversion to canned chicken (gasp!) avert your eyes.
Beans and Corn Bread
Two large cans of Bush's brand pinto beans
One thick slice of ham; chop and add to beans
Jiffy Corn Bread (Mix in frozen corn if you have on hand.) (My kids like it muffin style.) (Is it okay to use two, make that three, parentheses in a row? Probably not.)
1 can Tyson chunk chicken breast
burrito size flour tortillas
Sprinkle chicken with taco seasoning and heat in the microwave. Spread cheese and chicken mixture on half a buttered tortilla. Fold tortilla in half and cook in skillet. (You probably could have figured out how to assemble and cook those without instructions, huh?)
Baked Potatoes with Canned Chili
Really needs no explanation.
I will add that baking potatoes in the crock pot, drizzled with olive oil and salt, is easy and yummy. When I make them that way, I sometimes bake a few extra to make twice-baked potatoes with for a later meal.
Whole Young Chicken
Make in the crock pot (just rub with butter and add salt and pepper), and serve with rice or potatoes.
With the left-overs, make chicken and dumplings for another meal. Use biscuits for your "dumplings." Just break biscuits apart and drop in boiling chicken broth. Cook on medium about 10 minutes covered and 10 minutes uncovered.
As a kid when my mom was going to school, I had to alot of the cooking! Here was one of meals I "cooked" regularly, and still do (last night infact!)
1lb ground beef
1 can of Ranch Style beans
1 can of Veggie Beef soup.
Brown, open, dump, and stir!
Now a days I have to double the recipe to feed all my family.
Long ago I stumbled across the cookbook "What to Cook When You Think There's Nothing in the House to Eat" by Arthur Schwartz. It is chock full of recipies that are cheap, easy, and delicious. One of my favorites is the Potato Soup. Make sure you use good olive oil.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, coursely chopped
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice
2 cups water
3/4 tsp salt
1.In medium saucepan, combine the oil and onion and cook over medium heat until the onion is tender, about six minutes.
2.Add the potatoes and stir well to coat potatoes with the oil. Cook, stirring, about 3 minutes, until potatoes begin to sizzle.
3. Add water and salt. Cover and simmer briskly for about 10 minutes until potatoes are tender.
4. Mash about half of the potatoes with a wooden spoon, leaving the mixture lumpy and soupy
5.Simmer another 1 or 2 minutes.
Potato Soup and Bread
Seaweed Soup (yes, we're weird like that)
Pancakes or waffles (yes, for dinner. Basic ingredients--so I can make a lot until everyone is full!)
Refried beans and homemade tortillas
Curry-Whatever (chicken curry if we have chicken or if it's to be meatless a bunch of vegetables) with rice.