Originally Posted by lovebeingamomma
The reason we eat out so often is because I'm a SAHM, and DH works from home, so that means preparing 28 meals a week (we eat about 4 times a day), and that's HARD with chasing after 2 kids! So that explains the nights out. So how do I do this? I want to stop wasting so much money!
You don't have to be Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray to feed your family. I didn't know how to cook when I got married either.
We rarely eat out (even the "cheap" places) and I'm a SAHM with two children and dh and I both go to school (I go online).
One of our freezer meals is to get a ham then make red beans and rice out of have of it and freeze it in baggies.
Fish is another good quick meal. I batter fillets in egg, flour, salt, flour and Parmesan cheese and pan fry them in olive oil and a little butter and steam some veggies (I have a double boiler type steamer).
I make a creamy sausage pasta with 1lb of sausage, 24oz of spagetti sauce, 1lb of penne pasta, and 2cups of sour cream, salt and pepper. Cook the pasta and sausage then mix it all together and heat through.
I do sausage and potatoes. Usually a big batch with a bag of red potatoes, a couple of large onions, 4 red, yellow, and/or orange peppers, olive oil, salt and pepper. I chop it all fairly small stir it all together and cook it at about 450 (covered) until the sausage is cooked through and the onions are caramelized a bit. I forgot that I precook the chopped potatoes in two batches in the microwave for 8min each.
My BBQ potatoes are 3-4 chicken breasts boiled, shredded and mixed with BBQ sauce, then served over baked potatoes with cilantro, sour cream, red onions and cheese.
I also broil drumsticks in the oven with seasoning salt and serve them with BBQ sauce and veggies.Saving Dinner
is a good cook book for things like this.
I usually make scrambled eggs with cheese for breakfast or cereal, fruit smoothies for lunch (with frozen fruit, 100% juice, yogurt, flax seed, wheat germ, kale ice cubes and bananas), and cook for dinner. The Saving Dinner book says not to "prepare" sides, instead use steamed veggies or fresh, pretty much. Fix it and Forget
it is a crockpot recipe book.
I also make a list by category a la Saving Dinner and write down the prices as I shop.