Start cooking whole chickens. You get 3 or 4 meals out of them.
Day 1: Roast the chicken, have roasted chicken with gravy and mashed potatoes. (Eat the drum sticks and thighs.) $5
Shred remaining meat, save fat, skin and bones for making stock.
Day 2: Chicken casserole, chicken enchiladas, chicken alfredo pasta etc. (Whatever you like) yesterday we did chicken alfredo pizza. So good!!! $2
Day 3: Chicken cesear wraps, chicken tacos, bbq chicken on a bun etc. $2
Day 4: make your stock. Reserve for later, or make into soup immediately. $0
With a beef roast:
Day 1: Roast beef, gravy and mashed potatoes. $6
Divide remaining beef in half. Save gravy and left over mashed potatoes. (I make horseradish carmalized onion mashed potatoes with roast.)
Day 2: Slice the beef really thin, serve with sauteed onions and peppers, on buns with hot gravy on the meat. Sort of a beef dip. Yum. Or Stick the thin slices into the crockpot with bbq sauce on low all day and serve on buns. $2
Day 3: Cut up remaining beef. Make beef stock soup, add veggies, beef and make little dumplings with the left over potatoes. $2
With a ham:
Day 1: Bake the ham, serve with rice or potatoes or whatever you like. $10
Day 2: Ham and cheese quiche. $3
Day 3: Homemade mac and cheese with ham. $2
Day 4: Ham and cheese and spinach grilled egg dipped sandwiches. Really yummy and filling for cheap. Esp if you make your own bread. $2 www.breadtopia.com
Day 5: Soup. Either split pea or ham chowder. Either way, super yummy. $3
Each soup starts with 8 cups of stock. Finish chowders with 2-4 cups of cream.
I serve every meal with veggies or salad.