fried rice. that ONE carrot left, and a tiny bit of broccoli.....whatever....i throw it in. add the egg for protein....one pan super cheap meal
Also when options are low, I make "instant veggie soup" using frozen meat fat and pan drippings (I store it in a jar in the freezer and scrape it out as needed) and frozen veggies or bits of whatever is growing in the garden (kale and chives, this time of year) and rice or potatoes or a bit of pasta. And seasoned salt.
I also make "egg drop soup" for the kids using frozen leftover turkey drippings, seasoned salt, egg, and a veggie or two. They love it.
Or pannukakkua for dinner - that's huffy puffy, swedish pancake, dutch baby, whatever you want to call it - egg with a little flour and sweetener and water baked in cast-iron pans in the oven until it's puffy. Served with frozen berries or cut up apple.
If we have potatoes, latkes are a big hit here.
Also something we call "peasy potatoes" which is basically mashed potatoes with a pile of frozen peas on top, margarine, possibly scrambled eggs on the side.
Lentil soup is definitely a "desperation dinner" that everyone here likes.
In summer we have big salads with hard-boiled egg and a bit of bacon and dressing and maybe some sesame or sunflower seeds if we have them. The salad things are free from the garden. Also summer is free-stirfry-from-the-garden time, too.
The garden and the extra freezer often save my butt at dinnertime. LOL.