Originally Posted by laohaire
I'm totally on board with the bread making, yeah! The hot cereal and yoghurt sounds interesting. Would you say it would taste yummy with the plain yoghurt? Do they add sugar to the plain yoghurt or is it sweet with lactose?
Thanks for the suggestions!
I mix fruit yogurt in with my oatmeal. Sometimes I use greek yogurt which I don't think has a ton of added sugar. You can usually find unsweetened plain yogurt if you look for it but I do like a little sweetness in my oatmeal yogurt.
PS. now that I have finished the whole thread I have some more ideas
if you can buy those bags of carrots and potatoes at the store they are usually pretty cheap (bulk bags of carrots, not the pre-sliced/baby kind). And a jar of thai curry paste and cans of coconut milk on sale.
I like do to a thai curry - make some rice (white is my fave but brown works too and is healthier). Put coconut milk and a tbsp of curry paste in a pot. then add diced carrots and potatoes. Boil until cooked. You can add chickpeas or lentils too for protein I think (i usually add chicken - not positive what other complete proteins would be). This is really yummy, and easy to make and if you can get the coconut milk and even carrots/potatoes on sale it is great.
I spend $500 on feeding two, so I don't think it's a lot. It can definitely be less but it's not a lot.
Try exploring other grains. pasta can be expensive, boring too. if you can get couscous on sale i like to do couscous and black beans and feta, mixed with olive oil, garlic, herbs. I add diced bell pepper if I can get it on sale.
Broccoli is our go-to veg, it's usually the least expensive in our area. I also buy frozen veggies on sale and use those. like frozen mixed veg or peas or corn. If I can get it on sale it is less than $1 per 1lb bag which is enough for 2-3 meals.
stir fry - use day old/leftover rice, cook in a tiny bit of oil and add thawed frozen veggies. you can also add tofu or beans or whatever you want but often I just skip the protein altogether for this meal, esp. if I've had protein w/lunch and breakfast. Then add soy sauce (low sodium) and if you have it some rice wine vinegar or mirin or sake - whatever you want, you can play with it. This is pretty inexpensive if you can get soy sauce on sale.
morroccan stew - diced carrots, zucchini, potatoes (whatever is on sale - root veg work best), chickpeans, tinned diced tomatoes, and some spices like cumin, cayenne, coriander, cinnamon. Cook it all up and serve w/rice or couscous or whatever you want.
Sweet potatoes - can be inexpensive and have lots of nutrients. I like to make oven chips so I wash and cut into wedges then bake in the oven on high heat until cooked, i like to sprinkle w/curry seasonings or herb&salt.
I hope some of those ideas help.