Originally Posted by mamabear0314
My food stamps fell below $300 recently and I am having a lot of trouble feeding my 3 growing boys and myself so I definitely need to find some really cheap ideas for food. And I probably need to find a way to lock the fridge because the kids will not freaking stay out of it.
I love chili because it is always filling and you can use more beans and less meat.
Tostadas - crisp corn tortilla (or fry your own up in some hot oil), with any of the following toppings: mashed black beans, rice, ground beef, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, salsa, sour cream, guac, tomatoes, onions. (I usually only use the beans, rice, salsa, cheese and maybe sour cream, but each family's tastes will vary.)
Loaded Baked Potato Soup - This soup is made with heavy cream, which can be expensive, but the cream makes it very filling, so it goes a long ways. You can also substitute with half-n-half, which cuts the costs down a bit.
Yorkshire puddings and gravy - Yorkshire puddings are pretty easy. They are an egg-heavy bread, so they are very filling but inexpensive. I use a butter or bacon grease and flour roux with homemade stock/broth or even bullion cube broth to make gravy. Add a veggie on the side and it's a nice, surprisingly filling meal. (Hint: make extra yorkshires, my kids eat nearly a dozon EACH)
Supreme mashed potatoes - This is a loaded baked potato plus the sides, mashed. I use any of the following: cut up turkey or chicken, crumbled bacon, butter, milk, sour cream, greek yogurt, green beans, corn, broccoli, peas, shredded cheeses. (I use a lot of leftovers for this, so get creative.) Mash the taters, add everything else, mix and pour gravy on top.
Carnivore Salad - We made this up to get rid of some lettuce and a bunch of leftovers, but everyone loved it. Steak strips, chicken strips, bacon crumbles, at least two different cheeses, bell pepper strips, shredded or sliced or baby carrots, diced celery, sliced or wedged or cherry or grape tomatoes, sunflower seeds, croutons, and dressing. A little goes a very long way with this.
Spaghetti Bake - Pasta of your choice, meat(s) of your choice, spaghetti sauce. Mix and put into a casserole dish. Top with cheese of your choice (go light on the cheese for savings). Bake until melted and turning golden. Throw some extra (leftover) veggies in the sauce, too. I often use mixed leftover pastas, and leftover chicken or turkey, diced.
Stuffing Casserole - Make homemade stuffing with ends and pieces of bread, diced, a little turkey or chicken stock/broth, butter, diced celery, and italian herb seasonings. Add diced turkey or chicken and green beans or corn, mix and bake in a casserole dish, covered, until heated through. (Hint: Go easy on the stock/broth - you only need a little to moisten everything through, the butter does the heavy lifting with moisture and flavor.) You can also sprinkle lightly with cheese, to taste.