Gravy Train (aka gravy based goulash): saute onions (and lots of garlic if you have it, garlic powder if you dont have fresh), then brown meat (we typically use one pound). Make gravy (I love gravy and it stretches easier with more of the gravy) from the brown bits, add green beans or corn, warm them up (we use frozen, but whatever you have) in the gravy. We put over mashed potatoes OR egg noodles, but you could also put over rice if you had to, or regular pasta (which for my gf family would mean rice noodles...we use tinkyada), which my kids do often. It has been a family favorite for a couple of generations...the lunch lady at my mom's parochial school used to make it from scratch.
Sweet potato quesadillas: saute onions and garlic, add cumin into pan to "season" it, add shredded sweet potatoes, cook on medium high till sweet potatoes are tender. We add black beans to the quesadillas, as well as cheese. YUM!
Again we are gf, so we would use corn tortillas.
Mmmmm...chicken and dumplings (we use spelt flour for gravy for this, but I suppose you could also use corn starch if you're not corn free, I don't remember if you said corn free). Saute onions and garlic, then carrots and celery, take out, brown chicken thighs, take out, use fond (brown bits) to make gravy. Use gf flour to make biscuit mix for top. Cook chicken in gravey (my grandma used to say turn it down till it's putzy-putzy) in oven till nearly done, then add biscuit dough. Mmmmmmm...I'm hungry just thinking about it!
Take the bacon, fry a quarter pound (?), and use the grease and brown bits to start a bean soup. Yummy!
Black bean soup is simple and yummy. Saute onions and garlic, put cumin in the pan to season it, add beans, tomatoes, and broth to thin (I like to put half of the beans through the food processor or blender, to make it a smooth/creamy soup when I make it for grownups. My kids will NOT eat this soup if it's "lumpy" so I just use the immersion blender in the whole pot for them. Cook till onions aren't crunchy. Quick lunch soup if you have the beans ready!
Mmmmm...crustless quiche! bacon and cheese.
Homemade mac n cheese, add hot dogs to leftovers for next day's lunch.
Gosh, I'm hungry now!