What are your favorite meals that cost $5 or less? How many people are you feeding? Do you trade off prep time for lost cost?
Adina mama to B 4/06 and E 8/13/12 (on her due date!)
-breakfast burritos with scrambled eggs and fried potatoes
-tofu fajitas with sautéed bell peppers and onions, served with refried beans and salsa
-pasta with homemade pesto. I add canned tuna for protein, frozen peas and kale to the pesto
-rice and bean bowls with cheese, salsa, and avocado
- soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
- curried yellow lentils with veggies, served with naan or rice
-homemade pizza (maybe a little over $5 depending on what toppings and how much cheese you use, but much cheaper than other pizza)
- stir fry with tofu and veggies- I use whatever vegetables are on sale- broccoli, purple cabbage, bell peppers, green beans, carrots, etc.
- pancakes and eggs (breakfast for dinner)
We eat a mostly vegetarian diet, so it's pretty easy to keep the cost low. All these meals feed 2 adults and 1 three year old.
- Pinto beans/homemade cornbread
- Pasta w/veggies
- Fried potatoes, green pepper/onion, turkey sausage (skillet meal)
Cheese enchiladas with zucchini (in season)
Crockpot Black Beans (slightly modified from Stacy Makes Sense to up veggie count) and rice.
Vegetarian Chili (beans, onion, tomato, broth)
Lentils (with diced carrot, celery, onion)
Chicken liver with sauteed onion, mushrooms, peppers
Baked potatoes topped with chili
It's me, my husband, our 4yo and 2yo.
rice and been burritos with some cheese
homemade mac and cheese w/ broccoli
ham and potatoes fried with onions
I like to buy turkeys when they are under a dollar a pound and freeze them. they feed us about 4 meals if were smart maybe 5 and it usually costs 10$ or less for the whole turkey
We do a lot of these..We eat very frugally...LOL
Poormans Dish....basically I cube 5 potatoes and start them to frying in some canola oil with seasoned salt on low...When they are half way cooked through I quarter 2-3 hot dogs and put in with them...I serve this with a veggie...This is one of my 6 year olds favorites ...Sounds gross but it is not only super simple but very good..
Hamburger Gravy served over Noodles or Mashed Potatoes...I brown a pound of ground beef until done..I Drain all the grease except for about 3 tablespoons of it which I leave in..I add 1/2 cup flour to the meat/grease and mix till combined..I then add 2 cups of milk and simmer till thick..I season with salt and pepper,,,,I serve with mashed potatoes and French green beans..
Breakfast foods...Eggs,Pancakes,Gravies,waffles...the possiblities are endless and you can mix them up and inner change them..Sometimes we eat cubed Spam with eggs and hm Hashbrowns several times a week...Filling and good..
Soups...I like to do Chicken Noodle or Potato Soup...Super easy, cheap and filling..Plus super yummy...
Go to You Tube and look up Clara the Depression Cooking Lady...she is sweet and shows meals and a few treats that her family lived on in the depression..Super easy, cheap and actually taste good...I made several of her recipes..
I make all these meals gluten and dairy free by the way...
Quesedillas with black beans and cheese
Sweet potatoes with fried eggs
Sweet potatoes with caramelized onions
Sweet potatoes with lentils and seasoned with cumin (burrito like, minus the wrap. Think I got a real recipe from MDC years ago)
Sweet potatoes with black bean soup
I guess we eat a lot of sweet potatoes!
My kids favorite cheap meal is fried dough. Basically bread dough cooked in oil. with lots of powdered sugar! When I was a kid we had this most sundays after church. We eat it for special days when I know they'll be getting plenty of other real food! Any bread dough works (wheat, oat, white, spelt, etc. except soy flour burns too quickly) 2 people in the house have been grain free for about 3 months now, so I don't know when we'll have this again!
family of 6. I only make what we'll eat so no leftovers.
Me. With 1 spouse, 4 kids, 16 chickens, 74 matchbox cars, 968,562+ legos, a dishwasher waiting to be emptied, a washing machine waiting to be filled and a lost cup of tea in the house.
daal w/ rice and a vegetable
beans and rice w/ side of steamed cabbage
black bean soup w/ bread and a veg. on the side
I'm noticing they're all bean dishes!
we also do a lot of tofu stir fry w/ rice noodles or over rice, but I bet that realistically comes out to more than $5 a meal
It's the protein that I find keeps the cost of the meals high. We prefer organic/ pasture raised, which is so expensive that we really only eat meat 1-2 times a week, if that.
I love reading other people's ideas
Every once in a while you'll find salmon on sale, if you don't mind buying farm raised. So with the vegetables and rice you're looking at about $2-3 per serving.
Pasta with veggies
Cook some pasta. Steam some veggies. Cook diced onion and herbs (oregano, rosemary, etc., whatever you have) in lots of olive oil. Mix all of these together with nutritional yeast flakes and sunflower seeds.
Baked beans (canned or homemade), cornbread, and some fruit (fresh or canned).
This is a great one if you find a sale on canned salmon: Lemon Creamy Salmon with Tangy Greens.
And the winner for hearty, super-cheap, super-easy main dish: Honey Baked Lentils!!! Bake alongside squash or sweet potatoes, or serve on top of salad.
Mama to a boy EnviroKid 10 years old and a little girl EnviroBaby !
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