Originally Posted by ninelives
They only eat as much as you LET them eat.
When he spends his babysitting money on food instead of CDs, clothes, video games, movie tickets and the like, I think it's safe to say that he doesn't eat any more of the family groceries than he needs to.
I am under the impression that if I didn't let him eat every day, I would be commiting a crime called "child neglect".
Red, here's my dd's recipe for tostadas:
In the morning, put a sixty-nine cent sized bag of red beans on the stove, bring the water to a boil, and turn it off. Let it soak until you'll be home for an hour or two. Cook the beans until they're soft. Mash them up and fry them in a skillet with a small amount of oil.
Toast some corn tortillas (canned foods had a huge bag of four dozen or so for under three dollars this week) in the oven. Cover with a generous helping of the refried beans, a dollop of salsa (they have it at the dollar store usually, but we still have some of our own that we canned when we got a good deal on tomatoes and peppers at the Farmer's Market), some chopped lettuce (food bank for us, but it's fairly inexpensive if you have to buy it) and if you wanted to, you could add fresh chopped tomato and/or some grated cheese.
Top with a second corn tortilla if you want.
Mexican food tends to be a hit with most teens and it seems to be much more nutritious than comparably priced "poor white people" food.
If you have a bread machine with a "dough" cycle, you could use that to start some pizza dough before work/errands/life. When you come home, roll it out with a rolling pin. Enough for one loaf of bread is usually enough for two pizzas. If you don't have pizza pans, you can use cookie sheets. Spaghetti sauce works, but it's too expensive; I just use cans of "Tomato Sauce", also frequently available at the dollar store, and add my own oregano, basil, etc. and maybe some sauteed onions, garlic. Olives and pineapple are both inexpensive toppings. You don't absolutely have to use cheese if it's too expensive or if you don't like it. I've also used fresh dill and a little sprinkling of Olive Oil, which is delicious.