Post # 1
Ugh. We are on a TIGHT food budget before pay day this friday. I’m sitting at my computer trying to thing of simple, healthy, low budget meals for this week, but my brain is tired. 🙁
So, what are you having? Pictures?
Post # 3
Take a look at http://www.skinnytaste.com, great food and all healthy!
I’m making Amatriciana tonight, then my 4 other dinners will be: pasta with butternut sauce, jalapeno popper chicken, sour cream enchiladas, and either steak sandwiches or feta stuffed turkey burgers. All meals are weight watchers or skinny.
Post # 4
A great easy, fast, cheap meal for us is stir fry:
- Brown a pound of hamburger (or ground pork or turkey). Season to taste with black pepper and garlic powder.
- Add a package of frozen stir-fry vegetables and stir-fry until done.
- Serve with rice and soy sauce.
ETA: If I’m feeling really fancy, I make sweet and sour sauce by combining these ingredients in a pan on the stove top and cooking until thickened.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 tbs ketchup
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tsp garlic salt
Post # 5
@AnnieAAA: I am obsessed with all things jalapeno popper. The chicken sounds intriguing and yummy!
Post # 6
@risingsun: Here is the recipie: http://ellysaysopa.com/2012/07/24/jalapeno-popper-chicken/ I got it from Pinterest & this will be the first time I make it, but it sounds delish!!
Post # 7
We have a lb of ground turkey in the freezer so one meal will be chili and one meal will be tacos. Also plan on having salmon as we have that once a week always. That’s if for our plans for this week. Except tonight I’m making stuffed peppers – Meatless Mondays.
Post # 8
what do you already have on hand and how much is a tight budget?
Post # 9
@AnnieAAA: PINNED. It looks amazing!
Post # 10
I happen to have a quesadilla maker and use it all the time, but you can make them in a pan too.
- Take a tortilla
- Add a protein source (chopped chicken, ground beef, beans)
- Add in any combo of chopped veggies (tomatoes, onions, green peppers, olives, avocados…)
- Sprinkle with shredded cheese
- Stick another tortilla on top and heat in a pan until the tortillas are a little crunchy.
Post # 11
I’m a big fan of soup this time of year. Tonight we’re having African Peanut Soup (tomato/peanut soup) – it sounds weird, but I love it. And, it’s easy and cheap (and I don’t add the extra peanuts/scallions on top, so it is even less ingredients). There is a recipe at Real Simple.
Post # 12
This is a cheap, easy and surprisingly delicious favorite!!
Post # 13
Also, I made this for lunch today – super cheap and easy. You could add chicken or another protein to make it more filling!
Post # 14
Ok, I really should have just posted these all at once, but I kept thinking of CHEAP meals that we make often!!! 🙂 🙂
This one uses beans (we just use black beans b/c that is what I always have on hand) instead of meat. I usually just make rice and add some chicken stock/bouillon & cumin/other spices to the pot, rather than buy mexican rice.
I usually buy a can of adobo chilis, and blend it all up into a smooth sauce. Then I portion it out (1-2 tbsps) into ziploc baggies, and freeze them until I need them. That way 1 can of adobo lasts for 4-5 meals of these burritos.
The definite key to this is to put some oil/cooking spray into a pan and “fry” these up a little. I usually fill the burritos, wipe out the pan, and fry them in the same pan. 1 pan meal!
Post # 15
I plan my menu based on what I have, and what’s on sale that week. What meat is cheap at your local stores right now?
We so do eggs fairly regularly, since eggs are always cheap. Veggie quiches or fritattas & egg drop soup are particularly inexpensive.
Post # 16
@sarahcool: That Korean Beef recipe looks awesome. Pinned for later!
Like the PP, I often base my meals off of what I already have on hand and what’s on sale.
*Disclaimer: these are definitely not the healthiest meals but we don’t eat like this every week!*
This week, shaved steak and imported deli ham are both on sale where I shop, so one night will be steak and cheese subs and another night will be grilled ham and cheese sandwiches (I use a panini grill). I’m a fan of sandwiches since they’re easy and satisfying. I usually serve the steak subs with fries and the ham & cheese will probably be paired with a soup. The other nights, I’ll most likely end up grabbing something from the freezer.
Tonight, I plan to make this Creamy Bacon Carbonara because I already have some bacon and cream leftover from last week, and I keep everything else I need on hand. It’s easy and super yummy.