(Closed) What do you consider a "cheap meal"? Share your faves!

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
557 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wow! Those are some mad math skills to break it down like that.

My cheap meals are chicken breasts with veggies and of course, spaghetti.

By The Way that is really cheap for pork chops. Where do you buy your groceries? Everything looks yummy.

Post # 4
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@abbyful:  That is impressive!! I don’t have any to contribute but wow, way to be a super mom! 

Post # 5
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Wow!! I’m impressed. I can’t break it down like that, but mine is pea soup and lentil soup.

For each, I use 1 bag of dried peas or lentils, water, 1 onion, 3 cloves garlic, 2 carrots, bouillon, a bunch of thyme from the garden, salt and pepper. Sometimes I add ham. I make soda biscuits or WHO bread with it. The soups make a ton for leftovers and freeze well. I also use the bread the next day for french toast or the biscuits for biscuits and gravy.

Post # 7
4355 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@abbyful:  That’s impressive!! I’ve never tried kale but I’ve wondered about it! What does it taste like?

Post # 8
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

wow you guys eat way different than what we do. A cheap meal to us is a potato bake, spaghetti bolognaise, hot chips (french fries) and chicken breast with a dijonaisse sauce. Homemade hamburger, etc

Oh and can’t go past bangers and mash (sausages and mash potato with gravy and veggies)

Post # 10
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My meals look similar, except my Darling Husband would eat about 3-4 times that amount. He is a tall man who works out hard. He can easily eat over 1lb of meat at dinner plus lots of veggies. The pure quantity of the food is astronomical since we dont eat grains either.

I made DH’s breakfast this week for just $10 total which for what he eats its really good.

A cheap, quick meal for us hypothetically would be a stuffed burger (DH will eat 3 of them) stuffed with some sauteed onions and bell peppers, 2 grilled onions, 4 grilled zuchinnis, 2 grilled plouts and a microwaved sweet potato and an avocado. Dh will eat 3/4 of it all.  Basically whatever is on sale I buy and make

Post # 11
1501 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Wow, those are really great looking meals and very budget friendly.

For me a cheap meal would be soup and sandwiches or spaghetti. Cheap meals are also easy meals for me.

Post # 14
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Great thread! Falafel is a go to cheap and healthy for me :). Or a basic roast, using a chicken breast (food is expensive her in general, but chicken breasts are almost always the cheapest meat)

Post # 15
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Wow!  You are so food thrifty and healthy!  I really need to be taking notes…

Post # 16
1975 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

  • dino bake (mince, bolognase sauce, cheese and pasta)
  • Potato bake (potato, cream, bacon and cheese)
  • Onion and apple sausages (sausages, onion, green apple, herbs and sices, tomato sauce, mashed potato)

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