Post # 1
How much per serving do you consider to be a cheap/budget/frugal meal?
Before DS was born, I would cook “fancy” stuff every night with no attention paid to cost. But now I we really need to budget and save money, as well as have more time to spend with DS, so I’ve been trying to come up with cheap, quick meals.
Please share your quick, cheap meals!
Here are the meals I did in the last week that were under $2.50 per serving:
$1.52 = Pork Chop ($.87), Kale ($.40), Onion ($.25)
$2.18 = Swai fish fillet ($1.40), 1/2 Baked Sweet Potato ($.33), Grilled Pineapple ($.45)
$2.07 = Swai fish fillet ($1.40), Broccoli ($.33), Cottage Cheese ($.34)
$2.04 = Butternut Squash Soup: Butternut Squash ($.66), Bacon ($.50), Apple ($.08), Chicken Broth ($.80)
$1.53 = Scrambled Eggs ($.50), Kale ($.40), Bacon ($.63)
$1.88 = Pork Chop ($.72), Grilled Pineapple ($.45), Baked Potato ($.08) with Greek Yogurt ($.63)
Post # 3
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
@abbyful: That is impressive!! I don’t have any to contribute but wow, way to be a super mom!
Post # 5
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 # 6
@MrsWishyWashy – Thanks! A local grocery store (Sun Fresh, I think it’s a Kansas City only store) had the pork chops on sale for $1.99/pound last week and $1.79/pound this week, so we stocked up.
@Blush.Champagne – Thank you! 🙂
Post # 7
@abbyful: That’s impressive!! I’ve never tried kale but I’ve wondered about it! What does it taste like?
Post # 8
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 # 9
@MrsSawyer – Kale is pretty good, but it is a taste you have to get used to. It’s got a stronger flavor than most other leafy greens. I only like it when it’s cooked.
@Toastymama – We try to follow the “Primal Blueprint” diet (basically paleo + dairy).
Post # 10
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
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.
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What we ate last night (and for lunch today), my cheapest meal yet!
The whole pot was $7.04, made 8 servings.
$0.89 = Spaghetti Squash ($.20), Onion ($.06), Sausage ($.25), Kale ($.10), Wine ($.19), Chicken Bouillon ($.09)
Post # 14
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
Wow! You are so food thrifty and healthy! I really need to be taking notes…