14
Jan
09

Pocketbook Friendly Meals

Kat and I were compiling a list of the most inexpensive dinners we could think of.  So far we’ve got:

  • Nachos on flour tortillas (tortillas are  a nice economical substitute for chips)
  • $5.00 pizza from Little Ceasars
  • Hamburgers (Try  making the patties with just sea salt and fresh thyme)
  • Spaghetti with salad (You can even put together the sauce in the afternoon and let it simmer it the crockpot until dinner time)
  • Steak fajitas
  • Beans in crock pot (I cook my beans with turkey broth I have frozen from Thanksgiving. Kat cooks her’s with a hambone.)
  • Leftover beans with rice. (You could always add some sort of ham or chicken for extra protein.)
  • Tuna salad sandwiches

What would you add on?

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3 Responses to “Pocketbook Friendly Meals”


  1. 1 Nathan W Northup
    January 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Some cheap meals we do are breakfast for dinner like pancakes, orange slices and bacon. Another good one is soup/bread night. We do lentil soups with cornbread often.

  2. 2 Nathan W Northup
    January 15, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    That was from Merry not Nathan.

  3. January 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Here are a few we use frequently and are very inexpensive (at least with groceries in my town):

    Homemade Chili
    Curry
    Chef Salad
    Roast (yes, this can actually be inexpensive. I wait for the BOGO Free sale at Safeway and end up with two large roasts for about $3 each. This Sunday I made one for dinner and we had it three nights.)
    Chicken Pesto or Alfredo (I cut my chicken up into bite-sized pieces and serve it all mixed up with the sauce & pasta)

    One key to feeling full, especially if you have a meat & potato loving family and are trying to keep the budget low, is to include plenty of fiber or whole grain. We’ve switched to using brown Jasmine rice with our asian dishes and the main dish goes further because the rice is more filling. Hope that makes sense. 🙂


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