Inexpensive meal ideas

From the post here: This is a list of ideas that I think we would use, keeping it here for the times when we get stuck planning.

  • Maid Rites : brown 1 lb ground beef with a can of chicken broth. Drain well and serve on buns with your favorite condiments
  • Spaghetti
  • Sloppy joes: I just brown 1 lb ground beef with chopped up onion. Drain. Add squirt of mustard and enough ketcup to make the right consistency. I also add a pinch of sugar. Serve on buns
  • Burgers and fries (or tots)
  • chicken tenders- dip them in [almond] milk, then in some [gluten-free] flour seasoned with salt,pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Pan fry them.
  • Pancakes/waffles & bacon/sausage. Fruit is good with it too.
  • Tacos
  • french bread pizza – just slice a french bread long ways and you can make 2 long pizzas. Even more savings if you top with whatever leftovers you may have in the fridge. Elliot would still need his GF pizza and Daiya cheese, but this would be cheap for the rest of us.
  • Beans N Weenies Casserole: 28 oz. Baked Beans, Pkg of Hotdogs, Pkg of Cornbread mix (check all to make sure gluten-free) Heat oven to 375 degrees, empty can of beans into 9X13 casserole dish, cover with sliced up hotdogs, then mix cornbread as directed and put that on top! Not the healthiest dish, but if you’re in a pinch financially, easy pleasy!
  • Baked potato bar (top with whatever you’ve got)
  • Garlic Chicken & Pasta: 2-4 chicken breasts, [gf] angel hair pasta, garlic cloves, olive oil, Parm cheese. -Cut chicken into cubes and saute in about 1/2 cup olive oil. With 5 or so minutes left, add 5-7 garlic cloves and continue sauteing. Don’t let the garlic burn! -Cook pasta according to directions, drain and return to pot. Pour cooked chicken, garlic, and oil over pasta. Serve sprinkled with Parm. cheese.
  • Black Beans and Salsa Chicken: boneless chicken breasts (2-3 lg) cut into bite-sized cubes, 1 can black beans drained and rinsed, 1 can corn drained and rinsed, and 1 c salsa. Put in crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Cream Cheese Pasta: Boil up [gf] pasta, drain, add a container of softened [vegan] cream cheese flavored with herbs, stir into pasta until blended, and then just throw in whatever steamed, frozen or canned veggies you want. Chicken or Turkey would be a good add in as well.
  • Quesadillas – tortillas, cheese, and whatever meat and/or veg may be on hand
  • French toast served with bacon, breakfast sausages and/or fruit (this would be a good way to use up gf bread attempts that didn’t turn out as well as hoped. Use almond milk instead of regular in the egg mix. Make up the whole loaf, cuz the boys love them the next day with a little jam on top.)
  • Frittatas
  • Eggs with diced ham and cheese
  • Sandwiches: PBJ (plain for Jasper, grilled for the rest of us, with honey instead of J for Joshua), paninis (meat, cheese, pesto is the best combo), cold lunchmeat, grilled cheese

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