Frozen Pizza LOL
we have several but we are only cooking for three --and Zayden doesn't eat much.
Spaghetti and sauce is usually quick and cheep.
My latest that I cook at home has been chicken and Quinoa. I have a huge bag of Qunioa I got a costco. I make a few cups of that. I have a bag of frozen grilled chicken that I grab some, cut it up and add it to the quinoa and then some frozen veggies. If I really want to be smooth, I will cook the Quinoa with chicken stock for some more vitamins. Not sure exactly what that costs per meal but I probably spend a max of $15-20 for all those supplies and easily make 4 or more dinners out of that feeding three with a few leftover portions for lunch.
Something I did last night: Cooked a meal using the recipe on the back of the Pict Sweet frozen broccoli package. It was for Broccoli Fettuccini, and I added some frozen chicken breast tenders (non-breaded).
Here's what I did:
Threw some tenders in a round, 2-qt. microwavable casserole dish along with a little water on the bottom, put almost the whole family size pkg of broccoli on top, put the lid on (leaving a small space for some of the steam to escape), then threw it in the microwave for 16 minutes (stirring halfway through).
In the meantime, I cooked some whole wheat fettuccine (the recipe just calls for regular fett.), and in a separate frying pan, sauteed the other ingredients listed on the pkg to make the sauce (onions, garlic, mushrooms--I use jarred mushrooms~all sauteed in olive oil, then add chicken stock and boil for 2 min, then add sour cream, basil, parsley, s & p, and shredded cheddar cheese). Then you take the broccoli & chicken out of the microwave, cut up the chicken with a wooden spoon (it comes out really tender being steamed in the microwave! ), then mix everything together (drain the pasta, of course, and also drain the broccoli and chicken before mixing with the other ingredients)! Pretty easy, and very tasty.
Tip: If using whole wheat fettuccine, cook about 1-2 minutes longer than the pkg calls for so that it's "less chewy."
1. About $6 for the whole package of frozen chicken tenders (only used about 1/3 of it for a family of 3, so-- $2)
2. About $3 for the pkg of frozen broccoli
3. A few cents here and there for the rest of the ingredients.
About $6, and it makes enough for 2 meals, so about $3 per meal for a family of 3.
PS: If someone wants the recipe and can't find Pict Sweet broccoli (family size package of baby florets) where they live, let me know and I'll post it.
Last edited by FLSunshineMom; 12-07-2011 at 05:16 PM.
PS: After posting the above, I edited to add some important things, so if you already read it when you see this, please go back and read it again to make sure you have the accurate info.
We do frozen pizza and we need 3 and we like tombstone so its about 10.25 cents for 3 of them! Hubby can eat a whole one to himself, must be nice to be 6'3 and 135lbs! When the kids are older how many pizzas will I need? I am scared to think about it lol!!
Taco soup in the crockpot is my favorite. Of course when I am only feeding a 3 yr old that doesnt eat, a 1 1/2 yr old and myself this lasts forever so I don't make it very often.
***Twiced stuffed baked potatoes (twice baked potates stuffed with canned ckn or salmon)
***Chicken tenders with rice and veggies. (I buy a big bag of chicken tenders from Costco for $13 and get 10+ meals off it)
We do a lot of split meal shopping for our three person family. My husband is a big eater, though, so these would likely feed 3-4 people
I will buy a pound of ground turkey--Half of it is combines with a can of chili beans, half a can of black beans, a can of crushed tomatoes, a little frozen corn, some V8 and spices for a small pot of chili. The other half I combine with the reserved half can of black beans, some chopped onions, jalapeno and bread crumbs to make turkey burgers, with burger buns. (I want to say that's roughly $6.75 per meal... it's hard to calculate the veggies as I keep them on hand and I use portions in various meals)
I do this also with chicken breasts. I will get a package of breasts and poach them all. Half of them I shred and combine with finely julienned carrots, then I simmer it all together with some barbecue till the carrots are tender--voila BBQ chicken sammies tha use up the rest of the burger buns. With the other half of the chicken (and the broth that I made when poaching the breasts) I make a chicken and brown rice pot by using the rice, chopped chicken, carrots, onion (some chicken stock if the broth was weak)--sometimes I add in raisins, other time I will use peas or broccoli, then as it's almost done I grate in just a pit of parmesan cheese. (I think these two work out to about $7.25 per meal)
If there is leftover chicken and brown rice, it's really easy to throw in some extra veggies, an egg or two, some low sodium soy sauce, and make a quick fried rice!
Isobel Grace - 07/05/10
One of my Faves is a roasted stew,
about 2 lbs of stewing beef (5 or 6 dollars max)
2 or 3 potatoes (not much $)
3 or 4 carrots
1 small onion
clove or 2 of garlic
either a can of beef stock or a bullion cube
add the beef, onions and garlic (crushed or chopped) with salt/pepper/ your fave seasonings and cook in the oven low and slow for a few hours till beef is tender, add potatoes and carrots chopped, depending on how much liquid there is in the pan with the beef I'll add a can of beef stock and put back in the oven, covered till the veggies are cooked and most of liquid is gone (stirring frequently). It's like a cross between a roast beef and stew - so yummy!