Cheap dinner ideas.
New house need to start cooking, or at least my wife does. Any cheap ideas? We worked out a couple meals that cost 2$ to feed the both of us.
And ideas of things to buy in bulk? Sorry no ramen or that sort of thing.
Pesto. $1 box of noodles and $1 jar of sauce, should feed four,or two twice as it were.
maybe you or your wife could get a job in catering?
buy dried beans in mass quantities, FTW*
*(win, not wind) ;)
Mac & Cheese
My cooking skills are limited, so my options come from cans and boxes.
Except for my pièce de résistance, creamed tuna on toast! (Don't ask...it dates back to my Boy Scout camp years.)
Just some general comments. Don't buy prepared foods. They are expensive and not a healthy choice. If you both work and don't get home until 6 or 7, cook the night before or cook on the weekends and freeze portions. Your own tastes and preferences. Also use coupons, read the ads from the food stores. As you drive around town you can take advantage of sales as you pass the different markets.
;-/ frugal papa
Fried rice is both awesome, and relatively cheap.
Use this. Some upfront cost in getting food stuffs, but cheap and easy meals.
Ramen noodles. Discard the flavor packet. Drain off the water after boiling. Dress up with your choice of fresh veggies (snap peas, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers, etc.). Season lightly with sesame oil and soy sauce. Sometimes we put a poached egg on top. Cheap, good-looking meal.
One thing to keep in mind. Most cheap food is really bad for you. It's usually full of salt, calories, way too many carbos, etc. Don't sacrifice eating well for eating cheap. I did that years ago and ended up putting on a lot of weight eating poorly. Eventually, I paid for it by having to struggle to get my weight back down. I know ramen noodles are cheap but they are so unhealthy. Find a way to keep plenty of fruits and vegis in the diet. I don't mean to sound like I am preaching, but I learned myself the hard way.
Sift through this list from one of my favorites, Michael Symon. He has several "five ingredients and five minutes" recipes: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/rec...ichael%20Symon. Don't laugh at the hot dog hash. I made it, and it was very good.
1/2 lb noodles
2 lbs frozen mixed veggies
seasoning - I use Cavendars.
Put water in a pot - enough to cover noodles and veggies but not so much it will easily boil over.
Bring water to boil.
When boiling add noodles and stir as needed to keep noodles from sticking together.
Add frozen veggies when the water starts to boil again. I do the corn, pea, greenbean variety, but others will work the same.
As soon as it boils again it is done. Drain water.
Add oil - as you like it. I generally add about a couple tablespoons or so - I never measure. You can always add more. And seasoning to taste.
Let sit a couple minutes and eat.
SIMPLE, cheap, healthy and you can add meat to it if you like.
Soups can be made in good quantities (freeze down portions you don't need that day), for not very much money.
Egg noodles or rice with veg and or meat can be thrown together for not very much.
Rice = cheap + durable.
Eggs at Costco are cheap by the 64 pack.
Pork shoulder was dead cheap compared to other cuts of meat per pound.
Add Kim chi, soy sauce, and/or sesame oil to add flavor.
Cycle in veggies for health purposes.
I make Dahl Bhat a couple of times a week. Costs a couple of bucks maybe.
Mesir Wat: Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew Recipe
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 cups chopped red onion
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoons Berbere spice
3 cups organic vegetable broth
1 cup dried small red lentils
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
4 cups hot cooked basmati rice
1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 15 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add ginger and garlic; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in tomato paste and Berbere spice; cook 1 minute, stirring to combine. Gradually add broth, stirring with a whisk until blended. Increase heat to medium-high; bring to a simmer.
2. Rinse lentils until cold water; drain. Add lentils to broth mixture; simmer, partially covered, 35 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in salt. Sprinkle with cilantro; serve over rice.
My wife love this:
1lb pasta (rotini or elbows work best)
1lb ground beef (browned)
1/3 cup olive oil
a heaping spoonful (I guess never measure it) McCormick Steak Seasoning
It makes six meals for us. Served on warmed tortillas is really good to albeit seemingly odd.
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