- Breakfast for dinner.
- Chicken strips, french fries, veggie or fruit
- Sausage and peppers
- Mac and cheese, peas and carrots.
- Tuna casserole, carrot coins with honey ginger sauce
- Beef vegetable soup with cheese bread
Notes for economy
- Breakfast for dinner is a good family activity. Eggs continue to be less than a dollar a dozen. That makes the protein about .12 a serving. If you are short on eggs, you can put almost any leftover meat and veggie in a pie plate and add a two egg, 1/2 cup bisquick an 1 cup of milk mixture to it and have a quick meal. (Impossible pie)
- Pizza is a no brainier. Granddaughter loves to make them and the cost for a pizza is 1.01 . Win , win. Happy family, happy budget.
- Chicken strips are homemade. Chicken tenders gleamed from the butchering of the split chicken breasts, breading of homemade breadcrumbs, parm, and walnuts. French fries are still cheapest at Winco.
- Sausage continues to be cheap (2.00 here ) when its on sale an you can use a coupon. Peppers are usually cheaper at winco. I freeze them when I can get them for under a dollar. Green peppers are cheaper, but not a hit with the family. Oven roasted is good, but you can also just use a skillet.
- Mac and cheese is scratch and starts with cream soup base. Cheese was 2.19 a pound at Costco.
- Tuna casserole is an inexpensive meal. Using cream soup base and tuna makes it inexpensive. I usually buy costco tuna, but tuna goes on sale for as low as fifty cents. A topping of homemade breadcrumbs (free) and some parm and parsley makes it more appealing.
- Beef vegetable soup is a no brainier and easy too . Anything you can dump in the slow cooker or insta pot and walk away from is a 😊 meal. Cheese bread is on a blog at www.janefrugalfood.blogspot,com. --a resource for recipes, some old remade to be better, cheaper, and/or faster.
All of these recipes are well under a five dollar dinner for the proverbial family of four-- two adults and two school aged children. Five dollars is a benchmark for eating on four dollars a day.
My mantra is that if someone can shop and cook good meals on a sparse budget, it is not hard to spend more. LOL. Avoid too much salt, sugar, trans fats, hydrogenated oil,HFCS aka natural sugars, and fake anything.