Can I just be real? Sometimes you're going through the STRUGGLE when it comes to making food last for your family - trying to exhaust all options before it gets to being cereal for dinner, or is that just me? With being a one income family I knew I needed to get creative and thrifty with meal ideas I won't get bored of. This isn't a recipe blog, but more so a list of some easy and affordable meals I've come to love and tend to make if we're in a pinch for finances. Most of these recipes can be found on pinterest; let me know which one you're looking forward to trying below!
Chilli: A classic and easy dish to make, I love making this one because I can dump all of the ingredients in the crock pop and let it work its magic. Canned black beans are a steal and this meal can last for DAYS keeping little tummies full.
Bean And Cheese Burritos: We have burrito meal days often! Tortillas aren't a hastle to get and you can really spice these up with extras if you wanted. Sometimes my husband and I add Spanish rice to ours that makes this meal last more than one night.
Blueberry Muffins: Jiffy blueberry mix boxes are under a dollar and make a dozen muffins per box- um, yes!! I make a batch of these and freeze them to take out and reheat in the oven for a fast breakfast if we are jetting out the door.
Green Smoothies: Healthy options are actually pretty affordable for the family! We love making green smoothies for breakfast with shakes loaded with kale, spinach, apples & bananas. All of which are affordable produce to purchase.
Asian Stir Fried Rice: Looking for a quick meal that tastes great? A bag of frozen veggies and some leftover rice can make a delicious fried rice combo for the family. I love adding fresh garlic and onion to it- so good!
Baked Mac and Cheese: Noodles are easy to come by and thankfully don't take much to fuel up on. I love making mac and cheese for lunch over the weekends- such a easy yet timeless dish that is easy on the piggy bank too!
Would love to hear some more ideas to my collection- what are some meals you make on a budget?