Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Frugal Menu Planning

Menu planning is one area where I am sorely lacking.  Most days, we plan the dinner meal sometime after 10:00 in the morning.  We're making way to many trips to the store and we're spending money on impulse items like crazy.

I have turned to the Internet in search of ideas but I wonder if half of these recipes are meant for people feeding between 2 & 3 adults & 2 teenage boys on a daily basis.  Steak for 5 is not in my budget.  We're lucky to get red meat more than once per week.  Even frugal sites seem to be full of meals that are either too complicated or too hands on.  I have CFS & FMS as well as other hidden illnesses.  Some days I just cannot be in the kitchen for an hour or two prepping dinner.

So now, I turn to you...my few (LOL) readers.  Do you have any tried & true frugal meals that are easy and kid friendly?  Please comment if you do. I'd love to hear from you!

1 comment:

Melissa said...

I'm in the process of doing the same thing. We just moved AND made the decision for me to stay at home. My kids LOVE Mexican so I make a simple casserole.

You need: 1 lb hamburger, enchilada sauce, taco seasoning, refried beans, tortillas, shredded cheese

Brown 1 lb of hamburger then add the taco seasoning.
Pour a little enchilada sauce in bottom of dish then layer tortilla, refried beans, meat mixture and cheese. Repeat until dish is full and bake.

One more quick and easy:
Need...1 lb hamburger, Mamwich, cheese and tater tots

Cook your meat and add the mamwich sauce. Pour mixture into dish, sprinkle cheese on top then top with tater tots and bake.