Cheap And Easy Dinner Ideas. Tips to feed the kids easily.
Cooked ground meat with elbow noodles and Manwhich.
Frozen meals. Pizza, lasagna, chicken tenders, beans and hot dogs, pot pies, corn dogs.
Mac&cheese or Chili dogs.
Pork loin in the crock pot, add a can of Dr. Pepper and Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce to your liking.
Mix a pound of cooked hamburger to your macaroni and cheese.
If you take a couple of whole chickens and put them in cold water, bring to a boil, cover and turn off heat and let sit for an hour, you can debone and have wonderful, juicy meat with broth for the start of many meals just sitting in the fridge all week! Chicken salad sandwiches, rice and chicken, chicken paninis, soup, homemade ramen with chicken and broth , etc
Another cheap recipe I’ve made I call it Mexican goulash. Elbow macaroni, I like the large elbow macaroni, Taco seasoned meat, taco seasoning, Rotel chopped tomato and habanero, green chile would work too and if you like it. If you have onion and or green pepper saute that to mix in with your goulash good stuff.
Bow tie pasta with margarine and veggies. Even a bag of frozen vegetables. Cook them in a pot with your butter or margarine then toss in your already boiled bow ties.
Lil smokey links in the crock pot with BBQ sauce.
Pigs in a blanket.
Cowboy beans over cornbread.
Chicken pot pie.
Make egg sandwiches for dinner with some fried potatoes.
Spaghetti pour a little oil in it. Mix well. Sprinkle breadcrumbs, mix well. Or Pasta melt a stick of butter, mix well. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese mix well.
Ramen noodles and add bag of veggies and some shredded cooked chicken!
Praline Chicken- pound breast- spread top with Dijon mustard, then add brown sugar and pecan pieces. Bake.
Grandma’s mac & cheese: 2 cans tomato sauce, Garlic fresh or powder, Onion fresh or powder, Parmesan cheese, Elbow macaroni 1/2 box, 1 lb sharp cheddar cheese. Simmer in skillet 2 hours or more. Boil noodles. Put all ingredients in an dollar tree aluminum pan. Place cheese on top. Cook in oven 3:50 for one hour. Serve with sloppy joes. Reheated grandma’s Mac and cheese taste better.
Brown 1.5 lbs. ground beef, add 1 can tomato soup, pour in baking dish, top with cheese slices, top that with canned biscuits. Bake at 375 until biscuits are golden brown.
Boil potatoes in water until they are soft and peel, cut into slices add dice an onion. Take ground beef and diced onions into a skillet and once they are done add potatoes. Season with garlic powder, salt, pepper and a bit paprika.
Smoked sausage, potatoes and cabbage in one pot. Cut all up and cover with water. Takes about 25 minutes in an instant pot or 40 minutes in a regular pot (put the cabbage on top, it takes longer to cook). No seasoning. The sausage seasons the whole pot.
Bacon and potato pie: Parboil a load of potatoes and carrots and save a cup of the cooking water. Chop up three rashers of smoked bacon along with an onion, fry until the onion’s soft and golden. Add a knob of butter and a half a tbsp flour, stir until the flour is absorbed. Then add a cup of the water the potatoes boiled in, or a cup of veg/chicken stock if you have it, add everything to a casserole dish with some herbs and cover with a simple shortcrust pastry. Throw in the oven until everything’s bubbling and the pastry’s golden.
Homemade pizza: A can of grand biscuits, pizza or spaghetti sauce, cheese, veggies, olives, sausage, etc (all in separate bowls) have kids make their own mini pizzas. Can use crescent rolls too. Press in greased pan add toppings and homemade pizza.
Dump casserole. Cooked hamburger, a can of creamed soup and use up the left over veggies from the fridge.
Take a can of baked beans and add it to a pound of cooked hamburger made with onion powder and green peppers, add a can of corn if you want. Can also use refried beans, taco seasoning and cheese to make it Mexican.
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