STOP driving through for fast food!! You can easily make a quick easy meal at home for less than $10!!
I know it is tempting after a busy day to drive through somewhere and grab something for dinner. The problem with that-it starts adding up!! Here are some easy meals that are on my regular menu that take 30 minutes or less to make, and less than $10 to feed my family (and for the most part healthy)
1) Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry with Rice.
I buy my chicken where it is the best price and buy enough to make multiple meals. This week I bought my chicken at Safeway out of the meat department’s case. It was $1.99lb and I asked the butcher to slice it up for stir fry for me-saves so much time! I can use that for Stir fry, fajitas, and salads during the week.
Stir Fry Recipe used on Good Day Sacramento 2/6
1.5lbs of Chicken Breasts-sliced for stir-fry by the butcher
2 Bags of Birds Eye Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables
1lb Brown Rice
2/3 Cup Soy Sauce
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Corn Starch
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
Mix together and add chicken. Marinade in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Start your rice in your rice cooker or in pan according to package
Sautee your frozen vegetables as instructed on package
Add Chicken and vegetables together and serve over rice!
*If you do not have these ingredients on hand for the marinade, you can use anything that you may have on hand already-garlic, teriyaki sauce, red pepper, ginger, etc.
2) Kebabs -Once again, whatever meat is on sale I ask the butcher to chop it into chunks. Then I buy the vegetables on sale like Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions, etc. Kebabs are an easy thing for each kid to make their own, or to help you out in the kitchen. You can use different sauces and marinades you may have on hand already (Teriyaki, BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, etc)
3) Cheeseeburgers and Tacos I put these meals together because they take the same ingredients so you can almost prep both meals at the same time. Sometimes I use ground turkey when it is on sale instead of ground beef. One head of lettuce will be enough for the burgers and then shred the remaining for the tacos. Slice 1 tomato for the burgers and then die another for the tacos. Grab a bag of frozen fries or tater tots for the burgers, some rice and beans for the tacos and you are set!
4) Salad Bar If I dont have time to make a salad, I buy a large bag or package of it. Then chop up all the different toppings and have them ready ahead of time. This is when you can add your left over chicken, taco meat, or easily sautee up some more. Then just grab a loaf of french bread or bake some potatoes in the microwave.
5) Breakfast Having breakfast for dinner is just fun, and sometimes we don’t have the time for a good breakfast in the mornings. I will make french toast or pancakes-throw some bacon in the oven, and scramble up some eggs. It is pretty quick to make too, and all the kids get a kick out of it too.
One of the biggest time and money saving tips I can give you is MAKE A MENU, and then a SHOPPING LIST. Taking just that 20 minutes or so to look at the grocery ads, plan your menu, and then make a shopping list-can save you from multiple shopping trips and overspending.