I’m always on the look out for super-simple, super-cheap recipes for lunches, snacks and using up leftovers. I usually do okay with dinner (there’s almost always something tasty hiding in my freezer), but sometimes I run out of ideas for the other eating times during the day, especially on those busy days with little time to cook.
A couple of simple things we do:
“Tortilla Roll-Ups” — Just spread cream cheese and a couple slices of inexpensive sandwich meat onto a flour tortilla, roll up, and enjoy! I also add sprouts or lettuce if we have it around. A friend of mine slices the Roll-Ups into Pinwheels for variety — the Tortilla Pinwheels make a nice snack item for parties, too.
“Fruit Salad” — Fill a salad bowl with large cubes of fresh fruit (apples, oranges, bananas, melons, etc.), and then pour a carton of VANILLA-flavored yogurt (NOT plain yogurt) over the fruit for a sauce. This is so simple, but very tasty.
“Pudding Pops” — Prepare a box of instant pudding according to instructions, pour into popcycle molds and freeze. If you use chocolate flavored pudding, you have super-simple do-it-yourself fudgesycles. Butterscotch pudding is really good this way, too.
SUBMITTED BY: AA
1) For lunches, stuff a pita pocket with green salad (and shredded cheese if you have it), and then top the whole thing with ranch dressing.2) For snacks, spread cream cheese on a slice of salami and add a stuffed olive, roll it up and insert a toothpick in it to hold it together.3) Another snack that I make: top a graham cracker with cake frosting (my favorite is chocolate!). Yummy!4) Cut a cantaloupe in half and fill with cottage cheese.5) There are wonderful and usually very economical recipes at the “Taste Of Home” web-page. I think their address is: http://www.Reimanpublications.com
SUBMITTED BY: Jim
Take a can of cheap spaghetti sauce and a can of black beans, heat together and serve over pasta.
SUBMITTED BY: Ronnie
Apple slices with peanut butter… yummy, cheap, easy.
SUBMITTED BY: Lynne T.
Serve leftover chili on top of leftover rice. Makes a “Red Beans and Rice” type of meal.
SUBMITTED BY: Susan A.
I prepare a box of macaroni and cheese, and heat a can of chili. Then I serve the chili scooped over the macaroni. Using leftover homemade chili makes this even more economical and a great deal healthier, but you asked for cheap and “easy” ideas so I immediately thought of this simple recipe just using boxes and cans.
SUBMITTED BY: MARILYN
Perfect Oatmeal: 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of regular oatmeal, a dash of salt and 3 minutes in the microwave equals perfect oatmeal. I came up with this after much trial-and-error looking for that “perfect” proportion of ingredients.