So do I cook out of a box? Do I used prepared foods because I use coupons? No!*
Beef=Chili, Spaghetti, Roasts with potatoes or rice, Meatballs over rice, Barbeque beef, Fajitas, Asian Beef over rice, Thai Beef w/basil over rice, Indian Kofta Meatballs, Steak and potatoes
I buy rice in bulk for less than 40 cents a pound at Sams, we eat it 2 or 3 times a week. Sure there is healthier rice out there, but realistically my children won’t eat it.
Fresh Rice=Chicken and rice, Beef over rice
Leftover Rice=Fried Rice (with frozen peas/cut up deli ham/scrambled egg), Casseroles
I buy at Sam’s canned crushed/diced tomatoes in the BIG 102 oz cans for 2.88. That is like (4) 28 ounce cans for .75 each! I freeze what I won’t be using in a week. God willing I will get that garden going this year and freeze some. If not I am seriously considering striking a deal with a farmer to buy several huge amounts for cheap to avoid the BPA found in canned items.
Tomatoes=Chili, Spaghetti, Salsa (lime, cumin, garlic), Tomato Soup (roux plus tomatoes plus milk or broth)
Also I buy organic spinach at Sam’s for 3.88. Good price when you consider Whole foods and Kroger sell 5ounces for 2 bucks.
Spinach=Salad, Creamed or in Italian Sausage soup (using tomatoes from above, stock from below)
I buy farm fresh eggs, medicine and cage free for $2.00 a dozen. Now my egg man is not making much profit but for a small time flock those 2 bucks help with the purchase of the feed. I also go ahead and buy as many eggs as my egg man wants to sell me and then sell them to people in neighborhood or at church (not for profit, just to keep people eating quality eggs and my egg man with an outlet). Find your own egg man/lady on Craigslist or using your state agricultural bulletin board/newsletter.
Eggs=Scrambled, In Tortillas with salsa (see above), Quiche (basically an egg casserole)
Organic Potatoes. I just try to keep an eye out for and aim for less than 1.50 a pound.
Potatoes=Baked Potatoes, Casseroles, Chicken and Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes , Fish and Chips, Cottage Breakfast Potatoes.
Roasted Nearly Organic Chicken 3 meals bought using my Springer Mountain Farms $1.00 off coupon! We eat this once a week. To make a great crispy skin, wash the chicken, dry thoroughly, salt it and then let it sit in fridge for a couple of hours. The moisture wicks away from the skin and helps it crisp when you roast it later (thanks Paula Deen).