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Meals Don’t Have To Be Expensive or Time Consuming

This is what we had for dinner last night. Pictured is my taco salad. I did not put tortilla chips on mine but Hubby did.

My salad was a bed of romaine lettuce, a few cut up cucumbers, a tiny bit of red onion, a bit of cut up tomato, and a couple of black olives diced fine. Then I added 3 oz. of taco meat that I cooked in a skillet. Finely, I added just a little bit of Mexican cheese which ended up melting on the warm taco meat. It was so delicious! This is a salad that we have often because we love it.

While I cooked the meat with the taco seasoning, Hubby made the salads. It didn’t take us more than 10- 12 minutes to make this dinner.

I paid $1.69 for the pound of ground beef and we used 6 oz. of it. We have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. It cost us just $.32 each for the meat. I made taco seasoning from scratch so that was just maybe $ .10. Now the cost is up to $ .74. I estimated the cost of the little bit of romaine to be $.33, the bit of cucumber in mine(Hubby doesn’t like cucumber in his Mexican salad; I do.) to cost $ .10, a bit of red onion to be about $.05, the few black olives to be about $.08 and the tiny bit of Mexican cheese at about $ .20. Hubby’s tortilla chips were about $.15. So the total for all of this was $ 1.65 or $.825 each.

Ten to twelve minutes to make and well under $2.00 for dinner. We drink water with our meals. Think of this meal the next time you are rushed and don’t know what to make for dinner. Quick and easy and you don’t have to run out to a restaurant instead. That is how you save money to pay off debt, fund your retirement, or save for something that is important to you. 

As I have gotten older, I realize that meals don’t have to be complicated or cost a lot of money. This dinner was more delicious than a fast food drive through pick up. Actually it was better than some meals that we have had out in restaurants. 

As I have been on my diet, I am realizing that we eat way too much food in our diets. So we are watching our portions which we did to some extent prior to my diet. But now we are serious about it!

The bonus here too is that making simpler meals like this cost less money than a lot of meals that people make. That will cut your grocery bills.

Do you have any simple meals that aren’t expensive that you would like to share?

14 replies on “Meals Don’t Have To Be Expensive or Time Consuming”

I bought it so long ago that I do not remember. However the inventory spreadsheet that I keep always has the last price I paid for it in it and it said $ 1.69.

Hi AD, this is Chris. One thing I try to keep is some kind of frozen ravioli or tortellini for a quick meal with some spaghetti sauce. I am also a big fan of frozen vegetables, I try to keep a good supply of them. I only buy the kind that are plain, no sauce so I can use them in multiple dishes. I also always keep jars of applesauce and some cottage cheese, as those are 2 easy sides. I get the applesauce jars at Aldi, they are good. I get the cottage cheese on sale. Hope this will give your readers a few ideas.

Hi Chris,

Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas. I kepe the plain frozen veggies too. But I roast them in the toaster oven or oven. There is nothing better than roasted veggies especially broccoli and cauliflower. Thanks for the tip on the applesauce being good at Aldi's.

I am more than satisfied with a simple meal. The other day, I was going to go out and use a bogo at KFC because I was tired and love KFC. I was going to make slaw for Tommy to take home, and cook squash I bought at the farmer's market. I ended up serving both with a hotdog. It was much cheaper than the KFC, did not involve travel, we had leftovers, I had time for a nap. That was four days ago. I sent home enough for two meals for him, and I ate the rest over four days. win win win win

Your salads look delicious.
I am so disgusted by over the top meals. Husband had the TV tuned to Iron Chef and I was so aggravated with the ridiculous and expensive ingredients.

We’ve really been enjoying grilled chicken with vegetables or salad this summer. The chicken is of course bought on sale. I’m liking frozen vegetables as they are so easy to portion out and cook. We skip the breads and desserts too.

Hi Rhonda,

It's great to hear from you. I hope you and your family are all well. I hear you on the TV Chef's food. I quit watching them a long time ago.

Nothing better than grilled meat and veggies! Enjoy!

I love a taco salad just as you describe. Most of my meals currently start with a salad base, with protein on top. I like: carnitas, grilled chicken, a burger, etc. We serve the protein with carbs for our teen boys, to bulk out their meals.

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