Our family (of 4 now that Tofer is on his own) has a very small budget for food this month. We entertain quite a lot and we like to eat good, so I set out on a quest. My task seemed simple enough; Find meals that could be made for pennies that were healthy, tasty and filling. For those of you, who like me, are trying to create meals out of thin air, here is my January menu.
This is what I cook most. I try to make sure there is enough made to have leftovers for lunches.
We like SPICE. I always seem to have Sriracha sauce, cayenne, dried red pepper flakes, Jalapeño slices, and other things to spice up a recipe.
White chili (again, no canned goods, and no cheese)
Because our menu is limited, I didn’t want “same-o - same-o” meals. I could have done chili, spaghetti, shepherds pie, etc… but I want my family to enjoy coming to the table and for it to seem like the quality hasn’t changed even though the budget has. White chili is a great way to change up the ordinary, but still get the mileage it offers to a budget!
Lemon butter green beans
I have only recently begun making these little gems! We all love them and there are never leftovers. They are gluten free, vegetarian, and easy!
Green rice (only thing I change is the broth. I use vegie)
Quinoa Black Bean salad (you'll have to scroll down the page. I won't use corn. and I add hot peppers)
Bulgogi wraps and sauce (what they don't tell you about are the vegies that are seared along side the bulgogi - mushrooms, cabbage, green onions, peppers. I don't have Kimchi, so I won't use it. I don't care for Mirin so I'll use a white sherry that is in my cupboard.)
I spent two summers in South Korea and Bulgogi was a staple for each meal. Bulgogi means ‘fire meat’ . It’s basically spiced beef strips wrapped in lettuce leaves with other vegies and dipped in a sauce.
Dijon Chicken (I leave out the sugar.)
Basil, Tarragon and green olives mixed with couscous and pure cloudy olive oil. Mmmmmm!
Orange chicken (I have minced ginger in a jar in the fridge, so I'll use that instead of fresh)
I may add a bread or some other side to this meal… not sure… we’ll see when the day arises.