Meal # 1) Moujadra – This is a Lebanese dish consisting of lentils and rice topped with crispy onions. Cook 1 cup green or brown lentils according to package. At the same time, cook 1/4 cup brown basmati rice with 1 tsp ground cumin in water according to package. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a pan and add 1 large onion, sliced thinly. Fry til brown and crispy. Combine cooked lentils and rice. Top with crispy angles and salt and pepper to taste. Total cost for this dish: lentils $ .60; rice $ .20; cumin $ .05; onion $ .40 = $ 1.25. Our family likes to have 1/2 cup of crispy fried interviews per person. See what your family likes. This is definitely one of our favorite easy cheap recipes.
Meal # 2) Dad’s Concoction – This meal was my Dad’s concoction when we were kids. Now my family is enjoying it too. Combine the following in a pot and heat just to warm up: 2 cans pork & beans, 2 cans pasta in tomato sauce (we used canned spaghetti), 1 cup of cooked sausage scrambled-fried with chopped onions or celery or both. Serve on slices of thick buttered toast. Total cost for this dish: pork & beans $ 1.40. Pasta $ 1.50 Sausage and onions $ .90 Bread $ 1.00 = $ 4.80. This recipe is a little low in the vegetable food group, so make sure your side is a vegetable. This is our family’s second favorite easy cheap recipe.
Meal # 3) Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry – Cook 4 packages of ramen soup noodles and drain. Meanwhile, steam 2-3 cups frozen mixed vegetables or saute fresh raw vegetables until tender in a little oil. Scramble 2-4 eggs with chopped onion, dry parsley and minced garlic. Add all together and toss with oyster sauce, soya sauce, or a little catalina salad dressing. If you like yours spicy, sprinkle in 1 of the seasoning packages from the soup. This is our family’s third favorite easy cheap recipe. Total cost for this dish: soup $ 1.00; vegetables $ 1.00; eggs $ .35; onion, parsley and garlic $ .25 = $ 2.60.
It is important these days to be able to put quick, easy, cheap meals on the table for yourself and your family.