Poverty meals made with healthy, cheap food. Save money by adding these dirt cheap meals to your meal planning rotation.
Food is a significant expense in the family budget. I’ve been putting together ideas for dirt cheap meals to add to my meal plan template. Cheap ingredients and budget-friendly meals with healthy ingredients have been the cornerstone of my cooking since I started cooking.
My mother believed in teaching life skills early. She had 6 kids to feed, so she was all about cheap ingredients. I still remember the first meal I cooked all by myself at the age of 9. It wasn’t a very healthy meal, but it was budget friendly. The kid-friendly meal I made was hot dogs, beans and chips. I think it may have been a 4-H project to prepare a meal.
The second meal I made was corn, meatloaf, and baked potatoes. Since then I’ve learned that healthy meals require vegetables besides corn and potatoes and that chips are empty calories.
Even if you are living in poverty you can eat delicious, healthy meals. The first step is to plan your meals, make a grocery list. Buy what is on the list and use what you buy. I made a meal planning template and a master grocery list for you.
Start by planning your meals around cheap ingredients. Learn the cheapest healthiest ingredients to plan your meals around. The cheapest protein sources fruits and vegetables to plan your meals around to have the cheapest and healthiest meals. Find out the cheapest ingredients here. Learn how Victoria cut her families food budget from $1000 per month to $188 here.
Beans and Soup the Mainstay of Dirt Cheap Meals
Beans are the classic poverty food, but beans don’t need to be boring there are so many different kinds of beans each with its own unique flavor. Soup is a classic poverty food. You just add more broth or water to make the meal stretch.
Beans and lentils are full of fiber and protein. They are the cheapest source of protein available. One drawback of cooking beans is that they take a long time to cook.
You can solve this problem in many ways. One option is to soak the beans overnight, drain them, add fresh water and cook them overnight in the crockpot. You could also cook them in the Instapot to save time.
This article has several lower carb meals. Some of the recipes are even paleo and whole 30. I was surprised by how many different ways you can make chicken in this article.
Eggs are a super cheap source of protein. Many of these meals can be made in 20 minutes or less meaning it is doable to have a home-cooked meal on a work night even if someone has evening activities to get to and you have less than an hour at home.
An Instapot is a great tool to make meals fast. Soups are a fantastic way to have a filling meal on the cheap. One of my favorite things about making a big batch of soup is to divide it and freeze it in containers like this. I freeze them and take one out for lunch or take a few out if I won’t have time to make dinner after work.
Pork roast is one of the cheapest meats. Plan for leftovers by cooking a large pork roast and then freeze the leftovers in meal size portions and use these meals to make a quick after work dinner.
Whether you’re just figuring out how to make inexpensive meals in your InstaPot or are a pro at using your Instapot and have all the accessories these recipes will inspire you with ideas for quick after-work meals.
Crockpots work fantastic for tenderizing cheaper cuts of meat. It is also a great tool for starting dinner in the morning and having it ready when you get home from work.
Adding some meatless meals to your meal rotation is a great way to cut down on the cost of groceries. These are delicious options whether you do a once a week meatless Monday or you go meatless several times a week.
Planning meals ahead of time makes it more likely that you will eat together as a family. Eating as a family is an opportunity to connect with your kids.
Even as teenagers who may not want to talk to you much they will need to eat, so eat as a family and they will spend some time with you. At least some of the time they are likely to talk about something.
Family mealtime does a lot to protect your kids’ emotional health. Make the most of family mealtime with these tips.
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