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Mama on a budget Can y’all help me with some meal ideas Just me + my little one….

Mama on a budget Can y’all help me with some meal ideas Just me + my little one. Easy quick cheap meals please. I’ve tried meal planning I’ve tried printing out every idea in the world. I just need some set meals I can rotate. I’m having trouble with lunch + dinner ideas. ❣️💙



thank for the original creator Katelyn Pirie

43 thoughts on “Mama on a budget Can y’all help me with some meal ideas Just me + my little one….”

  1. Cranberry chicken:

    A can of cranberry sauce
    A packet of french onion soup dry mix,
    A cup of french salad dressing mix pour over chicken
    Bake. Or put in crockpot

  2. One my family devours is JBC bowls. Jeans baked chicken lol. I cut up 2 boneless, skinless breasts and bread them make a couple packs of instant mashed potatoes, heat up a couple cans of corn and a couple jars of chicken gravy When chicken is cooked. We assemble mashed potatoes on the bottom cover with corn and chicken bites then gravy. My friend will usually get popcorn chicken and make them but i like the breasts

  3. I cooked these EASY recipes . It helps me stretch my budget on groceries. *ASIAN POSPAS (chicken) *ORIENTAL SOUP beef/chicken *SPICY NATIVE VEGGIES *CRISPY TORTAS seafood/ground meat *KOREAN FRIED RICE *EGG FOOYONG *TERIYAKI pork/beef/chicken *CURRY pork/beef/chicken *BRAISED beef *SWEET AND SOUR pork *SPICY GARLIC pork/chicken *DIMSUM STYLE pork with rice *JAMBALAYA pork/beef/chicken Just let me know which recipe you’re interested, ill be glad to share the details

  4. Kaye Pruitt White

    Rice a Roni….mix in what you’ve got to make it last a little longer….ground beef with left over veggies.

  5. Keep it simple. At the beginning of the week, I’ll hard boil a couple of eggs in my instantpot and stash them in a tupperware, and break them out each day: my son loves to eat it whole. I’ll slice it up in a sandwich for myself, or make egg salad. Sandwiches: bread, and a filling: I’ll choose what fillings to use per week to change it up…I might get some dairylea triangles one week, or a packet of ham/turkey/chicken lunch meat. Or I might drain a can of tuna and mix it in a tupperware with some mayo to make some tuna sandwiches, and toss in a bit of lettuce and tomato. I might get a container of cherry tomatoes for me and youngest to snack on (though I have a few cherry tomato plants in the garden currently, youngest is eyeing them impatiently as he loves stripping them and eating them up, along with the raspberries that I grew along the fenceline to make a fruit fence. I grow peas on a couple of twined together bamboo sticks, as both the kids love snacking on raw peas.
    A couple of bags of goldfish, cheez-its, ritz crackers. Some bars of cheese to slice up or shred. Some burrito shells for hubby to make his favorite quesadillas (he does burrito shells, shredded cheese and italian seasoning).

  6. hamburger macaroni casserole, corn chowder, tacos, pizza, meatloaf, spaghetti and meatballs ( make meatballs ahead and freeze them then you just need to drop them in the sauce to heat them up while you cook the spaghetti)

  7. Stephanie Stephenson Piper

    Tacos
    Spaghetti
    Cheese quesadillas
    Grilled ham and cheese
    Macaroni and cheese
    Hotdogs
    Hamburgers
    Cold cut sandwiches
    Meatball subs
    Breakfast burritos
    Pancakes

  8. -Chicken and cheese quesadillas,sour cream salsa
    -Steak fries gravy carrots
    -Salmon and salad
    -Fettuccine Alfredo broccoli and garlic bread.

  9. Chicken Bubble Biscuit Bake Casserole
    Ingredients
    3 cups cooked chopped chicken, or canned chicken
    2 cans cream of chicken soup
    1 1/2 cups sour cream
    1 cup grated cheese
    2 Tablespoons Ranch dressing mix
    1/4 cup cooked, chopped bacon
    1 (12 oz) can refrigerator Grands Jr Biscuits
    1 additional cup grated cheese for top of casserole
    Instructions
    Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
    Combine chicken, soup, sour cream, 1 cup grated cheese, Ranch dressing mix, and bacon. **Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces. Toss with chicken mixture. Top with remaining cup of grated cheese.
    Pour chicken mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until bubbly and biscuits are golden brown.

  10. Curry coconut rice with chicken. Cut chicken into chunks brown add 1 can Coconut milk use can to measure 1 can of water 1 can of rice 2 tsp curry powder 2 tlbs butter and a can of corn. Bring to a boil stir cover and simmer 20 min.

  11. Kimberly Shaffer Gigaroa

    My kids like mesquite chicken breasts (Sams club) and then I grill them to warm through we have sandwiches with them then another night I will grill them and cut them up and add to bow tie pasta cooked and then melt butter add finely minced garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant and starts to soften then add juice of a couple of lemons and add pasta and stir to coat pasta if it’s not enough to coat add some more butter and stir until it’s melted and coats the pasta then add the mesquite diced chicken and stir to warm the chicken.

    Put a couple of chicken breasts in a crockpot and pour about half a jar of salsa and cook until chicken is tender shred it and use for tacos or quesadillas

    Make meatballs or buy them frozen at Sams. Use for spaghetti, put some in a pan and mix a jar of chili sauce, about 1/4 cup brown sugar and half a can of coke pour over the meatballs and bake or put on a crockpot. Can do bbq sauce and some grape jelly serve both with mashed potatoes

    Chicken Alfredo you can put in a pan and bake to melt cheese and warm the pasta and chicken

    Enchiladas, pineapple chicken, orange chicken, teriyaki chicken, loosemeats, buy frozen tortellini and pour your favorite marinara or pasta sauce over and bake top with mozzarella cheese or do with ravioli

  12. Kourtney McKeone

    How little is your little one? I’m big into cooking once and eating for a couple of days. Lasagna is not hard to make, and always tastes better the next day. So is chili, and that’s also easy to stretch out your meat budget by adding more veggies and beans. Chili can also be turned into other things like nachos, and burritos.
    Let me know if you need recipes!

  13. If you’re not making onion soup mix potatoes, you don’t know what you’re missing!!! 1/4 cup veg oil and mix in the soup and drizzle over quartered potatoes and cook covered at 375 for an hour!!! So soooo good!!

  14. ONE POT MEXICAN RICE CASSEROLE 😋😋
    Ingredients
    1 Pound Ground Beef
    1 Small Onion, Diced
    Salt & Pepper, To Taste
    2 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning
    1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
    1 Cup Long Grain White Rice
    1 1/2 Cups Beef Broth
    1 15 Ounce Can Corn, Drained
    8 Ounces Tomato Sauce
    1/2 Cup Salsa
    1 Cup Shredded Cheese
    Instructions
    Cook the ground beef and onion together with salt and pepper to taste in a large skillet over medium high heat until beef is no longer pink. Drain grease if necessary.
    Return the pan to the stove and sprinkle the beef with the garlic powder and taco seasoning.
    Stir in the rice, broth, corn, tomato sauce, and salsa.
    Bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 18-20 minutes until rice is tender.
    Top with cheese and return the lid to the pan for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.

  15. Philly cheesesteak pasta

    2 Tbsp olive oil
    1 lb ground beef
    1/2 yellow onion, diced
    Salt & pepper
    2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    1 green bell pepper, diced
    8 oz of elbow macaroni, uncooked
    1 cup water
    2 cups beef broth
    1/2 cup 2% milk
    2 oz cream cheese, cubed
    1/2. Cup mozzarella
    cheese, shredded
    8 oz provolone cheese, sliced and torn into pieces

    1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Brown beef and onion in skillet until no longer pink and onion is soft and translucent. Season with salt and pepper.

    2. Add Worcestershire sauce, green pepper and pasta, water beef broth.

    3.bring to boil over high heat. Once water boils reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 15 mins. Check to ensure pasta has fully cooked and most of liquid has been absorbed.

    4. Keeping skillet over low heat add in milk and cream cheese. Stir till cream cheese has incorporated.

    5. Remove from heat. Sprinkle mozzarella and half of provolone into pan and stir to distribute.

    6. Top with remaining provolone. Put lid back on skillet for a couple mins to melt cheese.

  16. I have discovered ramen noodles are very good without that packet in them. I add a veggie, some scrambled eggs, a little butter and there is my lunch.

  17. pancakes with fruit faces, eggs & toast, pb&jelly on english muffin or toast, french toast with melted butter with sprinkles or a sprinkle of sugar or just syrup, frozen waffles

  18. Let him plan meals with you and help you cook if possible. Mac n cheese with hot dogs cut up and peas is good, and cheap. Don’t get him hooked on that canned crap, it’s not good for them and it forms bad habits like that is all they will eat. Plus a pound of pasta is cheaper than a can of chef boy r dee and it ca n be used for different meals. But I honestly think the key is getting them involved. It worked for my 3 kids.

  19. I used to spend one Sunday a month in my kitchen and prep and freeze meals. Mashed potatoes freeze well and cooked meats. My child was just starting to be home alone and it made for simple meals if I had to work OT. (Lasagna, shepherd’s pie, mac n cheese, stuffed peppers, lemon chicken). You can season and portion freeze most meat for quick meals. Or make dump Crock-Pot/instapot meals and freeze in ziplock bags. Makes life so much easier and healthier.

  20. Karen Lippes Manglass

    Elbow macaroni with chopped onion and celery and a can of tuna. Mix with mayo for a kid friendly cold pasta salad.
    Boxed Mac and cheese with cut up hot dogs or a little browned ground beef.
    Browned ground beef with a pack of gravy over egg noodles or pasta with peas or corn
    For two u could make both of the above recipes with a 1 lb pack of ground beef.

  21. Chopped Greek chickpea salad-

    Ingredients
    FOR THE SALAD:
    •1/2 cup finely diced red onion about 1/2 small
    •2 cans reduced-sodium chickpeas (15-ounce cans), rinsed and drained
    •1 1/2 cups chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley about 1 bunch
    •1 red bell pepper chopped
    •1 orange bell pepper or yellow bell pepper, chopped
    •1 green bell pepper chopped
    •1/2 large seedless cucumber chopped (about 2 cups)
    •1/2 cup crumbled feta about 4 ounces

    FOR THE DRESSING:
    •3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    •3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    •2 cloves garlic minced
    •1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
    •1 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper

    Instructions:
    •Place the onions in a bowl of cool water and let them soak while you prepare the other ingredients (this removes the harsher bite from the onions, while still giving great flavor).
    •Place the chickpeas, parsley, bell peppers, cucumber, and feta in a large serving bowl.
    •In a small mixing bowl or large measuring cup, stir together the dressing ingredients: olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.
    •Drain the red onions and add them to the chickpea mixture, then pour the dressing over the top.
    •Toss to combine.
    •If time allows, let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or enjoy immediately

  22. Quesadillas-use whatever leftover meat you have and add beans and cheese. Or just beans and cheese. We put them in the air fryer

  23. Kassydi Kramer

    My kiddos love baked beans and hot dogs mixed together. Usually serve with chips and a veggie

  24. Ok hear me out I know it’s sounds weird but taco noodles… get some roman noodles (doesn’t matter what kind your not using the seasoning) cook noodles how you like them cook hamburger meat or chicken season just like you would for tacos add noodles and add any toppings you like and boom easy cheap lunch or dinner my kids love it… also get some beef tips use half put other half for another meal and do just like you would for a Mississippi post roast comes out amazing on mashed potatoes… I have more but I’m at work I’ll try to find you post again and add some more ideas I’m on a budget and I have 4 ppl to feed so I’m cutting everything I do in half when telling you ideas

  25. Lauren Sollohub

    Chicken and gravy with mashed potatoes! I buy frozen chicken in bulk, the chicken gravy packet is like $1 or so, and I use the betty crocker instant mashed potatoes which are also $1 or so. It’s a really quick, easy and filling meal

  26. My favorite broccoli recipe. I’m picky about my vegetables but this is something I make at least twice a week and there is never leftovers.

    Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

    Ingredients:
    -1lb of broccoli florets(fresh not frozen)
    -3 tbsp of olive oil
    – salt
    -pepper
    -garlic powder
    -onion powder
    – parmesan cheese(you can use the shredded kind but we just use the cheap grated in the bottle)

    Instructions:
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F
    2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non stick spray
    3. Mix olive oil and broccoli in a bowl until evenly coated.
    4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    5. Season liberally with garlic powder and onion powder. We add lots of both. Taste test as you season so you get an idea of what works best for you.
    6. Dump broccoli onto sheet pan in even layer and put in oven.
    7. Bake for 18-20mins
    8. Sprinkle liberally with parmesan cheese.

    You can put the broccoli in for a minute or so more if you want to crisp up the cheese but I normally just serve as is.

  27. Sheila Landon Beckman

    Use croissants and the one sausage links by ekrich already cooked and am. Cheese slice roll it up put in oven at 350 until its done. Daycare kids call them blanket sausage.

  28. Hot dog with Mac n cheese, chicken Alfredo(left overs for next day), spaghetti with garlic bread( leftovers for next day), veggie soup, hamburger helper, tuna sandwich with pickle and fries, bacon or ham with buscuits and gravy, omelets. In a pinch we do pb and j sandwiches, nuggets and fries, meat and cheese in a tortilla, ramen noodles

  29. Melissa Pecina

    Kings Hawaiian sub rolls, honey ham and turkey, Swiss cheese. Melt in the microwave. My kids LOVE them! You can get a couple meals out of them too.

  30. Cindy Jimenez Kennedy

    When my kids were growing up and money was tight for my husbsnd and I. I would shop for what was in the sale ads at the grocery store and planned my meals by that for 2 weeks. If that meant going to two or three stores in our town. Made a list for groceries and made a meal list on the fridge. I’m going to start doing this again. Groceries are getting way too expensive.

  31. Jami Charville Houghtlen

    Chicken salad, tuna salad they have those 1$ packets different flavors some just add mayo, hamburger stroganoff, goulash, elbow macaroni -cooked hamburger- spaghetti sauce and mix cheese, hotdogs and Mac n cheese,

  32. The Family Freezer has a lot of meals that can be used for lunch or dinner, and the plans are low ingredient, no cooking prep work. She has meals, plus suggested sides, for stovetop, oven, grill, instant pot, and slow cooker. Very family- and budget-friendly.

  33. Connie Victoria Neale

    My go too easy meal, left overs can be out in the fridge for the next day.
    Roasted veg with gnocchi, pesto and cream cheese. You can use any veggies you have in but here is my recipe.

    Put all veg ( 3 carrots, 1 Courgette
    Half a pack of mushrooms, Half a broccoli
    1 onion and a tin of black beans) in an oven dish drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

    Roast on gas mark 5 for about 40 mins or until veggies are cooked to your liking. I like a bit of crunch.
    Then boil gnocchi for 3-5 mins drain and add 1/2 a jar of pesto and 2 tbs of cream cheese then add that to veg, mix and serve
    Feeds 4 adults for just under £4.00

    We regularly have home add bean chilli also, jacket potato, home made curries, different home made pasta bakes. For cheapness and taste i always use bone in chicken thighs, boil them then take off meat to use and keep the water for stock. I always write a meal plan and spend £40 every 7-10 for 2 adults 1 child and that covers all toiletries ect and cat food. Happy to share other recipes if wanted 😋

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