By shopping at a no-frills discount supermarket where food is dirt cheap, you can make six five-dollar meals that taste like twenty dollars. Some are even date-worthy! Just take $30 and buy all your ingredients at once to prepare for six days of getting your grub on, on the cheap. Here’s how!
You will need:
- 2 large chicken breasts = $3
- 2lbs ground beef = $5
- 1lb ham = $4.25
- 1 onion, 1 green pepper = $1.25
- 1 jar salsa = $2
- 1 can tomatoes, 1 can tomato sauce,1 can tomato soup = $2.50
- 1 can chili beans = $0.75
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce =$1.50
- 1 box instant rice = $1.50
- 3 small potatoes = $2
- 1 box of pasta = $1
- 1 loaf of bread = $1
- 3 – 8oz blocks of cheese (cheddar, Swiss and mozzarella) = $3.75
- 12 pack of tortillas = $0.50
Total grocery bill = $30.00
You’ll also need a can of beer and some seasonings, but even the most helpless bachelor should have that in
Quesadillas – The most complicated, but still pretty damn easy!
Cut chicken breasts into small strips and pan fry till golden brown. Set half of it aside and refrigerate.
- Dice up the rest of the meat up a little smaller and toss it with Mexican-style seasonings.
- Shred ½ of the cheddar and ¼ of the mozzarella over the seasoned chicken and mix it up good.
- Place enough of the mixture over over one tortilla to cover the entire surface, place another tortilla on top; like a sandwich.
- Use a table-top grill to press your tortilla “sandwiches” until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are golden and crispy.
- Pour ¼ of a jar of salsa into a small dish and place it on the center of a large plate. Cut quesadillas into triangles with a pizza cutter and arrange around the salsa dish.
- Follow box directions to make the rice, but add about ¼ cup of tomato sauce and some Mexican seasonings to turn it into an easy Spanish side dish. Ole!
Sloppy Jose - This twist on Sloppy Joe couldn’t possibly be any easier. Idiot-proof and tasty too! A Mexican take on an all-American favorite.
- Brown the ground beef.
- Add one can of tomato soup and ½ jar of salsa.
- Simmer ten minutes.
- Serve over grilled tortilla chips or hamburger buns.
Monte Cristo – Cheap and delicious at breakfast, lunch or even dinner!
- Whip up an egg in a large bowl.
- Dip two slices of bread into the egg and lightly fry in a medium skillet.
- Place a handful of ham on top of one slice once you’ve flipped the bread a few times.
- Shred Swiss cheese over the ham and place the other slice of fried bread on top.
- Press with a spatula and flip until the ham is warm, cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown. Mmmm!
Beer Chili – Another no fail delicacy! So easy, a caveman could do it.
- Dice the onion and pepper.
- Brown the ground beef, drain and transfer to a large pot or crock pot.
- Add seasonings, ½ of the diced peppers and onions, canned tomatoes and beans.
- Simmer for about two hours stirring occasionally, and each time you stir it, splash some beer into the mix. Take a slug or two if you like!
- Throw some cheddar on top and toast up some bread on the side. If you want to be fancy (to impress a chick) slice the bread into diagonal corners.
Baked Pasta Italiano – Ridiculously simple and screams “That’s Amore’!”
- Prepare the pasta of your choice.
- Toss cooked pasta with oil, onions and peppers.
- Top with mozzarella and bake for fifteen minutes at 375.
- Drizzle with spaghetti sauce.
Gourmet Potato Skins - Here’s the fun part! Now you get to make “fancy” finger foods with all of your leftovers!
- Bake your potatoes and cut them into lengthwise quarters.
- Scoop out all but ¼ inch of potato.
- Fill with leftover, chili, sloppy Joe, pasta and chicken.
- Top with cheese and bake.