what cheap meals can I prepare that’ll last days (maybe 2 or 3)

Budget101 Discussion List Archives Frugal Savings what cheap meals can I prepare that’ll last days (maybe 2 or 3)

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      Melissa Burnell

      Savor the Savings: Long-lasting and Low-cost Meal Ideas!

      When looking to prepare budget-friendly meals that can last for multiple days, here are some options to consider:

      1. Chili: Make a big batch of chili using inexpensive ingredients like beans, ground meat (or meat substitute), canned tomatoes, onions, and spices. It keeps well in the refrigerator for a few days and can be served with rice, tortillas, or crusty bread.
      2. Pasta dishes: Cook a large portion of pasta and top it with a flavorful sauce such as marinara, pesto, or a simple garlic and olive oil combination. You can add vegetables, canned tuna, or cooked ground meat for variety.
      3. Stir-fry: Create a versatile stir-fry using affordable vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, cabbage, and frozen mixed vegetables. Add tofu, chicken, or shrimp for protein and serve it over rice or noodles.
      4. Soups or stews: Prepare a hearty soup or stew using inexpensive ingredients like potatoes, carrots, lentils, or split peas. These dishes often taste even better after a day or two as the flavors meld together.
      5. Bean-based meals: Beans are an excellent source of protein and are budget-friendly. Cook a large batch of beans and use them in various meals like bean burritos, bean salads, or bean-based casseroles.
      6. Quiches or frittatas: Whip up a quiche or frittata using eggs and ingredients like cheese, vegetables, and leftover cooked meats. These dishes can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and can be served warm or cold.
      7. Casseroles: Create a casserole using affordable ingredients like pasta, rice, vegetables, and canned soups or sauces. You can add leftover cooked chicken or ground meat for extra flavor and protein.
      8. Grain bowls: Prepare a base of grains like rice, quinoa, or couscous, and top it with cooked vegetables, beans, or roasted tofu. Drizzle with a homemade sauce or dressing for added flavor.
      9. Omelets or scrambled eggs: Make a large omelet or scrambled eggs with various fillings such as cheese, vegetables, or diced cooked meat. It can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and pairs well with toast or a side salad.
      10. Baked dishes: Bake a large pan of lasagna, macaroni and cheese, or shepherd’s pie using budget-friendly ingredients. These dishes can be portioned out and reheated for several days.

      Remember to properly store leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator to maintain freshness and food safety.

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Budget101 Discussion List Archives Frugal Savings what cheap meals can I prepare that’ll last days (maybe 2 or 3)