7 posts categorized "Cheap Meals"


Multi-Grain Waffles

Traditional waffles are a butter-laden, high-carb indulgence, but they make the transition to good fats and smart carbs beautifully, yielding crisp, nutty-tasting waffles with all the sweet pleasure of the original. The batter can also be used for pancakes.

Make Ahead Tip: Wrap any leftovers individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Reheat in a toaster or toaster oven.


2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cup whole-wheat flour
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ or cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Mix buttermilk and oats in a medium bowl; let stand for 15 minutes. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, wheat germ (or cornmeal), baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla into the oat mixture. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; mix with a rubber spatula just until moistened.

Coat a waffle iron with cooking spray and preheat. Spoon in enough batter to cover three-fourths of the surface (about 2/3 cup for an 8-by-8-inch waffle iron). Cook until waffles are crisp and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

Potato and Zucchini Frittata


1 small russet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
4 large eggs
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small zucchini (about 6 ounces), grated and squeezed dry in clean kitchen towel
1/2 cup queso fresco (2 ounces)
2 strips cooked crumbled turkey bacon, optional


Bring the potatoes with enough cold water to cover to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, over medium-high heat, until the potatoes are tender, 6 to 8 minutes; drain and pat dry.

Whisk together the eggs, egg whites, cilantro, salt, and hot sauce in a large bowl.

Preheat the oven broiler to medium-high.

Heat the oil in a medium (10-inch) ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, 2 minutes. Add zucchini and cook until tender, about 6 minutes more. Add the cooked potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes begin to brown slightly, about 4 minutes more.

Evenly pour the egg mixture over the vegetable mixture. Cook, over medium heat, tilting the pan and lifting the edges with a rubber spatula to let the uncooked egg flow underneath. Sprinkle with the cheese and the bacon, if using.

Broil, 5 to 7 inches from the heat, until the eggs puff and are just set and the cheese is golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Remove carefully to a plate, or serve in wedges directly from the skillet.

Roasted Zucchini Flatbread with Hummus, Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Almonds


  • 4 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch thick rounds (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 round, pocketless whole-grain pita
  • 1/3 cup prepared hummus
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 lemon, quartered, for serving


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the zucchini on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt; mix well and spread to 1 layer. Roast until browned and very tender, about 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.


2. Warm the pita on a grill or griddle until nicely toasted, but still soft, and spread each with 1 heaping tablespoon hummus. Top each piece with 1 tablespoon crumbled goat cheese, 1/4 of the roasted zucchini, about 1/2 cup baby arugula, and 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped almonds. Serve with a lemon wedge.


Pulled Pork Enchiladas (slow cooker)


  • 3 1/2  pounds  boneless pork shoulder Pork Enchiladas
  • 1  14-ounce can  chicken broth
  • 1/2  cup  chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 6  cloves  garlic, minced
  • 1  tablespoon  ground cumin
  • 2  to 3 teaspoons  ground chipotle chile pepper or hot chili powder
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 3  10-ounce cans  enchilada sauce
  • 1  tablespoon  snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1  4-ounce can  diced green chile peppers
  • 8  ounces  cojita cheese, shredded (2 cups)
  • 8 to 12  8-inch  flour tortillas
  •      Snipped fresh cilantro
  •      Diced tomato or quartered grape tomatoes
  •     Sour cream (optional)


1. Trim fat from pork. In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine pork shoulder, broth, onion, garlic, cumin, ground chipotle chile pepper or chili powder, and salt. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 11 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove pork from slow cooker, reserving cooking liquid. Using two forks, pull meat into coarse strands.*

3. In a large bowl combine pork, 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce, 2 tablespoons of the reserved cooking liquid, and the 1 tablespoon snipped cilantro. Set aside.

4. In a medium bowl combine the remaining enchilada sauce, 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking liquid (discard any remaining cooking liquid), and the diced green chile peppers. Spread about 1/2 cup of enchilada-green chile pepper mixture in the bottom of a 3-quart rectangular baking dish; set aside.

5. Divide pork mixture and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese among tortillas, placing meat and cheese near the edge of each tortilla. Roll up tortillas. Place filled tortillas, seam sides down, in the prepared baking dish (place tortillas close together); top with the remaining enchilada-green chile pepper mixture. Cover with foil; bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 5 minutes more or until heated through and cheese is softened and starts to brown slightly.

6. Sprinkle with additional snipped cilantro and tomato. If desired, serve with sour cream. Makes 6 servings

*Test Kitchen Tip:At this point, the meat and cooking liquid can be refrigerated overnight before assembling enchiladas. The cooking liquid will thicken. To serve, pour cooking liquid into a small saucepan; heat over low heat until boiling. Continue as directed in Steps 3 through 6.

*Recipe from BH&G


Mini Octopus Macaroni & Cheese

This recipe from Kraft Foods adds novelty to the dinner options for those with kids. My experience is that even teenagers appreciate the uniqueness of this one. Hey try it out, I am sure you will be makineasy_mac.gifg it again and again.

I have cooked this in a microwave for for 30 seconds and used the the Kraft Easy Mac product to save time and clean-up. 

1 pkg. (7-1/4 oz.) KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner

CUT wieners in half lengthwise with sharp knife, starting each cut about 1 inch from one of the ends of each wiener. Roll each wiener one-quarter turn and cut a second lengthwise slice in wiener, again starting about 1 inch from the uncut end. (This will form 4 "legs" of the "octopus.") Using a small knife or kitchen scissors, cut each leg lengthwise in half, about 1 inch from the uncut end, creating a total of 8 legs in each wiener. Poke 2 holes into the uncut portion of each wiener for the "eyes."
ADD wieners to pot of boiling water and cook as directed on package, watching each wiener turn into an octopus right before your eyes. Meanwhile, prepare Dinner as directed on pkg.
SPOON Dinner evenly into 4 small bowls; top each with an octopus.


Serving Suggestion
Serve this dish with your child's favorite vegetable, such as baby carrots or carrot coinsn

For a special treat, combine these 2 popular foods for kids to create a fun main-dish.

Recipe and photo source: Krafts Foods


Surf-Side Tuna Sandwiches

Yeild: 4 sandwiches
Prep: 20 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Grill: 8 minutes


* 1 pound fresh or frozen tuna steaks
* 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil or cooking oil
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
* 1/3 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise
* 3 tablespoons dill pickle relish
* 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 1 teaspoon minced garlic
* 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
* 4 6-inch long Italian-style or French-style rolls, halved lengthwise
* Sliced hard-cooked eggs, dill pickle slices, tomato slices (optional)
* Sprigs of fresh dill weed (optional)


1. Thaw tuna, if frozen. Brush tuna generously with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover; chill 2 hours.

2. In a medium bowl combine the 1 tablespoon lemon juice with 2 cups water. Add onions and allow to soak for 15 minutes. Drain.

3. Remove tuna from refrigerator. Place tuna on the greased rack of an uncovered grill. Grill directly over medium coals for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness or until fish begins to flake easily when tested with a fork, turning once. Break into chunks with two forks.

4. In a small bowl stir together mayonnaise, relish, lemon peel, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, garlic, and mustard.

5. In a medium bowl toss tuna with mayonnaise mixture. Stir gently to combine.

6. Spoon mixture onto bottoms of rolls. Top with sliced hard-cooked eggs, dill pickle slices, and/or tomato slices, if desired, and some of the onions. Add a few sprigs of fresh dill. Top with remaining half of the roll.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Salad on a Stick with Honey Mustard-Yogurt Dressing

Eating vegetables is fun when you serve them with cheese cubes on a skewer with yummy dressing for dipping.

For each serving use:
1/2 cup fresh vegetables cut into 1-inch chunks, such as bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes (cherry or grape), celery, radishes and mushrooms
2 - 3 leaf lettuce, baby romaine, spinach leaves
1 1/2 ounces, low-fat Cheddar cheese cut into cubes
1 wooden skewer
Honey Mustard-Yogurt Dressing
1 cup plain, fat-free or low-fat yogurt
3 tablespoons sweet honey, deli-style mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar

Parent and Child: Wash hands.

Parent and Child: Wash vegetables, pat dry with a clean paper towel and cut into 1-inch chunks.

Parent and Child:


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