I wanted to share the frugal meals we’ve been enjoying recently, to hopefully give you guys some ideas for your meal plans! Many of these meals were just random pairings that worked out, or things that I’ve made from memory so there’s no recipe, but some do have recipes that I’m linking to since I found them online.
These pictures are not going to be pretty – they’re taken with my phone right before digging into the meal, but doing it on the spot is the only way I can get these meals photographed, so I hope you don’t mind!
Cucumber and Chicken Salad
I made this on a Sunday night as a make-ahead lunch for the following two days, and it was great! It uses a creamy dill yogurt dressing that provides most of the flavor – it was so simple to throw together! The original recipe can be found here.
Kielbasa and Cabbage
This is just your standard kielbasa and cabbage with a bit of dijon mustard, vinegar and salt and pepper. I’ve made this dish quite regularly since my husband and I first moved in together (I originally used sauerkraut and recently changed it up to use cabbage) and it’s always a quick, frugal and reliable meal!
Kale Mac and Cheese
This recipe was amazing! I changed it up a bit by using kale instead of spinach since I always keep a big tub of pre-chopped kale in the fridge. It uses greek yogurt to provide some creaminess. I really can’t say enough good things about this dish – I’ve made it a couple of times just in the last month!
Kale and Sweet Potato Hash
I made this for breakfast a few days ago and stored in the fridge for a make-ahead breakfast throughout the week! I sautéed some sweet potatoes, kale, tomatoes, garlic, chia seeds and a couple of seasonings. I sliced some pre-boiled eggs (that I had in the fridge for breakfast!) and covered in hot sauce when serving. I actually am eating the last bit of this for breakfast today!
Kitchen Sink Potato and Cabbage Hash
Can you tell I have no idea what to call this? I set out to make breakfast one Sunday morning and wanted to use up all of the leftover veggies in the kitchen so that’s just what I did! This meal had potatoes, onions, kale, cabbage (that was leftover from the cabbage steaks), tomatoes, chicken, cheese and a bunch of seasonings. It was one of the best things I’ve ever had for breakfast!
Bistec Encebollado w/ Beans and Quinoa
My grandmother used to make this steak all the time when I was growing up! In English it translates to “onioned steak” and I did it slightly differently than she used to. I used onions, cilantro, green peppers, vinegar + water, and a couple of seasonings to marinate. Then I just dumped the whole thing in a pan and cooked it for about 40 minutes.
I served with quinoa (traditionally served with white rice) and my recipe for Puerto Rican Beans which I recently shared here! I changed up the beans a bit by adding a can of green chillies, but it didn’t make a difference flavor-wise.
Roasted Cabbage and Chicken
So I’m pretty sure roasted cabbage isn’t supposed to look so crispy, so let’s ignore that fact. BUT even if I burned it a bit, it was still great! I also roasted some garlic separately and smeared it on top of the cabbage when serving. My husband LOVED this dish and he is really not one for vegetables. I used this recipe to make the roasted cabbage.
Roasted Tomatoes & Potatoes
I just had this for dinner last night and it was so good! I roasted chopped tomatoes and potatoes with garlic, basil, salt+pepper and LOTS of olive oil. I’m thinking of sharing a recipe for it because it was really that tasty! I served it with chicken and broccoli.
I hope you were able to get some ideas for frugal meals from this post! I’ll be sharing more of our frugal meals soon!