I've been trying to cut back on our grocery bill. Some weeks are easier than others. Lately I've done pretty good. The cooler weather has helped because it justifies making soup (trust me, you really don't want soup in the summer in Texas!) & soup stretches for a lot of meals. I thought I'd share some of the recipes I've done in case anyone else wants to find ways to stretch our meals, too.
I'm gonna be lazy & post links for most of them. I've got a toddler & growing another baby so give me a break!
Monterey Ranch Chicken - Ok, this isn't a soup but it was a good find from Pinterest. What I liked was it called for just 5 ingredients (great for the budget) & they were things I typically already have on hand, other than the chicken. I used chicken tenderloins & we ate it for dinner & had enough left for lunch the next day.
Blackeye Pea Soup - This is probably Jeremy favorite meal that I make. Of course, I can't claim to be the creator of it. I made it last week & added extra sausage. I think it made it extra filling. We had it for dinner & both at the leftovers twice. Shaylin had only a small amount, just some carrots & some beans. She's not real skilled with the spoon yet to handle soup.
Taco Soup - I haven't made this for us yet this season but I did for a couple in our church. They said they were going to freeze half of it since it was such a huge amount. I do plan to make it in the coming weeks so I can save a portion to freeze as a meal after the baby comes.
Broccoli Cheese Soup - I made this last week. It gave us 3 meals for me & Jeremy (Shaylin finally decided to try it yesterday & ended up loving it). Being a meatless meal helps make it cheaper. We ate it with french bread, which helped fill us. On a note about the recipe itself, I would cut back on the broccoli next time. It was just a little too heavy on the broccoli.
Bowtie Lasagna - I'll end with another non-soup recipe. This one is great for so many reasons. It's cheap (I think I figured it costing about $5 the last time I made it; probably would be more if you don't have some ingredients already), it makes a lot, & it takes very little time to make. Major winner!