Budget friendly meals-Breakfast to Dessert

ys looking for meals that are filling, budget friendly, & easy to make.

Breakfast Burritos

I found these breakfast burritos that can also be frozen so you can have something ready to go in the morning. I had these for dinner one night.

Breakfast Burritos

What you need:

  • wraps
  • Goya Pinto Beans in olive oil, cilantro, & onion ( this does have ham flavoring) If you want to make it vegetarian maybe try salsa & pinto beans
  • Goya Beans
  • 6 Eggs
  • Cheese
  • 1/2 cup of cooked rice
  • salt & pepper
  1. Scramble eggs, season with salt and pepper. Take out of pan
  2.  Pour can of beans into pan, cook for about 4 minutes.
  3.  Add back beans & rice to the scramble eggs.
  4. Add to wrap, sprinkle cheese, and roll it up

These were really good. Next time I will try using salsa & pinto beans since I don’t care for the ham flavor. It isn’t strong but I just want to try another way.

 

Bean & kale soup

Bean & Kale Soup

 

What you need:

  • 2-3 carrots chopped
  • 2-3 celery stalks
  •  medium onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic , minced
  • kale, roughly torn into small pieces
  • oil, I used coconut
  • 6 cups of veggies stock
  • 2 cans of cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt & pepper
  1. Heat oil in pan. Add onion, then add garlic until tender. 3-4 minutes
  2. Add carrots & celery. Stir. Cook until tender
  3. Add vegetable stock, beans, & bay leaf. Bring to boil
  4. Stir in spices, mix.
  5.  Turn heat down low/medium heat & simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add kale. If you feel like you need more broth, add water.
  7.  You can also blend some of the soup so make it creamier.

 

 

Veggie chickpea ‘fried’ rice

 

This one is easy. I’m still working on it taste wise though I felt like it was missing something.

What you need:

  • Rice, cooked
  • Frozen veggies
  • Can of chickpeas, rinsed & drained
  • Soy sauce

 

  1. Add frozen veggies to pan, cook for a few minutes.
  2.  Add chickpeas, stir
  3.  When heated through add rice
  4.  Add soy sauce

 

Mini Pizzas

mini pizzas

What you need:

  • Can of grands biscuits
  • Tomato sauce
  • Pepperoni
  • Green pepper
  • Garlic
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Italian Seasoning

 

  1. Take a biscuit , flatten it out until a good size.
  2.  I like sprinkling a little garlic & Italian seasoning for extra flavor
  3. Top with sauce
  4. Add cheese
  5.  Add toppings
  6. Put in oven at 35o until cooked , keep an eye on it at least 10 minutes.

 

Sausage, broccoli, sweet potato ,& bean hash

 

SweetPotatoSausageMix

What you need:

  • Italian Sweet Sausage
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Kidney Beans, drained
  • Broccoli , steamed
  • Onion, diced
  • Salt, Pepper, Italian Seasoning

Microwave sweet potato  until almost cooked through. Once cooled . Dice

Add sausage to pot, halfway through add onion

Add beans & Italian Seasoning

Steam broccoli

When sausage is done add broccoli & sweet potato. Mix together.

 

 

Sweet potato & green bean pasta

 

Pasta Potato Green Beans

I threw this together for lunch one day.

What you need:

  • Frozen Green Beans
  • Pasta
  • Sweet potatoes
  • oil
  • Seasonings ( paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, mccormick steakhouse seasoning)

I took a sweet potato that I had already cooked. I diced it up put in a bowl. I added some paprika, garlic powder, salt & pepper, coconut oil and tossed together. Add to toaster oven ( or oven) until toasted or crispy , however you like your sweet potatoes.

Take green beans and put them in microwave until done

I had left over pasta I wanted to use up . Make pasta, or heat up left over pasta.

Add ingredients pasta and beans together. Add McCormick steakhouse seasoning.Mix. When potatoes are done, add them.

Eat

 

 

 

 

Brownies

Pumpkin Brownies

brownie mix

can of pumpkin

bake as directed, just check on them.

I would add chocolate chips to these because you can taste a little it of the pumpkin, which takes away from the chocolate flavor.

 

What are your favorite budget friendly healthy meals?

 

 

 

Hearty Taco Soup with chicken sausage

One of my favorite meals is taco soup.
Its hearty, filling, yummy, easy to make, cooks quickly, and it’s budget friendly.

I usually have it meatless but sometimes add diced chicken or a can of chicken.
Well within the past month I received a coupon during my checkout at Shoprite for $1.25 off fully cooked chicken sausage. I never noticed it before , probably because its where the precooked, fully cooked, sliced deli meats are. I mostly just buy chicken or ground chicken/turkey so don’t really venture too much into the other meat sections.

Well I checked it out and it was on sale. So with the coupon it was on $1.73 ( originally $3.49)

Johnsonville Chicken Sausage

I was already planning on making taco soup and thought the 3 cheese Italian style with cheese, red bells peppers, & garlic would be good in the soup. The other flavors available are: Cajun , Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese, Apple & the 3 cheese Italian style.

What you need for the soup:
Taco Soup Ingredients

Chicken broth
Diced tomatoes
black beans, rinsed & drained
kidney beans or pinto beans, rinsed & drained
corn , drained
Taco seasoning
Avocado, diced
*Johnsonville Chicken Sausage ( keep it meatless or add any meat you’d like, already cooked)

Why is this my favorite? You just open the cans, drain & rinse the beans. The just pour it in a pot and cook until heated through. You can use as much or little broth as you want. I usually pour right above the beans & corn. You can also use vegetable broth or even water. Mix in taco seasoning and cook on medium heat.

I chopped up the chicken sausage into slices.
Johnsonville 3 cheese italian style chicken sausage

Added them to the pot. Waited until it started to boil. Turned off.

Diced up avocado.

Put soup in bowl, add diced avocado.
I sometimes add broken tortilla chip pieces for a crunch.

Carra's Taco Soup

Enjoy!

The chicken sausage made the soup a little more hearty & filling, as well as added a little extra flavor.
I would buy Johnsonville Chicken Sausage again, next I want to try the apple chicken sausage tastes. I would also use the 3 cheese Italian style in pasta dishes. Yum!

Do you make taco soup? What is your go to Winter meal?