Fast food restaurants are slated to be cheaper than cooking at home, but with a little imagination and culinary wizardry, it’s possible to create nutritious, tasty family meals for under $10. These meals contain fewer trans fats and calories and are more nutritious than you’ll get at the drive through.
Bubble and Squeak
This is an old English classic that can turn just about any leftovers into something awesome. You can use leftover meat and vegetables from last night’s meal or start from scratch with new ingredients. Make a pot of mashed potatoes. Add the leftovers or some sliced cabbage and onions. Season with salt and pepper and add a cup of grated cheese. Now spoon some of the mixture into a heated, oiled pan. Press down to make little patties. Serve hot.
This is a great recipe, especially for young kids. It’s easy peasy to make and you can make extra fish cakes for freezing. Cut a pound of potatoes into small squares and boil. Mash the potatoes and add a can of salmon. Be sure to remove any bones. Add salt and pepper to taste and form the mixture into eight separate cakes. Of course they don’t have to be round! You can make whales, dolphin, and krakens too! Fry in oil and serve with a drizzle of lemon juice.
This is a great option when it’s cold outside or you’re preparing for Sunday afternoon football. Making extra means you can freeze it for convenient dinners or lunches. Use turkey or ground beef (about two pounds) which you can brown in a large pot over medium heat. Add a can of crushed tomatoes, a cup of chicken broth and a sliced onion. Get the heat from chilies, jalapeños, chilli sauce or cayenne pepper. Get fancy by serving with cream and cheddar cheese as a topping.