I have to remind myself we don't need steak, potatoes, salad, veggies and a roll or something like it every time I serve a meal. If I serve all of those items my husband will skip the salad anyway and go back for seconds on the steak and the rolls!
Finding a list of good frugal meals that are your go to meals is key to saving on your grocery bill. I say finding because if you typically don't serve a one dish meal, or soup for dinner your family may balk at the idea. Sadly just because it is cheap does not mean they are going to like it, and eat it. If they don't eat it you might have started with a frugal meal but you just wasted it when no one ate it.
So that being said you know what your family likes and what they are used to. If they are used to the whole full 7 course meal you might have to slowly work your way to some of these ideas. Try making them with a side dish that you know they love or adding garlic bread or their favorite roll. If they will eat what you serve them JUMP IN! Start saving today!
Below are two of my family's favorite soup meals. I really like the frugal factor. I need to mention two things about the Roasted Garlic Soup. One, it will cure any cold or sniffle in one day and two don't be afraid of the amount of garlic in the recipe. It is roasted so it gives it a smooth mellow flavor that you will love.
1800's Onion Soup
Ingredients5 medium purple onions (or any onion) sliced
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
8 cups beef broth
salt and pepper to taste.
PreparationIn a large pan
saute onions and olive oil over med heat stirring occasionally for about 10 min or until translucent and starting to golden. stir in butter and once melted add flour and then add in beef broth. Simmer on medium heat for 20 min. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
I like to use Better than Bouillon for my beef broth. I love the flavor and it is pretty frugal. I cook my onions in a cast iron pan and then transfer the onions into my soup pot when I add the broth. This is good over a roll, or toasted bread. I like to by the bread rolls on the clearance rack and this is perfect for that.
Roasted Garlic Soup
You can see by the picture below that I didn't use 25 cloves last time I made this soup. Those cloves were HUGE! They were the size of my thumb, so I didn't feel the need to use as many. Please be very careful when you Puree in the blender because the soup is hot! If you hit the pulse button you may blow the lid off your blender. If you use a blender or a food processor make sure the lid is on tight and go slow to avoid burns. I have made this a few times and forgot to put the sour cream at the end and no one noticed so you could even skip that ingredient for an even more frugal meal.