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Not only is Spaghetti Night easy on the budget, it’s easy for different diets. Have a man who likes his meat? Add shredded or chunks of chicken to the sauce – or go with the standard choice of ground beef. This is also a perfect meal to hide ground turkey in – the sauce hides the color and the different in the taste isn’t noticeable. 

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Baked potatoes are so cheap and easy to make. Just wash them off, poke the potato once or twice with a fork, cover in butter and season with salt and pepper to taste, wrap the potato in foil and bake for an hour at 350. You can ass toppings like


If your family does not care to eat leftovers, freeze the leftovers from dinner and pull it out to reheat another night. You already paid for it, and it is already cooked, so you might as well use it!


Brown 1 lb.of ground beef, add a can of mushroom soup, and milk for creaminess. Pour over cooked egg noodles or other pasta. Spice as you like it. I just use salt and pepper, or other times I add Tony’s Creole seasoning or chilli powder for a less bland dish.

Not-Boring Salads

Making salads not boring is something of an art. Adding a variety of fun things to add (like carrots chopped up into fun shapes or salad dressing with crazy colors) is great for those family members who are not salad enthusiasts. Here are some inexpensive things you can include in your salad besides plain old lettuce and dressing:

  • onions, finely chopped
  • sunflower seeds
  • avacado chunks
  • tomatoes chunks
  • cucumber chunks
  • raspberries
  • mandarin oranges
  • small apple chunks
  • strawberry slices
  • chopped walnuts or almonds
  • cheese (we love Feta cheese, but there are so many choices!)
  • beans of all kinds
  • eggNo more boring salad toppings - a great list for building unique salads.

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