Our dinner tonight was what I call a poor folks dinner - pinto beans, potatoes, carrots, and biscuits. When my dad was in Bible college when I was a little girl, we ate many, many meals of beans and cornbread.
My husband's family also had lots of beans and biscuits, but they had potatoes with their beans. Nowadays, I make beans about twice a month because (1) my husband loves them, and (2) they do make a cheap (and healthy) meal. The past few weeks, we've been trying to find ways to save money on food, so I've fixed beans twice in the past two weeks. I'm going to have to find ways to spice them up a bit. I like bean recipes that have lots of spice and flavor. I do NOT like them just plain!
It's almost time for a big shopping trip like we took at the end of February. I must say that the food we bought then has really stretched out to last us almost 6 weeks. We've run out of most things, but there are still some canned goods and dry goods on my shelf. The Lord is good! I'm in the process now of making up a menu to last until we leave for Ft. Worth at the end of May - six more weeks. A big help in planning such a large menu is having a certain type of food to prepare on certain days of the week. For example, every Friday is pizza. I just vary the type of pizza from week to week. This month I'm going to try a chicken alfredo pizza, with alfredo sauce instead of tomato-based pizza sauce. Monday seems to be the day for chicken, so I'm making several chicken dishes, from enchiladas to chicken spaghetti, even one meal of Garlic Chicken, our favorite. I'm trying to get away from having meals of whole pieces of meat to try to save money on meat, but I thought I'd include one Garlic Chicken meal because we love it so much. Saturday is something easy, like hot dogs. Sunday is usually a crock pot meal, so it's ready when we come home from church. I haven't really settled on the other days' meals, but just those few have taken away the need to think so hard - and that's a good thing, in my case! LOL