I wanted to share what I made for dinner on Tuesday, as it is cheap, fast, simple, nutritious, and tastes good!
First of all, I made a pot of chili. I use the same basic recipe everytime, but sometimes I tweak it a little. I usually brown a pound and a half of ground beef or turkey; this time I had some leftover beef from the roast I cooked on Sunday. I chopped it up and put it in the pot. Then I added: 2 cans tomato sauce, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can corn, 2 cans beans (this time I use 1 kidney beans and 1 black beans) that are drained and rinsed. Then I chopped up half an onion and half a bell pepper, and sauteed them in olive oil until tender, then added them to the chili. Next I added: 2 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper, 3 cloves minced garlic. I normally let this simmer in the crockpot all day, however today I put it on the stove for a few hours, as I got started late. An hour before it was time for dinner, I put potatoes in the oven to bake. Then I prepared a salad. I got a great idea from Crystal at Homemaking on the Homestead about a great way to make salad. This way, everyone can put what they want in a salad, so more people will eat it. Often times, there is one ingredient that someone doesn't like, so they don't eat salad at all!
Well, that's it. I know a lot of women are looking for frugal dinners to make these days. Throw in tasty, simple, and nutritious, and you've got a winner!