Saturday, May 02, 2009

Fast Food (Homemade Style)

This week threw us for a loop and I did not stick with my original meal plan.  No worries.  We'll just transfer everything over to next week!  

Our family is working hard to cook and eat all our meals at home.  Our budget is tight (like everyone else's these days) and restaurant meals are insanely expensive.  (Admittedly, our family does have a weakness for take-out pizza.  That's another story!)  I am learning that "home cooked" doesn't have to translate to "complicated and time-consuming". Sometimes the simplest meals are the very best.  Besides, when I'm super tired it's usually easier to throw something together in my own kitchen than bundle all the kids off to a restaurant!

This week I tried a simple supper idea I read about in Taste of Home. Supper turned out surprisingly well and was ready in a heartbeat.  Also, our meal cost considerably less than take-out or restaurant fare.

Super-Easy Quesilldias

1 can black beans ($0.75)
200g shredded cheddar cheese ($2.00)
10 whole wheat tortillas ($2.25)

Rinse and drain the beans.  Squash the beans with a potato masher. Combine beans and cheese.  Divide the mixture evenly between the tortillas.  Fold each tortilla in half and grill each side until crispy.  Cut grilled tortillas into wedges.  Serve with salsa.

We ate our quesilldias with sliced oranges.  The meal was nothing fancy but it was fast, filling and healthy.  Not only that, the entire meal cost well under $2 per serving!

When we're crunched for time or it's been an exhausting day, our family relies on a few other easy "fast food" fixes:
  • Scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast, fruit
  • Homemade soup (from the freezer), whole wheat toast or biscuits
  • Tortilla wraps and green salad
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup
Does anyone else have any great suggestions for homemade "fast food"? What works for your family?


Prairie Girl said...

One of our favorites is a combo of some of the things you've mentioned. We love scrambled egg wraps. I usually use leftover rice from previous night's dinner. Scramble some eggs with green onion and some bell pepper, add some salsa, shredded cheese and some rice. Roll up in a tortilla. SO GOOD and so fast!

The Nilsen's Journey said...

We often have cooked up ground beef/ground chicken in the freezer for quesedillas, or tacos or burritos. Omletts are another hit. And a typical norwegian kveldsmatt works as a simple meal (lots of bread/buns with a variety of toppings.)