What to do on those nights when the cupboards are almost bare and
payday is 2 days away?
Here are some quick and easy supper ideas that use ingredients
you probably always have on hand.
1. An old stand-by at our house is simply to have breakfast for
supper! Sometimes we have pancakes and sausage. I make the
pancakes from baking mix which is something I always keep handy.
You just add milk. Other times, it's scrambled eggs, toast and
2. My family enjoys "Little Pizzas" made from English muffins.
Just split English muffins and arrange on a cookie sheet. Top
with tomato sauce and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Then just
add whatever toppings you have on hand. Sometimes we add
pepperoni slices, sometimes browned ground beef or sausage.
Sprinkle on chopped onions or whatever is your family's favorite.
Top with shredded cheese and put in 375 degree oven till warmed
through and cheese is melted.
English muffins are inexpensive and keep well in the freezer.
3. Every now and then we have "Baked Potato Night" at our house.
I bake one large potato for each person and then round up a
variety of toppings. Some things we like are chili, sour cream,
broccoli, bacon bits, chopped onions, shredded cheese. Everyone
can fix his own just the way he likes it and it's a meal in
4. A very quick supper is grilled cheese sandwiches and vegetable
or tomato soup. It's nutritious, inexpensive, and tasty. Need I
5. Here's a recipe the children can help with. My children loved
these when they were small and they enjoyed being able to help
Oven Baked Hot Dogs
Lay 8 slices of bread on cookie sheet. Place a slice of cheese on
top of each slice. Put 1 wiener diagonally on each slice. Pull
corners of bread up over sides of wiener. Secure with toothpicks.
Brush each "hot dog" with melted butter. Place in 400 degree oven
till browned and cheese is melted.
6. Nachos are another super-fast supper idea. Place a pile of
tortilla chips in a microwaveable shallow dish. Pour chili over
top, add shredded cheese and microwave till warm. Top with sour
cream, if desired.
7. Sloppy joes are another family pleaser. I try to keep buns on
hand in the freezer. If you have no buns handy, sloppy joe
sandwiches work,too! To go with the sloppy joes, cut potatoes
into 4 wedges each. Place in baking dish with skins down. Brush
with melted butter and sprinkle with seasoned salt. Bake at 400
degrees for about 45 minutes or until tender.
8. If you are ready for something different for supper or lunch,
try this recipe for "Pepperoni Pie".
In bottom of 9-inch pie plate, combine an 8-oz. package of
shredded mozarella cheese, and about 1/2 cup of diced pepperoni.
In a medium bowl, beat 5 eggs and 3/4 cup milk until
well-blended. Pour over mixture in pie plate. Bake for 25 minutes
or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Add a salad
and some bread and you have a delicious, light meal.
9. I always try to keep ground beef in the freezer in one-pound
packages. Here is one of my staple recipes using ground beef.
Brown a pound of ground beef. Drain off fat. Add 1 can of chili
beans and 1 can of Spanish rice. Stir over medium heat until
warm. Pour into microwaveable serving dish and top with shredded
cheese. Heat in microwave until cheese is melted.
Easy, easy, and inexpensive, too.
10. Lastly, something we do at our house every couple of weeks is
have "Leftover Night". Seems like almost every night, there is
just a little bit of supper left over. Just enough for maybe one
person. I put these servings in freezer containers and store till
I have several different bits of main dishes. Then I get them
all out and everyone has their choice of what they have for
supper! I usually add salad and make hot rolls and everyone is
Serve any of the above meals on your good dishes, set the table
with real napkins, and a pretty centerpiece. Your meal will be
*so* special and only you will know you "did it on a budget".
He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. --Proverb
Reprinted with permission.