I have a question for you today . . . . What is your “go to” side dish to stretch a meal?
Ok Two questions – What do you do during the day to make sure it is a go?
Why do I ask? My two boys have become bottomless pits, and it is starting to look like little brother might just pass up big brother on the intake quantities.
So far – we have eaten mostly one dish meals with a side of salad or quick veggie like green beans or corn.
This week we found Short Ribs on sale in town, but even at that a package of 4-6 ribs were 6-7 dollars. So I had to buy 2 pkgs so that each family member could have 3 ribs a piece. It was late in the day so I did something I don’t ever remember doing – I stopped at the salad section of the deli. Securing a pound of potato salad and a pound of macaroni salad.
With plate of Green Beans and some bread – we had leftovers. So the next day, I added a few veggies and fresh mayo to the salads, and again, leftovers.
Last night – we made a marinara sauce with hamburger chunks (lazy man’s meatballs) and served them over macaroni noodles. I made the entire package, then used the leftovers to make a salad today. Last night I put in some dill, garlic powder, basil, dried onion salt and pepper before putting the container in the oven. This afternoon for our lunch, I chopped some celery and pickle, and boiled 4 eggs to make a larger portion.
Which got me thinking. This wasn’t that hard. . . . I am wondering what other families with teens do to beef up a meal – without spending $4.00 a pound for beef, or $20.00 on expensive veggies out of season.