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Cheap and EASY meal ideas...

Kayla - posted on 09/27/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




I have a 14 month old and I'm learning to cook. She's not wanting to eat meat at all which I'm sure will change but for now, I'm giving her pastas from graduates and such and she just picks around the meats. I would like some ideas for cheap and easy meals for a 14 month old. I've tried searching the internet, however I'm not finding anything really. I need to save moneyyy! Thanks for any help!


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Catherine - posted on 09/27/2010




Here's a recipe for Black Bean and Corn Quinoa. It's a vegetarian dish, but the beans and the quinoa provide a lot of protein for her. Personally, I love it. Depending on your daughter, the spices may be too strong for her, but you can always cut back on those!

Good Luck!

Black Bean and Corn Quinoa


1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup frozen corn kernels
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.
Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes,
Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in the black beans and cilantro.

Amanda - posted on 09/27/2010




Taco pizza

5 - soft taco shells

1 - ground beef

1/2 - onion

1 - taco sauce (they are like 89 cents it just makes it easier and faster, but you can spice your meat up your way if you like for cheaper)

1 - tomatoe

1/2- cup corn

1 pouch of nacho cheese, or you can grate up a block of cheese.

Sour cream

Fry your ground beef, add sauce, 1/2 of the onion, corn, 3/4ths of the nacho cheese (if you grate cheese do not add it yet).

Get a cookie sheet, put a soft taco shell down, layer the ground beef, grated cheese (if you didnt use nacho cheese), Layer another shell, and repeat until you have one shell left, put the rest of the ground beef on top, and top off the pizza with a taco shell.

Top the pizza with the rest of your onions, tomatoes, and more cheese (the rest of the nacho cheese that is left, or whatever grated cheese you have left).

Pop into an oven at 325F for 5-10 minutes depending on how cripsy you would like your shells.

Cut with a pizza cutter, and serve with some sour cream on top.

Because your daughter is young, you could do 3 layers instead of 5.

You can hide any veggies you want into the meat. I know you said she doesnt like meat much, but she will as long as you keep offering it. Btw have you tasted the meat in those grad's I wouldnt eat it too LOL.

Louise - posted on 09/27/2010




Ok try tuna pasta bake. This is easy to eat and cheap to make. Just cook some pasta and fry an onion, add cooked peas and sweetcorn and two tins of drained tuna flakes, add low salt chicken soup and a small pot of sour cream. Just mix altogether and sprinkle with cheese. If you want to serve as a family meal then put it in the oven or under the grill to brown the cheese. Or buy a cheap cut of red meat and dice into small peices and put in a casserole pot and add diced carrots and potatoes onion and any other root vegetable use a low salt stock cube and add some water bake in a low oven for 1.5 hours until the meat is tender serve with mashed potatoes.

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