So this family does meatless meals on Fridays for sure during Lent but also usually one other meal during the week as well. It saves money. Also, I was just diagnosed with Hashimoto's hypothyroidism and one of the things I need to check on is: should I be gluten-free? So I'm giving that a shot and so far my biggest temptation is the Little Debbie snack cakes I get for the kids for our weekly Poetry Snacktime. And I've only been doing it one day. Ugh.
Anyway, it's nice to have some GF options that are also meatless and yummy and fast and cheap and which the kids love!
YOU WILL NEED:
Cans of chili beans, depending on the size of your family. Probably one can will feed 2-3 people depending on how old they are :-)
Fritos or off-brand corn chips in regular or chili cheese (again, depends on the size of your family)
Rotel tomatoes and diced chilis
WHAT YOU DO:
1. Heat up the chili beans on a stove in a pan.
2. Put Fritos in a bowl.
3. Put cheese on top of Fritos.
4. Put chili beans on top of the whole she-bang.
5. Top with sour cream and Rotel if you wish.
Here's the cost breakdown of Frito Pie and sides and I even have some leftovers for a couple of people for the next day, or else it helps us to feed the extra kids we usually have over:
Chili beans (5 cans) = $2.95
Fritos (2 bags) = $3.00 (Got them on sale at Price Chopper but they may normally be even cheaper at Aldi every day)
Sour cream = $0.50 we only use part of a container
Cheddar cheese = $1.00 we don't use a whole lot
Canned green beans or carrots or some other fruit or veggie side; even applesauce = $2.00 or sometimes I might sneak in a can of diced tomatoes or some Rotel to spice it up for those who like it spicier
Total = $9.45 if we all drink water with dinner, which comes out to $1.35 per person. That is one cheap meal, the beans and Fritos are filling, AND it includes a fruit or veggie! No, it's not super healthy but we all need some fat in our diet and we don't eat this way all the time.
Just put Fritos in the bottom of a bowl, cover with warm chili beans and garnish the way you like with cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, anything!
What are your favorite meatless or GF meals?