I often get asked about ideas for recipes or what meals I make for supper. In this post, I’m going to share my favourite tried and true weeknight meal ideas. All of these meals use simple, whole ingredients, are cost-effective and crowd pleasers.
Grocery store rotisserie chickens are very convenient. However, it is cheaper and actually very easy to make your own. This recipe uses a crockpot but you can take the seasoning from this recipe and cook the chicken (even if frozen) in the oven.
This is a good basic chilli recipe. I like to add chopped peppers and kidney beans or chickpeas. Along with a teaspoon of cumin. Usually, I’ll make this chilli in the crockpot and omit the water in the recipe.
To make this recipe even easier use frozen butternut squash. Also instead of buying a rotisserie chicken, you can roast your own using the recipe above.
This recipe has become a favourite in our house. It’s actually from Joanna Gaines cookbook Magnolia Table. Luckily I found the recipe reprinted online with permission. This is another recipe where you can use the meat from a whole cooked chicken.
If you’ve never tried a recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction now is the time. All of her recipes are well tested, she gives helpful tips and I’ve always had great results. I have made my own pie crusts for this recipe but I have also found the refrigerated Pillsbury pie crusts too. Either way tastes great. For the chicken follow the recipe’s instruction for preparing it or use the meat from a whole cooked chicken.
Fajitas are one of the easiest meals to throw together. They can either be made as a sheet pan meal or in the crockpot. You can also use chicken or beef. I keep a packet of fajita seasoning on hand to make things easy or you can make your own.
Sheet pan meals are so easy to throw together. You can roast your favourite fresh or frozen vegetables along with a meat. I like to use sweet potatoes, peppers and broccoli. To round out the meal I like to make rice on the side.
This is the perfect soup for a cold fall day. I like to make this cheddar jalapeno bread to go along with it. This soup also freezes well for leftovers on a busy day.
Curating a list of easy weeknight suppers is one way to save money. Another way to save money is by learning to become a smart shopper. Groceries are one household expense that can be modified easily. However, it can be overwhelming to understand all the ways to save money at the grocery store.
Save Money on Groceries by Going Back to Basics
I’m excited to share a great resource to help with all of the above and more! It’s a book called Save Money on Groceries By Going Back to Basics. I got the opportunity to read the book and it was packed full of helpful tips. As a home economist, I highly recommend this book. It is an excellent resource for those new to grocery shopping or if you’re overwhelmed with trying to save money.
The author breaks down the book into three sections: At Home, At the Store and Back at Home. The book is easy to read, well written and a super helpful guide to cutting down your grocery bill.
You may be thinking but can’t I just find all this information somewhere online? Yes, you could. However, it would take hours of researching various blogs and perusing Pinterest. To save you time Tiffany has done all the research and laid it out in an easy to read format. In fact, this book was born out of her desire to help save her family money. As one reviewer on Amazon noted the cost of the book was paid for in her first grocery trip.
The ebook version is only $2.92 on Amazon. Plus the book includes recipes, a pantry staple list, and helpful apps and websites to peruse for more help.
One of my favourite parts was the recipe section. Tiffany includes basic recipes like cream of whatever soup, pancakes, chicken stock and more. I’m looking forward to trying out these recipes to help save money. Especially the chicken stock which can be made after roasting a whole chicken.
What are your go-to weeknight meals?
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