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What is you favourite quick-to-make (and cheap to make) but filling meal?

Asked by OpryLeigh (25300points) June 15th, 2009

Over the last few weeks I haven’t spent much time at home due to work and other commitments and because I haven’t had much time to make something to eat when I am home I have been “eating on the run”. This is not very healthy (I can’t live at MacDonalds drie-thru!!) and also working out to be more expensive so I have been trying to conjur up something quickly when I do get home but cheese or beans on toast or a bowl of cereals is starting to get boring. I am also getting fed up with microwaveable ready meals. Any suggestions?

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SirBailey's avatar

French toast.

Les's avatar

A big pot of chilli or as SirBailey said, breakfast food. I love breakfast but never feel like making a big deal out of it at 6 AM. Pancakes, french toast, waffles, all are equally as wonderful.

gailcalled's avatar

Make a large pot of brown rice or barley. Put some in a bowl, throw in some black, Navy, pinto, azuki beans, or black-eyed peas and corn. Then, add salsa, some thin bits of mozarella and if you like, some avocado and sour cream. You can eat versions of this for a week.

Saturated_Brain's avatar

Instant noodles or scrambled eggs

gailcalled's avatar

I veto the instant noodles but like scrambled eggs with additions; cut-up broccoli or spinach from my ever-ready bags of frozen broccoli or spinach and of course, several T of salsa. If you microwave it, you don’t need butter or oil. Add 1 T. water, zap for 1 minute, rotate, stir, another minute, stir. Ready.

WifeOfBath's avatar

What I like to do for the kids for lunch after school is give them a slice of quiche and a sprinkle of salad. The quiche I bake once a month and three of them and when set and cold I slice them and freeze them. When I need a slice or two I take them out and warm them in the oven and they taste just as good and look wonderful..:)

Frankie's avatar

I love couscous and peas…couscous is pretty cheap and very fast to make (approximately five minutes) and it’s pretty versatile. You can add really any vegetable you want, any herbs or spices you want, or even just by itself it’s good.

sandystrachan's avatar

Omelete , or just peanut butter on toast

Lupin's avatar

Spaghetti with meat sauce and bread dipped in olive oil mixed with Parmesan cheese.
Quick, cheap and satisfying! Yum!

Also, eggs, bacon and toast.

Judi's avatar

1. Fruit, hummus and crackers.
2. Salad in a bag with some sliced pears, candied walnuts and some balsamic dressing,
3. Roasted vegetables (bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, anything really)

One recipe I have never made, but comes from my favorite “fast food’ restaurant in Eugene, Oregon Cafe Yumm. I just looked up the recipe for their sauce. You put it on rice with some black beans and maybe some sprouts or even some salad. it is SOOOOO GOOOOOOD!
Original Yumm Sauce:
1/2 cup oil (I used a canola oil)
1/2 cup almonds
1/3 cup brewers yeast (the grocery store didn’t carry brewers yeast specifically but assured me that fast acting yeast would be a good substitute. It seems to have worked).
1/3 cup garbanzo beans – drained (I used closer to 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup soybeans (again, the store didn’t carry soybeans so I used a silken tofu and used approx. 1/2 cup. This seems to have worked.)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp curry powder

Blend nuts, beans and oil in food processor. Then blend in yeast and liquids one at a time. Puree until smooth. Voila!

This sauce is great with rice or pasta. It can also be used as a dressing for salads, a topping on soup & chili, a spread for sandwiches, a dipping sauce for veggies, a basting sauce for grilling, or a mayo alternative. It’s really quite versatile! But best of all, it’s egg free, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, sugar free, cholesterol free and low in sodium. There are nuts in it, however, for anyone with allergies to nuts.
(I found the above recipe on line and cut and pasted it. The commentary is not mine.)

PupnTaco's avatar

An entire box of Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch.

Bri_L's avatar

baked potatoe. pot pie. smash pie ontop of potatoe.

Darwin's avatar

Spaghetti with marinara sauce, or meat sauce, made once a month and stored in single serving amounts in the freezer,

An omelet with cheese and whatever nice things are in the fridge,

A fried egg sandwich with cheese and tobasco,

Fettucini Alfredo (sometimes with veg or shrimp or a bit of canned tuna added in),

A hamburger patty and mixed veg, with a quick sauce made from the drippings, a bit of garlic, and some wine, along with some pan-fried potatoes,

Boneless chicken breast with a) cream of celery or cream of mushroom soup, baked in the oven, b) olive oil, diced tomatoes, potatoes, onion and celery, oregano and black olives, also baked in the oven, or c) rolled in buttermilk or Italian dressing and then in a mix of breadcrumbs, oregano, basil, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese, and then baked in the oven,

Anything in a crockpot, started before I leave in the morning and ready when I get home.

chelseababyy's avatar

Chili in the microwave + Shredded “Taco” cheese + Spanish rice that can be cooked in the microwave + Flour Tortilla = Brilliance.

Jack79's avatar

French toast, omellette or some combination of eggs, flour and milk. I always have some flour around the house and eggs can last quite a while, so if you remember to get milk you can easily make a crepe or something.

I usually mix 2 eggs, a cup of milk and a cup of flour with a pinch of salt (you can just do it with a fork, just stir well in a bowl) and fry pancakes over a medium fire using olive oil. It’s very easy and very fast, and you can combine it with pieces of cheese (which you can melt on top), ham or salami, or make it sweet using chocolate spread or honey. Generally whatever is handy.

Spaghetti is an extremely easy meal anyone can learn to make (there’s instructions on the packet saying how much you have to boil it). Sauce can be more complicated, though there are simple recipes for that too, and it’s interesting to improvise. Or you can just use ketchup if you think it’s too complicated. I sometimes open a can of tuna and mix it in the pasta.

susanc's avatar

Corn tortillas on a hot dry cast-iron pan with some kind of cheese, some little bits of chicken or other meat in small pieces or shreds, put a lid on it, wait till you think it might be getting crispy on the bottom, check to see if you’re right (shouldn’t be more than a minute),
quickly spatula them out if so, lay on some green or red salsa (green is better) and a little
sour cream, double over, slice in two, voila a nice little quesadilla. Have three.

susanc's avatar

p.s. and add some reefed beans, some chopped tomatoes, some cilantro, you know these ideas…..

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