How I Turned One Meal Into Three

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cheap family meals that stretch

 

 

Cooking meals for my family is one thing I really like and enjoy doing. Especially when I'm able to cook with really great ingredients. Than the meal is really able to come to life.

I really love to cook when I am able to make cheap family meals that stretch into more than one meal. With the help of some extra items.  I add to the new meals some more items, but its all worth it in those next few days when your able to just save a little from the very beginning.

With the first meal of course. ūüėČ

I ended up buying some antibiotic hormone free steak that was on sale the other day at my local grocery store. I was able to get a nice amount of rib-eye steak for really cheap. Considering this stuff can be double the cost at the regular price.

My hubby and I ended up grilling the steaks on the grill first.  I made my nice steak rub that I love to use on steaks when I'm grilling.  I'll post that  below so that you will be able to use that on your steaks too!

Its a mixture of:

  • Your favorite all purpose seasonings, or meat magic which is one of my new favorite ones.
  • Brown sugar
  • Himalayan salt
  • black pepper
  • chili powder
  • cumin

 

 

 

Next I made some smashed potatoes out of Yukon gold with the skin still on them. I love using skins especially with red potatoes. It makes it really easy and fast to cook while at the same time giving you all that buttery skin goodness. So delicious!! I even made An ice burg salad with my homemade blue cheese dressing and bacon toppings I cooked up earlier as you can see in the picture.

 

steak fajitas

Since I knew I would have an extra amount of steaks for left overs. I turned those steaks into  steak fajitas the next night. All I did was slice the steak up lengthwise into small pieces than I added some tortillas I had in the fridge with it. I sauteed some onions and peppers and some seasonings. Than  wa, la! you now have some steak fajitas in about 15 minutes for dinner.

My family love fajitas of any sort!

The only thing I added was cheese, some sour cream and I cooked up some onions and peppers to go with it. 

 

steak fajitas

 

On the third day I had a good amount of smashed potatoes left over, so I ended up making my quick and easy Shepard's pie!  I call it quick and easy since I only make it when I have left over homemade mashed or smashed potatoes.

So good and filling.

I took the leftover smashed potatoes that I had and cooked up some ground meat in my handy cast iron skillet. I love cooking in a cast iron skillets! So great for one pot meals.

 

I added some seasonings, you know the basics. Salt, pepper, and some all purpose season salt. Whatever you like pretty much. Than I took some beef broth about 2 cups full mixed with about a 2 -3 spoons of white flour and any soup mix you like. I added in onions and peas and carrots. Once it got a little thicker to the point that I like it.

Than I placed the potatoes on top with a mixture of my favorite cheeses, I used the same Mexican cheese from past two nights with the smashed potatoes when I made them and the steak fajitas.

Cooked in the oven for about 10 minutes until the cheese melts.

 

shepards pie recipes

There you go, three days of cheap family meals that stretch.

Perfect end to three days of cooking, waste not want not.

Right!

 

 

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