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In A Pinch Meals And Snacks
Written by Pamm Clark


I am not suggesting that anyone should eat this way on a regular basis due to the fat and sugar content of these foods. We do eat these meals about once or twice a week when things get really busy or we have one of those low food budget weeks. Another way to have healthier meals but also be cost effective and easy is my Leftovers On Purpose method.

What I try to keep on hand:
Noodles & Rice Canned Goods Frozen Refridgerator Pantry
Ramen noodles vegetables corn dogs apples & grapes Ritz crackers
macaroni &
cheese
fruits fish sticks bananas saltines
macaroni vienna sausages pizza baby carrots graham crackers
Rice apple sauce French fries cheese slices animal crackers
potato flakes chicken noodle soup juice eggs Kix or Cheerios
noodles & sauce pork & beans sausage links hot dogs pretzles
What I make ahead and freeze:
banana or
blueberry muffins
French toast pancakes corn muffins biscuits


When I say I try to keep the above items on hand, it's more like I try to have a few items in each category on hand each week, not all the items all the time. If we just finished off a box of corn dogs, I'll get fish sticks the next time. (Hopefully this is making sense.)



Here's the process I go through to put together a quick, inexpensive meal:

I know it's not credible to count macaroni & cheese box as a protein, so I add a shredded cheese to it. I just need fruits and/or veggies and milk. I usually pull out some canned corn and slice an apple.

Not only did it take me about 15 minutes to put the above meal together, it cost just over $1 to feed 4 or 5 toddlers:

      Mac-N-Cheese -- $0.30
        milk and margarine -- $0.10
      cheese -- $1.00
      canned corn -- $0.33
      apple -- $0.10
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      Total = $1.83

Here are other inexpensive and time saving meals
using the "on-hand" items listed above:


BREAKFAST French Toast
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Grapes
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Milk
Banana Muffin
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Apple Sauce
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Milk
Kix
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Banana
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Milk
Graham Crackers
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Apple Slices
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Milk
Pancakes
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Orange
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Milk
LUNCH Vienna Sausage
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Corn
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Banana
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Ramen Noodles
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Milk
Chicken Noodle Soup
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Grilled Cheese
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Baby Carrots
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Grapes
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Milk
Pork & Beans
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Hot Dogs
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Celery Sticks
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Bread & Butter
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Milk
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
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Cheese Slice
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Peaches
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Baby Carrots
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Milk
Macaroni & Cheese
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Cheese Slice
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Corn
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Apple Slices
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Milk
SNACK Apple Slices
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Peanut Butter
Banana Muffins
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Milk
Graham Crackers
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Milk
Ritz Crackers
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Peanut Butter
Cherrios
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Milk



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