(In case this is your first time reading The Dollar Diet blog, my family and I are on a quest to go the entire month of February without spending any money. No kidding. We'll pay the monthly bills, put gas in our cars to get to and from work and spend just $10 a week on milk and produce, but that's it. If it's discretionary, it's off limits. Click here to read the introductory post.)
Once a week at our house, we eat breakfast for dinner.
It's a great way to trim the grocery budget. Pancakes, after all, are way cheaper to serve than even the cheapest cuts of beef or chicken.
And it's quick, easy, and typically, a kid pleaser.
I try to rotate the breakfast menu from week to week to keep things interesting.
Last week, we had whole wheat pancakes. This week, we'll have a baked oatmeal concoction. The original recipe called for apples but I throw in whatever I have on hand. This time around, I'll use up a few apples past their prime and a handful of cranberries I froze at Christmas. I'll also be using applesauce as a substitute for oil since we are about to run out.
Other breakfasts I like to serve for dinner are:
*burritos filled with scrambled eggs, salsa and cheese. If we happen to have any leftover chicken or bacon in the fridge, we might throw that in too.
*omelets filled with leftovers. (see above)
*scrambled eggs and toast
*a sausage casserole that uses croutons as its base, which I sometimes make myself using stale bread.
Anybody else have any favorite breakfast for dinner ideas? Or any other ways you cheat on your grocery budget? I'm all ears, especially this month.