Eat Cheap with Trista Hill: How to prepare $3 meals

Trista Hill helps you Eat Cheap when she shows us how to prepare meals for just three dollars. You can find more on her Facebook page: Eat Cheap! with Trista Hill.

When you buy a Happy Meal you are paying for someone to partially make that for you…you are paying for the convenience.”

You can save money by using whole foods..things that you can grow, buy cheap.


Eat cheap…use what you have on hand.”



Oatmeal Pancakes

These are so good–hearty and filling. You can easily use whole wheat flour in them or add some wheat germ if you want. They are excellent topped with warm applesauce, black raspberry jam or pure maple syrup. They also make a nice supper option with sausage or leftover slices of ham.

2 c. milk
1 1/2 c. rolled oats
Combine and allow to sit for 30-40 minutes.
1/3 c. oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 – 2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 T. sugar or honey
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. cinnamon (or not)
Add oil and eggs to milk mixture.
Add remaining ingredients; stir until moistened. Batter should resemble lumpy oatmeal. If it looks runny, add a little bit more flour. If it looks too thick, trickle in a bit more milk.
Cook on hot griddle until cooked through.



Rice & Bean Burritos

These are great to make ahead and stash in the freezer for quick, healthy, inexpensive lunches. This recipe is also VERY versatile. We have even added leftover corn, chopped peppers, shredded chicken, salsa and cheese to them when we have had them on hand.

8 c. cooked brown rice, slightly cooled
4 c. cooked beans (black, pinto or whatever)
1 onion, chopped
2 T. oregano
2 t. garlic powder
2 t. salt
1 ½ t. chili powder
1 t. cumin
Combine the above ingredients, adding more or less seasoning to taste. Wrap in flour tortillas and serve hot or cold.

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