When you are making a dish consider if it can be frozen. If so make a double dish and freeze it for a quick dish night. This also works on stuff like pizza dough, tomato sauce (made from scratch), alfredo sauce, pretty much any sauces, and just get creative. Don’t freeze cabbage (trust me).
When you are cooking a dish with the cover on it, flip the top and you can cook two dishes at once. Example: wrap veggies in foil, dinner rolls on foil (already cooked dinner rolls), and basically anything without a sauce wrapped in/or laid on foil.
Make your life easier by shopping on a different day then you do preparation and cooking.
2 pounds ground meat (I used 1 lb ground turkey and 1 lb of sausage) [Cooked and seasoned]
1 family sized box of cajun rice (I used Zatarans)
1 pkg onion soup (I love this as a seasoning but this could easily be substituted with a broth of your choice. However, you would need to add chopped onions or onion salt/powder)
8 peppers (cut open at the top and deseeded) [freeze the trash part of your pepper for your veggie broth]
Now I browned my meat and seasoned it with salt, pepper, and soy sauce. I drained the meat (peppers will create a juice and if you don’t drain them it gets messy).
Then I added 1 package of onion soup and the amount of liquid necessary to cook the cajun rice. I added the cajun rice and cooked as directed on box. (You can add any veggies you decide to if you choose to. I added spinach)
Stuff your peppers and bake covered for 20-30 minutes.
Now for the whopping totals on cost $6 for meat ($4 for turkey $2 for sausage) onion soup $1, cajun rice $2.50, peppers $8, and spinach (optional) $1. Total $20.50 for 8 servings.