Let the Lowly Potato Help You Make Healthy, Easy, and Cheap Meals

Need a cheap meal to feed a hungry family? Try these potato recipes

You’re in a rush, the family is starving, and you need ideas for cheap meals fast. You’re in luck. That’s what we have right here. Look through these recipes for some quick, easy cheap meals your family will love.

Lowly potato

Okay. The potato isn’t one of those fancy schmancy veggies like asparagus, artichokes, or Adzuki beans, but when you need to make a meal on the cheap, it’s your go-to veggie.

Potatoes are cheap, always in season, and easy to fix. If that’s what you need, use some of these recipes the next time you’re in a hurry or use them to get some new ideas for cheap family meals.

Stuffed potatoes

These are super easy to make and there are several variations for you to choose from.

First, cook the potatoes in the oven or the microwave – however you prefer and is fastest for you.

Next, cut the potatoes in half, lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the meat of the potato and put it in a bowl. Put the skins on a cookie sheet.

In the bowl with the potato ‘meat’ add butter, sour cream, cheese, salt and pepper. Mix it all up.

Then re-fill the potato skins with the mixture. Top with crumbled bacon or bacon bits and more cheese. Cook on 350 for 15 to 20 minutes — long enough to heat the potatoes back up and melt the cheese on top.

Now, also make stuffed potatoes by preparing them like a baked potato. But instead of eating them with just butter or sour cream, top them with chili, pork, chopped ham or any other topping you would like. When prepared like this, the potatoes are a complete meal.

Potato casserole

To save money, use whole potatoes and peel and slice them for this recipe. For a fast meal though, use a mix like Au Gratin potatoes in a box. Simply, follow the directions on the box for the potatoes but add chopped ham. Make this meal in about 10 minutes, let it cook for 30 and you’re finished.

Potato delight

Peel and slice 4 medium-sized potatoes. Cook until tender. Put them in a 9×13 dish.

Mix 1 can of cheese soup, 1 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of butter. Heat the mixture and pour over the potatoes. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Potato supreme

— 3 pounds of potatoes

— 12 ounces of sour cream

— 12 ounces of cottage cheese

— 10 green onions – sliced

— Garlic salt

— Onion salt

— Parmesan cheese

Quarter and cook potatoes. Cut the potatoes into bite-sized chunks.

In a 9×13 baking dish, make layers with the potatoes in this order:

cottage cheese
sour cream
garlic powder
onion salt

Repeat layers.

Top with parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

Potato soup

This potato soup is cheap and easy to fix but still warm and filling.

— 3 Tbs butter

— 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

— 4 cups milk

— 2 cups diced potatoes

— 1/2 cup minced onion

— 1/2 tsp salt

— 1/4 tsp pepper

— 1 cup cheddar

— 1 pound bacon

Pre-cook potatoes. Melt butter in saucepan, add flour, stirring constantly until smooth. Cook 1 minute while stirring constantly. Gradually add milk. Stir in potatoes, onion, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens. Top with bacon and cheese when serving.

If you’re hungry after reading these recipes, go check out your pantry. I bet you have the potatoes and other ingredients to make at least one of these recipes. Remember; always keep potatoes in your pantry. With potatoes and some other staples, you’ll always be ready to whip up cheap meals for your family.