[quote="Angelic_Rose, post:1, topic:225589"]
Lean cuisine for me, hungry man for DH
we are working on portion control and timing of meals and since we work and are home different shifts cooking for 2 does not work out.
we are also working on no more restaurant meals, especially nothing delivered through a window in a paper bag
your idea is a good one, why not do what I have done for my sisters and DDs, ask relatives to contribute easy, inexpensive recipes for meals-4-2 for a family cookbook for you newlyweds
we have had recipe showers where some ingredients, or cooking implements required, or cookbooks and other accessories to go with the recipe are the gifts--and samples of the food are serve.
the one I always contribute begins with "boil a handful of pasta and open a jar of Ragu"
one time saving money saving recipe I learned from early morning TV that has become a family favorite is meatballs.
2 lbs of ground round, 6 slices white bread w/o crust, one one, package of seasoning mix (meatloaf, italian spaghetti sauce, chili whatever flavor will appeal to most of the family most of the time), and two tablespoons of milk. If you dont have seasoning mix add salt & pepper, couple of dashes worcestershire sauce or steak sauch. mix it together with your (clean) hands. pat it into your 9x12 or 9x13 pan
(I am guessing on the amount of meat but think 2 lbs is about right, you can also add half a pound of bulk pork or turkey sausage but not too much or you will have too much grease)
even it out, then take your plastic spatula or cake cutter and score the meat into 1" cubes by drawing evenly spaced lines crossways and the long way.
bake at 325 for about 30 minutes, check at 15 minuteds and spoon of grease if there is a lot, then put it back to finish cooking.. They don't have to bake completely just enough to hold together and be brown because you are going to break them apart and freeze them in zip lock freezer bags, enough for a meal (8 means 4 apiece for a couple, about right, judge by the size and your husbands appetite).
all you need to do is nuke for 1 minute and add to your marinara sauce (from a if you are still learning for spaghetti),
canned gravy (if you want stroganoff, you mix a glob of sour cream in this and sprinkle with paprika, and serve it over cooked noodles).
If you want stew you have cooked a bag of frozen stew or soup veggies, drained them, added canned gravy, and then the meatballs.