One bit of advice I hear a lot when reading about reducing your grocery budget is to eat "like a peasant". Never having been, or known, a peasant, I'm not quite sure what one would have eaten way back in the day, but I figure this following dish would probably fit the bill :)
I needed a quick, filling supper last night - I had no leftovers, and after a day spent working on drywall seams, I was tired and hungry. I had a small amount of cooked beef in the fridge (from the bones I used for stock), the last of the garden potatoes, onions, celery, and of course, some frozen veggies.
So I very quickly diced a stalk of celery and a small onion, cleaned and cut up the taters into small chucks, and tossed them all the cast iron skillet with some vegetable oil and a dab of butter for added flavour. I let that all fry up for a bit, then added the beef and some frozen corn, cooked until everything was fully done, then served with some pickled beets, bread & butter pickles and chili sauce - all canned last fall.
Seriously good. And easy. And cheap. Less than a cup of beef resulted in two good sized servings, and since I roasted the bones before making the stock, the beef was both flavourful and moist.
It may not look like much, but it was very tasty, and perfect after a busy day. Meals like this are a great way of both extending a small amount of meat, and using up leftovers. And you can't beat one-pot meals for convenience!
Eating like a peasant: using up what I had to create a flavourful, cheap, easy, filling meal. Love it!