|Take & Bake Pizza
Our local grocery store offers Friday Night Take-N-Bake Pizzas for $5 each! I usually buy 2 cheese pizzas, then put the toppings we like on them, then bake them. Add a bag salad and you have yummy meal.
I buy a box of frozen breaded chicken patties. I oven bake them, put them on a hamburger bun, add BBQ sauce, cheese and lettuce. YUM! Add a fruit salad.
Buy a few types of sliced deli meats and cheeses (whatever is on sale). Pick up some sub rolls and bag lettuce. Let everyone make their own sub. Add sliced melon for a yummy treat.
Search your fridge for leftovers from the previous week. Heat each up. Put out on the counter, buffet style and let everyone choose what they would like. Add a salad.
|Layered Taco Pie
In a pie plate, layer:
Grated Cheddar Cheese
You can add some ground or shredded beef, if it's handy. Heat in the oven until the cheese is melted. Provide shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes.
|Baked Potato Bar|
Bake potatoes. Look in your fridge and pantry to see what you have then set up a bar and let everyone top their own:
Cooked Ground Meat
Buy bag salad. Set out toppings like a salad bar:
Hard Boiled Eggs
Sliced Chicken Patties
Chow Mein Noodles
Serve with garlic bread.
Slice a loaf of French bread in half length-wise. Butter, sprinkle with garlic salt, top with grated cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and it toasts.
Serve with a side of spaghetti sauce for dipping and a green salad.
Fry Budding-type (thin) pastrami in a little butter until heated through. Serve on hamburger buns with mayo, cheese, etc. Add a side of pickles and a green or fruit salad.
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