Same Ingredients, 3 Meals

Lately I have  been thinking about grocery bills and how they can go sky high and even higher if you don’t use all the food you bought and it goes bad.  This is tied to the fact that the show Extreme Couponing cannot be avoided on Twitter any longer.  People cutting coupons to save hundreds of dollars on items that I can’t imagine ever being used in time, so unless they are selling them it is going to waste.

With that in mind I decided to make 3 meals from the same ingredients and will try to make this a monthly feature (if not more often) on the site.  Today’s menu will be of a Mexican flare as I have been all things Mexican lately.

Here is a list of the items I purchased and then the pictures and recipes to follow:

15oz Black Beans, 1/3lb of Baby Portabella Mushrooms, 1 large Red Onion, 1/2 lb Tomatillos, 2 Avocados, 1 medium Zucchini Squash, 1 can Chipotles (but only used 2), 1 Hot House Tomato, 1 egg, 3 jalapenos, Cilantro, Garlic, Feta Cheese, Ezekiel Bread, Corn Tortillas, Naan Bread

Total cost of these items for me was: $21.50 and keep in mind that the eggs, ezekiel bread, tortillas and naan bread can cover more meals.

Avocado Tomatillo Dip:

  • In a blender add tomatillos, avocados, chipotle (I used 2 that were seeded but use more if you like more heat), 3 garlic cloves and about 4oz of water.
  • After blending to a thick dip put in bowl and set aside.


  • Heat 1 tbs olive oil in non-stick pan
  • Chop mushrooms, onions, zucchini
  • Add vegetables along with black beans to hot pan
  • Saute’ until veggies begin to get soft.
  • Set aside


Breakfast – Egg over Mexican Vegetables

Simple Ingredients Make The Best Food

  1. Toast the bread.  I keep my ezekiel always frozen and toast it twice.  Start by toasting on highest setting, then flip over and toast on lowest setting for perfect crispiness.
  2. Spread the avocado tomatillo dip on the bread.
  3. Layer on sauteed veggies (re-heat in microwave if necessary.)
  4. Place 1 thin slice of tomato on top of veggies and top with feta cheese and chopped cilantro.
  5. Cook egg to your desired consistency and place on top.
  6. Serve with coffee and a knife and fork.


When The Egg Runs The Veggies Taste That Much Better


Lunch – Tacos

Swap Out Bread/Egg And Add In Tortillas

  1. Wrap tortillas in damp paper towels and microwave for 25 seconds so they get soft and pliable.
  2. Spread the avocado tomatillo dip on the tortilas.
  3. Layer on sauteed veggies (re-heat in microwave if necessary.)
  4. Place 1 slice cut into chunks of tomato on top of veggies and top with feta cheese and chopped cilantro.
  5. Serve with a side the dip and a couple of baked corn tortillas.

What A Great Way To Enjoy A Healthy Lunch

Dinner – Mexican Pizza

Naan Pizza Is Flat (Get It) Out Awesome!



  1. Preheat oven to 425* with a pizza stone in the oven.
  2. Spread the avocado tomatillo dip on the naan bread.
  3. Layer on sauteed veggies (re-heat in microwave if necessary.)
  4. Place 2 slices cut into chunks of tomato on top of veggies and top with feta cheese and chopped cilantro.
  5. Place into oven and cook for 5-10 minutes until cheese just begins to melt (will continue to melt out of oven as well.)
  6. Serve with your favorite wine.

Does It Get Better Than That?


This was so easy to make and quite filling and healthy as well.  I hope you take my queue and begin to shop for multiple meals with the use of a few ingredients.


Do You Like The Idea Of This Feature?

Any Ideas For Future Same Ingredients, 3 Meals Posts?



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  1. BDD says:


  2. Matt Oravec says:

    I need to stop reading your blog at work… seriously, I hate you right now.

    Going to fridge to get my water and drown away my hunger.

  3. Marlene says:

    YES I love this feature! A lot of the reason I hesitate to try new recipes is that I’m afraid I won’t use up everything that I buy. Great idea!!!!

  4. I like the idea behind this feature and everything looks delicious.

  5. Love the idea of this feature!

  6. Chuck says:

    WIn. Win. WIn. Avocados are always good. There’s one on my counter right now… 2 more days till its perfect!

  7. Jill says:

    Are you sure Twinkies aren’t an easier option? Those things never go bad!! ;)

    I know what’s going to happen after meeting you, you’re going to inspire me to get off my lazy butt and start actually putting some thought into what I put in this body. Fingers crossed! :)

    See you soooon. YAY!!

  8. lindsay says:

    YES. i love this idea. i am growing squash (only seed i could get to survive haha) so i am going to need mannnyyy ideas for squash hint hint :)

  9. This is a great feature!! Keeping a sane grocery budget is something I *definitely* struggle with… any other tips or suggestions?

    • Jason says:

      Erika –

      My simplest suggestion to reduce food costs is to go vegetarian b/c vegetables cost less than meat but that is not the best answer and is really pushing something I don’t push.

      That being said think about meals before you go to the store so you only buy what you need for those meals. Also, don’t go hungry and better off going after having just eaten.

      I am thinking of another menu with cottage cheese. Is there anything you want to see specifically?

      You can always email me with direct questions at


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