So true, Lazy Gardener. I've got a 15 year old still at home (plus hubby and me) and teen boys inhale and groceries are gone. Like you, we don't make meat the star of very meal. We were very broke early in our marriage and once I made a pound of hamburger last a week (bean soup with a tiny bit of hamburger, spaghetti with very little meat in the sauce, etc). These days we are not so tight but I still make several dishes that are a little bit of meat and a lot of other stuff. I don't mind going vegetarian some nights but the boys are much happier with at least a little meat. Tonight we are having my version of huevos rancheros. - Some pam-type spray in a muffin tin, some tortilla pieces lining the muffin tin- break a small egg on top of torilllas- add cheese and salsa and bake at 350 until eggs are firm enough for your liking. I might add bacon or ham if I have it but they are good meatless too. I make those by the dozen when I have extra eggs and they are eaten in no time. They refrigerate or freeze well and make good snacks in the microwave .Very cheap for those of us who have chickens.
5 pounds of chicken might last all week because we don't eat chicken every night and I do cook from scratch some nights. Its just good to have things available for the nights I'm exhausted and tempted to eat out or pick up junk. I have fibromyalgia, a bad knee and a full time job and have to plan ahead when I can do stuff so I can rest when I need to.
Most of the time I have homemade single servings of things in the freezer. When I do cook from scratch, I divide things into servings right out of the oven and freeze some single portions before it ever hits the table. Same with leftovers. They usually get frozen right away with good labels. If I was having a bad night tonight, I could choose from a single serving of chicken and sausage gumbo,or lasagna, or beef stew or stuffed chickens breasts over rice, or homemade bean soup- all frozen. My kid can microwave and on a bad night he will warm up leftovers for everyone. I know I feel better when I don't give in and eat junky just because its easier and I'm too tired and I try to keep telling myself that on the tough nights.. .