Meatless meals are a great way to stretch your food budget. They are also usually healthy for your family. One of our favorite frugal meals is cabbage and noodles. It takes a while to make the dish, but it is delicious, and also inexpensive.
If you have leftover ham, you can also cube the meat and add it to the dish too. This is a great way to use up your leftovers and also keep your grocery budget under control.
The greatest part of this meal is that it uses cabbage, which is actually very healthy for you! Cabbage is rich in iron, fiber, and vitamin C. Current research indicates that it may possibly lower the incidence of cancer when eaten on a regular basis.
To make the dish you will need:
1 package of egg noodles
Cut up the cabbage into small sections and parboil until tender. Drain and set aside. Boil enough water to make the entire package of noodles and follow the directions on the package to cook the noodles.
While the noodles are cooking, heat 2 T. butter in a skillet. Cut up the cabbage into small strips and brown in the heated skillet. Stir frequently to avoid burning the cabbage. Continue until the cabbage is lightly browned and tender.
Drain the noodles after cooking them and add them to the browned, cooked cabbage. Stir until mixed. Add salt and pepper as desired to season the dish.
If desired, you can add ham cubes to the dish for some protein. This dish makes 4 very large servings. If you need to feed more people, you can add some meat, cut up some bread to stretch the meal further, or add a side dish like applesauce. If I do this, I can feed our large family with this recipe.