One thing that can help you stretch your budget is starting a pot of soup while cooking something else. Especially anything which:
- takes a while to cook
- uses veggies
- required chopping with your food processor
So, while making cabbage rolls I decided to throw on a pot. I used the left over cabbage pieces (raw) put through the food processor. I also threw in carrots, a can of spicy tomatoes, green pepper, mushrooms and 1 envelope of Asian spicy soup mix, a chicken bouillion cube and 6 cups of water.
Simmer until veggies are cooked.