Colleen Broomall | 

5 Meals You Can Make in Minutes – For as Low as $1.07 a Person

The Krazy Coupon Lady is an independent service supported by advertising. Most of the offers appearing on our site are from companies from which we receive compensation. We may receive a small payment from an affiliate if you click a link to purchase a product. Sometimes a post is sponsored by the maker of the product, and we receive a fee for the post. Learn More.

My family is always on the go and that often leads to unplanned orders at the drive-thru or take-out window. With the holidays quickly approaching, I’ve been looking for ways to skip those costly stops by finding meals that I can make in minutes — for a fraction of the cost. Here are my 5 favorite food pairings that fill my family up and cost as low as $1.07 per person – with no mess in the kitchen.

1. Knorr® 3-Cheese Risotto with Meatballs Marinara – $2.91/serving

Knorr 3 Cheese Mushroom Risotto Rice Cups are 2/$5 at grocery stores nationwide now through Oct. 18. Plus, you can get 500 Fetch points ($0.50) for every cup you buy, up to five cups.

For this meal, you’ll just add water to the Knorr cup and microwave it for 2.5 minutes. While it’s cooling off, I heat up a few frozen Kroger Italian Meatballs, which are pre-cooked and cost $0.55 per serving. Since I always keep a jar of marinara sauce in my house, I pour some on top of the meatballs for a hearty meal that fills me up for under $3.


2. Kroger® Chicken Nuggets & Kraft® Mac & Cheese Cups – $1.31/serving

Now through Oct. 30, 12-packs of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Cups are on sale at Sam’s Club for $8.48. That breaks down to just $0.70 per cup, and all I need to do is add water and throw it in the microwave for 3.5 minutes. I pair each cup with Kroger Chicken Nuggets, which are $10.99 for a 3-lb. bag, or $0.61 per serving. They take between 2-4 minutes to heat up, depending on your microwave, and my kids love them. At Chick-fil-A, I’d pay $7.69 for a Kid’s Meal with nuggets and mac and cheese, so this hack saves me $6.38.


3. Knorr® Fajita Rice with Grilled Chicken – $3.14/serving

While Knorr cups are on sale, I’m also stocking up on their Fajita Rice flavor. The 2/$5 deal and Fetch points offer brings my cost per cup down to $2, a 43% savings. This one’s got rice, beans, and bell peppers and while it’s cooling off, I microwave some Kroger® Grilled Chicken Breast Dices. A 22-oz bag costs $7.99, or $1.14 per serving. Once the chicken’s done heating up, I stir it into the Fajita Rice cup as a Chipotle bowl hack. But instead of paying $9.20 at Chipotle, this recipe costs $3.14 to make at home and is so easy to bring with me when I’m on the go.


4. Gorton’s Fish Sticks & Cheesy Broccoli – $1.07/serving

Now through Oct. 24, a 60-oz. bag of Gorton’s Super Crunchy Fish Sticks is on sale at Sam’s Club for $11.98. That breaks down to just $0.57 a serving. I love keeping these in my freezer for taco night, but when I need a fast and simple meal, I pop them in the air fryer for 8 minutes and serve them with a vegetable. My family’s big on Green Giant Simply Steam Broccoli & Cheese Sauce. They’re on sale for $1 a package right now at Kroger, a 37% savings. One package has two servings, so the cost of this meal per person comes in at $1.07. If I ordered takeout at Red Lobster, the fried fish and broccoli kids meal would cost me $9.79, so this easy at-home meal saves me $8.72.


5. Orange Chicken & Knorr® Chicken Fried Rice – $3.57/serving

Member’s Mark Tempura Orange Chicken is on sale for $11.98 at Sam’s Club through Oct. 30. Each box comes with 8 servings, which breaks down to $1.57 per plate. It takes around 12 minutes to cook in the air fryer, and while it’s heating up, I microwave a Knorr Chicken Flavored Fried Rice Rice Cup to pair with it. This variety is also included in the sale, so my total meal comes out to $3.57 per plate. If I ordered the Orange Chicken Fried Rice Bowl at Panda Express, I’d pay $8.40, so this at-home recipe saves me $4.83.


Get our best deals on the go

By entering my phone number, I want to receive promotional messages from The Krazy Coupon Lady. Message frequency varies. Text STOP to 57299 to end or text HELP for help. Msg & data rates may apply. View Terms & Privacy.