I live alone and have also found myself cooking at home more to save money. I've realized that I've fallen into a rut with my cooking and need some new inspiration from fellow hounds for quick and easy recipes that are also somewhat healthy and balanced. I keep chicken breasts, a bag of peeled shrimp, some cuts of pork, and salmon filets in my freezer. I make a run to the local supermarket once or twice a week to stock up on fresh veggies and fruits. Then I'll make stirfries with the various combos of protein and veggies and eat over rice. Or a variation of that, a saute of a protein with veggie and toss in some pasta. This formula has gotten very old and stale.
Does anyone have ideas for recipes that involve 5 or fewer ingredients, take less than 30 min to prep, and that don't involve too many pots and pans to wash? Keep in mind that I'm trying to save money, so no expensive ingredients. Also, I like to have some leftovers to bring for lunch but I don't particularly enjoy eating the same dinner for several days in a row so things that can be made in smaller portions are great. One problem I've found is that most groceries come in large packages. Even if I felt like making fajitas one night, what am I going to do with the rest of the tortillas that came in the package of 20?