If you have ever been in a Walmart, I am sure you have seen the clearance bakery section. In my area you can always find a loaf of Italian, French or Baguettes for about .67 on clearance (or less). Kroger generally has the same for a $1 or so. (It's hard to make homemade for these prices)
There are so many options for these types of breads. No joking, with a few ingredients that you may have in your pantry or frig, you can feed 1 or 2 people many filling meals and perhaps a family a hearty meal for just pennies.
Halve lengthwise and make bread pizza (one of my favorite pizzas)
Thickly slice and make each slice into an individual type pizza (top with what you have)
Garlic bread to serve with any type of food
Cut up and make into croutons - for salads or top off soup or a casserole
French dip sandwiches
Any type of hearty grilled sandwich - just cheese or meat and cheese
Any type of sturdy sandwich - filled with absolutely anything you have (think outside the box), Tomato/cucumber sandwiches are a summer favorite here - also try a fried green tomato sandwich! - Super filling.
Open face sammies - top with leftover meat, mac n cheese, leftover soup beans, baked beans, chili, mashed potatoes/gravy, stew, leftover veggies, anything you have
Use with fondue
Dip in olive oil and herbs
Open faced broiler sammies - with anything you have - top with a bit of cheese
Mix chunks into a breakfast casserole with eggs to extend into many servings
Cut thinly and toast - cinnamon /sugar toast, pbj, jelly, etc.
Toast and serve with hummus, dip, refried beans, cheese spread
Homemade subway sandwiches
Smother slices in gravy
Cover with cream cheese and top with any fruit or favorite topping
Use in French onion soup
Make a summery bread salad - toasted chunks of bread, tomato, cukes, squash, peppers, cheese, dressing - whatever you have
Make into a Panini type sandwich
Bread pudding - hearty or sweet
A loaf of bread can extend any food - sweet, hearty, savory, soup, breakfast, casserole, you name it! Italian, French and Baguettes are all very sturdy breads and stand up to all kinds of ingredients. Actually any type of bread can be used - whatever you have.
You can use for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks.
You can extend a meal into many for just a few cents. Get creative and always think outside the 'normal' box!
Remember - a meal doesn't HAVE to be many courses. A meal is whatever fills you up!!!!