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Who Says a Cheap Dinner Can’t be Yummy?

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Since I didn’t get around to posting any easy, cheap recipes last week (sorry!), I want to make it up to you by offering two cheap dinner ideas this week.  Since this is the season of temperamental weather, it’s hard to predict in advance if I’ll want a cold meal or a hot meal at night.  This of course, can throw a wrench in your menu planning.  But have no fear – I’m going to offer you both types of inexpensive recipes so that you can wing it while still adhering to your menu plan.

Tuna Burgers with Salad

Total cost: Under $10 for 4 people

Tuna Burgers:

2 cans of tuna

¼ – ½ cup of mayonnaise

1 cup plain or seasoned breadcrumbs

1 small minced onion

Salt, pepper garlic powder to taste

2 eggs

Mash up the tuna and add the rest of the ingredients.

Shape into patties.

Fry in 1 Tbsp. of oil until golden brown, flipping as needed.

Serve with buns or pita as desired.

Classic Salad:

½ – 1head iceberg lettuce

1 tomato

1 cucumber

Salad Dressing:

¼ cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup sugar

2 Tbsp white vinegar

2 cloves garlic minced, or 1 tsp. garlic powder

Mix together and pour over salad.

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And now, for a cold cheap dinner that is perfect on a hot spring or summer day:

cheap-dinnerVegetables and Cheese Sandwich:

Total Cost: Under $5 for 2 people

4 slices of your favorite bread or bagel

2 slices of Swiss or Gouda cheese

½ cucumber, sliced

½ tomato, sliced

2 leaves lettuce

2 tsp. chopped basil

Butter (optional)

Toast bread if desired.  Add butter if desired.  Layer cheese with vegetables, placing the tomato slices closest to the bread.

This sandwich may sound simple, but you’ll be surprised how the basil adds a nice flavor that complements the sharp taste of the cheese.  If you’re looking for inexpensive recipes that taste like expensive gourmet sandwiches, this one is a true winner!

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Bon Appetite,

Billy