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
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
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.
½ – 1head iceberg lettuce
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:
Vegetables 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
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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