Please everyone at the dinner table with simple recipes you can easily customize to your taste and budget!
Get a week’s worth of easy, cheap recipes that your family will love. On the menu this week: Steak salad, pork tenderloin,
spaghetti, turkey tacos, grill cheese sandwiches, plus a quick-and-easy twist on an ice cream dessert.
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Cost per serving: $3.01
You can tweak this versatile dish to match your taste and budget preference. Save money by substituting flank steak for skirt steak when it’s on sale. If you don’t care for peppery arugula, or your grocery store doesn’t have it in stock, use romaine, spinach or mixed greens.
See recipe: Grilled Steak and Portobello Salad
Cost per serving: $2.15
Serve this healthy tenderloin with rice and sautéed snow peas or broccoli drizzled with a little sesame oil and sprinkled with sesame seeds. For a fiber and nutrient boost, go with brown rice. While pork tenderloin is delicious and lean, you can also use chicken for this recipe.
See recipe: Spicy Asian Pork Tenderloin
Cost per serving: $1.65
Give this budget-friendly dish a little more color and sprinkle some chopped fresh parsley or basil on top just before serving. Also, instead of mixing in the ricotta, try dividing the pasta among four dinner plates, then topping each with ¼ cup ricotta.
See recipe: Spaghetti with Eggplant, Ricotta and Tomatoes
Cost per serving: $3.23
In this slow-cooker recipe, cooking a whole turkey breast yields enough meat for the tacos, plus leftovers (about 3 cups). Wrap and refrigerate the extra for use in sandwiches, salads and soups.
See recipe: Slow-Cooker Turkey Tacos
Cost per serving: $1.57
If you don’t own a sandwich press, you can make these sandwiches in a skillet. Melt 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter in the skillet over medium-high heat and cook sandwiches until sides are golden. For more fiber and other nutrients, choose whole-grain bread instead of a baguette.
See recipe: Grilled Ham, Peach and Cheese Sandwich
Cost per serving: $1.93
Any kind of ice cream will work in these sundaes. They’re great with chocolate chip, coffee, strawberry or good old-fashioned vanilla. Also, instead of the croissants, you can prepare these sundaes with waffles. Toast frozen waffles, add ice cream and sundae toppings and serve.
See recipe: Croissant Ice Cream Sundaes