As we are tightening our belts, the first thing we started to look at was food cost savings. Eating out is out. Grocery shopping is on a major budget and based off what’s on sale. It’s been a struggle to find cheap things to make that were also tasty, so I thought I’d share some of our recent creations for those in similar situations.
English muffin pizzas (serving size: 5-6. Price per person: 60 cents)
1 bag sourdough English muffins. Split each into two disks, lay on two baking sheets with middle parts of muffin laying up. (Should make 10-12 mini pizzas)
For sauce, look for what is leftover in your fridge. Sure, you can use leftover marinara from pasta, but think outside of the box. Use ranch dressing. We used spinach artichoke dip that was leftover from a party. Spread your base down.
We topped with roma tomatoes from the garden, pineapple tidbits (cheap at 50 cents for a small can) and pieces and stems of mushrooms (also less than $1), and then with mozzarella cheese.
Broil at 400 degrees until cheese is melted and slightly golden (about 10 minutes)
77 cents for English muffins
about 50 cents, 1/4 container of Leftover spinach dip
50 cents, pineapple tidbits
$1, canned mushrooms
75 cents worth of shredded mozzarella
Total: $3.52 for 6 meals
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