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Quick & Easy: Budget-friendly recipes under $3 per serving - ready in 30 minutes or less!

Author: Canadian Living

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Quick & Easy: Budget-friendly recipes under $3 per serving - ready in 30 minutes or less!

Nutritious home-cooked meals do not have to be a burden on your wallet. To keep your menus fresh and reasonable, The Canadian Living Test Kitchen has put together these six menu ideas that will satisfy your family, and no one will guess that you saved a buck or two!

Our Easy Chicken Cacciatore recipe comes in at a mere $2.86 per serving. This recipe calls for boneless skinless chicken thighs. To save a few more bucks, buy bone-in, skin on chicken thighs, remove the bones and cook for 40 minutes instead of 20 minutes.

Why waste you hard earned money on a deli sandwich for lunch? Our Italian Tuna Panini Melt recipe is $2.12 per sandwich; the taste of gourmet at a bargain price. The Test Kitchen’s tip: Marinated artichoke hearts and other antipasto items from the deli section, such as roasted red peppers, mushrooms and eggplant, are a quick and inexpensive way to add flavour to sandwiches, pastas and salads, because you can buy only what you need.  

Tofu is another inexpensive base for a meal - it is easy to flavour how you like and a great low calorie source of protein. This Tofu Vegetable Stir Fry recipe is a $1.83 per serving. At that price you can afford to go back for seconds!      

$2.84 for Lazy Shepherds Pie cuts down on expense and on the work of a traditional Shepherds Pie, but still packs all of the flavour.  And French Onion Pork Chops are special enough for entertaining. At $2.18 per serving, you can afford to invite extras.  

When you are in a real budget time crunched frame of mind, there are always eggs in the fridge. Zucchini Red Pepper Omelettes max out at $1.53 and can be whipped up on your busiest nights. How do you make a perfect folded omelette? Our 3 minute Test Kitchen Video, The Perfect Omelette, will show you exactly how.

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Recipes originally published in Make it Tonight from the February 2007 issue of Canadian Living Magazine.
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