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.