Sure burgers and dogs are the perfect summer foods, but they're tough to serve every night. (Our record is a week straight!) So we've pulled together five of our current favorite recipes that will let you put a little something different on the table. The best part? They're all under $5 per serving, and most are under $5 total! So get reading, then get cooking...and saving.
Black Bean and Rice Burritos
This recipe makes thrifty work of Mexican night! With black beans and cheddar cheese the recipe also has a nice helping of protein—about 16 grams per serving. You’ll need whole grain brown rice, canned beans, salsa, cheddar, tortillas and sour cream. It’s a fast-to-the-table breeze that will both fortify and please. GET RECIPE
You can make your $5 buy more fresh veggies if you leave out the meat! This easy dish will also stretch your budget by combining fresh ingredients with canned. The chickpeas and tomatoes are canned, while the red and yellow peppers, onion, garlic and parsley are fresh. Together with pasta and some parmesan they combine to form a hearty meal that we vote for serving cold as a newfangled summer pasta salad! GET RECIPE!
Pork Medallions with Rosemary and Mushrooms
This is one upscale meal that rings in at about $3 per serving! Sub this one into your weekly routine to replace pork chops every once in a while. You’ll start with boneless pork loins, garlic, mushrooms and an onion. The priciest ingredient by far is the fresh rosemary, but it’s well worth the dollar or so per serving to add the pungent taste of that headlining ingredient. (Trust us, it won’t be the same if you try to substitute dried.) Dry sherry is the final piece of the puzzle, which isn’t costly per se, but if you don’t keep it around the house you’ll have to make an initial investment! GET RECIPE!
This recipe feeds the fam for about 61 cents per person! That’s hard to beat. The casserole is an interesting take on a meat and pasta dish that adds in fajita seasoning and a chipotle pepper with the usual suspects of thinly sliced beef, an onion, canned tomatoes, garlic and shredded cheddar. The spicy addition of cumin also adds in a slightly more sophisticated flavor. GET RECIPE!
Mini Stuffed Meatloaf
This recipe from RelishMag may not scream summer, since meatloaf is a timeless winter comfort food. But something about the miniature size and the easy prep make this feel like a great hot-weather idea. Perhaps the best part is that each easy step can be shared with your littlest kitchen helpers. What’s better than a recipe that also entertains the brood!
The under-$5 ingredients include lean ground beef, ham, mozzarella and tomato sauce. And don’t be turned off by the “stuffed” portion of the title. While it may sound a little complicated, it simply entails placing a slice of ham inside the shaped ground beef and folding it over. GET RECIPE!