Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Great Make-A-Head Meal

We all have busy days, where our schedules are packed full and little time is left for preparing a nutritious meal. It's easy to be tempted to stop somewhere to pick up dinner on our way home, but this is adds up easily. I try to build quick and easy quick meals into our meal plans that can be popped into the oven, stove top or crockpot in a matter of minutes. This meal is frugal, easy and a crowd pleaser.

There have been a lot of tuna coupons recently, so why not make up some Tuna Burgers & Oven Fries, store them in the fridge and throw them in the oven when you get home. You're meal will be ready in 30 minutes.

Here's what you do.

Tuna Burgers $2.89 or $1.89 if you use FREE tuna
Serves 6

2 cans or pouches of Tuna-drained 1.00 or FREE
Mayo, Miracle Whip or plain yogurt to your liking .15
2 boiled eggs chopped .20
1/4 onion chopped finely .05
2 T. pickle relish .10
1/2 c. shredded cheese .50
Package hamburger buns .89

Mix tuna together and place in hamburger buns. Wrap each burger in foil, and place in the fridge until ready. Warm in the Oven for about 10 minutes. I threw them with my oven fries for the last 10 minutes of their baking.

Oven Fries $0.36! Much cheaper than any fast food option.
Based on a recipe I found on

5 small potatoes, cut into wedges (I like to use the smaller potatoes for things I don't peel) .25
2 tablespoon olive oil .05
1 t. chili powder .02
1/2 tablespoon salt .01
1/2 tablespoon pepper .01
1 teaspoon oregano .01
1 teaspoon dry mustard .01

*The original recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper but I choose to omit it to tone it down, you can increase the chili powder to 1/2 T. if you like a lot of heat.

Slice up 4 small potatoes into desired size, the larger the wedge the longer they need to bake. Add all spices and oil in a Ziploc or Tupperware. Shake well until they are all evenly coated. Store in fridge until ready to bake.

Heat oven to 450 and give your bag/container a good shake again to make sure your fries are coated evenly. Carefully place fries on baking sheet, there will be extra moisture so don't dump them on the baking sheet (learned the hard way). Spread evenly and bake for about 20 minutes for thin fries and 30 minutes for larger wedges. Toss about every 10 minutes. Enjoy!

I served this meal with some steamed broccoli (.50) & a cottage cheese salad (.60) making our meal $4.35! For other great recipes check out the Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap.

Happy Savings!

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