Lazy Philly Cheese Steak

You can cook up a restaurant favorite in less than 10 minutes for less than $2.50 ea.

Quick, easy, cheap, and tasty!  What’s not to love?

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Meatloaf Burgers

Back when I was a kid, my single mom got some meal plans from the US government for cooking healthy meals on a budget.  I’m pretty sure this Meatloaf Burgers recipe was one of them.

It’s important to understand why meatloaf was invented.  The eggs and crackers helped stretch the ground beef, a practice that was crucial during hard times.  Though beef isn’t such a luxury these days, we can still benefit from reducing the amount of red meat in our diet.

But I love these meatloaf burgers because of the taste — They’re flavorful, super-juicy burgers with all the onions and Worcestershire sauce built-in.

Plus, I can make a huge batch and pull them from the freezer for easy meals later.


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Mexican Mess / Micro Taco Salad

I make a taco salad pasta dish I affectionately call Mexican Mess or Micro Taco SaladI have no idea where the recipe came from.

The taco pasta is sort of like a Mexican-spiced Spaghetti with Meat Sauce … but once you add all the toppings, the similarity fades.

Stretching meat with pasta (or beans or tofu) has long been a strategy for poor folk (myself included) but it is also healthy by cutting red meat consumption.  And using whole wheat or fiber-fortified pasta makes the dish even more nutritious.


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