February 1-5, 2021: Budget-Friendly Meals to Cook This Week

The first couple of months after the holidays can tend to be the toughest, financially speaking. With the arrival of credit card statements from December’s online shopping sessions, and factoring in the ongoing pandemic, we know you’re looking for ways to shave a few dollars from your grocery bill. Check out these budget recipes below; they’re a great way to save some money this coming week!

Monday: Carrot Greens and Lentil Soup

What we love most about this cozy carrot and lentil soup is that it uses the whole carrot, greens included! Wasting food pretty much means wasting money as well, so you can feel good about this recipe that makes the most of your grocery budget!

Tuesday: Sardine Croquettes with White Bean and Tomato Confit Salad

These tasty croquettes are made using a slew of pantry staples. Canned sardines with leftover mashed potatoes create these crunchy-on-the-outside-fluffy-on-the-inside nuggets. Then pair a can of white kidney beans with this canned-tomato confit for a tasty side salad. It’s a budget eat that doesn’t feel cheap!

Wednesday: Chicken Drumsticks with Tomatoes and Lentils

Drumsticks are one of the most affordable parts of the chicken. But cheap doesn’t necessarily mean inedible; in actual fact, drumsticks are absolutely flavourful! Simmer them in a pot with butternut squash, tomatoes and lentils, and then serve over rice for a hearty, comforting winter meal.

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Thursday: Zucchini and Potato Omelette

Eggs always come in handy when you want to give your wallet a break. Affordable and versatile, this breakfast staple easily turns into a dinner essential, too. This six-ingredient omelette is delicious, filling and will be a hit with the family.

Friday: Spaghetti with Pecorino and Fresh Tomatoes

When looking for an affordable meal, pasta won’t let you down! We’re certain you always keep a few boxes of spaghetti handy in the pantry, right? The addition of fresh tomatoes (instead of resorting to the jarred stuff) definitely adds some brightness to the dish.

Dessert: Strawberry Strudel Tart

Whether you still have some strawberries from last summer sitting in the freezer, or bought a couple of bags when they were on sale last week, they’ll make a wonderful filling in this quick-and-easy tart. The crust comes together like a dream, using ingredients you likely already have on-hand. The result? The ultimate after-dinner treat!