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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tuesday's Cheap Meal

In effort to cut back on every possible area of our budget, I've scoured several magazines and online sites to find healthy, appetizing, CHEAP meals. I find this is especially challenging as I desire to consume as much protein as possible, so that I can retain as much muscle as possible, so that (one day?) when we have money and time to spare I can compete, or at least train like I'm competing again, but I can't do that without a substantial consumption of protein. Therefore, for the time being I forfeit most of the muscle I have spent the last 4 years working so hard to build. Ah well, my son's homecoming is much more important then the size (or lack thereof) of my muscles.

Anyway, thought I'd share my most recent discovery. Tortellini Salad. Oooooh YUM!

1 package of cheese tortellini
1 cup fresh broccoli (I use 2 cups)
1 6oz jar marinated artichoke hearts (drained)
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
cherry tomatoes halved

Cook tortellini according to package, Rinse, drain and rinse again. Combine tortellini with broccoli, artichoke hearts, and tomatoes. Gingerly pour on some olive oil, and season to taste with garlic salt (or salt and pepper) and parsley. Toss, and top with grated Parmesan. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
**If you're a protein nut like me, add 1-2 cups diced chicken**

There you have it, dinner for 4 for under $15.00. Enjoy!!!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness! With our no spend challenge this week (which has been harder than I thought) I've been doing the same thing. Tonight's dinner is Chicken Pesto Pasta. Angelhair pasta, a jar of pesto sauce, chicken and bread. Cheap, Cheap!