Budget Tuna Salad

A recent blogger asked, “What Is Your Favorite Frugal Food?” and the first thing that came to mind is the tuna salad I just whipped up this morning.  It is inexpensive, tasty and simple.  Get creative! Add chopped hard boiled eggs, dill relish,  avocado, or green pepper.

Tuna Salad

1 1/2 cups of pasta
1/2 cup celery chopped
1/4 cup onion chopped
1/2 cup light mayo
1 can or pouch of tuna

Cook pasta as instructed. Mix celery, onion, mayo and tuna. Drain pasta and rinse pasta in cold water. Add salt and pepper to taste (I used seasoned salt and seasoned pepper).

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Quick and Easy Garlic Bread Sticks

Hillbilly Housewife has a fantastic and simple way to make bread sticks.  This recipe can be easily adapted to use herbs of your choice such as an Italian mix or rosemary mixed in the dough.  Yumm!

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dry parsley (optional, for decoration)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup margarine (1 stick)
  • 1 more teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

These are good and easy and they get eaten up so fast that you may have to make a double batch.

Go to her website for the the directions..     http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/garlicbreadsticks.htm

Tiny Pecan Pies

Ok.. these are wonderful.. with a budget friendly  2/3 cup of pecan pieces compared to a pecan pie containing at least one cup of pecans.  Once again, these were served with our church family at our weekly potluck.  Another keeper!

Tiny Pecan Pies

3 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup + 1 TBS butter
1 cup sifted flour
1 egg
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
2/3 cup coarsely broken pecans

Let cream cheese and 1/2 cup butter soften to room temperature. Then blend. Stir in flour and chill about 1 hour. Shape dough into 24  1″ balls. Press on bottom and sides of small cupcake pans (mini muffin tin).

Beat together egg, brown sugar, remaining 1 tbs butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth.  Divide half the pecans among the pastry-lined cups. Add egg mixture and top with remaining pecans. Bake at 325º for 25 minutes or until filling is set. Remove from pans. Makes 24 tarts.

From: The Church Supper Cookbook

Broccoli & Cheese Casserole

This recipe was a great success at our Sunday potluck.  It was cooked before church and reheated, it tasted just as good.  It’s a keeper!

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

3 eggs
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
3 Tbs flour
2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
1 pound frozen broccoli (or two 10 oz packages)

Beat eggs, then add cottage cheese, cheddar, flour, salt and pepper. Beat well together. Cook broccoli as directed and drain well (important to drain really well).  Add egg mixture. Pour into greased baking dish and bake at 350º for 30 – 40 minutes.  Serves 6-8

From: The Church Supper Cookbook