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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Mac “N” Cheese for One or Two

This simple recipe is quick to make and will make a creamy side dish for two or a meal for one.  As a variation, you can add some finely diced ham when you add the macaroni.

Mac “N” Cheese for One or Two

2 TBS butter, divided
1 TBS all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
Pepper to taste
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup diced cheddar cheese (add a little more for extra cheesiness)
1/4 tsp prepared mustard
1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp chopped onion (option)
1/3 cup elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
2 saltines, crushed

Preheat oven to 350º. Following the directions on the package, cook the macaroni. In a separate saucepan, melt 1 TBS of butter; stir in the flour, salt and pepper until incorporated into the butter. Whisk in the milk until smooth. Cook and stir for a couple of minutes while it thickens. Add the mustard, worcestershire sauce, onion and cheese; stir until the cheese is completely melted and blended. Drain the water and add cooked macaroni to the sauce.  Transfer to a greased small baking dish. Sprinkle with the crushed saltines and dot with the second tablespoon of butter.  Bake for 15 minutes or until heated through.   ☺

Tuna Salad

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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.

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).

Ham Timble for One

Ham Timble for One

  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 2 TBSP bread crumbs
  • 1/3 CUP milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped or ground ham
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Heat oven to 350º.  In a saucepan, melt butter and add bread crumbs and milk. Cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly. Add ham, parsley and slightly beaten eggs. Turn into an individual mold or custard cup. Set in a dish of hot water and bake for 20 minutes or until a table knife comes out clean from the center.   You can double the recipe for two. Reheats well.

The Leftover Frittata

Leftover cubed potatoes and my laying hens inspired this breakfast, lunch or even dinner meal.  The potatoes were part of dinner the other night where I cubed the potatoes, toss with some olive oil and topped with Mrs. Dash Seasoning.

For lunch, I turned on the broiler to high and moved the oven shelf to the highest position (electric oven).  I put a little butter in the saute pan, and threw in up a handful of the precooked cubed potatoes, threw in a tsp or two of onion and green pepper (from the freezer) and cooked until tender. Added two eggs, beaten and cooked for a minute or two over medium heat to set the bottom.  I took some Fiesta cheese and sprinkled a handful on top of the egg and put it under the broiler. Watch for the top to become golden and bubbly.   You can get creative with an omelet or frittata, by using your leftovers; meat, veggies, mushrooms, potatoes, herbs and cheese.