If your budget is tight this year think about dining in this Valentine’s Day. It might be a little more work, but the savings will be tremendous. You won’t spend money on gas, food, tip, or a sitter. Creating a meal at home can be rewarding and perhaps you could work a sweet deal with your Valentine. You do cook and he does the dishes.
Super Cheap Valentine’s Dinners under $5
Spaghetti and Meatballs
- 1/2 box of noodles
- 1 jar of sauce
- French Bread
Check out Lady and the Tramp from the library, light a few candles, and enjoy.
If you want something a little different check out my baked ziti recipe. It is also inexpensive and there will be plenty of leftovers for the kids.
Loaded Baked Potatoes
- 2 Baked Potatoes
- Sour Cream
- Sliced Green Onions
- Bacon pieces
- Cheddar Cheese
Bake potatoes until cooked then top with your favorite toppings.
Moderately Price Valentine’s Dinner under $10
- 1 box noodles
- 2 cups chopped turkey
- ½ cup shredded zucchini
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup milk or heavy cream
- ½ cup parm cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
While the noodles are boiling, melt butter on a low heat in a frying pan. Add garlic, onion, zucchini and carrots. Saute for about 3 minutes. Add soup, sour cream, milk, cheese and turkey. Stir over low heat, until noodles are done boiling. Drain noodles and add to the mixture. Toss well and serve immediately. I like to pair this with a large salad and fresh baked bread.
Salmon Turnovers paired with steamed broccoli and chocolate cake.
Expensive Dinners under $20
Grilled Steaks, serve with loaded baked potato, tossed salad, and green beans
Blackened scallops with asiago cream sauce served over linguine, serve with Caesar salad and French bread.
Recreate your favorite restaurant meal.
To give your meal that restaurant taste try a copycat recipe of your favorite dish.