2 Easy Extreme-Budget Meals For Only $2 Per Serving
I have two different extreme budget meals that prove cheap family meals do not have to be boring. One is a mouth-watering chicken dish, and the second uses tuna in a flavorful recipe. Both meals are delicious and family-friendly.
Chicken and risotto
My first budget meal is chicken with risotto. I am going to cook chicken legs that are relatively very cheap. It was only $2.42 for all five chicken legs. Chicken thighs are the cheapest cut of chicken that you can get, so look for that. They have better flavor, are moister, and are more delicious than chicken breasts.
To make the risotto, I am going to cook it in the oven. I'm going to add some asparagus.
You will need arborio rice, chicken broth, butter, asparagus, onion, and garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper.
I'm going to season the chicken with paprika, salt, and pepper, and I'll also season the rice with salt and pepper.
Prepare the chicken legs
First, I'll season the chicken legs and put them in the air fryer on the chicken setting because I want the skin to be nice and crispy.
One thing I love to season my chicken with is smoked paprika.
Prepare the risotto
First, chop the garlic. I use a garlic chopper for less mess. Next, I am going to heat two cups of chicken broth. Break the asparagus into pieces.
Add 3/4 of a cup of rice to a baking dish. Then I'm going to add in the hot chicken broth and one tablespoon of butter, and then I will add in the asparagus, salt, pepper, onion, and garlic.
Stir to combine, then place the baking dish into the oven at 350F for about 35 minutes.
I added a slice of lemon and some parsley on top of the final dish to dress it up a bit.
Tuna cakes with garlic aioli
This next meal is going to be around $2 a serving. Very budget-friendly.
All you're going to need is tuna, bread crumbs, mayo, salt, pepper, lemon, and garlic powder. Then I add some finely diced onion and celery to the tuna cake.
You could use onion powder in place of the onion if you prefer not to have the crunch of the onion. You'll also need a small amount of lemon juice for the tuna cake and the aioli.
I'm using half of a lemon for the tuna cake and half a lemon for the aioli. For the aioli, you'll also need some garlic. You can use garlic powder, but I like grated fresh garlic in the aioli and some mayo and olive oil.
Make the tuna cakes
To make the tuna cakes, I am going to drain my tuna. It is just tuna in water, and I will make sure I get out as much water as possible because you do not want your tuna cakes to be soggy.
The first thing I am going to do is get everything chopped up and mixed together for the tuna cakes, and I am going to air fry the tuna cakes in my air fryer at 375 F for twelve minutes.
Mix the aioli
In a small bowl, add one tablespoon of lemon juice. Next, add the garlic salt, mayo, and olive oil. Mix well.
This is the final dish plated.
I just added a few tater tots to the side. I put the aioli on top and parsley for color. Then I added some Old Bay seasoning on the top for a little bit more flavor.
These were wonderful extreme-budget meals for under $2. They're easy, family-friendly, and delicious. What are your favorite extreme-budget meals? Share in the comments below.