April 15 is probably every American’s least favorite day. Unless you’re a CPA, then it’s probably your favorite day. Why? It’s Tax Day and the day income tax returns are due. But this year, 2017, taxes must be filed prior to or on April 18.
Why the extension? This is where a little American History comes into play. On April 16, 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, a bill that ended slavery in our nation’s capital. To mark the anniversary of the signing of the bill, which took place nine months before President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Emancipation Day is usually held on April 16 in Washington, D.C. Since April 15, the real tax day falls on a Saturday and April 16 falls on a Sunday in 2017, the holiday will be celebrated on Monday, April 17 thereby making taxes due on April 18. It’s always nice to get a little freebie extension since we all know how laborious it is to collect our records so we can file taxes.
So, if you owe taxes or are just budget conscious, these budget friendly recipes for tax day will be welcomed relief. I rounded up some wallet friendly recipes from my blogger friends. It’s a nice variety of recipes using beef, chicken, vegetables and more. I’m sharing my baked ziti which you can use either store bought pasta sauce, some you’ve made yourself or try the grilled vegetable sauce for pasta from Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm. Though my bakes ziti recipe is made with ground beef, you can leave it out for a vegetarian version. Shelby from Grumpy’s Honeybunch shares her delicious recipe for homemade soft white bread, perfect for sandwiches or toasting. Plus it’s always cheaper when you make it yourself. Cynthia from Feeding Big shares a one pan chicken thigh dinner which is a complete meal. Homemade toasted maple cinnamon granola shared by Carlee from Cooking with Carlee is perfect for breakfast or as a topper for a smoothie bowl. Homemade “hot pocket” sandwiches from Jan at the Tip Garden can be made and frozen for a weekend lunch or quick weeknight meal. Super simple and delicious chicken and waffles that Jolene from Jolene’s Recipe Journal is another great weeknight meal. I can think of so many ways to use the restaurant style salsa from Liz at Books n Cooks. Besides eating with with chips, that you can also make yourself from flour tortillas, you can use it on tacos, in or on omelettes or scrambled eggs or top a meatloaf before cooking it. Last but not least is a delicious twist on sloppy Joe’s from Christie at A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. Her Swedish meatball sloppy Joe’s version brings tons of flavor to the dish.
We all hope these recipes will help ease the tax day burden just a bit. I’d also love to hear about your go-to budget friendly dishes.
Tax Day, Budget Friendly Recipes:
Grilled Vegetable Sauce for Pasta from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Swedish Meatball Sloppy Joe’s from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Restaurant Style Salsa from Books~n~Cooks
Toasted Maple Cinnamon Granola from Cooking with Carlee
Baked Ziti from Family Around the Table
One Pan Chicken Thigh Dinner from Feeding Big
Homemade Soft White Bread from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Super Simple and Delicious Chicken and Waffles from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Homemade “Hot Pocket” Sandwiches from The Tip Garden