Who couldn’t use a few wallet friendly recipes? It’s time to celebrate budget meals. I’ve always been diligent about my grocery budget. I try to plan meals around the weekly ads at my favorite grocery stores. I have 3 on my normal route so it’s not an inconvenience to go stop at any of them. When you take the time to plan, which is key, you can trim your grocery budget. Plus you need to get creative with what’s left in your fridge, freezer and pantry.
Maybe you’re wondering why I’d put a single serving mug cake in a budget meal post. Well, for many reasons. First, you make only what you need. If it’s just you and a friend you don’t need to make an entire cake that will either go to waste or make you feel guilty about eating (or not eating) it. It mixes up quickly and what’s really fun is each guest can make their own. The second reason is it’s a great way to use up what’s in your pantry. I had just a bit of self rising flour left, not enough for the biscuits I usually make so I used it up making this for my family. It’s made in a microwave, which I rarely use, but tastes like it’s made in the oven. Less energy saves money too. So there you have the reasons for this budget post. For more budget meal ideas check the links from my friends at the bottom of the post.
Chocolate and orange is a popular flavor combination and one we love. I made chocolate orange blossoms for my Christmas cookie trays this past holiday season. If you’ve been around my blog for a while you may remember my chocolate dipped orange cookies from #Brunchweek a couple of years back. Other flavor combination ideas include chocolate mint, chocolate and white chocolate, chocolate raspberry or just about anything you can conjure up.
Thank you to Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings for hosting this Festive Foodies event.
Enjoy these tasty, easy on your budget meal ideas from Festive Foodies!
- Chicken Sloppy Joes from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.
- Chocolate Orange Marble Mug Cake from Family Around the Table.
- Primitivo and Pasta from Puglia from A Day in the LIfe on the Farm.