So we are all saving up, trying to find some extra cash to spend on summertime fun. One of the main areas we can trim is the grocery budget. In the summer, we are outdoors more, using that grill, but the cost of meat can really add up...as can food that was munched by critters and creepy-crawlies. Fresh foods can sometimes cost more than we want to spend. Need some new ideas beyond pasta salad and hamburgers? Look no further!
Fruity Grilled Shrimp Skewers (From MyRecipes.com)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 mangoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 pineapple, peeled, cored, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
Salt and pepper
Mix lime juice, olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper in a bowl. Add shrimp, mangoes and pineapple. Toss well and season with salt and pepper. Prepare a charcoal fire and let burn to a gray ash (or preheat a gas grill to medium). Drain shrimp, mango and pineapple and pat dry, reserving liquid. Thread on metal skewers, alternating shrimp and fruit. Brush with reserved liquid and season with salt and pepper. Grill until shrimp is cooked through and pineapple is lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side. Serve warm.
Black Bean Quesadillas (from Delish.com)
1 can(s) (15-ounce) black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup(s) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, preferably pepper Jack
1/2 cup(s) prepared fresh salsa, divided
4 (8-inch) whole-wheat tortillas
2 teaspoon(s) canola oil, divided
1 ripe avocado, diced
Combine beans, cheese, and 1/4 cup salsa in a medium bowl. Place tortillas on a work surface. Spread 1/2 cup filling on half of each tortilla. Fold tortillas in half, pressing gently to flatten. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 quesadillas and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and quesadillas. Serve the quesadillas with avocado and the remaining salsa.
Slowcooker Lime Chicken and Rice (From AllRecipes)
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/3 cup lime juice
2 cups chicken broth
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups uncooked instant rice
Place the chicken breasts into a slow cooker; pour in the lime juice and chicken stock. Add the garlic, thyme, pepper, and butter. Cover, and cook on Low until the chicken is very tender, 8 to 10. Stir in the rice during the last 15 minutes of cooking time.
Lemon Pepper Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce (From 5 Dollar Dinners)
Grab cut yellow squash, zucchini, red peppers and chicken and place on skewers. Marinate it in lemon, pepper and olive oil. Grill til done and take off skewers. Serve with Tzatziki Sauce (Mix together 2 cups PLAIN Yogurt (drained thru coffee filter to remove excess moisture),1 large clove of garlic, Juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 cup grated, seedless cucumber and pinch of salt.
What is your best low-cost recipe?