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Inexpensive Valentine's Day Dinner Menu

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Inexpensive Valentine's Day Dinner Menu

Chocolate layer cake

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Don't skip celebrating Valentine's Day because you're pinching pennies. You can still serve your sweetie, or your family, a delicious and festive dinner for not much money. This inexpensive Valentine's Day dinner menu is proof!

Look for sales and specials at the grocery store, and be flexible in your planning. If there's a fabulous sale on fish fillets that makes them cheaper than chicken, substitute those for the chicken in the recipe (just don't pound them!). Serving your family a delicious and hearty meal is one way to keep spirits up during tough times. Have a wonderful meal with your family.

Inexpensive Valentine's Day Dinner Menu

  • Creamy Cheese Spread
    Use your favorite cheeses in this easy recipe. Substitute Swiss for the havarti, and use domestic blue cheese for less money.
  • Pecan Chicken with Mustard Sauce
    You can substitute walnuts for the pecans if you'd like, or use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of the breasts.
  • Stovetop Rice Pilaf
    This mild pilaf is a great side dish to the crisp chicken and mustard sauce. You can make it with brown rice - just increase the cooking time to 35-40 minutes.
  • Seasoned Breadsticks
    Refrigerated breadstick dough is very inexpensive, and it's fun to use. Let your kids make this one while you prepare the chicken.
  • Crockpot Glazed Carrots
    Use large carrots and slice them for a side dish that will serve six people for about 80 cents.
  • Simple Chocolate Layer Cake
    This super easy cake recipe is moist, delicious, and very inexpensive. Enjoy!

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