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!