The weather in Texas is very unpredictable but it looks like the cold temperatures won’t be going away anytime soon. This calls for preparing a nice warm meal. You may not be in the mood for a can of soup because they are usually too salty or you want something that doesn’t taste fake, so going out seems like a good choice. It may seem to be less expensive or convenient to go buy a hot cup of soup from your favorite restaurant…..well it isn’t! First off, the cup looks like it’s a child’s portion, and even after crumbling a few packages of crackers it still doesn’t fill you up. Lets’ just say you are on soup kick and since you’re still hungry from lunch you buy a bigger size cup for dinner don’t forget your drink, an added cost that we usually don’t eliminate. That may seem like a good solution but it just starts the same cycle for tomorrow. What a waste of money.
The solution is simple cook your meal at home!
To make it more convenient make your meal the night before, especially when it comes to soup; it has way better flavor the next day. I’ll share one of my favorite soups recipes that’s really easy to make and very inexpensive too. Spinach tomato Tortellini soup, sounds expensive doesn’t it? Don’t be fooled this is easiest, most comforting and hearty soup. All you need is 5 minutes prep. SO EASY! If I can do It, you can too.
Looks tasty right! To get the recipe go to http://www.pinterest.com/studentfinadv/meals-on-a-budget/ and pin it.
One of the things that I have learned about reading recipes and cooking is you do not have to follow the recipe to a tee. Think of it more as guide. (Baking on the other hand is a different story, that will have to be another post.) Back to the soup, if you don’t like three cheese tortellini then substitute it with lobster and shrimp ravioli, spinach Florentine ravioli or whatever you like. The same goes for any other ingredient. How the heck do I get that without breaking the bank?? I found lobster and shrimp ravioli in the freezer section at Kroger under $6 it was the private selection brand and way really flavorful. One way to stretch your budget is to think outside the box and look for options out of their normal places in the grocery store. Salt and pepper should be staples in your pantry. Look for marked down items in the produce area. Those items are great buys! The store marks items down simply because it’s not as green as it was when it first came in, it’s close to the expiration, the due date is close or the new shipment arrived and they need more room on the shelf. I made this recipe for $15.24. Keep in mind that recipe serves 4. That’s 4 meals! That’s $3.81 per serving!
I hope that this information helps budget better when it comes to meals and that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.
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