A Week of Wallet-Friendly Meals

Caesar Salad Pitas
Makes 4 to 6 servings
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 (12-ounce) package pita bread
  2. 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  3. 1⁄8 teaspoon garlic salt
  4. 11⁄2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  5. 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  7. 1 (8-ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese
  8. 1 (11.5-ounce) package Caesar salad kit
  9. 1 tomato, chopped
  10. 1 (16-ounce) container fresh strawberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place pita bread on prepared pan. Brush with 1 teaspoon oil, and sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake for 6 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  3. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Sprinkle each pita with 2 tablespoons cheese. Top with chicken and remaining cheese. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Assemble salad according to package directions, reserving croutons for another use. Top
  6. each pita with salad; sprinkle with chopped tomato. Serve immediately, with strawberries if desired.
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 Cents-ible Tip: Buy heads of lettuce. Wash and store them in paper towel-lined resealable bags. It will stay fresh for about 1 week and is about half the cost of buying bagged salads.Per serving: 645 calories, 28 G fat (9 G saturated fat), 118 MG cholesterol, 1263 MG sodium, 46 G protein, 52 G carbs, 5 G fiber.
Buffalo Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 to 6 servings
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon butter
  2. 3⁄4 cup finely chopped onion
  3. 3⁄4 cup finely chopped celery
  4. 1 (1.25-pound) package ground turkey
  5. 1 1⁄2 cups fine, dry bread crumbs
  6. 1⁄2 cup hot wing sauce, divided
  7. 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  8. 6 hamburger buns, halved and toasted
  9. Blue Cheese Spread (recipe follows)
  10. 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  11. Potato chips
  12. Celery sticks
Instructions
  1. In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat, and let cool for 15 minutes.
  2. Spray grill rack with nonstick nonflammable cooking spray. Preheat grill to medium- high heat (350° to 400°).
  3. In a large bowl, combine turkey, onion mixture, bread crumbs, 1⁄4 cup wing sauce, and salt. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions, and shape into 6 patties. Grill, covered with grill lid, for 6 to 8 minutes per side or until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°.
  4. Brush patties with remaining 1⁄4 cup wing sauce. Spread Blue Cheese Spread over bottom halves of toasted buns. Top each with a patty and sliced tomato. Cover with bun tops.
  5. Serve with potato chips, celery sticks, and remaining Blue Cheese Spread.
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Blue Cheese Spread
Makes about 1 cup
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1⁄4 cup sour cream
  3. 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  4. 1⁄2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  5. 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, and Worcestershire until combined. Stir in blue cheese. Store covered, in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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 Cents-ible Tip: Buying a combination of dark and white ground turkey meat is less expensive than buying only ground white turkey meat. It also has a lot more flavor!Per serving: 571 calories, 30 G fat (8 G saturated fat), 82 MG cholesterol, 1311 MG sodium, 29 G protein, 45 G carbs, 3G fiber.