Category Archives: Frugal Recipes

This is home to several different types of cooking how-to’s.

You’ll find:

  • meal prep
  • holiday meals
  • entertaining on a budget
  • and many more!

Each of these areas will help you build the most useful cooking repertoire to help you feed your family and loved ones the most delicious food, on a shoe-string budget. Believe me, no one will ever know.

Did you know that was possible? I’ve been doing this for years and my friends and family appreciate the gesture every time. It also makes a much more special experience than just taking them out for dinner or ordering in.

But, with these meals, I hope you gather around the table more often and make wonderful memories surrounded by yummy food, full stomachs and hearts full of laughter. All priceless treasures that cost almost nothing to make.

$7 Frugal Dinner for 4: Vegan Stuffed Grape Leaves/Dolma Recipe

I absolutely love grape leaves. I can eat them day or night, vegan or with ground beef, even cold or hot. It really doesn’t matter, they still taste delicious in any form. But the process can be tricky and understanding how to roll it, takes practice.

But, I’m going to show you how I taught my 10 and 16 year old to roll like a boss. It gets easier the more you do it. And believe me, if you’ve ever tried a grape leaf, or dolma as the Greek call it, you already know it will be so worth it.

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The Most Delicious Kanafe Dessert Budget Recipe

Being Middle-Eastern, I’ve been surrounded by scrumptious pastries my whole life. My favorites are baklava, basboosa, and my weakness is kanafe with cream, which is this shredded dough filled with a custardy cream. Yum! If you have ever purchased middle eastern pastries you’d know that they are awfully expensive! Bakeries charge by the piece, and their pieces are pretty much 2 bites big. Continue reading →


Best Tuna salad you’ll ever make!-Budget Recipe

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Another tuna salad recipe.  Sounds boring right? Not this recipe. It has so many different flavors that play on your taste buds like a symphony. It’s delicious and super budget-friendly.

Growing up, I hated tuna salad. This is partly because my mom never put mayo in it and partly because, aside from the fishy tuna, it was bland and flavorless.

This tuna salad recipe changes that. It is packed with flavor, has sweetness, saltiness, AND creaminess! And it is so budget-friendly, you’ll want to make it again and again.

This is a great lunch option if you’re working, going to school or if you want to send your kids with something that they’ll love. This is packed with protein and nutrients and you can substitute the mayo if you want it to be more healthy.

Let’s get started!

The ingredients you’ll need:

Tuna, 3 cans drained (I bought them for $0.79 per can)

This will make about 7 sandwiches, great for a picnic or a group lunch!

Celery, 1 stalk diced (I usually get it for $0.50-$0.99 each)

Mayonnaise, 2 Tbsp (I get my mayo from Costco, but I’m going to keep an eye out for sales and coupons)

1/2 Green apple, finely diced

Walnuts, 1/4 cup chopped 

Salt and Pepper to taste


Empty the tuna cans into a medium sized bowl.

Add the mayo, salt and pepper.


Mix in the celery, apple, and walnuts.


Done! So easy, delicious, and cheap!

My kids request this from me all the time. So it’s one of my go-to recipes when I’m short on time and want to pack in some flavor for our lunches. It feels gourmet, but it’s such a frugal recipe, you’ll enjoy the savings as you devour this scrumptious dish.

What’s your version of the perfect tuna salad? Share with me down in the comments!