Summer is such a wonderful time of year in regards to food. So much good stuff. So many choices. For me, it's hard to decide what's for supper some nights. My mom has a huge garden (and ours isn't too shabby), so I get lots of vegetables and herbs all season long. Yesterday, I was over there, and I was thinking, "hey, this is like the farmers' market, only better, cause I don't pay." Now that's what I'm talking about.
Corn, pasta, and tomato salad
1 pound short pasta, cooked--on sale--$0.90
4 ears of corn, cooked, taken off the cob--on sale 12/$3--$1
1 onion, chopped fine--$0.40
Basil. No measuring here. A big handful--grow your own! You can't afford it otherwise.
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half--$2.00
1/3 cup red wine vinegar--$0.43
2 T water
1/2 cup oil--$0.19
Garlic to taste (I used 1 clove; sometimes I use dry)
1.5 tsp Italian seasoning (dry)
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
Combine cooked pasta, corn kernels, onion, basil, and tomatoes with vinagrette. Allow to sit 1-2 hours for flavors to mingle.
Total cost for this pasta salad--$4.92
We ate this as a meal, but I also ate leftovers with leftover cubed London broil in it (tasty!). It'd be good with chicken or shrimp, too. Whatever you have. To round out the meal, you could serve watermelon--on sale $0.49/lb--so maybe an additional $1.50?
Total cost for salad and watermelon--$6.42
As always, check out more meal ideas at $5 dinners and the bargain meal of the week.