The last couple of days I tried to mix it up by using leftovers and random pantry items to make some new recipes. One favorite was curried tuna cakes. Bear with me - if that sounds crazy, just think spicy crab cakes. Really tasty - I promise!
Plus, it's the ultimate quick meal using cheap ingredients. Here's the recipe for you:
-1 can of tuna in water (5 ounces)
-1 egg white
-3 tablespoons of bread crumbs
-1 stalk of diced celery
-1 teaspoon of curry powder
Mix it all up and form it into patties by hand - I made four from this recipe. Rather than frying them, I baked for 15 minutes in an oven heated to 350. Flip halfway and voila!
I topped them with a Greek yogurt dip made with fresh garlic, Parmesan cheese, black pepper and parsley. I will definitely make these again, not least of all because I checked out the stats after I made them and was really surprised - they are so filling but surprisingly low calorie. Which is a good thing because then you can eat twice as much dessert.
That total includes a serving of the dip as well. Last time I used one of these homemade nutrition label calculators I got a lot of emails asking how I did it. There are a few online, but THIS ONE I think is the best. Just enter in all the ingredients and how many servings it makes (in this case - 1) and it comes up with the results. So easy! I don't really track calories anymore but when I was I really liked it.
What is you cheap go-to meal?
Pasta definitely, or anything that uses frozen items. I'm the worst at storing stuff in the freezer and then sort of forgetting it's there.
Do you count calories?
When I was losing weight, absolutely. I know some people are able to lose weight without doing that - I wasn't one of them. Now, however, I try not to think about it. It can start to be a little consuming if you think about it for everything you eat.