Meals for deals

Create quick bites on a budget

Connie Woodhouse
Contributing Writer

We all know that inflation is on the rise, for some of us paying for our college tuition can be a challenge. Life adds up very quickly, and we still need to eat.  If you’re like me, you want to stretch your dollar and get your money’s worth. Here is one recipe that saves money, flavors your dinner and is fun for the whole family.

If you’re a pizza lover you’ll enjoy this Easy Pleases Pizza recipe, one of my family favorites made with fewer than 10 dollars. Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees. From there, cut either Ciabatta or French bread into halves, arranging them on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle the bread with olive oil and place the bread in the oven for five to ten minutes depending on the crispness you desire.

Next, remove the pan from the oven and place your bargain pasta sauce over the crust, spreading it evenly. Add peppers, onions, mushrooms and your favorite meat, top it with cheese, and then you are done!

You can also serve a salad along with it. Remember, this is your pizza. Have fun with it! You can prepare and experience great meals while spending only ten bucks and under.

Finding items at a cheap price isn’t as hard as some of us like to think. A lot of grocery stores have great offers if you know what to look for. Some name brands cost a lot more when you can get the same product at a lower cost by comparing prices while you’re shopping.

Easy Pleases Pizza

Prep: 10 minutes

Bake: 10-15 minutes

What you need:

4 ciabatta or one loaf of French bread

¼ cup olive oil (optional)

1 16 oz. can of pasta sauce

8 oz. Italian cheese blend (optional) chose of cheese that will melt

½ cup slice onions

½ green red yellow bell peppers (optional)

¼ cup of mushrooms   (optional)

½ cup of your favorite meat, chicken, ham, beef, and sausage (optional)