Thrifty Thursday

20130611_19354520130611_193540It is Thursday yet again and time for another great meal for fewer than five dollars. This happens to be a cheap, quick, and easy meal that I just made for my family last night. I don’t know about you, but when it is hot outside I do not like to eat much, so for dinner last night I kept it simple with a mixed green salad and some yummy fried zucchini cakes. Here is the recipe for the zucchini cakes and salad.

Zucchini Cakes


  • 2 large zucchini
  • One egg
  • Onion if desired
  • Bread crumbs or flour
  • One clove garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for frying


Wash the zucchini and cut off one end. Use a grater to shred the zucchini into small strips. Place the shredded zucchini in a strainer and press out the excess water. Place in a bowl and add egg and onion. Mix well. Add in the salt, pepper and garlic. Gradually add flour or bread crumbs until the mixture becomes doughy.

Heat a skillet with about a tablespoon of olive oil. Take a spoon and scoop balls of the “dough” into the frying pan. Flatten with a spatula. Heat on one side until brown, about three minutes. Then flip over and brown the other side.

These are great plain, but my kids also like them with ranch.

Mixed Green Salad

This is a simple salad that can be made with anything that you like. I used mixed salad greens, spinach, feta cheese, and strawberries. I tossed it with a balsamic dressing and it was delicious!

This was the perfect summer meal! The cost was well under $5 per serving.


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