Lately, many of us (actually, millions of us in the USA) who are underemployed or unemployed, are having to stretch our budgets. Money is in short supply and expenses are at the same level that they were when we were employed. In our experience, budgets now only cover housing (if we haven't already lost our homes), food, utilities and maybe a car payment (so we can get to interviews and also answer in the affirmative on an application that we DO have transportation!). Other debt payments are waiting to be resumed when jobs are obtained. Anyway, stretching our budget is the norm. We don't eat out anymore. We don't drive far, since gasoline is expensive. We get help from a food bank and our family. And we stretch our food budget. We have reverted to cheaper casserole recipes rather than a more expensive roast. I'm not complaining (just saying it how it is) and believe this is just a phase--how long we don't know--and know many of us will find work eventually. I am grateful--and I'm sure others are too-- for the many resources available to us.
Anyway, I just want to share this "stretching" recipe. Instead of having a single small steak for each person, and supplying several side dishes, like potatoes, salad, veggie and bread, you can make a one pot meal that is good for you and use the summer veggies in the refrig that you have on hand.
Cut steak in thin 2-3 inch long slices. Brown meat in a fry pan with the oil or butter until no pink remains in the meat. Add fajita seasoning and the water. Simmer till most of the liquid is gone. Add vegetables that have been cut julienne style and cook/steam and stir until vegetables are tender crisp.
Serve as a stand alone stir fry dish or serve with rice, if desired. Enjoy!
Any budget stretching tips to share?