By now I think you know we are Money Saving Mamas! So we thought that we would share with you some of our favorite budget meals. One of the many reasons we don’t eat as much takeout as we used to is because of how expensive it is. FYM Emily does the math in her head every time she cooks, it’s astounding how much cheaper (and healthier and more delicious) you can make food at home, and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or be labor intensive!
As the end of summer is approaching and our veggie garden is in full bloom, we thought this would be a great recipe to share!
Here’s what you need:
Two Eggplants (home grown- no cost)
Small Container Ricotta Cheese (15 oz) ($1.79 at Hannaford)
1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese ($1.89 for a full bag at Aldi)
1 Egg (89 cents a dozen at Aldi)
Italian Seasoning, Salt, Garlic Powder
Garlic Texas Toast ($1.99 at Aldi)
First, you slice your eggplant into 1/4 inch thick slices, we did this with a knife, but you can use a mandolin for easier. Eggplant is full of water, so you want to lay the slices out of paper towels and sprinkle with salt to draw out the moisture, let them sit for 10 minutes and then pat dry.
Meanwhile, beat an egg in a medium sized bowl. Add ricotta, mozzarella (1/2 cup), garlic powder and Italian seasoning and mix until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
Once your eggplant slices have been patted dry, place on a cookie sheet and cover with foil. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. This will make them flexible, but not fully cooked.
Then it is time to assemble! Pour a small amount of sauce on the bottom of your casserole dish. Layer Eggplant slices, then cheese mixture, then sauce until you reach the top. Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese on top of the last sauce layer. Bake on a cookie sheet (to catch drips) at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes. Let sit for 15 minutes.
While your lasagna is sitting, bake your Texas Toast according to package instructions.
Then, enjoy!! This was delicious and even better, the entire thing was $2.33! Not even per serving, but total! And it made 4 servings. When’s the last time you took your family out to eat for $2.33?
Have you tried this? We would love to know what you think of it! And share your favorite budget meals with us on our Facebook Page!