Yesterday afternoon James came home for lunch and I threw together a quick meal of bean and cheese quesadillas. As we ate, I told him "you know, this is a pretty inexpensive lunch". Of course, I wanted to know just how inexpensive it was, so I tallied up the cost--are you ready??
The recipe I created came to a grand total of $2.41 for 6 quesadillas--that's about 40 cents for each quesadilla. No joke!
Wanna make a cheap (and quick) lunch, too?
For 6 quesadillas you'll need:
1 can fat-free refried beans ($ .69/can at Aldi)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese ($1.12 for this amount, 2.99 for 4-cup bag at Aldi)
6 8" flour tortillas ($ .99 cents for a 10-pack at Aldi, 10 cents each)
A spritz of non-stick cooking spray
On 1/2 of a flour tortilla, spread 1/4 cup refried beans and sprinkle 1/4 cup cheddar cheese. Fold tortilla over, creating a half-moon shape. Spritz each side of quesadilla with non-stick cooking spray. Cook over medium heat in a non-stick skillet for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until cheese is melted and tortilla is lightly browned.
If you add a generous 1 oz. scoop of sour cream for dipping, you add about 6 extra cents--assuming you buy your sour cream at Aldi like I do. Less than 50 cents for a filling lunch? Cool, huh? James and I each ate one quesadilla and were filled, and sweet Elliott ate 1/2 of a quesadilla alongside a juicy nectarine. There are even leftovers in the fridge for today's lunch--bonus!