My budget, is still the same. So I have been forced to compromise with some of my most favorite recipes. Finding cheaper alternatives, substitute recipes and at one time I had to come up with alternative cooking methods (brownies from scratch in the microwave? Absolutely!).
Stromboli, unlike pizza and calzone, is a sauce less roll filled with mozzarella and vegetables or meat (or both).
This makes a perfect side or appetizer to the romantic dinner you're planning for your girl/boy friend (perhaps go for higher quality ingredients). Plus, you can giggle while saying stromboli because it's just so much fun to say :)
Step 1: Ingredients and Cost
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese: $1.50
Sliced Pepperoni: $2.36
Pizza Sauce: $0.88
We will have leftover
5/8 a package of cheese
3/4 a package of pepperoni
5/8 a jar of sauce
So my net cost is: $2.92 and we are feeding two people, or one person for two meals. It doesn't compete with twelve cent ramen, but it's more healthy (through variety etc.), more flavorful and contains no MSG (unless you really wanted to add some).