Happy 4th of July to all my readers in the USA, and happy Friday to the rest of you! I hope today brings a day of rest, excitement, fun, family, remembering our founding fathers, or whatever you hope it will be. Instead of personal finance wisdom today, I’ll share my favorite new frugal summer recipe that is the perfect thing for a family dinner or get together. Who says you can’t have cheap, fast, and good?
Barbecue Chicken Flatbread
Barbecue sauce of your choosing
Shredded or cubed cooked chicken
Red bell pepper
Shredded cheddar or colby cheese
Great Way To Use Leftovers
For our family of three, one chicken breast is plenty. You can also substitute just about any meat or go vegetarian. This is a really affordable meal because you need so little meat and the other ingredients, aside from cheese, are dirt cheap. We can do this meal for under $2.00 per person buying everything new and still have half a bag of cheese and almost a whole bottle of barbecue sauce leftover. If you are using what you have in the fridge already, that’s a double bonus. I’ve listed my favorite ingredients, but will use carrots, celery, onions, squash or just about any vegetable that’s about to go bad. We like to make this meal the day after having barbecue chicken. It’s a great way to use leftovers.
Preheat oven to 400 or use outdoor grill. Heat plain tortilla for about 2 minutes on each side. I also like to put a dab of olive oil on the tortilla, but you don’t have to. You can omit this step if you don’t like a crunchy crust.
Remove heated tortilla. Spread about 1-2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce over the tortilla like you would if you were making a pizza. Sprinkle a layer of cheese. Add chicken and cut up or shredded veggies. Put a little more cheese over the toppings.
Cook your masterpiece for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. I promise it’s delicious. We had an appetizer that was similar to this at TGI Fridays, and I knew I could do just as well or better at home. I actually like my creation better than Friday’s, and I know it’s probably more healthy. You can use this recipe with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese to make low carb pizza with a very thin, crispy crust. It will make you forget you liked Domino’s.
Who Needs To Go Out?
Anyone can cook. This meal takes very little effort, is healthy, and can use up ingredients you already have. Every delicious meal you make at home costs way less than eating out, and that gets you one step closer to financial independence. I knew I couldn’t take a day off from financial wisdom!
Happy Independence Day!