My $15.00 Family Dollar Food Challenge – How I made this delicious meal on a budget


Tuna Patties with Salsa Rosa
Makes 8-10

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Cooking on a budget can be a bit of a challenge. I am guilty of splurging during grocery shopping trips without batting an eyelash to what my final total comes to at check out. Then I go home and contemplate, “what was I thinking? Why did I pay so much?”

When Family Dollar challenged me to participate in their “More for Less” recipe challenge, I had to take on that challenge because my grocery shopping needed an overhaul.

The challenge: Prepare a family meal for $15 or less using Family Dollar products. Because Family Dollar carries a large assortment of grocery products, this challenge was going to be a breeze for me.

My family observes the Lenten season, so I thought it would be appropriate to prepare my son’s favorite, tuna patties. The recipe takes a few ingredients and the products at Family Dollar are so affordable, I had a few dollars leftover to purchase ingredients to prepare a salsa rosa for tuna patty dipping.



 Tuna Patties                                                                                          Salsa Rosa

3 – 5 ounce cans of tuna in water, drained (Starkist Chunk)                 ½ cup of ketchup

10 olives, finely chopped (Family Gourmet olives)                                ½ cup of mayonnaise

1 tablespoon of garlic salt (Family Gourmet)                                       1 tablespoon of hot sauce (optional)

3 eggs (Sunup Eggs)

4 tablespoons olive oil


Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, place tuna, olives, garlic salt and eggs. Mix thoroughly with a spoon.

Step 2:Form tuna patties approximately 2 inches wide and 1 inch think with your hands.

Step 3:In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium high heat. Carefully place tuna patties, one by one on the oil and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Step 4:Remove from heat and place on paper towel lined plate to drain excess oil.

Step 5:In a small bowl, mix ketchup, mayonnaise and hot sauce (optional). Stir until well combined. Top patties with sauce or use for dipping.

By Ericka Sanchez