$10 Dinner Date: Fish & Chip Butties (plus dessert!) [RECIPE]

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend! Last night Mr. Noob Chef and I had another $10 dinner date, and wow, do I have a recipe to share with you! Some may think it’s hard, limiting your date to $10 for two, but I found it to be quite the opposite. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a fun, (and filling) meal. Here are some tips to have a meaningful date with your partner while doing it all on a dime:

  1. Cook your meal at home. (Trust me… it can be a rewarding, and sensual activity to do together.)
  2. Shop for budget items. While we were at the store we saw a piece of cake in a tin that was perfectly good. But the baker had dropped it so the inside of the tin was smeared in frosting making it “look” ugly. So it got marked down to 99 cents! We snatched that up for a cheap dessert for two!
  3. Keep your expectations in check. Obviously you aren’t going to go to the cinema on $10, but you can Netflix and chill. You can spend all evening talking, hanging out, or playing video games. You can snuggle, read, take a walk around a park, etc. Think free (or really cheap) activities and you’re set!
  4. Take the time to talk. This is probably the most important point. It didn’t matter to me what my husband and I were eating. Normally we are so busy that having an entire day to just talk, and hang out as a couple was… priceless! (A big thanks to my mom for taking care of the Noob Chef Junior so we could have our date! ❤ ).

And now, onto the recipe!

I decided on fish and chip butties after seeing it in a show on Netflix. In America you don’t see butty sandwiches. (They are common in the UK). However, the concept of putting fries on the sandwich isn’t completely foreign over here, so I knew it would be delicious. And oh, how right I was!! These sandwiches were filling, flavorful, and so simple to make. To keep in budget, everything we chose at the store was on sale…

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Next, we began preparing the meal together. On a single baking sheet we cooked the fish sticks and fries for 20 minutes at 425 degrees (F) and they were sizzling, and ready to go! Meanwhile I added a bit of sliced tomato, lettuce, and vegannaise to the sandwich to round out the flavor.

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I bought all this for $9.73 USD! 

After our bellies were full, we tucked into a slice of funfetti cake, and high fived each other. It was $10 very well spent, and we both felt more connected than ever. I hope you all love this recipe as much as we do. Stay tuned for more, and until next time everyone, keep on cooking! ❤

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$10 Dinner Date Fish & Chip Butties 

Makes: 3 sandwiches

Ingredients: 

  • 1 bag frozen criss-cut/ waffle fries
  • 1 box frozen fish fillets or fish sticks
  • 1 tomato
  • 3 bolillo rolls
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 3 tbsp. mayonnaise or vegannaise

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (F). Grease a baking sheet and place the waffle fries on one half, while placing the fish sticks/fillets on the other. Bake until cooked.
  2. While the fries and fish are baking, slice up a tomato and lettuce and set aside.
  3. Assemble your sandwiches: spoon on 1 tbsp. of mayo. onto the top and bottom of each sandwich. Place on the fish, then the lettuce, followed by the fries, and lastly the tomato. Smear mayo. on the top bun and close. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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