Matzo Ball Soup

$6.90 recipe / $1.38 serving
Matzo Ball Soup -

I kind of wore myself out this past weekend with long days and lots of exciting activity. So when I finally made it home to New Orleans, I was feeling tired, achy, and in the need of a warm cozy meal. Matzo ball soup has been on my “to do” list for a looooong time, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity.

I’ll readily admit, I’ve never made matzo ball soup before this week. I read through some fantastic tutorials and myth busters about matzo balls over at Serious Eats, looked through a bazillion matzo ball recipes, and then I finally felt confident trying it myself. I created a hybrid recipe between what was on the package of my matzo meal and the tips given by Serious Eats. They were surprisingly simple to make and the final soup was like a big, warm hug. Success! … [Read More]

Pumpkin Pie Spice Snickerdoodles (for two)

$1.11 recipe / $0.56 each
Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles -

After a whole month of regimented eating (the September Challenge) I kinda wanted to let loose come October 1st. I watched people posting pretty Instagram photos of cookies all month, so I really wanted to treat myself to a cookie once I was finally free. But just ONE cookie, cuz I don't need to go really crazy. Okay, maybe two ... [Read More]

September Challenge: Week 4 and Month Summary

Week 4 Groceries

What-what? The September Challenge is over already? It's so funny how quickly I went from completely dreading beginning the challenge to, "Hey! I'm going to keep doing this!" But I guess that's why it's important to challenge yourself once in a while. More often than not, you'll be surprised at what you're capable of. ... [Read More]

Loaded French Bread Pizza

$8.98 recipe / $1.50 each
Loaded French Bread Pizzas -

Week four of the September Challenge is officially complete, but I'm going to wait until the last few days of the month are over before posting my week four (plus two days) summary. In the mean time, here is one more thing that I cooked and ate this week! I almost made it through the month without pizza, but when I remembered the 1/2 ... [Read More]

Yellow Rice Chicken Skillet

$6.04 recipe / $1.51 serving
Yellow Rice Chicken Skillet -

One of my favorite things in the world is Yellow Jasmine Rice. It's so flavorful and fragrant that I could eat an entire bowl by itself, but that wouldn't exactly be a complete meal. :P So, I decided to add a couple extra ingredients to round it out and make it a complete meal. I found some chicken thighs in my freezer (leftover from ... [Read More]

Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad

$6.99 recipe / $1.17 serving
Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad -

So, I saw this amazing recipe for Peanut Noodles with Chicken on Foodie Crush the other day (an amazing food blog, BTW) and got really inspired. All those cold crunchy vegetables sliced super thin, pasta (yay!), and a Thai peanut sauce together in one dish sounded and looked mouth-wateringly delicious. I knew I had to add it to week four ... [Read More]

September Challenge 2015: Week 3 Summary

Groceries Week 3

Okay, this whole September Challenge is going super quickly! I can't believe I'm in my last week already. Week three went very smoothly, and I'm even contemplating continuing the challenge indefinitely. Week three's menu felt very balanced to me with plenty of vegetables, enough fruit to keep me happy, and I was full (but not overly so) ... [Read More]

Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter Quesadilla

$0.49 each
Melted Butter Banana Brown Sugar

Dessert during the September Challenge? Heck yeah! I've been buying bananas because they're one of the cheapest produce items available to me, but sometimes I get a little tired of them and I'm not a fan of overly browned bananas... well, not by themselves anyway. Pair them with some brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and peanut butter and ... [Read More]

Parsley Pesto Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes

$10.20 recipe / $2.03 serving
Parsley Pesto Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes -

  Okay, this one is a bit of a splurge, especially considering my tight September Challenge budget, but after last week's meat heavy menu I was craving bright fresh flavors. This Parsley Pesto Pasta is about as vibrant as it gets and the blistered cherry tomatoes on top give the dish a pop of color and a sweet finish to compliment the ... [Read More]

September Challenge 2015: Week 2 Summary

Week 2 Groceries

Wow, week two is finished already! I have to admit, I'm really enjoying the challenge this year. Because the rules for my September Challenge are a little more lax than the SNAP challenge, I'm really having fun with it. Instead of pretending I'm in someone else's shoes, I'm simply trying to live my life with a smaller grocery budget, and ... [Read More]

Poor Man’s Burrito Bowls

$5.95 recipe / $0.99 serving
Poor Man's Burrito Bowls -

One of my favorite things that we ate for dinner when I was growing up was rice, black beans, salsa, and cheese. Looking back I don't know if that was "dinner" because we had so little money or if my mom was just super tired and didn't feel like making anything complicated, but either way I loved that meal. Something about that simple ... [Read More]

Chili Rubbed Pulled Pork

$4.51 recipe / $0.75 serving
Chili Rubbed Pulled Pork -

After grabbing the groceries that I needed for this week's recipes, I had a few dollars to spare in my September Challenge budget, so I headed over to the meat aisle to see if I could nab anything on sale and just stock up for the future. I found a great boneless Boston pork butt for just a few dollars and if there's one thing I love, ... [Read More]