Easy Spinach Ricotta Pasta

$3.16 recipe / $0.79 serving
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I looove ricotta cheese. It’s flavor is light and fresh flavor, making it great for warm weather dishes. I’ve tried making my own fresh ricotta in the past, but I haven’t yet been able to achieve the texture or flavor that I like. So, when I saw ricotta on sale at the store, I jumped at the chance to make this recipe for Spinach Ricotta Pasta that has been swimming around in the back of my head for a while.

This recipe makes a super quick garlic ricotta sauce that only takes minutes to prepare. I added my favorite versatile vegetable, frozen spinach, to help get a little green and fiber into the meal. If you’re not into spinach, you could try frozen broccoli florets, but I’d make sure to chop them up into smaller pieces before adding them in.  … [Read More]

Sweet n’ Spicy Chicken Bowls

$6.00 recipe / $1.50 serving
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I've wanted to make a BBQ Chicken "bowl" meal for a couple weeks now. I love bowl meals because they are easy to prepare, hold up well in the fridge, and offer a great variety of flavors and textures. But I recently started doing Jacqueline Smith's Go Sugar Free course (affiliate link) and traditional BBQ sauce, which is laden with ... [Read More]

Curried Potato with Poached Egg Meal

$9.33 meal / $2.33 serving
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Whew! It's been a crazy busy week and the one day I had available to cook, the recipe I tested was kind of a flop. So, we'll have to wait 'till Monday for fresh recipes, but in the mean time I forgot to post the meal summary for the Curried Potatoes with Poached Egg Meal! Below you'll find the breakdown of what it cost me to make this one ... [Read More]

Homemade Crepes

$1.24 recipe / $0.18 per crepe
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Crepes, crepes, everywhere crepes! That was pretty much the theme of my trip to Europe. Crepes were everywhere in every city. Just about every culture has their own version of flat bread (tortillas, naan, pita) and crepes definitely fit into that category. While they're more like a pancake than a traditional yeast bread, they can ... [Read More]

Minty Pea Salad

$3.94 recipe / $0.99 serving
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Ooooh we're gettin' fancy over here! This week I splurged on a fresh herb other than my usual parsley or cilantro (the cheap ones) so I could make this fabulous Minty Pea Salad. I paid a hefty $1.99 for a clamshell of mint, but I know it would be well used and very appreciated. While it's common for mint to be used in sweet dishes, it ... [Read More]

Curried Potatoes with Poached Eggs

$5.39 recipe / $1.35 serving
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Jet lag from my vacation has been hitting me hard, but I found the time in between naps yesterday to make it to the grocery and cook up a good meal to last me through the end of the week. I've had this idea for Curried Potatoes with Poached Eggs kicking around in the back of my head for a couple months now, so I decided it was the perfect ... [Read More]

Mother’s Day Recipe Roundup

Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

Incase you need another reminder (who doesn't?), Mother's Day is swiftly approaching. May 10th will be here before you know it, so don't be left rushing to the drug store on the day of to buy a card covered in glitter. Show your mom you're thankful that she made sure you survived childhood by preparing her one of these delicious ... [Read More]

Carrot Cake (for two)

$1.30 recipe / $0.65 serving
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I'm lovin' these desserts for two! It's such a life saver for anyone living by themselves or with just one other person. Just enough indulgence without going overboard. When a reader requested a carrot cake recipe for two, I was happy to give it a try (or three tries). I LOVE carrot cake and I almost always have a partial bag of carrots ... [Read More]

Roasted Vegetable Toast Meal

$18.09 meal / $4.52 serving
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This week I made a very vegiful, vegilicious meal. Ciabatta toast piled high with roasted vegetables, goat cheese, and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette, paired with a smoky tomato soup made full of fire roasted tomatoes. It's a bit fancier and more expensive than my usual, but this meal is still about half the cost of what you'd pay if you ... [Read More]

Roasted Vegetable Toast

$13.97 recipe / $3.49 serving
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This week's meal was a little splurgy, but I'm okay with doing that once in a while. I treated myself to an incredible crusty loaf of ciabatta and a log of deliciously tangy goat cheese this week (warning: that's what happens when you go shopping hungry). Let me just tell you, those two things together make me a very happy camper. What ... [Read More]

Smoky Tomato Soup

$4.12 recipe / $1.03 serving
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Ahhh, tomato soup. It's one of the few hot soups that's light enough to eat during the summer months (it may only be April, but we've definitely hit summer weather here in New Orleans). I'm so obsessed with tomato soup. I could eat it every day and never get sick of it. Luckily, there are a million and one ways to make it. Simply change ... [Read More]

Mini Garden Turkey Loaf Meal

$14.23 meal / $2.37 serving
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When I first started this blog I used to cook in "complete meal" mode (a main dish + sides) and post each recipe individually, as well as a "complete meal" summary. Somewhere along the line I got away from that format and I think the blog lost a little of its effectiveness because of it. When I took part in the SNAP Challenge last ... [Read More]