Smores Macarons

$5.42 recipe / $0.27 each
Smores Macarons

I’m kind of breaking my own rules with this post, but let me explain. If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you know that I never do promotional, affiliated, or underwritten posts. I don’t like it when blogs are just one big commercial. BUT when I was invited to be a part of […]

Chorizo Chicken Jambalaya

$8.98 recipe / $1.12 serving
Chorizo Chicken Jambalaya

Jambalaya is one of the easiest, filling, and inexpensive dishes you can make. Just ask anyone from Louisiana—we live off the stuff. Flavorful sausage, savory aromatic vegetables, and rice all cook together in one pot to make a super satisfying, one pot dish. I love cooking up a big pot of jambalay on the weekend […]

Coconut Vegetable Curry

$5.80 recipe / $1.45 serving
Coconut Vegetable Curry

I gotta give a big shout out to Neil, whose tweet inspired me to try again with a recipe that I completely failed with the first time around. Neil tweeted about an amazing vegetable and chickpea curry he had made with coconut milk and it just so happened to be exactly what I was craving, so […]

Portobello Polenta Bowls

$5.78 recipe / $1.45 serving
Portabello Polenta Bowls

I’ve had the ingredients for this dish in my refrigerator for about a week… I had intended to make it last week, but then Mardi Gras happened and there was food and drink everywhere. No need to cook anything, that’s for sure. These tasty little bowls turned out even better than I had expected. They come […]

Vegan Red Beans and Rice

$7.40 recipe / $1.23 serving
Vegan Red Beans and Rice

If you don’t live in Louisiana, you might not know that we’ve got a big carnival going on right now. Parades, marching bands, crazy costumes, and (of course) beads are daily sightings for the two weeks preceding Mardi Gras. It’s all gotten me in the mood for some classic New Orleans food—Red Beans and Rice! […]

Baked Tilapia with Tomatoes

$4.80 recipe /$1.20 serving
Baked Tilapia with Tomatoes

I’ve been really into simple tomato sauces lately. You really don’t have to add much to tomatoes to make a really mouth watering sauce. I bought a big pack of frozen tilapia filets a while ago and I really needed to start using them up, so I decided to give them the tomato sauce treatment. The […]

Sausage and Kale Skillet

$6.02 recipe / $1.51 serving
Kale & Sausage Skillet

Hooray for quick skillet dinners! This one is so fantastically easy that it kind of feels like cheating. Between the Italian sausage and marinara sauce, the dish has all of the seasoning built in, so you don’t even have to measure out any extra herbs or spices. You’re pretty much just heating it all together […]

“Everything” White Bean Dip

$3.28 recipe / $0.66 serving
Everything White Bean Dip

Watch out hummus. You officially have some competition, and the new dip in town doesn’t require tahini. White beans (navy or cannellini) are great for making dip because their flavor is so neutral. You can add just about anything and make it taste good. I kept the base of this dip simple with lemon, garlic, and smoked […]

Vegetable Polenta Casserole

$5.87 recipe / $0.98 serving
Vegetable Polenta Casserole

Someone asked me the other day if I ever cook anything that just doesn’t turn out well and the answer is YES. If I ever go more than a few days without posting a recipe, there’s a good chance that whatever I cooked just didn’t turn out well and I have to wait for my […]

Chili Roasted Potatoes

$2.90 recipe / $0.48 serving
Chili Roasted Potatoes

I’m having fun finding new ways to use my homemade chili seasoning and potatoes were the first item on my list. I mean, tender roasted potatoes coated with savory chili spices? YES PLEASE.

Homemade Chili Seasoning

Homemade Chili Seasoning

I made this basic chili a few weeks ago and in I used my homemade chili seasoning blend. I wanted to post the blend by itself to highlight the fact that it can be used for so much more than just chili! My favorite non-chili use for chili seasoning is roasting vegetables. Just toss some veggies […]

Chunky Lentil and Vegetable Soup

$5.24 recipe / $0.52 serving
Chunky Lentil & Vegetable Soup

Omgnesssss… This is my new all-time favorite soup! I’ve already eaten two bowls since I made it today at lunch and I don’t think I’ll even need to freeze any because it will be gone fast. This super flavorful and hearty soup is a vegetarian take on the old classic Lentil & Sausage Stew from way […]

Spinach and White Bean Salad

$3.95 recipe / $0.99 serving
Spinach and White Bean Salad

(PLUS how to hard boil eggs!) Did you over do it yesterday? Too many cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, biscuits, eggnog, candy canes, and Christmas cookies? Yeah, I think we all did. Today I need a salad. I don’t do a lot of salads on the blog because they don’t really feel like recipes, but I […]

Chili Basics

$10.06 recipe / $1.68 serving
Basic Chili

Has this not been the busiest December of all time? I know I’m looking forward to slowing down later this week and on into the new year! I’ve been so busy that it’s been hard to even get into the kitchen for a minute, but when someone emailed me asking for a basic, no-frills chili […]

Roasted Corn and Zucchini Tacos

$8.41 recipe / $1.40 serving
Roasted Corn & Zucchini Tacos

I’m working on a big side project right now and it has required me to buy a lot of extra groceries. You know how I hate to see food go to waste, so I took a look at the ingredients on hand and came up with these tasty little tacos to use up my leftovers. All […]

Curried Chickpeas with Spinach

$5.40 recipe / $1.35 serving
Curried Chickpeas with Spinach

When I finished cooking this recipe I took a look at my notepad to make sure I had written down all the ingredients. I looked it over a good three or four times thinking that I had surely forgotten something. The list was just too short. How did I just make so much yum with […]

Date & Gorgonzola Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

$5.57 recipe / $1.40 serving
Date & Gorgonzola Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Are you ready to blow everybody’s mind at Thanksgiving this year? This insanely easy, but super posh side dish is the perfect way to say “Yeah, I own side dishes.” No more marshmallow sweet potatoes or canned cream of mushroom soup green beans. We’re stepping up Thanksgiving this year. These sweet potatoes are lesson numero uno. Baked […]

Split Pea, Bacon & Potato Soup

$6.49 recipe / $0.81 serving
Split Pea Bacon & Potato Soup

I had some split pea soup from the hospital cafeteria the other day and while it was satisfying, something about it just didn’t taste genuine. So, I thought it was time to make some of my own. Plus, it was >$2 per serving and I knew that I could do better than that! Right I was. […]

Spice Rubbed Roasted Squash

$3.75 recipe / $0.47 serving
Spice Rubbed Roasted Squash

I have to admit, I walk by the displays of brightly colored and oddly shaped winter squash in the grocery store and just assume that most people use them for decoration. Well, here’s one good reason to eat them! Do you remember those nom-a-licious Glazed Pork Chops from a long time ago? It hit me the […]

Tomato Herb Soup

$2.99 recipe / $0.50 serving
Tomato Herb Soup

I’m constantly looking for new ways to use my favorite (not) Sun Dried Tomato Sauce in recipes because it’s just SO good. So, the other day I was thinking, “Hmmm, I wonder if I can just make it into a really tasty soup.” The answer is yes. Yes, you can make it into a delicious […]

Cashew Rice Pilaf

$3.72 recipe / $0.62 serving
Cashew Rice Pilaf

Want to make your house smell seriously good? Just make this rice pilaf.  The scent of jasmine rice alone makes my mouth water, but add a few spices and it’s absolutely intoxicating. This lightly flavored and vibrantly hued rice pilaf is based off of my favorite Yellow Jasmine Rice recipe, but with a slightly more […]

Slow Cooker White Bean Soup

$4.78 recipe / $0.80 serving
Slow Cooker White Bean Soup

Whoever discovered beans gets a big fat medal of appreciation from yours truly. They’re just incredible. Incredible and cheap. This soup is thick, warm, comforting, and flavorful… and was LESS THAN FIVE DOLLARS FOR THE WHOLE POT. That’s the magic of beans. This awesome soup is also vegan. It uses fresh vegetables to make its own flavorful […]

3 Bean Salad

$3.96 recipe / $0.66 serving
3 Bean Salad

Because when you’re craving beans, you just gotta have beans. Oh, wait, am I the only one that craves beans? Well, I was craving them the other day, so here we are. This simple salad is actually a great trick to have tucked up your sleeve. It’s really fast to whip up and goes great […]

Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

$6.55 recipe / $1.09 serving
Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

Chicken and pumpkin? Sounds weird, right? Well just wait until you taste it… I made this simple pumpkin soup ages ago and decided to make a newer, better, more powerful version today. I took it in a southwest direction by adding some smokey chipotle peppers in adobo, earthy cumin, and fresh cilantro. Black beans, corn, […]

Southwest Steak Bowls

$10.50 recipe / $2.63 serving
Southwest Steak Bowls

I came up with this recipe because I had half of a flank steak in my freezer that I needed to use up. As usual, I bulked up the meat with beans, rice, and other yummies, so that the one pound (or less, actually) covered four servings. I really had a hard time deciding what […]

Roasted Vegetable Chickpea Salad

$12.12 recipe / $2.02 serving
Roasted Vegetable Chickpea Salad

I’ve been craving vegetables like mad lately. Every day I just want a big ol’ veggie-licious salad. But sometimes that doesn’t fill me up enough, so that’s when I start adding in the beans… or chickpeas, to be more specific. This hearty salad combines two of my absolute favorite things – roasted vegetables and chickpeas. […]

Sweet Chili Chicken Bowls

$7.27 recipe / $1.21 serving
Sweet Chili Chicken Bowls

Remember how awesome those Taco Chicken Bowls were? If you’ve never tried them, they’re awesome because you literally just throw everything into the slow cooker and press go. A little while later you have awesome shredded chicken cooked right in a flavorful sauce that’s perfect for piling over rice. I decided to use that same […]

Hummus Breakfast Mug

$0.58 each
Hummus Breakfast Mug

Okay… some of you are going to think this is the grossest thing you’ve ever seen, while others will think it’s the best idea ever. I’m in the second camp. This quick microwave hummus breakfast mug is my new favorite quick fix for breakfast. I’m obsessed. The idea came the other day when I needed something […]

Greek Marinated Chicken

$8.97 recipe / $1.12 serving
Greek Marinated Chicken

Need something easy and flavorful to throw on the grill this weekend? This is it. The marinade (similar to what I used for this Chicken Shawarma ) takes just a few minutes to stir together and creates an absolute explosion of flavor. It’s incredible. I only marinated my chicken in this magical mix for 30 […]

wilted kale and lentil salad

$4.78 recipe / $0.80 serving
Wilted Kale and Lentil Salad

You know how I love kale. You know how I love lentils. You know how I love sweet potatoes. This salad has them all together in one bowl! Yes! It has everything you need – greens, beans, and vegetables. I love it. You can eat a big portion as a meal or just have a […]

Country Breakfast Bowls (freezable)

$7.76 recipe / $1.29 serving
Country Breakfast Bowls

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, then you know how I love “make ahead” breakfast dishes that I can keep in the fridge or freezer and then microwave really quickly in the morning (hello, baked oatmeal). Well, I was watching TV the other day and saw a commercial for some big brand […]

Green Gazpacho

$4.39 recipe / $1.10 serving
Green Gazpacho

If you’ve never had gazpacho before, it’s basically a soup for people who, like me, would like nothing more than to eat salsa with a spoon. Okay, maybe that’s just my definition of it, but you get the idea. Lots of yummy vegetables puréed into a deliciously fresh soup. There are red gazpachos and green […]

Roasted Poblano Hummus

$4.81 recipe / $0.52 serving
Roasted Poblano Hummus

I have a little confession to make… last week I impulse bought a tub of hummus at the grocery store. I almost never buy hummus pre-made because it’s so cheap and so easy to make at home. But, it was one of those days, I was roaming through Whole Foods while hungry (bad combo) and I […]

chana saag

$6.40 recipe / $1.07 serving
Chana Saag

Sometimes, when I’m suffering from a creativity block, all I need to do is take a stroll through Whole Foods… the freezer aisle in particular. Yesterday I did just that and saw a frozen dinner called Chana Saag. I didn’t look too closely, I just saw chickpeas and spinach and knew that’s what I wanted […]

golden rice bowls

$7.40 recipe / $1.23 serving
Golden Rice Bowl

I was talking with a friend recently who was so excited to be finally getting stove in the house that he’s been remodeling and living in. So I asked, “What is the first thing you’re going to cook?” “Rice. Lots of rice.” he replied. Of course. It’s so easy to take simple food for granted. […]

multi-purpose shredded beef

18.21 recipe / $2.60 per cup
Multi-purpose Shredded Beef

Today I made a big batch of shredded beef as a “base recipe” for which I’ll provide various uses throughout the next week or two. This is a basic shredded beef with neutral, plain beef flavor, that will have other flavors added to it later on for each recipe. By keeping the flavor plain, I’ll […]

loaded sweet potatoes

$5.04 recipe / $1.80 serving
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I had a really hard time deciding what to load these potatoes up with because there were just so many options. So, look forward to more versions of stuffed sweet potatoes in the future! Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite produce items because they’re yummy, nutritious, don’t go bad quickly, relatively inexpensive, and can […]

island rice pilaf

$5.52 recipe / $0.92 serving
Island Rice Pilaf

I really can’t imagine ever just eating plain rice again. Over the past few years I’ve discovered so many different things you can do with rice, especially cooking it with different liquids and seasonings. One of my all-time favorites is Savory Coconut Rice, which combines coconut milk, garlic, and jasmine rice. This recipe is kind […]

sriracha caramel corn

$0.83 recipe
Sriracha Caramel Corn

Okay, this one was kind of a candy making FAIL, but I’m still posting it because even in its failed state it was so good that I couldn’t stop munching on it. Why was it a candy fail? Because my caramel re-crystalized. Instead of being a glossy, glass-like coating, it turned a little grainy and […]

nature’s candy

$2.93 recipe / $0.73 serving
Nature's Candy

I’m calling this one “Nature’s Candy” because my first thought upon tasting it was, “OMG, WHO NEEDS CANDY WHEN THIS EXISTS?!” … Yep, I thought it in all caps and everything. This recipe comes to you courtesy of Rachelle, who wrote to tell me that this has become her go-to side dish and even her […]

chicken in peanut sauce

$6.70 recipe / $1.68 serving
Chicken in Peanut Sauce

2013 is going to be GREAT, I can feel it! This is the first recipe of the year and I already know that it’s going to go on next year’s “best of” list! It’s SO good and SO easy. Peanut and coconut combine to make an incredibly luxurious and creamy sauce for the chicken, which […]

apple nut quinoa

$4.54 recipe / $1.14 serving
Apple Nut Quinoa

As much as I love my myriad of baked oatmeal recipes, I’ve wanted to shake things up a bit lately and try something other than oats for breakfast. Enter quinoa. If you’ve never had quinoa (“keen-wah”) it’s a little seed that is packed with protein and fiber. It cooks up fast and is fun to […]

roasted root vegetables

$6.17 recipe / $1.03 serving
Roasted Root Vegetables

You may have heard me talk about how much I love roasting vegetables in the oven… if you haven’t, I’m sure you will in the future. Often. Because it’s the BEST. Roasting vegetables transforms bitter and boring veggies into sweet, rich morsels of goodness. They’re super delicious and super healthy, and we all want that, […]

sweet potato grits

$1.63 recipe / $0.27 serving
Sweet Potato Grits

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite ingredients. They’re inexpensive, packed full of nutrients, and, most importantly, DELICIOUS. So, when my coworker told me about seeing someone make sweet potato grits on a chef reality TV show, I was all like, “Yes ma’am, I will be making those IMMEDIATELY.” I tasted these grits throughout the […]

aztec cocoa

$0.34 per cup
Aztec Cocoa

I made an impulse buy the other day… one of those little packets of Mexican hot cocoa mix. I constantly crave hot cocoa this time of year and I’ve always wanted to try Mexican hot cocoa. In the back of my mind I knew nothing good could come of this little packet of powder, but […]

tuna & white bean salad

$1.88 recipe / $0.63 serving
Tuna & White Bean Salad

The hardest part about cooking and testing so many recipes (for the upcoming cookbook) is that I get full after a few bites, but my taste buds still scream for more! I wanted to eat this whole bowl… This recipe is as easy as 1,2,3… literally. Just mix it all together, adjust to your taste […]

shrimp & rice salad

$8.10 recipe / $1.35 serving
Shrimp & Rice Salad

Sometimes I get in the mood for something really light, fresh, and full of vegetables. I definitely felt like that today. It probably has something to do with that pizza I made yesterday that was piled high with all sorts of Italian salamis and pepperonis. Yummm. …but I digress. I decided on shrimp because it’s […]

how to: make chicken broth

Chicken Broth

I’m going to start this by admitting that this is the VERY first time that I’ve ever made my own chicken broth. I’ve been meaning to for years… and it’s almost hypocritical of me not to, but for some reason I never got around to trying it. So, don’t read this post as a “definitive […]

slow cooker chicken

$7.16 / 5 lb. chicken
Slow Cooker Chicken

Cooking a whole bird is probably my least favorite task in the kitchen. Something about it just makes me want to moan and groan and … well, just find someone else to do it! Until I found this method. It’s SO EASY. I first saw this on Slow Cooker From Scratch, and have since been […]

(not) sun dried tomato sauce

$1.17 recipe
not sun dried tomato sauce

You know those little jars of sun dried tomatoes packed in delicious herb infused olive oil that cost about $5 a pop? This is just like that, except not. Ha! This was completely a happy accident and now my life will never be the same. I started out wanting to make something similar to this […]

honey balsamic chicken tenders

$4.99 recipe / $1.25 serving
Honey Balsamic Chicken Tenders

Funny story – I was going to make this recipe with chicken thighs, but they were $3.49/lb. and the boneless, skinless chicken breasts were on sale (again) for $1.99/lb… so… yeah. Chicken tenders it was! Obviously not everyone will catch this $1.99/lb. chicken sale as often as I do, so go with whatever cut is […]

how to: make yogurt

Homemade Yogurt

If there’s one thing that I know how to do, it’s grow bacteria. After all, that’s what I do 40 hours a week when I’m not making delicious food and crunching grocery numbers. I work in lab where we have big fancy incubators and special nutrient rich agar to give the bacteria the perfect environment […]

roasted corn salad

$6.38 recipe / $1.06 serving
Roasted Corn Salad

I used to hate corn. I thought it was kind of boring… Until I made this oven roasted corn last year and learned that corn could be sweet, succulent, totally juicy, and DELICIOUS! So now, every summer when corn goes on sale 3 for a dollar, I’m allll over that. I made this super simple […]

honey ginger broiled grapefruit

$2.27 recipe / $0.57 serving
Broiled Grapefruit

As soon as I cut this grapefruit open, I realized how much I LOVE grapefruit. It’s been too long, dear grapefruit. Sweet, tart, fragrant grapefruit… You probably need to be a grapefruit person to like this recipe, and a ginger person for that matter. Grapefruit can be somewhat bitter, which turns some people off and […]

apple dijon kale salad

$5.53 recipe / $1.38 serving
Apple Dijon Kale Salad

I’m in love. The dressing alone was enough to make me swoon. It’s just a very simple and basic dijon vinaigrette, but it’s so good that I kept dipping my spoon in for taste after taste. And because kale is so “sturdy,” it stands up well to being pre-dressed with the vinaigrette. I just made […]

mango coconut jasmine rice

$4.79 recipe / $0.80 serving
Mango Coconut Rice

I love all things tropical. I love the weather, I love the music, I love the FOOD. I often day dream of a prince charming who owns a jet and insists on flying me to Jamaica every weekend just to sit on the beach, drink rum cocktails, and eat delicious food. Of course, I’m not […]

summer succotash

$5.53 recipe / $0.92 serving
Summer Succotash

I don’t know why Sylvester always said “sufferin’ succotash!” because I sure don’t feel like I’m suffering when I’m eating it! Succotash may have started out as an inexpensive meal in the depression era, but it’s stuck around because it’s tasty and filling. There are many different versions of succotash, but most start with a […]

shaved zucchini

$2.25 recipe / $0.56 serving
Shaved Zucchini

What makes something delicious? It’s not just flavor. It’s flavor, texture, visual appeal, aroma… all of these things together. Sometimes simply changing the texture of an item can change the whole experience. I love zucchini and prefer to cook it quickly and simply so that its flavor shines through. So this time, instead of chopping […]

pineapple ginger lassi

$0.85 each
Pineapple Ginger Lassi

I may have stumbled upon the most refreshing drink on the planet. …well, one of the most refreshing drinks, anyway. If you’ve never heard of a lassi, it’s a drink made with yogurt, spices, and sometimes fruit or other ingredients. It’s super light, super fresh, and just plain revitalizing. What I LOVE about this drink […]

quinoa tabbouleh

$8.11 recipe / $1.01 serving
Quinoa Tabbouleh

That’s “keen-wah tab-ooh-lay”. Don’t let the name scare you away from this simple salad. I’m obsessed with tabbouleh and have been since the first time I had it. It’s full of texture and tons of super fresh, vibrant flavors. I like to eat it plain or stuff it into a pita with some tzatziki. I […]

lentil tacos

$7.43 recipe / $0.93 serving
Lentil Tacos

Pink slime got you down? Maybe you’re already a vegetarian? Or maybe you just don’t like paying $4/lb. for ground beef? Well, if you don’t already know, lentils make a fantastic substitute (or extender) for ground beef! I used lentils to stretch out a pound of ground beef in my Sloppy Joe’s Plus recipe, but […]

honey spice chicken thighs

$5.13 recipe / $0.64 serving
Honey Spice Chicken Thighs

So, I got a really excellent deal on chicken thighs this week – $0.99 / lb. Ironically, the regular 2 lb. package was the same price as the large, 5 lb. “value pack.” No sale or anything! Sometimes you just need to look a little closer! Obviously not every store will have this fantastic deal […]

coconut lentils

$4.53 recipe / $0.76
Coconut Lentils

One of my all-time favorite, easy side dishes is coconut jasmine rice. So, I started thinking that if cooking rice in coconut milk was so good, maybe cooking lentils in coconut milk would be too? It sure was! I basically followed the same formula: coconut milk, a little garlic, and a little salt. This time […]

easy pineapple salsa

$2.26 recipe / $0.38 serving
Easy Pineapple Salsa

Okay, so this little gem really deserves a post of its own, rather than being hidden in the Chili Lime Shrimp Bowls recipe post. This salsa is SO good that I could just sit and eat it out of the bowl (and I did while i was making the shrimp bowls!). It’s really simple and […]

honey balsamic carrots

$2.39 recipe / $0.60 serving
Honey Balsamic Carrots

Honey + Balsamic Vinegar + Butter = Heaven. I’m not sure if I really need to say anything more… oh wait, it’s easy too. ;) I might have to start putting this honey balsamic glaze on everything. Honey Balsamic Carrots honey balsamic carrots Prep time 10 mins Cook time 40 mins Total time 50 mins […]

herb roasted pork loin

$6.09 recipe / $1.52 serving
Herb Roasted Pork Loin

Okay, if you haven’t quite honed your kitchen skills yet but you still need a recipe to impress, this is the recipe for you! This recipe is super easy and pretty much fool proof. Just mix up some herbs and oil, smear it on the pork, and throw it in the oven. The end. You […]

Homemade Taco Seasoning

$0.34 batch
Taco Seasoning

I used to be a “packet seasoning” junkie. It just seemed so easy. But really, how difficult is it to measure out a few spices? It takes five minutes, max. So, I’ve experimented with different combinations of spices for taco seasoning over the past year, and I think today I found the winner! One batch […]

quick chocolate pudding

$1.50 recipe / $0.38 serving
Quick Chocolate Pudding

Quick! There’s only five more days until the first of the year – the day when we all suddenly decide to be healthy and forsake all of those delicious sweets that have plagued us throughout December… So, here’s one more delicious treat to enjoy before you close the door on the goodies. It’s simple, delicious, […]

coconut rice (take 2)

$2.91 recipe / $0.49 serving
Coconut Rice

Okay, I’ll admit, this recipe is a re-post. Savory coconut rice is one of the first recipes I made for the blog and it has been a staple in my house ever since. I wanted to repost the recipe for three reasons: 1) because it was part of this week’s complete meal plan (will be […]

tahini kale salad

$2.09 recipe / $0.52 serving
Tahini Kale Salad

Kale is one of my all-time favorite greens and the best part is, it’s usually fairly inexpensive! I’ve always cooked my kale, even if just slightly, to make it more tender and easier to eat. But this time, I wanted to experiment with eating it raw. I’ve seen several recipes for tahini dressing and decided […]

shredded taco beef

$12.48 recipe / $1.04 serving
Shredded Taco Beef

So, my appetite has been pretty wonky lately and all I’ve wanted to eat is burritos. I love a good burrito. I mean I LOVE them… and it’s all to easy to waltz right down to the nearest burrito joint and pay $6-$8 for a super fancy burrito… and then another couple bucks for some […]

cumin lime chickpeas

$3.79 recipe / $0.63 serving
Cumin Lime Chickpeas

Every winter, after weeks of eating hearty soups and stews, I start craving something really light and fresh. I just get sick of all of the super cooked down hot food. I want bright, I want it to taste like SUNSHINE. You know what I’m sayin’? So today I threw together this quick salad with […]

maple roasted sweet potatoes with pecans

$5.28 recipe / $0.88 serving
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes

If you’ve followed this blog for a while then you probably know that I’m a firm believer in roasting vegetables. They become tender, sweet, and their flavor increases in depth and complexity as the natural sugars caramelize. It’s a beautiful thing. Not to mention it’s easy. Just coat the vegetables in whatever herb, spice, or […]

jalapeno cran-raspberry sauce

$6.47 recipe / $0.81 serving
Jalapeno Cran-Raspberry Sauce

Fresh cranberry sauce is one of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving foods. I love the tangy-sweetness and how it juxtaposes all of the other savory Thanksgiving dishes! I eat it on my turkey and on my stuffing and then the rest of the week I eat it on toast or as part of my “Thanksgiving wraps” […]

spinach, mushroom & feta crustless quiche

$6.19 recipe / $1.03 serving
Spinach Mushroom Quiche

I’m a big fan of savory breakfasts and this one might be my new favorite. It has endless possibilities and is a cinch to make. …plus, it reheats well in the microwave for a quick dinner! A quiche is basically an egg and milk custard filled with all sorts of other things (usually cheese and […]

turmeric chicken

$10.14 recipe / $1.69 serving
Turmeric Chicken

I fell in love with Indian food last year and have craved it ever since. I’ve experimented here and there but it’s still completely uncharted territory to me. I recently discovered the show Spice Goddess on the Cooking Channel and I watch it whenever I get a few spare minutes. Last week I saw her […]

curry roasted cauliflower

$3.77 recipe / $0.63 serving
Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower was on sale! It’s a rare occasion when the price of cauliflower is what I consider to be reasonable, so when it happens, I take advantage. Roasting cauliflower is (IMHO) one of the best ways to prepare this vegetable. I love garlic parmesan roasted cauliflower, but sometimes I need to switch it up. This […]

coffee rubbed pork roast

$7.20 recipe / $1.20 serving
Coffee Rubbed Pork

“Huh-wha? Coffee rubbed pork?” Yep, that’s what I said. I made a killer seasoning rub out of coffee (ground to a powder), brown sugar, cayenne, and the usual suspects (salt, pepper, garlic). Slow cooked pork is pretty much good anyway you fix it, but this rub adds just a touch of that deep, smokey, aromatic […]

balsamic bruschetta chicken

$6.75 recipe / $1.69 serving
Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken

I love this recipe because it’s easy and can be modified in a million ways. Plus, it’s just plain pretty. I love balsamic vinegar so I made a quick marinade for the chicken with it. I also mixed some into the tomato topping for extra zing. The tomato topping is a lot like my favorite […]

chai spiced simple syrup

$2.60 recipe / $0.16 serving
Chai Spiced Simple Syrup

I got a very sweet email from two readers (Lauren and Oliver) last week and in it they included a link to this awesome recipe for Ginger Simple Syrup. I was so on board with making the recipe to begin with but then my brain starting working… It reminded me of a pared down version […]

moroccan beef stew

$12.97 recipe / $2.16 serving
Moroccan Beef Stew

Why am I making stews in the middle of summer? I don’t know. It just sounded tasty… and making hot food in the middle of summer never really bothered me much. So, if it’s just too hot for you to even utter the word “stew,” you’ll just have to keep this one bookmarked for later […]

spicy pickled carrots

$2.90 recipe / $0.36 serving
Spicy Pickled Carrots

So, back when I lived in Baton Rouge, there was a Mexican restaurant (Ninfa’s) that kept jars of pickled carrots and other vegetables on the tables as an appetizer. Practically every time I went there I would ruin my appetite on those pickles before I even had a chance to order an entree. So, when […]

(not) refried beans

$2.75 recipe / $0.31 serving
not refried beans

Have you ever had refried beans that were so good that you wanted to just eat them plain out of a bowl? If you’ve been getting them out of a can, I’m gonna guess not. These beans are just that. They have an incredible, complex flavor thanks to the jalapeno, chili, and other spices… and […]

summer vegetable tian

$6.60 recipe / $1.10 serving
Summer Vegetable Tian

Why can’t vegetables be plentiful and yummy all year long? I don’t know but I intend to enjoy them while they’re around! I like to enjoy vegetables and their natural subtle flavors. I’m not all for frying or smothering with thick, rich sauces… but sometimes, I want something a little more. This vegetable tian lands […]

thick & rich pizza sauce

$2.40 recipe / $0.20
Thick & Rich Pizza Sauce

I’ve made pizza sauce before but I wanted to make one that was even thicker and richer because I had big plans to dip things in it (“things” being pizzadillas). Dipping sauces have to be really thick or else they won’t hang on to whatever is being dunked in them. This is definitely my new […]

yellow jasmine rice

$1.54 recipe / $0.26 serving
Yellow Jasmine Rice

Okay, this is a pretty big statement to make, but… This is the best rice I’ve ever had. Yep. The flavor was simply out of this world. The aroma as it cooked almost gave me a high. Plain white rice is dead to me now. If you follow the blog you’re probably familiar with how […]

taco chicken bowls

$10.66 recipe / $1.33 serving
Taco Chicken Bowls

This recipe is definitely “slow-cooker 101″. It’s probably one of the first recipes that most people learn to make in their slow-cooker. In fact, some version of it is probably included in that little mini recipe book that comes with the slow-cooker when you buy it. BUT, I had to post it because I know […]

broccoli sambal

$3.68 recipe / $0.92 serving
Broccoli Sambal

Sambal might be my new favorite sauce. There are a million different kinds, some sweet, some salty, some vinegary, but almost all are spicy. I recently bought a small jar of sambal oelek made by the same wonderful people who make my beloved sriracha sauce and I fell in love. This particular variety of sambal […]

marinated white beans

$1.54 recipe / $0.39 serving
Marinated White Beans

I’m always trying to work beans into my diet because they’re just so good for you… and I happen to think they’re delicious. This quick marinated bean recipe is one of my favorites because it’s so quick, simple, and insanely good. I could probably eat the whole lot of them at once but realistically, it’s […]

kale w/ tomato & feta

$2.92 recipe / $0.73 serving
Kale with Tomato & Feta

Sometimes the best recipes come when you’re just sweepin’ out your fridge. All three of these items (kale, tomato, feta) were things that I had purchased and not used for one reason or another. Sometimes you just have to scan your fridge and cupboard to see if anything inspires you. You’d be surprised at how […]

salsa poached eggs & grits

$4.50 recipe / $1.13 serving
Salsa Poached Eggs & Grits

Okay, so maybe it’s not salsa but it’s a really delicious salsa-like sauce. This breakfast is super easy, really filling (huge portions) and most of all tasty. It was kind of a “sweep the pantry” type of recipe. I knew I wanted eggs poached in a tomato sauce but the rest was whatever I had […]

garlic parmesan roasted cauliflower

$3.89 recipe / $0.65 serving
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Oh man, I’ve been waiting on cauliflower to go on sale forever! Because, as much as I love cauliflower, I’m not paying almost $5 for a head of it. So, when I saw it for less than $3, I snatched that thing up. This is one of my favorite ways to cook cauliflower. Of course […]

chipotle orange pork tacos

$19.13 recipe / $1.59 serving
Chipotle Orange Pork Tacos

I’ve been on a Mexican food kick lately, can you tell? Well, I had bought a big ‘ol pack of corn tortillas for the huevos rancheros and only used about 6, so I decided to make some tacos. And, since I LOVE slow cooked pork, I decided to try a new twist on a slow-cooker […]

pico de gallo

$1.91 recipe / $0.32 serving
Pico de Gallo

I made some pico de gallo for my huevos rancheros the other day and it was so delicious that I decided that it deserved its own post. Besides, it’s so versatile that I know I’ll be referencing it a lot so it needed a unique link. I’ve never been overly impressed with pico de gallo […]

oven roasted corn with honey chili butter

$1.70 recipe / $0.43 serving
Roasted Corn with Honey Chili Butter

Roasting vegetables in the oven is one of my all-time favorite ways to prepare them. The roasting process seems to concentrate the flavors and makes everything just a tad sweeter. Corn is no exception to this rule. Roasting corn in the husks traps the moisture and, in effect, steams the corn in its own juices. […]

huevos rancheros

$6.44 recipe / $1.07 serving
Huevos Rancheros

I love a good breakfast and if you do too, then you’ve got to try huevos rancheros. This dish is hearty enough to settle your stomach after a night out drinking, pretty enough to serve to your love as breakfast in bed, and fancy enough to serve to guests as an after church Sunday brunch. […]

ham & bean soup

$6.56 recipe / $0.82 serving
Ham & Bean Soup

Have you ever seen those bags of 16 bean soup mix in the dry bean aisle at the grocery store? Well, they’re kinda like the ramen of the bean world. They come with their own packet of “flavoring” that you’re supposed to boil with the beans to yield a delicious hearty soup. Well, beans, salt […]

easy dulce de leche

$1.38 recipe
Easy Dulce de Leche

Oh boy, I may have done a bad thing when I made this… I may have opened Pandora’s box. Now I want this delicious dulce de leche on everything. I’ve been sneaking spoonfuls out of the fridge just to get a “fix” all week. Dulce de leche, which translates to “milk candy”, is a delicious […]

carrot & feta salad

$2.49 recipe / $0.41 serving
Carrot & Feta Salad

At least carrots are still cheap, right? Groceries have been going through the roof lately so I was really glad to see that I could still get a 2 pound bag of carrots for $1.48. So, how do you turn a fairly boring, inexpensive ingredient like carrots into something spectacular? Add just a smidge of […]