My stomach is full and my wallet is too.
Would love to see calorie content included in your recipes.
I enjoy the recipes but don’t feel they are budget friendly. I have just bought all the ingredients for the Alfredo vegetable bake that were discounted/on sale which uncluded a membership discount. Still came out to over $50 to make one meal. I’ll be able to use the spices again but the core ingredients are still quite pricey. I’m broke and starving.
I love your site. I sit in bed with ipad cruising thru these recipes. Pictures of the steps are great. A grown man sitting in bed going thru recipes … Me thinks I need therapy :)
Nothing wrong with that! Everyone likes food. :)
I was wondering your opinion of using whole wheat grain instead of white/enriched for your recipes. I typically try to use whole grain to try to fill out a dish do you think it would follow with most of yours?
It really depends on the recipe. Most of the time whole grains require more water and a longer cooking time than white grains. :)
I was looking for a lentil recipe and found this website. It was meant to be! My roomate is in grad school and Im working full time while trying to be gazelle intense and pay off my student loans. Needless to say, we are on a tight budget but dont want to sacrifice our food options. This looks like a great find and will keep checking it out for my meal options! Thank you!!
You should do a post about turkeys. You can get them real cheap at stores after Thanksgiving. I just got a 24 pound butterball turkey at Costco for $10 on Friday. Thats less than 50 cents a pound! Other grocery stores also have these kinds of deals. And you can freeze them and cook later. Or you can cook them and then freeze the cooked meat. And any dish you use chicken in you could substitute Turkey!
I just did this too!! Roasting them is actually really easy. I got gallons of turkey stock and so much meat out of that bird. Then I made a ton of different dishes and froze them. Yum!
Do you have a tried and true paella recipe? I love your recipes and instructions which demystify how to cook delicious meals simply and affordably.
I don’t! I haven’t yet mastered the paella. :)
Thank you for this blog. I teach classes on “better eating” no one believes that I feed a family of 5 on about $150-200 a month and that is a high month. I just found your page and will use it as a new tool.
Is the rice instant in Salsa Chicken Casserole?
No, it was not.
I have had bad luck with new dinner recipes and I just found your website last week so far I have made 2 recipes and the were DELISH! My husband loved it I cant wait to try more!
Have you considered including some recipes for drinks? Not just cocktails, but things like lemonade, etc.
I’ve thought about it, but I don’t drink many drinks other than water, so I haven’t been very inspired to do so (yet)! :)
Thank you so much for this site!!! This has inspired me to cook (and save money too!)!
I’m so grateful to have been introduced to your website! It’s so easy to let the anxiety of budgeting get me depressed when it comes to meal planning… But you have really awoken my spirit with these wonderful, CHEAP, delicious meals!
Instead of the usual weekly battle-royal that is fueled by the simple question “what would you like to eat?”, and the panic that strikes when looking at my grocery bills, you have saved my money, and my marriage! Lol!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I am cleaning out my parents’ house and I have a spice issue. There are tons of spices in little packets, many of them past the expiry date. It doesn’t feel right to throw them all away, especially since a lot of my cooking is kind of experimental anyways.
What I am leaning towards is: keeping whole seeds even if they are out of date, keeping packs of spice that haven’t been open / no seal broken even if they are out of date, keeping seemingly rare and strange things even if they are out of date. I would hate to have to buy a spice just to try a new recipe.
Does this make sense? What do you recommend?
Hi Kathleen, The expirations dates are usually just suggestions for best quality. Usually the flavor and potency diminishes over time with ground spices. Whole seeds keep their flavor longer. I would say that if you open a ground spice packet or jar and can’t smell it, you might as well buy fresh because it won’t flavor your food. :)
Just wanted to say that I love using your website. I love that the food is budget-friendly, healthy (most of the time), and that you provide so many pictures. That is essential for me, a person who never liked to cook before this website. I didn’t like to cook because I would spend so much money and then I would do one thing wrong, and all my money/food would be wasted. In summation, thanks!
I am actually happy to read this blog posts which includes tons of helpful data, thanks for providing these statistics.
Your site is wonderful! The recipes all look so, so good and the photography and presentation of the methods are fantastic. I’m so excited about drawing up my next menu plan for the next few weeks. Thank you!
Your food ideas are great really great, made the Banh Mi bowls the other day best meal i have cooked in years thanks so much !!!!!!!
I stumbled upon your website after promising my children I would find new ideas for dinner. They were getting tired of the same thing each week. It’s really been a lifesaver in our house! It’s wonderful to see budget friendly recipes that are easy and delicious. Although simple, the recipes are still enough to satisfy my joy of cooking without consuming the whole evening. Everyone in the family is happy and satisfied. Thank you so much!!!
The Summer Vegetable Tian was probably the least expensive, easiest, tastiest and most beautiful (as my Mom said, “Presentation is everything!”) side dish I’ve ever made. And I’ve made it again and again. Will enjoy it every summer from now until my demise. Thanks so much. Wonder Pot is on my agenda as well.
I just discovered this website and wanted to let you know that I really like it! The recipes are great and so budget friendly! I’m cooking the Greek chicken today.
On occasion, I cook a lot of meals at a time (freezer meals). Many of your recipes are perfect for this purpose. I plan on using your site for all my freezer meals going forward.
You are the reason why I have stayed up all night. I have went through almost all of your recipes and I am so excited to use all of them! I have been getting into cooking lately and as a college student saving money and finding easy recipes are really important to me and it’s really tough finding good sites like this one. Thank you so much!