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]

Spinach and Feta Mashed Potatoes

$4.79 recipe / $0.80 serving
Spinach and Feta Mashed Potatoes

So I've been really into potatoes lately. They're just so cheap and you can do so many different things with them! Mashed potatoes in particular are great because they go with just about any meal and you have the sky as your limit when it comes to add-ins. This week I happened to have some leftover fresh spinach that I bought for my ... [Read More]

Mini Garden Turkey Loaves

$9.44 recipe / $1.57 serving
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For the past year or so I've been working on the side making step by step photo tutorials for Food.com. Ever since I made this basic meatloaf tutorial, I've wanted to make it again and again. I always feel bad for meatloaf because I don't think its reputation lives up to just how comforting, filling, and delicious it is. Meatloaf may not ... [Read More]

Smoky Garlic Oven Fries

$2.84 recipe / $0.71 serving
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I really  wanted to call these "OMG! They're Crunchy!" Fries, but that doesn't work very well for SEO purposes. My point is, I'm happy to have finally made some oven fries that are crispy and crunchy. Are they like deep fried fries? Well, no. Fries made in the oven will never be like real fries because the science behind the cooking is ... [Read More]

How to: Shop for Cookware

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If you follow me on social media (especially Instagram or Twitter) then you'll know that I recently purchased my first set of cookware in about 15 years. It was a major purchase and I put a lot of thought and research into the decision, so I wanted to share the process with all of you. As I've learned over the years, the quality of your ... [Read More]

Blackberry Sage Pork Chops

$6.30 recipe / $1.58 serving
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Pork chops, meet blackberry sage pan sauce. Pan sauce, meet pork chops. I just know you two will get along beautifully. Pan sauces are the easiest way to turn a boring cut of meat (pork chop, chicken breast, etc.) into a restaurant quality, fancy-pants meal. They're fast, easy, and help clean off that brown stuff that's stuck to the ... [Read More]

Toasted Coconut Oat Bran

$2.00 recipe / $0.50 serving
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Discovering that you can cook grains in other liquids besides water was one of my favorite "ah-ha" moments in cooking. Using broths, juices, or other flavorful liquids to cook dry grains adds more flavor than you could ever impart with herbs and spices alone. So, when I was cleaning out my cabinets the other day and found an old can of ... [Read More]

Sriracha Deviled Eggs

$1.56 recipe / $0.26 serving
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I have this sneaking suspicion that a week from now a lot of people will have a ton of hard boiled eggs on their hands and no idea what to do with them. While I do love a good old fashioned hard boiled egg, why not do something a little more fun with them? A reader recently suggested that I try making Sriracha deviled Eggs and I've ... [Read More]

Fish Tacos with Cumin Lime Slaw

$5.44 recipe / $1.36 serving
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Earlier this week I made a big batch of sunny and fresh Cumin Lime Coleslaw, but I didn't intend to just eat coleslaw all week. So, I used the coleslaw to top these super simple fish tacos. I'm an absolute taco fiend because they're so easy, fresh, delicious, and just plain fun. And while it can be tempting to pile ten different ... [Read More]