bbq chicken pizzas

$8.13 recipe / $1.36 serving
BBQ Chicken Pizza

This may be the quickest, most delicious BBQ chicken pizza that you'll ever make. I know it was for me. I don't usually buy pre-baked pizza crusts (it's pretty expensive compared to homemade) but I've got places to go and people to see this weekend so I took a HUGE short cut and bought the ready-made crusts. Don't worry, if you like to ... [Read More]

cincinnati chili

$10.61 recipe / $1.33 serving
Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati Chili is one of those dishes that sparks great debates, great HEATED debates over what is authentic and what is not. I'm not from Cincinnati so I'm not going to claim that this recipe is authentic. All I know is that it's not regular chili because it has chocolate and cinnamon in it and it's served over pasta... but it's not ... [Read More]

asparagus breakfast wraps

$4.71 recipe / $0.79 each
Asparagus Breakfast Wrap

IT'S ASPARAGUS SEASON! I'm not even joking when I say that I wait ALL year long for asparagus season to come around. I love their flavor and texture but because they cost around $4/lb. most of the year, I only get to indulge when they're in season. This week, to my delight, I bought a bunch of asparagus for $1.50/lb.! YES! My favorite ... [Read More]

stewed okra & tomatoes

$2.88 recipe / $0.48 serving
Stewed Okra

Okra is a strange, pod-like vegetable that is commonly eaten in the Southern United States, Africa and other tropical regions. When I was deciding what vegetable to make to go with my Jamaican Jerk Chicken Bowls, stewed okra seemed like a nice fit. If you've never eaten okra before, it can seem a little weird at first. It has an almost ... [Read More]

jamaican jerk chicken bowls

$8.93 recipe / $2.23 serving
Jerk Chicken Bowls

If you've never had (or heard of) jerk seasoning, it is a sweet and spicy mix of flavors unique to the caribbean. I had to balance cost and convenience this weekend so I ended up using a bottled marinade. If you'd like to try your hand at making it from scratch, here is a great recipe. I was a little disappointed in the selection of ... [Read More]

lemon coconut bars

$2.38 recipe / $0.16 serving
Lemon Coconut Bars

I saw this recipe that Gonna Want Seconds had posted to Tastespotting recently and I knew that I needed to make them soon. My mom used to make lemon bars for us growing up and they have been one of my favorites ever since. The addition of coconut is just like icing on top of the already-there-icing on the cake! I never made lemon bars ... [Read More]

guacamole salad

$4.81 recipe / $0.80 serving
Guacamole Salad

DING! DING! DING! We have a WINNER! (that means I really really like this recipe) Avocados have a wonderfully unique flavor and texture and are for that reason one of my favorite fruits (it has a pit so it's a fruit, right?). I also love guacamole but with avocados selling for more than a dollar a piece for most of the year, it doesn't ... [Read More]

chili cheese cornbread

$2.76 recipe / $0.18 serving
Chili Cheese Cornbread

A couple of weeks ago I challenged myself to make some corn muffins from scratch that were as good as or better than what I get from the Jiffy Cornbread Mix but unfortunately I did not succeed. I will keep trying but until then, I will use the tried and true Jiffy Mix! Anyway, on their site they have all sorts of great recipe variations ... [Read More]

taco soup

$9.18 recipe / $1.15 serving
Taco Soup

It's time for one of those quick-fix, week night dinner ideas that come together in about thirty minutes. It seems like I've been making a lot of complicated items lately, mostly due to my need for a challenge. But, sometimes even I get tired and just need something quick, delicious and (of course) inexpensive. I was first introduced to ... [Read More]

gingerbread steel cut oats

$2.14 recipe / $0.54 serving
Gingerbread Steel Cut Oats

This recipe was one of those wonderful happy accidents. Last week I decided to make another batch of my Indian Spiced Oats with Coconut Milk but got lazy when looking for the brown sugar and grabbed a jar of molasses that was right in front of me. I never expected the result to be so soul-warmingly delicious! Molasses has such a deep rich ... [Read More]

wine on a budget

I love wine. I like to have a glass with dinner and I love the complexity that it brings to sauces and other dishes when you cook with it. The problem arises when you just like to have ONE glass with dinner and don't plan on having any guests. What do you do with the rest of the bottle? Even if it's an under $10 bottle, I HATE to ... [Read More]

pork & ginger pot stickers

$6.96 recipe / $0.54 serving
Pork & Ginger Potstickers

I wanted to make something to eat along side my sushi bowls this week so I decided to make some Pork and Ginger Pot Stickers. I remember attempting to make pot stickers a long time ago but... well... lets just say they stuck to the pan and just didn't work out. This time I did a lot of recipe research and tried a few different methods of ... [Read More]