balsamic oven fries

$3.49 recipe / $0.58 serving
Balsamic Oven Fries

As a side dish to my Cranberry and Walnut Stuffed Pork Loin last week, I made up some thick cut french fries... well, oven fries because I don't have a deep fryer and my conscious is happier with baked fries anyway. Oven baked fries still come out crispy and you can add any sort of flavoring to them before they go in (garlic, chili, ... [Read More]

cranberry & walnut stuffed pork loin

$7.56 recipe / $0.95 serving
Cranberry Walnut Stuffed Pork Loin

Stuffing meat is fantastic. Not only does it add extra flavor and texture but it takes advantage of Budget Byting Principle #2: use ingredients wisely. That means taking an expensive ingredient (the pork) and combining it with a less expensive ingredient (the stuffing) to bring the cost per serving down. The second trick that I used to ... [Read More]

indian spiced oats w/ coconut milk

$2.80 recipe / $0.70 serving
Indian Spiced Oats

I've been off the steel-cut oats bandwagon for a while because I've been addicted to my little breakfast egg quesadillas (I'll post that soon because they're too good to keep to myself). But, this week I got a hankering for the almighty oats. I didn't realize how I missed their chewy goodness until now! Anyway, this little Indian pilaf ... [Read More]

baba ganoush

$3.07 recipe / $0.77 serving
Baba Ganoush

I'm going to admit right now that I have never made Baba Ganoush before today so if you have any suggestions or recipe variations, please share! If you have never heard of Baba Ganoush, today is your lucky day. Baba Ganoush is a roasted eggplant dip that is common in Mediterranean cuisine. If you like hummus, you may very well like ... [Read More]

thai peanut rice pilaf

$2.86 recipe / $0.48 serving
Thai Peanut Rice Pilaf

Today as I was sitting in immunology class I found myself wondering not about lymphocytes and antigens but what I could do with my left over Thai Peanut Sauce. Then the light bulb went off and I raced home to throw together one of the best rice pilafs that I've ever tasted. I used jasmine rice for extra aroma and flavor (and because I had ... [Read More]

greek pizza

$9.03 recipe / $2.26 serving
Greek Pizza

I love pizza... so many flavors and textures, the possibilities are endless. This week I made a Greek pizza (or at least that's what I'm calling it) that uses olive oil and spices instead of a red sauce. On the seasoned crust I piled on mozzarella cheese and six additional toppings (spinach, goat cheese, caramelized onions, roasted ... [Read More]

roasted garlic & caramelized onions

$0.35 garlic / $1.27 onions
Roasted Garlic

These two recipes are for "ingredients" that I'll be using in this week's recipes. Both roasted garlic and caramelized onions are extremely versatile (and delicious) so it's a good idea to know how to make them. I would suggest roasting garlic at the same time as something that you already plan on roasting because running a whole oven for ... [Read More]

quick migas

$3.40 recipe / $0.57 serving
Quick Migas

I know, I know, this is not traditional migas but this is my super quick and still super delicious version of migas. If you've never heard of migas then I'm glad you are here reading this today. Migas is a wonderful dish made of scrambled eggs, strips of fried tortillas and a medley of sauteed vegetables (onion, garlic, peppers, tomatoes ... [Read More]

thai peanut noodles

$4.30 recipe / $0.54 serving
Thai Peanut Noodles

One of the simplest ways to enjoy Thai Peanut Sauce is over a pile of hearty pasta. I wasn't able to make it to the store that sold soba noodles (buckwheat pasta) so I used 100% whole wheat. It's not quite the same but delicious in it's own right. I fancied up the dish by adding a few sesame seeds and fresh green onion. The peanut sauce ... [Read More]

Coconut Chicken with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

$6.91 recipe / $1.15 serving
Coconut Chicken

I've been wanting to cook this coconut chicken for a LONG time and my anticipation was definitely justified by the end result. The shredded coconut mixed with panko bread crumbs gives a light, crunchy crust and adding a little bit of coconut milk to the egg wash ensures an even stronger coconut flavor. If you don't have coconut milk on ... [Read More]

asian salad with peanut dressing

$6.02 recipe / $1.00 serving
Asian Salad with Peanut Dressing

I gotta get my veggies and coming up with new ways to do so can be challenging. Since I made the Thai Peanut Sauce today, I thought I would throw together a salad and use the peanut sauce as a dressing. I encountered a couple hurdles when buying the veggies for the salad because it's winter, nothing is in season and everything was really ... [Read More]

thai peanut sauce

$1.75 recipe / $0.22 serving
Thai Peanut Sauce

I've been really digging Asian food lately. As I was deciding on my main entree and side dish for this week, I decided to give Thai peanut sauce a shot. I had never made it before so I looked at a good 20 recipes. Some recipes were simple and sweet with only about 4 ingredients, others were long and complex with 10-15 ingredients. I do ... [Read More]