Easy Pot Roast – Serves 4 for $11.00

When roasts are on sale I always load up. It doesn’t matter if it’s a pork or beef roast, we’ll use it. I love using my crock pot when cooking roasts but sometimes I just like how they taste cooked in the oven. This recipe is based on The Pioneer Woman recipe “Pot Roast” by […]

Last Minute Game Day Food & Decoration Ideas….On The Cheap

  Having friends and family over for Super Bowl Sunday can be fun but expensive. If you’ve got guests coming and still need to pick up items, here’s a few easy ways to save money….. 1. Make Your Own Party Trays – Party trays are convenient to pick up but can cost up to twice […]

Stir-Fry Pork with Orange-Glazed Onions & Carrots (With Brown Rice & Peas) – $10 or Less Meal

Stir-fries are easy ways to use seasonal vegetables and whatever proteins are on sale, making them easy, quick and super cheap meals.

Game Day Dips…Easy, Affordable & Delicious

Over 100 million people will be watching the Super Bowl this year. I’m not a football watching person myself but I do love Super Bowl Sunday because of the commercials and all the food served at get-togethers. I personally try to make party foods that can be prepared ahead of time or that can cook in a […]

Pepperoni Pizza Popcorn

I found this recipe in the December/January issue of Fine Cooking and thought it sounded good and would make for a great snack to serve on football watching days. (Or anytime actually.) This recipe uses “regular” popcorn, you know, the kind you cook on the stove versus in the microwave. I hadn’t made popcorn this […]

Brined Crispy Juicy Chicken With Honey-Horseradish Mashed Potatoes – $10.00 (or less) Meal

Brined Crispy Juicy Chicken Prep Time: 5 minutes Brine Time: 4-8 hours Cook Time: 1-1 1/2 hours Serves: 4 Cost: approx. $6.00 Brining the chicken makes it juicy. There are several ways to brine, and I do it the easiest way: with cold water and salt. The skin of the chicken blackens as the syrup/butter […]

Room Temperature Or Refrigerator? (A Few May Surprise You)

I’m a bit of a freak when it comes to food safety and have a tendency to toss items the second they hit the expiration date. (Even though they are most likely still perfectly good and safe.) I also wear gloves when handling chicken and am super aware of cross-contamination. So I thought I knew all the […]

Tomatillo-Jalapeno Green Salsa…SO Delicious, A Bit Different & Super Easy

My husband and I dined at a Denver restaurant called Tamayo recently, along with my son and his girlfriend, and we had a wonderful experience. The modern Mexican fare was fresh, innovative, and cooked to perfection. We were given a complimentary bowl of chips and salsa after being seated and I have to say, the salsa […]

Skillet Herb Roasted Chicken & Vegetables – $10 Or Less Meal

I’m browning the chicken in the skillet, along with the vegetables, which will give them a golden brown color and add flavor. Then we finish the entire meal off in the oven. This contains your protein, a carb and vegetables so it’s an easy one-dish meal and tastes delicious.

Pumpkin Tortilla Soup – Vegan, Gluten-Free & Serves 6 for Less Than $10 (Oh, And It’s Delicious!)

I first tried this recipe when we had our friends JL and Dave over for dinner. JL’s vegan and her husband’s vegetarian so I wanted to make something they’d both enjoy, be able to eat, and tasted good enough that my husband and I wouldn’t miss our meat. There were a few things I knew about a […]