Cheap and Delicious: Dinner on a Dime

Featured Article,How-To
May 19, 2011

Cheap eats that taste expensive? Totally doable with a few savvy shopping how-to tips and a little elbow grease in the kitchen.

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Saving money at the market is second nature to most of us. But here's something you may not know: You can eat like a king on a pauper's budge—trust us. Just because you’re rethinking your food dollars, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the fun of cooking! Make your food dollars s-t-r-e-c-t-c-h smarter while adding tons of interest to your meals:

  • Stock up on pantry and freezer items
  • Eat fish in season—it's cents on the dollar compared to meats and poultry
  • Make up a variety of homemade salad dressings instead of the bottled versions
  • Buy whole heads of lettuce rather than the pre-packaged mixes
  • Add vegetarian recipes to your dinner schedule. Be creative: Cajun red beans and rice, Italian navy beans and pasta, or Mexican with black beans and corn tortillas
  • Eat more eggs! They are a great source of protein and can be used for omelets, frittatas, fried rice, and breakfast suppers
  • Recycle Meals: Turn leftovers into soups, stews, casseroles, pastas and rice bakes, or make sandwich wraps and salads
  • If you don't have a crock pot, buy one and use it regularly. A slow cooker makes cheap cuts of meat and poultry falling-off-the-bone tender.

—By Nancy Hughes

Meatloaf with Tomato Soup

Meatloaf with Tomato Soup

Tomato soup adds just a touch of sweetness to a super-moist meatloaf.

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Simple Salmon Supper with Roasted Cauliflower

Pureed roasted cauliflower stands in for mashed potatoes.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Why buy the mix or bottled dressing when this homemade version is so much better?

Pantry Potato Cheese Soup

This adaptable soup recipe uses whatever you have on hand.

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Black Bean and Rice Burritos

Easy, healthy, satisfying -- an excellent weeknight supper.

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