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Pasta Salad with Feta, Tomatoes, & Kalamata Olives

Cool off tonight with a delicious make-ahead Pasta Salad with feta, tomatoes, and kalamata olives. It’s hearty without feeling heavy.

Pasta Salad with Feta, Tomatoes, & Kalamata Olives | Good Cheap Eats

I love a good pasta salad. It’s hearty, it’s filling, and it’s very make-ahead. It’s also a great excuse for me to getaway without adding meat to the meal. While I know that some people consider pasta and carbs not the best, I find that in moderation, they’re a tasty good cheap eat.

For over 20 years now I’ve been making some version of this Pasta Salad with feta, tomatoes, and Kalamata olives. The sweet Tarragon-Balsamic Dressing offsets the saltiness of the feta and olives, making for a delicious, tangy combination.

Serve this easy, make-ahead pasta salad as a meatless main dish, a hearty side accompaniment to a grilled protein, or combine it with other salads for a fun salad buffet dinner. Continue Reading »

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Grocery Geek: What We Spent in May

Want a peek into our grocery cart? Here’s how I’m grocery shopping and feeding eight people on the cheap.

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You might be wondering why I’m posting my month’s total now and not at the end of the month. Well, that’s because I’ve done my grocery shopping for the month for meals cooked at home. While you’re reading this, I’m traipsing around London. 😉 I’m still grocery shopping, but it’s of the picnic variety.

My next Grocery Geek post, Lord willing, will be What We Spent for a Month in the UK. I’m hoping that my technology and receipt saving capabilities will provide you with a peek into what it takes to feed a family of 8 on the road in a foreign country.

May was extremely busy for me as I scrambled to meet deadlines, get us all ready to travel, and use up what was in the deep freezer so that we could thaw and unplug it while we were gone. We had a birthday party for one of the boys so we loaded up on junk food and we still bought milk and produce, but I steered away from stocking up on sales, as good as they might have been. Continue Reading »

Easy Chocolate Cake with Almonds and Cinnamon

Feed a crowd easily with this Easy Chocolate Cake studded with almonds and scented with cinnamon. It comes together quicker than a mix cake and tastes amazing! You want to know how to be the hit of the party at your next potluck event? Take this cake. Seriously. It takes less than half an hour […]

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Best Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer

Take some the heat out of the kitchen this summer and put your slow cooker to work. Add these best slow cooker recipes for summer to your meal plan rotation. I don’t know about you, but this summer, I want to take it easy. Whether you have school schedules impacting your life, or not, I […]

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Seasoned Corn Off the Cob – Simple Summer Side

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Are those potato chips really worth it?

Junk food is so easy to come by, but is it really worth it? Those first bites of potato chips sure taste good going down, but an hour later, don’t you shake your head wondering what got into you? (I do.) You know that healthy foods make you FEEL GOOD. Why aren’t they a part of every […]

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Tomato Salad on Toast – A Fun Summer Appetizer

Enjoy the flavors of summer with this juicy Tomato Salad on Toast. It’s the perfect appetizer for summer get-togethers, making use of the produce of the season. Tomatoes are probably one of my favorite fruits. And yes, they ARE fruits. What’s a sandwich or a burger without a slice or two of tomato? What’s pizza […]

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Mediterranean Grilled Steak Recipe (Freezer-Friendly)

Fire up the grill and get cooking! But first mix up some marinade to prep this Mediterranean Grilled Steak. It’s perfect as a main dish protein or folding into pitas. While I’m a die-hard salad girl, I also love me a good steak. My husband would usually prefer chicken or fish, go figure, but me? […]

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A Month of Meals: Back to Basics Meal Plan

Are you looking for some easy meals that taste great and fit the budget? This Back to Basics Meal Plan is your answer for simply delicious dinners all month long. Can you believe it that May is already here? Summer vacation is just around the corner! I know that for me, April rushed by in the blink […]

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How to Roast Chiles in the Oven

Learn to roast chiles in the oven to add great, spicy flavor to any dish. Roast chiles this way are cheaper than the can and taste so much better!  Years ago diced green chiles were a regular in my pantry. Back when they were $0.25 a can. Today they are regularly over three times that […]

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