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Spice Rub for Chicken or Beef

Food shouldn’t be complicated. Or bad for you. Or expensive. I’m working to craft good cheap eats that we can both enjoy. You can read more about this site here. Check out my cookbooks if you’re needing some budget-friendly inspiration. Read about how to make healthy eating work for you here. We’ve used a spice […]

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Mexican Lasagna

Sounds like a mixed metaphor, doesn’t it? I mean, lasagna is Italian, not Mexican. However, I decided to use what I had instead of rushing out to the store for a few ingredients. That’s one of the principles behind frugal cooking: making do. That means, my family were guinea pigs. And I lived to tell […]

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Soy-Ginger Meat Marinade

For birthdays at our house, we let the Birthday Boy or Girl choose the supper menu. Myself included. If it’s not in the budget to go out to eat, then I usually propose my favorite mode of cooking: grilling. That way I do a little prep in the kitchen, but my husband is responsible for […]

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Simple Salade Composee

Salad is one of my favorite dishes. Always has been. I try to make a meal-sized salad at least once a day which makes it my usual lunch. I start with a base of romaine lettuce since I can regularly buy that at Costco for 50 cents a head. Then I layer on whatever veggies, […]

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Recovering the Lost Art of the Carrot Stick

Over the past fifteen years, pre-cut baby carrots have become the main way that consumers buy this highly nutritious root vegetable. But unless there’s a good sale, my experience – both in the Midwest and West Coast – is that a pound of carrots costs at least $1.50/pound. But, there is a better way. A […]

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Caesar Salad Recipe: The Light and Simple Version

Caesar Salad | Good Cheap Eats

Caesar Salad can be simple, quick, delicious, and economical if you know how to make the right tweaks. I’ll show you how in this easy Caesar Salad recipe. When we got married, restaurants were at the height of the Caesar Salad craze. Now, I know that Caesar Salad never truly goes out of style. But, […]

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Good. Cheap. Eats: The Blue Plate Special

I’d heard of serving mac and cheese with meatloaf, but I’d never done it. So recently we tried that traditional combination and we loved it! I made my typical mac and cheese. So easy and cheap. And then I took this recipe for meatballs and shaped it into a loaf. I baked it for 30 […]

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Chimichangas

Chimichangas are crispy burritos that are easy to make at home! You can fry them in oil or crisp them on the griddle. Chimichangas are one of my husband’s all-time favorite meals. When we were dating in our Santa Barbara days and went for Mexican food, he would inevitably order the Chicken Chimichanga. It’s basically […]

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Got bananas and chocolate? Then you’ve got the makings for a wonderful snack. Or breakfast. Or dessert. Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread! I never heard of Chocolate Chip Banana Bread until college. It was a “new thing” in 1990, what can I say? We didn’t have the internet back then. One always knew when Chocolate […]

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Tortilla Chips

These are so simple to make — and so much better than store bought. Recently, I purchased three dozen tortillas for about $1.50. This makes the equivalent of about 2-3 bags of tortilla chips, making this a very frugal, delicious snack. peanut oilcorn tortillassalt In deep fryer or large kettle, heat oil (at least one-inch […]

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