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Protein Box (aka DIY Bistro Box)

Make lunch time super simple and totally delicious with this Protein Box, aka DIY Bistro Box. Packed with good stuff, it won’t break the bank.

Protein Box (aka DIY Bistro Box) | Lunch Ideas from Good Cheap Eats

In my early days of blogging when my kids were little and I needed to leave the house to be able to string three words together in peace, I would often escape to Starbucks for a few hours to work. The wifi was free, the music decent, and there were Bistro Boxes. Since I was using their work space for free, it was easy to fork over six bucks for what was basically a snack box.

Nowadays I can more easily work from home — and eat at home! Hallelujah! It’s much cheaper to make your own fancy pants Bistro Box at home! Continue Reading »

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Chicken Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Crema

Forget the fancy taco shop and it’s high priced burrito bowls. You can make your own — better and for less! Pack these Chicken Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Crema for lunch this week.

Chicken Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Crema | Good Cheap Eats

For years a fancy pants taco shop has been my go-to for Sunday lunch. I can order online and pick up a variety of burritos, bowls, and quesadillas to bring home to my family. For a price. A pretty hefty price.

And while I can easily justify it that it’s Sunday, my day of rest, etc., etc., I can also just as easily make aforementioned burritos, bowls, and quesadillas at home. For less. Instead of paying close to $60 to feed our family of 8, I can spend $10 or $15 and have leftovers! Continue Reading »

Makeover Your Meal Plans

Do you ever find yourself staring into an open fridge wondering what to make for dinner? Have you ever dumped more than a few “science projects” that you didn’t intend to perform in letting food go to waste? Do you feel like you’re spending way too much money on food costs? Time to change that, my […]

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Pasta Salad Bar

Serving a Pasta Salad Bar is a cool and easy way to serve a crowd of varying tastes. Provide cooked pasta and toppings so each can make his own pasta salad. I tend to serve dinner one of two ways: individually plated or buffet style. Our years of having babies and toddlers at the table […]

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Easy Appetizers that Won’t Break the Bank

Appetizers are a fantastic way to start a meal whether it’s a regular night at home or if you’re entertaining friends. Try one of these easy appetizers that are perfect for the end of summer and easy on the wallet. Summer vacations are rolling to a close. While some of us have been back to […]

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The Veggie Pesto Sandwich That’s Perfect for Packing

Looking for lots of flavor at lunchtime? This Veggie Pesto Sandwich packs a punch, all while being meatless, portable, and budget-friendly. My friend Alison is so great at discovering new flavor combinations. I love it when we’re at potlucks together because I get all kinds of great ideas. This sandwich is one of them. Alison […]

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Quinoa Chili with Three Chiles

Enjoy a chili supper that’s full of flavor and a good dose of protein. This Quinoa Chili comes together quickly and easily for a super supper. This recipe was born out of a Pantry Challenge. You see during a Pantry Challenge, I’m hyper-alert about leftovers and making them into something new instead of throwing them […]

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A Month of Meals on the Go: Better Than Fast Food

Enjoy great food away from home with this Month of Meals On the Go. It’s jam-packed with delicious, affordable meals you can pack to go. Do you ever find that life is just GO GO GO? Do you inadvertently end up eating more fast food than is good for you? Would you like FOR ONCE […]

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Grocery Geek: What We Spent in July

Want a peek into our grocery cart? Here’s how I’m grocery shopping and feeding eight people on the cheap. This post may contain affiliate links. When you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in advertising fees. Thanks for your support. I really appreciate it. July has been a month […]

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Tuna Pita Sandwiches with Cucumber

Make brown-bagging it tasty and economical with these delicious Tuna Pita Sandwiches with Cucumber. Canned tuna never tasted so good. When we were in England, one of our go-to “fast food” restaurants was a chain called Pret a Manger. It’s not really fast food, but it’s quick and easy, ready when you walk in the […]

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