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Simple Salade Composee

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. Salad is one of […]

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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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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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One of Our Favorite Good. Cheap. Eats: Pasta, Bread, and Veg

Tonight’s dinner is a regular meal that keeps us under budget: pasta with red sauce, broccoli, salad, and garlic bread. This evening I added up what the meal cost us and I was astounded. Pasta $0.75 Bertolli sauce in a pouch $0.50 scant amount fresh Parmesan $0.25 broccoli $0.50 romaine lettuce $0.50 French bread $.75 […]

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Yes, We Have Brown Bananas!

What do we do with them today? Well, you certainly don’t want to throw them away. That is not a cheap eat. That’s waste. The obvious answer is to bake them into banana bread or muffins. But, you may not have time for homebaking when your bananas are ripening too fast. Instead, you have a […]

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Good Cheap Eats

What’s good? What’s cheap? Those terms are certainly relative, aren’t they? My husband does not care for some of my very, very favorite culinary indulgences (like mushrooms and bleu cheese). And likewise. (I’m not the huge fish fan that he is.) But, we’ve found common ground — like homemade chocolate cheesecake. And as we strive […]

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Simple Bean Tostadas

Simple Bean Tostadas come together quickly and easily for an affordable meatless meal. You can vary the toppings to use whatever you have on hand. This is one of our favorite meals! It is an assemble-your-own kind of dish. Feel free to add meat or other vegetables and toppings. But, this way is just simple […]

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