Budget Recipes

Budget recipes

 

All image below allow you to click through to the recipe. (Some of the recipes without recipe specific images were posted before I had the foggiest idea of how to take a decent picture. I’d like to get them updated with better photos, but the recipes are tried, true, and simple.)

All recipes on Home Ec 101, unless otherwise specified are written for people learning to cook with average kitchens. You don’t need fancy, high-end appliances to make delicious food for your family. The ingredients are also supposed to be easy to find. If you can’t find them at your local neighborhood grocery store or store similar to WalMart.

I never intend to share recipes that require a lot of extra legwork.

This website has been undergoing a makeover and as I find more budget friendly recipes that have been buried in the archives, I’ll keep updating this page.

 

Budget Recipes

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Baked Potato

Heather says: Fellow blogger and brand new mom Julieann asks, “How do you make your baked potatoes?” First I scrub and prick them with a fork. Then I brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Then they bake at 400F for one hour. Extremely big potatoes may take…

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Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Balsamic Marinated Chicken Thighs

Heather says: This recipe for balsamic marinated chicken is sort of a repeat. Why? Because sometimes you don’t want to cook a whole chicken and grab the super-value pack of chicken thighs or leg quarters when they go on sale. Like the garlic and soy chicken thighs, this recipe is simple, the only drawback is…

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Beans and Rice

Heather says: On the rare occasion we have ham, I freeze the bone and save it for a week when I need our grocery dollars to stretch just a bit further. Cornbread rounds out the meal nicely and keeps the grand total, for us, under two dollars. Yes, even if you use a mix like…

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Easy Cabbage Slaw with Lime, Cilantro and Honey

Cabbage Slaw with Lime, Honey, and Cilantro

Heather says This ridiculously easy recipe is what I refer to as a ratio recipe. You can scale it up or down depending on how many or few you are serving.   : Lime and Cilantro Cabbage Slaw : Great topping for tacos 1/2 head of green cabbage, sliced thinly or shredded 2 TBSP lime…

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Chicken and Dumplings

Heather says: This recipe for chicken and rolled dumplings is my riff on the Lee Bros version which can be found in The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook. I love their recipes and while I think their idea for sweet potato dumplings sounds intriguing, I chose to go with classic rolled dumplings. Many people include shortening…

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Lowcountry Chicken Bog

Chicken Bog

Heather says: Do you ever have a snippet from a TV show stay with you for eternity? That’s all I can think whenever I make chicken bog. Now that you’ve had a peek into my twisted little mind, let’s talk chicken bog. At first glance, some long time readers may say, “But Heather, that looks…

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Chicken Thighs and the Reduced Budget

Dear Home-Ec 101, My husband was recently laid off -sound familiar?- and we really need to cut our food budget while he looks for a new job. In your opinion, what’s the most economical cut of meat or poultry I can get to feed our family? I pretty much stuck to boneless skinless chicken breasts…

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Chili Honey Chicken Thighs

Chili Honey Chicken Thighs

Heather says: This easy recipe for baked chicken is extremely versatile, not only is it great for chicken thighs, it can be used on a cut-up whole chicken, and boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs. This chili rub and honey brushing sauce would also be fantastic for grilled chicken. The recipe is written for 4…

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Oven Baked Chimichangas

Chimichangas – Oven Fried

Heather says: Who says chimichangas have to be fried to be tasty? Not me. This is a great meal for a busy day, there’s almost no prep required. Print the grocery list. Oven Fried Chimichangas 1 – 2lbs round steak 1 cup salsa + extra for garnish 1 cup grated cheese (cheddar or monterey jack)…

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Cornbread, Plain Recipe

Dear Home Ec 101, Do you have a good cornbread recipe or tips on baking cornbread? I generally use a corn meal mix and it always comes out too dry and “crummy”. I like for the outside to be crisp but for the inside to be soft and to stay together instead of falling apart…

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Easy Grilled Foil Vegetable Packets

Easy Grilled Foil Vegetable Packets

Heather says: Get ready to grill.  Today we’re using foil packets to to turn a pile of vegetables into a fantastic summer side dish. Actually if you look at the portions, the grilled vegetables were the main feature. I would like, at least while we’re rolling in produce, for you to consider treating vegetables as…

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Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken Thighs, Marinated in Homemade Italian Dressing

For a full breakdown on exactly how to fry chicken, I invite you to check out Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Heather says: We don’t fry chicken often, but sometimes when chicken thighs are well under $1 per pound the temptation is overwhelming. Recently we had a long conversation on the hidden sources of high fructose corn…

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soychickenthigh

Garlic and Soy Chicken Thighs

Heather says: The humble chicken thigh certainly doesn’t get as much attention as its counterpart the boneless skinless chicken breast.  In my area BSCB have been running in the neighborhood of $5 a pound on sale, which makes thighs much more attractive. This recipe is flexible, substitute low sodium soy sauce if you wish.  If…

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The Great Fried Egg Tutorial

How to Fry an Egg

Heather says: Today we’re covering fried eggs -as new projects to procrastinate develop- I’ll also address: scrambled eggs, omelets, frittatas, quiche, and my as yet unnamed hybrid of the three techniques that feeds my family on a busy evening when I have no interest in effort.     So what is a fried egg? Well…

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Lentil Patties

Lentil Burgers

Heather says: In our house we try to keep meatless Monday in the rotation, but before we get into the recipe itself, let’s get one thing straight. You aren’t ever going to convince an omnivore that a lentil burger is just like a real hamburger. Just get that out of your head right now, it’s…

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Lentil Casserole

Heather says: This lentil casserole recipe is light on the budget, simple, and filling. 2 cups dried lentils 4 cups water 1TBSP extra virgin olive oil  1 onion – diced 2 cloves garlic – minced or pressed 2 celery ribs chopped 2 carrots – chopped 1 red bell pepper (optional) 1 green bell pepper (or…

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Lentil Enchiladas Recipe

Heather says: I have debated posting this recipe for several days. It was good, but not a slice of heaven on a plate like the recently posted tomato pie. Once the enchiladas were smothered in salsa, I did enjoy them. The filling recipe is vegetarian and makes enough for 16 enchiladas, I made half and…

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Lentil Pilaf

Lentil Pilaf, Side Dish

Heather says: This side dish is great for those avoiding simple carbohydrates. It would also easily convert to a vegetarian / vegan dish simply by switching to vegetables stock. I pull out this recipe as the temperatures start to drop, I particularly like it next to the slightly sweet vegetables of Autumn (squashes, pumpkins, roasted…

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Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese: Stove Top

Heather says: I haven’t quite figured out what chemical I’m slowly weaning my family from, but it took a while for them to decide to like home made mac and cheese more than the stuff from the box. My husband has finally begun asking for my version specifically, so I believe I have hit upon…

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Marinara, Basic

Heather says: Jarred sauces have their place, especially in a pantry designed to carry a family through extended power outages. However, it is nice to know that a basic marinara sauce requires few ingredients, minimal preparation, and only some time to simmer for robust flavor. Basic Marinara 2 TBSP olive oil 3 cloves garlic minced…

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Meatballs

Heather says: This recipe is quick and so simple the kids can help. If they can roll a playdough ball, they can make a meatball. I tend to make this in large batches so I can freeze leftovers for future meals of calzones, subs, or even more spaghetti. If you have a vacuum sealer, from…

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Easy Recipe and Technique for Making Meatloaf

Meatloaf: Back to Basics

Dear Home Ec 101 Ladies, I was talking to my sweetie yesterday about my inability to make a meatloaf. I have tried everything. I once bought a pan with holes in the bottom that would drain the grease into another pan – this was to make my meatloaf grease free but delicious. It was nasty….

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Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken

Heather says: This recipe is versatile, use any 3 – 5lbs of bone in chicken, use breasts, thighs, or a cut up a whole chicken. If you have young children they can help with shaking, but only if your container has a tight fitting lid or said child is old enough to understand they need…

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Pancakes on griddle

Pancakes 101: The Basic Buttermilk Pancake

Heather says: Nothing says weekend indulgence like a pancake and nothing tastes better than a pancake served up by someone else. But what happens when you’ve moved out and a weekly trip to IHOP just isn’t in the budget? You learn how to do it yourself. This recipe is simple and a great starting point…

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Pasta Salad

Heather says: When the weather warms up, it’s time for the sides to cool down. I’ve always enjoyed pasta salad, from the deli. This recipe nails the slightly sweet dressing of traditional macaroni salad and with a grilled chicken breast, shrimp, or portabella mushrooms would be a meal in itself. I vary the vegetables and…

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Picnic Perfect: Classic Macaroni Salad Recipe

  Bobbie says: It’s Memorial Day weekend and many of you will be marking the day with the first cookout of the summer. Here’s a perennial picnic favorite: Classic Macaroni Salad. This is a pretty basic recipe – no suspicious vegetables or epicurean excesses here. For some people I know, this is comfort food, pure and…

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Roasted Vegetables a Simple Side Dish

Heather says: How to Roast Vegetables Roasting vegetables is a simple way to bring out the flavor. I like to mix it up and use vegetables such as: turnips, carrots, parsnips, zucchini, and yellow squash. For extra flavor I’ll slice an onion into wedges and add a garlic clove or two. Preheat the oven to…

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Hearty Sausage, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup

Sausage and Sweet Potato Soup

Heather says: I saw some version of a sausage and kale soup floating around on Pinterest. Last week I wanted soup one night instead of whatever was planned*. The soup was so good, it became something that I had to be able to replicate. Around here, soups are made willy-let’s throw everything we want into…

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Homemade Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Heather says: I know a can of sloppy joe sauce is easy, but it’s often loaded with high fructose corn syrup, something we work hard to avoid. This recipe is our go-to alternative. If you’re also trying to cut out hfcs, be sure to check the label on your hamburger buns. Oh, and even though…

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Radish Slaw

Stupidly Simple: Radish Slaw Recipe

Heather says: I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was finally able to take advantage of our local CSA. If you’ve never participated in a CSA, it’s a program where you pay a farm a predetermined amount at the beginning of the growing season. The farm then divides up the produce harvested between…

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Cornbread

Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Heather says: This is a very basic, dense, slightly sweet cornbread recipe. It is not to be confused with cornbread cake which, as one may imagine, is even sweeter and more cake like. This cornbread is one of our favorite sides, it is made from household stapes and is simple to prepare. I also like that…

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Tomato Pie

Tomato Pie

Heather says: Two years ago I stumbled upon the deliciousness that is tomato pie. The framework for this recipe can be credited to Paula Deen, but it has been played with enough, to call it my own. Before giving this pie a shot, make sure you have fully ripe tomatoes. I know, I know it’s…

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Tomato Pie

Heather says: Two years ago I stumbled upon the deliciousness that is tomato pie. The framework for this recipe can be credited to Paula Deen, but it has been played with enough, to call it my own. Before giving this pie a shot, make sure you have fully ripe tomatoes. I know, I know it’s…

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Turkey or Beef Taco Skillet

Heather says: Taco Skillet? Yep. We’re Home-Ec 101 here and one of my goals for 2013 is to go back and share those simple recipes that we assume everyone already knows how to make. This is as close to Hamburger Helper™ as you can get without opening a HH box. Sometimes dinner is just thrown…

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Two Bean Tamale Pie Recipe

Heather says: Partly for our health and partly for our budget we try to eat meatless one night a week. This recipe could easily be converted to vegan by omitting the cheese and using an eggless recipe for cornbread. This is Betty Crocker’s version with minor tweaking.   Two Bean Tamale Pie Ingredients 1 TBSP…

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Use it or lose it: Breakfast skillet

Heather says: There’s no need to load the family up and try to beat the rush to Denny’s or IHOP on a weekend morning. Breakfast skillets are an easy way to use up leftovers for an economical breakfast. The only part of my method that remains the same is the potato preparation. Preheat the oven…

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Why Won’t My Dried Beans Soften?

Dear Home-Ec 101, HELP! We tried dried black beans and mistakenly added salt, seasonings, and wine after soaking and the beans are not getting tender even after hours of cooking. Are there any fixes for tough beans you know of? Thanks in advance, Chewy in Chesterfield Heather says: Despite what you have been told, salting…

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