Corn & black bean salad
appetizers & snacks, low-cost, sides, vegetarian

Corn & Black Bean Salad

This is a quick, easy, and simple salad that can be used in so many different ways. It's an inexpensive and quick dish to bring to a potluck. It can be served as an appetizer or side, eaten alone or with tortilla chips, or used in tacos or burrito bowls. The serving size of 10… Continue reading Corn & Black Bean Salad

Easy chicken tacos - picture of chicken with peppers and onions
chicken, low-cost, main courses, weeknight cooking

Easy Chicken Tacos

I volunteer to cook at a local shelter with my church, and this month I'd signed up to prepare the main dish. It seems like every time I'm there cooking, I'm always rushing to finish on time, like I'm on an episode of a cooking show. I was able to prepare the recipe for 60… Continue reading Easy Chicken Tacos

vegetarian chili
low-cost, lunch box, soups, vegetarian

Vegetarian Chili (with vegan option)

This recipe follows the basic method of what I usually use to make my chicken tortilla soup and meat chilis. For the first time ever, my chili came out perfectly seasoned without any adjusting needed at all. The recipe itself is vegan - only the toppings take away the vegan-ness and make it vegetarian. Vegetarian… Continue reading Vegetarian Chili (with vegan option)

Southwestern Tomato Soup
low-cost, soups, vegetarian

Southwestern Tomato Soup

A friend has surgery recently and was really craving a flavorful soup, but it had to be entirely pureed (cheese in the photo was my test bowl - cheese is optional.) At first, I was going to try to make something similar to my chicken tortilla soup, but I didn't have all of the ingredients.… Continue reading Southwestern Tomato Soup

beef, low-cost, main courses, weeknight cooking

Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa, Ground Beef, & Basil

I volunteer to cook at a local shelter once a month with a group from church. I've typically signed up for side dishes and desserts, but this time I signed up to make the main dish. After almost running out of time with my roasted potatoes last time, I wanted to make something that would… Continue reading Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa, Ground Beef, & Basil

low-cost, soups, weeknight cooking

Simple Chili (for low-budget food challenge)

One of the meals I made to last most of the week for the low-budget food challenge was a simple chili. I was surprised I was able to pull this off without my usual poblano and jalapeno peppers, among other ingredients. This isn't the best chili I've made, but it tasted good and it was… Continue reading Simple Chili (for low-budget food challenge)

in the kitchen, low-cost

Low-Budget Food Challenge: Grocery Shopping

Step 1 of the low-budget food challenge I'm undertaking was grocery shopping. Tomorrow I start the actual challenge. I'm raising money (and donating funds myself) for Feeding America while I do the challenge. If you'd to donate, click here for my fundraising page. Lessons Learned From Grocery Shopping It was really hard and took twice… Continue reading Low-Budget Food Challenge: Grocery Shopping

in the kitchen, low-cost

Low-Budget Food Challenge

Last night on the way home from work, I stopped by Target and the pet food store to pick up a few things. I had to stop because my dogs completely ran out of food that morning. There was a family outside of Target with a sign indicating they were struggling to feed their family.… Continue reading Low-Budget Food Challenge