Tag: low-cost meals

Quick Tomato Soup

Bowl of tomato soup with croutons

A quick and easy homemade classic that can be made entirely with ingredients from your pantry. Unlike its canned counterpart, it has way less sodium and no added sugars. I’ve finally jumped on the “What can I make entirely from my pantry during COVID-19 isolation?” bandwagon. I’ll still continue posting normal recipes, but you’ve probably

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20 Homemade Pasta Sauce Recipes

Collage of pasta sauces

Don’t have pasta sauce in your pantry? You can make some with these 20 homemade pasta sauce recipes. Most of these recipes are quick and easy. Many can be made in the Instant Pot or slow cooker, and there’s even a recipe for the air fryer!

The Ultimate List of Homemade Pantry and Fridge Staples

Collage of sauces, condiments, and seasonings surrounding text that says, "the ultimate list of homemade pantry & fridge staples"

This is the second post in my series of how to make things you’d normally buy at the store. The last post was all about bread (20 Homemade Bread Recipes). This one focuses on things you’d normally have in your pantry or fridge. Homemade butter is easier than you think. Recipe calls for cream of

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Homemade Stromboli

Homemade stromboli cut into slices on a platter with marinara sauce in a ramekin.

This stromboli recipe is great for a weeknight dinner, especially if you make the dough ahead of time. Typically stromboli includes pepperoni, salami, and ham, but this is also a great way to use up sandwich meat and cheese at the end of the week. You can also customize the herbs and spices you use

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All-Purpose Homemade Dough

Dough in a mixing bowl

This dough is one of the most versatile I’ve ever used. It can be used for rolls, pizza crust, stromboli or calzone crust, pot pies, and more. My boyfriend is the one who originally started to experiment with this recipe. He says it’s the closest thing he’s been able to make to butter rolls his

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Easy Chicken Tacos

Easy chicken tacos - picture of chicken with peppers and onions

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

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Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa, Ground Beef, & Basil

Stuffed peppers

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

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Low-Budget Food Challenge: Day 1 Recap

It’s the end of day 1 of my 7-day low-budget food challenge. Spoiler alert: I already cheated, which means I add $5 more to my donation to Feeding America. Strangely, I woke up hungry. I’ve never been a big breakfast eater, so this was a little odd for me. I was planning to have a

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Simple Chili (for low-budget food challenge)

Chili

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

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