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Foodie Friday on a Budget: 10 Meals on $10

10 meals 10 bucks

Ten Meals on $10

On a budget? Here are 10 great meal ideas–each for about $10!

Splurge on a few ingredients; penny-pinch on others. Striking that balance makes it easy to be creative while feeding a family of four.

Roast Chicken Feast

The meal: Roast chicken makes the perfect special occasion meal. Use smaller broiler/fryers and roast potatoes along with the bird to save money. Carrots gussied up with butter and dill make an inexpensive side. Cost: about $7.

The splurge: A Tin Roof Sundae bar for dessert. Buy a pint of generic vanilla ice cream, a jar of fudge sauce, and snack-pack peanuts. Cost: about $6.

Mangia, Mangia

The meal: Less costly than spaghetti and meatballs, Spaghetti Carbonara calls for eggs, bacon, and Parmesan to flavor noodles. Serve with chopped iceberg salad. Cost: about $9.

The splurge: Garlic Bread. Cost: about $3.

Chili for Four

The meal: One-pot meals are crowd pleasers, not to mention easy on the cook. Elevate this bare bones recipe with the garnishes below and a side of baked cornbread. Cost: about $8.

The splurge: Shredded cheddar cheese, chopped scallions, cilantro, and sour cream. Cost: about $5.

Mac & Cheese Comfort

The meal: The ultimate in comfort food can be a little pricey with four cheeses and cream, so buy bulk dairy products to keep cost down. Serve with steamed broccoli. Cost: about $10.

The splurge: Chocolate Pudding. Cost: about $4.

Made in China

The meal: A veggie-rich stir-fry is so easy on the budget you’ll have money left over to add a few extras. Start the meal with Egg Drop Soup and finish with fresh fruit. Cost: about $9.

The splurge: Fresh pineapple. Cost: about $4.

Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

The meal: Tomato soup goes gourmet with the addition of roasted bell peppers and cream. Try different cheeses and breads to send your usual grilled cheese upscale. Cost: about $10.

The splurge: Fresh basil to stir in soup. Cost: about $2.

Quick Quiche

The meal: A store-bought piecrust keeps this broccoli and cheese quiche simple. Serve with a side of mixed salad greens. Cost: about $9.

The splurge: In-season fresh berries. Cost: about $5.

Stroganoff Savvy

The meal: Switching to hamburger instead of beef tips cuts down the price of Stroganoff without sacrificing flavor. Serve with steamed zucchini. Cost: about $10.

The splurge: Fresh parsley to garnish Stroganoff and zucchini. Cost: about $1.

The Ultimate Tuna Noodle

The meal: What budget meal repertoire would be complete without Tuna Noodle Casserole, particularly one with a crunchy potato chip topping? Serve with steamed broccoli florets. Cost: about $9.

The splurge: Homemade butterscotch brownies. $4.

Magnificent Mexican

The meal: This well-loved enchilada recipe is made to serve eight, so cut it in half, or make the full recipe and freeze leftovers. Cost: about $10.

The splurge: Sliced avocado to serve on the side. Cost: about $2.

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Foodie Friday: Amazing Southwest Cilantro Lime Mango Grilled Chicken Sandwiches



Amazing Southwest Cilantro Lime Mango Grilled Chicken Sandwiches




1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 jalapeno chili pepper, seeded and minced

2 tablespoons finely grated fresh lime zest

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound chicken breast tenderloins or strips



1 medium tomato, chopped

1 small sweet onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 jalapeno chili pepper, seeded and minced

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice



1 sweet onion cut into 1/2-inch slices

1 red bell pepper, quartered

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic



1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


16 thick slices French bread

2 mangos – peeled, seeded, and sliced

8 slices Monterey Jack cheese


  • Directions
  1. For the marinade: Place 1/4 cup cilantro, 1 clove minced garlic, 1/4 jalapeno, lime zest, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder, and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small bowl and stir until well combined. Place the chicken breast tenderloins in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade into the bag with the chicken, seal, and shake the bag to coat. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. For the salsa: Combine the tomato, 1 small onion, 2 tablespoons cilantro, 1/2 jalapeno, 1 clove garlic, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, sea salt, 1/8 teaspoon chipotle pepper, and 1 tablespoon lime juice in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  3. To prepare the grilled vegetables, toss the onions and red peppers with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 clove garlic in a bowl; set aside.
  4. For the lime mayonnaise: Whisk together the mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons of lime juice; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  5. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
  6. Grill the marinated chicken on the prepared grill until no longer pink in the center and juices run clear, 8 to 10 minutes. Grill the red pepper and onions until tender and golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the chicken and vegetables from the grill. Slice the grilled pepper into thin strips.
  7. Spread each slice of bread with 1 1/2 teaspoons of prepared lime mayonnaise. Layer half of the pieces of bread with sliced mango, 1 tablespoon prepared salsa, grilled chicken tenderloins, grilled peppers, grilled onions, and a slice of Monterey Jack cheese. Top off the sandwiches with the remaining slices of bread. Return the sandwiches to the grill, turning when the bottom is golden brown
  8. Return the sandwiches to the grill and grill them until the bread is toasted and the cheese melts, about 2 minutes per side.


Nutritional Information 

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 555 | Total Fat: 25.2g | Cholesterol: 63mg


What to Drink?

Wine Types of Wine: Chardonnay
Beer Beer

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Prep Time:
 1 Hr 20 Min
Cook Time:
 20 Min
Ready In:
 1 Hr 40 Min








Foodie Friday: Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches


Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches



  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (17.5 fluid ounce) bottle buffalo wing sauce, divided
  • 1/2 (1 ounce) package dry ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 hoagie rolls, split lengthwise


  1. Place the chicken breasts into a slow cooker, and pour in 3/4 of the wing sauce and the ranch dressing mix. Cover, and cook on Low for 6 to 7 hours.
  2. Once the chicken has cooked, add the butter, and shred the meat finely with two forks. Pile the meat onto the hoagie rolls, and splash with the remaining buffalo wing sauce to serve.



Prep Time:
 15 Min
Cook Time:
 7 Hrs
Ready In:
 7 Hrs 15 Min





Nutritional Information 

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 578 | Total Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 54mg


What to Drink?

Wine Zinfandel
Beer Beer



Foodie Friday: Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wraps Lite food for the holiday weekend


Simple Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wraps

I’m going to go with something Easy to make as I’m sure most people will not want to cook excessively due to the Memorial Day Holiday! So Happy Memorial Day ahead of time.


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped seedless cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup thick and chunky salsa
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag baby spinach leaves


  1. Mix together the mayonnaise, cucumber, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and black pepper in a bowl until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet on medium-high heat, and cook and stir the chicken breast strips until they are beginning to turn golden and are no longer pink in the middle, about 8 minutes. Stir in the salsa, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors have blended, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stack the tortillas, 4 at a time, in a microwave oven and heat until warm and pliable, 20 to 30 seconds per batch.
  4. Spread each tortilla with 1 tablespoon of the mayonnaise-cucumber mixture, top with a layer of baby spinach leaves, and arrange about 1/2 cup of chicken mixture on the spinach leaves.
  5. Fold the bottom of each tortilla up about 2 inches, and start rolling the burrito from the right side. When the burrito is half-rolled, fold the top of the tortilla down, enclosing the filling, and continue rolling to make a tight, compact cylinder.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 488 | Total Fat: 22.6g | Cholesterol: 57mg

What to Drink?

Beer Beer


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Pre-Game Goodies

When you’re a true fan, the lead-up to the main event is just as compelling as the game itself. Check your local TV listings to see when the pre-game show starts, and make sure you’ve got plenty of snacks on hand to fuel your guests until kickoff.


Football Classics

There’s something about football that makes us want to eat with our hands, and we’re not talking about delicate tea cakes. No sir. We reach for pizza, hot wings, hearty dips and hefty sandwiches. Drinks are easy: just keep plenty of beer on ice. And for dessert, how about football-shaped sugar cookies iced in team colors?



Super Bowl® Brews

What would a Super Bowl party be without beer?

Along with an impressive spread, beer is an essential part of the side-line action. While some football fans will care less what kind of beer they drink as long as it’s cold, many will prefer a variety to choose from.

Pale, Amber, Brown, Dark

Your best bet in planning a party is to supply a range of beers–from light (lagers and pilsners) to dark (porters and stouts)–to match everyone’s tastes and to complement the entire Game Day smorgasbord.

Flavor Pairings

Keep in mind as you choose brews for the big event that certain beers taste better with different kinds of food.

  • Dark chocolaty stout is the perfect accompaniment for fried foods like fish and chips, while crisp, light Mexican beer with a squeeze of lime works great with chips and salsa or chili.
  • Flavorful ales are usually a safe bet because they are not too dark or too light, and they go well with most food. If you are on a budget, cases of beer or a keg might be the way to go. Either way, it’s always best to plan the game day menu before you head to the grocery store.
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