Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Budget Friendly Recipes

Another edition of Tasty Tuesday is here! Brian and I have kind of shifted the focus of our meal planning lately to recipes with fewer ingredients. The fewer number of ingredients, the less the cost! Until I find a job, this is a good way for us to keep our grocery bill down but still enjoy delicious meals. On that note, here is what we've been eating lately!

I am so excited that (somewhat) cooler weather has arrived so I can start making soups and stews! It is so nice to throw a bunch of ingredients in the crock pot and come home to a yummy meal. I roughly followed this recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe and it was delicious!

The goal of this meal was for me to change Brian's mind about barbeque chicken, and I think marinating and grilling it using Sweet Baby Ray's may have done the trick. :) I was also itching to try this recipe for the best Baked Oven Fries from Annie's Eats. Soaking the potatoes prior to baking them made perfectly crispy fries!

Brian has declared this THE BEST STIR FRY EVER. It is kind of an exception to the "fewer ingredients" thing, but I put this together using things we already (for the most part) had. The sauce is from this recipe for Chinese Chicken and Broccoli, which I have raved about before. It is definitely the perfect imitation of a take-out Chinese meal!

I knew I had to try this pasta recipe from Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Cookbook when I saw it on Pinterest. Oricchiette (or in my case, shells) with Bacon and Peas in a Creamy Sauce calls for creme fraiche; since I couldn't find it, I Googled for acceptable substitutions and used sour cream instead. This tasted like a dish you'd get in an Italian restaurant, and the lemon juice adds an interesting freshness! I'd definitely make it again.

I have a small obsession with cheese. I think I would love any recipe with copious amounts of it; so, obviously, these Broccoli Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes were calling my name! They lived up to my expectations and served with a big salad made a surprisingly filling meal.

Our requisite Italian meal this week was Spinach Stuffed Shells, a recipe I tend to fall back on when I'm not feeling particularly inspired while meal-planning. Despite its simplicity, it's delicious; recipes From Better Homes and Gardens have never let me down! I had to take this one to Brian's work an evening he had to stay overnight, and it held up pretty well on the half hour drive!

I had heard lots of chatter on Twitter and several blogs about these Sour Cream Enchiladas, so obviously we had to try them! Definitely all of the things good Mexican food should be; cheesy, gooey, and delicious! A good twist on our usual Chicken Burritos. :)

See, cooking on a budget doesn't have to be boring! Have you stumbled on any must-try dinner recipes lately?


My Happy Place said...

That all looks amazing and I would love to make the cheesy dishes, but how do you stay thin while eating all of that food?! Do the casseroles last you a week or do you make small portions of it?

Lauren said...

Gahhhhh, these posts always make me hungry, haha!!!! :)

Jess - PrettyPhysicist said...

My budget friendly meal is always quesadillas. It's super simple, fast, and delicious! All it takes is 1 pack of 8" tortillas (any brand - the store brand in my grocery store is usually $1.50), 1 lb pack of shredded mexican cheese (usually on sale for $1.50 or $2), and your choice of protein (black beans, refried beans, chicken, steak, or no protein). I preheat the oven to 350F, and put the tortillas on an ungreased baking sheet and fold them in half to crease them, then open them back up. If I'm using refried beans (and I use the vegetarian ones because they're healthier than the full fat ones and have WAY more flavor than the fat free), I spread a layer on one half of the tortilla. Then I put a generous handful of cheese on the tortilla half. If I'm using another protein, I put that on top of the cheese. Fold the tortillas back up and bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

We probably eat them once a week!

alongdistancelovestory.com said...

All that food looks SPECTACULAR!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE new recipes so I might have to try a few of these.
And I'm with you - always trying to look for recipes with just a few ingredients... makes it cheaper and easier to prepare!

Sweet (and Sour) Lou Lou said...

Can I just say that those meals look delicious! I love twice baked potatoes and I'm going to have to try that one!


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