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Several times a month I post a “Bargain Meal” either a full meal or an entree with wiggle room for sides. For five years, it was $5.00 (more or less) for four servings. Starting in 2015 I’m shooting for under $7.50. Sometimes the cost is averaged between two meals – a more expensive main meal and a cheaper secondary one. At times a meal serving more people might cost more, yet “per serving” fit into this category…You’ll probably notice that many of the “Standard American” recipes run higher than ones inspired or based on on those from other cultures or vegetarian meals, and might not offer the nutritional bang for the buck – regardless, I’ll show you shopping “miracles” to keep your cost down.

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders = so good, so easy! Perfect for dinner or game day.

In the Twin Cities, we’re getting all psyched about hosting the Superbowl this year, in our nifty new (ish) Stadium. It’s a big deal. There’s a new layout in our Meet Minneapolis guide. Every day there’s a new article and new happenings.

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders
Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

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Cajun Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Cajun Stuffed Chicken Breast - stuffed with the classic New Orleans' Trinity and Cheese! Ya gotta have cheese!!

These Cajun Stuffed Chicken Breasts might be just the thing to bring a little sunshine into your life during this cold, cold January. These are like Oh My Gosh good, with just a little spice to warm things up.

Stuffed Cajun Chicken Breasts
Stuffed Cajun Chicken Breasts

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Three Meat Frittata – Instant Pot or Stove-Top

Frittatas - this one's great either Instant Pot or on the Stove! Great way to use any leftovers in the fridge!

You know what I like, and I hope you do, too, since I’m posting one? Frittatas. And I like them for so many reasons. They’re delicious and the frugal me loves that frittatas are a great way to use a bit of this and a bit of that. And the healthy me loves that anything can go in a frittata.

Three Meat Frittata - Instant Pot or Stove-top/oven
Three Meat Frittata – Instant Pot or Stove-top/oven

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Miso Glazed Salmon

Drop dead simple recipe for miso glazed salmon - plus a few substitutes if you don't have everything on hand

I wish I could say that this was an attempt at healthier eating in 2018. It wasn’t though. I actually made this when I picked up some salmon at Aldi at a killer price right before Christmas and it was kind of a special treat.

Miso Glazed Salmon
Miso Glazed Salmon

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Enchilada Sauce (from the pantry)

Under 10 minutes with ingredients you probably have at home!!

There’s nothing like a little Mexican food when you’re just absolutely over Christmas & Christmas leftovers & New Years and New Years leftovers. And then there were the leftovers from the leftovers. So change it up and make enchiladas!

Home-made Enchilada Sauce, quick & from the pantry. Chili powder, tomato sauce
Home-made Enchilada Sauce, quick & from the pantry.

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Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

This is THE wild rice soup to make - and hey, I'm a Minnesotan!! All the comfort in a fraction of the time! No cream soup in this!

So hey, here I am a Minnesota blogger and I have no Wild Rice Soup on my blog. Uff da. Well I do have a Wild Rice and Smoked Turkey Chowder (amazingly good and healthy!) but it’s just not the same as a Classic Wild Rice Soup, now is it? (As a quick aside, I will be posting recipes that aren’t Instant Pot and aren’t soup, it’s just been a crazy Holiday week, so if you don’t have an “IP” please bear with me!)

Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup
Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

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Hawaiian Fried Rice

This easy dish is great for leftover ham!!

Do you need a fun, fresh take on a dish for your Holiday Ham leftovers? Something easy, fast and crave-worthy? You’re gonna want to try this Hawaiian Fried Rice. And you’re gonna look like a genius when you bring this to the table! 🙂

Hawaiian Fried Rice with Ham & Pineapple
Hawaiian Fried Rice with Ham & Pineapple

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The Best Instant Pot Chili

This really is good! A little beer, a little coffee, toasted spices, roasted jalapenos & thickened with Masa Harina.

Merry Christmas, everyone! Here it is, Christmas Eve day, and I thought I’d show you one of my favorite Christmas Eve dinners, this time done in the Instant Pot. Chili. I know, strange to some, as a Christmas Eve dinner.

Instant Pot Chili
Instant Pot Chili

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Featherbed Eggs

Eggs cooked over a savory, custard soaked bread layered over ham - and that ham has such crispy edges!.

This dish was a new one on me…Featherbed Eggs. I mean, how could you not fall in love with a name like that? It makes me think of country inns with crisp white sheets, quilt draped beds. Cotton curtains blowing in a warm breeze. Comfort.

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Featherbed Eggs – eggs nestled into custard soaked bread all atop a layer of ham with crispy edges.

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15 Minute Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup - So quick and easy and really outstanding. Fresh Broccoli & Cream.

I love me a good Broccoli Cheese Soup. I love it even more when it’s made in minutes, piping hot and on the table in no time at all. And love it even better, when it’s made with Cheddar for that flavor punch.

Broccoli Cheese Soup Instant Pot Real Cream Real Cheese fast easy
Creamy dreamy Broccoli Cheese soup – 15 minute Instant Pot recipe.

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