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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.

Fruited Chicken Salad with Honey Dijon

Way back when, my sister and I were discussing what should be on the menu for a family get together and we got down to the salad dressing. “Honey Dijon?” I asked. It was kind of a new thing then. “No one likes that,” she said. But I didn’t say, “I do, I do!” And goodness help me, I do.  Home-made at least. Don’t tell my sis!

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Fruited Chicken Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

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David Eyre’s Pancake aka Puffy Pancake

Awhile back, I declared, after eating the delightful Blackberry Yogurt Swirl Popsicles that I made, that this might be the year of the popsicle. Well, I haven’t made one since. But I noticed I’ve been making an awful lot of pancakes; it just snuck up on me. So maybe this is the year of the pancake, instead.

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David Eyre’s Pancake or Puffy Pancake

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Easy White Chicken Chili

I happen to have a couple of White Chicken Chili recipes on my blog, so I’m not real sure how I got inspired to make this one…a hint of fall coming, maybe? Yep. I said it. I’m glad I made this Chili, though, because Easy White Chicken Chili’s serious deliciousness.

Easy White Chicken Chili
Easy White Chicken Chili

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Mongolian Barbecue Noodle Bowls

My folks love their nearby “Mongolian” Barbecue place, HuHot. They’re wild about it and so am I…but the cost makes me crazy, especially for what we get – which is delicious, no doubt, but is basically (for them) a big bowl of noodles with about an ounce of meat and for me mostly veggies. Could I do better at home? You tell me…

Mongolian Barbecue Noodle Bowls
Mongolian Barbecue Noodle Bowls

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Honey Sesame Chicken in the Instant Pot

This  Honey Sesame Chicken in the Instant Pot has saved me over and over in the last few months. When the hunger-crazed octogenarians (my folks) begin circling around 5:00 p.m. like sharks and the day’s been too hectic for anything else, I think Honey Sesame Chicken.

Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot
Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot

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Fluffy Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Good morning! If you follow me, you know I’ve been upping my breakfast game since I’ve been cooking for my fave octogenarians, the folks, Pat & Chuck. These Fluffy Cottage Cheese Pancakes are one way I’m trying to improve the protein of their favorite breakfast fare.

Fluffy Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Fluffy Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

So they’re finally here. Tomatoes. First one, then three, now nine – all from our little garden. As you can see, they’re multiplying exponentially! But even if you don’t grow your own, you’ll find great tomatoes this time of year, and great tomatoes make the best Fresh Tomato Pasta.

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