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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.

Asian Turkey (or chicken) Lettuce Wraps

I don’t know if I can think of a better beat the heat, quickie dinner for a hot, muggy summer day than these Asian Turkey (or Chicken) Lettuce Wraps.

Asian Turkey (or Chicken) Lettuce Wraps

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Instant Pot Chicken Tinga, Mexican Style Shredded Chicken

Hey, I’m a planner but this still happens to me! It’s 4:30 and I open the fridge to make dinner and *duh* I forgot to take out the chicken to thaw. The ravenous octogenarians (my folks, or maybe for you, it’s your kids; I’ve been there, too…) and are emitting hangry noises, circling like sharks ready for the kill.

Instant Pot Chicken Tinga

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Cà Ri Gà – Vietnamese Chicken Curry

When we’re talking about Vietnamese cuisine in our family, my sis is all about the Pho. A few years back, I posted a phenomenal recipe for Pho Ga, Chicken Pho, just for her. Me, I’m all about the Cà Ri Gà. It’s a little harder to find in restaurants – and so a little harder to tame those cravings.

Ca Ri Ga Vietnamese Chicken Curry

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Alton Brown’s Really Good Waffles

Are you a waffle lover? I am. I love a good waffle. I like to make them for dinner – because they’re just too much of a pain to make in the a.m. Unless it’s a lazy weekend, still in my bathrobe, thinking about getting my shower done after breakfast, morning.

Alton Browns Really Good Waffles

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Drunken Fried Rice

Drunken Fried Rice! Yes, there is such a thing and I’m soooo happy to know it! See, my baby sis just told me she was having leftover take out Drunken Noodles for lunch and a craving hit. Maybe even a touch of jealously. But poor me, no takeout, no noodles in the cupboard. I was planning on making Fried Rice, though, and made extra rice last night with dinner just so I’d have rice ready for it.

Drunken Fried Rice

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Pork Fried Rice

Does it seem that time is just slipping by faster and faster or is it just me? I meant to post this for you as an option for leftovers from the Country Style Ribs in the Slow Cooker. I made that recipe months ago! At long last, here’s my favorite home-cooked better than take-out Pork Fried Rice. And I’m posting it right along with my newer Drunken Fried Rice, so you’ll have two options.

Pork Fried Rice from Leftover Pork Shoulder or any other type of pork you’d like to use

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Swedish Pancakes “Pannkakor” with Blueberry Compote

Awhile back, I made the most marvelous Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes for Mother’s day. They were awesome. They were fabulous. But they set off some kind of deep seated craving for more brunch! More and more brunch! I want brunch all the time, now! Do you ever get like that – just go on a kick like a runaway train?

Swedish Pancakes with Blueberry Compote

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