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photo: 10buckdinners.com Eating cheap is easy. Given $10 to buy ingredients for a meal for four, even the most hopeless home cook could whip up grilled cheese and tomato soup or a simple spaghetti-and-meatballs combo. But putting together a gourmet dinner for under $10 is more challenging. So we asked food and finance bloggers, as well as home cooks, to send in their best suggestions.
Visual gallery of a series of meals in the 300-400 Calorie range. The visual representation gives an idea of portion size. More: 300-400 Calorie Lunches | 300 Calorie Breakfasts | 200 Calorie Snacks Breakfast Meals
Going out to eat is awesome. Paying the bill is oftentimes not. While I believe you need to treat yourself to a meal out occasionally , if you find yourself wistfully driving by KFC just to see if they're giving away hot wing samples, you may want to figure out how to satisfy those urges at home.
This fruit-filled compote — a classic Norwegian dessert — also makes a festive breakfast parfait when layered with plain or vanilla yogurt and butter-toasted cinnamon bread crumbs. Boil 4 pounds peeled and chopped Golden Delicious apples with 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup golden raisins, 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 tablespoons spiced rum, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large pot. Reduce heat and simmer until apples are soft and mash easily, about 20 minutes. Cool and refrigerate up to 5 days. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Time: 40 minutes Simple Sub: Use red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar for a sauce with a sharper edge. Serve with Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes: Place 1 1/2 pounds cubed peeled Yukon gold potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water.
Healthy fast food that you can prepare at home By Erin Hicks 1 of 12
Crock pot , slow cooker , call it what you will, but this convenient kitchen appliance is hotter than ever. No longer just for pot roast or some goopy dips (though there's nothing wrong with those either), you can make almost anything in your crock pot from breakfast to dinner , drinks and more. I just recently bought a crock pot because it seemed everywhere I turned someone was talking about something new and delicious they'd just whipped up in theirs. So I took the plunge and bought one. My only regret is that I didn't buy one sooner.
Creating a romantic meal at home is a somewhat bigger challenge than your standard Monday-night fare. Especially if you haven’t yet cooked for this significant other — or, if you’re in a long-term relationship, haven’t cooked for them often. And especially when the occasion in question is Valentine’s Day. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to up to romance factor, either overtly (like aphrodisiac ingredients and candles on the table) or covertly (that valentine’s favorite dish).
I've finally done it. After hours and hours of slaving over a hot microwave, nuking cupboards scraps and spare flour, I've finally perfected the famous Five Minute Chocolate Cake-in-a-Mug. It might seem a worthless milestone -- the attainment of college-dorm-room-late-night-sugar-craving-nirvana -- but so many years past dorm life, I still crave a little warm chocolate in a handy container. It's why Betty Crocker came out with the frozen-individual-serving-cake-in-a-tin things a few years ago.