Homemade Spaghetti Sauce and Salsa


I had a surplus of about $25 from my August grocery budget.  I decided to go on a "tomato spree." The farmer's market just down the road from me offers a "You Pick" price for Roma tomatoes of $.69/lb.  Not too bad.  Plus we (yes, I took the kids for "the experience") got to have a little fun and learn about "good" and "bad" tomatoes! All that you see above (2 habanero … [Read more...]

Grilled Eggplant Panini with Rosemary-Garlic Aioli


So that has GOT TO BE the fanciest recipe title I've come up with yet! Because I used so much from the garden for this meal, I was able to be a little more creative and made up a delicious rosemary-garlic aioli sauce for these paninis! These were "UH-MAZING," according to the Hubs! So if you've got an eggplant in the garden, or come across a great deal on eggplants...I … [Read more...]

Eggplant Penne Pasta with How to Prepare Eggplant


This meal is sorta "2-n-1"...it could be vegetarian...or it could be done with meat or diced chicken! Here's the lowdown... Since I only used 1 cup of the crushed tomatoes, I ended up using the rest to make spaghetti sauce for the boys while I'm gone this weekend.  Before stashing it in the fridge, I tossed about 1 cup with the eggplant and pasta for the boys...then … [Read more...]

Simple Moussaka

Simple Moussaka

I've been wanting to try moussaka for a long time, but knew that I couldn't pull it off for under $5. I used the recipe from Joy of Cooking and simplified it quite a bit. I did not use any Greek yogurts or cheeses. Yes, I know those are the KEY ingredients to the dish, but I'm trying to keep it frugal and simple here. Also, this seems to be "How to" week at $5 Dinners! From … [Read more...]

Steak and Potatoes

Can't beat this...2 steaks for $2.08! "Manager's Special" is the way to go! May not be the "best" cut of steak, but it was still delicious! Ingredients 2 cuts steak ($2.08) 1/4 cup marinade ($.50) 4 potatoes ($1.oo) 3 cloves garlic ($.10) 1/2 cup milk ($.10) 2 T butter ($.20) 1 small eggplant ($.79) 2 T EVOO ($.10) 1/2 cup corn ($.20) Directions 1. Marinate steak … [Read more...]