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Christmas Dinner on a Budget
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The Best Peanut Butter Blossoms Cookies
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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies
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Snowman Peanut Butter Balls
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M&M Christmas Cookies
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Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie
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Slow Cooker Tomatillo Soup
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Cheap Chicken Recipes for $10 or Less
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Easy Low Carb Keto Alfredo Sauce
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Keto Cream of Mushroom Soup
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Chocolate Christmas Donuts
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Gingerbread Pancakes
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Leftover Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
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Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey
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Mini and Moist Banana Muffins
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Ground Beef Casserole (Shipwreck Casserole)
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Pesto Mashed Potatoes
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EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole
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Soft Gingerbread Cookies
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Russian Tea Cakes

Christmas Dinner on a Budget

Collection of 30 Budget Friendly Christmas Dinner Recipes all under $10.  List includes main dishes, sides, desserts and tips on how to save money for Christmas Dinner.   Plan your menu here!

Christmas time is about family, friends and tradition.  Don’t let the holidays stress you out and empty your wallet.  Instead learn to be budget friendly and save during the holidays. 

This list of Christmas Dinner Recipes includes meat and vegetarian dishes for main course,  side dishes, appetizers and plenty of sweet desserts.  I suggest bookmarking this page to plan your Christmas Dinner menu! If you’re looking for more more budget recipes check out my Cheap Chicken Recipes for $10 or Less

Collection of 30 Budget Friendly Christmas Dinner Recipes all under $10.  List includes main dishes, sides, desserts and tips on how to save money for Christmas Dinner.   Plan your menu here!

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The Best Peanut Butter Blossoms Cookies

Easy to make Peanut Butter Blossoms cookies.  The classic cookies are chewy with a chocolate Hershey kiss in the middle.  One of my favorite homemade Christmas cookies to bake!

Easy to make Peanut Butter Blossoms cookies.  The classic cookies are chewy with a chocolate Hershey kiss in the middle.  One of my favorite homemade Christmas cookies to bake!

These are hands down one of our favorite cookies to bake as a family at Christmas.  There’s not a Christmas that goes by that these cookies don’t get made, so I had to share my favorite recipe with you guys.

Each peanut butter cookie gets rolled in sugar before baking which makes for a sweet treat.    These cookies are chewy, with a chocolate Hershey kiss in the middle.    These cookies will surely be gone quickly, so make sure to grab a couple before they disappear! 

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

Let’s bake some EASY Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies! If you love a crispy, crunchy cookie, this cookie recipe is for you. These cookies could not be more simple to whip up and they’re ready to eat in just 15 minutes! They’re so scrumptious your kids won’t even mind the vegetables we’re adding into these cookies!

Let’s bake some EASY Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies! If you love a crispy, crunchy cookie, this cookie recipe is for you. These cookies could not be more simple to whip up and they’re ready to eat in just 15 minutes! They’re so scrumptious your kids won’t even mind the vegetables we’re adding into these cookies!

These chocolate chip cookies are SO yummy! And I like to consider them healthy too, because whenever a vegetable gets added to the mix that food immediately should be declared healthy. Look ma, I’m eating my vegetables (wrapped up in brown sugar, butter and chocolate chips, but still..)!

In all honesty though, they’re a great way to add a little bit of vegetable to your regular cookie, or to introduce zucchini in a fun way to a picky child who’s anti zucchini.     You know I like to be sneaky and add in hidden vegetables whenever I can! 

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Snowman Peanut Butter Balls

Snowman Peanut Butter Balls make for such a fun and delicious Christmas recipe that the entire family can make together! They’re so cute and irresistibly tasty, everyone will love them! Eat them for dessert, a snack or use them to complete a gingerbread house!

Snowman Peanut Butter Balls make for such a fun and delicious Christmas recipe that the entire family can make together! They’re so cute and irresistibly tasty, everyone will love them! Eat them for dessert, a snack or use them to complete a gingerbread house!
I’m obsessed with these Snowman Peanut Butter Balls. They are delicious. They are super cute. Does a holiday treat need to be anything more than that? Plus, they are snowmen! There’s nothing about a snowman that I don’t fall in love with.

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M&M Christmas Cookies

These M&M Christmas Cookies are made with a simple, delicious sugar cookie dough and plenty of chocolate candy pieces. A fun and festive treat for cookie exchanges and gift giving that can easily be customized to suit your occasion!
These M&M Christmas Cookies are made with a simple, delicious sugar cookie dough and plenty of chocolate candy pieces. A fun and festive treat for cookie exchanges and gift giving that can easily be customized to suit your occasion!

It’s Christmas cookie time again, and along with my Easy Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Pretzel Cookies, these M&M Christmas Cookies are on my Christmas baking list every year.
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Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie

This delicious Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is the perfect little treat. This peanut butter chocolate chip one cookie recipe is thick, soft and chewy. My go-to for late night snacking when the cookie craving hits.

This delicious Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is the perfect little treat. This peanut butter chocolate chip one cookie recipe is thick, soft and chewy. My go-to for late night snacking when the cookie craving hits.

Do you remember my Single Serving Brownie Recipe?  The goal was to create a small single brownie, so I didn’t eat a whole pan of them!  Well I’m back again with single serving happiness, but this time I’m sharing cookies! Cookies are simply the best! And if there happens to be a dozen cookies in my kitchen, you better believe I’m going to gobble them all up. Now, let’s get to all of the delicious details!

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Slow Cooker Tomatillo Soup

This vegetarian recipe for Slow Cooker Tomatillo Soup is a comforting meal filled with a hearty blend of black beans, rice, healthy vegetables and seasonings, all cooked to perfection. A comforting soup that you can feel good about eating!

You can’t go wrong with a bowl of piping hot soup on a cold day. My family always requests ham and cabbage soup, cheeseburger soup, and this flavorful tomatillo soup.

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Cheap Chicken Recipes for $10 or Less

50 cheap chicken recipes for $10 or less that feeds at least 4 people.  This is a great dinner list for families on a budget!  You’ll find baked, grilled, slow cooker, simple and quick chicken recipes here – plus much more! Bookmark this page.

50 cheap chicken recipes for $10 or less that feeds at least 4 people.  This is a great dinner list for families on a budget!  You'll find baked, grilled, slow cooker, simple and quick chicken recipes here - plus much more! Bookmark this page.

Cheap Chicken Recipe Ideas

Are you looking for a cheap chicken recipe? Then I’m here to help!  This post has 50 recipe ideas for your family that all costs less than $10 for a family of 4 (sometimes this recipes even feed more! leftovers!). 

I broke the sections up into chicken type for easy searching. 

  • Chicken Breast Recipes
  • Chicken Thigh Recipes
  • Chicken Drumstick Recipes
  • Ground Chicken Recipes
  • Whole and Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

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Easy Low Carb Keto Alfredo Sauce

Easy to make Keto Alfredo Sauce that’s ready in 10 minutes.  You’re going to love this low carb recipe to serve over zoodles! Made with heavy cream, broth, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese. 

Easy to make Keto Alfredo Sauce that's ready in 10 minutes.  You're going to love this low carb recipe to serve over zoodles! Made with heavy cream, broth, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese. 

Alfredo sauce over pasta is one of my favorite simple dinner meals.  But if you’re following a keto, low carb diet you might be missing your beloved alfredo sauce.  Don’t worry, I came up with a easy recipe that tastes just like store bought alfredo sauce, but instead it’s homemade and completely keto cooking friendly! 

This creamy alfredo sauce recipe is made with heavy cream, broth, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese!  You can serve it over zoodles, spaghetti squash, or along with chicken or shrimp.  It’s a must save recipe that I make almost weekly! Even my 2 year old loves this over zoodles so you know it’s going to be good if those picky taste buds like it!

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Keto Cream of Mushroom Soup

Keto Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe. This easy to make low carb recipe uses fresh mushrooms, heavy cream and cream cheese to make a delicious creamy bowl of soup!  
Keto Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe. This easy to make low carb recipe uses fresh mushrooms, heavy cream and cream cheese to make a delicious creamy bowl of soup!  

My favorite meal on a chilly evening is a big bowl of soup.   With the temperatures dropping in NYC, I’ve been loving this homemade creamy mushroom soup!   If you’re following a keto, low carb diet you might be missing cream of mushroom soup, but don’t worry – I’m here to help you with this delicious soup!

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Chocolate Christmas Donuts

These Christmas donuts are fluffy baked chocolate donuts coated in chocolate frosting then topped with crushed peppermint candy canes. A fun and festive dessert that’s perfect for Christmas breakfast!

These Christmas donuts are fluffy baked chocolate donuts coated in chocolate frosting then topped with crushed peppermint candy canes. A fun and festive dessert that’s perfect for Christmas breakfast!

You guys know I’m a bit of a donut addict, right?  Many readers have made my Baked Sugar Donuts and Chocolate Donuts so I thought it was time I made a Christmas Donuts recipe to share!

Ingredients In Holiday Chocolate Donuts:

The donut batter for this recipe is a simple mixture of:

  • all purpose flour
  • sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • vegetable oil
  • vanilla extract
  • water

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Gingerbread Pancakes

These CHRISTMAS Gingerbread Pancakes are the perfect breakfast option around the holiday season! Full of gingerbread flavor, these red pancakes are fluffy and fun for the holidays! These pancakes are easy to make and the recipe comes together in no time. Serve them with powdered sugar and a frosting tree on top! Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast!

These CHRISTMAS Gingerbread Pancakes are the perfect breakfast option around the holiday season! Full of gingerbread flavor, these red pancakes are fluffy and fun for the holidays! These pancakes are easy to make and the recipe comes together in no time. Serve them with powdered sugar and a frosting tree on top! Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast!

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is Christmas morning. As a kid, my parents had a rule that I had to stay upstairs until they went downstairs first and put on the tree lights. When Santa came on Christmas Eve, he would decorate our tree, so the first time I would see it all lit up and decorated was on Christmas morning. 

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Leftover Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Easy Leftover PUMPKIN PIE Milkshake! This easy 4 ingredient recipe uses 1 slice of pumpkin pie to make the BEST tasting pumpkin milkshake from Thanksgiving leftovers! 

Easy Leftover PUMPKIN PIE Milkshake! This easy 4 ingredient milkshake recipe uses 1 slice of PUMPKIN PIE to make the BEST tasting pumpkin milkshake from Thanksgiving leftovers! 

Leftover Pumpkin Pie Recipe

What’s the secret of an easy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake?  Can you guess?  I will give you a hint!  It’s in the title! Yup, that’s right!  The secret ingredient is Pumpkin Pie (this is my favorite pumpkin pie recipe by the way!)!

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Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey

This is an easy juicy Thanksgiving Turkey recipe.   Nothing fancy here, just the best homemade Thanksgiving turkey you can make!  The meat is so juicy, moist and full of flavor! 

This is an easy juicy Thanksgiving Turkey recipe.   Nothing fancy here, just the best homemade Thanksgiving turkey you can make!  The meat is so juicy, moist and full of flavor! 

I’m not really going to talk much in this post because I know it’s the stressful holiday season and you’re in a panic to gather all your Thanksgiving recipes.   So here’s what I quickly what to say about this Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe.

It’s the best Thanksgiving turkey I’ve ever made.  It’s a extra juicy turkey, so the meat is moist and full of flavor.  If you’re looking for a traditional, easy Thanksgiving turkey recipe look no further.   My family ONLY makes this recipe now, and every person who has made it has told me it’s their go to Thanksgiving recipe forever!

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Mini and Moist Banana Muffins

These MINI and MOIST Banana Muffins with crumb topping are the most delicious banana muffins you’ll ever taste! Since they’re mini, they’re great for a healthy breakfast on the go! This banana muffin recipe has been made thousands of times – find out why these banana muffins are the BEST and MOST POPULAR!  

These MINI and MOIST Banana Muffins with crumb topping are the most delicious banana muffins you'll ever taste! Since they're mini, they're great for a healthy breakfast on the go! This recipe has been made thousands of times - find out why these banana muffins are the BEST and MOST POPULAR!  

Bananas.  Do you love them? I do.   I’m in this routine where I eat 2-3 bananas every day.   I have to buy 2 bunches a week at the store to keep up with my banana love! 

Brown bananas though kind of freak me out.  Here are the best ways to store bananas if you want to prevent that! I can handle a little brown here or there, but when they go very brown and mushy, I can’t eat them with a spoon like some people do.    So what to do?   You can make a banana smoothie, that sounds good.  Or you can make banana soft serve ice cream, also really good.  Or you can make these Mini and Moist Banana Muffin recipe!

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Ground Beef Casserole (Shipwreck Casserole)

This ground beef casserole or commonly called Shipwreck Casserole is a comfort food meal that always gets rave reviews. This super easy version of the classic Shipwreck Casserole is made with ground beef, rice, potatoes and lots of veggies, baked together in the most delicious tomato sauce. This dinner is quick to throw together, and it freezes well too. This beef casserole is one of my favorite cozy winter meals!

This ground beef casserole or commonly called Shipwreck Casserole is a comfort food meal that always gets rave reviews. This super easy version of the classic Shipwreck Casserole is made with ground beef, rice, potatoes and lots of veggies, baked together in the most delicious tomato sauce. This dinner is quick to throw together, and it freezes well too. This beef casserole is one of my favorite cozy winter meals!

Casseroles like this one are a staple in my house. My family loves cabbage roll casserole, quesadilla casserole and this hearty beef, rice, potato, and veggie dish.

You can never go wrong with a good casserole, and this one happens to be a childhood favorite. It’s loaded with all the goods – ground beef, rice and veggies, making it a complete meal. This recipe is also so easy to customize to your tastes, which makes it perfect for even the pickiest eaters.

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Pesto Mashed Potatoes

You’re going to love these creamy pesto mashed potatoes.  This easy recipe combines the best mashed potatoes with fresh basil pesto to make a delicious side dish.  Save this recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Sunday dinner. 

You're going to love these creamy pesto mashed potatoes.  This easy recipe combines the best mashed potatoes with fresh basil pesto to make a delicious side dish.  Save this recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Sunday dinner. 

I’m all about the side dishes during holiday meals.  Stuffing? Check. Carrot Casserole? Check. Green Beans? Check.    And now these Pesto Mashed Potatoes?  Yes! Load up my plate!

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EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole

BAKED Easy Stuffed Pepper Casserole made with green peppers! This dinner dish uses my Mother’s famous stuffed pepper recipe but I turned it into a casserole to make it quicker and easier. It’s filled with ground beef, green peppers, diced tomatoes, rice and smothered in mozzarella cheese.

EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole is baked in the oven for a cheesy dinner meal! This dish uses my Mother's famous stuffed pepper recipe but I turned it into a casserole to make it quicker. It's filled with ground beef, green peppers, diced tomatoes, rice and smothered in mozzarella cheese.

Growing up one of my Mother’s favorite meals to make was stuffed peppers.  Whenever I go back to visit my Father I always ask him to think of a meal or two he wants me to make for him and usually always he requests Mom’s Stuffed Peppers.   

What isn’t there to love about stuffed peppers?  Fresh peppers, meat, tomato sauce, rice and mozzarella cheese.   Yes, please!   The seasonings add so much flavor and you can make it as spicy or mild as you want.

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Soft Gingerbread Cookies with a sprinkle of powdered sugar over the top are the perfect festive treat! These cookies are so soft and chewy and this easy recipe doesn’t require you to chill the dough, so they’re quick and simple to make! Don’t let the holiday season get away without baking up a batch!

Soft Gingerbread Cookies with a sprinkle of powdered sugar over the top are the perfect festive treat! These cookies are so soft and chewy and this easy recipe doesn’t require you to chill the dough, so they’re quick and simple to make! Don’t let the holiday season get away without baking up a batch!

These soft gingerbread cookies are some of my favorite Christmas cookies to enjoy during the holidays. We always make my homemade sugar cookies, chocolate pretzel cookies and these delicious gingerbread cookies with a dusting of powdered sugar sprinkled on top!

They have that classic gingerbread taste that everyone craves, especially around the holidays. I’m not very good at decorating gingerbread men with icing, so instead I went the easy route of sprinkling powdered sugar on top, which makes such a pretty cookie.

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Russian Tea Cakes

These Russian Tea Cakes are so easy to make and they are my absolute favorite Christmas cookie recipe! They’re made with pecans and then rolled in powdered sugar after baking for a light, tender cookie you’re sure to love. I always make a few batches to hand out for gifts around the holidays and everyone always loves them.

These Russian Tea Cakes are so easy to make and they are my absolute favorite Christmas cookie recipe! They’re made with pecans and then rolled in powdered sugar after baking for a light, tender cookie you’re sure to love. I always make a few batches to hand out for gifts around the holidays and everyone always loves them.

These buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookies have so many names. What do you call these cookies? I’ve heard a variety of different terms for classic Russian Tea Cakes. Some call them snowball cookies or Mexican Wedding Cakes, and I’ve even heard some call them butter balls.

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