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Christmas Dinner on a Budget
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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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Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey
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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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White Sauce Lasagna
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Creamy Mashed Potatoes
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Easy Salisbury Steak
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Mashed Potato Patties
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Tomato Soup with Cauliflower
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Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole
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Easy Chicken Pot Pie
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Blueberry Bread Stuffing Recipe
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Creamy Pasta with Cauliflower
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Potato Kale Stuffing
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2 HOUR Crockpot Bread

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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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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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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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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White Sauce Lasagna

This white sauce lasagna recipe is one of our favorite comfort foods. Lasagna noodles are layered with spaghetti sauce, cheese, and a rich creamy alfredo inspired sauce. Serve it alongside a simple kale salad and garlic bread for a comfort meal that’s perfect for any time of the year!

This white sauce lasagna recipe is one of our favorite comfort foods. Lasagna noodles are layered with spaghetti sauce, cheese, and a rich creamy alfredo inspired sauce. Serve it alongside a simple kale salad and garlic bread for a comfort meal that’s perfect for any time of the year!

I love having delicious, creamy pasta-based recipes for the holiday season because they’re so comforting and taste SO good. This one is fantastic and can be a make ahead meal, a great one for a dinner party or something you can prep for a weeknight after work.

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

The best creamy mashed potatoes recipe made with cream cheese.  Easy to make, no hand mixer required! This is my #1 requested dish at Thanksgiving dinner!

This is my go to, make you weak in the knees, mashed potatoes recipe.  I started making these a few years ago when I wanted to try a new mashed potatoes recipe for Thanksgiving.  Now I make them all the time for Sunday dinner (usually a pot roast) and every holiday dinner. 

The best creamy mashed potatoes recipe made with cream cheese.  Easy to make, no hand mixer required! This is my #1 requested dish at Thanksgiving dinner!

Why These Mashed Potatoes Are The Best

  • They’re made with cream cheese which makes them extra creamy. 
  • There is no hand mixer involved in these potatoes.  What?  There is no hand mixer involved in these potatoes.  Seriously.  How do they get so creamy then?  Next point..
  • You boil these potatoes for a pretty long time until they’re almost ready to fall apart.  This makes a hand mixer not necessary, as just a spoon and a potato masher makes them blended pretty quickly.
  • You can make these ahead of time, no problem.  For holidays I usually make these the night before so the actual holiday cooking is a little more relaxed.  I just throw them in the oven 30 minutes before we’re ready to eat.  

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Easy Salisbury Steak

Easy Salisbury Steak recipe that is baked in the oven. This simple dinner uses cans of french onion soup and cream of mushroom soup, along with ground beef and bread crumbs. Includes how to freeze Salisbury steak instructions if you want to make this ahead of time for a freezer meal.

Easy Salisbury Steak Recipe

This easy Salisbury Steak recipe is one of our favorites and reminds me of the classic TV dinner that I used to love as a kid, but this is completely homemade.   

Easy Salisbury Steak recipe that is baked in the oven. This simple dinner uses cans of french onion soup and cream of mushroom soup, along with ground beef and bread crumbs. Includes how to freeze Salisbury steak instructions if you want to make this ahead of time for a freezer meal.

When I find myself with some free time on the weekend, I’ll make 2 or 3 of these meals to put in the freezer so I can grab one when I just don’t have time to cook in the kitchen.   The dish is so popular in my house that instead of groans that frozen meals can get, this one receives a big cheer (and even sometimes requested!).  

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Mashed Potato Patties

These delicious, savory Mashed Potato Patties are crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside. They’re the best way to use up your leftover mashed potatoes and make for a tasty side dish recipe!

These delicious, savory Mashed Potato Patties are crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside. They’re the best way to use up your leftover mashed potatoes and make for a tasty side dish recipe!

It seems that whenever I make mashed potatoes, I always make way too much. No matter how much I’ve tried to calculate and estimate, at the end of the dinner, there’s always a leftover container filled with mashed potatoes. We could just eat them with tomorrow’s dinner, but day-old mashed potatoes aren’t quite as good as fresh.

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Tomato Soup with Cauliflower

Easy to make creamy tomato soup with cauliflower recipe, ready in 35 minutes.  This homemade soup uses cans of crushed tomatoes and a whole head of cauliflower to make it a healthy dinner the entire family will love.  No milk needed.

Easy to make creamy tomato soup with cauliflower recipe, ready in 35 minutes.  This homemade soup uses cans of crushed tomatoes and a whole head of cauliflower to make it a healthy dinner the entire family will love.  No milk needed.

The Best Tomato Soup!

My husband, not a tomato soup addict,  went back to the pot 3 times when I made this for dinner.  Needless to say he’s now a tomato soup addict and is asking me when I’m going to make this soup again.   That night for dinner, my 2 year old daughter was licking her lips and demanding “More soup Mommy!”.  

I’m not sure there’s better reviews than that!

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Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole is delicious and only takes 10 minutes to prepare! This loaded casserole recipe is made with Cheddar and Parmesan to make it extra cheesy!  My family declares it one of their favorite side dishes on the holiday table! Low carb friendly. 

Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole is delicious and only takes 10 minutes to prepare! This loaded casserole recipe is made with Cheddar and Parmesan to make it extra cheesy!  My family declares it one of their favorite side dishes on the holiday table! Low carb friendly. 

Ok, we have the 3 C’s here.  Let’s talk about them.

Cheesy – who doesn’t love cheesy dishes (hello Cheesy Green Beans)?  Mozzarella, Cheddar and Parmesan are my favorites for recipes.  And this recipe includes 2 cheeses!
Cauliflower – beautiful cauliflower, fresh from the garden, I love you.  You can’t go wrong with cauliflower, you just can’t!
Casserole – I love casseroles.   You put them inside the oven and magic happens.  That’s the only way I can describe it.

We love this casserole, especially when we can pick the cauliflower straight from the garden.   We love this dish as a meatless Monday meal with crusty bread on the side.   But you can also serve the casserole as a side dish,  it’s perfect to pair with a meat at the holiday table.  

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Easy Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe for easy chicken pot pie is a creamy mixture of chicken, vegetables and mushroom soup that is topped with a Bisquick flaky crust and baked to a golden brown perfection.

Chicken pot pie is comfort food at its finest, and this version features the most delicious flaky topping made so easily with Bisquick.

This recipe for easy chicken pot pie is a creamy mixture of chicken, vegetables and mushroom soup that is topped with a Bisquick flaky crust and baked to a golden brown perfection.

Chicken pot pie is one of those classic dishes that seems to never go out of style. It also happens to be kid friendly, which of course is always a bonus in my book. This easy chicken pot pie is my version of the classic. The filling is savory and rich, while the simple pie crust is flaky and cooked to perfection.

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Blueberry Bread Stuffing Recipe

Blueberry Bread Stuffing! Traditional homemade vegetarian bread stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma’s vintage cookbook, so you know it’s going to be the best! It’s easy to make and you can even make it ahead of time to freeze!

Blueberry Bread Stuffing! Traditional homemade vegetarian bread stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma’s vintage cookbook, so you know it’s going to be the best! It’s easy to make and you can even make it ahead of time to freeze!

I’m back with another stuffing recipe! So many of you have loved my Amish Potato Stuffing recipe, so I decided to share with you another favorite, Blueberry Bread Stuffing! It obviously does not need to be Thanksgiving to make this stuffing, but it is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!

This is the perfect side stuffing to accompany a main meat, like chicken or turkey. It’s also the perfect vegetarian side dish because it doesn’t involve any meat products or broths (it’s made with vegetable broth).

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Creamy Pasta with Cauliflower

This recipe for pasta with cauliflower is a simple, satisfying dish! Rotini pasta noodles are tossed in a creamy parmesan cheese sauce with steamed cauliflower and lettuce. A quick, easy and delicious dinner that’s perfect for busy weeknights!

This recipe for pasta with cauliflower is a simple, satisfying dish! Rotini pasta noodles are tossed in a creamy parmesan cheese sauce with steamed cauliflower and lettuce. A quick, easy and delicious dinner that’s perfect for busy weeknights!

Pasta is my go-to meal choice around here these days, mainly because I know that my entire family will happily eat it any night of the week! Best of all, this meal is on the table in less than half an hour, and the delightfully creamy sauce is made with just a handful of ingredients! How can you go wrong with that?

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Potato Kale Stuffing

This Potato Kale Stuffing is a comfort food recipe that goes perfect with a turkey, chicken or pork chops. It’s simple to make because it’s made with instant potatoes! Potato Kale Stuffing is also always requested at Thanksgiving! The perfect hearty side dish for your holiday meal.

This Potato Kale Stuffing is a comfort food recipe that goes perfect with a turkey, chicken or pork chops. It’s simple to make because it’s made with instant potatoes! Potato Kale Stuffing is also always requested at Thanksgiving! The perfect hearty side dish for your holiday meal.

Today we’re talking about stuffing, because Thanksgiving will be here before you know it! The possibilities are endless with stuffing and I’m such a huge fan of it. I love playing around with stuffing recipes and creating new and tasty versions. I’ve shared my Amish Potato Stuffing and Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole before, but I wanted to share with you my current favorite side dish, Potato Kale Stuffing.

This recipe uses my Amish Potato Stuffing as a base, but I threw in kale to add some greens. Since the dish has a whopping 4 cups of kale in it, you don’t even need to make an extra vegetable to serve at dinner. 

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2 HOUR Crockpot Bread

Easy to make 2 HOUR Crockpot Bread recipe. Throw it in the crock pot and you will have soft homemade bread in 2 hours! This is the best bread to serve with creamy soups and casseroles. 

I have not been this excited about sharing a recipe in quite some time.  This Crockpot Bread is easy to make, it’s delicious and I’m so addicted I made it 2 times this week already! The bread is soft, moist and is perfect for dipping in a big bowl of creamy tomato soup!
Easy to make 2 HOUR Crockpot Bread recipe. Throw it in the crock pot and you will have soft homemade bread in 2 hours! This is the best bread to serve with creamy soups and casseroles. 

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