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Eat for Eight Bucks: Lemon Shrimp with Mustard-Herb Roasted Onions

Serious Eats Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress 3 comments

This method for shrimp is inspired by Mark Bittman: cooking the shrimp fast in a hot oven. The flavor is inspired by Amanda Hesser, who zests citrus to flavor the quick-cooking shrimp. The onions are all mine: they're the cheapest accompaniment I could think of, and by flavoring them with pantry basics (mustard, dried herbs, and red pepper), you roast them into the perfect foil for the juicy, lemony shrimp. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Roasted Tomato Quesadillas with Cilantro Cream

Serious Eats Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress 3 comments

Cheese is the obvious answer to what goes inside a quesadilla. Freshly roasted tomatoes are a little more counterintuitive, when we're talking cheap and when the season is winter. But pints of cherry tomatoes are relatively flavorful, even in January, and roasting them brings out all their sweet fruity tones—so much so that a bite into one of these quesadillas could almost transport you to summertime. A dollop of herbed sour cream on top brings all the flavors together and makes the presentation plenty attractive to serve to a guest. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Sardine Linguine with Sundried Tomatoes and Olives

Serious Eats Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress 5 comments

Sardines seem to be having a moment in the sun. They're not just an easy-to-prepare bachelor food, they're also apparently a health food—just see Alton Brown. But I'm in it for the flavor. Gather a mess of Mediterranean ingredients and go to town. Chop up some pitted black olives, sweet and tangy sundried tomatoes, and fennel to complement the pungent fish. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Easy Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Red Cabbage Crunch and Avocado

Serious Eats Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress 9 comments

I love soft tacos, at home and at restaurants. Since a taco's filling is infinitely variable, the choice lies in your hands to make them cheap or expensive. You could buy fresh fish, for example, but that would up the price a bit. You could also consider a wide range of potential garnishes, everything from salsa to shredded cheese to cilantro to black beans. On the other hand, if you're looking to save money, the trick is to minimize. Use a filling that's hearty but cheap, and practice rigid discipline with respect to your garnishes. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Farro and Cauliflower Salad with Currants

Serious Eats Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress Post a comment

When I'm trying to pinch pennies, I often turn to random grains from the bulk bin of my grocery store. One cup goes a long way, and you're hard pressed to find any accoutrements that push a grain dish into the land of the lavish. But humble as grains may be, there's still something a little surprising about serving barley in place of rice, or bulgur instead of standard pasta. More

Risotto with Southern Greens and Bacon

Serious Eats Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress 5 comments

I'm enamored with at least a few aspects of Southern cuisine. One, pork in everything. Two, slow-cooked greens. And three, pecan pie. I've included two of the three here in this somewhat rowdy risotto dish that's left its Italian heritage far, far behind. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Roasted Carrot-Fennel Soup

Serious Eats Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress 5 comments

This soup requires very few novel ingredients. But by roasting your vegetables, the flavors concentrate and caramelize, and you wind up with a pretty standout soup, equally worthy of the dinner table as the brown bag, especially if you supplement it with some good bread and softened, salted butter. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: French Onion Soup

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 10 comments

[Photograph: Robin Bellinger] Shopping List 4 onions: $1.38 Thyme: $1.39 1 quart chicken stock: $3.39 4 ounces Gruyére: $2.00 Pantry items: Olive oil, butter, garlic, bay leaf, salt, pepper, white wine or vermouth, flour, yeast. Total cost (for 4 portions):... More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Stuffed Peppers

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 5 comments

[Photograph: Robin Bellinger] Shopping List 2 green peppers: $1.65 1/3 pound ground turkey breast: $2.00 3/4 cup uncooked millet: $0.50 1 onion: $0.25 1 sweet potato: $1.50 Lettuce: $2.00 Pantry items: Salt, pepper, olive oil, salad dressing. Total cost (for... More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Mexican Eggs

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 4 comments

Mexican eggs. [Photograph: Robin Bellinger] Shopping List 7 eggs (pro-rated): $1.40 5 tortillas (pro-rated): $0.90 Cilantro (pro-rated): $0.50 1 small onion: $0.25 3 ounces Monterey jack: $0.75 1 cup instant refried beans: $0.25 1 pound potatoes: $1.00 Pantry items: Oil,... More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Black-Eyed Peas and Greens

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 21 comments

Although I didn't grow up eating black-eyed peas and greens on New Year's Day, and I'm not superstitious, I have to admit that the years since I've adopted this tradition have been especially sweet. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Lentil Soup

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 28 comments

[Photograph: Robin Bellinger] Shopping List 1 onion: $0.50 3 carrots: $0.75 Lentils: $1.25 Baguette: $2.00 Pantry items: Olive oil, garlic, dried thyme, tomato paste, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar. Total cost (for 4 portions): $4.50 After last week's simple buttery... More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Pasta with Brown Butter and Sage

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 32 comments

[Photograph: Robin Bellinger] Shopping List 1 box pasta: $2.79 1 bunch sage: $1.69 1 head lettuce: $2.69 Pantry items: Salt, pepper, butter, parmigiano or pecorino romano, salad dressing. Total cost (for 4 portions): $7.17 Last week Andrew laughed at me... More

Mushroom Risotto

Serious Eats Kristen Swensson Sturt 10 comments

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Eat for Eight Bucks: Polenta with Broccoli Rabe

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 9 comments

[Photograph: Robin Bellinger] Shopping List 2 cups polenta (about 12 ounces): $1.20 1 bunch broccoli rabe: $2.99 Pantry items: Butter, salt, olive oil, garlic, crushed chile flakes Total cost (for 4 portions): $4.19 I only started making polenta last winter,... More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Best-Ever Salad for Leftover Meats

Serious Eats Michele Humes 6 comments

[Photographs: Michele Humes] Shopping List 16-ounce can cannellini beans: $1.09 Fresh rosemary: $1.49 Fresh basil: $1.50 Scallions: $0.69 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes (pro-rated): $1.75 Red onion: $0.28 Pantry items: Extra virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, vinegar Total cost: $6.80 I... More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Squid Noodle Salad with Fragrant Garlic Topping

Serious Eats Michele Humes 5 comments

Shopping List 3/4 pound squid: $2.99 4-ounce package glass noodles: $1.69 1 red bell pepper: $1.73 1 red onion: $0.45 Bunch cilantro: $0.69 2 limes: $0.50 Pantry items: Sriracha, fish sauce, garlic, vegetable oil Total cost: $8.05 A couple... More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Japanese Fried Chicken and Two Simple Salads

Serious Eats Michele Humes 10 comments

Shopping List 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 pound) - $3.29 1/2 pound green beans - $0.49 1 large cucumber - $0.55 1 lemon - $0.50 Small knob ginger - $0.25 24 ounces vegetable oil - $2.49 Pantry... More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Spaghetti all'Aglio e Olio with Marinated Summer Vegetables

Serious Eats Michele Humes 28 comments

Shopping List 6 plum tomatoes - $2.59 1 zucchini - $0.47 1 yellow squash - $1.04 1 bunch parsley - $0.69 1/2 pound dry spaghetti - $0.65 Pantry items: Extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, garlic, white sugar Total... More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Cold Noodles

Serious Eats Michele Humes 16 comments

For as long as there have been noodles, the Chinese have been warding off heat stroke by chilling and serving them, with a smattering of slivered goodies, in pools of sesame and chili oils. Admittedly, this version is not strictly faithful to that history—but it doesn't clump, either. More

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