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Eat for Eight Bucks: Ratatouille and Chickpeas

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 13 comments

As pictured, ratatouille and chickpeas make a filling but very simple meal. I eat this at room temperature like a hearty salad. If that sounds too plain for your tastes, spring for some goat cheese. You can crumble that over the beans and vegetables one day and then make goat cheese and ratatouille tartines (or pizzas, yum) the next. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Texas Turkey Hash

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 10 comments

The original is made with ground beef and white rice; I used turkey and millet and was very happy with the results. The cilantro, also my addition, is nice but not necessary; add it only if you have it around. I make my own chili powder; you may use any store-bought or homemade powder you like (just watch the salt if it's store-bought) or make up your own spice blend of cumin, oregano, and a dot of cayenne. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Broiled Hanger Steak

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 10 comments

[Photograph: Robin Bellinger] I have written here before about how great it is to broil a yummy cheap steak, and late summer is the best time of year to do it--with so many wonderful vegetables around, the sides make themselves.... More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Poule au Riz

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 2 comments

I adapted Clémentine in the Kitchen's poule au riz (chicken and rice) using chicken legs instead of a whole bird and served it with frozen peas and a salad. It fed two hungry adults and a toddler. What's more, it left me with a few coups of chicken stock to use over the course of the week's cooking. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Green Pockets

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 9 comments

These little pockets match healthy mixed greens with a light yeasted bread. This recipe makes too much for two people, but you may wrap extras well and freeze them for later. They're a perfect solution if your CSA, like mine, is delivering endless quantities of kale or bok choy. More

Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Garlic Scape and Basil Pesto

Serious Eats Blake Royer 7 comments

Around for just a short season, garlic scapes are one of those ingredients that you'll probably only find from a local farmer. Curly and funny-looking, the sprouts are harvested when tender and young and have become a rather popular ingredient in stir-fries and, in this case, as the base for a unique kind of pesto. The flavor of the scape is garlicky but not nearly as pungent as the bulb growing beneath. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Honey Mustard Chicken Legs

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 13 comments

A well-rounded dinner that practically cooks itself, honey mustard chicken legs with sweet potatoes and a radish salad is also made up of ingredients that keep well, making it an ideal choice for the end of your grocery rotation. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Chickpea Soup with Toasted Breadcrumbs

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 5 comments

I first made Mark Bittman's chickpea soup with toasted breadcrumbs because it sounded fast and easy, but it earned its spot on my list of favorite recipes because it tastes so good. If you've cooked your chickpeas carefully and stored them in their broth, not much can go wrong with this soup. It's very receptive to experimentation with spices, herbs, and greens. The escarole, my addition, brought some nice flavor and texture to the dish. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Sausages on Buttered Beans with Fresh Herbs

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 2 comments

As we approach the season when I always seem to be wondering what to do with leftover fresh herbs bought on a whim at the farmers' market, I intend to press this last-minute side dish into service frequently. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Toasted Mackerel Sandwiches

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 1 comment

"Mackerel the fish?" my mother gasped upon hearing that I had just made grilled cheese with mackerel. To aficionados of the tuna melt, this combination might not sound so strange, but even skeptics will be intrigued by the way nutritious fish joins browned bread and oozy cheese in Nigel Slater's toasted mackerel sandwich. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Minestrone

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 5 comments

I love soups that do not call for chicken stock, which I seldom have on hand, but that still offer tons of flavor. This brilliant minestrone, which is probably my favorite recipe in my well-loved copy of The Art of Simple Food, fits that bill and a few others: vegetarian, check; cheap, check; bursting with healthy vegetables, check; studded with filling beans, check; hearty enough to make a meal of, check. More

Dinner Tonight: Gallo Pinto

Serious Eats Nick Kindelsperger 16 comments

I was searching for new ways to use black beans and somehow I ended up in Costa Rica. Its national dish is gallo pinto, and though it doesn't sound that spectacular on its own, I figured it had to be... More

Dinner Tonight: West Indian Rice and Beans

Serious Eats Blake Royer 23 comments

Staples like beans and rice are staples for a reason. Whether Cajun-style red beans and rice, arroz con frijoles negro from Mexico, or gallo pinto from Central America, sometimes two foods just go together. Beans and rice as a dish... More

Healthy and Delicious: Southern-Style Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon

Serious Eats Kristen Swensson Sturt 5 comments

On Mondays, Kristen Swensson of Cheap, Healthy, Good swings by these parts to share healthy and delicious recipes with us. Recently, thanks to a friend who was paring down her cookbook collection, I came into a copy of Daniel Boulud’s... More

Pumpkin Muffins with Pecan Streusel Topping

Serious Eats Kristen Swensson Sturt 6 comments

On Mondays, Kristen Swensson of Cheap, Healthy, Good swings by these parts to share a healthy, delicious, and budget-conscious recipe with us. Today, a recipe perfect for pumpkin season. On occasion, to make a low-calorie recipe palatable, it becomes necessary... More

Healthy & Delicious: Curried Pork with Apples

Serious Eats Kristen Swensson Sturt 2 comments

On Mondays, Kristen Swensson of Cheap, Healthy, Good swings by these parts to share a healthy, delicious, and budget-conscious recipe with us. Today, the classic combo of pork and apples. All too often, when it comes to lean cooking, pork... More

Eggplant with Miso Sauce

Serious Eats Kristen Swensson Sturt 2 comments

On Mondays, Kristen Swensson of Cheap, Healthy, Good swings by these parts to share a healthy and delicious recipe with us. Today, a new dressing for eggplant. Lately, one of my favorite online recipe resources has been Food Blog Search.... More

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