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Easy, quick, and delicious gluten-free Budget-Friendly Recipes to keep you and your family well-fed.

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Close-up of Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs on a plate with chopsticks.

Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs

A fake-out for Take-out! Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs, loaded with fresh garlic, ginger, and scallions, then baked for a quick 15-minutes to seal in all that moisture and flavor. This recipe makes excellent savory sticky and sweet meatballs that can pull double-duty – in a nod to one of my once favorite take-out guilty pleasures.

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Ham Salad Sandwich Spread on a plate with pickle, cottage cheese in background

The Best Easy and Healthy Ham Salad Spread Recipe

A simple long-time ham appetizer and ham sandwich spread known by many names. Some call it Deviled Ham Spread, Ham Salad, Southern Ham Spread, Ground Ham Salad, or Funeral Spread, as my grandpa dubbed it, but then as Shakesphere said, “What’s in a name?”*

What matters most is what it is, not what it’s called. And whatever you may call it, you should make this Ham Salad Sandwich Spread anytime you have any leftover ham!

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Bowl of homemade tomato juice on a plate with crackers and an egg salad sandwich with a pan of soup in the background

How to Make Homemade Tomato Soup from Tomato Juice

This recipe is kind of special to my dear hubby and me because of fond memories of cooking with his mother. So, I asked him to help me write this post to tell his story about learning to cook while making this delicious homemade creamy tomato soup made from tomato juice, baking soda, a little butter, some milk, and a little salt and pepper.

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Egg salad spread on toast with baby lettuce and microgreens, served on a plate with grape tomatoes.

Classic American Egg Salad

All you need is hard-boiled eggs and 10 minutes to make this Classic American Egg Salad recipe. Perfect for sandwiches, lettuce wraps, or eating on a bed of lettuce, stuffing into pitas and tomatoes, and piling on top of crackers. It’s a home-style recipe for uncomplicated food at it’s finest, and it’s an excellent use for any extra hard-boiled eggs you might find yourself having after Easter.

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Closeup of Mascarpone & Pepper Penne Pasta in a bowl

Mascarpone & Pepper Penne Pasta

Taking inspiration from Peperonata (an Italian stewed sauce of Sweet Bell Peppers with Olive Oil, Onion, Garlic, and Tomatoes), we’ve skipped the tomatoes and concentrated on summery yellow and red bell peppers for this recipe, then stirred in mascarpone cheese and baby spinach to serve over penne pasta for a budget-friendly vegetarian meal full of saucy comforting flavor!

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Buffalo Shrimp Po’Boy - two six-inch halves in a basket

Buffalo Shrimp Po’Boy

Knock your socks off with this Buffalo Shrimp Po Boy! Plump, crispy pan-fried shrimp piled on top a French-style baguette, topped with a jazzed up Blazin’ remoulade dressing flavored with creamy mayo, Dijon mustard, capers, and garlic to create a delicious po’boy that’ll make you think you’re dining in the French Quarter!

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one serving (one half) stuffed acorn squash on a plate at table placesetting

Apple & Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Take advantage of the abundance of acorn squash available this time of year with affordable, nutritious Apple & Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash. Loaded with flavor, simple to make, fantastic for making ahead, definitely freezable, and a meal that transports and reheats beautifully – and it’s just the right food for sharing with an elderly neighbor or housebound family member too!

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Lake-Harvested Wild Rice, Cranberry, and Kale Pilaf

Lake-Harvested Wild Rice, Cranberry & Kale Pilaf

With its nutty flavor and slightly chewy texture, wild rice is an excellent complement to just about any protein dish. It is not actual rice but rather the seed of an aquatic grass that grows wild in the northern Great Lakes area of the United States.

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