Luxury on a Budget

The place to find recipes that can be made with cheaper ingredients!!

Indonesian Nasi Goreng Fast and Easy!

Indonesian Nasi Goreng Indonesian Nasi Goreng, fast and easy but a little exotic! My travels through Asia did not take me to Indonesia. However, I have had so much contact with the culture working on cruise ships, as many Indonesians worked onboard in different capacities. We were able to go to their kitchen and try […]

Slow-cooker Red Beans & Rice! With the Perfect wine!

Slow-cooker red beans and rice!Originating from Louisiana, it one of those comforting dishes that work so well in the crockpot. Southern flavors are heavenly and sublime, just enticing you slowly into its Southern embrace. The smokiness is balanced with piquant pepper sauce giving a rounded comforting heartiness. Although this recipe calls for a piece of […]

Air Fryer Slap Ya Mama Fried Chicken

Slap Ya Mama Chicken can be air fried or oven fried. This recipe has a wonderful wine pairing for the ultimate taste experience!

Flavorful Slow Cooker Duck Vindaloo

Flavorful crockpot duck vindaloo adapted for the slow cooker, paired with Chilean wine for a delicious supper


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Ale Braised Beef Cheeks uses a cheaper cut of beef to make a beautiful slow cooked family celebratory dinner. Use a bottle of ale from a budget store! So much cheaper than a prime cut of beef.

Artichoke Dip can be made from budget store condensed chicken soup and Aldi cream cheese.

Chorizo Butterbean Stew

Chorizo and Shallot Tart Replace shallots with onion but they are cheap at Aldi, as is chorizo and pastry.

Coq Au Vin A cheap bottle of red wine and some cheaper chicken pieces and you have a luxurious French comfort dish for less!!

Crab dip can be made with canned crab or sashimi sticks (fish sticks) and cream cheese from a store such as Aldi for a comforting dip with budget tortilla chips!

Crispy Crab Fritters can be made with sashimi sticks for a fun budget appetizer or lunch!!!

Iraqi bean Stew This uses canned beans that can be purchased very cheaply at Aldi and other discount stores. Make your own bread to go with this to keep cost low. (A bread machine can be a great investment)

Mexican Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce This uses meatballs that can be bough frozen, uite cheaply, but making your own from ground pork is even cheaper. The biggest splurge will be the chipotle paste, but try to buy this from an ethnic store in a larger container to keep the budget down.

Osso buco in the Slow Cooker Replace the veal with pork shoulder & use generic cheaper jarred olives!

Red Rice and beans for the Slow Cooker

Southern Dry Rub Pork 3 Ways Get the largest shoulder of pork from Aldi and you will have freezable tasty food that will feed you for a few days!!!

Tamarind and Coconut Pork This one is great with the Aldi coconut milk, they even have the light one and it seems to have become a fixture now!!! The shoulder of pork works great slow cooked, to make this a less expensive treat. If you are able to buy the tamarind paste at an Asian store,instead of the supermarket, you will save money.

About this page

Hi! I am Mandy, and I know what it is like to go through tough times. 2020 has been tough on many people, so I have created this special recipe hub, with tips on how to have fabulous food on a tighter budget. Some of these recipes will be on a little higher budget, for those who are just tightening their belt but want a little luxury o a budget, and some are aimed at living on a dime when you are hurting for money!

It’s a work in progress and I will keep adding recipes!
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