Luxury on a Budget

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

Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich

Vietnam was everything that I imagined it would be once we left Da Nang, with paddy fields, people on bicycles wearing wide cone shaped hats, rural beauty and towns with wonderful markets and rickshaws. The people were smiling and seemed content with life.I remember on one trip, we planned on visiting Marble Mountain, but it […]

Peppers, Chickpea-harissa Mash & Eggs

Peppers, Chickpea-harissa Mash & Eggs is a wonderful brunch recipe, that could also make a light supper. It’s super healthy, giving a lot of nutrients, while healthy spices give flavor. Harissa is such a great flavor, if you haven’t tried it before, this recipe is a good way in! It is almost like the party […]

Swordfish & Herb Salsa Verde

Swordfish & Herb Salsa Verde is what summer is all about! Lighting the grill in the backyard at the end of a hot day, ready to enjoy fresh summer flavor. This dish will always remind me of Nantucket summer nights, as it was always to hot to cook in the kitchen in the summer, and […]

Crockpot Santa Fe Chicken

I like to use the crockpot in the summer, if we are not grilling or using the air fryer, as it reduces the cooking heat in the kitchen, and also allows for food prep to be completed in the cool early morning. I also like to use the larger crockpot and fill it, so I […]


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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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