Here’s a great $10 challenge!

I was scanning through radio stations while running errands this week and ran across a really neat feature on NPR — a challenge to create a delicious meal for a family of four with a $10 budget! Now, these aren’t just run-of-the-mill casseroles and crock-pot meals (though I’ve certainly got tons of recipes for those). These are chef-created meals using delicious, easy-to-find foods and spices.


Check out the links below for the first three challenges (including recipes!), and bookmark the page to get the rest as they are posted:

From Chef Jose Andres, A Family Favorite for $10

Chef Ming Tsai’s $10 Dish

Navy Chef Gets Creative with $10 Skate Meal

Enjoy! Also consider submitting your own $10 meal recipes to NPR. They’re going to share the best on the air. And if you’ve got budget-friendly meal secrets you’re willing to divulge with the rest of us, share them in the comments section! I love to bargain shop and bargain cook. It’s amazing how creatively you can stretch the grocery budget when you’re willing to try!

PS – For some of you old pros out there, this challenge is a walk in the park. When we had a family of four, our entire weekly grocery budget was $40 — never $10 a meal! But if you want to make something really special for a birthday or to take to a friend as a gift, these $10 menus are fantastic!

2 Responses to “Here’s a great $10 challenge!”

  1. 1 Sara May 21, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I saw that you gave a gift subscription to Mary Jane’s Farm
    and not familiar with it I went to the website. I loved the website and couldn’t wait to get my hands on one of her magazines. I chose the one that was about aprons. I started reading the magazine page by page. I loved the format, the stories, and the practical ideas. But, also as I read, I got the impression that MaryJane, though giving a very feminine appearance, is very much a feminist. There are many statements of empowerment, rebellion, and tolerance all the while glorifying those who give up their lives to earth and the organic way. Yes, there is much about relationships and family, but all gaged by the feminist’s thermometer. This issue was produced three years ago. Perhaps there is a different tone to the newer magazines. But, I personally don’t think that I will pursue further issues of her magazine.

  2. 2 queenofmytrailer May 25, 2009 at 4:01 am

    Dear Sara,

    You are completely right about the magazine. I had ordered it based on the books that this lady has put out — which do NOT have a feministic tone at all. They are filled with quilting, canning, gardening, sewing, and hospitality. Based on the comments of a close friend, I assumed the magazine was the same. I was quite shocked to receive it last month and realize just how completely off-base it is.

    I’ve learned my lesson! I’ll never again recommend or promote a magazine that I haven’t personally read!

    Kind regards,

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