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A plate of creamy hummus surrounded by cut fresh veggies.
CREAMY HOMEMADE HUMMUS
A stack of macaron cookies.
EASY FRENCH MACARONS
A steaming hot bowl of chicken matzo ball soup. Rich chicken broth, carrots and big plump matzo ball dumplings. Garnished with sprigs of dill.
MATZO BALL SOUP
grilled chicken strips on a skewer with creamy, spicy peanut sauce for dipping.
SIMPLE PEANUT SAUCE
Grilled chicken strips on a skewer with creamy savory peanut dipping sauce.
QUICK CHICKEN SATAY
Succulent pork carnitas on a platter with corn tortillas, lime slices, onion and cilantro.
SLOW COOKER PORK CARNITAS
A spiral vegetable tart. Thin ribbons of colorful veggies wrapped in spirals nestled in a savory cheesy custard in a ritz cracker crust.
SPIRAL VEGETABLE TART
Fresh\affordable foods like sweet potato, kale, cabbage, apples, carrots, eggs, beans, lentils and brown rice.
BUDGET FOODS UNDER $1 PER SERVING
Buttery shortbread cookies, some in a pretty basket, some tied with thin satin ribbons ready for gifting.
3 INGREDIENT SCOTTISH SHORTBREAD COOKIES
Classic Quiche Lorraine. Delicious pastry pie crust filled with savory egg custard with bacon and swiss cheese.
CLASSIC QUICHE LORRAINE
A lerge platter on a table with small slices of French bread smeared with cream cheese and topped with tangy pear and cranberry chutney.
PEAR GINGER CHUTNEY
A large casserole dish filled with delicious Thanksgiving stuffing.
CLASSIC THANKSGIVING STUFFING
Two kinds of pies made with Thanksgiving leftovers. One is a personal pot pie in a small 8 ounce ramekin. The others are cute little hand pies. They are on a marble board with sprigs of rosemary on parchment paper.
PERSONAL THANKSGIVING POT PIES
Two kinds of pies made with Thanksgiving leftovers. One is a personal pot pie in a small 8 ounce ramekin. The others are cute little hand pies. They are on a marble board with sprigs of rosemary on parchment paper.
THANKSGIVING HAND PIES
A beautiful charcuterie board featuring a glass bowl filled with tangy, savory onion jam.
EASY ONION JAM
An overhead photo of a Halloween charcutier board featuring a cheeseball shaped like a cute little pumpkin.
BEER CHEESE BALL
Marinated mushrooms carved to resemble skulls.
MUSHROOM SKULLS
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MIX AND MATCH STUFFING FOR ACORN SQUASH
Delicious oven baked acorn squash stuffed with rice, sausage, veggies and melted cheese on top. Divine!
ROASTED ACORN SQUASH
A round of delicious melted brie cheese with apricot jam and chopped nuts on top and grapes and crackers.
BAKED BRIE WITH JAM AND NUTS
Soft pumpkin spice flavored cookies with creamy buttery vanilla filling on a plate with autumn leaves in the background.
Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies
GRILLED CHEESE CROUTONS
Creamy pumpkin soup in a bowl garnished with sour cream and pepitas served with little cheese sandwiches.
PUMPKIN APPLE CIDER SOUP
Apples and a tea towel are next to an apple strudel. Crunchy puff pastry wraps a tender apple pie filling.
EASY APPLE STRUDEL
berry filled meringue pavlova dessert
Mixed Berry Pavlova
Hummus style bean dip topped with chopped tomato and olives served with pita bread.
MEDITERRANEAN CHICKPEA DIP
Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy served with mashed potatoes and green beans.
CLASSIC SALISBURY STEAK WITH MUSHROOM GRAVY
Lemon Cheese cake decorated with lemon slices and edible flowers.
NO-BAKE FRESH LEMON CHEESECAKE
Multi-colored melon salsa in a glass bowl with tortilla chips.
MIXED MELON SALSA FRESCA
Layers of avocado, tuna and pico de gallo with lime garnish.
Avocado Tuna Stack
AWESOME SAUCE FOR RIBS
AWESOME DRY RUB FOR RIBS
Two slabs of BBQ pork ribs with sauce on a while plate.
DIVAS EASY BBQ RIBS
BBQ chicken breast with Alabama white BBQ sauce poured on top.
ALABAMA WHITE BBQ CHICKEN
BBQ chicken breast with Alabama white BBQ sauce in a mason jar and also poured on top.
ALABAMA WHITE BBQ SAUCE ALA DIVA
There’s nothing better than this classic strawberry shortcake. Easy, goof proof, delicious!
CLASSIC STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
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Grilled Chicken Paillard with Charred Lemon and Salad
Everything you need to know about polenta! This delicious, versatile dish that can serve as an appetizer, side or main dish, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
SIMPLE POLENTA
Grilled appetizer kabob that’s sweet, savory, smoky, crunchy, chewy and addictive. It’s all the things! Perfect for your next BBQ!
BACON LOLLIPOPS ALA DIVA
Want a healthy salad that’s so hearty you make it once and it stays crunchy and delicious all week? There’s a base recipe with seven variations so you’ll never get bored.
VERY VERSATILE CHOPPED SALAD WITH 7 VARIATIONS
Can zip top baggies, ice and milk make the BEST ice cream? Get the kiddies and find out!
FIVE-MINUTE BAGGIE ICE CREAM
Afternoon tea etiquette and easy tea sandwich recipes.
FIVE RECIPES FOR TEA SANDWICHES
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TEQUILA WATERMELON AGUA FRESCA
CUCUMBER LIME AGUA FRESCA
Fresh, light, fruity, easy and cheap, the perfect beverage for summer entertaining.
WATERMELON AGUA FRESCA
The best, easy, crazy good, recipe for Mexican Street corn. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or your next BBQ. The best way to serve corn, ever.
ELOTES - MEXICAN STREET CORN
These adorable Easter candy kabobs are easy, fun and totally cheap!
MARSHMALLOW EASTER BUNNY KABOBS
Crunchy, chewy coconutty macaroons are so easy to make. Only 5 ingredients, meet your new favorite cookie!
Easy Coconut Macaroons
Easy protein packed breakfast cookies with healthy oatmeal, nuts and dried fruit.
DARK CHOCOLATE CHERRY AND ALMOND BREAKFAST COOKIES
Cheap and healthy! Make a speedy dinner starting with purchased pizza dough. Make extra and freeze for dinner on the run.
FREEZER FRIENDLY PIZZA POCKETS
Best Bar snack EVER made easy at home! Irish Nachos with delicious Guinness Cheddar Cheese sauce to top it all! Make it next game day!
PUB STYLE IRISH NACHOS WITH GUINNESS CHEDDAR SAUCE
Traditional Irish recipe is easy, fast, delicious and costs under a dollar! Try it for dinner tonight!
TRADITIONAL IRISH SODA BREAD
All the flavors of a Rueben sandwich is a beautiful braided loaf! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or your next brunch or lunch.
REUBEN SANDWICH BRAID
How to serve less meat to your “meat and potatoes” family.
CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST
The Secret Life of Cauliflower! Easy to follow recipes for cauliflower pizza crust, cauli-rice and fauxtatoes for low carb, paleo, and gluten free diets. You and your family will LOVE these dishes!
FAUX-TAYTOES
The Secret Life of Cauliflower! Easy to follow recipes for cauliflower pizza crust, cauli-rice and fauxtatoes for low carb, paleo, and gluten free diets. You and your family will LOVE these dishes!
CAULIFLOWER RICE
Easy homemade Condensed Cream of (fill in the blank) Soup! Delicious, healthy and CHEAP! This versatile recipe is low fat, low sodium and gluten free! So much better than the canned stuff.
DIY CONDENSED CREAM OF (FILL IN THE BLANK) SOUP
Super easy King Cake uses crescent rolls and a creamy filling made in minutes. It’s delicious! Everyone will want your recipe!
SHORT CUT KING CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FILLING
Easy and delicious! Juicy peaches dotted with cream cheese in fluffy egg custard. Perfect for your next brunch or busy mornings.
PEACHES AND CREAM BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
No one will guess you used shortcuts for this budget friendly, decadent treat. Red Velvet waffles with cream cheese mousse and strawberries. Perfect for Valentine’s Day breakfast, brunch or dessert.
RED VELVET WAFFLES WITH CREAM CHEESE MOUSSE AND BALSAMIC STRAWBERRIES
You need these bites of strawberry filling wrapped in strawberry cheesecake, dipped in white chocolate! Perfect for Valentine’s Day!
STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE TRUFFLE BITES
Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Legs with Buffalo and Brown Sugar Sriracha Sauces. Easy, cheap and perfect for your next party!
CRISPY OVEN BAKED CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS
All the cozy comfort of lasagna, yet gluten free and low carb. So good you’ll never miss the pasta!
SPAGHETTI SQUASH LASAGNA BOATS
Everything you need to know to make tender, juicy London broil steak. It’s easy, delicious and cheap!
LONDON BROIL ALA DIVA
Here’s a must try recipe for a creamy soup that uses all your Thanksgiving leftovers – even the stuffing! Wait till you taste these fluffy dumplings made with stuffing and parmesan cheese!
THANKSGIVING POT PIE SOUP WITH STUFFING DUMPLINGS
Sugar glass looks amazing but it so cheap and easy to make yourself. Perfect for Halloween Glass Shard Cupcakes but you’ll use this technique all year long. Make Sea Glass or Lollipops, too!
SUGAR GLASS
A delightfully creepy treat for Halloween! An easy pepperoni and cheese filled calzone shaped like a snake. Ready to slither onto your plate!
SLITHERICIOUS SNAKE
Easy 4 ingredient Pumpkin Mousse with directions for making it into 8 different desserts! Pumpkin Dip, No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Bars, Pumpkin Trifle and MORE!
EASY PUMPKIN MOUSSE MAKES 8 DIFFERENT DESSERTS
Decadently creamy, butternut squash soup with a little sweet and a little heat. Perfect for fall. Parmesan Sage Crisps and fried Sage Leaves are perfect pairings.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND APPLE SOUP WITH SAGE PARMESAN CRISPS
Delectably moist pumpkin muffins made with only two ingredients? YES! So easy, you’ll make them again and again.
TWO INGREDIENT PUMPKIN MUFFINS
How to make all natural nut butters at home. Less expensive, easy to make, fast and delicious, simple to customize with no artificial ingredients!
DIY ALMOND BUTTER
Apple Rose Tart pairs a crunchy, toasted pecan crust with rich apple butter cheesecake covered in roses made from sliced apples. Get your camera ready!
APPLE ROSE TART
Make quick, zippy pickles out of nearly ANY veggie! Easy and Cheap!
ANY VEGETABLE QUICK PICKLE - AKA - QUICKLES
Perfect for fall, this easy recipe feeds a crowd and gives a cozy retro meal a fresh twist. Homemade “Not Your Mama’s Tomato Soup” and a slab of grilled cheese big enough to share.
SLAB GRILLED CHEESE AND HOMEMADE TOMATO SOUP
Comfort in a bowl for $1 a serving. Savory beef, the sweetness of peas and carrots topped with creamy mashed potatoes. This satisfies the tummy and soothes the soul.
BUDGET SHEPHERD’S PIE
The two BEST recipes for irresistible must-have treats next time you fire up the grill. Asparagus and sweet onion, both wrapped in bacon and cooked on the BBQ. What’s not to love?
BACON WRAPPED ASPARAGUS
The two BEST recipes for irresistible must-have treats next time you fire up the grill. Asparagus and sweet onion, both wrapped in bacon and cooked on the BBQ. What’s not to love?
BACON WRAPPED ONION RINGS
Simply the BEST burger. Smoky, juicy BBQ’d burger, sharp cheddar, sweet caramelized onions, homemade BBQ sauce with crisp, brown sugar and pepper candied bacon.
THE CANDIED BACON CHEDDAR BURGER
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4 INGREDIENT ROOT BEER PULLED PORK
Waffle maker, meet zucchini. Together they make savory, flavorful, golden brown and lightly crisp on the outside yet tender and light on the inside fritters. And cheese, there must be cheese!
WAFFLED ZUCCHINI FRITTERS
This recipe pairs rich, caramelized sweet onion with summer ripe tomatoes on top of a flakey buttery crust for a well-balanced, delectable delight. Just right for brunch, lunch or a light dinner.
TOMATO AND CARAMELIZED ONION TART
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HOW TO PREPARE HATCH CHILIES
Such a moist, fluffy, creamy, cheesy, tomatoey, peppery casserole!
HATCH CHILI AND TOMATO CASSEROLE
All your favorite Mexican flavors, chili and cumin, hearty black beans and juicy salsa, oozing with melty gooey cheese layered with corn tortillas.
DIVAS MEATLESS MEXICAN LASAGNA
Creamy white bean soup with an herb sauce drizzled on top with basil and tomato as garnish.
SIMPLE WHITE BEAN SOUP
Want to add some beauty and elegance to your home on a budget? Simply decant your purchased items into beautiful bottles or containers. Lots of beautiful, easy ideas that cost next to nothing to do.
HOW TO COOK DRIED BEANS
Peak season melons and cool cucumber pair with salty, creamy feta cheese and mint to make one irresistible salad.
MELON, CUCUMBER, FETA, AND MINT SALAD
Delicious premium ice cream at half the cost of name brands. So easy to make - no ice cream maker needed.
TWO INGREDIENT ICE CREAM
OMG! Look at this tart! A sugar cookie crust filled with rich vanilla custard, topped with strawberry roses. And it tastes even better than it looks.
STRAWBERRY ROSE TART
Easy recipe for homemade Limoncello that tastes like summer in a glass. Simple Italian method with intense lemon flavor that will make you feel like you’re on the Amalfi Coast of Italy.
BACIO DEL LIMONE
Easy recipe for homemade Limoncello that tastes like summer in a glass. Simple Italian method with intense lemon flavor that will make you feel like you’re on the Amalfi Coast of Italy.
HOMEMADE SUGAR-FREE LIMONCELLO
For spectacular entertaining on a budget - Lemon Sangria paired with Lemon Raspberry Popsicles. So refreshing it almost hurts!
SPARKLING LEMON SANGRIA AND LEMON RASPBERRY ICE POPS
For spectacular entertaining on a budget - Lemon Sangria paired with Lemon Raspberry Popsicles. So refreshing it almost hurts!
BOXED WINE SANGRIA AKA CARDBORDEAUX
Supercharge your smoothie with DIY Nutrition Bombs. Easy and cheap to make and keep in your freezer to toss in with your next smoothie for a big boost in nutrition.
DIVA PATTI'S NUTRITION BOMBS
Full of healthy probiotics, low calorie and low cost, making yogurt in the crockpot is incredibly easy and at about 15 cents per ½ cup serving it’s totally worth doing.
EASY CROCKPOT YOGURT
It’s delicious fried chicken – without the frying! Chicken leg quarters have never tasted so good. This easy recipe combines brining with oven frying for the best fried chicken you’ll never fry.
THE BEST UN-FRIED FRIED CHICKEN LEG QUARTERS
Irresistible smoky, sweet, and savory bacon jam! Slow cooking makes the onions caramelized and the bacon just melts in your mouth. It’s magical! Slather on biscuits, top toast, make the best burger or level up your grilled cheese. Or eat it with a spoon, I won’t tell!
DIVA'S BACON JAM
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RED, WHITE AND BLUEBERRY DOUGHNUT SHORTCAKE
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8 Cool things to do with a waffle iron, besides make waffles.
This three ingredient cookie is perfect for cooking with kids. Delicious, easy and totally cheap! Plus, it’s gluten free and takes less than 30 minutes from start to warm, melt in your mouth finish.
3 INGREDIENT PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
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ITALIAN BEEF, SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS SANDWICH
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SLOW COOKER DULCE DE LECHE
A Christmas gift box with colorful chocolate truffles covered with holiday sprinkles and colored sugar.
TOP SECRET CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
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TUNA AND MUSHROOM TETRAZZINI
Here’s an easy, hearty appetizer that’s so yummy no one will notice it’s totally cheap! Creamy, garlicy white beans with balsamic onions on crisp garlic baguette. What’s not to love? I have got to make this again!
TUSCAN WHITE BEAN BRUSCHETTA
This is the easiest Sloppy Joe recipe I’ve ever made! Ready in 20 minutes - super cheap - and it’s SO good! I’ll never go back to canned sauce again.
QUICK AND EASY SLOPPY JOES
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OVERNIGHT OATMEAL
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ORANGE VANILLA BOMBE
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QUICK AND EASY MEATLOAF MUFFINS
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EGG FOO YUNG WITH BROWN SAUCE
Git along little dawgie (and a short little cat) and make this Southwestern inspired casserole. Beefy and cheesy on the bottom with super moist corn cake on top and when the flavors meld together its casserole perfection. So ring that dinner bell because this recipe is sure to please the buckaroos in your neck of the woods.
SOUTHWEST CASSEROLE
OMG! Melty-gooey Mexican style cheesy enchiladas smothered in a killer homemade red enchilada sauce. Muy delicioso! Makes a very generous dinner for four for under $1.50 per serving!
CHEESE ENCHILADAS WITH HOMEMADE RED SAUCE
Here’s a super quick and OMG good Mock Beef Stroganoff recipe. My family loved it! All the flavors of Beef Stroganoff in about 20 minutes! Creamy and savory with lots of juicy hamburger, this is comfort in a bowl.
MOCK BEEF STROGANOFF
Need a go-to busy morning breakfast? With eggs, sausage and potatoes, these hearty DIY freezer breakfast bowls are perfect! Just 45 minutes on the weekend makes budget friendly breakfasts all week. There’s a basic recipe with 8 ridiculously good variations so you never get bored.
FREEZER TO MICROWAVE BREAKFAST BOWLS
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COCONUT PINEAPPLE LIME RICE
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GRILLED HAWAIIAN CHICKEN WITH COCONUT PINEAPPLE RICE
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DIY COFFEE CREAMER

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