Budget Recipes from CHOW

There's a time for foie gras, and this is not that time. You can still eat well on a budget with these low-cost, easy recipes.


Dutch Baby Pancake

Topped with caramelized pears, this puffed-up pancake is a crowd-pleaser.

Rabanada (Brazilian-Style French Toast)

Crispy and sweet like a churro, with the custardy interior of French toast.

Home Fries

Bell pepper and shallots jazz up this breakfast standby.

Buttermilk and Brown Butter Waffles

Nutty and indulgent—the perfect breakfast treat.

Lime-Pineapple Scones

Cakey scones with a tropical kick.

Campside Beer Pancakes

Laden with pine nuts, currants, and beer!

Matza Brie

A matza omelet.

Eggs in Purgatory

Purgatory, here, is a buttery tomato sauce with a little crushed red pepper for heat.

Buckwheat Pancakes with Fresh Blueberries and Maple Syrup

Don't even think about skipping breakfast.

Red Flannel Hash

This hash of beets, potatoes, onion, and eggs is sweet, earthy, and herby, and makes for a filling, satisfying first meal of the day.

Wilted Greens with Balsamic Fried Eggs

A quick, savory dish that can be eaten for breakfast or dinner.

Main Dishes

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Spicy Chicken and Chayote Jamaican Stew

Spicy as heck in the best possible way.

Saag Tofu

The Indian classic of spiced spinach made with tofu and yogurt.

Cheesy Enchiladas

Loaded with cheese and chile gravy.

Eggplant Parmesan

Caprese salad meets crispy fried eggplant.

Red-Cooked Pork

A slow-cooked dish with Chinese flavorings.

Pork Tenderloin with Salsa Verde

Quick and impressive when paired with a tangy, herby sauce.

Mayan-Style Pit Pork (Cochinita Pibil)

In this oven take on Yucatán-style pit pork, the meat marinates in an orange and achiote mixture before being wrapped in banana leaves and slow-cooked.

Gumbo Z'herbes

This vegetarian gumbo loaded with cooking greens is a New Orleans classic.

Chicken Chile Verde

A big party hit that's easy to make ahead of time.

Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Apricot Glaze

An elegant take on dorm cooking: only a toaster oven required!

Vegetable Tagine

A quick stew of vegetables, Moroccan spices, and chickpeas.

Cornmeal Fried Catfish with Rémoulade

Cornmeal adds crunch to this pan-fried fish, while rémoulade spices things up.

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Feta and Herbs

Mint, dill, and golden raisins dress up grilled peppers.

Pasta with Artichoke Pesto

Artichokes, basil, and ricotta combine for an easy pasta sauce or quick dip.

Baked Radicchio and Mozzarella Pasta

This is a dish that converts radicchio-haters, softening the green's bitterness by baking it with a cream sauce.

Cacio e Pepe Pasta

Mountains of pecorino cheese make a creamy sauce; freshly ground pepper gives it a kick.

Turkey Pad See Ew

Give leftover roasted turkey a second chance with this noodle dish.

Traditional Roast Chicken

Want to improve a classic? Add bacon.

Persian Baked Egg Dish (Kuku)

A combination of eggs, spinach, herbs, and spices, this is a delicious introduction to Persian food.

Spaghetti with Broccoli

Classic, simple, and inexpensive.

Pumpkin Tortelli (Tortelli di Zucca)

Pasta stuffed with fall's favorite squash.

Side Dishes

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Braised Belgian Endive

Braising endive gives it a tender sweetness to balance the hint of bitter.

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Parmigiano-Reggiano

Switch up pasta with squash for this veggie-based dish.

Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Nothing more than potato, butter, and broth, these mashers are an exercise in restraint.

Mushroom and Carrot Bulgur

A humble grain in an easy preparation offers more taste and texture than the usual side dish.

Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Crunchy, crusty potatoes with a hint of herbs and garlic.

Spicy Green Rice (Arroz Verde)

A good accompaniment for just about any main course, especially grilled meats.

Green Beans with Shallots

A quick and tasty take on green beans that's a crowd-pleaser of a side dish.

Campfire Couscous with Zucchini and Pine Nuts

Currants dress up this versatile side.

Pumpkin Curry

Pumpkin with curry spices makes the familiar exotic.

Southern-Style Skillet Cornbread

Not too sweet, with some hominy and jalapeño to spice it up.

Cheddar Biscuits

A light, cheesy version.

Herbed Spätzle

Little dumplings that are a great accompaniment for saucy dishes.

Sautéed Broccoli Rabe

Shallots and red chile flakes flavor this simple sauté.

Braised Red Cabbage with Bacon

A great side dish that can be made the day before and gets even better with time.

Black Beans with Mexican Beer

A spicy new technique adds lots of flavor.

Acorn Squash with Red Onion and Currants

An autumn dish with a hint of sweet and sour.

Herbed Cauliflower and Broccoli Salad

Tangy lemons and capers liven up vegetables for a quick and healthy side.

Creamy Coleslaw

In praise of mayonnaise.

Fresh Herb-Baked French Fries with Creole Mustard

A tangy, spicy way to serve potatoes.

Sautéed Plantains

A sweet and savory dish perfect for warm weather (or when you just need to feel a little tropical).

Cilantro-Almond Couscous

This is a supereasy recipe that comes in handy when you are looking for a tasty, quick side dish.

Carrot, Leek, and Parsley Mash

The carrots in this recipe are mashed, not mushed, so don't worry, the texture is a far cry from baby food.

Spinach Dhal

Red lentils flecked with fresh, tender baby spinach.

Mustard-Braised Spiced Cabbage

An Indian-inspired take on braised cabbage.

Chipotle Double-Cooked Potatoes

These flavor-packed spuds, while time-consuming, are scene-stealing delicious.

Mashed Potato Cakes

These little cakes are a great starch for any meal.

Braised Leeks

A simple preparation for an often-overlooked vegetable.

Soups, Salads, Sandwiches

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Sweet Hot Mustard and Jarlsberg Grilled Cheese

Served up on a homemade pretzel roll!

Apple and Aged Cheddar Grilled Cheese

A classic snack-time combination gets grilled on walnut bread.

Asian Pear and Gouda Grilled Cheese

Melty, sweet, and a little sour from the toasty rye bread.

Sautéed Jalapeño and Aged Jack Grilled Cheese

Spicy, savory, and downright delicious.

Sesame Noodle Salad with Tofu

Buckwheat noodles with Asian flavors.

Gingered Chicken Noodle Soup

A warming bowl of comfort.

Marinated Mango

Light and fresh with a nice kick of heat.

Crunchy Celery and Romaine Heart Salad

A healthy, light salad that combines hearts of palm, celery hearts, and romaine hearts.

I Am Giving Marinated Kale Salad

A tasty, ultrahealthy way to eat your dark, leafy greens.

Cuban Green Salad with Avocados

Green salad gets some Cuban flair with the addition of avocados, tomatoes, and black beans.

Tuna, Olive, Avocado, and Green Bean Salad

A mixed green salad that's full of flavor and filling enough to be a meal.

Chilled Tofu Salad with Miso-Ginger Vinaigrette

Chilled cubes of tofu, cucumber, and tender butter lettuce star in this Asian-inspired salad.

Oxtail and Barley Soup

An intensely rich broth comes from slowly simmering oxtails with red wine.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

A hearty soup filled with vegetables and wild rice.

Salade Lyonnaisey

A variation on the traditional French frisée salad.

Chicory and Arugula Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

A bitter and sweet salad gets crunch from toasted walnuts.

Flank Steak Salad with Arugula

Hearty yet healthy, this salad has black beans, black-eyed peas, red onions, and sweet bell peppers.

Winter Greens Soup

Showcasing the best of winter's produce.


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Lime Pound Cake

Rich, buttery cake with a hint of citrus; satisfying any time of day.

Lemon Pound Cake

This golden, rich cake benefits from a generous amount of butter.

Chocolate Almond Nut Jobs

Dark chocolate with shards of toasty almonds.

CHOW's Intense Brownies

Chewy, cakey, fudgy—a recipe for chocoholics.

Pineapple Granité

Blended pineapple is flavored with orange juice and zest for a light, icy sweet.

Crackly Sugar Cookies

Bites of buttery, sugary goodness, these cookies are beautiful as well as delicious.

Pecan and Sweet Potato Bread

Tasty for breakfast, a coffee break, or dessert.

Nutty Chocolate Peanut Butter Chews

Oatmeal, chocolate, and peanut butter chunks make for sweet, crunchy, irresistible cookies.

Shortbread Lemon Bars

Classic cookie bars packed with mouth-puckering lemon flavor.

Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Streusel

A classic pairing of a buttery, crunchy oat topping and tender apples.

Peanut Butter–Chocolate Fudge

Peanut butter cups morph into a no-fuss fudge.

Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thin, buttery cookies loaded with chocolate chips.

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies

Mexican chocolate and cayenne lend exotic spice.

Fresh Ginger Cake

A taste of the Big Easy that can be whipped up fast.

Basic (Vegan) Chocolate Cupcake

A fabulous, 100 percent vegan recipe.

Super-Sized Ginger Chewies

The perfect example of a thick, chewy spice cookie.

Icebox Sugar Cookies

Make a big batch and keep it in the freezer.


The classic bake sale favorite: crispy on the outside, soft in the middle, and dusted with cinnamon.

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