budget | cheap eats

A baking dish with chicken thighs topped with garlic cloves, red potatoes, and thyme. A silver spoon is nestled in the dish.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic is a classic for one reason—it’s damn good. Using chicken thighs ensures the meat remains juicy. Using our trick for quickly peeling garlic makes it hassle free.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 14
A white plate topped with linguine and mussels in a red dress

Mussels in a Red Dress

Mussels take a twirl through a classic red pasta sauce and linguine. Most certainly able to inspire laughter, scintillating conversation, perhaps even a twirl on the dance floor afterwards.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
A rimmed baking sheet filled with peppery chicken wings

Peppery Chicken Wings

The intensity of the classic buffalo wing is tempered here, usurped by a deliciously, defiantly untraditional blend of beguiling spices.

  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 9
A gray plate with a pile of skillet mac and cheese piled on it

Skillet Mac and Cheese

Add this simple skillet mac and cheese, with its brilliant and time-saving trick we suspect you’ve never heard of, to your dinner arsenal and you just might achieve superhero status with the kids. And with yourself.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 0
Potato and Chickpea Stew

Potato and Chickpea Stew

Yet another failproof recipe from Deborah Madison that’s hearty and healthy and satisfying beyond words.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 6
How To Freeze Fruit

How To Freeze Bananas

Easy peasy. Simply peel, slice, place flat on a baking sheet, freeze, and then yank out of the deep-freeze whenever you have a smoothie-making whim.

  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6
A white bowl on a grey linen napkin filled with white beans, chicken, onions, and topped with cilantro and lime

Quick Chicken Chili

Exactly what you want—nay, need—when you’re crave something that’s satiating as heck but you need it to be quick as can be.

  • 25 M
  • 35 M
  • 8
Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Quick, easy, healthy, authentic through and through, and pretty darn delicious if we do say so ourselves. Take it to work or, if you’re willing to share, serve it up at home.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 8
Baked Fries

Baked Fries

We know. You’ve tried oven fries in the past and have been sadly, miserably, devastatingly disappointed by what you experienced. Try again.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 6
An assortment of chocolate covered pretzels with white and dark chocolate coating and sprinkles

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

An impressive gift or cocktail party nosh with an incredibly satisfying salty sweet thing as well as a lot of bling. And you’re not going to believe how spectacularly simple it is to make them.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 2 H
  • 0
Cinnamon Bark Tea

Cinnamon Tea

Sugar and spice and everything nice. That’s this cuppa cinnamon tea. So simple. So soothing.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

A turkey cranberry sandwich with stuffing and gravy and all that Thanksgiving goodness sounds sorta good right now, doesn’t it?

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 0