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Budget-Minded Recipes to Combat Soaring Food Costs

Do high restaurant and grocery bills have you rethinking your food spending habits? Consider the benefits of home cooking on your bottom line.

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Everyone is talking about rising food costs these days. With inflation at its highest in decades, those whose income has not kept pace, are having a harder time making ends meet.

As the rising cost of almost everything impacts restaurants, dining out has gotten much more expensive. From fast food to fine dining, the prices on menus keep climbing. Imagine the economic pressures felt by restaurant owners. The rising costs of rent, utilities, labour, deliveries, food and supplies leave these businesses with very few options but to raise menu prices, if they are to remain profitable.

Consider what your’re really paying for a restaurant meal with its additional taxes, tips and delivery fees on takeout. Is it any wonder that budget-minded consumers are developing an apetite for the cost saving benefits of home cooking.

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Praparing healthy budget-minded meals at home using fresh ingredients.

In 2023, food-at-home prices are predicted to increase 8.0 percent. Food-away-from-home prices are predicted to increase 8.2 percent.

USDA – Economic Research Service
Cost saving home cooking

Being frugal in the kitchen has always been important to me. As a food writer, choosing recipe ingredients, and the way they’re prepared, often reflect this. As does the prevention of food waste with the inclusion of perfectly good leftovers or pre-cooked ingredients, in several recipes.

Apart from being economical, home cooking can be rewarding in many other ways. Try out new recipes and learn some new techniques. Perfect your favourite comfort foods for weekday meals. Taylor a recipe to the special dietry needs and tastes of your family. If this sounds like the plan for you, then dive into the recipes offered here.

Budget-Minded Recipes

Baked Beans in Tomato and Molasses
This traditional recipe of navy beans slowly simmered in a tomato-molasses sauce makes a perfect side for holiday meals and is a hit with vegetarians too.
Baked Macaroni Tomato and Cheese
This simple and delicious homemade mac and cheese works as a main or side dish and is a hit with the whole family.
Baking Bread Without the Kneading
Follow these steps for no-fail delicious golden-brown homemade white bread. If you have one, use a machine for kneading the dough. Makes three loaves.
Banana Nut Bread
Perfect for a coffee break with friends, this tasty loaf made from simple ingredients, bakes up nice and fluffy but not too sweet.
Beef and Barley Soup
Use up that leftover roast beef by simmering it with beef broth, carrots, onions, potatoes and some hearty, healthy pot barley.
Butternut Squash Soup
This recipe was inspired by Canada's First Nations people. The traditional diet of the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois is comprised of three staples that they call the three sisters: …
Cabbage Noodles (Haluski)
This simple one pot dish of buttery egg noodles with sautéed cabbage makes the perfect side dish for many Eastern European dishes.
Chicken Pot Pie with Mashed Potato Topping
This weeknight comfort food has all the ingredients of chicken pot pie except for the pastry. Instead, it’s topped with some tasty, baked mashed potatoes.
Chocolate Lovers Pudding
If you love chocolate, you’ll get your fix with this easy stovetop dessert pudding made with cocoa, milk and sugar. Top it off with some fresh whipped cream.
Coconut Curry Carrot Soup
This delightfully aromatic Thai soup combines the sweetness of carrots with the richness of coconut milk and the bold flavours of curry spices.
Conchiglie al Forno (Shell-sanga)
When looking for a hearty dish to serve at a party (or when you have an army of teens to feed) I turn to this no-fail pasta recipe. …
Czech Cabbage Rolls
Known to the Czech’s as Holubky, cabbage leaves are rolled around a mixture of rice, seasonings, ground beef and pork, then baked in tomato sauce.
Dal Palak – Lentils with Spinach
These delicious Indian spiced lentils with spinach are an easy one pot side dish made in a slow cooker. Dal Palak – Lentils with Spinach Delicious Indian spiced …
Easy Shrimp Bisque
This simplified bisque recipe is a great way to use a leftover shrimp ring and vegie platter. Thick and zesty its always a hit with seafood lovers.
French Canadian Pea Soup
Yellow peas simmer until thickened in a broth made with ham bone, onions, celery and carrots. This is the traditional comfort food of the Quebec habitants.
Hearty Minestrone Soup
This Italian vegetable soup is a healthy alternative to high sodium canned soup. It includes tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, beans, broth and pasta.
Hungarian Beef Goulash
This quick, one dish meal is an easy way to experience those traditional Hungarian flavors while using leftover slow roasted beef.
Imperial Rolls (roll your own)
Light and crispy shells are filled with a tasty fresh mix of pork, vegetables and seasonings. You may never buy frozen prepared rolls again.
Jambalaya and the Cajun Holy Trinity
Straight from Louisiana, this one pot dish of sausage, shrimp, rice and tomatoes is accented with a blend of herbs, spices and the Cajun vegetable trinity.
Penne with Sausage & Mushrooms
This easy one-pot sausage and pasta dish with garlic, mushroom and Parmesan cheese cooks up in just minutes. Mix with a little butter and top with parsley.

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