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    Dinner on a Dime

    5 weeknight meals that cost [DOLLAR "10"] or less.

    With tax season around the corner, money is on everyone's mind. But just
    because you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't afford a little flavor. To
    that end, we offer five delicious and satisfying dinners that cost less than
    $10 apiece. Forget peanut butter sandwiches and pasta with tomato sauce --
    these flavorful dishes are sure to keep you well fed through any tight times
    ahead.

    Calculating Costs

    The cost for each meal is based on the amount of the products actually used
    in the recipe. We considered some ingredients that most people have on hand
    as staples and didn't count them in the costs. These include herbs, spices,
    mustard, milk, eggs, butter, sugar, flour, and cornmeal.

    Ham and Swiss Bread Pudding (total for meal $ 5.02)

    "Hawaiian bread is a childhood favorite of mine, and I always have some
    around the house. At a recent food seminar at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur
    Springs, West Virginia, I fell in love with a savory bread pudding and was
    determined to create my own version. I always see Hawaiian bread on sale for
    two for $5, so it was a tax-season natural. Green onions are also
    inexpensive, and milk and the seasonings are staples. The only other expense
    was for ham and cheese." -Krista Ackerbloom Montgomery

    Spinach, Caramelized Onion, and Bacon Pizza (total for meal $7.90)

    "One of my favorite splurges is fresh-baked bread from the bakery. But when
    the budget is tight, I make my own. In this case, it's pizza crust --
    basically flour and water -- which leaves plenty of money to get creative
    with the toppings. Onions are always in my fridge, and fresh spinach is about
    $1.50 a bag; so I splurge on thick-sliced bacon, such as Nueske's, which has
    an incredible flavor (you'll have 3/4 of the package left, too). I also add
    real Parmesan cheese. Serve this rich-tasting pizza with a simple green salad
    of romaine lettuce, sliced red onions, and cherry tomatoes." -Julie Grimes
    Bottcher

    Beef and Bok Choy Hot Pot (total for meal $6.72)

    "I love the flavors of the French Onion-Beef Bowl that ran in our March 1999
    issue. This is a cheaper, more accessible version of that dish. It uses
    inexpensive stew meat, which becomes tender as the dish cooks for more than
    an hour. And while it's simmering, your house will be infused with the scents
    of cinnamon, ginger, and garlic. Add some bok choy -- a great buy this time
    of year -- and carrots, and serve over fettuccine or whatever noodles you
    have on hand for a comforting yet exotic dinner." -Jill Melton

    Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice and Sweet and Sour Slaw (total for meal $5.13)

    "I've always been in love with New Orleans (so much so, in fact, that I got
    married there). There is just nothing like that pleasant juxtaposition of
    Creole architecture, spicy Cajun smells, and people who enjoy life without
    inhibition. One of my favorite things to make during lean times is inspired
    by my love of the Big Easy -- red beans and rice. With these as the
    foundation, what could be cheaper? I realize that dried beans can seem
    something of a chore, with all that soaking time plus hours simmering on the
    stove. But with this recipe, you can throw the beans, sausage, and seasonings
    all into a slow cooker to simmer -- hands-free -- while you're at work. It
    couldn't be easier. When you get home, all you have to do is cook the rice
    and make the slaw, which is fresh and crunchy, and provides a nice contrast
    to the hearty main dish." -Ann Taylor Pittman

    Italian Potato Torta (total for meal $ 4.12)

    "My first post-college trip to Italy was followed shortly by the purchase of
    my first Italian cookbook. Together, the two inspired this recipe, which has
    seen my family through times both lean and lush. A gnocchi-like mixture of
    mashed potatoes, flour, and an egg is patted into a cake pan, topped with
    tomatoes and cheese, then baked. What emerges is part pizza, part potato
    pancake. Sometimes I intensify the flavor with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic,
    black olives, and -- if we have it around -- a bit of leftover prosciutto.
    Serve this with a zesty green salad for a complete, inexpensive feast." -Mary
    Kay Culpepper




    Copyright 2003 Cooking Light magazine.

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    These all sound SO good. However, WHERE are the actual recipes for them? Sorry...I am new to the boards so if I'm just missing something please let me know. Thanks!

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    Default Ham and Swiss Bread Pudding

    Ham and Swiss Bread Pudding

    Cooking spray
    1 1/4 cups chopped green onions
    3/4 cup chopped ham (about 3 ounces)
    2 garlic cloves, chopped
    7 (1-ounce) Hawaiian bread rolls, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    1 3/4 cups fat-free milk
    3/4 cup egg substitute
    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, divided

    Heat a small nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onions, ham, and garlic; saut? 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cool.
    Preheat oven to 350?.

    Arrange bread cubes on a baking sheet. Bake at 350? for 15 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally.

    Combine milk and next 5 ingredients (milk through nutmeg) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Stir in ham mixture. Add bread, tossing gently to coat.

    Arrange half of bread mixture in an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with half of cheese; top with remaining bread mixture. Bake at 350? for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake an additional 20 minutes or until set.

    Yield: 4 servings

    NUTRITION PER SERVING
    CALORIES 353(30% from fat); FAT 11.9g (sat 5.7g,mono 3.9g,poly 1.1g); PROTEIN 23.9g; CHOLESTEROL 50mg; CALCIUM 384mg; SODIUM 993mg; FIBER 1.4g; IRON 2.9mg; CARBOHYDRATE 35.9g

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    Default Spinach, Caramelized Onion, and Bacon Pizza

    Spinach, Caramelized Onion, and Bacon Pizza
    Dough:
    1 cup bread flour, divided
    1 cup warm water (100? to 110?)
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    Cooking spray

    Topping:
    4 bacon slices, chopped
    1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach
    2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) sliced onion
    2 teaspoons sugar
    1 tablespoon butter
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
    1 tablespoon cornmeal
    1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

    To prepare dough, lightly spoon the bread flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine 1/2 cup bread flour, warm water, 1 teaspoon sugar, and yeast, stirring with a whisk. Let stand 15 minutes.
    Lightly spoon 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup bread flour, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.

    Make a well in center of mixture. Add yeast mixture to flour mixture; stir well. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of remaining all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).

    Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85?), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 20 minutes.

    To prepare topping, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings. Set bacon aside. Add spinach to drippings in pan; saut? 2 minutes or until wilted. Place spinach in a colander, pressing until barely moist. Add onion and 2 teaspoons sugar to pan; cook 12 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; cool.

    Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 3 tablespoons flour and pepper, stirring with a whisk; cook 30 seconds. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook 5 minutes or until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly with a whisk.

    Preheat oven to 475?.

    Roll dough into a 12-inch circle on a floured surface. Place dough on a (12-inch) pizza pan or baking sheet coated with cooking spray adn sprinkled with cornmeal. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim. Spread milk mixture evenly over dough; top with spinach and onion.

    Bake at 475? for 20 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with bacon and cheese; bake an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown. Cut pizza into 8 wedges.

    Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 wedges)

    NUTRITION PER SERVING
    CALORIES 529(29% from fat); FAT 17.3g (sat 9.3g,mono 5.9g,poly 1g); PROTEIN 26g; CHOLESTEROL 39mg; CALCIUM 503mg; SODIUM 981mg; FIBER 4.4g; IRON 6.3mg; CARBOHYDRATE 71.4g

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    Default Beef and Bok Choy Hot Pot

    Beef and Bok Choy Hot Pot

    2 1/4 cups water
    3/4 cup low-salt beef broth
    1/3 cup rice vinegar
    1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    1 pound beef stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
    1 1/4 cups chopped green onions
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
    2 cups thinly sliced bok choy
    1 1/2 cups thinly sliced carrot
    2 cups hot cooked wide rice noodles or fettuccine

    Combine first 6 ingredients, stirring with a whisk; set aside.
    Heat vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add beef, browning on all sides. Add broth mixture, green onions, garlic, and ginger; bring to a boil.

    Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until beef is tender. Stir in bok choy and carrot, and cook 5 minutes or until tender. Serve beef mixture over noodles.

    Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups beef mixture and 1/2 cup noodles)

    NUTRITION PER SERVING
    CALORIES 369(29% from fat); FAT 11.7g (sat 3.5g,mono 4.2g,poly 2.4g); PROTEIN 26.3g; CHOLESTEROL 71mg; CALCIUM 90mg; SODIUM 931mg; FIBER 3.5g; IRON 3.8mg; CARBOHYDRATE 36.6g

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    Default Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

    Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

    This is the ultimate in thriftiness and convenience - beans in a slow cooker. The long, slow cooking time coaxes all the flavor from the sausage into the beans for a mild yet full-flavored dish. You can also cook in on low heat for 8 hours.

    3 cups water
    1 cup dried red kidney beans
    1 cup chopped onion
    1 cup chopped green bell pepper
    3/4 cup chopped celery
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    1 teaspoon paprika
    3/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1/2 (14-ounce) package turkey, pork, and beef smoked sausage, thinly sliced (such as Healthy Choice)
    1 bay leaf
    5 garlic cloves, minced
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3 cups hot cooked long-grain rice
    1/4 cup chopped green onions

    Combine first 12 ingredients in an electric slow cooker. Cover with lid; cook on high heat for 5 hours. Discard bay leaf; stir in salt. Serve over rice; sprinkle servings evenly with green onions.

    Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup bean mixture, 3/4 cup rice, and 1 tablespoon green onions)

    NUTRITION PER SERVING
    CALORIES 413(5% from fat); FAT 2.5g (sat 0.7g,mono 0.2g,poly 0.5g); PROTEIN 21.1g; CHOLESTEROL 18mg; CALCIUM 102mg; SODIUM 749mg; FIBER 10.1g; IRON 6mg; CARBOHYDRATE 76.3g

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    Sweet and Sour Slaw


    Cool and crisp: a choice complement to the Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice. Try varying the slaw by adding slices of Granny Smith or Pink Lady apples to give it a slightly sweet-tart flavor and a crunchy bite.

    1 tablespoon sugar
    3 tablespoons cider vinegar
    2 teaspoons vegetable oil
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    4 1/2 cups packaged cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw (about 8 ounces)
    1/4 cup chopped green onions

    Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk until sugar dissolves. Add coleslaw and onions to vinegar mixture; toss to combine. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

    Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

    NUTRITION PER SERVING
    CALORIES 50(43% from fat); FAT 2.4g (sat 0.4g,mono 0.5g,poly 1.4g); PROTEIN 0.8g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 28mg; SODIUM 158mg; FIBER 1.6g; IRON 0.4mg; CARBOHYDRATE 7.4g

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    Italian Potato Torta

    This torta--Italian for tart, cake, or pie--makes a great vegetarian entr?e.

    6 cups cubed peeled baking potato (about 1 3/4 pounds)
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1 large egg
    Cooking spray
    1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 (14.5-ounce) can diced Italian-style tomatoes, drained
    1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
    3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
    Thyme sprigs (optional)

    Preheat oven to 450?.
    Place potatoes in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook 15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return potatoes to pan; add flour, oil, salt, and egg. Mash potato mixture with a potato masher until smooth.

    Spread potato mixture into a 9-inch round cake pan coated with cooking spray. Combine seasoning, garlic, and tomatoes; spread evenly over potato mixture. Combine cheeses, and sprinkle over tomato mixture. Bake at 450? for 25 minutes or until golden. Let stand 20 minutes. Cut torta into 4 wedges. Garnish with thyme, if desired.

    Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

    NUTRITION PER SERVING
    CALORIES 459(29% from fat); FAT 14.6g (sat 7.7g,mono 5.3g,poly 0.7g); PROTEIN 23.1g; CHOLESTEROL 86mg; CALCIUM 533mg; SODIUM 927mg; FIBER 3.7g; IRON 2.4mg; CARBOHYDRATE 59.6g

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