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I use a vent clip air freshener in my car keep the inside of my car from stinking up the joint in between cleanings. My personal go-to is t his Fabreeze car vent air freshener , but I also love the scent of these Yankee Candle car vent air fresheners . Depending on availability and sales, I tend to switch between the two.( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .) I stumbled upon a killer deal on Yankee Candle Sidekick refills. Without hesitation, I snatched them up, even though I didn't have the matching holder (the Sidekick air freshener looks like this ). My brilliant plan was to simply stick the refill in the car vent, similar to the air freshener sticks that look like this . It sorta worked but mostly didn’t. 

Three Five Dollar Real Food Dinners

This Saturday is Slow Food USA’s Slow Food $5 Challenge.  What does that mean?

Slow Food USA encourages people to eat and prepare food that is good, clean, and fair. To skip the prepared meal in a box stuff and focus on cooking real vegetables and proteins. Slow Food is issuing a challenge to make a real food for $5.00 because so many people think it is easier and cheaper to eat off a fast food dollar menu than it is to make a dinner with whole food ingredients at home. 

That falls in line what I do here at Lazy Budget Chef.

I had many digestive issues and took a bunch of prescriptions to make sure everything did what it was supposed to do without giving me horrible and constant cases of heartburn.

In an attempt to reduce our budget to afford all of those medicines plus the expenses newlyweds tend to have when starting their careers, Husband and I experimented with cooking dried beans since they are a good source of protein. Moreover, did I mention, cheap?

Of course, a crock pot full of plain kidney beans can be bland. Husband and I found our mom and pop ethnic grocery stores to be a great resource for cheap spices. And ingredients to experiment with. And recipe ideas for mixing vegetables with bits of meat and serving it with a starch to make a tasty, quick, and cheap! Whole food meal.

We started reading and researching food ingredient labels. Some of the older members of our extended families were being diagnosed with various health issues. Husband and I looked at it as a crystal ball to what life might hold in store for us at that age. We decided to avoid high fat and sugar (mostly high fructose corn syrup) diet. We tried and sometimes failed at cooking from scratch more. We eat whole grains whenever possible.

Guess what? Our food bill when down and our health improved. I not long take any of the medications I used to for stomach and digestion woes.

Instead of sharing one $5 real food recipe with you, I’m going to share three. If you plan it right, you should have leftovers to feed your family on the other days of the week!

Three Quick Five Dollar Dinner Recipes

Are you ready to take the Slow Food $5 Challenge?

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I love the Lasagna. Looks great.
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Unknown said…
We have always done slow food, I don't understand people who think fast food is cheaper. We shop sales and use a variety of fresh veggies and meats, avoid processed foods and convenience foods. When my kids were young I used a lot of beans, pasta and veggies and stretched our budget by using less meat. I am happy we didn't have the means to eat out at fast food restaurants all the time and they learned to eat a variety of healthy foods. Now they are raising their own children to eat healthy home cooked foods too. I would love to see more families take this challenge and educate themselves and their children about healthy choices.
Robert said…
We were always on the road but I always packed applesauce and fruit cups and we bought the $5.00 subas at Subway and the kids drank milk or water. Our kids did not even like most of the fast food that is available growing up they wanted packed foods brought with us from home. We packed everywhere we went but I would buy Arby's Roast Beef sandwiches (which years ago they almost always had 5 for $5.00) boys could eat two or three sandwiches if they wanted but often they would choose just the meat from a few and only one bun. I never bought the fry's and cokes they drank water and milk and we always had fruits in the van I drove.