Eating Well in "This" Economy

How many times in recent months have you heard a sentence started with "In THIS economy..." followed by some sort of killjoy spending advice? Well, hang on for some more. Because in this economy, the blogosphere is full of suggestions for penny-pinching meals. Some might just be worth keeping in rotation.

Casual Kitchen has rounded up 25 cheap-n-tasty meal ideas that each clock in at around $1-$2 per serving, but make up for their simple ingredients with punched-up flavors. From basic Black Beans and Rice to exotic fare like Sopa de Lima and Chicken Mole, there's something to dazzle the most sophisticated palate.

For more upscale fare (though still clocking in at less than $2.50 per serving), Cooking Light serves up 8 ideas to feed 4 people for $10. Their Beer-Braised Beef looks like a winner at any price!

Serious Eats has an entire blog post category dedicated to Eating for Eight Bucks (most recipes serve 3-4 people, so still in the $2-$2.50 range). Unusual ideas like Hot Mushroom Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries take humble ingredients and turn them into something more than the sum of its parts. Which is a good thing, because in this economy...

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