Slow Food’s $5 Dinner Challenge is this weekend. One of the purposes of the challenge is to show that eating good, fair food doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking that only the privileged can afford. If you’re still looking for something to cook for your $5 Dinner challenge or any night of the week when you want good food that’s affordable, take a look at some of these bloggers ideas.


  • With a chill in the air in many places but plenty of summer vegetables still at the farmers markets, this End of Summer Harvest Soup from the $5 Dinner blog (where you’ll find tons of other budget-friendly recipes) looks just about perfect.
  • Here’s a recipe I started making earlier this year that my whole family likes that uses tilapia (you can use any inexpensive, mild white fish), Grilled Tilapia with Garlic-Dijon Aioli. I posted the recipes on my South Jersey Locavore blog the first time I grilled it, and I’ve made this dish several times since.
  • My friend Lisa from Jersey Girl Cooks posted a One Pot Gnocchi with Turkey Bolognese on her blog this week – budget-friendly, hearty and easy clean up! Add a salad and you’ve got an inexpensive meal.
  • If your $5 dinner is just for you and another special someone, has 7 Romantic Meals for Under $10.

Enjoy your weekend!


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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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