Mr.CBB’s Tangy Easy Guacamole Dip $ 4.10

When the hot weather approaches Mrs. CBB and I have an incessant urge to eat lots more vegetables and fresh salads and this tangy easy guacamole is no exception. I first fell in love with guacamole after tasting the Indian version while in India a few years back. My recipe is not near as fancy as the Avocado Raita nor as authentic as the Mexican version but it’s tasty and is just as addictive. There are many reasons to eat more avocados  if not for the high fat content(14.1 g of fat in a half avocado-mostly unsaturated with 2 grams saturated) but for the heart healthy vitamins. I like to serve my guacamole with tortilla chips, fresh-cut vegetables or on my homemade whole wheat tortillas (I promise you will never buy them again they are so easy to make), which I will be sharing with you shortly. Guacamole is a relatively frugal dip to make with the real cost coming from the avocados running about $1.25 each or cheaper depending where you buy them.  We picked up a pack of 6 for $2.99 on the reduced rack last week so we’ve been making this guacamole recipe over and over for about $4.10. With BBQ season in […]

Mr.CBB’s Slammin Crockpot Chili $6.50

Mr.CBB’s Slammin Chili! Last week I promised I would get you my budget friendly slammin chili recipe and here it is. I hope I had you all drooling over my Spicy Cheesy Bacon Corn Bread which I have accompanying this dish as it’s worth the extra time to make them.  For some a thick slice of fresh hot slice of home-made bread slathered in butter will do the trick but I wanted to try something new. If you like to try something different.. give it a shot, it’s very tasty. Mr. CBB’s Slammin Chili can be as mild as you like it or as Spicy as you like it. We prefer somewhere in the middle to protect us from the morning after effect in the loo as we don’t have stomachs of steel in the CBB home. There are many types of chili peppers depending on what region of the world you are in. They also differ in heat and sweetness but for the most part add tonnes of flavour to any dish. One of my favourite peppers is the pepperoncini Chili pepper.. particularly the one’s that are marinated or pickled. I can eat those one after another with some fresh bread.. you know the one’s […]

Mr.CBB’s Spicy Cheesy Bacon Corn Bread $5 a pan

By: Mr.CBB I was inspired to make cornbread from a couple of fans on facebook who had talked about corn bread. If you have followed along with me you know I am terrified of making any bread whatsoever. My attempts in the past have all went south right into the bin.  When I realized corn bread had no yeast, well the ideas started popping into my head. Both Aunt B’s Kitchen out of British Columbia and Beckie Thiessen who shared their recipes with me. I decided to make cornbread but wanting to design my own recipe for the blog. I don’t think I realized how versatile cornmeal is and how cheap it is to buy. I love to experiment with texture and flavour so sometimes, my recipes fail but most they are an epic success! (well to us at least, we love them) This particular recipe has flavours that Mrs. CBB and I both love Cheddar, Bacon and Jalepeno.  The spices were simple and I added a bit of cumin to make the bread pop with flavour. I suggest eating it straight from the oven when the cheese is oozing… hot! I also did not have buttermilk which I read is the best for cornbread… […]

Mr.CBB’s Carbonara with Sausage and Cheese Polenta Bake $12.75

It’s not everyday that polenta is used in our recipes but it should be because it’s an easy ingredient to work with and is a fairly reasonably priced product. It’s also versatile as you can create many recipes such as polenta fries, polenta cakes, fried polenta rounds and baked polenta chips. How To Cook Polenta Cooking polenta is fairly easy and you will likely want to use it time and again once you’ve tried it the first time. The product is simple to use as you just simmer it in a water base liquid or broth. Cook polenta until it becomes a creamy consistency like oatmeal or porridge which essentially it is to the Italians, a porridge. You will find the polenta cooking process may take a bit longer than porridge though. You can also buy pre-cooked polenta in tubes or quick cooking polenta at almost any grocery store for around $2 a tube which is the convenient alternative to making it yourself.  I might even try grilling polenta on the BBQ this summer which would be great topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. When I put together this Carbonara with sausage and cheese polenta bake I wanted to combine the […]

Mr.CBB’s Cold Tuna Pasta Salad With A Kick

We’re always looking for a new recipe or variations for an easy cold pasta salad recipe but most times we settle for the classic cold tuna pasta salad for picnics, parties, pot-luck or back yard barbeques! When summer comes we want tasty,quick and friendly on the budget since there are so many parties to go to. I took to my Facebook page again to see what if any variations of pasta salad ingredients my fans might make of the classic tuna pasta salad. I was intrigued with some of the ideas that came up and thought of  some myself while reading such as: Tuna Pasta Salad with Peas and olives Cold Chicken Pasta Salad Tuna Pasta Salad with Bacon and Cheese Cold Tuna Noodle Salad using noodles such as spaghetti I’ve never had tuna pasta salad dressing before but a couple of my fans suggested I add salad dressing to the recipe to give a punch. All I had on hand in the pantry were 2 kinds, Italian which wasn’t what I wanted so I went straight for WOW with PC Yogurt and Asiago salad dressing. I also added low-fat Miracle Whip and Hellman’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise. Even better is if you know how […]

Mr.CBB’s Hot Chip Burger Buttie- $1.32 Per Serving

No, you are right this “Hot Chip Burger Buttie” is not the healthiest meal around but it is a nice little treat once in a while. Sometimes we like to splurge in the CBB kitchen as we eat fairly healthy all week-long and live and active lifestyle. You may think this splurge will cost you money in the grocery budget, it won’t cost you near as much if you were to eat out vs eating in; trust me when I say you can cook at home for much cheaper. Just think if you went out to a restaurant instead of cooking this at home what it might cost you. It’s not as costly as you think… read on! When we are feeling in the mood for something hot, gooey and oh so good, we turn to the “Hot Chip Burger Buttie“. We came up with the name for the shear fact that we both grew up eating something similar and thought it was a great way to reminisce of memories in the kitchen when we were younger. Putting chips and a burger in a sandwich is a great way to enjoy traditional burger and chips (fries). We decided to make baked […]

Mr.CBB’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Raisin Cowboy Quickies!

If you are in the mood for cookies, try my cowboy quickie cookies filled with oatmeal, chocolate and butterscotch chips and raisins. Seems like a lot but it’s worth every bite especially if chocolate goodness is what you are dreaming of for your sweet treat of the week. I woke up this morning went for a jog in the light rain then came home and felt like something… well, sweet! Since the Mrs. was still sleeping I decided to check our freezer inventory list to see if we still had chocolate chips. I wanted to make a signature cookie for Canadian Budget Binder sort of like the recipe mascot for the blog although it’s in a tight competition with my fudgy brownie recipe that’s loaded with chocolate and walnuts. I must admit I enjoy baking cookies and have done it since I was younger as we helped me mum in the kitchen. I was always wanting to learn from me mum and dad. I found it rewarding when I was able to help or replicate something that they had taught me.  This cookie I’m afraid is the works of my imagination and frankly it turned out pretty darn good. If you want […]

Mr.CBB’s Spanish Potato Sausage Tortilla Cost Aprox $10

Every year close to summer we get this urge to make this Spanish Potato Sausage Tortilla treat that was taught to us from one of our friends from Spain.  She rallied around the food we had in Canada when she was visiting but really missed her Potato Tortilla known as the Tortilla de Patatas in Spain. She would not only eat this at home but it is served at local tapas bars, cafe and restaurants as appetizers common in Spain. Essentially it’s one large Spanish omelette known as a Tortilla Espanola. So we worked together to formulate this traditional Spanish recipe that would be similar to her mothers in Spain. If you love potatoes you will love this Spanish potato dish or as some of my friends call the “Spanish Potato Pie” which works for me. It was easy for me to compare the tortilla to my Sausage Frittata which is made with pasta and quite delicious. The best part about both the pasta frittata and the Spanish tortilla is that they are show pieces at any gathering. You will always have people fascinated by this dish because it’s something we don’t see so often in Canadian cuisine. Although the prep and process to make this Spanish […]

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