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 […]

Good Friday Meal-Lightly Fried Fish with Garlic,Lemon Butter On A Bed of Rice & Lentils- Cost $ 1.93 each

You are bustling getting everything sorted for Easter Dinner that you forget about Good Friday and the meatless meal you may have to tackle. Although our Easter Dinner in the Crock pot will be quick and simple and stay with-in budget we needed something special for Good Friday. What is Good Friday?  Good Friday is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians reflecting on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death. The Holiday is observed the Friday preceding Easter Sunday and may coincide with the Jewish Passover. You can read the entire story here. Being that the wife is Catholic they have a day of fasting on Friday meaning they eat smaller meals and no meat. I thought it would be a great idea to come up with a recipe for this Good Friday to share with the family. Even if you are not celebrating this dish is remarkable in flavour and can be eaten any time of day breakfast, lunch and dinner any time of the year. This recipe may be used with any white fish, here I chose Pollock smothered with a garlic lemon butter sauce on Basmati Rice with Red Lentils. This fish would taste great paired with a nice bottle of White Wine Gewürztraminers from Niagara Falls, Ontario. […]

Mr.CBB’s Easter Dinner for 8 in the Crock Pot! Cost $ 1.25 plate

There’s more to Easter than chocolate eggs and bunny rabbits as it’s a time that some families gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s also a time where traditional feasts are served and enjoyed by many all across the land. In Canada Good Friday is a Statutory Holiday and Easter Monday you may find some businesses still remain closed. Easter Dinner A Canadian Budget Binder fan Shelley Chenier posted a crock pot recipe last week on Facebook that had me thinking about Easter food ideas. I wanted us to have a traditional Easter menu but without all the fuss. So many of us are busy in the kitchen during special occasions and the guests are left to chat amongst themselves. We would rather not be the absent couple during a family dinner so we decided to change that this Easter. We wanted to create a frugal Easter meal that would allow us to be with our guests and actually celebrate. Since the Easter holiday is around the corner this recipe caught my eye because it has all the makings of a one pot meal. If you want to keep it simple this Easter try this recipe out and spend more time with your […]

Mr.CBB’s Fudgy Brownies $5 a pan

HANDS OFF MY BROWNIES   I know you’ve waited for my homemade brownie recipe since I exposed that lovely tower of brownies on my Facebook page a few days back. Don’t you just love food photos where you just want to reach in with your hand and grab one like you do right now with these fudgy brownies. I’m sure it hurts even more if you are reading this with a hot cup of tea or coffee or a glass of cold milk and nothing sweet in hand. Homemade brownies are the ultimate naughty chocolate treat for me. If you are looking for Betty Crocker brownies you’ve come to the wrong place. Everything in Mr. CBB’s kitchen is homemade. I don’t know why but there’s something about a good brownie that makes me happy. I’m sure it has something to do with all the chocolate but heck it’s only a once in a while treat, so I live it up a little. The time has come to let the secret brownie recipe out of the bag and I hope they become just as famous in your kitchen as it is mine. These brownies won’t break the budget but the best part […]

Nonna’s Meatballs and Pasta Sauce $1.65ea Feeds 10

What to cook with meatballs? Pasta Sauce of course! Well you’ve been waiting for it and here it is, Nonna’s Meatballs and Pasta Sauce. You can also create this easy pasta sauce and meatballs in a crock-pot if you want to set it and forget it. If you like pasta sauce in the jar, you have no idea what you are missing with homemade sauce. I’ll warn you this sauce is loaded with fresh garlic and basil and it tastes like nothing you’ve ever tasted before in a sauce. Unless of course you have an Italian nonna or have the secret recipe. I think every family who makes their own pasta sauce no matter what culture they are from has their own magic that they put into the pot. Making an easy Italian pasta sauce takes no effort at all. If you don’t like meatballs and would prefer a meat sauce for your pasta you can still make a huge pot of sauce that will taste better than anything you will ever buy in a can. All you need to do is sautee the  meat ingredients and add them right into the tomato sauce. If you don’t like the meat, make […]

The Mule was your Ride and the Backpack your Head

You watch the Food Network and your mouth begins to water and somehow your stomach starts fighting for your attention. Could it be that the recipes you see are so tantalizing you can smell them through the television. Yes, it’s true cooking from scratch is the best way to go. Celebrity Chefs and the Food Network thrive on all the amazing food they dish up to Canadians and Americans around the world. But does it have to break the budget? Do we really need to be eating convenience in can because we think we can’t afford fresh food? For the mere $1.29 cost of  canned pasta in sauce I can whip up something super healthy in a flash. Even College and University students are now taking a notice at their budget and meal planning in advance using flyers and coupons. The Mule was your ride and your backpack was your head You see, back in the day money was not so readily available to most families. You would see farmland from as far as the eye could see. Many families would grow produce, garlic,nuts, beans and grains etc on their land. They worked hard to put a roof over their heads and food […]

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