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Low-Cost Recipes from a Real Mom

As grocery prices go up, how do you keep the cost of feeding your family down? Anne Coleman (aka Short Order Mom) cooks for a family of nine on a budget of just $125 a week. Save money with her easy, kid-pleasing recipes.

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Family-Approved Recipes

These family-friendly recipes have been tested and approved by our own testers -- real families just like yours, with toddlers, school-age kids, adolescents, and impossibly picky eaters! Check out their stamps of approval on these recipes and make them for your own family.

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Green & Yellow Beans with Wild Mushrooms

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Simply prepared green and yellow beans with wild mushrooms are easy holiday fare.

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Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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Roasting sweet potatoes is even easier than boiling and mashing them. Maple syrup glaze transforms this ultra-simple dish into something sublime.

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Arugula Salad with Honey-Drizzled Peaches

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Rich, nutty pecans complement the creamy tang of the goat cheese and peppery arugula balances the sweet juicy peaches and drizzle of honey in a simple, satisfying salad that lets the pure flavors of the ingredients shine.

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Chinese Take Out Vegetables

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The dumb name is intended to evoke a restaurant's broccoli with garlic sauce that, according to my children's rapt faces, appears to come with a side of Tabernacle Choir. Look for the Lee Kum Kee sauce in the ethnic food section of a large supermarket -- without it, you'll be stuck eating Regular Vegetables.

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Minted Cherry Tabouli

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So easy, even a child can make it! This is actually true. It is a very easy recipe, and the only cooking you'll do is bringing a cup and half of water to a boil. Here is a fresh and lovely wheat-based salad recipe that promises to be neither bland nor watery. Bulgur is a precooked, dried wheat that you will surely be able to find in the bulk area of a natural foods store, and in the natural foods area of a supermarket.

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Brown Beef Stew

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This delicious, comforting beef stew is a hearty, warming meal with an absence of fuss. Try out Catherine Newman's rich and hearty recipe.

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Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad

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Bartlett or Anjou pears are used in this salad for their crisp texture. The nut and cheese combination sets the tone of the dish—white Cheddar and pecans is decidedly American.

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Raspberry, Avocado & Mango Salad

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Pureed berries give the tangy wine vinegar dressing a creamy texture that gently clings to the lettuce and fruit. This is a salad to enjoy when fresh berries are in the market.

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