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Christmas Feast for Under One Hundred Dollars

I usually find that there is a running theme to all budgeting advice. At the risk of sounding redundant, here it is: plan ahead! Planning ahead is an effective way to prevent impulse buys when preparing to host a holiday dinner. Make lists, know your guests’ preferences, buy ingredients fresh and utilize store specials to decrease your costs. It is possible host a fabulous dinner without splurging! Consider trying the recipes below and see how much you are able to save this year on your fabulous and festive occasion.

(All recipes were priced using the Pathmark store’s product listing) 

Pepper Roasted Pork Loin

Photo: Pathmark Fresh Recipes


Makes: 6 servings

Total Time: Approximately 90 minutes

Cost: $11.97 total recipe/ $1.99 per guest



  • 3 pound boneless pork loin roast
  • 1-2 tablespoons cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  1. Rub pepper and garlic salt onto all surfaces of pork roast.
  2. Place pork in a shallow pan and roast in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for one hour or until internal temperature (measured with a meat thermometer) registers 155 to 160 degrees F.
  3. Let roast rest for 10 minutes before slicing.


Nutrition Facts per Serving: 368 Calories, 58 grams Protein, 13 grams Fat (4 grams Saturated Fat), 759 mg Potassium, 875 mg Sodium, 160 mg Cholesterol


Shredded Root Vegetable and Apple Slaw

Photo: Myrecipes.com


Makes: 6 servings

Total Time: 30 minutes

Cost: $9.76 total recipe/$1.63 per guest



  • 1½ cups red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup carrot, shredded (~2 large carrots)
  • 1 cup parsnip, shredded (~2 medium parsnips)
  • 1½ cups apples, cored and sliced thin (~2 small apples)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Mix all ingredients above in a bowl and serve.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 43 Calories, < 1 gram Protein, 10 grams Carbohydrate, 2.4 grams Fiber, 4.5 grams Sugar, 218 mg Potassium, 162 mg Sodium


Sizzling Green Beans with Crispy Pine Nuts

Photo: Myrecipes.com


Makes: 6 servings

Total Time: 45 minutes

Cost: $8.77 total recipe/$1.46 per guest



  • 1½ pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1½ teaspoons freshly grated lemon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Cook beans in a large pot of boiling water for about five minutes. Drain.
  2. Heat oil over medium heat in a nonstick skillet. Add minced garlic and green beans.
  3. Allow green beans to brown then add pine nuts and lemon zest.
  4. Dress with lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and serve.


Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 78 Calories, 2 grams Protein, 8 grams Fat (0.5 grams Saturated Fat), 7 grams Carbohydrate, 2 grams Fiber, 1 gram Sugar, 133 mg Potassium 4

Savory and Sweet Mashed Potatoes

Photo: Delish.com


Makes: 6 servings

Total Time: Approximately 45 minutes

Cost: $4.95 total recipe/$0.82 per guest



  • 1 pound yellow potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • ¾ cup low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  1. Heat oil over low-medium heat in a nonstick saucepan and add sliced shallots.
  2. Stir shallots frequently for about twenty minutes until tender and brown. Transfer shallots to a small bowl.
  3. In a large saucepan, add water and quartered potatoes. Bring water to boil and reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered for about fifteen minutes.
  4. Drain the potatoes and return to the pot. Add milk, cinnamon and chili powder. Stir and mash until potatoes reach desired consistency.
  5. Top mashed potatoes with crispy shallots and serve.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 196 Calories, 4 grams Protein, 3 grams Fat (<1.0 gram Saturated Fat), 40 grams Carbohydrate, 4.8 grams Fiber, 3.8 grams Sugar, 600 mg Potassium, 25 mg Sodium


Barley and Thyme Mushroom Soup

Photo: Pinkofperfection.com


Makes: 6 servings

Total Time: Approximately 90 minutes

Cost: $12.75 total recipe/$2.13 per guest



  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped fine
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound porcini mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 cups reduced sodium vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup barley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot. Add onions, celery and garlic. Sauté for about five minutes or until tender.
  2. Stir in mushrooms and continue to cook for another five minutes.
  3. Add vegetable broth and barley. Bring soup to boil then reduce heat to medium.
  4. Allow soup to simmer for about 45 minutes or until barley is tender.
  5. Add thyme, salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 150 Calories, 2 grams Protein, 9 grams Fat (1 gram Saturated Fat), 10 grams Carbohydrate, 5 grams Sugar, 340 mg Potassium, 300 mg Sodium

Zesty Orange and Ricotta Cheese Dessert

Photo: Marthastewart.com


Makes: 6 servings

Total Time: 10 minutes

Cost: $11.70 total recipe/$1.95 per guest



  • 3 cups low fat ricotta cheese
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1½ cups fresh orange slices
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest


  1. Combine ricotta cheese, honey and orange zest in a bowl.
  2. Serve with orange slices as a topping.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 142 Calories, 3.7 grams Protein, 21 grams Carbohydrate, 13 grams Sugar, 72 mg Potassium, 130 mg Sodium










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