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$10 Upgrade Your Dinner Challenge

This weekend I started a game with my kids. It’s called the $10 upgrade your dinner challenge. The goal is to use $10 or less to upgrade your standard Sunday dinner.

At my house, I cook Sunday dinners and I enjoy doing it. I decided to up’ my cooking game since the New Year it’s been a rewarding but frustrating journey. I have a long way to go before I can even consider myself a decent’ cook.

I practice cooking as much as I can and I’m starting to experiment these days. I no longer stick to a recipe but start exploring the boundaries. I try not waste food, use everything I can, and make it delicious along the way. It’s harder than I’ve ever imagined.

I planned this past Sunday’s dinner a week ago. It was to be oven baked salmon and cauliflower rice. I’ve been eating low carb since I’ve been on the Keto diet and and when I cook for the family, they’re on the Keto diet too.


As I was mentally preparing for the dinner I went to YouTube to see how to cook the salmon better. I came across many $5/$10 lunch challenges and got inspired. I thought, what a neat way to jazz up Sunday dinner AND involve my kids in the process.

I came up with the idea to spend no more than $10 and upgrade your standard Sunday dinner with two more courses. Instead of the same old meal, now add an appetizer and dessert for $10 more.


My son and I drove over to the local farmer market Sunday morning with $10 in our hand. We took note of what we already had, so this extra $ was to buy a few more ingredients for an appetizer and dessert.

Walking around the store was inspiring, we had no set agenda, but we figured out what we’d do.

We had day old bread at home, why not use that as an appetizer? We bought $2.00 worth of shrip with the plan to cut it up, fry it, add lemon and drizzle it with homemade Hollandaise sauce.

We knew we had brown sugar and apples, so we bought two sticks of Rhubarb for $2.76 to make a compote dessert. The question was what to put it on. We say that Cottage Cheese was on sale for $2.00, so we bought that.

For a whopping $6.76, we had the ingredients to turbo charge our Sunday dinner.


The family gobbled up the appetizer. It turned out better than I expected.

Dinner was success too! Salmon with Cauliflower Rice worked incredibly well. My daughter loved it.

The dessert was successful to but not received well by the children. The texture of the Cottage Cheese didn’t really work well with the Rhubarb and Apple. I think using Yogurt would be better next time.

Still, for just under $7, this challenge was a success!!!