The only rules for the contest were to make a meal to feed four people for under $10 with extra bragging rights for dishes that keep it frugal while seeming expensive. Just glancing through the first handful of entries, we think most of the entries hit the mark!
In addition to the listener-submitted recipes, NPR includes four recipes from professional chefs. A friend of ours (the one who told us this contest was going on) tried Chef Ming Tsai's recipe for Chicken-and-Corn Fried Rice with Lemon Spinach and pronounced it a new favorite.
It's too late to submit our own recipes, but we can still head over to the site and browse through all the entries!
• How Low Can You Go? $10 Meals from NPR
What's your favorite frugal dinner?