Chicken & White Bean Soup

Chicken & White Bean Soup

Today I made a big ol’ batch of this soup, some we ate for supper, some I’m going to freeze.  Its both a  super frugal meal, yet very nutritios. It’s filling and everyone in our family likes it. You can top with tortilla chips, salsa, sour cream, cilantro, jalapenos and cheese. You can switch out [...]

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Lentil Shepherd's Pie (No Cream Soups!)

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie (No Cream Soups!)

This shepherd’s pie is similar to my crock pot shepherd’s pie, but this version uses lentils along with the meat, and uses no canned cream of mushroom soup, which skipping that was easier than I thought. I didn’t even make up my own cream of mushroom from scratch or anything, all I did was substitute [...]

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Save the Scraps: Veggie Broth

Save the Scraps: Veggie Broth

  I present you with a recipe that very literally “saves the scraps!” Veggie broth will cost you almost nothing (scraps + water + seasonings + oil) and its a boost of nutrition at the same time! I like to save veggie scraps in a big zip-top bag in the freezer until I get a [...]

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I Learned How to Butcher a Chicken

I Learned How to Butcher a Chicken

One of our very generous staff families said that if we wanted to learn how to butcher a chicken and do one from start to finish then we could take it home! So I learned how to make an alive chicken become a tasty one sitting on a platter on my table…. First catch it [...]

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Muffin Mania: Pizza Muffins!

Muffin Mania: Pizza Muffins!

Today’s muffin mania is a little different from all the other ones I’ve done…it’s a savory muffin! These are perfect for picnics, lunch boxes, dish-to-pass meals, appetizers, snacks…you get the idea. And if you usually buy those bagel bite, pizza pocket, things, you can make these instead and save some moola and eat healthier! They’re [...]

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Hobo Stew - The Best Camping Meal Ever!

Hobo Stew – The Best Camping Meal Ever!

Hobo stew…in my mind it’s the perfect meal for camping out… Everyone can personalize their meal before the trip. It’s a whole meal in one ball of aluminum foil, so their’s less to carry in. You don’t need a bunch of equipment or fancy dishes to make it. It’s yummy! And it’s very cheap! First [...]

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Kitchen Tip Tuesday: How to Make Corn Tortillas

Kitchen Tip Tuesday: How to Make Corn Tortillas

Happy Kitchen Tip Tuesday! If you’re joining us from Tammy’s Recipes, I just want to say welcome and thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so excited to be able to host KTT for Tammy while she’s away! If you have Kitchen Tip to share please leave the link in the comments and I’ll add [...]

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Crock Pot Tuesday - Shepherd's Pie

Crock Pot Tuesday – Shepherd’s Pie

I grew up eating shepherd’s pie and still enjoy making it. It’s a cheap, filling meal that can be a complete meal in one dish. Today I’m showing you how I made it in my crock pot (although I often make it in the oven). Ingredients: Mashed Potatoes – This is a great way to [...]

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Crock Pot Tuesday - Spagetti/Pizza Sauce

Crock Pot Tuesday – Spagetti/Pizza Sauce

I had some fresh oregano that I needed to use, so I decided to make up some spaghetti sauce to freeze for future use. This sauce can be used not only for spaghetti, but also for pizza, lasagna, chicken Parmesan…you get the idea. You can even throw in some browned ground beef if you want.  [...]

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Parmesan & Basil Chicken Pasta

Parmesan & Basil Chicken Pasta

When I had Parmesan and chicken pasta on my menu plan a reader asked for the recipe, so here it is! I got it from the book Eat Cheap but Eat Well* by Charles Mattocks. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, so this recipe is actually my adaptations. Ingredients: 12 oz. pasta (I used bow [...]

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