Natural & Organic Coupon Round Up 4/26 |

New printable Coupons: $0.75 off 1 Snikkidy Snack $1.00 off 1 Alexia Frozen Item $1.00/1 Ecotools Product $2.00/1 Spectrum Culinary Oil Product $0.75 off 4 Pack GoGo squeeZ $1.00/1 Applegate Product $1.00/1 Applegate Hot Dogs $1.00 off Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter $0.75/1 Muir Glen Canned Tomato Product (will make for FREE product at stores that double!) Returning Coupons: $0.75 off 3 LARABAR, UBER OR JOCALAT … [Read more...]

Frugal Friday: Spaghetti Bolognese, Slow Cooker Style!

This is my new go-to recipe when I need something uber-easy that is a guaranteed win with the kids. I like it because it is less than 20 minutes hands on, and very inexpensive to make. We had this for dinner for our family of 2 adults and 2 children last week, and there were no leftovers! Speaking of kids, please forgive the elbow macaroni in the photo; that's what kind of pasta was requested the night I took the … [Read more...]

$5 Friday is Back!! This week? Healthy Meatloaf!

When you think of meatloaf, health food is probably NOT the first thing that comes to mind. A classic comfort food, meatloaf is traditionally made with a mixture of ground beef, sausage, or veal. Throw in some ketchup, maybe some cheese, and there you go! I have revamped meatloaf, and while it is still a dish that should be eaten in moderation, this is a family-friendly version that I feel good about feeding my kids.  The veggies are already … [Read more...]

Frugal Friday: Chicken Taco Soup

Chicken Taco Soup is another one of those easy, go-to meals that I love to do on Fridays. It requires little or no thought to whip up a batch (which is a good thing, because by Friday my frontal lobe is pretty much burned out). I like to serve homemade soup with a loaf of my favorite White Whole Wheat Bread, but you could do brown rice, even taco chips if you really need a break! I wish I had a picture to show you of my lovely Chicken Taco … [Read more...]

Frugal Friday: What’s Your Beans and Rice?

Photo by Indulgence. Gluttony. Cornucopia. Abundance. All wonderful descriptions of many people's holiday season (including ours). But all that abundance comes at a cost.  I always struggle with the grocery budget around the holidays. There are so many things that conspire against me: all the delectable displays in the grocery store; the expensive ingredients for recipes I only make once a year, and let's not get started with … [Read more...]

Frugal Friday: I’m doing the Slow Food USA $5 Challenge for the Natural Network Blog Hop!

This Saturday, September 17, Slow Food USA is inviting you to be a part of their $5 Challenge, and the Natural Network Blog Hop wants to kick it off and invite you to join us!The challenge is to take back the 'value meal' by getting together with family, friends or neighbors to enjoy a meal that costs no more than $5 per person (the cost of the average fast food meal). Slow Food USA says that slow food shouldn't have to cost … [Read more...]

$5 Fridays: Even MORE Zucchini!

This is for all you wonderful locavores who are getting zucchini in your CSA baskets Every.Single.Week!I thought we were in the clear when I looked through yesterday's basket, but nope! Nestled between a cucumber and some collard greens was that distinctive dark green vegetable that is slowly becoming the bane of my (cooking) existence.So, because I haven't posted a zucchini recipe in, oh, a day and a half, here is some MORE zucchini!Today's $5 … [Read more...]

$5 Friday: Crab Salad with Veganaise Dressing

Several weeks ago I was chosen by Moms Meet to participate in a sampling of Vegenaise brand salad dressing.  Yes, I said it -- Vegenaise. While it's still sort of a dirty word in my house (thanks to my carnivorous husband!), I have had only rave reviews of this product (and the resulting salad) from pescatarians, locavores, and meat-eaters alike.  Thanks to all the free samples I received, I have been using Vegenaise for a ton … [Read more...]

$5 Fridays: CSA Edition Part III

Right at the beginning of the CSA season, I posted my basic recipe for Kohlrabi Slaw.   With our CSA, we get a double share and split it with my dad and step-mom. Well, they're on vacation this week so every time I look in my crisper I see 6 kohlrabi bulbs and about 100 carrots staring back at me.  They're so beautiful that I couldn't stand to see any of it to go to waste, so I tweaked my Kohlrabi Slaw recipe a little and came up with … [Read more...]

$5 Fridays: Mu-Shu Beef and Cabbage Wraps

Elegant photography, right? I am accepting sponsors for food photography lessons. Anyway, I sort of stumbled upon this recipe earlier in the week when I realized I had defrosted about 2 pounds of ground beef but didn't have any plans for it. I was searching through Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes (Better Homes & Gardens) for a slow cooker recipe (duh!), and found this little gem. The only problem?  The recipe doesn't … [Read more...]

$5 Fridays: Dessert Edition!

(photo credit HERE)Am I the only person who has actually foregone dinner in order to have lots of room for dessert? I'm embarrassed to say how often I do this! I decided to deviate from the $5 Dinner theme this week, and do a $5 dessert.   My family loves desserts, and far from being an afterthought, they're often the highlight of the meal.  I have brought these Blondies to many family gatherings and they are always gone -- sometimes … [Read more...]

$5 Friday: Summer Barbecue

The Fourth of July weekend is a great excuse for grilling out. The recipe for today’s $5 Friday is not earth-shattering by any means, but it’s one of my family’s absolute favorite meals in the summer time. It’s flavorful, satisfying, and really inexpensive to make.Barbecue Chicken with Homemade Russet French Fries4 small chicken Breasts =$1.501/2 cup + 2 tbs barbecue sauce =$.25 (I usually pay $1 per bottle, so I’m guesstimating)1 lb russet … [Read more...]

$5 Dinners: CSA Week 2

This week was a great CSA week. We got scallions, baby spinach, bok choy, and fresh strawberries, among other things. New this week is arugula.  As a fresh salad green, I've mostly only made -- you guessed it -- salads with my arugula. Not this week. I've come up with a beautiful Arugula Frittata for an easy weeknight $5 dinner.  Now, for some people (like my husband), a slice of frittata is not a complete meal.  Adding some … [Read more...]

$5 Fridays: CSA Edition

To celebrate the first week of receiving a CSA basket for the year, I'd like to share one of my favorite, super-simple suppers: Pasta with Spring Asparagus*Note* Even though I got the asparagus in my basket, I'm using the price at Wegmans this week to calculate the total cost.  I'm not even going to attempt to calculate the price of one produce item for one week of the CSA share.Pasta with Spring Asparagus (Serves 4)1 small bunch … [Read more...]