Frugal Friday: Healthy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

It doesn't get much easier than this dinner. Throw everything in the slow cooker, pull a bun from the freezer, and you have a hearty, savory meal. It's also not that expensive to make with organic ingredients. Aside from pantry ingredients, I made this dish for around $1.78 per person -- and that includes organic beef, carrots, potatoes, and onions. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:9] … [Read more...]

Frugal Friday: Beef with Broccoli

This homemade beef with broccoli hits all the highs -- healthful, inexpensive, tasty, satisfying, and kid-friendly. Aside from the beef and broccoli, all the other accoutrements for this dish are pantry staples. I made the entire meal for less than $6.00 out of pocket! My beef was only $3.15, and I got the broccoli for $1.00 at the Public Market. This is a quick, healthful weeknight dinner. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:8] … [Read more...]

Turkey Soup with Egg Noodles

A few months ago, when everyone in my family was sick, my good friend Jan brought over what turned out to be a perfect meal for all of us - turkey soup. I don't know if it was just because I was recovering from my own illness and my daughter's hospital stay, but this soup was more healing to me than any medicine. Warm and rich, yet light and delicious, it was the very thing we all needed. Of course I had to try to recreate it! If you have … [Read more...]

Frugal Friday: Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli

I went to the Farmer's Market last week and purchased over a pound of broccoli for just $1.00. Seriously, I don't know why I am not hitting up that market every single week, especially in the winter months when we don't get our CSA share. Anyway, I was trying to figure out what to do with my $1.00 broccoli, when I remembered that I had lots of stew beef in the freezer from the local farm I buy from.  Here's what I came up with -- and as a … [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...]

Frugal Friday: Use Your Gift Closet to Save Money on Childrens’ Gifts

For the longest time, whenever I read about some supermom who had all her Christmas shopping done by July, I would be rolling my eyes and thinking, "Get a life!" Well, I still kind of roll my eyes, but now I actually have most of my gift shopping done for the whole year! The best part is that I expend a minimum of energy and money to accumulate thoughtful gifts for everyone on my list throughout the year. Back in June I wrote a post giving … [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: Carmelized Plantains

Let me tell you something about my stepmother: She is one of the best cooks I know. And whenever you ask her how she makes something, she makes it sound like she just whipped it up and anyone could do it. Not true. I am pretty sure she is just being modest because I have tried, and repeatedly failed, to replicate some of her delicious dishes. In fact, this carmelized plantain recipe is one that I completely botched the first time I made it. … [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 Fridays: Chana Masala

In the spirit of meatless meals, I decided to tried a traditionally vegetarian Chana Masala.  If you're unfamiliar with Indian dishes, Chana Masala is basically chickpea curry. It's a nutritious, spicy, savory, and wholly satisfying meal. You won't even miss the meat -- I promise!  It's so easy to make -- the most challenging part is finding the spices in the supermarket, but even that is not too difficult. I'll admit I wasn't prepared for how … [Read more...]

Friday Freebies!

There are several freebies from this week that are still available! Make sure to snap them up now! Free NeilMed NetiPot Free Subscription to American Baby and Baby Talk Magazine Free Disney Pumpkin Carving Templates Five Free Songs by The Wiggles (Amazon Download) NEW! Free $2 MP3 credit at Amazon when you connect your Twitter Account to Amazon Free Preschool Pumpkin Printables Free Gooseberry Patch Cookie Swap Cookbook Don't … [Read more...]

Frugal Friday: Pumpkin Chicken

I totally acknowledge that this is the weirdest recipe I have come up with maybe ever.  In fact, this recipe was born from the fact that I found a half-used can of pumpkin in the fridge and needed to use it up.  But this chicken recipe hits on all cylinders: it's fast, easy, healthy, cheap, and made with pantry ingredients.  Oh, and did I mention you can make it in a crock pot?? Just as a side note, I did something a little different with the … [Read more...]

In honor of Oktoberfest: Apple and Sausage Roast

Oktoberfest was first celebrated in 1811 as part of an agricultural show (a state fair of sorts) to promote Bavarian Agriculture. So it's fitting that the only way my family celebrated Oktoberfest this year was with a meal made from fresh, delicious vegetables -- and Bratwurst, of course! In the past, the only experience with my scant German heritage I had was watching my grandmother eat a sandwich of limburger cheese (yeah, the smelly stuff) … [Read more...]

Frugal Holidays: Halloween Costume Swap

Last week, a couple of girlfriends and I got together with our kids one morning.  It looked like a normal playdate, except for the fact that everyone brought their kids' old Halloween costumes!  Even though we all have kids around the same age, I think everyone found at least one costume to use this Halloween. The best part? It was completely free!  I highly recommend getting a few friends with kids together to have a costume swap. Halloween … [Read more...]