Meal Planning: How do YOU do it?

There are all kinds of strategies for meal planning. Some are better than others. What’s your method?

Meal Planning: How do YOU do it? | Good Cheap Eats

Twenty years ago as a newlywed, meal planning was something I did every Sunday night. I didn’t know about using it as a money-saving strategy. Remember? I’m the lady who spent as much to feed two people in 1994 as I did to feed eight in 2008.

Instead, it was like clothes shopping or Christmas-list making, I just thought up all the things that I wanted to eat that week and wrote it on a list.

Boy, was I foolish?! I bought duplicates; I overbought; I paid full price. I also threw away a lot of food due to poor planning.

It took a tangle with debt to mend my ways, for that I am thankful. I like to think that I’m a better steward of my resources — and of the earth — nowadays. [Continue reading…]

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Sausage and Potatoes with Sour Cream Sauce

Make a quick fix dinner of sausages and potatoes topped with an herbed sour cream sauce. The recipe is super versatile, allowing you to mix up the herbs with what you have on hand.

Sausage and Potatoes with Sour Cream Sauce | Good Cheap Eats

Our month in France was pretty fabulous. I finally finished posting the story of our European vacation, and I’m dying to go back. We had some great adventures as a family — and ate some fabulous meals.

Since we had access to a kitchen for almost all our time in France, I got to go shopping frequently in french grocery stores and figure out how to make food I knew my kids would eat. While they did expand their horizons, there were requests for burritos and burgers from time to time.

One of the items most frequently in my grocery basket were chipolatas. Similar to an Italian sausage in flavor yet the shape of breakfast links, we enjoyed these sausages often in Collioure and in Paris, usually with boiled potatoes and a salad.

When we had lunch with the Benoits, Jen prepared a beautiful feast for us with grilled chicken, sausage, and potatoes. She added this delicious sauce on the side. I’ve been quizzing her from afar so that I could add it to my own repertoire. [Continue reading…]

Budget-Friendly Recipes for Easter

Easter recipes

Looking for a new recipe to try this Easter for the holiday meal? Here are a few easy favorites that won’t break the bank.

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Real Food Products We Love: Real Maple Syrup from Costco

Real Food Products We Love - Real Maple Syrup

I didn’t used to be brand loyal, but now that we’re working to improve our diet, I love finding products that are simple good food, like Costco’s Maple Syrup.

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Easy Chicken Fajitas

Easy Chicken Fajitas

Pull dinner together in a jiffy with this recipe for Easy Chicken Fajitas. Slices of chicken, onion, and pepper are simply seasoned with cumin, oregano, and garlic for a quick-fix dinner.

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Weekly Meal Prep Can Save You Time & Money This Week

Weekly Food Prep featured

Take a little time each week to prep food for upcoming meals. It will save you both time and money — and help you eat more healthfully.

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Ham and Cheese Salad

Ham and Cheese Salad | Good Cheap Eats

Ham and Gruyere cheese add rich flavor to this hearty salad that evokes tastes of France. This recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and tastes great! Did you catch the Fish Packets recipe that I shared earlier this week on Life as MOM? They were the main course for a meal that we […]

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Real Life: My Vintage Cookbook Collection

Real Life: My Vintage Cookbook Collection - Vintage cookbooks are not just tools. They hold memories and experiences.

Vintage cookbooks are not just tools. They hold memories and experiences.

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Real Food Products We Love: Trader Joe’s Light Coconut Milk

Real Food Products We Love: Trader Joe

I love it when I find ingredients that help me make homemade easier and healthier. I’ve found a brand of coconut milk that is additive and BPA-free.

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Baked Rice with Lemon and Thyme

baked rice on plate

If you’re already heating the oven, slide in a pan of this easy baked rice for a great side dish. It’s practically hands-free and produces perfect rice.

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