Pesto Penne and Cheese

Mac and cheese is one of life’s ultimate comfort foods. Cozy up with a plate of this rich and cheesy, Pesto Penne and Cheese to while away whatever worries you may have.

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Pesto Penne and Cheese - Mac and cheese is one of life's ultimate comfort foods. Cozy up with a plate of this rich and cheesy, Pesto Penne and Cheese to while away whatever worries you may have.

I grew up eating mac and cheese from a box. I had read about someone making it from scratch in a children’s novel, but it wasn’t until I was about 16 years old that I ever had homemade. Oh my word.

This was NOT the same thing that I had grown up eating. It was so much richer and cheesier. I was smitten immediately.

I was baby-sitting for the Giordano family; Mrs. Giordano had left a casserole of this mac and cheese that was amazing. I got the recipe from her before I left and an adaptation of that became my Easiest Mac and Cheese. I could make that in my sleep, it’s so easy.

Since then I’ve busted out and experimented with a more traditional Stovetop Mac and Cheese. I’ve tweaked that one into an Alfredo Mac and Cheese.

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A Meal Plan for an Easy Week

Sometimes you just gotta take it easy. While some might go out for take-out, I’m shopping my freezer and using up what we have. A Meal Plan for an Easy Week - Sometimes you just gotta take it easy. While some might go out for take-out, I'm shopping my freezer and using up what we have. Some weeks you just need to take it easy. This would be one of those weeks for me. Last week’s heatwave wiped me out, and I didn’t want to follow my plan at all. Instead, I faked it. Dinners weren’t that good last week. I’m looking forward to an easier week in the kitchen — and hopefully tastier meals. I decided that I really need to get that deep freeze emptied. Really. There’s a lot of grain in there but hopefully, I can use up the other stuff. I made a meal plan based on what’s on hand and did a small amount of shopping to fill in the gaps. Here’s our plan for the week:

Breakfasts

all served with fresh fruit or applesauce

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Creamy Coleslaw That Won’t Go Soggy

Creamy Coleslaw - Forget that stop at the deli salad counter! Mix up this easy and delicious slaw from good cheap ingredients.

Forget that stop at the deli salad counter! Mix up this easy and delicious slaw from good cheap ingredients. Salads and sandwiches make up some of my favorite foods on the planet. It used to be I would make my mom take me to the deli to pick up all the fixings — back in the […]

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Fix Up Some Freezer Meals

Fix Up Some Freezer Meals | Good Cheap Eats - When life gets hectic, it

When life gets hectic, it’s so nice to pull a meal from the freezer to make your evening easier. Try some of these easy-to-prep freezer meals. I’ll confess. Currently, there are no freezer meals in my deep freeze. I’ve been trying to get it empty so that I can defrost it before winter hits. As […]

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Plain Yogurt is a Good Cheap Eat

Plain Yogurt

Plain yogurt is a good cheap eat that you can enjoy plain as well as in cooking and baking. It’s a must-have in our kitchen. It wasn’t until we found ourselves buried in debt that I really gave plain yogurt a chance. Previously, I bought the more expensive sugared varieties in individual packaging. Once I […]

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Where in the World is Good Cheap Eats?

Where in the World is Good Cheap Eats?! We

We’re gonna play a little game. I really hope you’ll join in! Also, before I forget, thank you for your purchase of Good Cheap Eats! Your support helps keep this show on the road. Did you get your copy of Good Cheap Eats? I hope it arrived safe and sound, or that it’s on your wish […]

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Six-Layer Nachos that You Can Make & Freeze

Six-Layer Nachos that You Can Make & Freeze - Viva la fiesta! These six-layer nachos are packed with flavor and are freezer-friendly. They go well poolside as well as at a tailgate party.

Viva la fiesta! These six-layer nachos are packed with flavor and are freezer-friendly. They go well poolside as well as at a tailgate party. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but […]

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A Meal Plan for the Week

A Meal Plan for the Week - Make a meal plan for the week so you can shop ahead of time, cook ahead of time (where applicable), and save money by NOT eating out.

Make a meal plan for the week so you can shop ahead of time, cook ahead of time (where applicable), and save money by NOT eating out. Last week I told you how I created a double meal plan so that I could save time in the kitchen — and most importantly — delegate the […]

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What Folks are Saying about Good Cheap Eats

What Folks Are Saying About the Good Cheap Eats Cookbook - Not quite sure that the Good Cheap Eats cookbook is for you? Check out these reviews or enter a few giveaways.

Not quite sure that the Good Cheap Eats cookbook is for you? Check out these reviews or enter a few giveaways. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly […]

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Going with the Grain

Poppy Seed Cakes

As the school year gets under way, I find my days much fuller than they were a month ago. Since I teach our six kids at home, I really have to hit the ground running. My days are full with lessons, chores, and writing projects. It can be extremely tempting to shrug off good nutrition […]

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