Give Spice Mixes as Gifts

Food gifts don’t need to be complicated, expensive, or commercial. They don’t even have to be baked! Package a variety of homemade spice blends for an easy and economical gift.

Give Spice Mixes as Gifts - Food gifts don't need to be complicated, expensive, or commercial. They don't even have to be baked! Package a variety of homemade spice blends for an easy and economical gift.

I’ve always been of the DIY mind when it came to gifts. Not only does it give you the opportunity of adding a special touch, but it also helps you save money. My favorite gifts to give are those that look beautiful, taste great, and don’t cost a fortune.

Packing up homemade spice blends in a pretty bottle is a perfect way to do it.

Add a recipe card so they know how to use it and make more, and you’re all set.

Spice Mixes to Give as Gifts

I am constantly mixing up a number of different herb and spice blends to give as gifts. Cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated when you have a bottle of magic at the ready. Simple baked chicken becomes awesome with a few shakes of blended spices. [Continue reading…]

15 Freezer-Friendly Recipes for the Holidays

With Christmas only 9 days away and New Year’s only a week later, now is a great time to cook ahead. Make-ahead and freeze one or more of these freezer-friendly recipes for the holidays.

15 Freezer-Friendly Meals for the Holidays | GoodCheapEats.com | Making some meals in advance and freezing them for a later date can help you enjoy the season more and save some money and time while you're at it. Here's a round up of 15 time-tested recipes that will do well in the freezer as well as on your holiday table.

The days leading up to Christmas on into the New Year can be full of all kinds of feasts and frolicking. It’s a wonderful time to spend with friends and family. There can also be a lot of freaking out.

Like all that alliteration?

Avoid the freaking out and enjoy the feasts, frolicking, friends, and family with — ready for it? — FREEZER MEALS!

Making some meals in advance and freezing them for a later date can help you enjoy the season more and save some money and time while you’re at it. I’ll gathered up a round up of 15 time-tested recipes that will do well in the freezer as well as on your holiday table.

I like to think outside the box for Christmas and New Years. We tend to serve things that we like and that are easy and cheap to prepare. Those guidelines have steered my list. Whether you want an easy tamale supper for Christmas Eve or a  make-ahead brunch for New Year’s Day, these recipes will serve you well and let you just chill this season. [Continue reading…]

Homemade Curried Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Homemade Curried Chicken and Broccoli Casserole - This freezer-friendly, curried chicken and broccoli casserole is fully homemade. No canned soups or packaged mixes. Just good, real food.

This freezer-friendly, curried chicken and broccoli casserole is fully homemade. No canned soups or packaged mixes. Just good, real food. Make one for now and one for the freezer. When my siblings and I were growing up, my mom let us choose our birthday dinner. Since I had a love of creamy, cheesy chicken casseroles, […]

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Free Meal Plan for the Week

Free Meal Plan for the Week - Need some inspiration on the meal planning scene? Grab this free printable plan that is sure to please and fit the budget.

Need some inspiration on the meal planning scene? Grab this free printable plan that is sure to please and fit the budget. Need a meal plan for the week? Consider this round-up of yumminess: Slow Cooker Meal: Pasta with Easy Crockpot Red Sauce Freezer Meal: Chihuahua Chili Soup Meal: Aunt Sandy’s Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup Mexican Meal: Chicken Enchilada […]

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12 Favorite Cookbooks that I Actually Use

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Here are my 12 favorite cookbooks or books about food that I use regularly. Add one to your collection and chuck five that you never cook from.

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The Grocery Geek is Not Dead

The Grocery Geek is Not Dead | Good Cheap Eats - The Grocery Geek series is where I share my shops and how I feed a family of eight on a budget.

The Grocery Geek series is where I share my shops and how I feed a family of eight on a budget. Wow! We’re two weeks into the month and I haven’t given a report on my groceries. Sorry about that. We’ve been busy. Last week was full of sickness and doctor’s appointments. Except for the […]

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Pepita Cookie Bars

Pepita Cookie Bars - Pepitas, also known as pumpkin seeds can be used as a nut substitute in a number of recipes, including these delicious, caramel-scented cookie bars. Bake some today!

Pepitas, also known as pumpkin seeds can be used as a nut substitute in a number of recipes, including these delicious, caramel-scented cookie bars. Years ago I borrowed my mom’s recipe box and transcribed all the recipes from her collection into a small family cookbook. I made photocopies and bound the pages to give as […]

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Get a FREE Cooking with Kids Ebook

Get a FREE Cooking with Kids Ebook  - Get a free guide to cooking with kids when you purchase the Good Cheap Eats cookbook.

Get a free guide to cooking with kids when you purchase the Good Cheap Eats cookbook. Christmas is just around the corner. Just two weeks left! How did that happen? For the record, I think I have two presents purchased. For people who don’t live at my house. This is not a good sign. I […]

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8 Great Ways to Use Ground Beef or Turkey

8 Ways to Use Ground Beef or Turkey from GoodCheapEats.com | Ground meat can make so many versatile and freezer-friendly meals. If you need some inspiration on how to use ground beef, check out these recipes for meatballs, pasta sauce, chili, tacos, sausage patties, turkey egg bake, burgers, and chili stacks..

Ground beef or turkey are often the most economical meats. Good thing! They can make so many versatile and freezer-friendly meals. If you need some inspiration on how to use ground meats, check out these recipes. I remember when I could get a ti-tip for $1.99/pound untrimmed. Today, I’m lucky if I can find it under […]

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Tomato Bruschetta with Herbes de Provence

Tomato Bruschetta with Herbes de Provence - This simple tomato bruschetta comes together quickly and easily. It

This simple tomato bruschetta comes together quickly and easily. It’s economical and delicious, the perfect combination for your next company meal. So, bruschetta is probably one of my favorite appetizers to make. It’s like the Italian cousin of Mexico’s salsa. Only it’s cheaper to make and just as tasty. Plus, it goes nicely with red wine. […]

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