Making Burger Patties for the Freezer

Making Burger Patties for the Freezer - Want some easy freezer meals without heating up your summertime kitchen? Well, burger up, folks!

Want some easy freezer meals without heating up your summertime kitchen? Well, burger up, folks! Today I took the kids down to Balboa Park for a free museum visit. San Diego County residents get free admission to select Balboa Park museums on Tuesdays. We’ve lived here for 5 1/2 years and NEVER done it. I’ve always […]

Pesto and Tomato French Bread Pizza

Pesto and Tomato French Bread Pizza - Make delicious homemade pizza in minutes! It

Make delicious homemade pizza in minutes! It’s easy and fun and makes for a great appetizer, too. You know those chubby loaves of French bread that the grocery sells? They are usually sold in baskets near the checkstands. They cost about a buck fifty? Well, while they may not be the cat’s meow when it […]

Break Out of Your Breakfast Routine

Break Out of Your Breakfast Routine with Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes | GoodCheapEats.com

Need a change from the same ol’, same ol’ for breakfast? Try one of these make-ahead friendly breakfast recipes! Breakfast is FishPapa’s favorite meals. He loves having a leisurely weekend breakfast. I love a leisurely time spent in the kitchen. Here are some of our family’s favorites for breakfast — and lunch and dinner, as […]

Buttered Maple French Toast Casserole

Buttered Maple French Toast Casserole - Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or brunch with this buttered maple French toast casserole. It

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or brunch with this buttered maple French toast casserole. It’s make-ahead and will make someone happy. Very happy. 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 […]

Plan a Regular Rotation for Lunches

Eat Well with a Regular Lunch Rotation - Planning a regular rotation of lunch items can make meal planning and prep loads easier.

Planning a regular rotation of lunch items can make meal planning and prep loads easier. Having a weekly rotation or formula for the week has been one of my fallbacks for years. I love the beauty of Taco Night or Grilling Day. Last summer I shared my tips for dinnertime and the variety of ways that you can […]

Drunken Brats and Caramelized Onions

Drunken Brats and Caramelize Onions - Add an extra layer of flavor to your bratwurst by simmering them in beer or ale and then finishing them on the grill.

Add an extra layer of flavor to your bratwurst by simmering them in beer or ale and then finishing them on the grill. I don’t recall my parents every serving bratwurst. We were a hot dog family. Hot dogs that my dad burned beyond recognition on the grill. That’s one of the many things that […]

Mamabars (aka DIY Larabar Recipe)

Make your own Larabar Cherry Pie bars quickly and easily with this recipe for "Mamabars".

Make your own Larabar Cherry Pie bars quickly and easily with this recipe for “Mamabars”. 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 helps support this site. So thanks! […]

5 Great Ways to Use Olive Oil

5 Great Ways to Use Olive Oil | Good Cheap Eats

This post is sponsored by Emile Noel Olive Oil.

Over the years I’ve tried lots and lots of different ingredients to use in recipes. I’ve been cooking for myself for about 24 years. I’ve seen lots of fads and lots of things change within the realm of healthy food. In college, the idea among all the girls wanting to lose weight was that we could eat all the sugar that we wanted, but not the fat.

Now, of course, we know that not all fats are created equal — and sugar is definitely not a great weight-loss food!

Different items have fallen in and out of favor as I refine our family’s pantry staples, as I realize which purchases make the biggest impact on the taste and quality of our meals. One of my favorites that has stood the test of time is olive oil.

When FishPapa got his bad report from the doctor, I queried all my crunchy friends to see what were the healthy fats. Again and again, olive oil came up as being one of the “good guys”. I switched our diet to whole grains and used olive oil in every possible dish I could, including baked items.

Olive oil is, for sure, a regular in our family’s pantry. Here are five great ways I like to use it:

Turkey & Black Bean Tacos

Turkey and Black Bean Tacos - Taco Night is the highlight of the week. Make this week

I’ve been on a ground turkey kick. Part of it is an effort to reduce our red meat. It’s probably not that good for us to eat it as often as we were, plus it’s getting more expensive. I just can’t swing it when the kids could easily eat two to three pounds in one sitting. We’re enjoying it twice a week, which is good.

I didn’t used to like ground turkey, but since I tried Trader Joe’s, I’m hooked. (Sorry to all you people who don’t have TJ’s or don’t like it. I fell out of love with Trader Joe’s a few years ago, but I’m finding ways to make their products and prices work for me, and it’s working really well.)

Anyway, this dish is the antithesis of what I would have made five years ago when I was a sworn beefeater.

Crockpot Chili Bean Soup

Crockpot Chili Bean Soup - Spend ten minutes prepping tonight

Spend ten minutes prepping tonight’s dinner. This crockpot chili bean soup is a crowd-pleaser. Things are starting to heat up now that April is well under way. I got a bit of a sunburn at Legoland earlier this week. Summer approaches! Warm weather aside, I still have been firing up the crockpot, particularly for those […]