Quick & Easy Side Dishes (or Meatless Main Dishes)

Quick and Easy Side Dishes - Want to pair some tasty side dishes with your main? Check out these quick and easy side dishes that fit the budget and please the palate.

Want to pair some tasty side dishes with your main? Check out these quick and easy side dishes that fit the budget and please the palate. One of the most frequent questions I receive revolves around side dishes. Folks are often confused about what to pair with their main dishes or find themselves in a […]

Meal Planning for the Dog Days of Summer

Meal Planning for the Dog Days of Summer - Hot weather meal planning calls for different strategies than other times in the year. Here are some techniques to help you keep your cool in the kitchen.

Hot weather meal planning calls for different strategies than other times in the year. Here are some techniques to help you keep your cool in the kitchen. My friend Andrea, also a native Southern California girl, worded it perfectly this week: Now’s about the time things really start to heat up in Southern California, and […]

5 Quick & Easy Meals to Freeze

Quick & Easy Meals to Freeze - Save money and eat better with these quick and easy freezer meals.

Save money and eat better with these quick and easy freezer meals. You’ve probably heard that making a bulk batch of something is a surefire way to save money and eat better. It’s totally true.¬†Freezer cooking has helped us bridge the gap between a small budget and great food for years. If you’re not already […]

Make Your Meal Plan Happen This Week

Make Your Meal Plan Happen This Week - Take these steps to make great meals, save money, and enjoy time with the people you love.

You can be a freezer cook extraordinaire or a whiz at grocery shopping on a budget or even a dynamo when it comes to creating a delicious and nutritious meal plan, but if you don’t get food on the table in a timely manner, all your prior efforts kinda fall on their faces. If the […]

Presentation is Everything

Food doesn’t need to be expensive to look special. In fact, the way you present the simplest, cheapest eats can deliver a powerful punch.¬† This post was originally posted on June 26, 2009. The lessons still hold true. Years ago I worked in a catering kitchen, assembling deli and cheese trays, preparing cocktail sandwiches, and […]

How to Audit Your Grocery Spending

How to Audit Your Grocery Spending - Think you should be spending less on groceries and other food costs than you are? Wondering if your food budget is a realistic one? Then it may be time for a grocery spending audit.

Think you should be spending less on groceries and other food costs than you are? Wondering if your food budget is a realistic one? Then it may be time for a grocery spending audit. Six years ago when I was pregnant with my sixth baby, we spent $400 a month on food. That’s right. A […]

Prep-Ahead Breakfast Plan

prep-ahead breakfast plan

As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, it can be a crazy time of day to be in the kitchen. Forget the crazy and enjoy some good cheap eats with my latest budget-friendly meal plan. It comes complete with shopping list and make-ahead tips. Hop on over to Good […]

5 Cheap and Easy, Packable Lunches

5 Cheap & Easy, Packable School Lunches - Ready to get packing? School lunches don

Ready to get packing? School lunches don’t have to be drudgery. Consider these tasty, packable lunch menus.   School days are approaching if they aren’t here already. Time to start thinking about what to pack. You know as well as I do, that packing a lunch for your kids will be healthier, tastier, and probably […]

Salad’s On!

Enjoy all the great produce of summer with these delicious and easy tricks for tasty salads. I have always been a salad girl. August is kinda my month to shine in the salad range. For some reason it’s typically the month out of the year that I really focus on trimming down. It may be […]

Meal Planning Strategies for Back to School

Meal Planning Strategies for Back to School - Consider these tips for making breakfast, lunch, and dinner good, easy, AND cheap once the school year starts.

School starts in just a few weeks! Consider these tips for making breakfast, lunch, and dinner good, easy, AND cheap once the school year starts. I don’t know about you, but the clock is ticking on our summer vacation. We’ve got about two weeks before we jump into the new school year. Perhaps you’re hearing […]