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Afternoon Tea

pumpkin scones

Ready to save some money and eat great meals? You will find everything you need to know here at Good Cheap Eats, from meal planning to savvy shopping to eating down the pantry. Join thousands of people who’ve decided to eat well, spend less, and enjoy time at the table a whole lot more. Become […]

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Meal Planning, February 26 – March 3

Quick fix meals and freezer cooking save my bacon during busy weeks. Here we are at the end of the month. How did that happen? I must be having a lot of fun — time is just flying! Our next week promises to be extremely busy: orthodontist appointments, hockey practice and games begin (2 boys […]

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Grocery Geek: Just for U & A Giveaway from Vons

vons email

We interrupt our regularly scheduled episode of Grocery Geek for a giveaway from Vons, a Safeway affiliate, and a review of their “Just for U” shopping program. Recently, Vons wrote me with information about their new, personalized shopping program, called Just for U™. It “enhances your Club Card rewards and saves you additional money on […]

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Quick Fix Meals

Delicious meals don’t need to take long to prepare. Take a detour from the take-out lane by keeping a repertoire of quick fix meals. Turkey Avocado Baguette Sandwich with Chipotle Mayonnaise In the busy-ness of life, it’s easy to let mealtimes slide. It’s also easy to get lost in food prep and get overwhelmed by […]

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Easy Apple Turnovers

Easy Apple Turnovers

Homemade applesauce and frozen puff pastry come together for an easy apple turnover that will wow your friends and family. Frozen puff pastry is one of my friends. It doesn’t visit very often, but when it does, we have a party. It’s so easy to work with and results in such fun and tasty baked […]

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Recipes for a Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras Eats)

jambalaya

Mardi Gras, though rich in spiritual tradition, also carries delicious implications, like beignets and jambalaya. Mardi Gras means “fat Tuesday” in French.  In English it’s also referred to as Shrove Tuesday. Traditionally, it’s the day when one would purge the household of the foods that might be forbidden during Lenten observations. In Medieval times, rich […]

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Meal Plan, February 19 – 25

Having already prepared my meal plans for the entire month has been such a help to me. That paired with a freezer’s worth of meals has made meal time prep really easy. Provided I remember to thaw! There’s a little dance between making sure there’s room in the fridge and remembering to pull a few […]

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Grocery Geek: Basics for the Pantry?

costco 217

Grocery shopping can be costly, even when you are careful about your spending. I’m crunching numbers this week. I really thought that this week I could limit my grocery shopping to pantry staples. I probably could have, but I didn’t. Apparently, better planning is in order. It doesn’t help that I’ve been reading a delicious […]

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Quick Salads for Busy Days

Quick Balsamic Salad

Busy days call for quick lunches. With an easy formula for pulling together a great salad, you can eat good as well as cheap. My days are fairly non-stop. If I’m paying attention, that it. Don’t get me wrong. I like to just lie around. But, folks depend on me, so I don’t take that […]

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Make-Ahead Meals

Make-ahead meals are an integral part of an efficient kitchen. They help you make use of time when you do have it without sacrificing meal times when you don’t have have the time for kitchen prep. Turkey & Black Bean Enchiladas Last week we talked a little bit about what makes our time in the […]

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