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Food shouldn’t be complicated. Or bad for you. Or expensive. I’m working to craft good cheap eats that we can both enjoy. You can read more about this site here. Check out my cookbooks if you’re needing some budget-friendly inspiration. Read about how to make healthy eating work for you here.Enter to win a $25 […]

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Chill Foods Completely Before Freezing

full refrigerator

For best texture and reduced freezer burn, chill foods completely before freezing. This is what my refrigerator looks like on a busy freezer cooking day. When I tackle a large freezer cooking session, I find refrigerator storage to be a challenge. I need to use the fridge to store all the groceries I’ve bought, thaw those […]

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Simplest Apple Sorbet

Easy Apple Sorbet

Freezing smooth, homemade applesauce in an ice cream maker creates the simplest apple sorbet. Years ago, hubby and I visited a restaurant in Paris that we remember to this day. We were dating at the time and had done the Let’s Go France – budget thing for six weeks. On this last night before he […]

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Burritos for Bulk Cooking

Burritos are one of our favorite items to have for snacks, lunches, and dinners. They are also great for freezing. Here’s a video that I made two years ago explaining how I fold the burritos so that they stay a nice neat package. Don’t laugh — it’s an old vlog. I typically make 3-4 dozen […]

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Cook Dried Beans and Freeze Them for Later

Seasoned Pinto Beans

It’s no secret that we pay for convenience when we buy processed foods. A great example is canned chili and beans. If you’re on a budget when it comes to food costs, every little bit helps to reduce your spending. Cooking your own beans is a great way to shave a few bucks off the […]

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Meal Planning 101: Make a Two-Week Rotation

Make a two week meal plan and rotate it to make meal planning easier. One of the things that I’m learning about myself and cooking is that there are several factors that keep my interest in the cooking and meal planning that comes with every day life. Those would include: My children actually eating what […]

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Freezer Cooking on Pinterest

freezer cooking on pinterest

Pin your favorite freezer cooking ideas and recipes for easy access later. Pinterest has come a long way in the last year and some that it’s been around. It’s a great, visual tool for finding and archiving great ideas. It’s also a great source for finding freezer cooking inspiration. I’ve got a Freezer Cooking board […]

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Grocery Geek Reporting In

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This has been a good week for eating down the freezer. I think we gained a good foot of depth there by using up what we had. I’ve uncovered a few things I forgot we had. We’re also saving some coin on groceries. I’ve been a stickler on eating out. Except for date night and […]

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Double Dinner Tonight

Cook once and eat twice when you double dinner and freeze half. One of the easiest, most pain-free ways to fill your freeze is to double dinner. That’s it. Just make a double batch tonight. Then freeze half. Okay, so if dinner is a cheese souffle, that’s probably not going to work. But, these kinds of […]

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What’s the Deal with Freezer Cooking?

Freezer cooking is a big deal! Find out why. Wondering what the big deal is with freezer cooking? I’m over on Food Your Way today chatting about that very thing. From the post: Unless you live in a cave, you’ve probably heard the phrase “freezer cooking” a time or two. A google search reveals over […]

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