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Build a Better Pizza (Recipe: Basil Chicken Pizza with Fresh Avocado)

Basil Chicken Pizza

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.Whole grain crust, pesto, sauteed […]

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Don’t Cook All Day to Fill the Freezer

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend days in the kitchen to make freezer cooking work for you. In fact, in as little as two hours, you can pull together ten meals. I know because I put together several meal plans like that for my cookbook. The book features ten cooking plans that […]

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WIN a Great Freezer Cookbook

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This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: Buckabillies@, snklfrtz02@, Mrose816@ It’s here! Today folks will be going to their mailboxes and walking home with my book. I’m more than stunned and excited. It’s pretty crazy. To celebrate, I’m going out to dinner with my main squeeze and then heading to Barnes and Noble […]

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Grab a Great Freezer Cookbook

Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook is set to release tomorrow. Grab a copy and get cooking! Tomorrow’s the Big Day! I’m not really sure how I feel about that. It’s been so long in the making. And the day is finally here. Date night tomorrow night includes a trip to Barnes and Noble. Yikes! […]

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Three Ways to Freeze Cookies

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Homebaked cookies can come together faster than you can chase an elf up a tree, especially if you keep a stash of baked and unbaked cookies in the freezer. I love cookies. They are easily portable — and their portions are easily controlled. Well, if you can stop eating them. When I have a stash […]

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Meal Planning to Use Up What We Have

Take inventory of your pantry and build a meal plan around it. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m trying to focus on what we have in our freezer this month since it’s full to the brim. We’ve also had some extra expenses that have drained the emergency fund, so I’d like to go under budget this […]

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Make Several Casseroles at Once

Save time by making several casseroles at one time to freeze for another date. It doesn’t take much longer, but the rewards are huge! Casseroles get a bad rap. I don’t know why. I suppose because some mothers somewhere made them really icky. And, well, there’s the “I-don’t-want-my-foods-to-touch-each-other” thing. But, really? Who can resist a […]

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Grocery Geek: Eating Down the Freezer

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Time to use up what we have. We’re eating down the freezer this month. Originally I had planned to do a big freezer cooking session this month. I was going to do it up big in honor of my cookbook release. But, the more I thought about how full September was, how tired I was, […]

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Eat Down the Freezer to Make Space and Save Money

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Spend a few days or weeks eating up what’s already in the freezer. You’ll save money for a big cooking session and make some room in the freezer. You may be really excited to start filling your freezer with all kinds of tasty, pre-made meals. I get that! Once you get the hang of freezer […]

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Roast Veggies for Rich Flavor & Freeze for Later

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Roast vegetables in bulk and then freeze them in meal-sized packaging to use later. They’ll give rich flavor without a lot of fuss. Roasted vegetables add rich flavor to any number of dishes. These tasty tidbits would include roasted garlic, roasted peppers and chiles, and roasted tomatoes. The trick is that roasting often takes awhile. […]

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