Meal Plan: July 15 through 21

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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.This month as I tackle […]

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Pantry Challenge: Week Two Progress Report

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We’re doing a pantry challenge this month, making the most of what we already have in the kitchen. We’ve got a few goals for the challenge. Head here to read the daily log of how we’re eating, too. Last week was crazy, but fun crazy. Our friend Jacob was here for 6 days. It was […]

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Grocery Geek: Week Two, Pantry Challenge

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This last week flew by in a flash. We had a house guest from Kansas City. We did the beach and Legoland and the movies. The days were just packed! And I ended up making two trips out to the stores during the week. Ralphs Early on I headed to Ralphs to stock up on […]

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Quick Sunflower Seed Butter Noodle Stirfry

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Sunbutter acts as a great replacement for peanut in this quick noodle stirfry. Quick, easy, and oh-so good! This recipe is by far one of the quickest to pull together. Not only does it use up little bits of leftovers in your fridge, but it’s quick to prepare and it tastes great. As part of […]

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Eat Well on Vacation

costco turkey provolone

A couple weeks ago we had a hotel staycation. I can’t tell you how much fun it was! We made sure that good eats were a part of the experience. Yeah, baby. Today I’m over at Food Your Way talking about ways to eat well on vacation, including divulging some of our (junk) food traditions […]

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I’m doing a little tweaking behind the scenes here both at Life as MOM and Good Cheap Eats. My hope is to make both sites easier to navigate. And I would love your opinion! Do you have two minutes to click a few boxes and type a few words? I’d love your feedback! Loading… (The […]

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Simple Summer Snacks

Fishchick Beach

Whip up some simple summer snacks that don’t involve turning on the oven! This week we have a friend visiting from out of state. And since he’s never been to California, I want to make it fun. We’re not doing the entire California tour, but we’re trying to fill the days with fun things to […]

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The 3×7 Meal Plan

Planning a 3×7 Meal Plan means thinking ahead to all three meals for a week. It takes some work, but the time and cost savings are huge. One of the things that I’m doing to make the Pantry Challenge a success is to be very thorough in my planning. Last weekend I made a 3×7 […]

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Organize for a Pantry Challenge (Week 1 Report)

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¬†Organizing your food storage, taking an inventory, and making a plan for how to use what you have is key to a pantry challenge. We’re a week into the pantry challenge. So far, so good. Nothing earth-shattering on the face of it — except for a very tasty Taco Cheeseburger. More on that later. Instead, […]

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Grocery Greek: Pantry Challenge, Week 1

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To set my family up for success in the pantry challenge, I stocked up on basics so that they don’t notice what they’re missing. The first week of the pantry challenge is almost done. At this moment, I’d like to point out that this is not a “no-spend challenge”. I’ve tried those before for groceries […]

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