Meal Planning 101: Know Your Eating Habits

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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.Knowing your eating habits as […]

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Grocery Geek: Eating Healthier, I think

poblano chicken pizza

This week ends hubs’ and my third week of watching what we eat a little more carefully. How this translates into real life is that he doesn’t grab lunch at any old place anymore. I don’t just stuff bread and cheese for a meal when I don’t have a plan ready to go. Instead, I’m […]

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Seasoned Beef and Vegetables

seasoned beef and vegetables

Seasoned ground beef and vegetables combine in a symphony of flavors, making a great topping for pasta or rice. I grew up in the era of hamburger gravy and casseroles. Ground meat was the basis for many dishes due to its low cost and ease of preparation. Over the years, I’ve become a little pickier […]

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Add Fruit to Your Summer Salads!

My friend Christina was the first one to introduce me to the idea of fruit on a dinner salad. I thought she was a nut. She was, after all, a nutrition major. Now, I know she was a genius. She opened a world of flavors to me that I previously had no clue about. She […]

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Meal Planning 101


A meal planning series about the basics, the secret tricks, and ideas to tweak meal planning to suit you and the way you live. Last month, I received two emails in the span of five minutes that were on the same topic: Meal Planning. Both readers were writing asking for help in how to improve […]

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Grocery Geek: More Diet Changes

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We continue to tweak our family’s diet, adding more real food and eating good and cheap. This week makes the second week in a row of some diet changes for the adults in our family. Hubby and I both realized that we were carrying around a little too much baggage, overeating a little too often, […]

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A Morning Affogato

coffee cup

Run out of cream? No problem. Try gelato as a quick and delicious stand-in. During the Pantry Challenge, we ran out of cream. I had tried to eek through without buying more. But, well, for me, a cup of coffee without cream might as well be an empty coffee cup. I’d rather drink nothing than […]

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5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Stepping Foot in the Grocery Store


Yesterday I mentioned how I want to avoid wasting food this month. This guest post from Anne gives some great suggestions on how to reduce waste and save money on groceries. I love the thrill of being a “grocery geek”: filling out my price list, scanning sales ads, reading deals blogs, clipping coupons… I find […]

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Avoiding Waste (& a Meal Plan for August 5 – August 11)

Meal planning can help you avoid waste as well as eat good and cheap. Now that the freezer’s filled and the pantry’s restocked, it’s time to make a meal plan so that we eat what we have instead of grabbing something else at a store or restaurant. I’ve invested time and money into feeding my […]

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Grocery Geeked Out!

grocery geeked out

The pendulum swings the other way. After a month of staying out of the stores (or trying to, anyway), I spent all week in the stores this week. Seemingly. I was intent on filling the freezer. Hubby started a new eating regime, so I wanted to make sure that he had all the things that […]

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