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Simple Bean Tostadas

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 is one of […]

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Homemade Pintos

Cooking pinto beans from scratch is a great way to enjoy beans as a side dish or as a meatless main dish. They are so much cheaper than canned beans. Since both my husband and I grew up in Southern California, Mexican food is a cuisine that is near and dear to our hearts. I […]

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How to Make Chicken Stock

Making homemade chicken stock is one of the easiest ways to make something from nothing. If you’ve roasted a whole chicken or chicken parts, save the bones, skin, and drippings to make a delicious broth or stock to use in soups, gravies, or pilafs. The resulting, golden brown goodness will taste much better than anything […]

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Yogurt Berry Parfait

One of my favorite breakfasts is a yogurt berry parfait. I first learned to make one when I worked in a fancy bakery many moons ago. I’m sure that we charged our patrons $5-$6 per serving. But, you can make your own scrumptious version at home for much, much less. This is the ideal frugal […]

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Maple Granola

Granola can be a pretty pricey grocery store item. However, it is very easy to make your own at home. If you can buy the ingredients in bulk and/or on sale, you will further reduce the cost. If maple syrup is out of the budget, you can easily substitute honey.

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DIY Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a delicious, budget-friendly meal. Usually dry pasta is available for less than $1/pound. It’s filling, very easy to prepare, and very make ahead. Once you’ve cooked the noodles according to package directions and rinsed it with cool water, you can toss it with your favorite salad dressing and toppings. Vary the toppings […]

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How to Store Berries

Ever buy a package of beautiful strawberries? Ever forget about said strawberries for a few days only to find them in the fridge covered in fuzz? May it never be! It’s one thing to get a great deal on fresh produce and eat to your heart’s content. It’s another thing to get a great deal […]

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Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Growing up in Southern California, I enjoyed having a Meyer lemon tree growing in my backyard. This type of lemon is the typical home garden variety. They are super juicy and sweet, making them not so great for commercial distribution. But oh are they good! As a kid, I ate them plain. They were that […]

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E-Books

Ever wonder how to get kids enthusiastic about mealtime? Stumped for ideas and recipes to try with your children? Looking for simple solutions to cooking with little ones? Well, look no further! FishMama’s Guide to Cooking with Children includes: Seasonal kitchen activities for parents to enjoy with their children Over 25 kid – friendly recipes […]

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About FishMama

Food was one of my first loves. And though Jesus, my husband, and my children now take precedence over food as the greatest loves of my life, you can bet that “good eats” are close behind. My mother enjoys telling the story about how she and my dad took me out to dinner at a […]

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