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One of Our Favorite Good. Cheap. Eats: Pasta, Bread, and Veg

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. Tonight’s dinner is a […]

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Yes, We Have Brown Bananas!

What do we do with them today? Well, you certainly don’t want to throw them away. That is not a cheap eat. That’s waste. The obvious answer is to bake them into banana bread or muffins. But, you may not have time for homebaking when your bananas are ripening too fast. Instead, you have a […]

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Good Cheap Eats

What’s good? What’s cheap? Those terms are certainly relative, aren’t they? My husband does not care for some of my very, very favorite culinary indulgences (like mushrooms and bleu cheese). And likewise. (I’m not the huge fish fan that he is.) But, we’ve found common ground — like homemade chocolate cheesecake. And as we strive […]

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Simple Bean Tostadas

This is one of our favorite meals! It is an assemble-your-own kind of dish. Feel free to add meat or other vegetables and toppings. But, this way is just simple and good. To get the sour cream to drizzle so nicely, spoon some into a sandwich bag. Clip the corner and use it like a […]

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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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