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Whole Wheat Snickerdoodles as Addicting as Ever

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A healthier twist on an old classic, these Whole Wheat Snickerdoodles are delicious! A little whole grains and flax seed meal takes the classic cookie up a notch. They freeze beautifully so you can have a sweet treat any time the urge strikes.

Whole Wheat Snickerdoodles | Good Cheap Eats

Snickerdoodles have always been a favorite cookie of mine to bake. Probably because cinnamon is one of my mom’s favorite cookies. She could care less about Double Chocolate Toffee Cookies or Buttery, Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies or Oatmeal Thumbprint Cookies with Cassis Jam. She’d much rather have plain-Jane sugar cookies or something with cinnamon.

So, as she gave me carte blanche in the kitchen as a child, it mattered not to her that we were out of chocolate chips or rolled oats. If we had butter, sugar, flour, and cinnamon? All was well in the world. Snickerdoodles are pretty much IT in that category.

I mean what other cookie requires so few ingredients yet packs such a punch of flavor?

Beans and Rice: A Very Good Cheap Eat

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Beans and rice are a good cheap eat, especially when you top them with chips, salsa, and some other goodies. They make a filling meal to help you save money and eat well.

Beans and Rice | Good Cheap Eats

We eat beans and rice at least once a week for dinner. Sometimes they are side dishes, but often they make the bulk of the meal. While I sometimes lean on canned beans, I save money when I cook my own pinto beans to serve alongside “from scratch” Mexican rice. No boxed rice mixes around here!

We’ve found that these homemade varieties taste better than the canned and boxed versions, and generally the homemade version is less expensive as well.

Spring Meal Planning & Unpredictable Weather

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You know that meal planning can save you money, but what do you do when the weather doesn’t cooperate with your plans? It’s true. Mother Nature can make that grilled chicken unappealing or even impossible, depending on the conditions. Consider these tips for spring meal planning and unpredictable weather.

Spring Meal Planning & Unpredictable Weather | Good Cheap Eats

This past week has been filled with some meal planning fails, like forgetting to thaw the shrimp in time for Taco Tuesday. And some meal planning triumphs, like the rocking dinner we had on Friday night with grilled sourdough pizza. Yes, ma’am, that was good.

Some times the plan works, and sometimes I fail to work the plan.

As I type, the weather is crazy all over the country. The sun might be shining here in “Sunny” San Diego, but I’m still wearing a sweater. Friends in much less temperate parts are still getting dusted (or buried!) in snow. I kinda thought we were done with that, but no. Even in late April, we’ve got swinter.

Maybe you’d like to fill the week with bright, sunshiny suppers, but that may or may not happen depending on how fickle spring wants to behave.

How to Store Berries of All Kinds

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Make the most of your berry investment this season. They’re too delicious to let them go to waste! Store berries so that you can enjoy them for days on end with these easy tips.

How to Store Berries of All Kinds | Good Cheap Eats

Ever buy a package of beautiful berries? Or spend the afternoon picking them straight from the field. Fresh berries are an absolute delight in spring and summer, so juicy and sweet!

However, if you’ve ever forgotten about those berries for a few days only to find them in the fridge covered in fuzz, well,  you know what a downer that is. Wasting such deliciousness is practically a crime.

As we enter into the season of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, let’s refresh about proper berry storage protocol.

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 on fresh produce only to have to throw it away due to improper storage. Maximize your savings on the original purchase by making it last as long as possible!

This Spud’s For You: Crockpot Potatoes

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Recipes that let you “set it and forget it” are some of the best. These Crockpot Potatoes are no exception. Come home to a pot full of baked potatoes all set for dinner!

Crockpot Potatoes | Good Cheap Eats

It seems that in recent years I’ve become remiss in serving baked potatoes. I’m not sure why that is, but I’m ready to bring back the good old spud.

Years ago when Bryan and I were first married, his mom and I would often go shopping or out to dinner together. Believe it or not, we had a favorite steak house where we’d go for just baked potatoes and salad bar. It was one of our favorite things to do together.

That steak house was probably pretty pricey. Good thing that this is such an easy meal to make at home! In case you didn’t know, a way to make it even easier is to cook your potatoes in the crockpot!

Yes, really!

Broccoli Slaw with Pecans and Cranberries

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This slightly sweet Broccoli Slaw is full of texture, thanks to pecans, cranberries, and red onions. It makes a delicious side salad.

Broccoli Slaw with Pecans and Cranberries | Good Cheap Eats

Sharing recipes is a little like playing a game of telephone. The story changes as it moves from person to person, as does the recipe. I first heard about this Broccoli Slaw from Small Notebook who heard about it from Smitten Kitchen who heard about it from The Kitchn.

I think.

The first time I made it, I made it this way because these were the ingredients I had on hand. I made it “their way” the second time, but found that I preferred my improvisations, so that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

I was actually really surprised that my family, particularly my husband, would eat this — he doesn’t like “sweet food,” but he looooooves this Broccoli Slaw. Proof that a man can change his mind.

Chocolate Strawberry Scones to Rock Your Spring

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Scones are one of my favorite things to bake. They can be dressed up in so many ways, with fruit and chocolate or even cheese and formed into all kinds of shapes. Enjoy the bounty of spring in these delicate Chocolate Strawberry Scones. Bits of rich chocolate and sweet-tart strawberries add flavor and texture to these classic cream scones.

Chocolate Strawberry Scones | A Recipe from Good Cheap Eats

Do you remember the first time you had a scone? For my friend Gale, who grew up in Northern Ireland and pronounces it scawn, it was likely before her first birthday. For me it was college.

Scones were not a part of my 1980s childhood in the suburbs of Los Angeles. We didn’t have fancy pants bakeries back then or — gasp — even Starbucks. I don’t remember having a scone until college, and then? Then it was love at first site.

Grocery Geek: What We Spent in March

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Grocery shopping is one of my very favorite pastimes. I love strolling through the aisles, imagining yummy meals and finding great deals. Want a peek into our grocery cart? Here’s how I’m grocery shopping and feeding eight people on the cheap: the Grocery Geek report for March.

Grocery Geek: What We Spent in March | Good Cheap Eats

Whew, March roared in like a lion and left a lot of mess in its wake! It seems that I’m not the only one who had a chaotic month. With much busyness on the home front, I am more than happy to kiss March goodbye and get a fresh start in April.

We did have a very tasty month as I’ve worked to master the art of natural yeast and sourdough bread. My husband doesn’t think I’m so terribly crazy for babying this sourdough starter for the last few weeks.

On the other hand, some of my recipe testing did not turn out so well. The roast chicken on a bed of spring vegetables turned into more of a stew. Back to the drawing board!

As for grocery shopping….

How to Bring a Breath of Spring to Your Kitchen

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Are you ready for winter to recede into the past and make room for spring and all the good things it brings? Here are three great strategies for bringing a breath of spring to your kitchen and enjoying the season to the fullest.

Welcome to April, my friends! I don’t know about you, but I am more than ready to kiss winter goodbye. Are you?

While you may think that we never have true seasons here in San Diego, you’d be wrong. March played true to form with all its cold and wet. I’m not a fan of the heating bill or cloudy skies, but, you know what? These things make me more ready than ever for spring!

Bring on the fresh fruits and veggies and sunshiny kitchens!

I don’t know if it’s because my kids are getting older and we’re well into the phase of parenting adults, but I find myself wanting to slow down time, and specifically, ENJOY SPRING MORE. 

Pesto Turkey Panini – Perfect for Potlucks!

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Pesto Turkey Panini are super fun sandwiches to make. They’re uber-comforting, freezer-friendly, AND even great for potlucks! Grab the recipe and get pressing these gooey, cheesy, delicious, pesto-infused sandwiches.

Pesto Turkey Panini  | Good Cheap Eats

My husband works at a state university. His department often enlists the aid of student workers, and Paulette, a sweet lady in the department often works with the students on different projects and/or treats them to yummy treats. Bryan told me about how she made them all panini one day, and that got me thinking.

What a brilliant idea for potluck!