Spice Rub for Chicken or Beef

We’ve used a spice rub for grilling twice this week with great success. I love it because it doesn’t take the advance preparation that a marinade does, it’s lower in calories, and it is packed with flavor. The following mixture is really versatile. I made it with thyme for chicken and with cumin for tri-tip. […]

Mexican Lasagna

Sounds like a mixed metaphor, doesn’t it? I mean, lasagna is Italian, not Mexican. However, I decided to use what I had instead of rushing out to the store for a few ingredients. That’s one of the principles behind frugal cooking: making do. That means, my family were guinea pigs. And I lived to tell […]

Soy-Ginger Meat Marinade

For birthdays at our house, we let the Birthday Boy or Girl choose the supper menu. Myself included. If it’s not in the budget to go out to eat, then I usually propose my favorite mode of cooking: grilling. That way I do a little prep in the kitchen, but my husband is responsible for […]

Simple Bean Tostadas

Simple Bean Tostadas come together quickly and easily for an affordable meatless meal. You can vary the toppings to use whatever you have on hand. 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 […]

How To Make Pinto Beans

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 […]

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.