Freezer Burritos

Ever been tempted by the contents of the frozen food aisle? It will be easy to┬ájust say NO when you’ve made your own homemade freezer burritos. You’ve been there before. Strolling down the frozen food aisle late at night, little cries of hunger pangs echoing from your tummy. You’re tired after a long day, so […]

Healthier Chili Cheese Fries

Make Chili Cheese Fries a little bit “good for you” with homemade chili, oven fries, and shredded cheddar. When I was in high school, chili cheese fries were a staple of life. Our high school cantine offered french fries, slathered with movie theatre-style cheese sauce and canned Hormel chili. And honestly? I loved it. I […]

How to Cook Dried Beans and Freeze Them for Later

pinto beans being sorted on baking sheet

You pay for convenience with canned beans, but you can save money when you cook dry beans yourself and freeze them to use later. Here’s how. It’s no secret that we pay for convenience when we buy processed foods. And that convenience is great. I mean, it’s so easy to open a can of beans […]

Easy Nacho Appetizer Away from Home

Meal prep away from home can be quick and easy. Try this nacho appetizer that is (almost) homemade and totally delicious. We hit the road early on Friday morning for a long weekend away from home. Somehow Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding Eastern Sierras have an amazing effect on us. We love it here. Slowly, […]

The Everything Beans Book & How to Eat More Beans

Wondering how to work more beans in your diet? You know you can save money eating more beans in place of meat, but how do you make it happen? Check out The Everything Beans Book. Beans and rice, rice and beans — Beans are one of the means that our family used to get out […]

Build a Frugal Pantry with Beans and Lentils

I haven’t always been friends with beans. I liked them and all, but they were more a supporting actor in the play on my plate. They weren’t the star. Until I met Dave Ramsey (or at least read the book) and realized that beans and rice, rice and beans would be a healthy, inexpensive option […]

Chihuahua Chili Recipe

This easy Chihuahua Chili comes together quickly on the stove or in a slow cooker. Flavorful from enchilada sauce, beer, and spices, it is the perfect bowl of red. When I’m going to feed a crowd, this is one of our favorite recipes. It’s hearty and filling and easy to serve. Just dish up bowls […]

Simple Bean Tostadas

tostada with guacamole

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 […]