Chimichangas

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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.Chimichangas are crispy burritos that […]

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Tortilla Chips

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These are so simple to make — and so much better than store bought. Recently, I purchased three dozen tortillas for about $1.50. This makes the equivalent of about 2-3 bags of tortilla chips, making this a very frugal, delicious snack. peanut oilcorn tortillassalt In deep fryer or large kettle, heat oil (at least one-inch […]

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

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Tonight’s dinner is a regular meal that keeps us under budget: pasta with red sauce, broccoli, salad, and garlic bread. This evening I added up what the meal cost us and I was astounded. Pasta $0.75 Bertolli sauce in a pouch $0.50 scant amount fresh Parmesan $0.25 broccoli $0.50 romaine lettuce $0.50 French bread $.75 […]

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What to Do with Brown Bananas so They Aren’t Wasted

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Yes, we have brown bananas! What do we do with them today? Why, freeze them, of course, to use in baking, smoothies, and other banana desserts. You had high hopes when you bought that bunch of bananas. Pack them in lunches. Make banana splits. Enjoy a post-workout snack packed with potassium. But, now…. Well, they’re […]

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Simple Bean Tostadas

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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 […]

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Homemade Pintos

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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

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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

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A Yogurt Berry Parfait makes for a delicious breakfast, snack, or dessert. It feels indulgent, but can actually be quite good for you. 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 […]

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Maple Granola

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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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Old-Fashioned Lemonade

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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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