Red Banana Smoothie: Pure and Simple

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red banana smoothie with strawberries and bunch of bananas

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.Enjoy the creamy, milky goodness […]

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Greek Eggs Will Brighten Your Breakfast

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Brighten up your morning with tangy Greek Eggs chock full of vegetables and Mediterranean flavor. You’ll never be bored at breakfast again! Greek Eggs are one of my favorite healthier breakfasts. Packed with veggies and protein and accented with the tangy saltiness of feta, this dish is one of my all-time favorites of any kind […]

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Spice Rub for Chicken or Beef

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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. […]

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Mexican Lasagna

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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 […]

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Soy-Ginger Meat Marinade

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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 […]

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Recovering the Lost Art of the Carrot Stick

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Over the past fifteen years, pre-cut baby carrots have become the main way that consumers buy this highly nutritious root vegetable. But unless there’s a good sale, my experience – both in the Midwest and West Coast – is that a pound of carrots costs at least $1.50/pound. But, there is a better way. A […]

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Chimichangas

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Chimichangas are crispy burritos that are easy to make at home! You can fry them in oil or crisp them on the griddle. Chimichangas are one of my husband’s all-time favorite meals. When we were dating in our Santa Barbara days and went for Mexican food, he would inevitably order the Chicken Chimichanga. It’s basically […]

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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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