Cinnamon Toast Croutons

Cinnamon Toast is a comfort, isn’t it? Make snacking croutons with dry bread for a good cheap eat. At the beginning of the Pantry Challenge, I cleaned out the freezers and inventoried what we had. That amounted to quite a few heels from sandwich bread. Those are generally the last pieces to be eaten around […]

How to Use Up Leftovers & Save Money

pan of fried rice with potstickers and sauces

One of the things that we get really practiced at during a down financial month or during a pantry challenge is eating up leftovers. It’s one way to fill the tummy without having to cook or spend money. I consider leftovers “free” in a sense, since the ingredients were originally destined for another meal and […]

Turkey Pot Pie with Easy Biscuit Topping

We’re creatures of habit around here. When I find a recipe that all my people enjoy, I don’t typically veer from it. But over the last year or so, I’ve been experimenting with different methods and recipes looking for new and different ways to prepare our favorites. We are pot pie kind of people around […]

Minute Minestrone

What do you do when you’ve got the leftovers of a spaghetti dinner? Well, besides having spaghetti again?  I know some folks would mix up a Baked Spaghetti dish, but my people aren’t fans of that. So, I needed a different option to make the most of our leftovers. If you’re doing the Pantry Challenge […]

Quick Sunflower Seed Butter Noodle Stirfry

Sunbutter acts as a great replacement for peanut in this quick noodle stirfry. Quick, easy, and oh-so good! This recipe is by far one of the quickest to pull together. Not only does it use up little bits of leftovers in your fridge, but it’s quick to prepare and it tastes great. As part of […]

Turkey Noodle Soup

I’ll never forget the first Thanksgiving dinner I ever hosted for my family. I cooked and cleaned for days. And, it turned out to be the best Turkey dinner ever or since. Even though I’ve recreated some of the same recipes, for some reason, they don’t taste as good as they did that triumphal day. […]

Baked Potato Homefries

One of the best ways to save money on food is not to waste it! When you read the statistics of how much food Americans throw away each year, the number is staggering. And while I am not a proponent of dumpster diving for food, I do think we should be proactive in not letting […]

Corn Salad

Leftovers are the bane of home cooks everywhere. In a sense they imply that you failed in some way. You either cooked too much or folks didn’t like what you made. This is not always the case. Perhaps a dinner guest failed to show. Perhaps a recipe made more than you thought it would. Perhaps […]