Recipe: Cranberry Spinach Salad

March 28, 2013

This is one of my favorite fresh dinner swap meals of all time. I really like having one of our swap meals being a fresh meal rather than all frozen meals. Emilie brought this yummy salad one month and it was so delicious we made it again the next week. Be sure to toast the almonds […]

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Recipe: White Chicken Enchiladas (great freezer meal)

March 21, 2013

One of my favorite dinner swap meals is Pioneer Woman’s white enchiladas. They are creamy, spicy and delicious. Lightly frying the tortillas may seem like a lot of work but you won’t be sorry. For a freezer swap meal, assemble in a foil casserole pan and freeze before baking step. Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups cooked, […]

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Easy Make-Ahead Recipe: No-Cook Overnight Peanut Butter & Banana Steel Cut Oats

March 20, 2013

Pin this to your Easy Breakfasts or Make-Ahead Breakfasts Pinterest board My husband leaves for work early and he likes to sneak out of the house without making a lot of noise. However, our house is super tiny and if he makes a lot of noise, all the kids wake up.  So, inspired by Melody’s […]

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Recipe: White Creamy Chili (great for a dinner swap)

March 8, 2013

This month Emilie and I are going to be explaining our monthly dinner swap. We will share more details later but every month each one of the 4 participants gets one of these assignments: Fresh Meal, Soup, Vegetarian Main and Hearty Main. We haven’t had many repeats over the past two and a half years […]

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{Recipe} 2-for-1 meal: Green Chili and Pork Cabbage Burritos

February 27, 2013

Another way I like to save money with recipes is a “two-fer”. Two meals for one! The recipe below is for a fabulous Martha Stewart Slow-Cooker Green Chili. It makes a lot! So save half of the chili and a couple days later make these great Pork and Cabbage-Slaw Burritos Ingredients: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil […]

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Recipe: Saving money with vegetarian meals (Couscous Bowls)

February 21, 2013

Another great way to stretch a grocery budget is to include at least one vegetarian meal in your weekly menu plan. I love these Couscous Bowls because they have a lot of flavor (similar to fried rice) and it makes quite a large meal for only the cost of the couscous and a few veggies. Ingredients: […]

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Amazon: Healthy Eating Cookbooks just $2.99 or FREE for Prime members

February 19, 2013

Amazon has a few healthy cooking eBooks available right now that are less than $3 each or FREE to borrow for Prime members. Paleo Slow Cooker Cookbook: $2.99 or free for Prime Members Organic Food: Eating Organic on a Budget $2.99 or free for Prime Members Freezer Meals: Delicious & Easy Make-Ahead Meals: $2.99 or free […]

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Recipe: Homemade Date Caramel and Vanilla Coffee Creamer

February 18, 2013

I have been making my own coffee creamer for about a year now and love playing around with different flavor combinations.  I start with my original Chocolate Almond Creamer recipe and swap in different extracts and sweeteners to change things up.  While I love the chocolate-based creamer, I have been on the hunt for something […]

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Stretching a pork butt (Dr. Pepper Pork and BBQ Nachos)

February 14, 2013

 BBQ Nachos Here’s how to get 4 meals from one butt. Pork butt, that is. We have an awesome local butcher, Double D Meats, where I can get a 7 pound pork butt for just over $15. With that 7 pounds of goodness, I made Pioneer Woman’s Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork. I love this recipe because the […]

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Recipe: Ham and Vegetable Frittata Muffins

February 13, 2013

Now that my husband and I have started going to CrossFit on a pretty regular basis, we have really started to notice that our bodies are crying out for the right balance of foods.  We are trying to make sure that we are getting a good amount of protein to fuel our muscles and healthy […]

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Recipe from Bites: Stretching a Rotisserie Chicken (Wild Rice Chicken Casserole)

February 7, 2013

Here’s how to make 4 meals from one bird.  Everyone knows about the $5 rotisserie chickens at Costco right? Those babies are SO flavorful and I can barely wait to get home to take a bite! My husband is usually on shredding duty and he always laughs that there is a fork bite out of […]

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Recipe: Chicken Salad with Grapes and Raisins

February 6, 2013

This recipe was actually a complete accident.  I roasted a pork loin in the oven for almost triple the amount of time I should, until it turned into something that was not entirely recognizable as food. I could have smashed in car windows with it, used it as a brick in our retaining wall, help […]

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Recipe from Bites: Whole Wheat Pancakes

January 29, 2013

Emilie has mentioned these pancakes before but they are good enough to mention again! I know this defeats the healthy breakfast goal but I LOVE to add banana chunks and butterscotch chips to my pancakes. Give it a try sometime! Ingredients: 3/4 C whole wheat flour 3/4 C all-purpose flour 3 Tbs sugar 1 1/2 […]

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Recipe from Bites: Baked Berry and Banana Oatmeal

January 24, 2013

Here’s a yummy cold cereal alternative. It’s a flexible oatmeal recipe so you can switch out different types of fruit/nuts/etc. Instead of sending your hubbie to work with another dried oatmeal packet, imagine his surprise when he finds a container full of this yumminess in his lunchbox! For an easy, make-ahead alternative, be sure to check out […]

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Recipe from Bites: Green Smoothie

January 17, 2013

This is probably my favorite healthy breakfast! I thought my kids would be hesitant about the green color but they thought it was the coolest. The ingredients below are for one serving size. I usually triple the recipe for my three kids and I. Ingredients: 1/2 cup frozen pineapple 1/2 cup frozen mango 1/2 banana Large handful […]

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Recipe from Bites: Homemade Hummus

January 4, 2013

This hummus is amazing! I can eat it by the spoonful. If you are a snack grazer, put some of this in a Tupperware with cut up carrots and celery dipped in for an easy grab and go snack. Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas, drained 1 clove garlic, minced 1 heaping Tbsp Tahini Paste (in peanut […]

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Recipe from Bites: The Best Dip Ever

December 29, 2012

If you are having a New Years Eve party- MAKE THIS DIP! Or a Super Bowl party or a birthday party or a night-before-we-start-our-2013-diet party. Make an excuse to make and devour this. Ingredients: 1 8 oz. block cream cheese 1 can Rotel, drained (Rotel is diced tomatoes with green chilies) 1 lb. spicy breakfast […]

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Recipe from Bites: Hershey Kiss Cookies

December 13, 2012

This is my favorite cookie to bring to a holiday cookie exchanges! Keep an eye out for Melody’s Rite Aid match-ups as there have been quite a few deals on Hershey Kisses recently. Ingredients: ½ cup butter softened ½ cup peanut butter (usually smooth but crunchy is fine) ¾ cup light or dark brown sugar […]

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Recipe from Bites: Sour Cream Coffee Cake

December 8, 2012

This is the coffee cake we make every Christmas morning for Jesus’ birthday cake. It is SO moist! (Adapted from Ingredients: 1 cup butter 2 cups white sugar 2 eggs 1 cup sour cream 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 […]

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Cooking for a Rainy Day: Chicken broth, pre-made cookie dough and frozen french fries

December 7, 2012

I haven’t been able to set aside five seconds to get any freezer cooking done over the last few months, but I do like to try to be as efficient as possible when I am in the kitchen.  It’s pretty rare that I make a single batch of anything.  I like to be able to […]

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Recipe from Bites: Cranberry Salsa with Cilantro and Chiles

November 29, 2012

This is the perfect Christmas holiday appetizer! It packs a punch and the colors are beautiful! I usually get my pepitas at Trader Joes. (Adapted from Epicurious) Ingredients: 4 teaspoons pumpkin seed oil (I used olive oil) 1/2 cup natural unsalted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) Sea salt 2 cups fresh cranberries or frozen, thawed 1 […]

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Recipe from Bites: Creole Cornbread Stuffing (What to Make for the Thanksgiving Guest You Want to Impress)

November 20, 2012

I used to pass on stuffing at Thanksgiving. Probably because I grew up having the boxed mushy kind.  When I hosted my very first Thanksgiving 9 years ago, I decided to do a Cajun theme. In the process of looking for recipes, I found this recipe for Creole Cornbread Stuffing. We’ve made it every year since. […]

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Recipe from Bites: Cranberry Jello Salad (What to Make for the kids at your Thanksgiving table)

November 19, 2012

I love this Cranberry Jello Salad just as much as my kids do. I love the chunks of fresh fruit in it! Ingredients: 2 (3 ounce) packages raspberry flavored gelatin mix 1 cup white sugar 2 cups boiling water 1 1/2 cups cold water 1 pound cranberries 1 orange 1 1/2 cups crushed pineapple, drained […]

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Recipe from Bites: Praline Sweet Potatoes (What to Make For Your Anti-Sweet Potato Thanksgiving Guest)

November 15, 2012

These Praline Sweet Potatoes are totally awesome (they are basically like a dessert).  They will convert people to sweet potatoes who have been turned off by the traditional marshmallow sweet potato dish. Ingredients: 4 cups mashed sweet potatoes 1/2 cup white sugar 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 4 eggs, beaten 1/2 pint heavy cream 1 stick […]

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Recipe from Bites: Calabacitas (What to Make For Your Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Guest)

November 13, 2012

Calabacitas is a recipe I first had in college at a friend’s house. Everything her mom made was fantastic but if Calabacitas were on the menu, I was in heaven. If you aren’t making it for a gluten free guest, you could use a can of corn and a can of Rotel in place of […]

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