Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US 15 Easy and Delicious Cast Iron Skillet Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-cast-iron-skillet-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-easy-and-delicious-cast-iron-skillet-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pizza-cast-iron-skillet-Dollarphotoclub_66903044.jpg" alt="cast iron pizza" title="cast iron pizza" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The most versatile piece of cookware I own is my cast iron pan. But I have a secret for you: I had no idea what to do with it the entire first year I owned it. Instead, the pan sat collecting dust on a shelf in my kitchen. (See also : <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-to-pick-the-best-cookware-for-your-needs?ref=seealso">This Is How You Pick the Best Cookware for Your Needs</a>)</p> <p>Then one day, I decided to bring it out, <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/preparation/cleaning-seasoning-cast-iron-skillet">season it</a>, and challenge myself to try as many recipes as possible. Turns out you can make most anything in the skillet, from breakfast to dessert &mdash; just take a look!</p> <h2>1. Pizza</h2> <p>You have to try this <a href="http://www.jennycancook.com/recipes/easy-pan-pizza/">Cast Iron Pizza</a> recipe. Mix together your simple dough and let rise for a few hours. Then generously grease your cast iron pan and flatten your dough inside. Let rest for another couple hours before topping with sauce and cheese. Cook on your stovetop for three minutes and place in the oven for another 15, until browned and bubbly.</p> <h2>2. Shepherd's Pie</h2> <p>According to Punxsutawney Phil, we've got a long stretch of cold weather still ahead. This <a href="http://www.thecookingjar.com/skillet-shepherds-pie/">Shepherd's Pie </a>is the ultimate comfort food, and it can be made in your cast iron pan. You'll first boil some potatoes for the mashed topping. Then cook your meat, veggies, and seasonings in the pan, press down and top with a layer of cheddar, and top with the potatoes. Bake for 20 minutes to finish.</p> <h2>3. Cornbread</h2> <p>I make a lot of slow cooker soups for dinner these days. On the side, I love serving <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2011/11/olive-oil-skillet-cornbread.html">Skillet Cornbread</a> because it's simple to mix together and tastes great with a few pats of butter. Versus cooking cornbread in a standard loaf pan, you'll get more even results in the skillet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">35 Slow Cooker Recipes For Busy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>4. Brownies</h2> <p>Use chocolate spread, Nutella, or even peanut butter in this <a href="http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com/triple-chocolate-skillet-brownie/">Skillet Brownie</a> recipe. Don't forget to spritz your pan with non-stick spray so the brownie doesn't stick. Although, I'd likely eat right out of the pan with a spoon, so &mdash; on second thought &mdash; do whatever you want. There are no rules with chocolate.</p> <h2>5. Lasagna</h2> <p>Yes! You can make <a href="http://picky-palate.com/2014/02/19/cheesy-sausage-skillet-lasagna/">Cheesy Lasagna</a> in your cast iron skillet. This recipe is for a meaty variety, but you could also substitute in some spinach or other veggies if you're vegetarian. This recipe would come together even faster if you used no-boil noodles. Layer, bake, and enjoy in about a half hour.</p> <h2>6. Grilled Cheese</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2014/07/23/cast-iron-skillet-grilled-cheese-recipe/">Skillet Grilled Cheese</a> recipe is the best I've ever had. Why exactly? The skillet is able to hold heat very well, so it browns those nooks and crannies to perfection. And get creative with your cheese and bread selection; the author used a mix of asiago rosemary and cheddar.</p> <h2>7. Egg Bake</h2> <p>Let's talk breakfast, shall we? These <a href="http://www.two-tarts.com/2012/02/baked-eggs-with-crispy-hash-brown-crust.html">Skillet Baked Eggs</a> boast a crispy hash brown crust and only five simple ingredients. After shredding the potatoes, you'll brown them in the skillet, then press before cracking the eggs. Top with cheese and broil for five to seven minutes.</p> <h2>8. Ratatouille</h2> <p>If you need to bring a dish to pass, try this beautiful <a href="http://thefitchen.com/2014/04/22/simple-cast-iron-skillet-ratatouille/">Cast Iron Ratatouille</a>. You'll cut thin slices of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, and red bell pepper. The rest of the ingredients go into a quick-blend homemade sauce. After you arrange the veggies in a visually pleasing pattern, pour the sauce over top and let bake for an hour.</p> <h2>9. Biscuits</h2> <p>I make biscuits a few times a week, but I've never thought of making them in my cast iron pan. This <a href="http://www.becca-bakes.com/home/cast-iron-skillet-biscuits-rosemary-honey-butter">Skillet Biscuit</a> recipe is just like your favorite buttermilk variety. You'll pulse together flour and butter until crumbly. Then add the milk and mix until just combined. Arrange rounds of the dough in your greased skillet and let bake for 10 to 12 minutes.</p> <h2>10. Muffin</h2> <p>I mixed together this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2012/04/blueberry-skillet-cake.html">Blueberry Skillet Cake</a> when I was looking for something sweet to jazz up my day. It turned out like a gigantic blueberry muffin. The coolest part about this recipe is that you can substitute in any fruit that's seasonal. Also: To prevent that blueberry bleed, I tossed my berries in cornstarch before placing them in the mix.</p> <h2>11. Tofu</h2> <p>Vegetarians and vegans might be interested to know you can get a good dose of iron by cooking foods, <a href="http://www.theppk.com/2013/03/how-to-get-perfectly-browned-tofu/">like tofu</a>, in your cast iron skillet. Not only will you reap this nutritional benefit, the tofu you cook will be wonderfully browned on all sides. Preheat your pan over medium heat, add some oil, then sprinkle with a little salt to help draw out moisture. For best results, flip using a thin metal spatula.</p> <h2>12. Frittata</h2> <p>Whether for breakfast or dinner, this <a href="http://www.theroastedroot.net/zucchini-basil-and-kale-frittata/">Skillet Frittata</a> will pack your family full of delicious protein. The recipe calls for spinach, basil, and zucchini, but you can feel free to substitute in any similar veggie ingredients you have on have. Just use the same ratio to the egg mixture.</p> <h2>13. Spaghetti</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/warm-skillet-cheesy-bread-with-baked-spaghetti/">Skillet Spaghetti</a> recipe isn't as plain as it sounds. The author decided to take it up a notch by lining the skillet with garlic bread! So, you get an appetizer and a main course in one handy pan. Kneading the rolls for a few minutes will make them especially light and fully, so it's worth the extra time.</p> <h2>14. Chinese Orange Chicken</h2> <p>Instead of calling for delivery tonight, consider making <a href="http://www.thegunnysack.com/2014/08/orange-chicken-30-minute-skillet-recipe.html">Orange Chicken</a> right in your skillet. This recipe takes just 30 minutes to make from start to finish, so it might even be faster than ordering out. Cut chicken into chunks and soak in a zesty marinade before cooking in the skillet. Pour any remaining marinade on as you cook and serve with rice.</p> <h2>15. A Big Cookie</h2> <p>Here's all the goodness of your favorite <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/skillet-chocolate-chip-cookie/">Chocolate Chip Cookies</a> baked inside a cast iron skillet. This mega-cookie that would be great for a party or even a Wednesday night. Make sure to follow the directions exactly, since the order in which you blend the ingredients together has a lot of impact on the texture of the finished cookie.</p> <p><em>What do you make in your cast iron skillet?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-cast-iron-skillet-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-one-pot-meals-that-will-transform-dinner">10 One Pot Meals That Will Transform Dinner</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-your-apple-dangerous-how-to-eat-fewer-pesticides-and-save-money">Is Your Apple Dangerous? How to Eat Fewer Pesticides (and Save Money)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cast iron east recipes skillet Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1308829 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 One Pot Meals That Will Transform Dinner http://www.wisebread.com/10-one-pot-meals-that-will-transform-dinner <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-one-pot-meals-that-will-transform-dinner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/vegetable-soup-pot-Dollarphotoclub_47198839.jpg" alt="vegetable soup" title="vegetable soup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have a special place in my heart for meals that can be made in just one pot. Most of the recipes I've encountered take less than a half hour to come together. And the possibilities range from Mexican to Italian to Asian food favorites and beyond. Best of all: There's less cleanup. And isn't that something we're all striving to lean out during the busy work week?</p> <p>If you want to get into one pot cooking, I recommend purchasing a quality <a href="http://www.amazon.com:80url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;amp;field-keywords=5+quart+pot/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MQCOAY3KDQELD5NS">5-quart pot</a>. I like stainless steel or cast iron, but the material is up to you and your preference. We use our pot almost every day for recipes like these or boiling pasta, etc. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-to-pick-the-best-cookware-for-your-needs?ref=seealso">How to Pick the Best Cookware for Your Needs</a>)</p> <h2>1. Mac and Cheese</h2> <p>Beef up the nutrition of your go-to comfort dish quite literally. This <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2014/03/15/one-pot-chili-mac-cheese/">Chili Mac and Cheese</a> cooks in just one pot. You'll add ground beef, beans, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth to the noodles and cheese and let cook until melted. Vegetarians can also make this dish by using vegetable broth and omitting the meat or substituting something like TVP.</p> <h2>2. Farm Pot</h2> <p>I'm dreaming of when market season opens up again in our neck of the woods. This <a href="http://www.blessthismessplease.com/2014/09/farmstand-one-pot-wonder.html">Farm Stand One Pot Wonder</a> is made up of all the greatest CSA goodness. Combine potatoes, green beans, ham (or veggie substitute), broth, and onion. Cook for 25 minutes before topping with corn on the cob and steaming around 20 minutes more.</p> <h2>3. Tabbouleh Bread</h2> <p>My jaw dropped when I found this <a href="http://parsleysagesweet.com/2012/05/14/one-pot-tabbouleh-bread-and-part-11/">One Pot Tabbouleh Bread</a>. You actually mix, proof, and bake your bread all in one pot. This particular recipe goes beyond a basic loaf by adding all the yummy ingredients you'd find in tabbouleh (tomatoes, parsley, mint, onion). Then bake, slice, and enjoy amazing sandwiches.</p> <h2>4. Mexican Casserole</h2> <p>Rice, beans, bell pepper, onions, corn, tomatoes, cheese, herbs, and spices &mdash; all the vibrant flavors and textures you enjoy are in this <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2014/08/27/one-pot-mexican-rice-casserole/">Mexican Casserole</a>. Bonus: This dish takes around 30 minutes to make from start to finish and you'll have tasty leftovers for lunch the next day.</p> <h2>5. Salmon Curry</h2> <p>My husband eats a lot of seafood. I'm crazy-excited to try this <a href="http://www.culinarytribune.com/?p=29601">Salmon Coconut Curry</a>, which would take the guesswork out of cooking the fish for me. Add all ingredients to the pot, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a (covered) simmer for 17 minutes. Mix a few times before serving.</p> <h2>6. Red Wine Pasta</h2> <p>There are lots of one pot pasta meals, but this <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/10/one-pot-red-wine-pasta.html">Red Wine Pasta</a> particularly caught my interest. Use any kind of pasta you have, but fettuccine or spaghetti work wonderfully. The rest is onion, garlic, basil, veggie stock, seasonings, and &mdash; yes &mdash; two whole cups of your most beloved red wine.</p> <h2>7. Sunday Lunch</h2> <p>Though I'm vegetarian, I love the idea behind this <a href="http://www.redonline.co.uk/food/recipes/one-pot-sunday-lunch">Sunday Lunch</a> one pot meal. The weekends are busy, so it's nice to have something hearty cooking all on its own while you knock stuff off the to-do list. This particular mix features sausage, bacon, chicken thighs, and root vegetables. The leftovers would make fantastic lunches for the beginning of the week.</p> <h2>8. Parmesan Pasta</h2> <p>Try this <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2014/10/11/one-pot-garlic-parmesan-pasta/">Garlic Parmesan Pasta</a> in just one pot for a sauce that's a rich mixture of milk, broth, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Don't forget lots of garlic. And vegetarians can make this dish their own by using vegetable broth, soy or almond milk, and their favorite non-dairy butter substitute (I like Earth Balance).</p> <h2>9. Miso Meal</h2> <p>I used to think of miso soup as a side. But this one pot <a href="http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2011/09/hearty-one-pot-meal-miso-soup.html">Hearty Miso Meal</a> dish turns it into a full dinner the whole family can enjoy. The buckwheat soba noodles take center stage here, but the vegetable ingredients are flexible. The author suggests using what you have on hand versus going out and buying the specifics outlined in her recipe.</p> <h2>10. Stovetop Lasagna</h2> <p>You'll want to use oven-ready noodles in this <a href="http://www.yellowblissroad.com/one-pot-stovetop-lasanga/">One Pot Lasagna</a> recipe. First you'll cook your ground beef (or veggies, if you like). Then layer your sauce, noodles, and cheese, and let cook for around 20 minutes. Top with more cheese and serve while warm and bubbly.</p> <p><em>Do you love one pot meals as much as I do? What's your favorite recipe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-one-pot-meals-that-will-transform-dinner">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">25 Things to Do With Rotisserie Chicken</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-than-store-bought-10-great-freeze-ahead-burrito-recipes">Cheaper and Healthier Than Store-Bought: 10 Great Freeze-Ahead Burrito Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-quick-homemade-breakfasts">Cheap, Quick Homemade Breakfasts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink easy dinners one pot quick meals Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1320482 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Groceries at Walmart http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-groceries-at-walmart <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-groceries-at-walmart" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-grocery-shopping-Dollarphotoclub_78606509.jpg" alt="couple grocery shopping" title="couple grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save money on groceries at Walmart, the golden rules of decluttering, and how to simplify your finances.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/walmart-savings-hacks">Walmart Hacks: 8 Ways to Save Even More Money on Groceries</a> &mdash; Shop early so you can be the first to get to yesterday's baked goods, or meat and produce that are close to their &quot;sell by&quot; date; these are usually marked down in the morning. [Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Declutter-Rules-34388673">12 Golden Rules of Decluttering</a> &mdash; Get into the habit of putting things back where they belong, right away! Don't give clutter the chance to build up. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://smartasset.com/personal-finance/10-ways-can-simplify-financial-life">10 Ways You Can Simplify Your Financial Life</a> &mdash; Designate &quot;no spend&quot; days&hellip; or even months! It may be difficult, but it'll go a long way to helping you identify which expenses are truly necessary and which ones you can dump. [SmartAsset]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.credit.com/2015/02/tips-for-being-frugal-foodie-109597/">8 Ways to Be a More Frugal Foodie</a> &mdash; Reorganize your fridge so that the items that will spoil soon are in plain sight. [Credit.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bestkeptself.com/2015/02/25/6-reasons-why-making-fitness-a-priority-benefits-your-relationships/">6 Reasons Why Making Fitness a Priority Benefits Your Relationships</a> &mdash; You're able to give more to others when you make sure to take care of yourself first. [Best Kept Self]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.prolificliving.com/money-affirmations">25 Money Affirmations to Attract Wealth and Abundance</a> &mdash; If you don't think you can make money, then you won't! Focus on these money affirmations and change the way you think about money. [Prolific Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/dealing-with-sadness/">3 Proven Steps to Dealing With Sadness</a> &mdash; Something triggered your sadness &mdash; what is it? Dive into specifics, and write it down. [Wake Up Cloud]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/alternative-investments-besides-stocks-and-bonds-for-financial-freedom/">6 Alternative Investments Besides Stocks and Bonds to Help You Achieve Financial Freedom</a> &mdash; There are multiple ways to make money from real estate, like renting out property, flipping houses, or REITs. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditdonkey.com/network-better.html">23 Scientific Ways to Network Better</a> &mdash; Pay attention to your body language! Eye contact communicates confidence and intelligence, and smiling makes you more approachable. [Credit Donkey]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/raising-awareness-for-heart-disease-in-women">Raising Awareness for Heart Disease in Women</a> &mdash; It's important to know what the symptoms of a stroke and a heart attack are, as well as what to do when they occur. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-groceries-at-walmart">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-rules-you-must-follow-when-shopping-at-costco">5 Frugal Rules You Must Follow When Shopping at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-meaning-of-milk-label-colors">The Meaning of Milk Label Colors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips grocery shopping WalMart Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1314950 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Easy Superfood Smoothies for a Better Morning http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-superfood-smoothies-for-a-better-morning <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-easy-superfood-smoothies-for-a-better-morning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/green-smoothie-Dollarphotoclub_74916705.jpg" alt="green smoothie" title="green smoothie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how many of us still skip our morning meal on occasion because we're just too busy? Smoothies to the rescue!</p> <p>You can toss many healthy ingredients, including those all-important superfoods, into your blender and pour into a travel cup to take on the go. Or &mdash; better yet &mdash; make smoothies in bulk and freeze them into cubes. Then, thaw a few cubes in a glass on your way to work. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-nutritious-breakfasts-for-people-with-busy-mornings?ref=seealso">15 Nutritious Breakfasts for People With Busy Mornings</a>)</p> <h2>1. Avocado Smoothie</h2> <p>To make this <a href="http://www.shutterbean.com/2014/avocado-superfood-smoothie/">Avocado Smoothie</a>, you'll blend together blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, orange juice, yogurt, mint, and avocado. The recipe calls for agave nectar, but you can definitely leave that out and dip the natural sweetness of the fruits instead. For extra protein, try using Greek yogurt.</p> <h2>2. Kale Smoothie</h2> <p>This basic <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/kale-smoothie-recipe">Kale Smoothie</a> is amped up with pineapple, banana, and coconut milk. Blending kale can be tough on standard blenders, so if you like green smoothies, try using baby kale or cutting the stems off the leaf to make it incorporate better. If you plan to make lots of green smoothies, you might want to check out a high wattage blender; the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NGV4506/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00NGV4506&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7IEOGWW346WCVTMU">Ninja Blender</a> is powerful (over 1000 watts) without the hefty price tag.</p> <h2>3. Not-So Green Smoothie</h2> <p>Does the idea of sipping on greens sort of gross you out? This <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/06/not-so-green-smoothie.html">Not-So Green Smoothie</a> is teeming with spinach, but you'd never know it. Use nut butter (almond, peanut, sunflower) and cocoa powder to transform the color and flavor to milkshake proportions. For extra creaminess, add in a few chunks of frozen banana.</p> <h2>4. All Green Smoothie</h2> <p>Alternatively, you can whip up this <a href="http://www.insonnetskitchen.com/spring-detox-smoothie/">Spring Detox Smoothie</a>, which is all green things combined. You'll blend kale, arugula, pea shoots, cucumber, and avocado with coconut water and some lemon juice. The result is rather zesty, so if you'd like to tone it down, the author suggests adding a bit of fruit (blueberries, raspberries, etc.).</p> <h2>5. Kiwi Smoothie</h2> <p>This tasty <a href="http://www.kitchennostalgia.com/drinks/kiwi-smoothie.html">Kiwi Smoothie</a> will infuse your body with a dose of vitamin C. You can, again, choose to leave out the sweetener in the recipe if you're trying to watch sugar in your diet. Some people enjoy using a few pitted medjool dates in place of sweeteners since they're lower on the glycemic index. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks?ref=seealso">12 Delicious Slow Cooker Breakfasts for Lazy Cooks</a>)</p> <h2>6. Black Bean Smoothie</h2> <p>Stay with me on this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/07/breakfast-beans-chocolate-smoothie.html">Black Bean Smoothie</a>. The superfood beans pack some impressive protein without artificial powders and other add-ins. And from experience &mdash; you won't even notice you're drinking beans. The peanut butter, cocoa powder, and banana mask the flavor so all you're left with is a dreamy creamy texture.</p> <h2>7. Apple Smoothie</h2> <p>An apple a day might keep the doctor away, so why not try this fruit-filled <a href="http://www.my-healthy-eating-secrets.com/apple-smoothie-recipe.html">Apple Smoothie</a>? Apples contain powerful antioxidants that might help ward off some cancers. Plus, they taste good and can be purchased on the cheap. I like to buy gigantic bags of apples to keep on hand for smoothies, baking, and general snacking.</p> <h2>8. Sweet Potato Smoothie</h2> <p>There's a ton of buzz around sweet potatoes in the health food community, and for good reason. This <a href="http://www.spoonforkbacon.com/2013/09/sweet-potato-smoothie/">Sweet Potato Smoothie</a> contains lots of potassium, fiber, and vitamin A, among other key nutrients. Best yet, this recipe helps eliminate food waste by using up any stray potatoes that might be lurking in your kitchen. Just peel, boil, chill, and blend.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite superfood smoothie? Share yours in the comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-superfood-smoothies-for-a-better-morning">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-nuts-by-nutrition-and-price">The Best and Worst Nuts, by Nutrition and Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-healthy-breakfast-cookies-with-chocolate-covered-espresso-beans">Tasty, Healthy Breakfast Cookies With Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals">25 Breakfast-For-Dinner Meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-make-ahead-freezable-hot-breakfast-recipes">9 Make-Ahead, Freezable Hot Breakfast Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink breakfast healthy eating smoothie superfood Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:00:05 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1306010 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Tricks for Enjoying Fine Dining on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/7-tricks-for-enjoying-fine-dining-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-tricks-for-enjoying-fine-dining-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-lunch-fancy-restaurant-Dollarphotoclub_55224714.jpg" alt="couple fancy restaurant" title="couple fancy restaurant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's nothing quite like a luxurious meal that's carefully made, served to you under romantic lighting, and placed onto a fresh white tablecloth. Sadly, the price can be prohibitive for many of us, and instead we end up spending our night with takeout and a bottle of $5 wine (not that there's anything wrong what that!). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-swanky-sauces-to-glamorize-dinner?ref=seealso" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.38;">8 Swanky Sauces to Glamorize Dinner</a>)</p> <p>The good news is that armed with a few tips, you can enjoy fine dining without emptying out your savings. As always, a good place to start is the Internet: Pick a few restaurants you are interested in and look up their websites, reviews and local publications. There you can find some valuable information, like a sample of prices, what meals they serve, what kind of dishes they offer, and if they have any special deals. Keep an eye out for coupons on deal sites and seasonal events like Restaurant Week. And be sure take a look at the following seven hacks for an enjoyable dining experience without the bummer ending.</p> <h2>1. Go for Lunch</h2> <p>Many fine dining establishments are also open for lunch, and while some just serve a smaller menu of the dishes they serve for dinner at the same price, others offer some real deals.</p> <p>Bouley, a well-known and well-loved restaurant in New York City is known for their tasting menus. Their dinner version is six courses and costs a cool $185, while their five course lunch version is $55. It may not have all of the same flourishes, but you are still eating a fancy pants tasting menu at Bouley without having to take out a second mortgage.</p> <p>Blackbird, a celebrated spot in Chicago offers a lunch prix fixe that is $25 for three courses, which is cheaper than most of their single dinner entrees. They also offer a complete lunch menu that runs half the price of their dinner menu. Check out your restaurant of choice's menus and compare lunch and dinner to see if they offer midday bargains.</p> <h2>2. Go on a Weeknight</h2> <p>Not surprisingly, Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest times at all restaurants, let alone the really nice ones. Some establishments offer discounts or special (cheaper) menus on weekdays, especially Monday through Wednesday &mdash; Tuesday is statistically the least busy day for restaurants. Call or check a restaurant's website to find out if they offer weekday deals. City publications also like to do articles about such deals, like this round-up of <a href="http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/restaurants/cheap-eats-in-la-the-best-restaurant-weekly-specials">Weekday Dinner Deals in LA</a>.</p> <p>Little Dom's, a popular Italian spot in Los Angeles that frequently serves celebrities, offers a $15 three-course family-style dinner on Monday nights along with drink specials. Just an entree can run up to $30 on a normal night, making a Monday night reservation a no-brainer.</p> <h2>3. Eat at the Bar</h2> <p>Restaurants don't just put a bar in their upscale dining rooms so that the liquor and bartender have someplace to hang out &mdash; it also adds seating without taking up as much room as tables. To reward you for sitting elbow to elbow with your stranger neighbors, many places offer bar specials, happy hours, or even an entire menu only available at the bar.</p> <p>Spago is Wolfgang Puck's restaurant in Beverly Hills and is highly regarded by eaters and critics alike. The bill can easily surpass $100-200 per person even at lunch, but luckily they have a bar with it's own &quot;bar bites&quot; menu. Go during happy hour from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and order a drink and some &quot;bites&quot; and relish in the fact that you're sitting in Spago without maxing out your credit card. Call your local fine dining spots and see if they have <a href="http://lovehappyhour.com/Articles/July2013/UpscaleHappyHoursLA.html">similar deals</a>. Be sure to mention that you want to eat at the bar when making your reservation.</p> <h2>4. BYOB</h2> <p>While some fine dining spots are pushing their 15-page wine lists, others are becoming more open-minded. A surprising number of restaurants are offering BYOB now, even if they offer wine.</p> <p>Goosefoot, largely hailed as one of the best restaurants in Chicago, permits BYOB with just a $10 corkage fee. The food will still cost you a pretty penny, but you'll save big bucks on your drinks while eating top-notch food. Look for articles about <a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2013-06-28/chicago-restaurants-byo-fine-dining">BYOB spots in your city,</a> or call and ask about a restaurant's policy. Then do a little math and compare their drink prices with bringing your own plus the corkage fee. The numbers are often in your favor!</p> <h2>5. Don't Buy $50 Leftovers</h2> <p>Finally time to order? Take a look around. What are people ordering? How big are the portions for appetizers and entrees? How much food are they ordering? Pay attention to the details and it will help prevent over-ordering and a $50 leftover situation. Make a plan with your fellow diners and share dishes so that everyone can try more things without over-ordering.</p> <h2>6. Hold That Drink Order</h2> <p>All wait staff is trained to ask for your drink order immediately, or even offer you a drink while you wait for a table. While there is nothing wrong with this policy, since you might be thirsty or might actually want a drink, they also do it in hopes that you'll order more drinks as the night goes on. Start early and you can easily be a drink in before you even order your food. Alcohol charges can add up quickly, so hold that drink order until you order food and enjoy your wine with the meal. Or, if you're a digestif fan, wait for dessert. If you don't want to give up that pre-dinner drink, pregame at home or at a lower-priced bar. It can also help to make a drink limit for yourself at the beginning of the night and stick to it.</p> <h2>7. Skip the Extras</h2> <p>Or, to really save money, don't order drinks at all. Drink orders can easily double your bill since alcohol typically <a href="http://deadspin.com/why-the-hell-does-your-drink-cost-so-much-1454231900">has the highest mark-up</a> at restaurants. You came for the food anyway, right? Plus, more alcohol equals more spending in more ways than one: a tipsy diner is more likely to order whatever they please and be surprised at their credit card bill later. If the restaurant isn't known for their desserts, then skip that, too, and grab some of your favorite ice cream on the way home instead. It will extend your fun night and save you an extra $10-$20.</p> <p><em>How do you enjoy fine dining for less?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tricks-for-enjoying-fine-dining-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-cities-for-frugal-foodies">The 7 Best Cities for Frugal Foodies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-eating-the-10-most-over-priced-restaurant-menu-items">Are You Eating the 10 Most Over-Priced Restaurant Menu Items?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts">40 Restaurants That Offer Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-new-ways-restaurants-trick-you-to-spend-more">12 New Ways Restaurants Trick You to Spend More</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-secrets-restaurants-dont-want-you-to-know">6 Secrets Restaurants Don&#039;t Want You to Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dining out Fine Dining restaurants Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:00:08 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1304189 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Make Cheap Food Taste Delicious http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-cheap-food-taste-delicious <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-cheap-food-taste-delicious" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-cooking-salad-kitchen-Dollarphotoclub_76336361.jpg" alt="woman cooking kitchen" title="woman cooking kitchen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to make cheap foods taste delicious, how to create a minimalist wardrobe, and tips to help you save on pet costs.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/6-ways-make-cheap-foods-taste-delish/">6 Ways to Make Cheap Foods Taste Delicious</a> &mdash; Simple adjustments to your cooking technique can bring out huge flavors in your food. For example, roast veggies instead of boiling or steaming, and cook rice with chicken stock instead of water. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/the-classy-frugal-ladys-guide-to-creating-a-minimalist-wardrobe">The Classy (&amp; Frugal) Lady's Guide to Creating a Minimalist Wardrobe</a> &mdash; Pick a color scheme and set a few style rules to limit the clothing pieces you buy. [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/life-style/new-cat-or-dog-save-money-on-pet-costs-with-these-5-tips/">New Cat or Dog? Save Money on Pet Costs With These 5 Tips</a> &mdash; Buy quality pet food. It'll cost more upfront, but your pet's health (and fewer vet trips) is worth it! [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/5-Meals-34402716#photo-34402716">Make These 86 Amazing Meals for $5 or Less</a> &mdash; Make roasted shrimp and spaghetti squash if you want some pasta without the carbs! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Bite/2015/0217/Starbucks-launches-a-delivery-service-that-brings-coffee-to-your-front-door">Starbucks Launches a Delivery Service That Brings Coffee to Your Front Door</a> &mdash; Starbucks' new subscription service will deliver a bag of their gourmet coffee within 3-5 days of being roasted at the Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-steps-to-healthy-teeth">8 Steps to Healthy Teeth</a> &mdash; Soda and juice contain A LOT of sugar. If you need a refreshing drink, go with water instead. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/credit/T025-S001-proven-tactics-to-overcome-big-debts/index.html">Proven Tactics to Overcome Big Debts</a> &mdash; Michelle Schroeder-Gardner paid off $40,000 in seven months by taking side gigs and creating other streams of income. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/how-to-be-stress-free-this-tax-season/">How to Be Stress Free This Tax Season</a> &mdash; You don't have to do your taxes in one sitting! Take a break to refresh yourself during the process. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/how-to-teach-kids-the-value-of-a-dollar/">How to Teach Kids the Value of a Dollar?</a> &mdash; &quot;Farmer Boy&quot; by Laura Ingalls Wilder contains a great lesson about the value of money. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/ready-landlord/">Are You Ready to Be a Landlord?</a> &mdash; Pick a city with a strong rental demand, like college towns, military bases, and urban centers. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-cheap-food-taste-delicious">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-well-on-just-20-a-week-with-meal-plans">How to Eat Well on Just $20 a Week (With Meal Plans!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-surprising-and-delicious-ways-to-cook-instant-ramen">21 Surprising and Delicious Ways to Cook Instant Ramen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-cities-for-frugal-foodies">The 7 Best Cities for Frugal Foodies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eating-at-the-intersection-of-cheap-and-healthy">Eating at the Intersection of Cheap and Healthy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-dollar-wise-winter-staples">15 Delicious and Dollar-Wise Winter Staples</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips Cheap Food Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1308809 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Supposedly Unhealthy Foods That Are Actually Good for You http://www.wisebread.com/8-supposedly-unhealthy-foods-that-are-actually-good-for-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-supposedly-unhealthy-foods-that-are-actually-good-for-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-drinking-coffee-cafe-Dollarphotoclub_69832554.jpg" alt="woman drinking coffee" title="woman drinking coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you a coffee lover, but you abstain for health reasons? Or do you love snacking on popcorn, but rarely indulge because it's a &quot;junk food?&quot; Then good 'ole science has your back. The following eight foods have gotten a bad rap over the years, but in fact can play a big part in a healthy diet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-health-foods-not-worth-the-money?ref=seealso">11 Health Foods Not Worth the Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. Coffee</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/coffee%20cup%20shop.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>We've long been told that drinking coffee will lead to a long list of ills: stunted growth, heart disease, and even cancer. It turns out that no correlation has been found between these conditions and drinking coffee, and that people who drink coffee regularly tend to be healthier overall.</p> <p>Coffee has been shown to do exactly what you think it does: decrease risk of depression and improve cognitive function. Studies have also shown that <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/coffee-and-health/faq-20058339">coffee may even have long-term health benefits</a>, such as protection against diabetes, liver disease, and Parkinson's disease. The key is to stop at two cups a day &mdash; over-consumption can lead to risks, especially for individuals with a specific genetic mutation. And go easy on the cream and sugar.</p> <h2>2. Potatoes</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/roasted%20potatoes.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Before you speed off to the drive-thru, no, we're not talking about french fries. Potatoes are often vilified because of the way we tend to eat them: fried or loaded with butter and cheese. But on their own, these starchy vegetables are actually a <a href="http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&amp;dbid=48">low-calorie, high-fiber food</a>. Potatoes are loaded with vitamin B6, which helps build and support cells, and other vitamins and minerals like potassium. New studies show that potatoes may also help regulate blood sugar. Try preparing a delicious side dish of skin-on, cubed potatoes roasted with olive oil and garlic.</p> <h2>3. Eggs</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/sunny%20side%20up%20eggs.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Worried about your cholesterol? No eggs! That's what we've been told for years, and the cholesterol content in egg yolks has scared away many people who are concerned about their health. Luckily, we've learned over the past 30 years that saturated fat intake has more to do with raising cholesterol levels in the blood than consuming cholesterol from food. <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/good-eggs-for-nutrition-theyre-hard-to-beat?page=1">Eggs are incredibly high in protein </a>and have just 75 calories per egg, along with a whole host of nutrients. Balance is key for a healthy diet &mdash; if you have a couple of eggs for breakfast, limit your saturated fat intake for the rest of the day. You should still consult your doctor before adding eggs to your diet if you have high cholesterol.</p> <h2>4. Peanut Butter</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/peanut%20butter%20toast.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>At last, you can feed your kid (and yourself) that peanut butter sandwich without worry. Not many people think of this popular nut butter as a health food, but in moderation it can contribute to a healthy diet. <a href="http://www.prevention.com/food/smart-shopping/healthy-eating-why-peanut-butter-good-you">Peanut butter is high in protein and fiber</a>, so even though it's high in calories, it will keep you full for longer and in turn stop you from eating more. It is also rich in vitamin E and magnesium, and studies show that eating nuts or nut butter may help prevent diabetes. Be sure to select a brand that is low in sodium and sugar and has natural ingredients.</p> <h2>5. Alcohol</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/beer%20sampler.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/alcohol-full-story/">Alcohol can be healthy</a>, but self-control is key. An all-night binge session doesn't count as healthy by a long shot, but a glass of wine every night does a body good. A large number of studies have shown that moderate drinking (one drink per day for women, two per day for men) can considerably decrease your risk for cardiovascular diseases. Alcohol can also reduce risk for gallstones and Type 2 diabetes. It's important to remember that if drinking exceeds healthful levels, alcohol swiftly becomes bad for your health. Excessive drinking has the opposite effect, increasing your risk for heart problems and potentially causing major liver trauma.</p> <h2>6. Canned Beans</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/baked%20beans%20can.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Canned food items have been criticized in recent years due to concerns over <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/26/283030949/government-studies-suggest-bpa-exposure-from-food-isn-t-risky">leakage of the plastic additive BPA</a>. Some also believe that canned products are not as nutritious as their fresh, dried and frozen counterparts. Recent studies have shown that we don't have to pick convenience over health &mdash; BPA has shown to be harmless in normal amounts, and canned beans are <a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/dried-beans-vs-canned-beans-nutritional-values-3026.html">nutritionally comparable to dried beans</a>, with only slightly fewer nutrients. The key is to buy cans with &quot;no salt added&quot; or rinse salted beans well to remove much of the added sodium. Store leftover beans in a container and not in the can.</p> <h2>7. Popcorn</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/popcorn%20pot.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>When thinking about junk food, popcorn is a snack that often comes to mind. High-calorie movie theatre versions laden with fake butter, oil, and salt are to blame. Many microwave brands are also loaded with chemicals and harmful fat. Homemade popcorn, on the other hand, is a whole grain, high in fiber and low in calories. One cup of air-popped popcorn has just 31 calories and zero grams of fat, and contains essential B vitamins and minerals. Try popping some at home for <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/399546-how-healthy-is-popcorn/">a healthy snack</a>.</p> <h2>8. Whole Milk and Yogurt</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/whole%20milk.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Because full-fat dairy is high in saturated fat, we've long been told to avoid it. Many people reach for the low-fat and fat-free varieties of milk and yogurt when they visit the dairy aisle. More saturated fat means more body fat, and less means less, right? According to some studies about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/12/275376259/the-full-fat-paradox-whole-milk-may-keep-us-lean">impact of full-fat dairy on weight</a>, this may not be true. Subjects that consumed whole milk and dairy were more likely to have a trim waistline than those that didn't. Scientists aren't sure why this is the case, citing feeling satiated or a change in metabolism as possible causes. There is one thing we do know: full-fat organic dairy contains beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, making it a healthy choice when eaten in the right amounts.</p> <p><em>Have you been avoiding any of these allegedly harmful foods?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-supposedly-unhealthy-foods-that-are-actually-good-for-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-health-foods-that-are-actually-making-you-fatter">10 Health Foods That Are Actually Making You Fatter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-most-surprisingly-unhealthy-beverages">The 6 Most Surprisingly Unhealthy Beverages</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-get-calcium">Great Ways to Get Calcium</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty food science healthy food nutrition unhealthy food Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:00:09 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1302599 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Old Fashioned Skills That Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/7-old-fashioned-skills-that-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-old-fashioned-skills-that-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/old-fashioned-vintage-woman-sewing-machine-Dollarphotoclub_70883513.jpg" alt="vintage woman sewing" title="vintage woman sewing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Home brew? Urban gardens? What's old is new again, and those old fashioned homemaking skills from yesteryear are often more eco-friendly, sustainable, and &mdash; yes &mdash; less expensive than modern conveniences. They're also easy once you get into a routine. (See also: 1<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">8 Awesome, Practically Free, Upcycled Craft Projects</a>)</p> <p>So, check out these important skills from yesteryear that let you live on the cheap today. You may even develop some new hobbies in the process.</p> <h2>1. Bread Baking</h2> <p>Have you paid attention to the prices in the bread aisle recently? No, really. Store bought bread is expensive and contains all sorts of strange ingredients. I've started baking most of our bread at home to save money and keep our food simple. Some of the best recipes I make require nothing more than flour, yeast, and water. The rest is in the mixing, rise time, and actual baking. Start with this ubiquitous <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html">No-Knead Bread</a> recipe by master baker Jim Lahey. You'll let it rise overnight and then bake in a dutch oven for an amazingly crisp crust. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread?ref=seealso">A Beginner's Guide to Homemade Bread</a>)</p> <h2>2. From-Scratch Everything</h2> <p>In the past, most people actually made their pantry items from scratch. For example, oat flour is nothing more than rolled oats pulsed in your food processor. Same goes with almond meal. With some practice, you can blend together an amazing batch of hummus that costs half as much as its store-bought counterpart. The list goes on. And after a while, making wholesome foods in your own kitchen becomes automatic. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-grocery-items-you-should-make-at-home-and-5-to-buy">35 Grocery Items You Should Make at Home</a>)</p> <h2>3. Food Preservation</h2> <p>Eating local, seasonal produce is usually the cheapest, healthiest option for feeding your family. But what about in the off season? Instead of forking over extra cash to eat tomatoes from who-knows-where in January, consider learning the re-emerging art of canning. You'll need a few tools and some know-how (I love the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0762441437/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0762441437&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YPURNI7KXULSVNMU">Food In Jars</a> book, which breaks down the method of small batch canning into bits and pieces). I have yet to master it fully, so I choose to prep and freeze a lot of my ingredients to enjoy year round &mdash; most produce lasts a year this way. You can also pickle and dehydrate foods for unique taste and texture. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/preserving-in-season-foods-for-off-season-feasts">How to Preserve In-Season Foods for Off-Season Feasts</a>)</p> <h2>4. Gardening</h2> <p>Better yet, learn how to grow your own food in your backyard (or, for those of you with small outdoor spaces, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/garden-ideas-for-small-spaces">on your patio</a>). There are a number of hearty plants even beginners can cultivate and harvest with much success. Start with easy-to-grow beets, snap peas, carrots, radishes, squash, peppers, lettuce, and a variety of herbs, like dill, cilantro, and basil. Just be sure to pay attention to the soil, light, and watering suggestions on your seeds' or plant's guide. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-great-container-garden-started-with-this-guide?ref=seealso">Get a Great Container Garden Started With This Guide</a>)</p> <h2>5. Sewing</h2> <p>There was a time not so long ago when a hole in a shirt didn't mean it was fated for the donation or garbage pile. Instead, a quick stitch would fix it right up like new. By learning how to sew, you can also customize your wardrobe and even add new wearables for very little cash. Get started by picking up an inexpensive sewing kit or a needle and thread. Then learn some beginner <a href="http://www.care2.com/greenliving/more-mending-basics-no-sewing-machine-required.html">mending techniques</a>, like how to sew on a button, repair small holes, and fix torn seams. It's a lot of under-over-under-over and tying off to finish. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cute-and-frugal-diy-clothes-you-can-make-for-your-kids?ref=seealso">20 Cute and Frugal Clothes You Can Sew For Your Kids</a>)</p> <h2>6. Cleaning Basics</h2> <p>There weren't a lot of brightly packaged cleaning products back in the day. Instead, people made their own cleaners and solutions at home. Here are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-diy-laundry-detergent-recipes">five laundry detergent recipes</a> to get you started. I've saved a bundle of money (and plastic) by making laundry soap at home, and my clothes are just as fresh and clean. All-purpose cleaning is also made simple with a mixture of 1:1 vinegar and water solution. Pour them together in a spray bottle and get busy cleaning. Add some alcohol to the bottle (a couple tablespoons) to make a streak-free window and mirror cleaner. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners">How to Clean Everything With 3 All-Natural Cleaners</a>)</p> <h2>7. Soap Making and More</h2> <p>Even the whole bath and body DIY phenomenon has its roots in the past. After all, the general store didn't carry limitless products and solutions. Of course, you can get fancy by mixing together bath bombs and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready">sunscreens</a>. I like to stick with the basics and use coconut oil as a moisturizer. Melting together olive oil, beeswax, and essential oils makes a quick and useful <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/10/homesteading-natural-vapor-rub.html">Vapor Rub</a>. Once you acquire the core ingredients, you can make most anything yourself. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products?ref=seealso">50 Amazing DIY Bath and Body Products</a>)</p> <p><em>What old timey skills do you rely on?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-old-fashioned-skills-that-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-guaranteed-easiest-way-to-make-your-own-pickles">The Guaranteed Easiest Way to Make Your Own Pickles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-moonshine">How to Make Moonshine</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-grocery-items-you-should-make-at-home-and-5-to-buy">35 Grocery Items You Should Make at Home (and 5 to Buy)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-liqueurs-to-bottle-now-for-tasty-holiday-gifts">10 Homemade Liqueurs to Bottle for Tasty Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink handmade Homemade homesteading skills Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1300084 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Eat Healthy Even If You Hate Cooking http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-healthy-even-if-you-hate-cooking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-healthy-even-if-you-hate-cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-vegetables-bowl-salad-Dollarphotoclub_66302987.jpg" alt="woman salad" title="woman salad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to eat healthy even if you hate cooking, strange state taxes, and the biggest money wasters.</p> <h3>Top 5 Articles</h3> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/better-yourself/hate-cooking-use-these-tips-to-save-money-and-eat-healthy/">Hate Cooking? Use These Tips to Save Money and Eat Healthy</a> &mdash; Look for fast alternatives, like jarred sauces and pre-chopped veggies. It's still cheaper than dining out at a restaurant and better for you than fast food. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/taxes/T054-S001-unusual-state-taxes-from-around-the-u-s/index.html">Strangest Ways States Tax You (and Don't)</a> &mdash; Alabama is the only state that still taxes a deck of cards as if it were a vice, like alcohol or tobacco. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Biggest-Waste-Money-30959451">28 of the Biggest Money Wasters, According to Real People</a> &mdash; You don't need to go generic for everything, but there are some products that aren't worth the extra cost for the name brand version. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/new-economy/2015/0120/Why-your-Facebook-profile-may-be-more-important-than-your-credit-score">Why Your Facebook Profile May Be More Important Than Your Credit Score</a> &mdash; Lenddo is an app that allows you to make your social media accounts a factor in determining your credit worthiness. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/paid-what-youre-worth/">Are You Being Paid What You're Worth?</a> &mdash; Sites like Salary.com and Payscale.com can help you figure out if you are getting the market value for your skill set. [Cash Money Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/save-money-wedding/">Save Money on Your Wedding</a> &mdash; Keep it casual. Instead of a sit-down dinner, have an afternoon cocktail party with a relaxed food spread. You won't even have to worry about making table cards and seating charts! [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/reasons-to-put-your-retirement-plans-ahead-of-your-children%E2%80%99s-college/">5 Reasons to Put Your Retirement Plans Ahead of Your Children's College</a> &mdash; If you don't prioritize your retirement savings, your children may have to support you in your senior years anyway. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.credit.com/2015/02/7-common-credit-score-questions-108249/">7 Common Credit Score Questions</a> &mdash; Does your income affect your credit score? No, it doesn't! (But there is an indirect impact if you can't pay your bills and a collection account ends up on your credit report.) [Credit.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/data-privacy-big-data-healthcare/">Big Data: He Knows What You've Been Buying (and He&rsquo;s Not Santa)</a> &mdash; Retailers aren't the only ones interested in our spending data. Healthcare providers and insurers use data mining, too. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/working-dads-how-to-connect-with-your-kids-every-day">Working Dads: How to Connect With Your Kids Every Day</a> &mdash; Ask your kids to help out when you need to get things done around the house. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-healthy-even-if-you-hate-cooking">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-superfood-smoothies-for-a-better-morning">8 Easy Superfood Smoothies for a Better Morning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-nuts-by-nutrition-and-price">The Best and Worst Nuts, by Nutrition and Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-delicious-healthy-and-cheap-bean-recipes">25+ Delicious, Healthy, and Cheap Bean Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips hate cooking healthy eating Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1297673 at http://www.wisebread.com 18 Frugal Foods You Should Always Have in Your Freezer http://www.wisebread.com/18-frugal-foods-you-should-always-have-in-your-freezer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/18-frugal-foods-you-should-always-have-in-your-freezer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-refrigerator-milk-vegetables-Dollarphotoclub_63407994.jpg" alt="woman refrigerator" title="woman refrigerator" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The freezer is probably <em>the</em> most useful appliance in the kitchen, what with its ability to stop time and to stop you from hitting the drive-through. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-hardest-working-foods-in-your-pantry?ref=seealso">The 10 Most Versatile Foods in Your Pantry</a>)</p> <p>Here are 17 items that should always be chilling in a frugalista's freezer.</p> <h2>1. Ready-to-Eat Meals</h2> <p>These could be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-freeze-ahead-dinners-for-busy-fall-weeknights">dinners you batch cooked</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-make-ahead-freezable-hot-breakfast-recipes">pancakes</a> stacked between sheets of parchment paper, or heck, even TV dinners and frozen pizzas purchased on sale. It's up to you whether your emergency rations are homemade or store bought; the point is that when you are running late and haven't packed yourself a work lunch, or when kids' activities keep you out of the house until 15 minutes before dinner, you need something to fall back on to prevent you from wasting your money on unintended restaurant meals.</p> <h2>2. Cubes of&hellip; Everything</h2> <p>Don't waste left-over coffee, tomato paste, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-wont-believe-how-much-you-can-save-with-an-ice-cube-tray">even champagne</a> &mdash; just empty it into an ice cube tray, then later pop out the cubes and store in a labeled freezer bag. Go <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-things-you-can-make-with-an-ice-cube-tray">past the obvious uses for ice cube trays</a> &mdash; try preserving fresh herbs or making ready-to-bake cookies.</p> <h2>3. Raw Meat</h2> <p>If you're a carnivore, there is no more versatile meal base than a one-pound package of ground meat. Defrost it in the microwave, and you're ready to make a casserole, chili con carne, or so many other recipes.</p> <p>My grocery store marks down meat by 30%-50% close to its expiration date, so I generally have three or four packages of discounted meat in my freezer. Some Costco shoppers repackage the warehouse store's mammoth meat portions into meal-sized freezer bags. Some clever folks even pour marinade into their frozen meat bags. On the rare occasion that I find a BOGO sale on whole chickens, I'll chuck a whole bird in the freezer &mdash; just keep in mind that these take a lot longer to defrost than small portions of cut-up meat.</p> <h2>4. Cooked, Chopped Meat</h2> <p>Even if you don't go all-in for &quot;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-five-day-freeze-batch-cooking-for-the-rest-of-us">freezer cooking</a>&quot; or &quot;once a month cooking,&quot; having a pound of cooked, chopped up beef, pork, or chicken ready to defrost can cut 20 minutes or more off meal prep time.</p> <h2>5. Fish</h2> <p>Although fish can be on the expensive side, a lot of wild fish is really good for you. And it <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-cooking-hacks-that-save-time">cooks quickly from a frozen state</a>, making for a great weeknight dinner with no pre-planning needed.</p> <h2>6. A Whole Turkey</h2> <p>When turkey prices dip below a dollar a pound at Thanksgiving, why buy just one? I always buy at least one spare, depending on freezer space, for a future family feast with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-ideas-for-leftover-turkey">lots of leftovers</a>.</p> <h2>7. A Whole Cow</h2> <p>Okay, you're not going to fit a steer into the freezer over your refrigerator. However, if you are feeding a family of carnivores, and especially if you prefer grass-fed or organic meat, consider <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-enough-on-meat-to-buy-a-chest-freezer">purchasing a whole animal directly from a ranch</a>, or splitting one with another household. You may have to buy a chest freezer, but you can save a lot this way.</p> <h2>8. Cooked Beans</h2> <p>You can save money over canned beans by soaking and boiling your own. But who wants to do that every time they make chili? I soak a whole pound of beans at once, cook it all up in the slow cooker overnight, then use a cup or two for dinner while freezing the rest in meal-sized portions.</p> <h2>9. Cooked Rice</h2> <p>We like brown rice, for which restaurants often charge more. So when we order Asian takeout, we'll skip ordering rice and make our own. To be honest, I don't see defrosting frozen rice as much less work than cooking a fresh pot &mdash; but if you forget to start rice before the doorbell rings with your food, having a bag or two in the freezer that you can quickly microwave is a savoir.</p> <h2>10. Old Bread</h2> <p>A lot of recipes, like meatloaf, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">call for breadcrumbs</a>, others, like strata or stuffing, call for cubed bread. I never have to buy bread crumbs, because every time I have a slice or two that has been sitting around too long, I add it to the large bread bag in the freezer. When I need crumbs, I throw some in the food processor.</p> <h2>11. Bags of Frozen Vegetables</h2> <p>When the grocery store has a deal on frozen veg, stock up. Even if you prefer fresh produce, this way you'll never be stuck eating a meal with no greens. My favorite veggie to keep in the freezer is peas, because I can reach in for just a handful every time I make a salad, and they'll defrost on their own while I chop the fresh veggies. Other Wise Bread writers have lots of recipe ideas for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">frozen spinach</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-frozen-broccoli">frozen broccoli</a>.</p> <h2>12. Bags of Frozen Fruit</h2> <p>Frozen berries or mango pieces are great to have on hand &mdash; they're so much less work than washing and cutting up fresh, and when making smoothies, they can substitute for ice. If you have an orchard or garden, of course, freezing your own fruit is even more frugal than buying it.</p> <h2>13. Milk</h2> <p>If you are going out of town, you don't want to leave an opened container of milk in the fridge to go bad. But you don't have pour it down the drain, either. Pop the whole carton into the freezer if you have room, or decant it into a smaller container, or even save a leftover ounce in an ice cube tray. Perfect is you take your coffee with milk.</p> <h2>14. Butter</h2> <p>Running out of butter can be a real recipe killer, so even if it didn't save me any money I would keep a pound or two on ice. This stuff tends to go on sale around the holidays; buy multiple pounds then and you'll be set for a few months.</p> <h2>15. Bacon Grease</h2> <p>Now that cooking with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/05/02/151868208/lard-is-back-in-the-larder-but-hold-the-health-claims">lard, chicken schmaltz, and other animal fats</a> is coming back into vogue, I've started saving my bacon grease and other drippings for cooking, just like my mom did. If you're not going to use them up quickly, you can always stash them in the freezer.</p> <h2>16. Homemade Stock</h2> <p>When you're a guest at Thanksgiving dinner, others might think it's weird if you ask to take home the turkey carcass. Do it anyway. You can boil those bones to make cups and cups of delicious stock, the base of future soups, stews, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">recipes you never even thought of</a>. Once you've made your stock, pour it into containers or bags, label and freeze.</p> <h2>17. Stock Ingredients</h2> <p>Not every day is Thanksgiving (thank goodness for our waistlines). You might not feel like making stock out of the carcass of a small chicken or even from leftover rotisserie bones, but you still shouldn't throw them away. I keep two large bags in my freezer: one labeled &quot;carcasses,&quot; and one labeled &quot;veggie scraps.&quot; All unused chicken parts go in the first bag, broccoli stalks, carrot scrapings, and other unused bits of plants go in the second. When they start to bulge, I pour everything into a stockpot, add a bay leaf and some spices, cover with water, and, voila! Stock. (By the way, my stock never seems to suffer from having been made from frozen ingredients, then refrozen when complete. <a href="http://www.koritelling.com/2014/10/magic-elixir.html">Stock is forgiving</a>.)</p> <h2>18. Freezer Pops</h2> <p>They may not keep your kids from wanting the ice cream truck's treats (for my kids, nothing does that), but <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats">homemade pops</a> are an affordable summer treat that can even be healthy, depending on the ingredients.</p> <p><em>What do you keep in your freezer?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-frugal-foods-you-should-always-have-in-your-freezer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">25 Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-pantry-snacks-for-unexpected-guests">Quick Pantry Snacks for Unexpected Guests</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-hardest-working-foods-in-your-pantry">The 10 Most Versatile Foods in Your Pantry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-cheap-and-healthy-filler-foods">9 Cheap and Healthy Filler Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-snow-day-recipes-to-help-you-weather-the-storm">3 Snow-Day Recipes to Help You Weather the Storm</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink freezer pantry Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:00:10 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1289855 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Homemade Bread http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-delicious-recipes-for-homemade-bread <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-easy-delicious-recipes-for-homemade-bread" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sliced-wheat-bread-Dollarphotoclub_55596913.jpg" alt="sliced wheat bread" title="sliced wheat bread" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever noticed that healthier bread is way more expensive than its white, fluffy counterparts? It makes sense, as quality ingredients come at a premium. However, you can enjoy better health and delicious breads for less by making them from scratch at home. You can even make one of these tasty recipes from start to finish in just one hour! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-baking-mixes-that-save-money-and-time?ref=seealso">10 Homemade Baking Mixes That Save Time and Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. Everyday Whole Wheat Bread</h2> <p>This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simple-whole-wheat-bread/">Whole Wheat Bread</a> recipe makes three loaves, so you can eat one now and freeze the rest for later. The mix of bread flour and whole wheat creates a hearty texture that's perfect for toast and sandwiches alike. Just be sure to follow the directions carefully, as you'll mix in similar ingredients in a specific order.</p> <h2>2. White Sandwich Bread</h2> <p>If you love <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-basic-white-sandwich-bread-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-166588">White Sandwich Bread</a>, make it better for you by baking it at home. Store bought breads contain chemicals and weird additives, but what you'll find in this dough is simple flour, water, yeast, milk, sugar, and salt.</p> <h2>3. Rye Bread</h2> <p>Or try Emeril Lagasse's <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/homemade-rye-bread-recipe.html">Rye Bread</a> recipe. You can find rye flour right along with all the usual suspects in the baking aisle at your grocery store. The caraway seeds are key for getting that classic flavor, so don't leave them out.</p> <h2>4. Pumpernickel Bread</h2> <p>Classic <a href="http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/classic-pumpernickel-bread-recipe">Pumpernickel Bread</a> is wonderful to have on hand for canap├ęs or standard sandwiches. This particular recipe gets its dark color from a hint of unsweetened cocoa powder and molasses. If you want to try this recipe in a bread machine, you'll need to occasionally scrape the sides of your pan since this dough is quite thick.</p> <h2>5. Sourdough Bread</h2> <p>More experienced bread bakers might like to take their skills to the next level by creating <a href="http://www.theclevercarrot.com/2014/01/sourdough-bread-a-beginners-guide/">Sourdough Bread</a> at home. You'll first need to inherit or mix together a starter, which is (at its most basic) just water and flour mixed together and left to sit for five days. The process sounds involved, but once you get the hang of it, you'll want to make this round every week.</p> <h2>6. No-Knead Bread</h2> <p>One of the simplest, most satisfying recipes you can try is for <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11376-no-knead-bread">No-Knead Bread</a>. The trick here is combining all the ingredients (by stirring, not kneading) and then letting it sit overnight or longer. From there, you'll shape into a loose round and let rise again before baking in a heavy covered pot.</p> <h2>7. Multigrain Boule</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/seeded_multigrain_boule.html">Multigrain Boule</a> looks impressive and tastes great. It's also high in fiber and features a blend of delicious seeds for a distinct nutty flavor. You'll grind brown rice in your food processor before mixing together the rest of the ingredients and letting rise 15-30 hours. And baking it inside a dutch oven is key for that bakery crisp crust.</p> <h2>8. Ezekiel Bread</h2> <p>I'm addicted to those frozen whole grain breads you'll find in the health food section at your grocery store. But here's a recipe for <a href="http://readynutrition.com/resources/man-cannot-live-on-bread-alone-or-can-he_02032012/">Ezekiel Bread</a> you can make at home. Combine dry lentils, beans, wheat berries, spelt, millet, and more in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=flour+mill">flour mill</a> before mixing with the rest of the ingredients. Then divide into two loaf pans and bake.</p> <h2>9. Naan</h2> <p>Most stores I frequent now sell naan along with the pitas and wraps. It's so gratifying to make <a href="http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/homemade-naan-step-step-photos/">Naan Bread</a> at home, why not give it a try? The coolest thing of all is that after 25 minutes of prep and a one-hour rise, you &quot;bake&quot; the naan on your stovetop. It takes a mere two minutes to brown up this way.</p> <h2>10. One Hour Sandwich Bread</h2> <p>When you don't have time for all the waiting, this <a href="http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/one-hour-sandwich-bread/">One Hour Sandwich Bread</a> will come to the rescue. Versus the active dry yeast called for in most recipes, you'll use instant yeast, which has a much faster rise time. What intrigues me most about this recipe is how you start baking the loaves in a cold oven.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite homemade bread recipe? Please share a slice in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-delicious-recipes-for-homemade-bread">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread">A Beginner&#039;s Guide to Homemade Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-bake-sourdough-bread-and-save-a-buck-on-every-loaf">How to bake sourdough bread (and save a buck on every loaf)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-simple-tips-to-improve-homemade-bread">4 Simple Tips to Improve Homemade Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink baking bread easy baking quick bread Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:00:04 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1288240 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Delicious Homemade Treats Your Valentine Will Love http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-homemade-treats-your-valentine-will-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-delicious-homemade-treats-your-valentine-will-love" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chocolate-covered-strawberries-Dollarphotoclub_60362926.jpg" alt="chocolate covered strawberries" title="chocolate covered strawberries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not everyone loves Valentine's Day, but everyone (in their right mind) loves sweets. If you're not sure what to get your significant other, or you just want to show your family and friends that you care, try making one of these far-better-than-average homemade treats. They'll turn anyone into a Valentine's fan!</p> <h2>1. Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies</h2> <p>These bright red, <a href="http://www.justataste.com/2013/02/valentines-day-red-velvet-cheesecake-brownies-recipes/">festive brownies</a> are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. They're a more decadent version of red velvet cake, with a cream cheese filling marbled throughout. Plus, they look impressive without a high level of difficulty.</p> <h2>2. Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Caramels</h2> <p>Do you want to make a sophisticated candy that is sure to impress? Wrap up these <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chocolate-dipped-vanilla-caramels">chocolate-dipped homemade caramels</a> in a pretty tin, and they are sure to put a smile on your loved one's face. Leave off the chocolate for non-chocoholics.</p> <h2>3. Cherry Cordials</h2> <p>A classic date gift, making <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cherry-cordials">cherry cordials</a> yourself will beat out the store bought variety by leaps and bounds. Luckily they couldn't be easier and only require three ingredients &mdash; just be sure to start early, since the cherries need to soak for a few hours.</p> <h2>4. Homemade Conversation Hearts</h2> <p>It's probably never occurred to you that you can make your own <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/02/bravetart-how-to-make-conversation-hearts-valentines-candy.html">homemade conversation hearts</a>, but this version of the classic Valentine's candy is better than the original. They're worth the special equipment and extra time &mdash; this candy will have people oohing and aahing.</p> <h2>5. Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes With Chocolate Glaze</h2> <p>Are you planning to make <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/317440/handwritten-valentine-cupcakes-with-choc">cupcakes</a> as your Valentine's treat? Personalize them by writing a loving message with a small round icing tip. Practice on some wax paper before starting so you get the hang of it.</p> <h2>6. Red Velvet Cookie Pops</h2> <p>It doesn't get any cuter, or Valentines-ier, than these <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2013/01/red-velvet-cookies-free-printable-tags.html">cookie pops</a>. They're bright red and heart-shaped, and delicious, too. Take these cookies to work or send with your child to school.</p> <h2>7. Dark Chocolate Bark With Roasted Almonds and Seeds</h2> <p>For a very easy but sophisticated treat, take just a few minutes to make <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/dark-chocolate-bark-with-roasted-almonds-and-seeds">dark chocolate bark</a>. Try mixing it up with different fillings like other nuts and dried fruit. This candy is a great option for low-sugar diets.</p> <h2>8. Be-My-Valentine Cookies</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/be-my-valentine-cookies">heart-shaped cookie</a> dipped in chocolate is a crowd-pleasing Valentine's dessert. Decorate them however you want and try different kinds of chocolate for dipping. These cookies are fun to make with kids!</p> <h2>9. Pink Peppermint Marshmallows</h2> <p>Want a treat that is classically pink? Look no further than these fluffy, <a href="http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/candy/pink-peppermint-marshmallows.html">homemade peppermint marshmallows</a>. They make a great gift for a non-chocolate eater, or a hot cocoa lover.</p> <h2>10. Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/12/chocolate-cherry-chocolate-chunk-fudgy-brownies.html">fudgy brownies</a> are everything you want in a Valentine's treat: Chocolate? Check. Red cherries? Yep. Decadent? You bet! They're chewy and rich and will melt any chocolate lover's heart.</p> <h2>11. Rice Krispie Treat Pops</h2> <p>If you're sick of chocolate this time of year, make these <a href="http://www.rachaelray.com/recipes/rice-krispie-treat-pops">easy and fast pops</a>. Simply whip up some Rice Krispie treats, let them set, and then cut them out with a heart-shaped cutter. Add an optional stick and get creative with the decorations.</p> <h2>12. Chocolate-Mint Thins With Candy Cane Crunch</h2> <p>If you have a Girl Scout cookie lover in your life, try making these homemade <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017031-chocolate-mint-thins-with-candy-cane-crunch">chocolate-mint thins</a> with the embellishment of red candy cane. These are great out of the freezer, too!</p> <h2>13. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries</h2> <p>A sweet that is simple but delicious and oh-so-Valentine's appropriate. Decorate your <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/chocolate-covered-strawberries-recipe">covered strawberries</a> with all sorts of things: white chocolate, sprinkles, cookie crumbs, or crushed nuts.</p> <h2>14. White Chocolate Valentines</h2> <p>Ditch the usual disposable card this year and make an <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/white-chocolate-valentines-recipe.html">edible valentine</a> out of white chocolate! Have fun embellishing with different colors of chocolate and write a fun message. Your loved one can enjoy the sentiment and eat it too!</p> <h2>15. 3-Ingredient Valentine's Day Fudge</h2> <p>This <a href="http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/01/valentines-day-mm-fudge-3-ingredients.html">Valentine's fudge</a> is very easy to make with only three ingredients: white chocolate, sweetened condensed milk and M&amp;Ms. You can change it up by using different M&amp;Ms &mdash; peanut butter would be especially good.</p> <p><em>What special treats will you make for your Valentine this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-homemade-treats-your-valentine-will-love">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes">The Sweet 16: Delicious and Healthy Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-old-fashioned-skills-that-save-you-money">7 Old Fashioned Skills That Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-grocery-items-you-should-make-at-home-and-5-to-buy">35 Grocery Items You Should Make at Home (and 5 to Buy)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-liqueurs-to-bottle-now-for-tasty-holiday-gifts">10 Homemade Liqueurs to Bottle for Tasty Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dump-cake-and-other-sweet-easy-treats">Dump Cake and Other Sweet, Easy Treats</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dessert Homemade sweet eats treat Valentine's Day Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:31:14 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1285773 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren't Worth It http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/roasted corn.jpg" alt="roast corn" title="roast corn" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're like me, you buy organic because you believe it's good for you (fewer chemicals in your body and more nutrients in the food) and good for the environment (fewer pesticides sprayed on crops). But it's also expensive. So the question is: what kinds of foods can you get away with buying non-organic? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic?ref=seealso" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15;">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a>)</p> <p>Here are 10 foods for which you can skip the organic and buy conventional instead.</p> <h2>1. Maple Syrup</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/maple%20syrup%20bottles.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>While you should buy pure maple syrup instead of maple-flavored &quot;syrup,&quot; it doesn't have to be organic. The <a href="http://andersonsmaplesyrup.com/index.php?page=organic_nonorganic">same process</a> is used to produce both organic and non-organic maple syrup and most non-organic syrup is made without pesticides or chemicals.</p> <h2>2. Seafood</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/raw%20salmon.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The USDA doesn't currently have organic standards for seafood, so if you see seafood labeled as &quot;organic,&quot; beware. The label <a href="http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/common-resources/fish/seafood/labeling/organic-seafood-fact-or-fiction/">doesn't mean it adheres to any U.S. standards</a>.</p> <h2>3. Quinoa</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/quinoa%20blueberries.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Quinoa has a bitter-tasting coating that's not appealing to pests, <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/food/non-organic-food/non-organic-quinoa">so most quinoa growers skip pesticides</a>. Although there's a chance a farmer might spray a quinoa crop, it's unlikely. So, go ahead and buy conventional quinoa, since it's unlikely to have unhealthy chemicals.</p> <h2>4. Grapefruit Juice</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/grapefruit-juice-Dollarphotoclub_67204155.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Since grapefruit has a thick skin, most pesticides don't penetrate the fruit inside. You can skip organic grapefruit juice.</p> <h2>5. Avocados</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/avocados%20bunch.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>You've probably noticed that organic avocados aren't that much more expensive than conventional ones. The reason? Like grapefruit, given their skin, growing organic avocados isn't that much more difficult than growing conventional avocados.</p> <h2>6. Most Tropical Fruit</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/kiwis.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Environmental Working Group (EWG) came up with a <a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/">&quot;Clean 15&quot;</a> &mdash; 15 types of produce that have lower pesticides. Over 25% of this list was made up of tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, papaya, and kiwi are all types of produce shown to have fewer pesticides.</p> <h2>7. Frozen Peas</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/frozen%20peas.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>My toddler son loves to eat frozen peas (and specifically to eat them still frozen.) We almost always tried to buy them organic, believing these to be better for him. Imagine my surprise to find out that they are also part of EWG's Clean 15.</p> <h2>8. Corn</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/roasted%20corn.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Corn is another item I was surprised to see on EWG's list of produce with fewer pesticides. While they say there are fewer pesticides, remember that organic certification also means that the item is not genetically modified. So, if you are only choosing organic items to lower your exposure to pesticides, it's fine to buy conventional corn. But if you want to avoid genetically modified foods, then buy organic corn.</p> <h2>9. The 3 C's: Cantaloupe, Cabbage, Cauliflower</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/cantalopes.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>One of the guidelines in knowing when to choose organic over conventional is whether you eat the skin. If you eat the skin, it's usually best to buy organic. With cantaloupe you don't eat the skin &mdash; so perhaps that's one reason it made the EWG Clean 15 list. But cabbage and cauliflower were also part of EWG's Clean 15. So a good way to remember these items is &quot;the 3 C's.&quot;</p> <h2>10. Onions</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/onions%20bunch.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Since they're a staple of everything from meatloaf to stir fry, you might assume it's best to buy organic onions. Not so. Conventional onions have fewer pesticides than many other foods, partially due to the layers of outer skin that you peel away, so you can skip organic. Further, at least <a href="http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science/Organically-grown-carrots-and-onions-match-conventionally-grown-antioxidant-levels">according to one study</a>, organically grown onions do not offer any more nutrients than conventionally grown.</p> <p><em>Do you mix and match conventionally grown produce and organically grow? How do you decide?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-your-apple-dangerous-how-to-eat-fewer-pesticides-and-save-money">Is Your Apple Dangerous? How to Eat Fewer Pesticides (and Save Money)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-buy-organic-and-still-be-frugal">8 Ways to Buy Organic and Still Be Frugal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping conventional groceries organic pesticides produce Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:00:06 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 1286277 at http://www.wisebread.com The 7 Best Cities for Frugal Foodies http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-cities-for-frugal-foodies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-7-best-cities-for-frugal-foodies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young-woman-restaurant-beach-Dollarphotoclub_67762409.jpg" alt="young woman restaurant" title="young woman restaurant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco continue to dazzle and delight foodies, many cities are in the midst of a culinary renaissance that is not to be missed, and often at far lower prices than these more expensive traditional foodie towns. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-of-americas-awesomest-cheap-cities?ref=seealso">10 of America's Awesomest Cheap Cities</a>)</p> <p>Artisanal food, locavore, and farm-to-table movements are spreading like wildfire to every corner of the U.S. So here are seven U.S. cities that will make your taste buds and tummy happy without breaking the bank.</p> <h2>1. Orlando, Florida</h2> <p>Wait, what? Isn't Central Florida home to strip malls and fast food establishments galore? Well, yes, it is. But it's also got a burgeoning food scene that's getting national attention. <a href="https://www.eastendmkt.com/">East End Market</a> is an artisan market occupied by local food entrepreneurs in the newly revitalized Mills 50 District. <a href="http://www.caskandlarder.com/">Cask &amp; Larder</a> and <a href="http://txokoskitchen.com/">Txokos Basque Kitchen</a> have garnered James Beard Award nominations, and Iron Chef Morimoto will open a flagship operation of his widely-acclaimed sushi restaurant in the new Disney Springs. If you're a frugal foodie, Orlando is a place that should be on your &quot;to visit&quot; list.</p> <h2>2. Grand Rapids, Michigan</h2> <p>Grand Rapids is a scenic and charming city situated on the Grand River. The <a href="http://www.experiencegr.com/about-grand-rapids/colleges-universities/secchia-institute-for-culinary-education/">Secchia Institute for Culinary Education</a> at Grand Rapids Community College is one of the country's top culinary schools, so it's no wonder that the food scene here is hopping. For the latest in food trends, head to <a href="http://www.experiencegr.com/things-to-do/shopping/downtown-market/">Downtown Market Grand Rapids</a>. Only two years old, it offers a full year indoor market full of artisan food businesses as well as a huge outdoor summer market and culinary events of all shapes and sizes.</p> <p>Craft breweries are a big deal in this city and include gems such as Founder's Brewing, <a href="http://www.experiencegr.com/listings/HopCat/5636/0/0/">HopCat</a>, <a href="http://www.experiencegr.com/listings/Grand-Rapids-Brewing-Company/5720/0/0/">Grand Rapids Brewing Company</a>, and <a href="http://www.experiencegr.com/listings/The-B-O-B-/2004/0/0/">The B.O.B</a>.</p> <p>The fertile soil of Western Michigan creates one of the finest growing regions in the country. For this reason it's <a href="http://www.experiencegr.com/restaurants/farm-to-fork/">home to numerous farm-to-table restaurants</a> that make dinner a difficult, and delicious, choice.</p> <h2>3. Madison, Wisconsin</h2> <p>Love farmer's markets? Then you need to check out Madison. With a young and highly educated population, the <a href="https://madisonfarmersmarket.com/">Saturday Farmers' Market in Madison</a> is one of the largest in the country with 200+ farmers selling their freshest crops and food products. Additionally, there is also the Dane County Farmers' Market, Eastside Farmers' Market, Northside Farmers' Market, and South Madison Farmers' Market. And you thought all they made in Wisconsin was cheese!</p> <h2>4. Boise, Idaho</h2> <p>People in Boise are known for their friendliness and easygoing ways. The food scene reflects that with its many casual and welcoming dining options. <a href="http://cafevicino.com/">Cafe Vicinio</a> serves up delectable Italian eats. Winemaking is making a big splash in Boise thanks to local businesses like <a href="http://boise.coop/wineshop/">Boise Co-op Wine Shop</a>. With the third largest Basque population (outside of Spain and Argentina), Basque cuisine is thriving. <a href="http://www.bargernika.com/">Bar Gernika</a> is a wonderful stop situated right in an area known as Basque Block.</p> <h2>5. Cincinnati, Ohio</h2> <p>Cincinnati chili is one of my favorite varieties of chili, but this city is now known for much more than that when it comes to culinary innovation. The pulled pork at <a href="http://elisbarbeque.com/">Eli's</a>, the finest French croissants and quiches at <a href="http://jrtable.com/french-crust-cafe/">French Crust Cafe</a>, and the authentic Indian food available in every neighborhood across the city prove that Cincinnati has diversity and imagination in its many bustling kitchens.</p> <h2>6. Reno, Nevada</h2> <p>Nevada has another city besides Las Vegas? It sure does! Convenient to Lake Tahoe, Reno showcases its unique culinary scene through its many and varied farmers' markets, local eateries, and cafes. There are so many to mention and visit that it's best to just <a href="http://www.ediblerenotahoe.com/2012-01-27-04-24-16/eat-local-guide">check out this link</a> to see what's on offer that speaks to your taste buds.</p> <h2>7. New Orleans, Louisiana</h2> <p>You'd really have to work hard to eat badly in New Orleans. This city is just as famous for its food as it is for its music, mystery, and revelry. A beignet and a chicory coffee at <a href="http://www.cafedumonde.com/">Cafe Du Monde</a> is the best way to start any morning. Then it's a seafood, gumbo, and cajun paradise around every corner. You can eat well for very little money in New Orleans though it offers a huge variety of price options to fit every budget: the fried chicken stand at <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/brothers-food-mart-new-orleans-4">Brothers Food Mart</a>, mid-range <a href="http://boucherie-nola.com/">Boucherie</a>, and fancy <a href="http://www.restaurantaugust.com/">Restaurant August</a> are some of the most popular food meccas in a city that reveres and celebrates cuisine with wild abandon.</p> <p><em>Have you found culinary gems for a small price tag in your city? Please share your recommendations in the comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-cities-for-frugal-foodies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tricks-for-enjoying-fine-dining-on-a-budget">7 Tricks for Enjoying Fine Dining on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-eating-the-10-most-over-priced-restaurant-menu-items">Are You Eating the 10 Most Over-Priced Restaurant Menu Items?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-practice-math-when-you-leave-a-tip">Do You Practice Math When You Leave a Tip?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts">40 Restaurants That Offer Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-new-ways-restaurants-trick-you-to-spend-more">12 New Ways Restaurants Trick You to Spend More</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Food and Drink Cheap Food dining out foodie restaurants Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:00:04 +0000 Christa Avampato 1286591 at http://www.wisebread.com The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-organic-food-shopping-Dollarphotoclub_62700198.jpg" alt="woman organic food shopping" title="woman organic food shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a perfect world, all food would be organic and we would all be able to afford it. Instead we're faced with awkward produce-aisle decisions every time we step foot into a grocery store &mdash; is this worth paying 50&cent;, $1, $5 more? What are the health implications, and is organic equally important across the board?</p> <p>Let's get real here: <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/is-organic-better-for-your-health-a-look-at-milk-meat-eggs-produce-and-fish/2014/04/07/036c654e-a313-11e3-8466-d34c451760b9_story.html">most organic food</a> has not been proven to be &quot;better&quot; for you, meaning it doesn't contain more nutrients or some magic cancer-fighting voodoo. So far, studies have been inconclusive about the effects of eating a diet rich in organic foods versus non-organic. But even skeptics can't argue with the <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/living/shoppingwise/choose-organic-produce-where-it-matters-most.asp">principles of organic farming and food buying</a>: no harmful chemicals and sustainable environmental practices.</p> <p>Not everyone can afford to go full organic, and that's where the <a href="http://www.ewg.org/">Environmental Working Group</a> (EWG) comes in. The non-profit publishes research yearly based on the level of pesticides found in fruits and veggies, and ranks them from worst to best.</p> <p>Below is a list of 15 food items using the EWG and other researchers' information that you should pony up for and go organic. Everything on this list is doubly important for kids and pregnant women. Finally, whenever possible, buy local.</p> <h2>1. Apples</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/apple%20plate.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're going to buy just one thing organic, make it apples. They consistently appear at the top of the <a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php#">EWG's offenders list</a>, harboring a number of pesticides that traditional farmers use to keep pests and disease at bay. Most of the harmful stuff is contained in the skin, but it's also the healthiest part of the apple. Luckily, organic versus non-organic apples has one of the lowest <a href="http://www.mofga.org/Publications/MaineOrganicFarmerGardener/Fall2011/PriceDifferences/tabid/1966/Default.aspx">price differences</a>, so you won't be paying double for your peace of mind.</p> <h2>2. Baby Food</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/baby%20food.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Many doctors think that babies are more susceptible to the potential negative health impacts of pesticides. When your baby begins to transition to solid food, it's a good idea to <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/baby-food/buying-guide.htm">feed your child organic</a> whenever possible. This is especially true for the fruits and vegetables on this list, since they tend to have more pesticide residue in the first place. To offset the increase in cost, consider buying in bulk.</p> <h2>3. Strawberries and Blueberries</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/strawberries%20bowl.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Berries are sensitive and heavily exposed &mdash; they don't have a tough outer shell or skin to protect them. Because they grow largely unprotected, they are more susceptible to pests, and pesticides are often the solution. Note that according to the EWG, domestically-grown blueberries are more contaminated than international varieties.</p> <h2>4. Peaches and Nectarines</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/peaches%20plate.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>These delicious stone fruits have thin, edible skins and are naturally delicate, so they are typically sprayed with various poisons to keep them from molding and to keep away pests. Even if you peel your peaches or nectarines, traces of chemicals will remain. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/chi-0812-peaches-pesticides_mainaug12-story.html#page=1">Some doctors suggest</a> buying organic versions of these fruit is especially important if you are pregnant or have children.</p> <h2>5. Celery</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/chopped%20celery.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Celery also scored high on EWG's list, with 13 chemicals detected in total. The crunchy veggie is porous and grows largely outside of the ground, so it absorbs chemicals easily. Next time you're at the market, reach for the organic option, along with a jar of&hellip;</p> <h2>6. Peanut Butter</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/peanut%20butter%20bread.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you have kids or just love peanut butter as much as a kid, then consider investing in <a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/22/five-easy-ways-to-go-organic/?_r=0">organic peanut butter</a>. It will be pesticide-free, plus most organic brands utilize a healthier recipe to boost the good-for-you-ness. It may take a few tries to find a brand you like and get your family on board, especially if they are used to the sugary, unnaturally smooth stuff, but it's worth it.</p> <h2>7. Potatoes</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/potatoes%20barrell.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Considering the amount of potatoes an average American consumes, switching to organic spuds is a no-brainer. Even if you're scrubbing and peeling your potatoes, there's a very good chance they still contain potentially-harmful chemicals. The EWG found that the average <a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php">potato had more pesticides</a> by weight than any other food tested. So before mashing or frying or baking, shell out a few more cents for organic taters and put your mind at ease.</p> <h2>8. Milk</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/milk%20splash.jpg" width="605" height="341" alt="" /></p> <p>Traditional farming practices now include treating cows with hormones so that they will produce more milk. Unfortunately, we can't have our milk and drink it too. Some of these hormones are passed on to the consumer, and although <a href="http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/recombinant-bovine-growth-hormone">we do not know the full impact</a>, many people are choosing the precautionary route and switching their families to organic dairy. Look for rBGH-free on the label.</p> <h2>9. Greens</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/lettuce%20closeup.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Delicate greens, including spinach, lettuce, kale, and collard greens all make it in the top 15 of EWG's list. Many highly toxic chemicals are permitted on leafy greens, and even chemicals that were banned in recent years can still be absorbed through the soil and show up in the plants. If you are a frequent salad eater, just go ahead and buy organic. The <a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirtydozenplus.php">EWG recommends</a> that kale and collard green lovers that don't buy organic should consider cooking before eating.</p> <h2>10. Tomatoes</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/tomatoes%20plate.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Tomatoes are one of the only fruits or vegetables that has been proven to be more nutritious in organic form. According to a study, organic tomatoes have nearly <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90914182">double the concentration of two flavonoids</a>, which are considered very healthful. Conventional tomatoes also made the EWG naughty list, so the choice seems clear: organic all the way.</p> <h2>11. Bell Peppers</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/bell%20peppers%20table.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Sweet bell peppers rank high on the list, as these colorful veggies tend to have surprising amounts of pesticides remaining on them. Go organic when you can, and when eating conventional bell peppers be sure to give them a nice, cold bath. Cooking also helps to reduce the amount of chemicals present.</p> <h2>12. Grapes</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/grapes%20plate.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>During the EWG's testing, they found a single <a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php">grape with fifteen different pesticide</a>s present. Gross. Because they ripen quickly and end up attracting insects, grapes often get sprayed with a multitude of chemicals to keep them untouched and in perfect eating order. If you can't find organic or can't stomach the price tag, buy seasonally from a local source and give them a good wash.</p> <h2>13. Meat</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/beef%20fillet.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The European Union has already banned the use of hormones in cattle, but the practice is still permitted in many other countries, including the U.S. These hormones can remain in the meat, and the potential health effects of ingesting them on a regular basis is not yet well studied. But buying organic meat is as much about the potential health risks of the growth hormones and antibiotics as it is about choosing the more humane option. Organic cattle are typically given more space, allowed to graze, and fed natural feed so that they can live a happy and healthy life before making it to the plate.</p> <h2>14. Cucumbers</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/cucumbers%20bowl.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Conventional varieties of this refreshing vegetable are typically treated with a petroleum-based wax to preserve freshness. This wax is also good at holding on to already present pesticides, and is impossible to completely wash off at home. Organic varieties omit this wax, making them a superior produce aisle choice. When eating the conventional version, be sure to wash and peel the cucumber &mdash; although this does not guarantee removal of all chemicals, and it removes some of the nutrients.</p> <h2>15. Hot Peppers</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/hot%20peppers%20basket.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>For those who indulge in spice on a regular basis, try to buy organic hot peppers whenever possible. Conventional hot peppers often have high levels of harmful pesticides, partly because a few especially nasty chemicals are permitted on peppers that aren't allowed on other common crops.</p> <p><em>What does your organic shopping list look like?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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