Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US 10 Ways to Save Ruined Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-ruined-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-save-ruined-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-cooking-mistake-85926674-small.jpg" alt="couple cooking" title="couple cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you routinely create havoc in the kitchen? Turn that frown upside down! There are a number of food hacks that can help in even the most helpless situations and result in something utterly&hellip; well, edible. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learn-to-love-cooking-and-save-with-these-11-kitchen-tricks?ref=seealso">Learn to Love Cooking With These 11 Kitchen Tricks</a>)</p> <p>Here's how to bail yourself out of 10 common (and annoying!) cooking and baking mistakes.</p> <h2>1. Burned Rice</h2> <p>It's easy to get distracted when you're cooking dinner. Then you smell the rice burning on the stove and panic. The fix is easy. Take rice off the heat, place a piece of white sandwich bread on top, and replace the pot cover. Wait several minutes and your rice will taste good as new.</p> <h2>2. Gummy Rice</h2> <p>On the other end of the spectrum, your rice might be too soggy and even gummy. What to do? Well, if it's not too far gone, you can always rinse with some cold water and use your fingers or a fork to separate and fluff the grains. If it's quite glued together, I switch gears and make up veggie burgers, <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/leftover-rice-cakes-226013">rice cakes</a>, or even rice pudding.</p> <h2>3. Salty Soup</h2> <p>I'm a repeat offender for adding too much salt to my soups and stews. I usually try diluting the salt first by adding more plain water or cooking stock. If that doesn't work (or my soup is already quite thin), I add some noodles or rice to the mix, which help soak up the flavor from the broth and distribute it more evenly. That <a href="http://www.genuineideas.com/ArticlesIndex/potatosponge.html">old potato trick</a> you heard about apparently doesn't work, though I haven't tried it personally.</p> <h2>4. Sticky Pasta</h2> <p>If your pasta is sticking together, the solution is quite simple. Add a tablespoon or two of olive oil to the mix and toss. It'll free up those bound-together noodles and also add some light flavor and healthy fats to your dish.</p> <h2>5. Overcooked Veggies</h2> <p>If you boiled or otherwise cooked your vegetables for too long, I suggest pureeing them into a tasty and nutritious vegetable soup. You'll want to add some water or stock while blending to achieve your desired consistency, then put the mix on your stove to simmer with some salt, pepper, and other herbs or spices. This new dish can double as baby food.</p> <h2>6. Too Much Spice</h2> <p>We cook with a lot of heat in our house. However, even I have my limits. If you add too much spice to a dish, there are a few things you can do. You can try adding some sugar in <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/cooking/cool-down-spicy-food">1/2 teaspoon measurements</a> and keep tasting until you're satisfied. You can bulk up the dish by adding more veggies or meat (this will help dilute it). Or you can serve with some cooling dairy to help neutralize the burn.</p> <h2>7. Overcooked Meat</h2> <p>I'm a vegetarian, so I asked my mom how she rescues tough, overcooked meat for dinner time. She says most often she'll shred the offender and make beef tacos or mix chicken with mayo for salad sandwiches. There are a <a href="http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/1029723/how-to-fix-overcooked-meat">number of other ways</a> to use overcooked protein, including chopping small pieces of pork and making fried rice or soaking beef in marinade overnight for use in wraps.</p> <h2>8. Soggy Meat, Etc.</h2> <p>Overcrowding your pan can cause a host of problems when cooking dinner dishes. Chief among them is not allowing steam to escape and properly crisp and brown your dish. The result is soggy meat. If you think you have have overcrowded your pan, quickly turn on another one and transfer some meat (or whatever else you're cooking) to it to give some searing room.</p> <h2>9. Dry Cookie Dough</h2> <p>I make a lot of cookies, so I have quite a bit of experience reviving too-dry cookie dough. The key is getting it moistened up again, but not with water. Instead, turn your dough out <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-Dry-Cookie-Dough">onto a piece of wax or parchment paper</a> and cover it with a teaspoon of cooking oil. Knead with your hands and add more oil as necessary until it's soft and pliable. Wrap and place in your fridge for 30 minutes before baking as directed.</p> <h2>10. Crumbling Cookies</h2> <p>It can happen to the best of us. We mix cookie dough and bake, but they just don't hold together. One of my favorite dessert recipes &mdash; <a href="http://blogs.kcrw.com/goodfood/2011/06/babycakess-ice-cream-pie/">Vegan Ice Cream Pie</a> &mdash; uses crumbled cookies as its crust. So, if you find yourself with a batch of crumbled mess, try reimagining it into pie crust by processing with some oil and liquid sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.) to bind.</p> <p><em>Any recipes you've learned how to rescue? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-ruined-recipes" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Ways to Save Ruined Recipes" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-ways-to-save-ruined-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/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</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/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</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/20-delicious-ways-to-use-pineapple">20 Delicious Ways to Use Pineapple</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/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</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-chicken-leg-and-thigh-recipes-from-around-the-world">15 Chicken Leg and Thigh Recipes From Around the World</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink kitchen tips recipe savers recipes rescues saving dinner Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1260294 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Habits That Are Quietly Eating Your Brain http://www.wisebread.com/6-habits-that-are-quietly-eating-your-brain <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-habits-that-are-quietly-eating-your-brain" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-eating-cake-86490135-small.jpg" alt="man eating cake" title="man eating cake" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bad habits &mdash; everybody's got 'em. But did you know that some of them are actually making you dumber? That's right, just as you can engage in practices that boost your brain power, there are other actions &mdash; including some you may be taking right now while mistakenly thinking they're harmless &mdash; that actually diminish your intellectual capacity. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating?ref=seealso">7 Habits That Are Quietly Making You Fat</a>)</p> <p>So read on, smarten up, and don't say we didn't warn you.</p> <h2>1. Overeating</h2> <p>Listen up, men. Especially those of you who carry around a little extra weight. Researchers have found that being overweight may actually increase the <a href="http://www.webmd.com/men/news/20030305/obesity-may-hamper-mens-brain-power">risk of mental decline in men</a>, making it more difficult for their brains to function at peak levels over time. So next time you get the midnight munchies, think not just of the damage it could do to your waistline, but also the harm it could cause to your intellect.</p> <p>Women, by the way, are not at risk for this eating-induced loss of mental function because of where and how the female body stores and distributes fat. Hurray!</p> <h2>2. Using GPS Navigation</h2> <p>A series of studies has uncovered a startling fact about the way we navigate this modern world, and the effect it has on our brains. It turns out that depending on GPS to get from point A to point B may have negative consequences on brain function, especially on the hippocampus, which is involved in <a href="http://phys.org/news/2010-11-reliance-gps-hippocampus-function-age.html">memory and navigation processes</a>. Neuroscientist Veronique Bohbot of McGill University in Montreal contends that it's probably wise for us all to limit our use of GPS strictly for occasions when we're finding the way to a new destination. Then, on the way back, or when we're going somewhere else we're already familiar with, we should turn it off.</p> <h2>3. Working Odd Hours</h2> <p>If you work the graveyard shift or otherwise make a living by a strange schedule, you may want to put in for a change of hours. Studies show that long-term shift work leads to impaired memory and <a href="http://www.swansea.ac.uk/media-centre/latest-research/researchshowslongtermshiftworklinkedtoimpairedbrainpower.php">stunted brain function</a>. &quot;The cognitive impairment observed in the present study may have important safety consequences not only for the individuals concerned, but also for society as a whole, given the increasing number of jobs in high hazard situations that are performed at night,&quot; wrote a team of researchers from the National Center for Scientific Research at the University of Toulouse in France. Experts say it all boils down to the toll sleep disruption has on the brain's ability to store information. The old 9-to-5 doesn't sound so bad afterall, now does it?</p> <h2>4. Getting Stressed Out</h2> <p>Only 37% of Americans feel they are doing an <a href="http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2012/impact.aspx#">adequate job of managing their stress</a>. And now there's evidence that stress could be <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-mindful-self-express/201208/how-prevent-stress-shrinking-your-brain">shrinking our brains</a>. New research shows that prolonged stress is associated with decreased volume in the parts of the brain responsible for regulating thoughts and feelings and creating new memories. So it would seem to reason that it's more important now than ever to pick up a few little tricks to help release those tightly wound tensions we all accumulate in the mind and body as we go about our day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-little-ways-to-de-stress-and-enjoy-life-more?ref=seealso">6 Little Ways to De-Stress (and Enjoy Life More)</a>)</p> <h2>5. Skipping Meals</h2> <p>When you skip a meal, you aren't just starving your stomach &mdash; you're also <a href="http://www.memphis.edu/update/feb10/health.php">starving your brain</a>. The brain relies on blood sugar from the food we eat as fuel to keep all our neural-activity functioning properly. All it takes is a few hours on an empty stomach for our blood sugar to drop to subnormal levels, which means the brain can't perform optimally. &quot;In short, skipping meals leads to poor cognitive functioning, including loss of memory, concentration, the ability to learn, hand-eye coordination, and the ability to catch mistakes,&quot; said Rallie McAllister, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C01L6WI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00C01L6WI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WRRRAYANZHVFN22S">Healthy Lunchbox: The Working Mom's Guide to Keeping You and Your Kids Trim</a>.</p> <h2>6. Eating Soda, Candy, and Sugary Snacks</h2> <p>Yet another reason to wrangle in that sweet tooth: A diet high in <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/need-your-brain-this-food-can-make-you-dumber/">fructose slows the brain</a>, which hampers memory and learning. And studies show all it takes is six weeks of sugary eating for the effects on the mind to begin to show. &quot;Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,&quot; UCLA biology professor Fernando Gomez-Pinilla told CBS News. &quot;Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain's ability to learn and remember information.&quot;</p> <p><em>Are you guilty of any of these bad habits? Planning to stop now? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-habits-that-are-quietly-eating-your-brain" class="sharethis-link" title="6 Habits That Are Quietly Eating Your Brain" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-habits-that-are-quietly-eating-your-brain">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/20-habits-you-must-start-right-now-and-be-a-better-person">20 Habits You Must Start Right Now and Be a Better Person</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-break-bad-habits">How to Break Bad Habits</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/20-habits-you-must-kick-right-now-and-be-a-better-person">20 Habits You Must Kick Right Now and Be a Better Person</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/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</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/the-surprisingly-easy-way-to-change-your-habits-and-your-life">The Surprisingly Easy Way to Change Your Habits and Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink General Tips bad habits habits intelligence Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:00:05 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1260291 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Eat Healthy and Amazing for $50 a Month http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-eat-healthy-and-amazing-for-50-a-month <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-eat-healthy-and-amazing-for-50-a-month" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-eating-breakfast-174231730-small.jpg" alt="man eating breakfast" title="man eating breakfast" 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 terrific articles on how to eat healthy for $50 a month, financial moves to make in your 20s, and tips for living on one income.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/11/eat-amazing-healthy-50month.html">Eat Amazing (and Healthy) for $50/Month</a> &mdash; Protein is your friend! You'll go longer with more energy before you feel hungry again. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.imoney.ph/articles/3-smart-financial-moves-make-20s/">3 Smart Financial Moves to Make in Your 20s</a> &mdash; Develop a system for paying off debt and growing your savings &mdash; both are very important! [iMoney]</p> <p><a href="http://www.coolchecks.net/blog/budgets/6-tips-for-living-on-one-income.html">6 Tips for Living on One Income</a> &mdash; If you can, test out single-income living first before you take the plunge. Use the second income to build up your emergency fund. [Coolchecks.net]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2014/11/6-ways-save-20-today">6 Ways to Save $20 Today</a> &mdash; It's nice to go out with friends sometimes, but skip dinner if you can; lunch is usually much cheaper. [DINKS Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-common-turkey-mistakes-you-wont-make-this-thanksgiving.html">10 Common Turkey Mistakes You Won&rsquo;t Make This Thanksgiving</a> &mdash; If you don't use a roasting rack, the meat on the bottom of the turkey will end up dry, overcooked, and often burned. [Lifehack]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Group-Gifts-36126899">DIY Gifts to Make When You Have a Ton of People on Your List</a> &mdash; DIY cup cozies are easy to make, cute, and always useful! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-simple-squash-recipes">8 Simple Squash Recipes</a> &mdash; Squash soup is hearty and delicious. Try Delicata Squash soup or Pumpkin and Leek Soup tonight! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/turn-pc-on-make-money/">4 Lazy Ways to Make Money by Leaving Your Computer On</a> &mdash; Companies like Slicify pay you to partition off your PC so others can run software on it without having access to your any of your programs or files. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://www.productivity501.com/tips-for-productive-reading/9128/">Tips for Productive Reading</a> &mdash; Don't get stuck in a reading rut &mdash; pick up something your normally wouldn't read and you may gain a new perspective by the end of it! [Productivity501]</p> <p><a href="http://www.raheelfarooq.com/5-practical-tips-to-improve-your-social-life">5 Practical Tips to Improve Your Social Life</a> &mdash; If you have trouble interacting with people, interact with more people. Visit your friends and family, dine out &mdash; it'll get easier as you go. [Raheel Farooq]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-eat-healthy-and-amazing-for-50-a-month" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Eat Healthy and Amazing for $50 a Month" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-eat-healthy-and-amazing-for-50-a-month">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/23-fantastic-uses-for-apples">23 Fantastic Uses for Apples</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-use-portion-control-to-lose-weight">How to Use Portion Control to Lose Weight</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/14-tasty-and-cheap-meals-for-one">14 Tasty and Cheap Meals for One</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/grocery-jargon-10-terms-to-know-before-you-hit-the-aisles">Grocery Jargon: 10 Terms to Know Before You Hit the Aisles</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/make-your-food-taste-better-with-rituals">Make Your Food Taste Better With Rituals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink best money tips eating healthy Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:00:21 +0000 Amy Lu 1258335 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Surprising Ways to Save on Groceries http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-surprising-ways-to-save-on-groceries <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-surprising-ways-to-save-on-groceries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grocery-475243795-small.jpg" alt="grocery shopping" title="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 awesome articles on surprising ways to save on groceries, money myths debunked by experts, and reminders that'll change how you think.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/12-surprising-ways-to-save-on-groceries">12 Surprising Ways to Save on Groceries</a> &mdash; Shop on Wednesdays. That's usually when grocers release their weekly circulars, so you'll get first dibs on sale items. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.benzinga.com/general/education/14/11/5010612/12-money-myths-just-debunked-by-experts">12 Money Myths Just Debunked by Experts</a> &mdash; Investing in companies that make everyday products may not be the best idea. [Benzinga]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/11/16/9-good-reminders-that-will-change-the-way-you-think/">9 Good Reminders That Will Change the Way You Think</a> &mdash; Remember that the best way to serve yourself and others is to give yourself what you need. Don't ignore your needs. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2014/11/17/get-done-working-home.html">How to Get More Done When Working From Home</a> &mdash; Create a space just for work. When you're in this space, you'll be less tempted to do non-work related tasks. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-easy-thanksgiving-side-dishes">5 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes</a> &mdash; The best part about mashed sweet potatoes? You can pop them in the slow cooker and forget about them until it's time to eat! [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Target-Black-Friday-Deals-2014-36124891">79 Productive Things to Do in Front of the TV</a> &mdash; You can do lots of crafty things with the TV running, like knit, paint, sketch, and sew! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/high-cost-poor-health-care/">The High Cost of Poor Health Care</a> &mdash; With health care costs so high, it's important to try to stay as healthy as you can. Cooking at home makes a huge difference, and it's less expensive than dining out. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/take-these-seven-steps-and-watch-your-income-grow/">Take These Seven Steps and Watch Your Income Grow</a> &mdash; Start by getting a good education (not necessarily a degree) and developing new skills. [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/why-that-black-friday-sale-might-not-be-such-a-deal">Why That Black Friday Sale Might Not Be Such a Deal</a> &mdash; There are usually better deals on TVs and fitness equipment in January than on Black Friday. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/save-money-by-re-purposing-your-outdoor-furniture-for-the-winter/">Save Money by Re-Purposing Your Outdoor Furniture for the Winter</a> &mdash; If you have the room, you can move your outdoor furniture to indoor spaces. This will keep them out of the winter weather and you'll get more use out of them. [Clever Dude]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-surprising-ways-to-save-on-groceries" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Surprising Ways to Save on Groceries" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-surprising-ways-to-save-on-groceries">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-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best 5 Credit Cards for Groceries</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/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest 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/13-ways-you-can-cut-grocery-expenses-today">13 Ways You Can Cut Grocery Expenses Today</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/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</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-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know">10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink Shopping best money tips groceries Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1257547 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Save at Starbucks http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-save-at-starbucks <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-save-at-starbucks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/starbucks3.jpg" alt="starbucks" title="starbucks" 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 with tips on saving money at Starbucks, handling annoying coworkers, and unique ways to save on groceries.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/save-money-starbucks-hacks-savings-strategies">How to Save Money at Starbucks: Hacks and Savings Strategies</a> &mdash; Ordering drip coffee? Ask for a tall drip in a grande cup, which will give you room to add milk while only paying for a tall size. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/11/7-tips-handling-annoying-coworkers.html">7 Tips for Handling Annoying Coworkers</a> &mdash; If you can't avoid annoying coworkers, kill them with kindness. Home-baked muffins or a birthday cake may soften them up! [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2014/11/six-unique-ways-save-groceries">Six Unique Ways to Save On Groceries</a> &mdash; Apps like Favado allow you to see what's on sale at your favorite stores and where to get coupons without any clipping. [Dinks Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-10-rules-of-successful-exercise">The 10 Rules of Successful Exercise</a> &mdash; Reframe your workout as a fun activity. Instead of running for an hour on a treadmill, go outside and play a sport. [Mark's Daily Apple]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/when-you-cant-beat-join-buy-the-companies-you-hate/">When You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em: Buy the Companies You Hate</a> &mdash; Some companies that are universally hated keep making money in part because they provide services and products that almost everyone needs. [Money Talks News]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2014/11/05/overcome-nervousness/">How to Overcome Nervousness: 7 Simple Habits</a> &mdash; Before you step into a situation that makes you nervous, slow down your movements and breathe with your belly. This will make you calm. [The Positivity Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://dallisonlee.com/blog/2014/11/05/simple-solutions-laundry/">4 Simple Solutions to Successfully Manage Laundry</a> &mdash; Start by organizing your clothes: sort them, give everything a home, and make sure your own space is organized before you move on to the kids'. [Organize to Revitalize!]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/world-kindness-day">World Kindness Day</a> &mdash; November 13 is World Kindness Day. Talk to your kids about ways to show kindness to someone else&hellip; and then carry it out! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Christmas-Ornaments-26255266">34 Creative DIY Christmas Ornaments</a> &mdash; Coat the inside of a clear ornament ball with varnish, then pour in some rainbow sprinkles until you have a ball that looks like it's filled with sugar and fun! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.raheelfarooq.com/5-recommended-rules-for-friend-requests-on-facebook">5 Recommended Rules for Friend Requests on Facebook</a> &mdash; Don't send out blind friend requests. If you really want to befriend someone you don't know offline, include a message explaining your interest. [Raheel Farooq]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-save-at-starbucks" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: How to Save at Starbucks" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-save-at-starbucks">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/going-short-at-starbucks-worth-it">Going Short at Starbucks: Worth It?</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/stop-being-a-slave-to-starbucks-how-to-quit-caffeine">Stop Being a Slave to Starbucks - How to Quit Caffeine</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/dont-tell-anyone-11-secret-starbucks-saving-tips">Don&#039;t Tell Anyone: 11 Secret Starbucks Saving Tips</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/6-habits-that-are-quietly-eating-your-brain">6 Habits That Are Quietly Eating Your Brain</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-ways-to-save-ruined-recipes">10 Ways to Save Ruined Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink best money tips Starbucks Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1252547 at http://www.wisebread.com 21 Foods That Cost Under a Buck a Pound — With Recipes! http://www.wisebread.com/21-foods-that-cost-under-a-buck-a-pound-with-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/21-foods-that-cost-under-a-buck-a-pound-with-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy-grocery-shopping-159289223-small.jpg" alt="grocery shopping" title="grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you ever look at your inflated grocery bill and think, &quot;Maybe I should have just gone to the drive-through?&quot; Cooking can feel a little pricey, especially if you're not a seasoned deal finder. It might be time to change the way you approach a visit to the supermarket. Luckily, many of the healthiest foods are also the cheapest, so you can save money and be healthy at the same time. Start with the following foods, which can all be found for under $1 a pound! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck?ref=seealso">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a>)</p> <p>While exact prices depend on where you live, where you shop, and even what time of year it is, no matter where you are or the season, all of these food items are worth their weight.</p> <h2>1. Pumpkin</h2> <p>A fall favorite, pumpkin also happens to be reasonably priced and versatile. You can make desserts, soup, bread, side dishes, and more, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-fun-ways-to-use-pumpkin">including non-food items</a>.</p> <h2>2. Beans</h2> <p>Beans are healthy, easy to prepare, and a great source of protein. Good thing they're so cheap! Two of the cheapest beans, pinto beans and chickpeas, can be used in a variety of ways, including a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mediterranean-bean-salad/">fresh and tasty bean salad</a>.</p> <h2>3. Bananas</h2> <p>This potassium-rich yellow fruit is the ultimate snack on-the-go. Even organic bananas cost well under $1 a pound, and you can use over-ripe fruit for baked goods like <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/banana-nut-muffins-recipe.html">muffins</a>.</p> <h2>4. Potatoes</h2> <p>A cornerstone of the American diet, potatoes are also a good source of fiber and potassium. They can be used in all sort of ways, but as a <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/parmesan-roasted-potatoes">simple roasted side dish</a> is a good place to start.</p> <h2>5. Canned Tuna</h2> <p>A protein that is shelf-stable for years, canned tuna is ultimately convenient. You can't go wrong with a classic <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/essential-recipe-tuna-salad-recipes-from-the-kitchn-194944">tuna salad.</a></p> <h2>6. Apples</h2> <p>Many common varieties of apples are under $1 a pound when bought in three or five pound bags. Lucky for us, since apples are delicious and great for you. An easy and satisfying way to eat apples is to simply <a href="http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/baked-apples-with-cinnamon/">bake them.</a></p> <h2>7. Cantaloupe and Honeydew</h2> <p>These melons play a starring role in any successful fruit salad, and happen to be easy on the wallet. Cantaloupe and honeydew also successfully straddle the sweet and savory line, often featured with cured meat or <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/315726/cucumber-cantaloupe-and-squash-salad#Cantaloupe%20and%20Honeydew%20Recipes%7C/275379/cantaloupe-and-honeydew-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide%7C315726">in salads.</a></p> <h2>8. Grapefruit</h2> <p>A healthy citrus fruit that makes a great breakfast, grapefruit is also very affordable. Sprinkle a little sugar on your grapefruit halves and <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/broiled-grapefruit.html">broil them</a> for a real treat.</p> <h2>9. Limes</h2> <p>Another biggie in the citrus world, limes are a zesty accent to many dishes and drinks, and are cheaper than their yellow counterparts. They can also be big players in desserts <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/07/10-minute-lime-cracker-pie-recipe.html">such as pie.</a></p> <h2>10. Plain Yogurt</h2> <p>Yogurt contains beneficial probiotics and much-needed calcium, and is often priced under $1 a pound for the plain variety (not Greek-style). Yogurt pairs well with sweet fruit, granola, or in smoothies and drinks like a <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/10689-mango-lassi">mango lassi.</a></p> <h2>11. Oranges</h2> <p>Not just for juice, eat a Valencia orange and get a juicy boost of Vitamin C. Oranges add a nice flavor to many dishes sweet and savory, like in salads and <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/citrus_salsa.html">salsa.</a></p> <h2>12. Cabbage</h2> <p>A crunchy cruciferous vegetable that is full of fiber and vitamin K, cabbage is a real bargain. It can be eaten raw or cooked, and serves as the base for the popular side dish <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/classic-coleslaw">coleslaw.</a></p> <h2>13. Onions</h2> <p>Many great savory recipes start with cooked or raw onion, and for good reason. Onions add layers of flavor to dishes, and can even be used as a <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/02/french-onion-soup/">main ingredient.</a></p> <h2>14. Pineapple</h2> <p>This funny looking tropical fruit is juicy budget-friendly. Simply eaten as is or made into a <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Grilled-Pineapple-102083">grilled dessert</a>, pineapple is a crowd-pleaser.</p> <h2>15. White Rice</h2> <p>White rice might not be as healthy as its cousin brown rice (which costs a little more), but it's easy, versatile, and affordable. Combine it with beans or <a href="http://shewearsmanyhats.com/chicken-and-rice-is-oh-so-nice/">chicken</a> for a low-cost meal.</p> <h2>16. Sweet Potatoes</h2> <p>These brightly-colored tubers are vitamin-filled and taste great simply baked in the oven or <a href="http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000000522028,00.html">roasted with herbs</a>.</p> <h2>17. Carrots</h2> <p>Another orange powerhouse, carrots can be eaten raw, baked, steamed, sauteed, or juiced. They make a nice crunchy snack and a <a href="http://www.onceuponachef.com/2013/03/curried-roasted-carrots.html">flavorful side dish</a>.</p> <h2>18. Corn</h2> <p>You can buy corn fresh, frozen or canned, and use it in a number of ways. Fresh corn on the cob is perfect grilled, briefly boiled, or steamed with a little seasoning. Using canned or frozen corn, you can make a hearty <a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/foundation/jamies-food-revolution/recipes/CORN_CHOWDER">corn chowder</a>.</p> <h2>19. Eggs</h2> <p>Believe it or not, there are still eggs to be found for less than $1 a pound. Eggs are a great source of protein and play many roles in cooking and baking. They also make a satisfying main dish, like a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/dining/151mrex.html?_r=0">simple frittata.</a></p> <h2>20. Mustard and Collard Greens</h2> <p>Dark leafy greens are a superfood, and are loaded with valuable nutrients. Shred them up into salads or saute them as a healthy <a href="http://www.pauladeen.com/quick-spicy-collards">side dish.</a></p> <h2>21. Butternut Squash</h2> <p>This rich-tasting squash can be roasted, put in pasta, made into soup, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-squash-recipes-for-fall">and more.</a> Plus it's a real bang for your buck!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite buck a pound food? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-foods-that-cost-under-a-buck-a-pound-with-recipes" class="sharethis-link" title="21 Foods That Cost Under a Buck a Pound — With Recipes!" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/21-foods-that-cost-under-a-buck-a-pound-with-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-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/a-prairie-farmer-s-meal-plan-eat-for-a-buck-or-two-a-day">A Prairie Farmer’s Meal Plan: Eat for a Buck or Two a Day</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-ghetto-mac-yours-for-1">The GHETTO MAC - yours for $1.</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/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-new-ways-to-spice-up-rice">25 New Ways to Spice Up Rice</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Budgeting Food and Drink cheap eats Cheap Food Staples Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:00:11 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1252175 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Foods You Shouldn't Refreeze http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-foods-you-shouldnt-refreeze <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-foods-you-shouldnt-refreeze" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-browsing-refrigerator-iStock_000025655179Small.jpg" alt="woman browsing refrigerator" title="woman browsing refrigerator" 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 foods you shouldn't refreeze after thawing, unexpected ways to use honey, and personal finance for lazy people.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/foods-you-shouldnt-refreeze-after-thawing-1654687249">Foods You Shouldn't Refreeze After Thawing</a> &mdash; Homemade leftovers are fine to freeze, but they start to go bad when you thaw them a second time. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Uses-Honey-35901873">17 Unexpectedly Sweet Uses for Honey</a> &mdash; Take a tablespoon or two of honey before heavy meals to tame indigestion. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2014/11/03/unbudgeting-personal-finance-lazy-people.html">Unbudgeting: Personal Finance for Lazy People</a> &mdash; For some people, trying to be too detailed with your finances can burn you out. Instead, simply set your one big goal and immediately fund it with money left over after your living expenses are paid. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.supermoney.com/2014/11/richest-people-on-twitter/">23 of the Richest People on Twitter, Generously Sharing Their Wealth of Knowledge</a> &mdash; Elon Musk, the brains behind the Tesla all-electric car, posts updates on all things tech and Tesla. [SuperMoney]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/20-brilliant-ways-to-use-paper-rolls-paper-towel-tp-rolls/">20 Brilliant Ways to Use Paper Rolls</a> &mdash; Got a ton of cords and cables? Use toilet paper rolls to keep them organized! [Christian PF]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.quizzle.com/blog/2014/11/tips-for-selling-your-home/">4 Things to Prepare for When Selling Your Home</a> &mdash; There are some documents that need to be taken care of in person, and you'll need a notary to help do that. [Quizzle Wire]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbriana.com/25-diy-christmas-ornaments/">25 DIY Christmas Ornaments</a> &mdash; This roundup of DIY Christmas ornaments will get your creative juices flowing. Choose from washi tape cookie cutter ornaments, Scrabble ornaments, beaded icicle ornaments, and more! [Bargain Briana]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/six-things-you-need-to-know-when-buying-a-new-tv/">Six Things You NEED to Know When Buying a New TV</a> &mdash; Make sure your new TV has all the input/output jacks necessary to connect your other devices. [Clever Dude]</p> <p><a href="http://www.beatingbroke.com/find-best-financial-planner/">How to Find the Best Financial Planner for You</a> &mdash; Make sure the financial planner will take the time to explain why he recommends specific actions. [Beating Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/children-as-child-predators-protecting-our-kids">Children as Child Predators: Protecting Our Kids</a> &mdash; Watch out for signs of both emotional and physical abuse. Don't ignore any changes in your child's behavior, even if they don't say a word about it. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-foods-you-shouldnt-refreeze" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Foods You Shouldn&#039;t Refreeze" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-foods-you-shouldnt-refreeze">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-vs-frozen-5-dinner-comparisons">Fresh vs. Frozen: 5 Dinner Comparisons</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/6-habits-that-are-quietly-eating-your-brain">6 Habits That Are Quietly Eating Your Brain</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-ways-to-save-ruined-recipes">10 Ways to Save Ruined 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/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink best money tips frozen food Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1251560 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Delicious Slow Cooker Breakfast Ideas for Lazy Cooks http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/homemade-cinnamon-roll-459082175-small.jpg" alt="homemade cinnamon roll" title="homemade cinnamon roll" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm sure many of us are seasoned veterans when it comes to using our slow cookers to simmer up soups, casseroles, and other dinner favorites. But have you ever thought to extend the ease to breakfast?</p> <p>It's a whole new world of deliciousness coupled with some savvy time savings. The following basic breakfast recipes are highly adaptable, satisfying, and cook while you sleep. (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>1. Overnight Oatmeal</h2> <p>Here's a new twist on oats. This <a href="http://realhousemoms.com/overnight-crock-pot-apple-pie-oatmeal/">Apple Pie Oatmeal</a> comes together by combining cubed apples, steel cut oats, spices, milk, and brown sugar. Cook for three hours before turning the heat to medium overnight. The long warming process lets the flavors mingle till morning. You could easily use other fruit in place of the apples in an equal ratio.</p> <h2>2. Breakfast Burrito</h2> <p>This <a href="http://86lemons.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/ScrambledTofuBreakfastBurrito.pdf">Scrambled Tofu Breakfast Burrito</a> looks protein-packed and sustaining. You'll cook the filling in the pot before scooping into tortilla shells. The green peppers, onions, tofu, and black beans get loads of flavor from cumin, turmeric, paprika, and chili powder. If you're not vegetarian, you could easily substitute breakfast sausage for the tofu.</p> <h2>3. Frittata</h2> <p>Rather than scrambling eggs, make this easy <a href="http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2013/08/slow-cooker-frittata-kale-red-pepper-feta.html">Crock Pot Frittata</a>. This recipe is highly adaptable to whatever veggies you have on hand, but the author featured kale, red pepper, and feta &mdash; a winning combination in my book. Just mix all the ingredients together in the pot and cook on low for around three hours. Keeps well in the fridge for several days.</p> <h2>4. Cinnamon Rolls</h2> <p>No way! <a href="http://nlkamper.blogspot.com/2013/12/overnight-crockpot-cinnamon-rolls.html">Overnight Cinnamon Rolls</a> sound like heaven, and I can't wait to make this recipe myself. After mixing together the dough and filling components, you'll grease your crock pot, roll and slice, and let everything rest overnight in the fridge. In the morning, turn the pot on and cook for around an hour.</p> <h2>5. Applesauce</h2> <p>Getting kids to eat fruit and veggies in the morning is tough. Make it easier with <a href="http://preventionrd.com/2013/09/meatless-monday-crock-pot-pumpkin-cinnamon-applesauce/">Pumpkin Cinnamon Applesauce.</a> Chop up apples and crack a can of pumpkin puree and combine in the pot with cinnamon, lemon, water, sugar, and vanilla. Kids might not like so much spice, so feel free to use less and to skip the sugar entirely.</p> <h2>6. Spiced Latte</h2> <p>If you'd rather make a drink to go with your breakfast mainstay, this <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/how-to/tipslibrary/tools-equipment/slow-cooker-pumpkin-spice-latte">Pumpkin Spice Latte</a> will surely fit the bill. Stir together five cups of strong black coffee, milk, whipping cream, canned pumpkin, sugar, and spices. Let cook on high for two hours.</p> <h2>7. Morning Casserole</h2> <p>Start your day the hearty way with this <a href="http://iowagirleats.com/2012/11/13/crock-pot-breakfast-casserole/">Breakfast Casserole</a>. You'll layer frozen hash browns, cooked sausage, shredded cheese, and green onions before tossing in a dozen eggs whisked with milk, salt, and pepper. Cook for four hours on high. Vegetarians can use TVP or other sausage-like substitute or simple leave out that part in favor of more veggies.</p> <h2>8. French Toast</h2> <p>Now for a sweet twist. This <a href="http://www.frugalcouponliving.com/2014/03/22/crock-pot-french-toast/">Crock Pot French Toast</a> is nothing more than bread, eggs, milk, cinnamon, and sugar. I think the key here is using really delicious French bread whenever possible. It will hold up better than standard sandwich slices.</p> <h2>9. Cheesy Grits</h2> <p>The classic southern staple &mdash; <a href="http://spicysouthernkitchen.com/crockpot-grits/">Cheesy Grits</a> &mdash; makes a great side for breakfast. And these guys are irresistibly creamy without any addition of milk or cream. Let grits cook on low with water, salt, and butter overnight. Note: This recipe only works with stone ground grits.</p> <h2>10. Baked Apples</h2> <p>The author of this <a href="http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2013/10/slow-cooker-baked-apples/">Baked Apples</a> recipe has them slotted for dessert. With ingredients so healthy, they'd make a fine breakfast, especially if served with Greek yogurt on the side. After removing most of the apple's core, you'll fill them with raisins, walnuts, honey, cinnamon, and a little melted butter. Toss them in the pot with water and cook on low for four hours. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-mouthwatering-slow-cooker-dessert-recipes?ref=seealso">15 Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Desserts</a>)</p> <h2>11. Breakfast Stew</h2> <p>This nutritious <a href="http://www.carrieonliving.com/2013/12/12/slow-cooker-winter-breakfast-stew/">Breakfast Stew</a> will be your new winter staple in the morning. Start with a base of butternut squash. Then mix in apples, apricots, zucchini, raisins, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, persimmon, and kale. Yes, kale! Quinoa and almond milk round out the rest of this super healthy vegan meal.</p> <h2>12. Pancake Bake</h2> <p>Try using Bisquick in a new way with this <a href="http://homemakinghacks.com/2013/02/slow-cooker-pancake-bake-breakfast-recipe.html">Slow Cooker Pancake Bake</a>. You'll combine the popular baking mix with milk and an egg before pouring it into your crock pot. A cinnamon and sugar mixture adds some flair to this recipe, but you could also use fresh fruit or chocolate chips.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite breakfast slow cooker recipe? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Delicious Slow Cooker Breakfast Ideas for Lazy Cooks" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks">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/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot 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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</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/7-tricks-to-get-more-out-of-your-slow-cooker">7 Tricks to Get More Out of Your Slow Cooker</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/15-easy-mouthwatering-slow-cooker-dessert-recipes">15 Easy, Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Dessert 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/four-inexpensive-breakfasts-in-under-five-minutes">4 Inexpensive Breakfasts in Under Five Minutes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink breakfast crock pot easy recipes slow cooker Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1246266 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Coffee http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-coffee <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-coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl-making-coffee-155271271-small.jpg" alt="girl making coffee" title="girl making coffee" 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 on coffee, where to get Halloween candy on the cheap, and things millionaires know that we don't.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bankrate.com/financing/saving-money/5-ways-to-save-on-coffee/">5 Ways to Save on Coffee</a> &mdash; Store your unground coffee beans in an airtight container in the freezer for extra freshness. [Bankrate]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cheap-Halloween-Candy-31943806">Trick or Treat! Where to Score Cheap Halloween Candy</a> &mdash; You'll save a bundle if you buy candy in bulk from warehouse stores like Costco or Sam's Club. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3035-5-surprising-facts-about-millionaires">What Do Millionaires Know That We Don&rsquo;t?</a> &mdash; Millionaires aren't necessarily experts in investing. Instead, they hire financial advisors to help manage their money. [Daily Worth]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/bought-furniture-spending.html">How to Buy Furniture You Like Without Spending Too Much Money</a> &mdash; If you need to buy new furniture for whatever reason (allergies?) and you find something you like at a retail store, ask when their next sale will be and buy it then. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/the-secret-to-saving-share-economy/">The Secret to Saving? Share-Economy (Plus 4 Other Tips)</a> &mdash; Reduce the cost of ownership by sharing resources. Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb are just a few services that you can use this way. [Ready For Zero]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/change-banks-when-you-move/">Moving and Banking: Do You Change Things Up When You Move?</a> &mdash; You probably won't need to change your bank after a move if you handle most of your banking online. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/never-late-saving-retirement/">How It&rsquo;s Never Too Late to Start Saving for Retirement</a> &mdash; If you don't have an employer- sponsored plan, you can still take advantage of tax-deferred investment income to help boost your retirement savings. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/how-much-mortgage-can-i-afford/">How Much Mortgage Can I Afford?</a> &mdash; Some suggest that you limit your mortgage payments to 30% of your monthly income, but you should look at your situation and see what you're comfortable with. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/should-you-sign-up-for-legal-insurance/">Should You Sign Up for Legal Insurance?</a> &mdash; If you plan to use a licensed attorney at least a few times a year, it may be worth it to get legal insurance. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/12-ways-to-help-stop-bullying">12 Ways to Help Stop Bullying</a> &mdash; Teach empathy to your kids. You can do this by volunteering, helping others, and even reading to them. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-coffee" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Coffee" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-coffee">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/french-press-coffee">French Press Coffee: Step-by-Step Guide to Handcrafted Coffee</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/better-brewing-12-ways-to-make-coffee-at-home">Better Brewing: 12 Ways to Make Coffee at Home</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/going-short-at-starbucks-worth-it">Going Short at Starbucks: Worth It?</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/unexpected-delicious-drinks-you-can-make-at-home">Unexpected, Delicious Drinks You Can Make at Home</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-refillable-things-that-will-save-you-cash">10 Refillable Things That Will Save You Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink best money tips coffee Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1245577 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Kitchen Mistakes Good Cooks Make http://www.wisebread.com/10-kitchen-mistakes-good-cooks-make <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-kitchen-mistakes-good-cooks-make" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baking-disaster-119148197-small.jpg" alt="baking disaster" title="baking disaster" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How did I manage to overcook that roast? Why did my cookies spread all over the pan? These cooking mistakes are common, yet can be avoided.</p> <p>We have all made mistakes, even pros like <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR64GGyEv_o">Julia Child.</a> My mother once made a Baked Alaska mistakenly using salt; my mother-in-law set off the smoke alarm so many times we called it her oven timer. Just learn from your mistakes, and move on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-cooking-hacks-that-save-time?ref=seealso">7 Surprising Cooking Hacks That Save Time in the Kitchen</a>)</p> <p>Here are 10 common errors, and how to avoid them.</p> <h2>1. You Didn't Taste Before You Served</h2> <p>So, you followed the recipe to the &quot;t,&quot; but it just didn't measure up when it hit the table. Who is to blame? You are! Taste as you go. Your sauce may need more sweetness, acid, or salt, and <em>while</em> you are cooking is the best time to add, not once it is ladled out. (Note: This does not apply to baking, where use of exact ingredients is important, and where you <em>do not</em> want to eat raw eggs.) If you are still unsure, get a second opinion. My husband is pretty used to me coming at him with a spoon.</p> <h2>2. Under-Salting</h2> <p>My parents' generation got a big scare from the media about the use of salt. As a consequence, food often tasted bland. Most salt in your diet comes from processed foods, so if you are cooking your own food, you don't have to be such a fraidy-cat. Just watch a few professional cooking shows or videos and see how much salt the chefs use. I am usually astounded. Certainly, if you have issues with high blood pressure or your heart, you need to be careful &mdash; but otherwise, salt away!</p> <h2>3. Eating Right Away</h2> <p>It is much easier to slice up a roast, or a chicken, and the result will be tastier, if you allow it to &quot;rest&quot; after cooking. Meat continues to cook even after you remove it from the oven. The center continues to heat while the outside cools down. Let the meat &quot;rest&quot; and re-absorb the moisture. A large roast needs about 25 minutes; a whole chicken or turkey should sit for 20 minutes. If you are worried about it getting cold, tent it with some aluminum foil. Slice too soon, and there go your juices!</p> <h2>4. You Don't Know Your Oven Temperature</h2> <p>The oven dial may <em>say</em> 350 degrees, but is it, really? Get a second opinion. For just a few dollars, you can buy an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004XSBV/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004XSBV&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5S3UVXXWHV4U5XPS">oven dial thermometer</a> to check. If it's off, check your owner's manual; you may be able to fix it. If not, you may want to call a professional repairman.</p> <h2>5. Over-Softened Butter</h2> <p>I do this too often, because I live in a warm, humid climate. Butter softens here in record time. And then what happens? Cookies, which should be plump, spread. Cake batter will not cream properly. If this happens, start over. Properly softened butter should be the consistency of Play-Doh.</p> <h2>6. Your Knives Aren't Sharp</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SBn1i9YqN1k?rel=0"></iframe></p> <p>Dull knives are <em>dangerous</em>. If your blade is dull, it can slip off of the food you are cutting and cut <em>you</em>! You also use more force with a dull knife. You are more likely to work more safely when using a sharp knife. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBn1i9YqN1k">Sharpening knives</a> is not that difficult to learn.</p> <h2>7. You Crowded the Pan</h2> <p>Sometimes, I just want to get some big-batch cooking done and put too many vegetables on the cookie sheet to roast&hellip; or try to brown too much meat at once. And then what happens? Things get soggy. Yuck! Food that needs to brown needs room, so it's better to do it in batches, if you have a lot of it.</p> <h2>8. Dang, Burned It Again</h2> <p>Most often, it's because I am using the wrong burner size on my gas stove. Sometimes, I have the flame up too high (it should never go up the outside of the pan). Also, sometimes I get distracted between the news, texting, or checking a recipe while I am cooking. Good tricks to prevent burning are to set a timer, if you are walking away, or to eliminate some of the distractions until you can turn the stove off.</p> <h2>9. What's Wrong With the Mashed Potatoes?</h2> <p>My mother insisted on &quot;whipping&quot; her potatoes with a hand-mixer, and that's why they became gluey. You are much better off using a ricer or a hand masher. The potato you select makes a huge difference, too. Try Yukon Golds &mdash; and <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_mashed_potatoes/">this perfect mashed recipe</a> &mdash; for really delicious potatoes.</p> <h2>10. You Didn't Practice &quot;Clean As You Go&quot;</h2> <p>Unless you want to end up with a sink full of dirty dishes, pots, and pans, you may as well clean up as you go along. It's pretty tiring to cook a meal, then turn around and survey the mess. If most of the dirty kitchen has already been dealt with, you will simplify mealtime.</p> <p>Cooking should be fun. Even if you make mistakes, chalk them up to experience, and move on. Everyone who cooks has a funny &quot;mistake&quot; story! Remember, as Julia Child said, &quot;Have the courage of your convictions!&quot;</p> <p><em>Have I overlooked any common kitchen mistakes? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-kitchen-mistakes-good-cooks-make" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Kitchen Mistakes Good Cooks Make" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-kitchen-mistakes-good-cooks-make">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/kick-ass-alternatives-to-canned-cranberry-sauce">Kick-Ass Alternatives to Canned Cranberry Sauce</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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</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-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</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/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</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/canned-vs-dried-beans-which-are-cheaper">Canned vs. Dried Beans: Which Are Cheaper?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink Cooking kitchen Mistakes skills Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Marla Walters 1243332 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Seasonal Dishes for Your Next Fall Feast http://www.wisebread.com/13-seasonal-dishes-for-your-next-fall-feast <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-seasonal-dishes-for-your-next-fall-feast" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pumpkin-pancakes-506104759-small.jpg" alt="pumpkin pancakes" title="pumpkin pancakes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's fall and that means delicious recipes in line with the season's harvest: apples, pumpkin, and squash. As the heat of the summer gives way to cooler fall temperatures, food becomes hearty and satisfying with a stick-to-your-ribs vibe that provides comfort and warmth through a spice palette spiked with cinnamon and cloves.</p> <p>Here are 13 of my favorite fall recipes that are sizzling in my kitchen. All of them are fit for a crowd, so invite some friends over to celebrate the season with you.</p> <h2>1. Autumn Apple Punch</h2> <p>Punch is an easy beverage display to help guests serve themselves with minimal effort for the host. This <a href="http://www.stylemepretty.com/living/2013/11/01/autumn-apple-punch/">apple punch</a> is a snap to prepare with five simple ingredients and can be served at room temperature or over ice. Subtract the bourbon if you have little guests in attendance and place apple slices tossed in lemon juice on a serving plate (to stave off browning) and a mason jar of cinnamon sticks for guests to use as garnish.</p> <h2>2. Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa</h2> <p>Nothing warms us up on a chilly fall day like a toasty cup of hot cocoa. This easy <a href="http://simplylovefood.com/2011/12/16/copycat-recipe-starbucks-salted-caramel-hot-chocolate/">hot cocoa recipe</a> mimics the Starbucks version for a fraction of the price per cup by marrying bittersweet chocolate, creamy caramel sauce, and sea salt in frothy milk.</p> <h2>3. Spiced Wine</h2> <p>Give a <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Spiced-Wine">bottle of wine a spicy kick</a>. There are hundreds of variations for this drink, though I keep it simple with cinnamon, cloves, a bit of sugar, and lemon.</p> <h2>4. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pancakes</h2> <p>Pancakes are a decadent way to make brunch a celebration. Fall pumpkins give us a way to make pancakes seasonal and healthy. Because the pumpkin serves as a binding agent and a source of moisture and sweetness, <a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-pumpkin-spice-pancakes/">these pancakes don't need eggs</a> and require only a minimal amount of sugar. As an added bonus, they fill your kitchen with a sensational aroma.</p> <h2>5. Autumn Arugula Salad</h2> <p>Salads live long after summer, and in the fall they can often be the main course. This one uses a <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/10/autumn-arugula-salad/">bed of spicy arugula</a> as the backdrop for roasted acorn squash, avocado, and pomegranate seeds. The dressing dons a fall flavor with apple cider vinegar, ginger, and cloves.</p> <h2>6. Savory Butternut Squash Soup</h2> <p>In the fall, soup is definitely on and it's so easy to make for a party of one or a large crowd. This <a href="http://cavegirlcuisine.com/2012/09/21/savory-butternut-squash-soup/">paleo soup recipe</a> is as healthy as it is delicious because it's loaded with a combination of fall root vegetables. Creamy soups like this one also freeze well, so make extra.</p> <h2>7. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork</h2> <p>Fire up the crock pot! This genius of a kitchen gadget was made with fall cooking in mind. Prep the ingredients, toss them in, and the crock pot does all the work while you enjoy playing in the crisp fall air. This <a href="http://www.fearlesshomemaker.com/2012/09/slow-cooker-pulled-pork/">pulled pork is delicious</a> served on sandwiches or over rice, potatoes, or couscous.</p> <h2>8. Slow Cooker Turkey Chili</h2> <p>Don't put that crock pot away yet! <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/slow-cooker-turkey-chili/">Turkey chili</a> is a crowd pleaser that lets guests doctor it up with fixings served as a buffet. Try shredded cheese, scallions, dollops of sour cream, and chopped olives. It also freezes well, so even if your crowd is small, make a big batch to eat later in the week.</p> <h2>9. Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Flatbread</h2> <p>Flatbreads are excellent canvases for roasted fall vegetables, rich and velvety cheeses, and seasoned meats. Make your flatbread simple or intricate or in between like this <a href="http://ohmyveggies.com/recipe-butternut-squash-caramelized-onion-flatbread/">butternut and caramelized onion flatbread</a>. Let guests personalize them, pop them in the oven, and you've got one happy crowd.</p> <h2>10. Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Apples and Bacon</h2> <p>Brussels sprouts are an underappreciated jewel of the fall harvest. I dice 'em, slice 'em, saute 'em, and roast 'em with any seasoning that sounds good to me in the moment. This version <a href="http://backtoherroots.com/2011/10/13/roasted-brussels-sprouts-with-bacon-and-apples/">pairs salty bacon with sweet apples</a> to concoct a completely satisfying side. Like other members of the cabbage family, Brussels sprouts are rich in vitamin C making them a natural immunity booster to fight off colds.</p> <h2>11. Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower</h2> <p>Cauliflower is even more densely packed with vitamin C than Brussels sprouts. A single serving has almost five times the recommended daily dose and <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/parmesan-roasted-cauliflower">it couldn't be simpler to prepare</a>. Toss with any herbs you like, olive oil, parmesan cheese, fresh cracked pepper, and sea salt. Place it in a single layer on a cookie sheet or roasting pan and let a very hot oven turn it into your next favorite comfort food.</p> <h2>12. Brown Sugar Cinnamon Apple Skillet Cake</h2> <p>No fall meal would be complete without some sweets and fall has no shortage of options in the dessert department. This <a href="http://www.ericasweettooth.com/2014/09/brown-sugar-cinnamon-apple-skillet-cake.html">rustic take on a traditional apple cake</a> is baked and served in a cast iron skillet that provides a very fall motif to any table.</p> <h2>13. Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Trifle</h2> <p>Pumpkin pie is my all-time favorite dessert. However, it's tough to make it feed a crowd. This <a href="http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/dessert-recipes/spiced-pumpkin-mousse-trifle">trifle has all of the pumpkin-y goodness</a> and it goes a long way. The rum and gingersnaps provide a welcome punch of flavor and novelty to this traditional dessert.</p> <p>Let these recipes inspire you to get to the market and then head to your kitchen to celebrate the bounty of this delicious season.</p> <p><em>Do you have favorite fall feast recipes? Please share them in the comments below. Happy fall, y'all!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-seasonal-dishes-for-your-next-fall-feast" class="sharethis-link" title="13 Seasonal Dishes for Your Next Fall Feast" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/13-seasonal-dishes-for-your-next-fall-feast">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/10-ways-to-save-ruined-recipes">10 Ways to Save Ruined 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/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</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/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</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/20-delicious-ways-to-use-pineapple">20 Delicious Ways to Use Pineapple</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/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink autumn feast fall fall foods fall recipes recipes Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:00:12 +0000 Christa Avampato 1242976 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Easy Squash Recipes for Fall http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-squash-recipes-for-fall <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-easy-squash-recipes-for-fall" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/butternut-squash-478654019-small.jpg" alt="butternut squash" title="butternut squash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you have a CSA share this season or regularly visit the market, you might find yourself with more squash than you know what to do with. As I watch the different shapes and colors pile up on my kitchen counters, I've been trying some new recipes and methods to taste the season. Here are some of the best fall recipes I've encountered in my kitchen adventures. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gadzukes-10-ways-to-use-up-your-zucchini-bounty?ref=seealso">Gadzukes! 10 Ways to Use Up Your Zucchini Bounty</a>)</p> <h2>1. Delicata Mac and Cheese</h2> <p>We'll begin with my absolute favorite of fall recipes: <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/10/curried-mac-n-cheese-w-delicata-squash.html">Delicata Mac and Cheese</a>. You'll roast your squash for around an hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, puree with some water until smooth, and then mix together with cheese, milk, and spices. Add the noodles and an egg and bake for just an hour more before devouring.</p> <h2>2. Delicata Harvest Salad</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.spoonandsaucer.com/fall-harvest-salad/">Fall Harvest Salad</a> has chunks of roasted delicata squash tossed with kale, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, nuts, and more. If you don't have millet on hand, use any other sort of grain to make up the bulk.</p> <h2>3. Delicata Soup</h2> <p>A smooth <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/Pear-Shallot-and-Delicata-Squash-Soup?cmpid=pin">Delicata Squash Soup</a> might be just what you need to warm up on a blustery day. The unique addition of pears sweetens the mix. And for those of you who are unfamiliar, crème fraîche is essentially sour cream.</p> <h2>4. Spaghetti Squash Noodles</h2> <p>There's a definite art to baking spaghetti squash so it actually <a href="http://eatwithinyourmeans.com/how-to-cook-spaghetti-squash/">resembles spaghetti noodles</a>. Instead of cutting the squash lengthwise (the standard method), you slice into 1 inch rings. Then bake atop parchment for 40 minutes and let cool before separating into perfect strands.</p> <h2>5. Spaghetti Squash Lasagna</h2> <p>These <a href="http://blog.tastefulpantry.com/2014/01/21/spaghetti-squash-lasagna-bowls-gf/">Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bowls</a> are gluten-free and teeming with deliciousness. The recipe calls for ground turkey in the meat-based sauce. However, you can use tofu or TVP as a substitute (or even skip the sauce recipe entirely and use a store bought blend).</p> <h2>6. Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash</h2> <p>What could be easier than <a href="http://www.iwashyoudry.com/2013/09/04/super-easy-crock-pot-spaghetti-squash-meatballs/">Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash</a> with meatballs? Simply slice and gut your squash before placing each half in the crock pot with frozen meatballs and tomato sauce. To serve, pull the squash out with tongs, score with a fork, and then top with the rest.</p> <h2>7. Roasted Acorn Squash Salad</h2> <p>All your health nut friends will enjoy this <a href="http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2013/11/12/test.html">Roasted Acorn Squash</a> with apples, quinoa, and kale in a flavorful tahini dressing. The author made this recipe for her Thanksgiving table, but I think it'd be just as appropriate for an autumn dinner party.</p> <h2>8. Acorn Squash Bread</h2> <p>If you need to hide veggies from your kids (or reluctant friends and family), try this <a href="http://evabakes.blogspot.com/2012/11/acorn-squash-bread.html">Acorn Squash Bread</a>. The recipe calls for quite a bit of sugar, which I'm sure makes for an amazing loaf. If you'd like to cut back, try using a half cup less or natural sweetener like maple syrup.</p> <h2>9. Acorn Squash Custard</h2> <p>A dessert! This paleo-friendly <a href="http://homemadeforelle.com/acorn-squash-honey-custard/">Acorn Squash Honey Custard</a> would make a surprising finish to dinner. Or perhaps a great snack. You'll need grass-fed beef gelatin to help it firm up and rich coconut milk for full-bodied flavor.</p> <h2>10. Butternut Squash Soup</h2> <p>If you're into copycat recipes, this version of Panera's <a href="http://cincyshopper.com/copycat-panera-autumn-squash-soup-recipe/">Autumn Squash Soup</a> will delight you. Along with butternut squash and some pumpkin puree, you'll combine apple cider, heavy cream, vegetable broth, and a robust mix of spices for punch.</p> <h2>11. Butternut Squash Pizza Crust</h2> <p>Those of you with dietary restrictions or a desire to eat healthier meals will like these <a href="http://empoweredsustenance.com/butternut-squash-pizza-crust-gaps-paleo/">Butternut Squash Pizza Crusts</a>. And making them is easy. Just peel and slice squash into quarter inch thick rounds. The wider your slice, the bigger your pizza base. Then roast and flip halfway through cooking to add your toppings.</p> <h2>12. Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells</h2> <p>I have a soft spot in my heart for <a href="http://www.melskitchencafe.com/butternut-squash-stuffed-shells-with-sage-browned-butter">Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells</a>. And this batch is finished off with a refined sage brown butter. You'll roast your squash first and then mash with ricotta cheese and other ingredients to create the pasta filling. Boil the shells, stuff, bake, and eat!</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite fall squash recipes? Please share a dish in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-squash-recipes-for-fall" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Easy Squash Recipes for Fall" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/12-easy-squash-recipes-for-fall">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/gadzukes-10-ways-to-use-up-your-zucchini-bounty">Gadzukes! 10 Ways to Use Up Your Zucchini Bounty</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/20-fun-ways-to-use-pumpkin">20 Fun Ways to Use Pumpkin</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/13-seasonal-dishes-for-your-next-fall-feast">13 Seasonal Dishes for Your Next Fall Feast</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/6-habits-that-are-quietly-eating-your-brain">6 Habits That Are Quietly Eating Your Brain</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-ways-to-save-ruined-recipes">10 Ways to Save Ruined Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink fall squash squash recipes Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1241730 at http://www.wisebread.com Get Up To 8% Cash Back Shopping at Whole Foods (Limited Time Deal!) http://www.wisebread.com/get-up-to-8-cash-back-shopping-at-whole-foods-limited-time-deal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-up-to-8-cash-back-shopping-at-whole-foods-limited-time-deal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/groceries-184765038_0.jpg" alt="grocery shopping" title="grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shopping at Whole Foods can definitely put a dent in your wallet. 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You will receive $50 back in the form of a statement credit.</p> <ul> <li>Get one year of Amazon Prime plus $50 back after you make $1,000 in purchases with your new Card in the first three months.</li> <li>You will receive $50 back in the form of a statement credit.</li> <li>Hassle-free cash back: no enrollment required, the same great reward categories year-round.</li> <li>Earn Cash Back: 3% US supermarkets up to $6,000 per year in purchases, 2% at US gas stations &amp; select US dept stores, 1% on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.</li> <li>Cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit.</li> <li>No annual fee. Plus, 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, then a variable rate, currently 12.99% to 21.99%, based on your creditworthiness and other factors.</li> <li>Terms and restrictions apply.</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=3050771&amp;fot=1150&amp;foc=1" target="_blank"><strong>Click here to apply for the Blue Cash Everyday&reg; Card today!</strong></a></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-up-to-8-cash-back-shopping-at-whole-foods-limited-time-deal" class="sharethis-link" title="Get Up To 8% Cash Back Shopping at Whole Foods (Limited Time Deal!)" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-up-to-8-cash-back-shopping-at-whole-foods-limited-time-deal">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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They are a reminder of upcoming holidays &mdash; Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Spices frequently used with pumpkin trigger our olfactory senses, which give us excitement and happy memories. It is no wonder that sales of the 2012 pumpkin crop were a staggering $148.9 million dollars! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gadzukes-10-ways-to-use-up-your-zucchini-bounty?ref=seealso">Gadzukes! 10 Ways to Use Up Your Zucchini Bounty</a>)</p> <p>Wouldn't the Pilgrims be flabbergasted at all the uses we have found for pumpkins? It's not enough that we eat them. We also decorate them, use them for beauty products, and beverages. Why do we love them so much? Versatility, for one. You can do lot of things with a pumpkin.</p> <p>So this year, get creative and go beyond pumpkin pie with these 20 fun ways to use pumpkins.</p> <h2>1. Thai Curry</h2> <p>Repeat after me: <a href="http://www.marcussamuelsson.com/recipe/red-thai-chicken-and-pumpkin-curry-recipe">Red Thai Chicken and Pumpkin Curry</a>. Yes, it is spicy, so have a glass of Thai iced tea ready. (You can reduce the amount of red curry paste, of course.) To me, this is one of the ultimate comfort foods. I also add carrot to mine and, serve on jasmine rice.</p> <h2>2. Pumpkin Spice Latte, Anyone?</h2> <p>These are super popular right now! Naturally, someone has uncovered the secret so you can make them DIY: pumpkin syrup. Why not save some money and make your own? Here's <a href="http://themessybakerblog.com/2013/09/09/homemade-pumpkin-spice-syrup/">how!</a></p> <h2>3. Pumpkin French Fries</h2> <p>Yes, french fry addicts, there is a healthier alternative. Try pumpkin <a href="http://marisolio.com/recipes/oven-baked-pumpkin-fries/">french fries</a>! I liked the ones with the spicy mix that included curry powder, and I did turn up my oven to 400 for the last ten minutes, to get them crispier. They make a fun hors d'oeuvre, too, with a yogurt dipping sauce.</p> <h2>4. Pumpkin Smoothies</h2> <p>This <a href="http://lowfatcooking.about.com/od/breakfastandlunch/r/pumpkinsmoothie.htm">pumpkin smoothie</a> is not only good for you, but also vegan and incredibly filling. I guess I should not have been surprised, since it contains pumpkin, bananas, and Greek yogurt.</p> <h2>5. Pumpkin, the Beauty Aid</h2> <p>I had heard of avocado, oatmeal, egg, honey&hellip; but <a href="http://www.primallyinspired.com/homemade-pumpkin-mask/">pumpkin facial masks</a> were a new one, on me. Various recipes claim that the fruit enzymes, plus alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin A, and vitamin C, will soften and smooth the skin. I am certain that as soon as I cover my face in pumpkin, the doorbell will ring.</p> <h2>6. Pass Me a Cold One</h2> <p>A cold pumpkin beer, that is. I think these or a love 'em or hate 'em thing. If you are a homebrewer and want to give them a try, you can buy a <a href="http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/smashing-pumpkin-ale-all-grain-kit.html">pumpkin ale home-brewing kit</a>.</p> <h2>7. Chili</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/pork-and-pumpkin-chili-recipe.html">pumpkin chili</a> is one of my favorite comfort foods. It has the wonderful, mellow earthiness of pumpkin and the zestiness of peppers and spices. I like it with black-bean tortilla chips and lots of sour cream. It makes quite a bit, so it's a nice one to share, and even better the second day, reheated.</p> <h2>8. Squeaky Clean</h2> <p>Are you a soap-maker? I have yet to try soap-making as a DIY but when I do, this <a href="http://soapdelinews.com/2014/09/homemade-pumpkin-soap-recipe.html">pumpkin soap</a> is on the list. This would make a great gift!</p> <h2>9. Pumpkin Decor</h2> <p>It is too humid where I live for carved pumpkins to last for more than a day, so people tend to <a href="http://www.bobvila.com/drip-crayon-pumpkins/11264-13-easy-diy-no-carve-pumpkins/slideshows?bv=es#!2">decorate them</a>, instead. Check out the pumpkin covered in thumbtacks, which is really beautiful, as well as the hilarious &quot;Liberace pumpkin.&quot;</p> <h2>10. Pumpkin Candles</h2> <p>Both easy and fun, I am going to line the porch with these <a href="http://hellonatural.co/pumpkin-candles/">pumpkin candles</a> this year, for a spooky effect.</p> <h2>11. Pumpkin Butter</h2> <p>My girlfriend just sent me a jar of this and I could just eat it with a spoon, although it's wonderful on toast, pancakes, and waffles. Now I just have to make my own! Here is a popular <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2012/09/11/all-natural-pumpkin-butter-from-scratch-many-ways-to-use-it/">pumpkin butter</a> recipe.</p> <h2>12. Fancy Pumpkin Croquettes</h2> <p>Just kidding, but use of the French word &quot;croquette&quot; certainly dresses up smashed chickpeas and pumpkin. Seriously, though, these are habit-forming and delicious. This is a vegan <a href="http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/cheesy-pumpkin-chickpea-croquettes-1/">recipe for chickpea and pumpkin croquettes</a>, but I used real cheese. If you make them really small, they make great appetizers, too.</p> <h2>13. Pamper Your Feet With Pumpkin</h2> <p>Not just for feet (but I think it is particularly nice for 'em) is this <a href="http://spas.about.com/od/skincare/r/pumpkin-scrub.htm">Pumpkin Body Scrub</a>. Make a batch soon for a wonderful Thanksgiving hostess gift!</p> <h2>14. Potluck Pumpkin Pie Squares</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/32371/pumpkin-pecan-pie-squares/">pumpkin pecan pie squares</a> are a hit at potlucks. They also go together very quickly and make a nice size for sharing (they go in a 9 x 13 pan).</p> <h2>15. Don't Forget the Seeds!</h2> <p>After carving the pumpkin, <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/roasted-pumpkin-seeds">save the delicious seeds</a>. I love the spicy ones. The seeds are also extremely <a href="http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pumpkin-seeds.html">nutritious</a>.</p> <h2>16. Risotto</h2> <p>Risotto is another dish I consider to be &quot;comfort food&quot; &mdash; warm, creamy, and full of flavor. Combining cumin and cardamom wouldn't have occurred to me, but the combination works with the <a href="http://www.sonisfood.com/2014/09/pumpkin-risotto-with-cardamom-and-cumin.html">pumpkin</a> in this recipe.</p> <h2>17. Pumpkin Cookies</h2> <p>I love that these <a href="http://www.todaystaste.com/2014/08/the-best-oatmeal-pumpkin-cookies.html#.VChYTMJdUo0">pumpkin cookies</a> are delicious, but have more nutritional value than a traditional chocolate-chip cookie due to the addition of oatmeal and pumpkin. If it were just me, I would also add some raisins, but many people are raisin-phobic.</p> <h2>18. Hearty Pumpkin Stew</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/EAST-AFRICAN-PUMPKIN-STEW-50146473">African Pumpkin Stew</a> is so healthy, not to mention hearty. I really like it with the beet greens, which are a little sweeter, but chard or spinach are easier to find. Talk about a healthful stew &mdash; it is resplendent with pumpkin, greens, coconut milk, and served with couscous. Non-vegetarians can add cooked pork or chicken.</p> <h2>19. Lighter Pumpkin Soup</h2> <p>Lighter, but still very satisfying, is this <a href="http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2013/10/skinny-pumpkin-soup.html">pumpkin soup.</a> Instead of cream, it gets its thickness from skim milk, potatoes, and corn.</p> <h2>20. You, the Pumpkin</h2> <p>I finally relinquished it (it was looking pretty sad) but, as an adult, I wore my pumpkin costume four years running. It was a good one. Pumpkins always get a lot of laughs. There is still time to <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Pumpkin-Costume-for-Adults/">make your own pumpkin costume</a>! I got more fabric and made mine longer, and wore it with black tights. Just think: Your entire family could be a pumpkin patch. Get sewing.</p> <p><em>There you have it &mdash; 20 fun ways to use pumpkin. Readers, any fun stuff to share?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-fun-ways-to-use-pumpkin" class="sharethis-link" title="20 Fun Ways to Use Pumpkin" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-fun-ways-to-use-pumpkin">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/22-reasons-to-stop-drinking-soda">22 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda</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-reasons-to-drink-tea">10 Reasons to Drink Tea</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-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</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/turbo-charge-your-diet-with-superfoods">Turbo-Charge Your Nutrition With Superfoods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink Health and Beauty fall pumpkin pumpkin recipes Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:00:05 +0000 Marla Walters 1233262 at http://www.wisebread.com Wise Bread Reloaded: How to Prepare and Enjoy Our Modern, Monstrously Large Chickens http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-how-to-prepare-and-enjoy-our-modern-monstrously-large-chickens <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wise-bread-reloaded-how-to-prepare-and-enjoy-our-modern-monstrously-large-chickens" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/giant%20chicken.jpg" alt="giant chicken" title="giant chicken" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After fifty years of diligent effort, chicken breeders have managed to create a <a href="http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/10/2/6875031/chickens-breeding-farming-boilers-giant">chicken that is more than four times bigger</a> than its mid-century predecessor. Yesterday's rooster weighed just about two pounds. Today's enormous version, which is called the &quot;Ross 308 broiler,&quot; weighs more than nine pounds.</p> <p>During that half century of growth, chicken occupied a bigger and bigger place at the American table. Once a distant third behind pork and beef, chicken now resides at the head of the table, with Americans consuming more than 80 pounds of chicken each per year.</p> <p>That's a lot of nuggets!</p> <p>If nuggets aren't your thing, Wise Bread has you covered with several suggestions about how to prepare and enjoy today's comically large Ross 308.</p> <h2>What to Do With Giant Chicken Legs</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/food-5127919-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Camilla Cheung takes you on a tour of the world with this collection of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-chicken-leg-and-thigh-recipes-from-around-the-world?ref=classicwb">15 Chicken Leg and Thigh Recipes From Around the World</a>.</p> <h2>Eat for a Week &mdash; or Two!</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/605x340x334658618_982b99a15f_z_0.jpg.pagespeed.ic_._JK9CF-0O9.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Today's chickens are so large you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-weeks-worth-of-dinners-out-of-one-chicken">Get a Week's Worth of Dinners Out of One Chicken</a>. In fact, the chicken Max Wong used in her article was just a four pounder &mdash; not a nearly 10 pounder like the Ross 308.</p> <h2>Wheel Away a Giant Rotisserie Chicken</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/rotisserie_chicken.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>You may need a cart to get a giant cooked chicken out of the supermarket, but when you do, Camilla Cheung shares with you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken?ref=classicwb">25 Things to Do With Rotisserie Chicken</a>. Number 25? Make stock.</p> <h2>Make Gallons of Chicken Stock (And Use It for Dumplings)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/605x340x6231890399_5dffc6cb81_z.jpg.pagespeed.ic_.XsVCTtJBDc.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Well maybe not gallons, but plenty enough! What will you do with it? Janey Osterlind came up with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock?ref=classicwb">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a> &mdash; including dumplings, of course.</p> <h2>Or DIY Your Own Giant Chicken&hellip; Eggs</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/605x340xkid_with_chickens.jpg.pagespeed.ic_.QauIY9o0xU.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Squicked out by the thought of eating industrial sized, manufactured giant chickens? Let Linsey Knerl explain <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-raise-backyard-chickens?ref=classicwb">How to Raise Backyard Chickens</a>. These chickens are mostly about the eggs, but yes, you can eat your backyard chickens, too.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-how-to-prepare-and-enjoy-our-modern-monstrously-large-chickens" class="sharethis-link" title="Wise Bread Reloaded: How to Prepare and Enjoy Our Modern, Monstrously Large Chickens" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lars-peterson">Lars Peterson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-how-to-prepare-and-enjoy-our-modern-monstrously-large-chickens">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-15"> <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-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</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/15-chicken-leg-and-thigh-recipes-from-around-the-world">15 Chicken Leg and Thigh Recipes From Around the World</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/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">25 Things to Do With Rotisserie Chicken</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/a-dinner-party-for-6-feed-em-for-under-20">A Dinner Party for 6: Feed &#039;Em for Under $20</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/food-safety-reminder-rinsing-the-bird-is-bad-for-your-health">Food Safety Reminder: Rinsing the Bird Is Bad for Your Health</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink chicken chicken eggs chicken legs chicken recipes Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Lars Peterson 1233265 at http://www.wisebread.com