Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US Best Money Tips: 50 Ingredients to Stock Up On http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-50-ingredients-to-stock-up-on <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-50-ingredients-to-stock-up-on" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_groceries_000057441226.jpg" alt="Woman with ingredients she just stocked up on" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></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 ingredients you should stock up on, real health benefits of red wine, and how getting free stuff can cost you.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/50-vital-ingredients-you-should-stock-up-on">50 Vital Ingredients You Should Stock Up On</a> &mdash; Keep a carton of low-sodium broth in your pantry and incorporate it into chillis, soups, stews, and other dishes. [Don't Pay Full]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/5-real-health-benefits-of-red-wine">5 Real Health Benefits Of Red Wine</a> &mdash; The resveratrol and antioxidants in red wine reduce the risk of blood clots, which contribute to an overall healthy heart and a lower risk of heart disease. [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mightybargainhunter.com/six-costs-of-free">Six costs of free &ndash; and how to avoid having them eat your lunch</a> &mdash; Sometimes, free things will cost you in aggravation. When that's the case, you might be better off paying for the upgrade. [Mighty Bargain Hunter]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Uses-Old-T-Shirts-24885908">11 Ways to Reuse Old T-Shirts</a> &mdash; You can use old T-shirts as rags to clean the house, but you can also turn them into pet toys, fashion accessories, and home décor. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.debtroundup.com/7-unusual-ways-to-make-easy-money/">7 Unusual Ways To Make Easy Money</a> &mdash; You may have valuable ad space for sale: your home, car, or even your body. [Debt Roundup]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/tools-that-help-small-business/">5 Tools That Help My Small Business</a> &mdash; A good accountant will give you helpful advice and insight on taxes and record-keeping for your business. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="https://smartasset.com/career/are-moocs-the-key-to-your-career-success#q=MOOC">Are MOOCs the Key to Your Career Success?</a> &mdash; Massive Open Online Courses give you access to courses by colleges and universities around the world. You won't get college credit for them, but you'll gain practical knowledge and skills. [SmartAsset]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/gardening-with-kids-seeds-to-plant-in-spring">Gardening With Kids: Seeds to Plant in Spring</a> &mdash; Plant your seeds in March and April for harvesting in late spring and summer. Try growing broccoli, herbs, peppers, spinach, summer squash &mdash; just to name a few! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/the-truth-about-reverse-mortgages/">The Truth About Reverse Mortgages</a> &mdash; A reverse mortgage is an attractive option for many retirees and senior homeowners, but make sure you know about these common misconceptions and the truth behind them. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/debt-settlement/">Everything You Need to Know About Debt Settlement</a> &mdash; You don't need to hire a debt settlement company. Most collection companies will offer you a settlement proposal, which you can negotiate. [ReadyForZero]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-50-ingredients-to-stock-up-on">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/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry">12 Unusual (But Necessary!) Staples to Add to Your Pantry</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-flavorful-foods-worth-splurging-on">10 Flavorful Foods Worth Splurging On</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/four-inexpensive-breakfasts-in-under-five-minutes">4 Inexpensive Breakfasts in Under Five Minutes</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/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-vi-apples">When Good Food Goes Bad Part VI: Apples</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/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes">8 Great Clean Eating Slow Cooker Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips ingredients Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1357647 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Terrible Restaurant Values You Should Avoid http://www.wisebread.com/8-terrible-restaurant-values-you-should-avoid <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-terrible-restaurant-values-you-should-avoid" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_restaurant_000033602722.jpg" alt="Family eating value meal at a restaurant " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're like millions of Americans, you probably dine out at least once a week. For many, it's a favorite pastime &mdash; a time to relax with friends or family and experiment with different cuisines. So, it probably comes as no surprise that restaurant meals can cost significantly more than preparing meals at home (there's no shortage of articles underscoring this on Wise Bread).</p> <p>But if you're trying to save money when eating out, there are a few restaurant items you should consider skipping. These items feature unnecessarily high mark-ups that make them a poor choice for folks on a budget. Here's a breakdown of some of these worst restaurant values. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-eating-the-10-most-over-priced-restaurant-menu-items?ref=seealso">Are You Eating the 10 Most Over-Priced Menu Items?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Salads</h2> <p>Whether you're trying to eat clean or simply reduce your calorie intake, you might choose a salad over a less-healthy menu item. This may be good for your physical health, but usually not your financial health. I've very stupidly paid up to $22 for a nothing-special salad, and according to Restaurant.com, it only costs a restaurant an average of $1.60 to make one. You're better off going to the grocery store and buying your own lettuce and vegetables.</p> <p>&quot;Salads can be prepared with minimal time at home and with ease,&quot; says Natasha M. Campbell, founder and CEO of Lifestyle Success Unlimited. &quot;Take the time to prep the night before and pay yourself for your time and effort versus the restaurant.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Tea, Soda, and Alcohol</h2> <p>Many patrons prefer flavored drinks, such as alcohol, soda, or tea over a glass of free, filtered tap water. The cost of beverages might seem like a small price to pay, especially since you can order soda or tea for under $3 and receive free refills. But when you take into account that restaurants only pay about $0.35 per teabag and how fountain drinks are mostly tap water, chances are you're not getting your money's worth. Alcoholic beverages aren't any better.</p> <p>&quot;Bottles of wine are usually marked up 100%, and a glass of wine can be as much as five times over what the restaurant paid,&quot; says Kate Krader, restaurant editor at Food &amp; Wine magazine. Ouch.</p> <h2>3. Appetizers</h2> <p>Appetizers are one of the biggest mind tricks in the restaurant game. These items are purposely priced slightly cheaper than entrees to make it look like you're getting a bargain. But if you examine appetizers and entrees with similar ingredients and compare prices for each, you might find that appetizers &mdash; although a smaller portion &mdash; are the victim of price inflation.</p> <p>According to Jody Pennette, the founder of CB5 Restaurant Group, &quot;Restaurants have been raising the prices of appetizers disproportionately to the increase in food costs over the past 15 years.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Kid's Meals</h2> <p>Even though many restaurants have a kid's menu, children can be picky eaters. If you go to a restaurant and order two or three kid's meals, you could end up spending money on food your kid doesn't finish. The portions are smaller and the prices cheaper, so you assume you're getting a deal, even if your kid doesn't clean their plate. But why waste money if you don't have to? There are plenty of restaurants that offer a free kid's meal for each paying adult &mdash; and that's where you should be eating.</p> <h2>5. Desserts</h2> <p>Many people can't wait to finish off their meal with a decadent dessert (myself included), but it'll cost you &mdash; and I'm talking more than calories. Restaurant desserts are notoriously overpriced. On average, we might pay $6 or $7 for a single slice of cake or pie, yet we can buy a whole cake at a grocery store or bakery for about the same price. Or, we can prepare the dessert ourselves for much less at home. A good trick to avoid this trap is to put a piece of candy or two in your pocket or purse before dinner. A couple Hershey's kisses at the end of the meal will quell those chocolate cravings and save you some dough.</p> <h2>6. Restaurant Specials</h2> <p>Don't fall for the daily or nightly specials. It may sound like a mouth-watering treat, but it can also be the chef's way of getting rid of leftovers in the kitchen, and charging customers a premium for no reason.</p> <p>&quot;Specials are just an expensive way for the chef to clean out his or her kitchen of leftovers,&quot; says Sarah Zorn, editorial director of the blog Restaurant Girl.</p> <h2>7. Pasta</h2> <p>A box of dried pasta at the grocery store costs pennies per serving, and tomato and other pasta sauces are also cheap to prepare. On average, it doesn't take too much time or a lot of ingredients for a restaurant to prepare a basic pasta dish, yet many dishes have a markup between six and 10 times the cost. It's easier for us to justify higher pricing for dishes that take longer to prepare, but if you can whip up a simple pasta dish in your kitchen in no time and at a seriously low cost, it's financially beneficial to prepare it yourself.</p> <h2>8. Breakfast and Brunch</h2> <p>A fancy brunch or breakfast outside the house can get the morning off to an enjoyable start. But since breakfast food is incredibly inexpensive and quick to prepare, you're probably getting duped financially. A restaurant can purchase eggs, bacon, potatoes, pancakes, milk, and other breakfast items in bulk for cheap. Eggs retail for about $0.10 each, and it costs a restaurant practically nothing to prepare pancakes, hash browns, and toast. However, I've seen restaurants charge as much as $10 or $12 for a simple breakfast plate with these items. Don't get me wrong &mdash; I worship at the cathedral of brunch &mdash; but I participate much more sparingly than I used to.</p> <p><em>What dishes do you avoid because of the cost when dining out?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-terrible-restaurant-values-you-should-avoid">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/6-secrets-restaurants-dont-want-you-to-know">6 Secrets Restaurants Don&#039;t Want You to Know</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/13-overpriced-restaurant-items-that-waste-your-money">13 Overpriced Restaurant Items That Waste Your Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-water-can-save-you-977-a-year">How Water Can Save You $977 a Year</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/are-you-eating-the-10-most-over-priced-restaurant-menu-items">Are You Eating the 10 Most Over-Priced Restaurant Menu Items?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-cities-for-frugal-foodies">The 7 Best Cities for Frugal Foodies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink bad values eating out markup overpriced restaurants Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 1356104 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Great Clean Eating Slow Cooker Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_eating_000041170376.jpg" alt="Family eating together at the table" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cooking meals at home in a Crock-Pot or slow cooker can save time, money, and tremendous effort. However, many of the slow cooking recipes you'll find on the web are for dense comfort foods.</p> <p>So if you're watching your weight or just like to eat clean, there are a number of recipes you can stick in the pot for healthy eating &mdash; here are eight of my all-time favorites to get you started. (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. Sweet Potato Bake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://kneadtocook.com/black-bean-and-sweet-potato-bake-in-the-crock-pot/">black bean sweet potato bake</a> is simple and flavorful. You'll first heat some oil in a skillet and sauté your onions, garlic, and spices before tossing the rest of the ingredients (beans, potatoes, broth, etc.) into the Crock-Pot for four to six hours. Serve with brown rice, <a href="http://chefinyou.com/2009/08/how-to-cook-kamut/">kamut</a>, or quinoa on the side.</p> <h2>2. Rotisserie Chicken</h2> <p>My mom loves cooking chicken in her slow cooker, so she passed along this <a href="http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-slow-cooker-rotisserie-chicken/">rosemary rotisserie chicken</a> recipe. You'll mix together garlic powder and fresh rosemary before rubbing it &mdash; and some lemon slices &mdash; all over the bird. Then, cook for eight hours on low until your chicken reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit.</p> <h2>3. Paleo &quot;Oatmeal&quot;</h2> <p>I recently tried this <a href="http://www.rubiesandradishes.com/2014/11/05/paleo-slow-cooker-noatmeal/">Paleo &quot;n'oatmeal&quot;</a> recipe for a family make-ahead breakfast, and I was blown away. The texture is extremely reminiscent of oatmeal, but it's actually a protein-packed mix of walnuts, almonds, butternut squash, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut sugar, and coconut milk. Lots of nutritive stuff to keep you going all morning long.</p> <h2>4. Kale Soup</h2> <p>A friend made us this <a href="http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/slow-cooker-quinoa-white-bean-and-kale-soup/">white bean and kale soup</a> a while back when we moved into our new house. Vegetarians and vegans can substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth. And if you don't have white beans, use kidney or black. Don't have quinoa? Use brown rice or some other healthy grain. Feel free to customize this recipe so it works with the ingredients in your cupboard.</p> <h2>5. Applesauce</h2> <p>Store bought applesauce contains added sugars and other ingredients to make it shelf-stable. So, I started making my own <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/09/ginger-gold-applesauce.html">homemade applesauce</a> each fall with local apples. I also freeze it in large quantities. Just pour warm applesauce into freezer containers, leave an inch or so for expansion, and let cool completely before transferring to your freezer for six months to a year. It also makes a great dessert if you're steering clear of sweets.</p> <h2>6. Poached Salmon</h2> <p>Need a boost of omega fatty acids? Try this <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-slow-cooker-poached-salmon-recipes-from-the-kitchn-196453">poached salmon</a> recipe in your Crock-Pot. The best part is that you don't have to worry as much about over-cooking or drying out the fish. Combine water, wine, lemon, shallots, bay leaf, herbs, peppercorns and salt in the cooker on high for 30 minutes. Then place seasoned salmon in the pot skin-side down and cook for 45 minutes to an hour.</p> <h2>7. Split Pea Soup</h2> <p>One of the most popular recipes on my blog is this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/02/miso-split-pea-soup.html">split pea miso soup</a>. And making it couldn't be easier. Chop your onion, carrots, and garlic, and toss into the pot. Then add in coconut oil and miso paste, and mix until everything is well coated. Pour in the liquid and cook for four to six hours on high, until the split peas get perfectly mushy.</p> <h2>8. Mushroom Risotto</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.cheatsheet.com/life/clean-eating-made-easy-7-crockpot-recipes.html/6/">mushroom barley risotto</a> recipe is creamy and sensible &mdash; each hearty serving is around just 435 calories. After sautéing the onions and mushrooms, you'll add the barley and cook until lightly browned. Then toss everything in the slow cooker and cook until barley is tender (around three hours).</p> <p><em>What healthy recipes have you made in your slow cooker?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-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-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/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/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes">20 Cheap and Easy Soup Recipes</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/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals">What to Eat Every Day: A Month of Frugal Meals</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/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks">12 Delicious Slow Cooker Breakfast Ideas for Lazy Cooks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap meals clean eating crock-pot healthy recipes slow cooker Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1354206 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Food Items to Always Buy in Bulk http://www.wisebread.com/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_buying_wine_000019154731.jpg" alt="Couple at the store buying wine in bulk" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It can be hard to decide what's worth buying in bulk. Are you getting a better deal? Will you use all of an item before it goes bad? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bulk-buying-basics-what-to-buy-how-to-store-and-money-saving-tips?ref=seealso">Bulk Buying Basics: What to Buy and Money Saving Tips</a>)</p> <p>Be sure to follow some general rules when you go shopping: Only buy things you always use and use often. Don't buy something you don't know if you like; try a single serving first (for example, a soup brand you like, but a new flavor you haven't tried). And, of course, always consult this list. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-buy-in-bulk?ref=seealso">10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Buy in Bulk</a>)</p> <h2>1. Alcohol</h2> <p>If you're having a party, you can save some real cash by buying booze in bulk. The bigger the package of beer, the better the deal, and the same goes for spirits. Warehouse stores can offer some real savings, and in some states you don't have to be a member to buy alcohol. Even if you're buying wine from a wine shop, most offer discounts of 5%-15% for a case of 12.</p> <h2>2. Beans</h2> <p>Whether you buy your beans canned or dried, they last a long time and don't run a high risk of going bad before you use them all up. Dried beans offer the biggest savings, and can be cheaper when bought in larger quantities or from a bulk bin. When shopping at Costco or Sam's Club, packages of multiple cans of beans offer a per-can discount of around 15%.</p> <h2>3. Pasta</h2> <p>If you're a pasta lover, stop buying your dried pasta just one little package at a time. You can save up to 40% off the supermarket price by buying in bulk, including whole wheat varieties. The <a href="http://shelflifeadvice.com/grains-pasta-and-cereal/grains-and-pasta/pasta">shelf life of dried pasta</a> is up to two years in air-tight packaging, and many families eat it often, making it a bulk-buy must.</p> <h2>4. Oats</h2> <p>If you enjoy making oatmeal or baked goods using oats or oat flour, then you may want to consider buying wholesale. If you have the space and will use 50 pounds of oats, you can save nearly 70%. Even if you're buying out of the bulk bin or in bigger bags, there are still savings to be had. Make sure you store your oats in an airtight container.</p> <h2>5. Spices</h2> <p>The price difference for <a href="http://allnaturalsavings.com/2014/07/22/bulk-food-vs-packaged-food-price-comparisons/">bulk spices</a> and packaged spices at the grocery store can be huge. However, if you buy five pounds of cinnamon and then don't use it, then it's money wasted. Only buy spices in amounts that you know you'll use. This can be a great time to visit the bulk section of the market and measure out how much you want. One spice that's especially great to buy in bigger amounts is peppercorns. The whole variety keeps for longer, and since pepper goes in nearly everything, you'll keep your pepper mill stocked for cheaper.</p> <h2>6. Meat</h2> <p>If your family loves meat and you cook it often, then go ahead and buy ahead. The key to buying meat in bulk is to portion it out, wrap and package it well, and freeze it. If done properly, meat can last up to one year in a freezer. Be sure to compare prices, since sales at supermarkets can sometimes beat out warehouse store prices.</p> <h2>7. Dried Fruit</h2> <p>A great healthy snack, dried fruit can unfortunately be expensive. It's frequently cheaper at warehouse stores, assuming you will use all of those dried cranberries in a reasonable amount of time. If you shop at a grocery store with bulk bins, dried fruit can be a great buy. Make sure that you buy from bins that are busy and therefore get refilled often.</p> <h2>8. Canned Tomatoes</h2> <p>Canned tomatoes are an item used by home cooks and chefs alike, and they're more than handy to have around. They also last, so they're a great bulk buy. Buying a six-pack at a warehouse store can add up to 25% savings, and won't even take up that much room in your pantry.</p> <h2>9. Coffee</h2> <p>If you're a frequent coffee drinker and you don't buy your coffee in bulk, then it's time to make the switch. It makes economic sense as well as ecological sense. Buying in bulk <a href="http://www.bulkisgreen.org/bulk-questions-answers_5067_ct.aspx">saves on packaging</a>, and you'll get your fix all the same. It's best to buy whole beans, which stay fresh for longer and offer more flavor when freshly ground.</p> <h2>10. Rice and Grains</h2> <p>Grains are another great dry good to stock up on and save money. Buying bigger bags tend to offer real savings, as does buying from the bulk bin. Grains last as long as they are stored properly, but keep in mind that rice and <a href="http://wholegrainscouncil.org/recipes/storing-whole-grains">whole grain shelf lives</a> differ. For example, brown rice spoils faster because of higher oil content. Keep grains in a sealed container, away from sunlight and heat.</p> <h2>11. Sugar</h2> <p>For the bakers out there, going for the big bag of sugar should be a no-brainer. At Costco, you can <a href="http://allnaturalsavings.com/2013/10/28/costco-price-list-vs-grocery-store-price-list/">save 25% on sugar</a> by purchasing ten pounds rather than a two-pound bag. When stored in a cool and dry place, white sugar practically lasts forever. No need to beg for a cup from the neighbors!</p> <h2>12. Oils</h2> <p>Cooking oils such as olive oil are consistently cheaper when purchased in larger quantities, and if you cook with them often, go big. When specifically buying olive oil, make sure the glass container is a dark green to keep out sunlight, or buy in a metal container and transfer smaller amounts to your own bottle. Note that <a href="http://www.eatbydate.com/other/condiments/how-long-does-oil-last/">oil will go rancid</a>, so don't buy more than you can use.</p> <h2>13. Maple Syrup</h2> <p>Good maple syrup can be a costly food item, really putting a damper on your pancake breakfast plans. Luckily, the price gets a little more reasonable the bigger the container. You can order it online or visit a big box store &mdash; just compare price per ounce to get the best deal. Stored properly, it'll last for several months and drown dozens of pancakes.</p> <p><em>What are your regular bulk buys. Please share in comments &mdash; you have plenty!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk">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/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-stupid-shopping-mistakes-even-smart-people-make">10 Stupid Shopping Mistakes Even Smart People Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping bulk saving money warehouse stores wholesale Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00:07 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1353920 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Sex Drive http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-sex-drive <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-sex-drive" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_eating_fruit_000025762442.jpg" alt="Young couple eating fruit to increase sex drive" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ready to spice up date night? These seven foods will put you and your special someone in the mood long before the check arrives.</p> <h2>1. Oysters</h2> <p>Pull up two seats at the raw bar and watch the magic happen. These little gems from the sea boost libido with a unique and potent combination of minerals and proteins, namely zinc, vitamin B12, and two unusual amino acids &mdash; D-aspartic acid and N-methyl-D-aspartate. Not into oysters? Pumpkin seeds, peanuts, and roast beef are also high in zinc, although perhaps not as sensual to eat.</p> <h2>2. Strawberries</h2> <p>The high concentration of vitamin C in strawberries is known to raise men's sperm count, though the more important benefit for sex drive is their ability to increase circulation in both men and women. The added fructose to give you a burst of energy doesn't hurt either!</p> <h2>3. Salmon</h2> <p>What's good for your heart is also good for your libido. Now isn't that convenient? Fatty fishes have been known to boost sex drive. Plus, the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel keep your heart healthy and pumping with ease. Not to mention it also gives you glowing, irresistible skin.</p> <h2>4. Red Wine</h2> <p>In general, alcohol decreases libido except when that alcohol is red wine. Like strawberries, red wine helps to increase blood flow which in turn contributes to a boost in sex drive. In addition to consuming it, the color of red wine helps, too. Research finds that men and women are both more attracted to others who wear (and drink!) the color red.</p> <h2>5. Dark Chocolate</h2> <p>As if you needed another reason to love chocolate! Dark chocolate in particular contributes to an increased sex drive because it contains the very unsexy-sounding compound called phenylethylamine. It's commonly referred to as the &quot;love chemical&quot; because it is known to stimulate romantic emotions in the brain. So go ahead and have dessert.</p> <h2>6. Watermelon</h2> <p>Just call it nature's Viagra. Researchers at Texas A&amp;M University found that the triple threat of lycopene, citrulline, and beta-carotene in watermelon rev up your libido by relaxing blood vessels, which increases blood flow. To close out your romantic picnic this summer, pack some cold slices of watermelon for dessert and watch things heat up.</p> <h2>7. Sweet Potatoes</h2> <p>Like watermelon, sweet potatoes contain a healthy dose of beta-carotene. Our bodies transform beta-carotene into vitamin A, both key supplements for boosting libido.</p> <p><em>Has your sex drive responded to any of these foods &mdash; or others?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-sex-drive">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/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-more-beautiful">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You (More) Beautiful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-supposedly-unhealthy-foods-that-are-actually-good-for-you">8 Supposedly Unhealthy Foods That Are Actually Good for You</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-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">7 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</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/invest-your-time-in-these-13-things-while-youre-in-your-20s">Invest Your Time in These 13 Things While You&#039;re in Your 20s</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/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes">8 Great Clean Eating Slow Cooker Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Personal Development aphrodisiacs food science libido sex drive Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:00:09 +0000 Christa Avampato 1351246 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Eat Luxury Foods for Less http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-luxury-foods-for-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-luxury-foods-for-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chef_luxury_food_000035227614.jpg" alt="Chef preparing luxury dish of food at restaurant" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to eat luxury foods for less, the habits of people whose home is always clean, and ways to spend less on groceries.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3453/cheap-luxury-foods">10 Luxury Foods for Less</a> &mdash; A one-ounce truffle may cost $95, but you can get the earthy flavor from truffle oil for about $20. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/12-habits-of-people-who-always-have-a-clean-home/">12 Habits of People Who Always Have A Clean Home</a> &mdash; Wipe down surfaces after every use; it only takes a few seconds, but it'll keep the area clean and ready to be used again. [A Debt Free Stress Free Home]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-spend-less-on-groceries-in-2015">How to Spend Less on Groceries in 2015</a> &mdash; Don't buy lunch at work. Plan to use up leftovers, or make affordable lunches out of basics like sandwiches, salads, and soups. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://momsneedtoknow.com/12-ways-use-orange-essential-oils">12 Ways to Use Orange Essential Oils</a> &mdash; Use orange essential oil as an insect repellent! It'll help keep the flies, ticks, and mosquitoes away. [Moms Need to Know]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0319/Is-sending-money-though-Facebook-Messenger-safe">Is sending money though Facebook Messenger safe?</a> &mdash; In then next few months, Facebook will be rolling out a feature that allows you to send money via Messenger. You can set up a PIN for additional security; iPhone and iPad users may also enable TouchID. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Save-Money-Free-Apps-13358326#photo-13358326">Try These 16 Apps For Free and Save Loads of Money</a> &mdash; The Love Food Hate Waste app generates recipes from your leftovers! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyaware.co.uk/2015/03/20-more-weird-and-wonderful-ways-to-make-money/">20 More Weird and Wonderful Ways to Make Money</a> &mdash; Set up a delivery service to drop off leaflets or packages for local businesses. You can check out Gumtree for delivery opportunities in your area! [Step Change Money Aware]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-definitive-guide-to-nuts">The Definitive Guide to Nuts</a> &mdash; Not all nuts are created equal! Find out the benefits, concerns, and what nutrients you get in an ounce of almonds, cashews, pecans, and more! [Mark's Daily Apple]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2015/03/instead-of-a-meeting-have-a-conversation">Instead of a Meeting, Have a Conversation</a> &mdash; In many cases, you can resolve an issue just by speaking to someone. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thadthoughts.com/2015/03/ten-vacation-ideas-cost-bundle">Ten Vacation Ideas That Don&rsquo;t Have to Cost a Bundle</a> &mdash; Head to the mountains during the summer, where many ski resorts offer hiking, white water rafting, and golf at much lower prices compared to winter months. [Thad Thoughts]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-luxury-foods-for-less">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/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes">8 Great Clean Eating Slow Cooker 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/8-terrible-restaurant-values-you-should-avoid">8 Terrible Restaurant Values You Should Avoid</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-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-sex-drive">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Sex Drive</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/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk">13 Food Items to Always Buy in Bulk</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/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips luxury foods Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1348986 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Fun Facts About Trader Joe's http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fun-facts-about-trader-joes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-fun-facts-about-trader-joes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_grocery_shopping_000016262566.jpg" alt="Woman shopping for food at Trader Joe&#039;s" title="" 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 fun facts about Trader Joe&rsquo;s, questions that will lead to a better retirement, and how to make money from spring cleaning.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Trader-Joe-Facts-36086654#photo-36086654">15 Fun Facts About Trader Joe'</a>s &mdash; Each store has an in-house artist, so the look and feel of the artwork in each Trader Joe's is different. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://getoutofdebt.org/87107/3-questions-that-can-lead-you-to-a-better-retirement">3 Questions That Can Lead You to a Better Retirement</a> &mdash; Who will help you with repairs around the house? You may not be physically able to do them yourself, so you may need to factor in home maintenance costs as you plan your retirement. [Get Out of Debt Guy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2015/03/18/5-ways-to-make-money-spring-cleaning/">5 Ways to Make Money Spring Cleaning</a> &mdash; Use Facebook Yard Sales to get rid of your unwanted clothes. Items generally sell within a day, and you'll get more for them than you would at a traditional yard sale. [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/10-habits-will-make-happy-today-even-life-isnt-going-way/">10 Habits That Will Make You Happy Today (Even If Life Isn&rsquo;t Going Your Way)</a> &mdash; Create a morning routine that focuses your mind and jumpstarts your day in a positive direction. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/03/5-ways-calm-shoot-ballistic-missiles-everyone.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DumbLittleMan+%28Dumb+Little+Man+-+tips+for+life%29">5 Ways to Calm Down Before You Shoot Ballistic Missiles at Everyone</a> &mdash; If you had a bad day at work, don't bring the stress home and spread it to your family. Writing down how you feel instead may help relieve the tension. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/eight-strategies-for-reducing-financial-dependence">Eight Strategies for Reducing Financial Dependence</a> &mdash; One key strategy to reduce your financial dependence on your employer, banks, and family members is to maintain a healthy cash emergency fund. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/home-organizing/10-amazing-home-accessories-you-can-find-on-a-budget/55587">10 Amazing Home Accessories You Can Find on a Budget</a> &mdash; Pretty, decorative pillows are easy to find on the cheap, and you can always change how they look with inexpensive pillow covers. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://dallisonlee.com/blog/2015/03/16/stay-connected-be-more-organized/">Stay Connected With Friends and Family by Being More Organized</a> &mdash; Designate a day and time each week to call your family. Having a standard time will increase the odds that the calls actually happen. [Organize to Revitalize!]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/saving-sunny-days-important-rainy/">Why Saving For The Sunny Days Is Just As Important As The Rainy Ones</a> &mdash; Setting money aside for a sunshine fund will keep you excited and motivated about saving. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/can-you-really-make-money-consigning-childrens-items">Can You Really Make Money Consigning Children's Items?</a> &mdash; Selling items through a consignment store is an easy way to make extra money, but because you're letting someone else handle the sale process, it may be a while before you see the cash. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fun-facts-about-trader-joes">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/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes">8 Great Clean Eating Slow Cooker 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/8-terrible-restaurant-values-you-should-avoid">8 Terrible Restaurant Values You Should Avoid</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-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-sex-drive">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Sex Drive</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/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk">13 Food Items to Always Buy in Bulk</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/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips Trader Joe's Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1348985 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Cheap and Easy Soup Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/homemade_soup.jpg" alt="cheap, fresh and easy homemade soup recipes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As winter clings on, now is the perfect time to make a pot of soup. Warming and nourishing, soup is the ultimate meal in a bowl, and even freezes well. The following 20 recipes are affordable and easy to make, and can be adjusted to feed a crowd or a dinner for two. Try one this week &mdash; your wallet and your stomach are sure to thank you.</p> <h2>1. Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup</h2> <p>This creamy <a href="http://www.onceuponachef.com/2009/10/butternut-squash-and-sweet-potato-soup.html#tabreviews">squash and potato soup</a> is a beautiful color, and the main ingredients are affordable and have a long shelf life. The recipe comes together easily, especially if you can find pre-cut butternut squash on sale.</p> <h2>2. Sausage, Potato, and Spinach Soup</h2> <p>A hearty <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2014/10/29/sausage-potato-spinach-soup">one-pot dish</a> of sausage, potatoes, and spinach that requires mere minutes of active cooking. Potatoes are always cheap, and you can use whatever sausage is on special that week.</p> <h2>3. Lentil Soup</h2> <p>To make this <a href="http://www.alexandracooks.com/2012/01/05/lentil-soup-mini-loaves-complete-goodness/">lentil soup</a>, just throw some lentils and veggies in a pot; and that's it! It's flavorful, simple, and inexpensive. Serve with a loaf of crusty bread.</p> <h2>4. Lighter Spinach and Egg Drop Soup</h2> <p>A very easy and light but comforting <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/32333-a-lighter-spinach-and-parmesan-egg-drop-soup">egg drop soup</a> that's also quick. It makes a great first course, and it doesn't get much cheaper than greens, broth, and eggs.</p> <h2>5. Winter Vegetable Minestrone</h2> <p>A <a href="http://peasandcrayons.com/2014/12/winter-vegetable-minestrone-soup.html">tasty minestrone</a> that is chock-full of healthy and budget-friendly veggies. In a pinch, use whatever vegetables and pasta you have available.</p> <h2>6. Healthy Asian Soba Noodle Soup</h2> <p>A light but <a href="http://thefitchen.com/2014/01/15/healthy-asian-soba-noodle-soup/">flavorful Asian soup</a> that utilizes healthful buckwheat noodles. It comes together fast, and cabbage can be substituted for bok choy if you can't find it at your local grocery.</p> <h2>7. Easy Vegetarian Chili</h2> <p>This simply <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/easy-vegetarian-chili/">delicious veggie chili</a> doesn't take many ingredients or much effort. It's very affordable and good for you, making it a great option to feed a crowd or freeze for later.</p> <h2>8. White Bean and Roasted Mushroom Soup</h2> <p>A cost-effective and <a href="http://shewearsmanyhats.com/roasted-mushroom-soup/">healthy mushroom soup</a> that uses blended white beans to create a creamy base. Add in crumbled, cooked sausage or wilted greens to mix it up.</p> <h2>9. Easy Chicken Orzo Soup</h2> <p>A <a href="http://samanthaskitchentable.blogspot.com/2015/01/easy-chicken-orzo-soup.html">simple chicken soup</a> that's sure to cure what ails you. Chicken thighs make it especially affordable, and it couldn't be easier to put together.</p> <h2>10. Broccoli Cheese Soup</h2> <p>This one-pot <a href="http://addapinch.com/cooking/broccoli-cheese-soup-recipe/">broccoli cheese soup</a> is exceedingly easy, with no pureeing required. The addition of dairy makes this a rich and creamy soup, and the ham is optional.</p> <h2>11. Italian Wedding Soup</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/italian-wedding-soup">flavorful Italian soup</a> with just a few ingredients and a few simple steps. The classic dish has little pork meatballs that cook in the soup along with chickpeas, spinach, and orzo.</p> <h2>12. Cauliflower Soup</h2> <p>A surprisingly <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2014/03/22/cauliflower-chowder/">hearty cauliflower soup</a> that is a twist on the classic chowder recipe. Cauliflower replaces potatoes for a low-carb option, while still making a creamy and rich soup.</p> <h2>13. Black Bean Soup With Avocado, Orange, and Cucumber</h2> <p>A very fast and very <a href="http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/black-bean-soup-with-avocado-orange-and-cucumber">easy bean soup</a> that's full of fiber and protein. Plus, beans are cheap! Don't skimp on the creative toppings, and blending this soup is optional.</p> <h2>14. Whole Roasted Pumpkin Soup</h2> <p>Did you know you can make a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/purewow/whole-roasted-pumpkin-sou_b_6087498.html">pumpkin soup</a> by roasting a whole pumpkin with the ingredients inside? Impress the whole dinner table with very little effort!</p> <h2>15. Corn Chowder</h2> <p>A fresh and <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/corn-chowder">delicious corn chowder</a> that is a cinch to make. This inexpensive recipe can be made with frozen corn if fresh isn't available.</p> <h2>16. Avocado Spinach Soup</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.mygourmetconnection.com/recipes/soups/avocado-spinach-soup.php">pretty green soup</a> that is smooth and creamy while still being healthy and light. The recipe only requires a couple of avocados, and the other ingredients are low cost. It can be served chilled or warm.</p> <h2>17. Tortellini Soup</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/tortellini-soup-with-spinach-and-tomatoes/">super quick soup</a> with prepared tortellini (from the fridge section), tomato, and spinach that's sure to please even picky eaters. It makes for a nice presentation with almost no effort.</p> <h2>18. Goulash</h2> <p>A thick and flavorful beef stew that tastes great over noodles. <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/01/goulash/">Homemade goulash</a> calls for affordable ground chuck and a few other ingredients, and comes together in a single pot. Be sure to scale this recipe down if you're not feeding a big group.</p> <h2>19. Potato Leek Soup</h2> <p>A classic <a href="https://yalesustainablefoodproject.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/fast-cheap-and-easy-potato-leek-soup/">potato leek soup</a> that also happens to be very inexpensive. Don't forget to add fun toppings like cheese, green onions, and bacon.</p> <h2>20. Carrot Ginger Soup</h2> <p>This healthy <a href="http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/carrot-ginger-soup">carrot ginger soup</a> has a light sweetness with a kick from the ginger. Just simmer the ingredients together, blend, and you have a beautiful dish that goes great with a salad or bread.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite cheap and easy soup recipes? Share a bowl in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-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-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/10-one-pot-meals-that-will-transform-dinner">10 One Pot Meals That Will Transform Dinner</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes">8 Great Clean Eating Slow Cooker Recipes</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-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</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/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals">What to Eat Every Day: A Month of Frugal Meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap meals easy dinners quick meals soup recipes Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:00:04 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1347584 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Cool Uses for a Blender http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother-daughter-blender-fruit-iStock_000038436464_Small.jpg" alt="mother and daughter using blender making smoothies" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyone buys a blender with the best of intentions. A homemade smoothie every morning for breakfast, and you'll be fit in no time &mdash; while saving money, too! A few months later, the blender lives in the back of a cabinet collecting dust, only to be dragged out for an occasional margarita. In fact, the blender can be used to make a surprising amount of things. So it's time to pull out this often forgotten piece of kitchen equipment and see what it can really do.</p> <h2>1. Flour</h2> <p>It might sound crazy, but you can have <a href="http://naturalthrifty.com/how-to-mill-flour.html">freshly milled flour</a> without any real effort or fancy equipment. Just put a couple cups of wheat berries in your blender and let it go. Sift and repeat, and you're done. This method also works great with oats. Instead of buying both rolled oats and oat flour, just keep the whole version around and grind some up when you need it.</p> <h2>2. Almond Milk</h2> <p>If you're an almond milk drinker, then making fresh, <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-almond-milk-at-home-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-189996">homemade almond milk</a> will blow you away. Soak almonds overnight in water and then blend well. Strain, and you have deliciously nutty milk. The fresh version will only last a few days in the fridge, so only make what you plan to use. Since the process is so easy, you're sure to be whipping some up on the regular anyway. Try <a href="http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com/2011/10/creamy-chocolate-hazelnut-milk-dairy.html">adding sweet flavors</a> like vanilla and using different kinds of nuts.</p> <h2>3. Compost</h2> <p>Composting is something many people want to do, but don't have the room or the patience to make it happen. If you have a patch of green at home but don't want to turn compost or keep a bin inside, you can <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5994471/blend-your-old-food-scraps-for-instant-compost">make instant &quot;compost&quot;</a> with your blender. Just take your soft food scraps and blend them up, making the leftovers very easy to break down. This is also a great method if you do have an indoor bin, since it will save space and convert to true compost much faster.</p> <h2>4. Juice</h2> <p>If space is at a premium in your kitchen, owning a big juicer might not be an option. Luckily, you can use your <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/504511-how-to-use-a-blender-as-a-juicer/">blender as a juicer</a>. Cut up fruit and vegetables, add to the blender with water, and blend well. Strain to your liking (you can leave some pulp this way), and enjoy. Be sure to use your leftover fruit pulp for composting!</p> <h2>5. Body Scrub</h2> <p>Not only can you make delicious things to eat with your blender, you can <a href="http://petitelefant.com/how-to-make-your-own-citrus-scrub/">make a body scrub</a> that will make you feel pretty delicious, too. Combine all-natural olive oil, sea salt, and citrus for a refreshing and moisturizing scrub that takes less than five minutes to make. The scrub makes a great gift, too!</p> <h2>6. Powdered Sugar</h2> <p>How many times have you started to make a sweet treat, only to discover you don't have any powdered sugar? Unless you are a master cake baker, it's unlikely that you always keep the super fine sweetener around. Next time you're in a pinch, instead of running to the store, whip out your blender. It will magically turn your plain old sugar into fluffy, <a href="http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/12/how-to-make-confectioners-sugar-at-home">homemade powdered sugar</a> in mere minutes.</p> <h2>7. Soup</h2> <p>You probably already know that you can make soups with your blender, but did you know that you can use it to heat up and even &quot;cook&quot; soups? This trick requires a powerhouse blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, both of which have high-speed blades that build up heat through friction. This way, you can <a href="http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2009/02/quick-and-easy-potato-soup.html">warm and blend soup</a> at the same time. If you've got a regular old blender, then you can still puree soups and make <a href="http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/how-to-make-yummy-raw-blender-soups-with-recipes/">raw soups</a> without dirtying a pot or using the stove.</p> <h2>8. Nut Butter</h2> <p>Making your own nut butter is not only easy, it opens up a world of possibilities. Honey-cashew butter? Pistachio-chocolate butter? Yes, please. <a href="https://www.vitamix.com/Find-Recipes/P/E/Peanut-Butter">Homemade nut butters</a> can easily be made in a food processor or a blender. When using a blender, be sure to scrape the sides often and don't overwork the motor. All you need are some nuts and, depending on your mood, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-and-cheap-nut-butter-recipes-to-make-at-home">some delicious flavorings</a>.</p> <h2>9. Salad Dressing</h2> <p>The key to a superior salad is a homemade dressing, and whipping one up is that much easier when you use a blender. Easily pulverize ingredients like herbs and fresh garlic, or emulsify your oil and vinegar into a smooth, cohesive vinaigrette. A blender is especially handy for creamy dressings like a <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/blender-caesar-salad-dressing-156595">homemade ceasar salad</a>.</p> <h2>10. Lotion</h2> <p>Treat yourself to some all-natural skincare using, you guessed it, your blender. Combining beeswax, essential oils, vitamin E, and almond or grapeseed oil, this <a href="http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-lotion/">homemade body cream</a> is luxurious and moisturizing. Using a blender, it takes only minutes to make and extra cream can be stored in the fridge for a few weeks.</p> <h2>11. Applesauce</h2> <p>If you or your kids love applesauce, you have to try making your own fresh sauce at home. Instead of cooking the apples on the stove and then pushing them through a food mill, just throw cut-up, fresh apples along with water and a little flavoring into your blender. You'll be rewarded with <a href="http://www.inhabitots.com/how-to-make-a-cup-of-simple-organic-applesauce-in-your-blender">fresh applesauce</a> that's healthy and so quick and easy to make.</p> <h2>12. Fresh Butter</h2> <p>Did you know that all you need to <a href="http://www.foodrenegade.com/how-to-make-butter/">make fresh butter</a> at home is a blender and some cream? Blend your cream for a few minutes until you can see the butter solids separating. Let it sit so the butter can float to the top, and then strain off the buttermilk (and save for later use). Blend once more with cold water to wash, strain, and add salt if desired. Add roasted garlic, herbs, or spices to make a flavorful spread.</p> <h2>13. Pancakes and Muffins</h2> <p>The next time you're making pancakes or muffins, consider mixing with a blender. The batter will come together easier and be very well mixed, plus you'll have a handy pitcher for pouring. This is especially useful when making pancakes. Some recipes even call for you to use a blender, like these <a href="http://www.runningwithspoons.com/2014/06/24/banana-oat-greek-yogurt-muffins/">oat muffins</a> or these <a href="http://savorysweetlife.com/2012/01/buttermilk-pancakes/">buttermilk pancakes</a>.</p> <h2>14. Lamp</h2> <p>Have you given up on putting your blender to good use in the kitchen? Why not turn it into <a href="http://vault.sierraclub.org/sierra/201103/repurpose/default.aspx?_ga=1.48703142.1626506539.1425337189">a blender lamp</a>? With some careful disassembly and a few extra parts, you can recycle your appliance into a unique light. It's a great way to use a broken blender, too.</p> <p><em>What do you use your blender for?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender">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/20-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves">20 Office Potluck Dishes Everyone Loves</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/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-ii-tortillas-and-tortilla-chips">When Good Food Goes Bad, Part II: Tortillas and Tortilla Chips</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/make-your-own-twinkies-and-other-secret-recipes-by-the-food-cloner-dude">“Make your own Twinkies” and other secret recipes by the Food Cloner Dude.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-guaranteed-easiest-way-to-make-your-own-pickles">The Guaranteed Easiest Way to Make Your Own Pickles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink General Tips blender Food Homemade recipes Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:00:05 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1336751 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You (More) Beautiful http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-more-beautiful <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-more-beautiful" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/little-girl-strawberries-nature-iStock_000051686516_Small.jpg" alt="little girl strawberries" title="little girl strawberries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but that doesn't mean you can't help it along. Our diet plays a strong role in how we look and feel. These seven foods will do wonders for that reflection in the mirror.</p> <h2>1. Salmon</h2> <p>Everyone says salmon makes your skin glow, and in this case, everyone is right. Salmon and other fatty fishes such as tuna are loaded with iron, vitamin B12, and omega-3 fatty acids. Not only do these compounds <a href="http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/daily/tips/quick-tips-will-eating-salmon-make-my-skin-look-healthier-.htm">give you radiant skin</a>, they also provide your scalp and hair with plenty of nourishment. If you don't eat fish, flaxseed is a great alternative that provides similar benefits.</p> <h2>2. Lean Protein</h2> <p>Speaking of hair, do your locks need a boost from the inside out? Add some lean proteins such as chicken, turkey, or eggs to your diet. Protein helps <a href="http://womenshair.about.com/od/healthyhairmaintenance/tp/The-Best-Foods-For-The-Healthiest-Hair.htm">restore and preserve the shine</a> of your hair, as well as making it grow faster and stronger.</p> <h2>3. Berries</h2> <p>Cranberries, blueberries, and acai berries are <a href="http://www.joybauer.com/food-articles/berries.aspx">loaded with antioxidants</a>. These antioxidants aid blood flow and promote regular cell turnover to keep skin looking and feeling its best. Antioxidants keep wrinkles at bay, too.</p> <h2>4. Citrus</h2> <p>Vitamin C does a whole body good, inside and outside. It helps <a href="http://www.oralb.com/topics/lack-of-vitamin-c-gums.aspx">strengthen gums</a>, the foundation of a beautiful smile. Vitamin C also helps our bodies produce collagen, the tissue that gives skin its elasticity and smooth appearance. As we age, our bodies naturally produce less collagen, so a boost in vitamin C helps keep us looking our best.</p> <h2>5. Dried Fruit</h2> <p>Want stronger hair and nails? Reach for a handful of dried fruit such as raisins or apricots the next time you get the munchies. Many dried fruits are <a href="https://beautyhealthtips.in/amazing-beauty-benefits-dry-fruits-almonds-raisins-walnuts-cashew-nuts-pistachios-benefits/">rich in iron</a>, a key nutrient for healthy hair and nails.</p> <h2>6. Greens</h2> <p>Here's another great reason to get your greens, be they kale, broccoli, or spinach: Your hair will thank you for it. The <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/leafy-greens-rated">abundant vitamins A and C</a> in green vegetables keep your hair soft, smooth, glossy, and strong.</p> <h2>7. Whole Grains</h2> <p>We often hear about the benefits of whole grains to <a href="http://www.joybauer.com/food-articles/whole-grains.aspx">control our weight</a> and keep us regular. And those benefits are warranted. Did you know whole grains are also incredible for the skin? The iron, zinc, and vitamin B in whole grains fight acne and keep our complexion even and clear.</p> <p>Using topical beauty treatments can cost a fortune and the results are often mixed. When we condition the body from the inside out, not only do we improve our overall health, but others see it too. Enjoy these foods and you'll make your best, most beautiful first impression.</p> <p><em>Are these beautiful foods part of your diet?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-more-beautiful">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/8-supposedly-unhealthy-foods-that-are-actually-good-for-you">8 Supposedly Unhealthy Foods That Are Actually Good for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/herbal-supplements-know-what-you-re-getting">Herbal Supplements: Know What You’re Getting!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-get-calcium">Great Ways to Get Calcium</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty food for beauty food science healthy food nutrition Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:00:07 +0000 Christa Avampato 1336600 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Indulgent Desserts That Are Actually Good for You http://www.wisebread.com/10-indulgent-desserts-that-are-actually-good-for-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-indulgent-desserts-that-are-actually-good-for-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000047080824_lady_dessert_Large.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dessert. It's my favorite part of the day, and I make a point to have something sweet after dinner almost every night. However, as I've entered my 30s, I've noticed that even with all the working out in the world, I no longer have carte blanche when it comes to eating extras. So, I've begun to rethink the mainstays of my past and exchange them for desserts that taste great and are actually somewhat healthy.</p> <h2>1. Cookie Dough</h2> <p>Stop yourself from buying that plastic tube of cookie dough and make your own <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2010/12/02/chocolate-dipped-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-balls/">cookie dough balls</a> instead. These treats are healthy enough to snack on throughout the day, not just as an after-dinner indulgence. They're made from cashews, rolled oats, spelt flour, medjool dates, maple syrup, and dark chocolate.</p> <h2>2. Brownies</h2> <p>I've seen a lot of healthy brownie recipes, but I can't count the number of times this gluten-free <a href="http://deliciouslyella.com/recipe/vegan-sweet-potato-brownies-gluten-free/">sweet potato brownie</a> recipe has been recommended to me. Most shocking is the short ingredients list, which is only six items long: sweet potatoes, almond meal, buckwheat flour, medjool dates, raw cacao powder, and maple syrup (and a pinch of sea salt).</p> <h2>3. Ice Cream</h2> <p>If you haven't tried <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/06/ultimate-vegan-ice-cream.html">banana ice cream</a> yet, please promise me you'll go slice a few bananas right now to freeze ahead. The first time I whipped a batch together, I was skeptical. Now? I can't get enough of the stuff. After the bananas are frozen, you blend them in a food processor with peanut butter and other ingredients (totally customizable) until it turns creamy. Enjoy immediately for best results.</p> <h2>4. Doughnuts</h2> <p>Have you seen all the delicious <a href="http://www.branappetit.com/2012/04/10/whole-wheat-chocolate-cake-donuts/">baked doughnuts</a> popping up in your news feeds? I'm drooling just thinking of them. You can buy a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CYELOQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004CYELOQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TXESCAEN6ZZGM7MX">doughnut pan</a> for less than $10 on Amazon and be on your way to healthier treats in no time. This particular recipe is made using whole wheat flour and ground flaxseed, both great sources of fiber not normally found at your bakery.</p> <h2>5. Milkshake</h2> <p>Here's all the smooth texture you love in a milkshake with less of a caloric punch. Try this <a href="http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-vanilla-cashew-shake/">vegan vanilla cashew shake</a> made with chia seeds for thick texture and enhanced nutrition. If you prefer a chocolate shake (I do!), toss in a tablespoon or two of unsweetened cocoa powder for good measure.</p> <h2>6. Cookies</h2> <p>These <a href="http://thesmoothielover.com/healthy-avocado-chocolate-cookies/">healthy chocolate cookies</a> have some explaining to do. They look incredibly fudgy and decadent, yet they don't contain flour, sugar, or butter. Not only that, but these cookies also provide a hefty dose of monounsaturated fat from avocado. Sounds too good to be true? Be sure to check out the comments from the many people who've given them two thumbs up.</p> <h2>7. Cheesecake</h2> <p>Cut down on calories and add protein to your favorite cold dessert with this <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/greek-yogurt-cheesecake-with-pomegranate-syrup">Greek yogurt cheesecake</a> recipe. If you want to make it even better, try using Neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese, which has fewer calories. The end result might be slightly softer with this additional substitution, but I like my cheesecake soft and creamy. Don't you agree?</p> <h2>8. Peanut Butter Cups</h2> <p>From baked items to candy, I often crave a dense peanut butter cup. So, I decided to make my own using healthier ingredients from my pantry. These <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2015/02/peanut-butter-hearts.html">vegan peanut butter cups</a> are now stored in my freezer for quick thawing whenever I get a craving for the sweet stuff. And I can pronounce everything that's inside them &mdash; peanut butter, coconut flour, coconut sugar, maple sugar, chocolate, and coconut oil.</p> <h2>9. Cake</h2> <p>Almonds are teeming with vitamin E, monounsaturated fat, magnesium, potassium, and fiber, which makes them an amazing star ingredient in this <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cherry-almond-cake">cherry-almond cake</a>. With less than 250 calories per serving, it's a dessert you can finish with little guilt. Those of you who aren't keen on cherries can experiment with other antioxidant-rich fruits &mdash; like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc. &mdash; in the same ratio.</p> <h2>10. Cupcakes</h2> <p>By the nature of their individual size, you'd think cupcakes would help with portion-control. That's not always the case, but you can have confidence that these <a href="http://www.thepaleomom.com/2013/09/chocolate-hazelnut-zucchini-cupcakes.html">chocolate hazelnut cupcakes</a> are good for you. They're made with zucchini and &mdash; get this &mdash; are appropriate for those of you who follow the Paleo diet. Three cheers because we can all enjoy this dessert!</p> <p><em>What are your favorite mostly healthy dessert recipes? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-indulgent-desserts-that-are-actually-good-for-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/sweet-and-salty-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">Sweet and Salty Snacks You Can Make at Home</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/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-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><br/></br> Food and Drink healthy desserts recipes sweets vegan Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1344237 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Quick Bread and Biscuit Recipes That Bake in a Flash http://www.wisebread.com/10-quick-bread-and-biscuit-recipes-that-bake-in-a-flash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-quick-bread-and-biscuit-recipes-that-bake-in-a-flash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/homemade-cheddar-cheese-biscuits-iStock_000056627776_Small.jpg" alt="cheddar biscuits" title="cheddar biscuits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I make a lot of slow cooker soups and stews for dinner, but &mdash; alone &mdash; they never quite feel like a full meal. Over time, I've learned a great variety of quick bread and biscuit recipes that require few ingredients and, more importantly, no rise time before baking. Try to commit a few of these recipes to memory, and you'll feel incredibly empowered in your kitchen. You'll eat better, too! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-baking-mixes-that-save-money-and-time?ref=seealso">10 Homemade Baking Mixes That Save Time and Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. Baking Powder Biscuits</h2> <p>The secret to quick breads and biscuits is baking powder. These simple <a href="http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/baking-powder-biscuits-recipe">baking powder biscuits</a> are incredibly easy to make, and you'll want to bake them again and again. I actually freeze large batches by letting the biscuits cool completely, slicing in half, and then freezing flat on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Wrap each biscuit in plastic wrap, and then place inside a larger airtight container. Thaw in the afternoon for biscuits by dinner.</p> <h2>2. Olive Oil Biscuits</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.tasteasyougo.com/2011/02/simple-olive-oil-drop-biscuits.html">olive oil biscuits</a> have great flavor and texture, and you can jazz them up with infused olive oils or keep them plain. It's up to you. The milk in this recipe will definitely give a fuller flavor, but vegans can easily substitute water or a nondairy milk in its place.</p> <h2>3. Whole Wheat Biscuits</h2> <p>For more nutrition, try making <a href="http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/04/08/super-easy-recipe-whole-wheat-biscuits/">whole wheat biscuits</a>. The recipe is similar to those above, just with a different flour ratio to account for how the whole wheat variety absorbs more water. I like using white-whole wheat flour because it keeps biscuits both fluffy and nutritious.</p> <h2>4. Drop Biscuits</h2> <p>If you're feeling particularly lazy, consider making <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/drop-biscuits-recipe.html">drop biscuits</a>. You'll toss all the ingredients together in a food processor, spoon the mix out of your bowl, and drop onto parchment paper. No processor? No problem. You can easily make this recipe by hand. Just use your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse meal.</p> <h2>5. Cheddar Bay Biscuits</h2> <p>These <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2014/02/03/red-lobster-cheddar-bay-biscuits/">cheddar bay biscuits</a> are one of my favorite sides to whip up with tomato-based soups. The secret is in the spices and seasonings, including garlic powder and cayenne. I like using sharp cheddar for a bolder taste. And the butter topping isn't a must, but you'll definitely want to try it at least once.</p> <h2>6. Dinner Rolls</h2> <p>I didn't know you could make soft, puffy rolls without yeast. This <a href="http://www.giverecipe.com/no-yeast-cotton-soft-dinner-rolls.html">&quot;cotton soft&quot; dinner rolls</a> recipe taught me otherwise. The pillowy texture comes from not using any water in the recipe. Instead, the liquids are yogurt and olive oil. Oh, and the yield of this recipe is 40 rolls, so feel free to cut in half or freeze your leftovers.</p> <h2>7. Cornbread</h2> <p>Chili just begs for <a href="http://www.redaprongirl.com/easy-southern-cornbread-recipe/">sweet cornbread</a> on the side. This recipe calls for sugar or honey, but you can also use sweeteners like maple syrup or agave, depending on your preference. Be sure to add the cornmeal slowly, depending on what kind you use. I like stone ground instead of fine because it's not as dry when baked.</p> <h2>8. Buttermilk Bread</h2> <p>I so appreciate the versatility of this <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-buttermilk-quick-bread-with-10-different-variations-164621">buttermilk bread</a> recipe. You can switch it up with all sorts of different add-ins to suit your tastes and pantry contents. If you don't have buttermilk in your refrigerator, replace it with a combination of regular milk (or substitute) and yogurt, or alternatively, milk and a squeeze of lemon to thicken.</p> <h2>9. Beer Bread</h2> <p>I like serving this three-ingredient <a href="http://www.wineandglue.com/2014/02/three-ingredient-beer-bread.html">beer bread</a> with fondue. The trick is using self-rising flour, which is basically just flour with a leavening agent. The kind of beer you use is up to you, but the flavor will definitely come through in the final loaf. Experiment with your favorite brews &mdash; that's part of the fun.</p> <h2>10. Banana Bread</h2> <p>For a sweeter side, try this <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_bread/">banana bread</a> recipe. You'll need two or three very ripe bananas, butter, sugar, an egg, vanilla, baking soda, and &mdash; of course &mdash; all purpose flour. Here's another opportunity to get fancy, since you could easily toss in raisins or even shredded carrots for extra flair.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite quick prep and bake bread recipes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-quick-bread-and-biscuit-recipes-that-bake-in-a-flash">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/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-delicious-recipes-for-homemade-bread">10 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Homemade Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread">A Beginner&#039;s Guide to Homemade 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/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink baking biscuits bread easy recipes Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:00:04 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1338521 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Office Potluck Dishes Everyone Loves http://www.wisebread.com/20-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/guacamole-tortilla-chip-bowl-iStock_000045517056_Small.jpg" alt="guacamole bowl" title="guacamole bowl" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There it sat, barely touched: A large earthenware bowl of tabbouleh and black-bean salad, painstakingly decorated with tomato slices and a rim of curly lettuce. Its owner had clearly put effort into her potluck dish, but no one was eating it. And why not? Sadly, that's just not what people want to eat at office potlucks.</p> <p>During 31 years of office work, I have participated in more potlucks than I can possibly count. Even though there may be a lot of talk about dieting and healthy eating during the workweek, trust me: <em>That goes out the window at a potluck</em>. Don't be the person whose potluck item sits, wallflower-like, next to the popular queso. Don't suffer the embarrassment of asking your co-workers if they want to take some quinoa salad home.</p> <p>Here are 20 sure-fire potluck foods that I have ranked in order of popularity.</p> <h2>1. Deviled Eggs</h2> <p>Coming in at number one is <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/classic-deviled-eggs-recipe.html">deviled eggs</a>. Nobody ever, <em>ever</em> goes home with a plate of uneaten deviled eggs. My co-worker Bridget, who had three kids, would bring a giant platter of deviled eggs to the office on the Monday after each Easter. They'd be gone before break time. You can dress them up with horseradish, bacon bits, snips of chive, or green onion. It really doesn't matter, because people are going to eat them all, even if they are unadorned.</p> <h2>2. Hot Artichoke Dip</h2> <p>My problem with <a href="http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/hot-artichoke-dip-52359.aspx">hot artichoke dip</a> is that I want to eat it all, and I don't want to share. If it is on the potluck table, you'll find me standing next to it. I never make it because I would eat it immediately, and then I would have no potluck item.</p> <p>I do, however, have a couple of recipe tweaks</p> <p>I like to add half a can of spicy chilis for a little zip. Secondly, sorry to start the mayonnaise versus Miracle Whip debate again, but for me, mayonnaise only. It doesn't matter what kind of crackers you serve alongside. Cardboard would get eaten with a layer of this stuff.</p> <h2>3. Meatballs</h2> <p>Coming in at number three are The Meatballs. You <em>know</em> which <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/3-ingredient-sweet-and-sour-meatballs/0a8cdda2-b003-4043-b819-a0bb92d53cb8">sweet and sour meatballs</a> I am referring to. They also make frequent appearances at Super Bowl parties. The ingredients are ridiculously easy: meatballs, chili sauce, and grape jelly. You can mix it up and use barbecue sauce or other types of jelly, or even cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. The trick is to put them into a Crock-Pot, which you set up in the office kitchen, and the aroma fills the air around 10:00 a.m. They smell great. I actually once caught a co-worker stealing one out of the Crock-Pot before the potluck. I use frozen turkey meatballs, which aren't as oily when heated. People will actually ask me &quot;Are you going to bring The Meatballs?&quot; when we have office potlucks.</p> <h2>4. Guacamole and Chips</h2> <p>I have never met anyone who didn't like <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/guacamole-recipe.html">fresh guacamole</a>. I am sure you're out there, but your numbers must be few. Watch out for the double-dippers. Do not make guacamole too far ahead of time, or you risk having it turn an unappetizing shade of brown.</p> <h2>5. Mexican Layered Dip</h2> <p>This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-ever-layered-mexican-dip/">Mexican dip</a> is also called &quot;five-layer dip&quot; and &quot;seven-layer dip.&quot; They are all pretty similar: refried beans, cheese, sour cream, olives, onions, etc. If you own a quiche dish, that's a better vehicle than a pie plate. Pro tip, buy the really sturdy tortilla chips; that way people aren't breaking off their chips when they dip into this thick extravaganza.</p> <h2>6. Jumbo Shrimp With Cocktail Sauce</h2> <p>If you want to splurge on something that will impress the potluckers, here is a star. This is what you will hear: &quot;Oooh. Who brought the shrimp?&quot; I'm cheap, so I buy my shrimp, clean it, and cook it myself. But if you find a good price, it's so much easier just to buy it ready to serve.</p> <h2>7. Pizza</h2> <p>Getting a pizza for a potluck may seem like cheating, but it's actually genius. First off, most people love pizza. Secondly, you don't have to cook. Lastly, you can have it delivered. Sure, there are the people who will roll their eyes at your minimum effort, but watch that pie disappear.</p> <h2>8. Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon</h2> <p>Arguably, the <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bacon-wrapped-smokies/">bacon-wrapped lil' smokies</a> could have gone higher on the list. I love this recipe, which offers this unapologetic quote: &quot;Time consuming but it is well worth it! The brown sugar and bacon grease combine beautifully and give such a great taste.&quot; Yup.</p> <h2>9. Strawberry Pretzel Salad</h2> <p>I am one of those people who says &quot;I don't really care for Jell-O.&quot; And then, out comes <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-pretzel-salad-2/">strawberry pretzel salad</a> or broken glass Jell-O (below), and darned if I don't eat it. And like it. Anything that has a layer of cream cheese&hellip; well, I want to be polite, right?</p> <h2>10. Queso Dip</h2> <p>Yes, this <a href="http://lilluna.com/hamburger-queso-dip/">hamburger queso dip</a> contains Velveeta cheese. If you can't handle the idea of processed cheese, here is an <a href="http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/2011/09/26/how-to-make-proper-queso-dip-aka-velveeta-is-not-fit-for-human-consumption/">alternative recipe for queso</a>. This is another great item to bring to your potluck in a Crock-Pot, plug in, and forget it. Plus, you won't have to fight others for the microwave when it's time to roll out the food.</p> <h2>11. Tortilla Roll-Ups</h2> <p>I really like it when <em>other people</em> make these <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/cream-cheese-roll-ups-aka-redneck-sushi.html">tortilla roll-ups</a>. I love to eat them; I'm terrible at assembling them. They travel well, which makes them a super potluck food. This recipe uses bacon, but more common are deli ham or turkey. I also like using diced chilis for added spiciness.</p> <h2>12. Potato Salad</h2> <p>Were you getting panicky wondering, &quot;Where is potato salad on this list?&quot; Of course we have to have potato salad on the potluck list! Like deviled eggs, it always goes. I had been using this<a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/margies-potato-salad-with-italian-dressing-374385"> potato salad recipe</a> for years. Last week, I was out of pre-made Italian dressing (the sort of translucent kind), so I used Olive Garden's store-bought brand and let those potatoes marinate. Holy smokes! That was a good move.</p> <h2>13. Layered Salad</h2> <p>This particular dish has several other names, such as &quot;<a href="http://www.mrfood.com/Misc-Salads/Chilled-Stacked-Salad">stacked salad</a>&quot; or &quot;rainbow salad.&quot; My mother made it a day ahead of potluck time and called it a &quot;24-hour salad.&quot; Whatever you call it, people like it. Why? Well, it's salad&hellip; sort of. It contains mayonnaise, sour cream, cheese, and bacon bits. My mother included a layer of bleu cheese in hers. People who are &quot;dieting&quot; will happily shovel it up. The trick? Use a clear bowl, so that your co-workers can see the pretty layers before you toss it.</p> <h2>14. Wings</h2> <p>Don't get me wrong. I love wings, but dang. They are messy. It's one thing if it's Casual Friday and I'm in jeans, but if I am in dry-clean only, I will probably avoid these. However, people do scarf them. If you use this <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2014/10/01/slow-cooker-sticky-chicken-wings/">slow cooker chicken wings</a> recipe, they can go in your Crock-Pot and make life easier.</p> <h2>15. Bundt Cakes</h2> <p>Bundts always look sporty (and who can forget that scene from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPvO53JHnmY">My Big Fat Greek Wedding</a>), and they're great either in their original shape or sliced. I like potluck foods that are easily transported. There are tons of <a href="http://www.mrfood.com/cakes/best-bundt-cake-recipes">bundt cake recipes</a> out there. Plus, a bundt can be very easily made from a mix. I just made a chocolate and yellow &quot;marbled&quot; one that looks terrific.</p> <h2>16. Baked Brie</h2> <p>This showy, cheesy dish usually makes its appearances at potlucks during the holidays, but a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/baked-brie-recipe.html">baked brie</a> is so easy, you might want to consider it for other occasions, too. A more holiday-ish version is to use raspberry jam in place of the honey.</p> <h2>17. Broken Glass Jell-O</h2> <p>This is a very pretty potluck item, and again, even the &quot;I don't like Jell-O&quot; people are going to dig in. <a href="http://justjennrecipes.com/broken-glass-jello/">Broken glass Jell-O</a> is simple to make, and you can use whatever colors strike your fancy. Its main drawback is that it takes a lot of room in the refrigerator, so if you make it, plan for needing some space.</p> <h2>18. Potato Chips and Onion Dip</h2> <p>So easy it's ridiculous, but everyone is going to eat this. Take it up a notch, at least, and make your own <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/onion-dip-from-scratch-recipe.html">homemade onion dip</a>. It's not hard, and you can loudly take credit for making it from scratch. Another notch? Make your own <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4foQumyJKAk">homemade potato chips</a>!</p> <h2>19. Spinach Dip</h2> <p>I know, I know&hellip; it's so 1980s. But it was good then, and it's good now. This updated <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/spinach-dip-in-bread-bowl/acf85231-d668-4448-acd0-aa6fc1ee6b3e">spinach dip recipe</a> uses yogurt rather than the traditional sour cream and mayonnaise. It's best not to hollow out your bread bowl too far ahead of time to prevent it from going stale. This is a trickier item to transport, so if you can finish it up at the office, that is a good way to go.</p> <h2>20. Baked Beans</h2> <p>In last place, but not because people don't like them &mdash; they do &mdash; are <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/08/the-best-baked-beans-ever/">baked beans</a>. They aren't as showy as some of the other items above, but they still taste great. I have to agree with the Pioneer Woman &mdash; this is the best recipe for them around. I bake ahead of time, then reheat in the Crock-Pot (again, making them more easily transportable).</p> <p>Any of the 20 items listed above will get eaten at a potluck. Remember to label your serving pieces and dishes with your name so that you don't lose them. Also, keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. You can use a little instant read thermometer, which is easy to pack. Enjoy the food and camaraderie!</p> <p><em>What are your go-to potluck favorites? Please share in comments!</em></p> <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-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender">14 Cool Uses for a Blender</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/make-your-own-twinkies-and-other-secret-recipes-by-the-food-cloner-dude">“Make your own Twinkies” and other secret recipes by the Food Cloner Dude.</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/8-expensive-recipe-ingredients-that-are-easy-to-replace">8 Expensive Recipe Ingredients That Are Easy to Replace</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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><br/></br> Food and Drink General Tips Office party food potluck recipes Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:00:10 +0000 Marla Walters 1338584 at http://www.wisebread.com Burn More Calories With These 8 Frugal Foods http://www.wisebread.com/burn-more-calories-with-these-8-frugal-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/burn-more-calories-with-these-8-frugal-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/strawberries_in_hand_000023247024.jpg" alt="Strawberries in the hand" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sure, you read all kinds of &quot;don't eat&quot; lists criticizing foods with too much fat or too many carbs. But did you know there are foods that can actually boost your calorie burn? Believe it.</p> <p>Add the following frugal foods to your daily routine, and you might lose more weight while eating like a king (or queen).</p> <h2>1. Eggs</h2> <p>Eggs aren't just an amazing source of protein, they've also been shown to positively impact individuals with <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-04/epr-enr042312.php">metabolic syndrome</a>. For the rest of us, this means they fill us up, all while helping to restore levels of &quot;good&quot; HDL cholesterol. Of course, eating eggs for breakfast (or any time at all) has huge benefits for jump-starting your metabolism in general. Plus, they're super inexpensive!</p> <h2>2. Hot Peppers</h2> <p>Chili peppers contain this crazy chemical called capsaicin that <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/chili-peppers-may-fire-up-weight-loss/">super-boosts&nbsp;metabolism</a> into hyper-drive. In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Wyoming, peppers have also been shown to help convert &quot;bad&quot; white fat into &quot;good&quot; brown fat. All good news for those of you who like it hot. The best way to save on peppers is to buy them up when they're in season.</p> <h2>3. Whole Grains</h2> <p>We've all heard that refined carbohydrates aren't good for our health. Thankfully there are many hearty whole grain alternatives that are both delicious and beneficial to the body. Just read the science: &quot;<a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15536473">Whole grain intake</a> is inversely and refined grain intake is positively associated with the risk of having metabolic syndrome.&quot; Try baking your own bread at home for whole grains on the cheap. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-delicious-recipes-for-homemade-bread?ref=seealso">10 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Homemade Bread</a>)</p> <h2>4. Berries</h2> <p>A Swedish study recently revealed that berries aren't just tasty &mdash; they also <a href="http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jnme/2014/403041/">fight obesity</a>. Even mixed with an otherwise high-fat diet, the addition of berries kept insulin levels and weight loss steady. The specific berries you should munch include lingonberry, blackcurrant, bilberry, raspberry, açai, crowberry, prune, and blackberry. My favorite way to get my dose is through fruit smoothies, and I find buying frozen berries is a better investment because they don't spoil.</p> <h2>5. Grapefruit</h2> <p>My mom always said that grapefruit is great to eat while dieting. Now science is backing this idea. In a 2006 study, 91 obese participants saw <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16579728">greater weight loss</a> and a lowered post-glucose insulin level by eating fresh grapefruit. This study also uncovered that a grapefruit supplement and juice aren't as effective as the whole food (and groceries are less expensive than supplements, right?).</p> <h2>6. Dairy</h2> <p>I'm quick to blame my cheese consumption when pointing fingers at weight gain. But researchers studying the <a href="http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/full/10.1139/apnm-2014-0154#.VOsZfktofwJ">dairy-eating habits</a> of healthy French-Canadians discovered eating dairy products has a positive impact on metabolic health. The key here is calcium, and the recommended intake to see benefits is two to four servings each day. Try buying products in bulk to save.</p> <h2>7. Water</h2> <p>While technically not a food, water is key to overall health, including boosting metabolism. In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, participants saw a <a href="http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/6-reasons-drinking-water-helps-solve-any-problem">30% increase</a> in metabolism after drinking just 17 ounces of the stuff. The increase started about ten minutes after drinking but continued beyond a half hour afterward. And keep your pennies &mdash; tap water is<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bottled-or-tap-the-right-choice-for-water-may-surprise-you">&nbsp;better than bottled</a>.</p> <h2>8. Coffee</h2> <p>While we're on beverages, coffee's <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21879101">influence on metabolic rate</a> can't be denied. Ingesting coffee &mdash; caffeine &mdash; immediately increases heart rate, an effect that lasts up to 30 minutes after consumption. The down side? Drinking coffee may put you at risk for coronary heart disease in the hour after ingestion. Moderation is best, and brewing your coffee at home will cut your costs tremendously.</p> <p><em>Do you enjoy any of these frugal calorie burners?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/burn-more-calories-with-these-8-frugal-foods">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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You can imagine what happened &mdash; the CD sparked and gave us quite a light show. (Don't try this at home, you can find a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JkCIfLE_-M&amp;spfreload=10">video on YouTube</a> that will give you the show without the smoke.)</p> <p>But there are some strange uses for microwaves that <em>won't</em> end in explosions! And I'm here to share with you some genius ideas for this often under-utilized appliance.</p> <h2>1. Clean Sponges</h2> <p>We've all read how sponges are basically the dirtiest things in our homes. But you can <a href="http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/20070124/microwave-kills-germs-sponges">disinfect sponges</a> easily by zapping them in your microwave. Simply wet your sponge, then cook on high for two minutes. Repeat this process as often as you cook, so basically every day. Note that if your sponge contains metal in any form &mdash; skip this idea. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-healthy-people-do-not-have-in-their-homes?ref=seealso">10 Things Healthy People Should Not Have in Their Homes</a>)</p> <h2>2. Revitalize Bread</h2> <p>So, at my first desk job, there was this guy who was obsessed with giving life to his stale bread. His favorite method? Using the office microwave. First, wrap bread <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-soften-hard-bread-138150">in a damp cloth</a> or paper towel. Place it on a microwave safe dish, then microwave on high for ten seconds. Repeat as necessary. From day-old to bakery worthy &mdash; sort of.</p> <h2>3. Peel Garlic</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BjIeJU2INV8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>My CSA garlic is particularly hearty and difficult to peel because it's so fresh. So, I searched around for ways to make this process easier and came across CHOW's <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjIeJU2INV8">garlic-peeling method</a>&nbsp;using the microwave. Place your bulb inside and cook on high for 20 seconds. Then enjoy how easily the cloves slip out of their skins for chopping.</p> <h2>4. Proof Dough</h2> <p>I bake almost all the bread we eat from scratch, so learning how to <a href="http://www.craftybaking.com/howto/bread-proofer-sarahs-microwave-bread-proofer">proof dough</a> in our microwave has been amazing. The benefit here is cutting down rise times to get from mixing to eating faster. Start by bringing a cup of water to boil on high (around one minute). Then place your dough inside for 35-45 minutes, check the temperature and humidity of the box, and repeat the whole process until your dough has risen enough.</p> <h2>5. Bake Dessert</h2> <p>Microwave baking is such instant gratification. And there are a number of recipes on the web that allow you to bake cakes, brownies, cookies, and more treats in just a few minutes. Check out our roundup of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-incredible-microwave-baked-desserts">10 Incredible Microwave Desserts</a> that will transform your baking routine.</p> <h2>6. Cook Eggs</h2> <p>The whole idea of <a href="http://www.incredibleegg.org/recipes-and-more/cooking-school/microwave-scramble-eggs">microwaving eggs</a>&nbsp;can seem a little scary. But once you try it, you'll love having this skill at your disposal. I used to bring eggs with me to work and scramble a few to have with lunch. Combine two eggs with two tablespoons of milk in a mug. Microwave on high for 30-45 seconds, stir, and then heat 30-45 seconds more &mdash; until eggs are set. Enjoy!</p> <h2>7. Dry Herbs</h2> <p>I recently picked up all my seeds for my spring garden. I bought a lot of herbs, so I can't wait to start drying and freezing them. You can actually <a href="http://www.four-h.purdue.edu/foods/Drying%20herbs%20frame1.htm">dry herbs</a> in your microwave oven. The process is simple: Place a few clean and dry herb branches in your microwave between two paper towels. Heat on high for two to three minutes. Let cool and store in an airtight container.</p> <p><em>What amazing things have you done in your microwave?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-new-ways-to-use-your-microwave">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/life-without-a-microwave">Life Without a Microwave</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/burn-more-calories-with-these-8-frugal-foods">Burn More Calories With These 8 Frugal Foods</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/paint-a-room-and-wash-your-face-more-uses-for-powdered-milk-than-you-ever-imagined">Paint a Room and Wash Your Face: More Uses For Powdered Milk Than You Ever Imagined</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/top-5-ways-to-hustle-free-drinks">Top 5 Ways to Hustle Free Drinks</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/8-spectacular-uses-for-that-lone-can-of-fruit">8 Spectacular Uses for that Lone Can of Fruit</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Food and Drink kitchen hacks microwave Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1329317 at http://www.wisebread.com