dinner http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/771/all en-US Flashback Friday: 47 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Dinner http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner" 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_dinner_96585443.jpg" alt="Family learning ways to save money on dinner" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You get home from work. You realize you still need to make dinner. But what should you cook? Naturally, you'll want something quick, easy, healthy, and most importantly, frugal. And why should you settle for anything else? That's exactly how preparing dinner every night should be.</p> <p>Here are 47 ways to save on dinner tonight.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_cooking_000029847332.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-one-pot-meals-that-will-transform-dinner?ref=fbf">10 One Pot Meals That Will Transform Dinner</a> &mdash; When all the ingredients can be tossed into the same pot, you end up saving time, effort, and also money, since you know one pot can only fit so many items. And if you're a small family, there will probably be plenty of leftovers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals?ref=fbf">Eat Better and Save Money With These Easy Two-Night Meals</a> &mdash; Speaking of leftovers, just because you have extra chili doesn't mean you need to eat it the same exact way the second night. Here are plenty of leftover meals that can be given a delicious twist on night two.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/quesadilla-179218531-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-freeze-ahead-dinners-for-busy-fall-weeknights?ref=fbf">10 Delicious Freeze-Ahead Dinners for Busy Fall Weeknights</a> &mdash; Meal prep is truly the key to happiness nowadays. It prevents unnecessary dinner stress, boring meals, and wasting money on takeout when you simply don't feel like cooking. These meals can be made ahead of time, and enjoyed on a crisp autumn night.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-and-eat-better-with-these-6-online-meal-planners?ref=fbf">Save Money and Eat Better With These 6 Online Meal Planners</a> &mdash; Take just a few minutes to plan out your eats for the coming week and you'll be so glad you did. Plus, if the meal planner is free, you really can't go wrong.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/pasta_dinner_000041265532_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks?ref=fbf">8 Quick Dinners for Lazy Cooks</a> &mdash; When we say &quot;lazy cook,&quot; we really mean &quot;busy, hard-working baller that doesn't have enough time in the day to also cook.&quot; But you don't even need that much time (or money) to make a decent meal. Here's your proof.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-weeks-worth-of-dinners-out-of-one-chicken?ref=fbf">Get a Week's Worth of Dinners Out of One Chicken</a> &mdash; One chicken can go a long way, apparently. Swing by the grocery store and grab a rotisserie chicken, or take a night to roast your own, and you'll be feasting on it for one half of a fortnight. Cheers to that!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">Flashback Friday: 80 Holiday Treats That Won&#039;t Bust Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-reasons-to-be-done-with-summer-and-get-excited-for-fall">Flashback Friday: 84 Reasons to Be Done With Summer and Get Excited for Fall</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/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</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/flashback-friday-62-creative-uses-for-your-favorite-condiments">Flashback Friday: 62 Creative Uses for Your Favorite Condiments</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/flashback-friday-38-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-celebrities">Flashback Friday: 38 Money Lessons We Can Learn From Celebrities</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink budgeting dinner family dinner fbf flashback friday food and drink frugal living meal planning meals Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:00:30 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1817177 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Delicious Dishes Made Better With Salsa http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_13747158_LARGE.jpg" alt="delicious recipes you can make with salsa" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is your refrigerator ever without a jar of salsa? Mine either. I love it so much that I keep buying different types: green, peach, mild, spicy, etc. Which makes it a great (and inexpensive) condiment to cook with. Here are 15 ways to think &quot;beyond the dip.&quot;</p> <h2>1. Bye-Bye, Bland Chicken Breasts</h2> <p>Spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray. Brown four boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Move them to the casserole dish and sprinkle with seasonings (a Mexican blend is good). Pour a cup of salsa over, cover with foil, and bake at 375&ordm;F for 40 minutes. Serve over rice or quinoa with sour cream; garnish with avocado.</p> <h2>2. Lunch in a Jar</h2> <p>I love the trend of packing lunch in a mason jar and toting it to work. Foods stay crisp and cool. This <a href="http://relish.com/recipes/taco-salad-to-go/">to-go taco salad</a> is delicious and nutritious. Bring along some tortilla chips and you'll enjoy every bite.</p> <h2>3. Salsa Burgers</h2> <p>To ground hamburger or ground turkey, add a half-cup of salsa. Fry or grill as usual. Top with guacamole, pico de gallo, and a slice of Monterey jack cheese. It's great with home fries that have been sprinkled with cumin and smoked paprika.</p> <h2>4. Fish and Queso</h2> <p>Melt butter and a little oil in a skillet. Add fish (cod, halibut, snapper, etc.), sprinkle with salt and pepper, and fry 4-5 minutes on each side, depending on thickness of fish and desired degree of doneness. Top with salsa and serve with red potatoes and cotija or queso fresco (Mexican cheeses).</p> <h2>5. Instant Appetizer</h2> <p>I like to use Neufchatel cheese for this appetizer, because it's a little softer. Simply take it out of the package, and pour a half-cup of salsa over. Serve with <em>sturdy</em> tortilla chips.</p> <h2>6. Salsa N' Scramble</h2> <p>This is a great way to start your morning. Scramble eggs as usual and top with salsa. Heat a whole-wheat tortilla, and scoop in your scrambled eggs. Add a little cheese, and fold it all up.</p> <h2>7. Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken</h2> <p>One of my coworkers whipped this <a href="http://thefrugalgirls.com/2014/01/crockpot-peach-salsa-chicken-recipe.html">Crock-Pot peach salsa chicken</a> up and brought in leftovers. It's delicious and easy. She served it with fluffy white rice and steamed broccoli. Pop one of those cooking bags into your slow-cooker and cleanup gets even easier!</p> <h2>8. Stuff It</h2> <p>Besides being really inexpensive, these <a href="http://relish.com/recipes/stuffed-zucchini-with-red-beans-rice-and-chunky-salsa/">stuffed zucchini</a> look and taste great. I didn't have any jicama so I left that out. I also substituted some leftover white rice I had already made. They were delicious and satisfying.</p> <h2>9. Delicious and Deviled</h2> <p>Just about everyone loves deviled eggs. The next time you make them, try adding a dollop of salsa on top. It adds a lot of flavor and color.</p> <h2>10. Hotter Hummus</h2> <p>I love hummus, but it's kind of pricey in the store, isn't it? Make your own (so easy and cheap) and top with salsa for a little extra heat. Crisp pita bread by drizzling with olive oil and toasting in the oven; break into chip sizes and serve with the <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/five-minute-hummus-recipe">hummus</a>.</p> <h2>11. Zip Up Soup</h2> <p>Salsa can really perk up a lot of boring soups. Try it in canned soups, like chicken with rice, or potato. It's a perfect addition in a black-bean or lentil soup, too.</p> <h2>12. Meatloaf</h2> <p>Instead of adding tomato sauce, try using salsa, instead. I like to also add a small can of chilis. Sprinkle cheese over the top during last 10 minutes of baking.</p> <h2>13. Salsa Pizza</h2> <p>Grab one of those handy store-bought crusts and let's make a Mexican-style pizza. Start with a layer of salsa, instead of pizza sauce. Add browned hamburger or cooked, diced chicken, shredded Monterey jack cheese, and sliced olives. It's also great as an appetizer, cut into small pieces.</p> <h2>14. Emergency Salad Dressing</h2> <p>Combine salsa with plain yogurt or sour cream for a delicious, easy, dressing. I like to use tortilla chips as &quot;croutons&quot; in the salad.</p> <h2>15. Mexican-Style &quot;Lasagna&quot;</h2> <p>This <a href="http://skinnyms.com/mexican-style-lasagna-recipe/">lasagna</a> goes together really easily, and is also a great potluck dish.</p> <p><em>What do you do with salsa, besides down it with chips? Share with us!</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/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa">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/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</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/survivor-island-meal-plans-use-it-or-lose-it-in-5-easy-steps">Survivor Island Meal Plans: Use it or Lose It in 5 Easy Steps</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/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</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/put-it-in-a-pie-for-fast-frugal-food">Put it in a Pie for Fast, Frugal Food</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/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner">Flashback Friday: 47 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Dinner</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink budgeting dinner Food frugal dinner frugal food frugal meals recipes salsa salsa recipes Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:30:35 +0000 Marla Walters 1782867 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/leftover_pizza_60353372.jpg" alt="Finding delicious ways to enjoy leftovers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Leftovers are usually nobody's first choice when mealtime comes around. You never want the less-fresh option when it comes to food, so if you have to, you settle for the container filled with the remains of last night's dinner. But everything old can be made new again. You just need a little inspiration. Here are 63 ways to make last night's meal as good as new.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/8074492872_c5572d44a2_z.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes?ref=fbf">10 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes</a> &mdash; It's hard to make mashed potatoes in small quantities. Well, it is for me. Because once you start mashing them up, you end up with a giant pot of soft, buttery goodness that you couldn't possibly eat in one sitting. Luckily, these 10 yummy twists to mashed potatoes will make them even better the next day.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-use-up-leftover-champagne?ref=fbf">16 Ways to Use Up Leftover Champagne</a> &mdash; Did you know you could make gravy and freshly baked bread with Champagne? So the next time you have a bottle leftover and are worried about it going flat, use it any of these 16 ways.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_67915755_MEDIUM.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs?ref=fbf">7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs</a> &mdash; Summertime is all about chilled beverages and grilled hot dogs. So when the season starts winding down and you're stuck with dozens of dogs, what are you to do? Spice up the typical hot dog with these unique delicious toppings lose the bun altogether and add to your favorite dishes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers?ref=fbf">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a> &mdash; Frugal food isn't always healthy and flavorful, but you should never settle for bland budget eats. These affordable meals taste even better the second or third time around.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_75608797_MEDIUM.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers?ref=fbf">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a> &mdash; Chili, pork tenderloin, quinoa &mdash; these are just a few of the dishes that can easily be turned into delicious leftovers. So make them in large quantities and reap the benefits all week long.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza?ref=fbf">9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza</a> &mdash; There is no leftover that tastes as good as next-day cold pizza. But if that isn't quite your thing, there are tons of tasty ways to spice up those extra slices.</p> <p><em>What are some other brilliant ways to use leftovers? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">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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Whether you're a veggie-loving vegan or a meat-obsessed carnivore, there are some amazing recipes out there that will dazzle your tastebuds. Here are a few to add straight to the top of your to-make list.</p> <h2>1. Corn on the Cob</h2> <p>Chances are that you've been <a href="http://tidymom.net/2012/how-to-grill-corn-on-the-cob/">grilling corn</a> all wrong. The right way is easier than you might think. Simply soak your corn for a couple hours to overnight in their husks (this will prevent them from burning on the grill). Then gently peel back the husk and remove all the silks. You can brush corn with butter, season with salt and pepper, and even add some fresh herbs before pulling the husks back up to cover. Then grill on medium for around half an hour. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.</p> <h2>2. Citrus Salmon</h2> <p>Add some flavor to your grilled fish by cooking it on citrus fruits. That's right! You can cook your salmon <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/902476/grilled-fish-citrus?czone=food/best-grilling-recipes/grilling-recipes&amp;center=276943&amp;gallery=275622&amp;slide=902476">atop a layer of lemons</a> to prevent burning and infuse with delicious flavor all at the same time. You'll want your grill set to medium-high before beginning. Season fish with salt and pepper before setting it on your fruit. You can also add herbs for some extra flair. Then cook until fish is opaque, no turning necessary.</p> <h2>3. Basic Steak</h2> <p>One trick for <a href="http://livedan330.com/2013/09/07/grill-steak-like-a-pro/">better grilled steak</a> is cutting your meat into thick, one-inch slabs. Let your steaks rise to room temperature and rub with sea salt before tossing them on the preheated grill. You'll want to rotate steaks around so each one gets a chance to hit the hottest part of your grill and create those great grill marks in the process. Then use the &quot;finger test&quot; to check the doneness of your meat. The firmer it feels, the more well done it is.</p> <h2>4. Chipotle Lime Cauliflower</h2> <p>Vegans can get in on the fun with these hearty <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-chipotle-lime-grilled-cauliflower-steaks-recipes-from-the-kitchn-204490">chipotle lime cauliflower</a> steaks. Chop each cleaned cauliflower into three or four thick cross-sections. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, grated garlic, and honey or agave. In another small bowl, mix together some lime zest, paprika, chipotle, and salt. Then heat your grill, brush cauliflower with oil mixture, and sprinkle with seasonings before cooking well on each side.</p> <h2>5. Beer BBQ Tofu</h2> <p>As a long-time vegetarian, I'm surprised I've never grilled tofu outdoors. I assumed it would stick and make a mess, but this <a href="http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2011/7/6/beer-baked-beer-grilled-beer-me.html">beer BBQ tofu</a> showed me otherwise. Cut a block of tofu into eight equal slices before pressing between clean kitchen towels to drain excess moisture. Your marinade will consist of a bottle of beer, ⅔ cup barbecue sauce, ginger, and garlic. Let tofu sit in the marinade for a couple hours before cooking on medium-high in your grill. Six to nine minutes on each side should do it.</p> <h2>6. Best-Ever Chicken</h2> <p>The key to getting the <a href="http://www.happilyunprocessed.com/2013/07/24/best-grilled-chicken-recipe/">best grilled chicken</a> ever is in the marinade. This recipe combines the flavors of Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, garlic, lemon and lime, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Let the chicken rest in the flavorful mixture for around two hours in your refrigerator while you assemble other parts of your meal. Then grill the chicken on medium-high until the juices run clear.</p> <h2>7. Foil Potatoes</h2> <p>While you focus on your main course, try cooking sides in aluminum foil pockets. These <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/grilled-parmesan-potatoes-363122">grilled Parmesan potatoes</a> turn out beautifully tender and aromatic with lots of herbs and spices. Just cube potatoes, place in a large bowl with onions and olive oil, and sprinkle with your seasonings. Fold into foil pouches and cook for 20 to 30 minutes until tender &mdash; no boiling necessary. I'd love to try this same recipe using sweet potatoes.</p> <h2>8. Grilled Cheese</h2> <p>One of my favorite grilled dinners is outdoor grilled cheese. My husband and I make this sandwich at least once a week, and we play around with different add-ins for unique flavor and texture. Take two thick slices of bread and brush them with olive oil or melted butter. Place cheese and grilled veggies or meat inside before wrapping in foil. Then place on your grill and cook on each side for around five minutes. Sandwich is done cooking when its crust is slightly golden and cheese is melted.</p> <h2>9. Stuffed Burgers</h2> <p>Try something new this summer with these amazing <a href="http://grilling24x7.com/slider.shtml">cheddar-stuffed burgers</a>. You'll grab around three ounces of ground beef (80/20) and place it in the palm of your hand. Scoop out the center to form a bowl shape, then fill will bacon, cheese, and whatever else you'd like to stuff in there. Form the meat over your fillings to create a good seal. Dash with Worcestershire before cooking on medium-high heat for 10 to 15 minutes.</p> <h2>10. Romaine Hearts</h2> <p>Have you ever grilled salad? If not, prepare yourself to be amazed. These <a href="http://www.usaweekend.com/article/20110513/FOOD04/105150317/Healthy-sizzle-600-calorie-meal-straight-off-grill-from-Cooking-Channel-s-Ellie-Krieger">grilled romaine hearts</a> keep all their crispness yet still manage to both soften and char. You'll cut the hearts in half and spray with olive oil before grilling for six minutes. Serve with a homemade Parmesan vinaigrette on the side.</p> <h2>11. Pork Tenderloin</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.katiescucina.com/2014/08/grilled-brown-sugar-chili-pork-tenderloin">chili pork tenderloin</a> grills up fast after only five minutes of prep for a finished meal in less than half an hour. Place rinsed pork on a plate and drizzle with grapeseed oil. Then rub with a mix of brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, and cinnamon. Cook for 20 minutes &mdash; flipping halfway through &mdash; until internal temperature of the meat reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.</p> <h2>12. Grilled Pizza</h2> <p>Another regular course to hit my picnic table is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-grill-pizza-at-home">grilled pizza</a>. The process can feel rather involved, but keep it simple by thinking of its separate components: Dough, sauce, and prepared toppings. Once you have everything set out to assemble your pizza, preheat your grill to high. Turn grill heat down to medium and brush grates with olive oil before you begin cooking. Quickly grill one side of your dough before placing any toppings on it. After you flip, put down a layer of cheese, then spoon out sauce (prevents the bread from getting soggy), and finish with whatever else you'd like on there. Cook only a couple minutes until crust is golden and cheese melts.</p> <h2>13. Grilled Pineapple</h2> <p>Here's a healthy side or dessert option that is also easy to make: <a href="http://www.wineandglue.com/2014/06/grilled-pineapple-cinnamon-honey-drizzle.html">grilled pineapple</a>. Cut slices of pineapple and cook them over medium heat for five to 10 minutes. They'll get those classic grill marks that look so absolutely delicious. Send this sweet treat over the edge by whisking up a honey and cinnamon sauce for the side.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to grill?</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/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-way-to-your-honeys-heart-is-through-the-kitchen">The Way to Your Honey&#039;s Heart Is Through the Kitchen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-be-grilling-on-gas">10 Reasons You Should Be Grilling on Gas</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-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling">7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You&#039;ll Love Grilling</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-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</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-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Cooking dinner Grilling recipes summer Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:12 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1470950 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Secret Cheap Steak Cuts You Should Be Asking For http://www.wisebread.com/7-secret-cheap-steak-cuts-you-should-be-asking-for <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-secret-cheap-steak-cuts-you-should-be-asking-for" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/steak_000051038948.jpg" alt="Cheap steak cuts you should ask for" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summertime is steak time. That is, unless you can&rsquo;t afford a steak.</p> <p>Fortunately, you don&rsquo;t have to spend a fortune to get some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-cheap-cuts-of-meat-taste-expensive">good quality beef</a>. While not all of the cheaper cuts grill up well all by themselves, most of them do with a bit of extra preparation, and the others taste great as part of a kebab or in other favorite dishes.</p> <p>Bon appetit!</p> <h2>1. Flat Iron Steak</h2> <p>The flat iron steak, or the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/29/dining/29beef.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">chicken steak</a>, is seriously a hidden gem. It&rsquo;s got the tenderness of the much more expensive filet, but because no one has ever heard of it, it&rsquo;s a lot cheaper. Cook it exactly like you would cook your favorite tender cut of meat &mdash; usually on the grill or by pan frying it. (And if you&rsquo;ve never pan fried before, this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/perfect-flat-iron-steak/">steak recipe</a> would be a great place to start.)</p> <h2>2. Shoulder Steak</h2> <p>The shoulder steak, also called the <a href="http://www.esquire.com/food-drink/food/g604/cheap-steak-cuts/?slide=5">London Broil</a>, is what you need to get if you love it when the flavor of beef is almost overwhelming. Because this is a larger piece of meat, it can be roasted, though it is also tasty when you cook it on the grill. Then, slice it into thin pieces and you can feed the whole crowd. Or, you can <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/3090-shoulder-steak-with-herbs">pan fry it</a>, and even <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/barbecue-shoulder-steak-skillet-287868">add that barbeque flavor</a>.</p> <h2>3. Chuck Eye Steak</h2> <p>The chuck eye steak is kind of like a rib eye, for a good reason: It is the cut <a href="http://strongertogether.coop/food-lifestyle/cooking/meat-your-top-5-affordable-steak-cuts/">nearest the rib eye</a> on the animal. So while it costs significantly less, it retains many of the characteristics you love about the more expensive cut of meat. This is a very flexible hunk of meat: you can do anything from cooking it like a roast to grilling it. Just don&rsquo;t cook it all the way to well done! If you don&rsquo;t have access to a grill, <a href="http://www.sweettmakesthree.com/2013/10/chuck-eye-steak-recipe/">chuck eye can be pan fried</a>, too.</p> <h2>4. Flank Steak</h2> <p>Flank steak is tasty, but it&rsquo;s also tough. Luckily for us, there are ways to get around that. Braise it, grill it, or marinate it. Keep in mind, though, that marinating it won&rsquo;t make it tender. If you use a dry method of cooking, like grilling, be sure to use high heat, only keep it on the grill for a short time, and cut it against the grain. This looks like an <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/flank-steak-242598">amazing marinade</a> to use with that method!</p> <h2>5. Tip Sirloin</h2> <p>Tip sirloin (or sirloin tip) is another name for <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/05/the-best-inexpensive-steak-for-the-grill-part-4-flap-meat-sirloin-tip.html">flap meat</a> (which has got to be one of the most unfortunate names out there for a cut of steak!). If you cook it carefully, it has a fabulous steaky taste, is tender and juicy, and goes great with a bunch of different marinades. You can do pretty much anything you want with it: Make it into kebabs, braise it slowly, or <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/05/steakhouse-style-grilled-marinated-flank-stea.html">grill it</a> for that steakhouse taste.</p> <h2>6. Chuck Arm Steak</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for cheaper beef, look no farther than something labeled &ldquo;chuck.&rdquo; This particular cut can come out tough and fatty, but it&rsquo;s wonderful when cooked in a way that will keep it moist. This usually means that you <a href="http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/cook-arm-steak-31922.html">braise it</a>. Afterwards, you can pull it apart, slice it and serve, or use it in a soup or stew.</p> <h2>7. Brisket</h2> <p>A brisket is an incredibly tough cut of meat, which means it doesn&rsquo;t usually work well on a grill. But that makes it perfect for cooking slowly, and especially for true BBQ. If you have access to a smoker, that&rsquo;s the best way to go when cooking brisket. But you can <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/texas-oven-roasted-beef-brisket-recipe.html">oven roast</a> or <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/braised-beef-brisket-355532">braise brisket</a> as well. As long as the meat has time to get tender and gain flavor, there&rsquo;s no reason to buy a more expensive cut.</p> <h2>A Note on Tenderizing</h2> <p>You might have noticed that many of the cheaper cuts of meat don&rsquo;t always reach the same levels of tenderness that most of us like our beef to have. There&rsquo;s a way around that, though: kosher salt. <a href="http://steamykitchen.com/163-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steaks-into-gucci-prime-steaks.html">Salt the steak</a> and then, for every inch of steak, let it sit for an hour. After that, rinse off any excess salt and cook it however you want. Basically, the salt helps the steak hold onto moisture in such a way that it actually becomes more tender, which is good by me!</p> <p><em>What is your favorite cheap, fabulous cut of meat? And the recipe you use the most? </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secret-cheap-steak-cuts-you-should-be-asking-for">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/how-to-stay-on-budget-while-eating-paleo">How to Stay on Budget While Eating Paleo</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/one-pot-roast-a-week-of-cheap-and-delicious-lunches">One Pot Roast, A Week of Cheap and Delicious Lunches</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/why-is-gasoline-so-cheap-a-cost-comparison-of-40-common-household-liquids">Why is Gasoline So Cheap? A Cost Comparison of 40 Common Household Liquids</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/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling">7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You&#039;ll Love Grilling</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/20-ways-to-eat-paleo-for-super-cheap">20 Ways to Eat Paleo for Super Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink beef cheap dinner groceries meat steak Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:00:37 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1462786 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Pasta Makers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pasta-makers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-pasta-makers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pasta_000040627800.jpg" alt="Women using pasta maker to cook pasta" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pasta is a major staple in any kitchen because of its versatility and filling nature. Making pasta is not that hard, but making good pasta is a talent that goes underappreciated.</p> <p>The next time you&rsquo;re eating good pasta from an Italian restaurant thinking to yourself &ldquo;Man, I wish I could make pasta this great,&rdquo; remember one important thing: The pasta you&rsquo;re eating probably hasn&rsquo;t come from a box. There is a good chance the people in the kitchen have hand crafted those ravioli on your plate and you can taste the difference. And the good news is that you don&rsquo;t have to go without that difference, because you can have a simple pasta maker right in your own home.&nbsp;</p> <h2>What Is a Pasta Maker?</h2> <p>Sometimes called a &ldquo;pasta machine,&rdquo; a pasta maker does just what its name promises: it makes delicious, fresh pasta. It rolls out dough chunks into flat sheets or whatever the desired shape is based on the kind of pasta maker you have. They come with a crank on the side since it requires rolling by hand, but if that doesn&rsquo;t sound appealing. If you&rsquo;re making something like lasagna, you can leave the flattened sheet of dough whole, or you can cut it up if you want to make something smaller like ravioli. Most past makes come with the ability to make many varieties of pasta. &nbsp;</p> <h2>Top 5 Pasta Makers</h2> <h3>CucinaPro Imperia Pasta Machine</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001IXA0I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0001IXA0I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2JXOMGBAG572FLEA"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/CucinaPro%20Imperia%20Pasta%20Machine.jpg" width="250" height="211" align="right" alt="" /></a>One of the top rated pasta makers on Amazon, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001IXA0I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0001IXA0I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2JXOMGBAG572FLEA">CucinaPro Imperia Pasta Machine</a> promises amazing looking, even better tasting pasta made fresh right in your home. The roller is about 6 inches long, the maker is 8 pounds heavy, and is made of chrome-plated steel, giving it a formidable sturdiness.</p> <p>Along with being able to roll sheets, the CucinaPro comes with attachments to make fettuccine and spaghetti. If there&rsquo;s a kind of pasta missing from this possibility arsenal, then there are additional purchase options to bring those home as well. On top of all this, if you&rsquo;re not sure where to begin with making pasta at home, the CucinaPro comes with a small cookbook to get you started.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001IXA0I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0001IXA0I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2JXOMGBAG572FLEA">Currently $69.85 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>Atlas Electric Pasta Machine With Motor Set</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000679FZ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000679FZ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HOOQMJGGZYJN3VTL"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Marcato-Atlas-Electric-Pasta-Machine_IN_RW_500px.jpg" width="250" height="233" align="right" alt="" /></a>If the idea of hand-cranking pasta seems like a bit much, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000679FZ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000679FZ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HOOQMJGGZYJN3VTL">Atlas Electric Pasta Machine</a> might be what you&rsquo;re looking for. It weighs a hefty 8 pounds and lets you make three kinds of pasta: fettuccine, lasagna, and spaghetti round. The maker itself is made of chrome and nickel for strength and comes with a motor that can be detached and used with other Atlas attachments. The maker itself comes with nine settings for thickness to give you the perfect size of pasta for your needs.</p> <p>With the Atlas Electric Pasta Maker, you get a clamp to help fasten the machine to the table, leaving both hands free to help the pasta roll through since the big rolling work will be taken care of by the 220v motor. Though a few customers complain that the motor is slow for their tastes, many people find it just the right speed to get cooking done in reasonable time. This set also comes with a small pasta recipe book to guide your imagination in creating spectacular pasta dishes in your own kitchen.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000679FZ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000679FZ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HOOQMJGGZYJN3VTL">Currently $223.55 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>Meglio Pro Traditional Style Pasta Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LMGN8BE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LMGN8BE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4ZP4XYTWJY2BVETP"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Meglio-Pro-Traditional-Style-Pasta-Maker-Lasagna-Ravioli-Fettuccine-Spaghetti-56cad250-1929-4033-8d49-d01eaee79281_600.jpg" width="250" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>For a cheaper option that won&rsquo;t break the bank, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LMGN8BE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LMGN8BE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4ZP4XYTWJY2BVETP">Meglio Pro Traditional Style Pasta Maker</a> is a great option for those who still want fresh pasta. The Meglio Pro is about 8&rdquo; long and has a roller that is 6&rdquo; long. Stainless steel was the material used to make this particular model. With what it comes with, it can make spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, and ravioli. The rollers are adjustable for thickness so you can make the pasta perfectly sized for whatever dish you choose.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re thinking about using the Meglio Pro outdoors or indoors, you&rsquo;re in good hands because it comes with non-slip feet to keep it from getting knocked around too much. Since this option is one of the more frugal on this list, it might not be the best option for anyone who has had experience with pasta makers before and is looking for a chef-quality product. The Meglio Pro is a great option for anyone looking to give home pasta-making a try without having to purchase the more intense, higher priced makers.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LMGN8BE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LMGN8BE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4ZP4XYTWJY2BVETP">Currently $24.99 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>Roma 6-Inch Traditional Style Pasta Machine</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ATUKBK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000ATUKBK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3NKYZ4LKGBZ5EM2B"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Roma%206%20Inch%20Traditional%20Style%20Pasta%20Machine.jpg" width="250" height="213" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ATUKBK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000ATUKBK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3NKYZ4LKGBZ5EM2B">Roma 6-Inch Traditional Style Pasta Machine</a> has the biggest variety of pastas on this list that can be made without extra attachments: spaghetti, lasagna, linguine, and fettuccine. The thickness ranges from 1-9, giving the greatest variety of choices. It comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty and is made of chromed steel.</p> <p>Some owners have complained of issues with the hand crank or some instability of the product, which is expected since the parts are made slightly less sturdily to keep the price low. &nbsp;It comes with a C-clamp to reclaim some of its sturdiness and a recipe book to help you figure out what to do with all the choices having this pasta maker comes with.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ATUKBK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000ATUKBK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3NKYZ4LKGBZ5EM2B">Currently $35.10 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>Marcato Atlas Wellness 150 Pasta Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009U5OSO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009U5OSO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3ALFXFUXNA5HDIR"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Marcato%20Atlas%20Wellness%20150%20Pasta%20Maker.jpg" width="250" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>Another top Amazon pick, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009U5OSO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009U5OSO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3ALFXFUXNA5HDIR">Marcato Atlas Wellness 150</a> is a stainless steel powerhouse in the kitchen when it comes to dishing out great pasta. This is a manual crank pasta maker that comes with nine varieties of thickness for the pasta you create, ranging from 0.3mm to 2.5mm. Possibilities straight out of the box include tagliolini, fettuccine, and spaghetti. The body is made from chrome plated steel and the rollers are made from anodized aluminium, meaning it should last a long time. Those rollers are better for grabbing at the pasta, making it easier to roll the sheet through without worrying about tearing.</p> <p>On top of this, the fact that the rollers are not made from heavier metals makes them a healthier option than chrome or nickel. A recipe book comes included, as well as a clamp to keep it still on the table. If you&rsquo;re feeling for other kinds of pasta, attachments to make linguini or ravioli can be bought separately.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009U5OSO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009U5OSO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3ALFXFUXNA5HDIR">Currently $89.95 on Amazon</a></em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janae-spinato">Janae Spinato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pasta-makers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</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/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Homemade Gluten-Free Noodles</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-way-to-your-honeys-heart-is-through-the-kitchen">The Way to Your Honey&#039;s Heart Is Through the Kitchen</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-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</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/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Flour Tortillas that Taste Great!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty Cooking dinner pasta pasta makers product reviews Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:00:13 +0000 Janae Spinato 1381311 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 International Crock-Pot Recipes That Are Out of This World http://www.wisebread.com/13-international-crock-pot-recipes-that-are-out-of-this-world <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-international-crock-pot-recipes-that-are-out-of-this-world" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stuffed_peppers_crockpot_000047313682.jpg" alt="International crock pot recipes that are out of this world" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm sick of eating the same old Crock-Pot recipes week after week. So, I've decided to mix things up with some fix-and-forget international cuisine &mdash; and you can too! The following recipes span the globe and offer eaters of all preferences something to excite their taste buds. Where will your dinner take you tonight? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes?ref=seealso">8 Great Clean Eating Slow Cooker Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>1. Chicken Tagine</h2> <p>You don't need a fancy pot to cook this Moroccan <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-crock-pot-moroccan-chicken-chickpea-and-apricot-tagine-137530">chicken tagine</a> in your kitchen. After sautéing onions and garlic on your stovetop with an eclectic mix of herbs and spices, you'll add chicken and dried apricots. Put everything in the slow cooker and cook on high for three to four hours.</p> <h2>2. Sweet and Sour Chicken</h2> <p>Forget Chinese takeout and simmer this <a href="http://www.cookingclassy.com/2012/03/slow-cooker-sweet-and-sour-chicken/">sweet and sour chicken</a> at home. Place cubed chicken in your Crock-Pot and combine with a blend of broth and spices over low heat for five to seven hours. Then you'll add pineapple, bell pepper, onion, and a cornstarch mix that gets everything to the right texture.</p> <h2>3. Coconut Curry</h2> <p>This Indian <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/delightful-indian-coconut-vegetarian-curry-in-the-slow-cooker/">coconut vegetable curry</a> recipe makes a great meal on its own or can be used as filling for veggie samosas. You'll cook potatoes, bell peppers, and green peas in a thick sauce made from coconut cream and curry powder (plus many other spices). Then garnish with fresh cilantro before serving. I'd love to add lentils to this recipe for some extra nutrition. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>4. Pulled Beef Sandwiches</h2> <p>These African <a href="http://eatathomecooks.com/2012/05/african-pulled-beef-sandwiches-in-the-slow-cooker-with-yogurt-mint-sauce.html">pulled beef sandwiches</a> require few ingredients but are big on flavor. Chuck roast is the foundation that soaks in the cumin, red pepper, and allspice. Once you've cooked everything for several hours, you remove and shred using a fork. And don't forget to make the cool mint yogurt sauce for the side.</p> <h2>5. Mushroom Risotto</h2> <p>I've tried lots of Italian recipes in my slow cooker, but never anything like this <a href="http://www.bhg.com/recipe/mushroom-risotto-with-peas/">mushroom risotto</a>. Vegetarians can easily substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth since the rest of the ingredients are free of meat. You'll first cook mushrooms, shallots, and garlic on your stove-top before transferring everything to the pot for just over two hours.</p> <h2>6. Stuffed Peppers</h2> <p>Let's move on to a simple Mexican dish: <a href="http://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/crock-pot-stuffed-bell-peppers/">stuffed peppers</a> in your Crock-Pot. You can modify this recipe to suit your dietary preferences by changing up the filling from carnivore to vegetarian. In other words, you can use ground beef or beans to fill your peppers. Don't forget garnishes either. The sour cream, avocado, and salsa give everything an irresistible finish.</p> <h2>7. Ale-Sauced Pork Ribs</h2> <p>Ah, German food &mdash; the meatiest of all. These <a href="http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pork/ale-sauced-pork-ribs-and-vegetables/">ale-sauced pork ribs</a> can be made with dark ale, stout, or even nonalcoholic beer. Whatever you use, you'll place the ribs in a plastic bag to mingle with the beer and spices overnight (or at least four hours). Then add the veggies to the pot and finish with the meat and sauce mix. Cook for four hours on high.</p> <h2>8. Boeuf Bourguignon</h2> <p>Or try making the classic French <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-slow-cooker-boeuf-bourguignon-recipes-from-the-kitchn-196361">boeuf bourguignon</a> in your slow cooker. Along with thick cut bacon and chuck roast, you'll pour in almost two cups of red wine (the author recommends pinot noir). This recipe starts on your stovetop but gets its flavor from a six to eight hour rest on low in the pot. Beef is done when it falls apart easily on your fork.</p> <h2>9. Red Curry</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30268-thai-red-curry-with-kabocha-squash">Thai red curry</a> recipe is rated with a difficulty level of, well, easy! If you've never cooked with red curry paste before, you can find it in the international foods aisle of most grocery stores. I love the addition of kabocha squash here, which tastes a lot like a sweet potato crossed with pumpkin.</p> <h2>10. Baked Beans</h2> <p>Fill yourself up at breakfast with British <a href="http://thecozyherbivore.blogspot.com/2012/04/beans-on-toast-with-poached-egg.html">baked beans</a> atop toast with a poached egg on the side. Skip canned beans and cook them in your Crock-Pot. The recipe calls for dried navy beans that you must rehydrate overnight. Use your pot for soaking them &mdash; that's what I do! The rest is just a mix of diced tomatoes, garlic, onions, and seasonings that mingle to perfection after eight hours on low.</p> <h2>11. Feijoada</h2> <p><a href="http://www.melskitchencafe.com/brazilian-feijoada-slow-cooker-pork-and-black-bean-stew/">Brazilian feijoada</a> is a pork and bean stew served most often during celebrations. By using your slow cooker, you can enjoy it any night of the week. What's inside? Black beans, bacon, pork shoulder, short ribs, and ham hock for starters. The seasoning is mostly salt and pepper with a bit of vinegar for tang. Serve with hot rice and orange wedges.</p> <h2>12. Paella</h2> <p>Those of you who love Spanish food will flip for this Crock-Pot <a href="http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe/slow-cooker-paella/">paella recipe</a> recipe. To make, just cut your chicken into small cubes and then cook until golden with paprika, salt, and pepper. Add rice to the skillet for a few minutes before placing everything in your Crock-Pot for two hours on high.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite international slow cooker recipe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-international-crock-pot-recipes-that-are-out-of-this-world">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/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">11 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock Pot</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/14-crock-pot-dishes-to-serve-at-your-next-party">14 Crock-Pot Dishes to Serve at Your Next Party</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/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</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-way-to-your-honeys-heart-is-through-the-kitchen">The Way to Your Honey&#039;s Heart Is Through the Kitchen</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-dishes-made-better-with-salsa">15 Delicious Dishes Made Better With Salsa</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink crock-pot dinner international food recipes slow cooker Wed, 06 May 2015 15:00:24 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1409096 at http://www.wisebread.com Wise Bread Reloaded: Dinner Time Is Hard, Says Science — Wise Bread Makes It Easy http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-dinner-time-is-hard-says-science-wise-bread-makes-it-easy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wise-bread-reloaded-dinner-time-is-hard-says-science-wise-bread-makes-it-easy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-cooking-78627610-small.jpg" alt="family cooking" title="family cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A trio of sociologists from North Carolina State University studied the eating habits of 200 low and middle income families and discovered what Wise Bread's short-on-time-and-energy readers already know: <a href="http://www.vox.com/2014/9/26/6849169/the-problem-with-home-cooked-meals">dinner time is hard</a>.</p> <p>While most moms in the study expressed a desire to prepare wholesome, good tasting meals from high quality ingredients for their families, the reality was that they often could not, for a variety of reasons.</p> <p>Moms in both income groups reported time as a big obstacle &mdash; delicious wholesome meals require a lot of it of prepare.</p> <p>Both groups also reported that creating meals that satisfied everyone in the family was also a challenge. Finding meals that made everyone happy limited the range of options.</p> <p>Money was a factor, too, but obviously more critical for poorer families. Higher quality ingredients are out of reach, of course. In addition, poorer families often cannot afford basic kitchen utensils or appliances required to make some recipes. And for those without reliable transportation, trips to the store must be carefully planned and are also infrequent, which takes fresh foods off the grocery list. For middle class families, money sometimes prevented moms from using the highest quality ingredients such as organics.</p> <p>Of course, none of this is surprising. Meal times are challenging for most families, from whatever income group. Wise Bread writers have been discussing ways to make dinner time easier for years. Here's a selection of some of their best labor- and money-saving tips.</p> <h2>Use a Crockpot or Slow Cooker</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/rains%20crock%20pot.jpg" /></p> <p>Busy moms everywhere rely on the crockpot or slow cooker to get hot meals on the time in no time (by taking a long time to do it, which is weird if you think about it). Julie Rains offers <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes?ref=classicwb">25 Great Cheap and Easy Crockpot Recipes</a>.</p> <h2>No Crockpot? No Problem &mdash; Just Use One Pot</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/walters%20pot.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Making it all in a single pot cuts down on clean up time too. Marla Walters shares <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-delicious-and-easy-one-pot-meals">25 Delicious and Easy One Pot Meals</a>, which includes breakfast, too!</p> <h2>Limit the Number of Ingredients</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/marcin%20vegetables.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Save time on shopping and prep and save money with a short grocery list by limiting the number of ingredients in your creations. Ashley Marcin's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-5-ingredient-recipes-that-save-time-and-money?ref=classicwb">25 Easy 5-Ingredient Recipes That Save Time and Money</a> was a big hit with readers, and in this Wise Bread editor's kitchen.</p> <h2>Embrace Your Inner Lazybones</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/michael%20cooking.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Lazy people just can't be bothered and maybe that's not so great, but the rest of us can profit from the shortcuts they come up with &mdash; especially if they are delicious, like these. Paul Michael collects and shares <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People</a>.</p> <h2>Embrace Your Inner Workaholic</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/marcin%20cooking.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>At the other end of the spectrum are the bulk or assembly cookers who set aside a weekend to get through a week &mdash; or even a month's &mdash; worth of shopping and cooking in a whirlwind of activity. Ashley Marcin walks you through how to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-time-and-money-with-a-monthly-assembly-or-bulk-cooking-weekend">Save Time and Money With a Monthly Assembly (or Bulk) Cooking Weekend</a>.</p> <h2>Embrace Your Inner Goldilocks</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/kyle%20may%20ice.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Not up for prepping 30 days worth of breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Aim your sights a little lower and freeze ahead five days worth of dinner, instead. Linsey Knerl shows you how in <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-five-day-freeze-batch-cooking-for-the-rest-of-us?ref=classicwb">The Five-Day Freeze: Batch Cooking for the Rest of Us</a>.</p> <h2>Make a Difficult Entree Easy</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/walters%20sushi.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Finally, broaden your family's collective palate with something surprising, and fancy, and often too difficult to make by making it the easy way. Marla Walters brings us <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-but-difficult-recipes-made-easy?ref=classicwb">10 Difficult But Delicious Recipes Made Easy</a>.</p> <p><em>How do you make dinner time manageable? 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/lars-peterson">Lars Peterson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-dinner-time-is-hard-says-science-wise-bread-makes-it-easy">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/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner">Flashback Friday: 47 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on 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/20-ways-to-get-dinner-on-the-table-faster">20 Ways to Get Dinner on the Table Faster</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/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">11 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock Pot</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-5-best-pasta-makers">The 5 Best Pasta Makers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-exotic-meals-you-should-be-making">10 Easy Exotic Meals You Should Be Making</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dinner easy meals family meals food budget meals Sat, 04 Oct 2014 11:00:08 +0000 Lars Peterson 1227990 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Things Good Hosts Never Do http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-good-hosts-never-do <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-things-good-hosts-never-do" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/party-host-153544612-small.jpg" alt="party host" title="party host" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="144" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I throw a couple parties a year and host overnight guests regularly as an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed?ref=seealso">Airbnb host</a>, but I'm far from the host with the most. Still, I strive to be better. That's why I polled a few friends and experts to see what's on their list of party fouls that a good host would never commit. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-ruin-the-party-11-things-guests-with-good-social-skills-never-do?ref=seealso">Don't Ruin the Party: 11 Things Good Guests Never Do</a>)</p> <h2>1. Expect Gifts</h2> <p>I don't expect anyone to bring me a gift when I'm hosting &mdash; and, honestly, I'd rather they didn't bring a gift unless it's something consumable (who needs more <em>stuff</em>?), and I'm not alone. Relationship and etiquette expert April Masini, author of the critically acclaimed online advice column <a href="http://www.askapril.com">Ask April</a>, agrees. &quot;Good hosts will never insist on gifts. It's great to celebrate your birthday, anniversary or impending nuptials, but insisting or expecting gifts is greedy and bad form. That's not to say you shouldn't be gracious when you do receive presents, but if you're throwing an event to celebrate yourself, make sure the focus is on the celebration &mdash; not the bounty.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Let the Guests Fend for Themselves for Household Necessities</h2> <p>Susan Callender, founder of <a href="http://ohmygaucheinc.com/">Oh! My Gauche</a>, a service dedicated to social savvy and professional skills, says that good hosts will always have information on guest amenities &mdash; like password-protected Wi-Fi, washer/dryer, iron and ironing board, etc. &mdash; available where the guest can easily find them, like in a binder or folder in the guest bedroom. You also can add take-out menus, your home address and phone number (I doubt they have it memorized), and tourism information about your area if you'd like. It'll make the guest's stay hassle-free and more enjoyable.</p> <h2>3. Request That Guests Bring Something (Unless They Insist)</h2> <p>Whitney L. Smith, owner of the lifestyle blog <a href="http://pumpsandcircumstance.com/">Pumps &amp; Circumstance</a>, thinks it's rude for hosts to ask guests to bring an item to any event other than a potluck. &quot;I love entertaining, and one of the things I don't think is proper for a host to do is to request that guests bring something,&quot; she says. There is an exception, however: &quot;If guests <em>offer</em> to bring something it's OK to request ice or beverages, but to ask them to bring food is a no-no.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Let Guests Clean Up</h2> <p>The trash needs to go outside, your guest is on her way outside. Makes sense, right? Wrong. If they offer, great, but otherwise, hosting is not about efficiency; it's ultimately about providing a service to others.</p> <h2>5. Require Guests to Pay Unexpectedly</h2> <p>Maybe you're young, maybe you don't read Wise Bread enough and don't have the savings to throw a party where everything's covered. That's okay. But it needs to be made clear to your guests beforehand.</p> <h2>6. Make a Scene If Someone Brings an Unapproved +1</h2> <p>Gwendolyn Mulholland, owner of the family blog <a href="http://findingsanityinourcrazylife.com">Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life</a>, suggests that hosts suck it up and keep their mouths shut about a guest who brought a date when plus-ones weren't expected. I agree with her &mdash; there's nothing you can do about it now, short of kicking them out, and you don't want to hurt anybody's feelings, do you?</p> <p>However, to the guest who does this &mdash; you should consider yourself lucky when your host doesn't make a scene. Consider that the extra person could throw off the dynamic of the room, especially if guests were invited based on compatibility. Also, the host prepared food for the invited guests, not the surprise guest. What if he or she doesn't like what's being served? What if the host doesn't have enough food? There are a few invariables here that you really don't want to tilt too far. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-pantry-snacks-for-unexpected-guests?ref=seealso">Quick Pantry Snacks for Uninvited Guests</a>)</p> <h2>7. Allow Anyone Underage to Drink</h2> <p>Advice columnist April Masini chimes in again with another really excellent tip: &quot;Good hosts never encourage underage guests to drink,&quot; she reminds us. &quot;Forget being the cool parent or the cool family friend. If there are underage teens and young adults at your home, you are responsible for what you serve them, and even if their parents say it's okay, it's your house, your rules. You'll save yourself a bundle of hassle if there's a potential accident that you are responsible for by serving underage guests, and if there isn't, you've set the standard at your house and everyone will know for next time. Better safe than sorry.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Run Out of Food and Drinks</h2> <p>When I host parties, I abide by the rule of seconds &mdash; I buy enough food for every guest to have them. Of course, some guests won't have seconds, so there may be a generous amount of food left (par for the course; it's always better to have more than enough than not enough), in which case you can do a few things:</p> <ul> <li>Send guests home with a plate for later.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Pack the leftovers for lunch.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Donate the food to a local organization whose volunteers might enjoy the home-cooked or catered food.</li> </ul> <h2>9. Neglect to Clean and Properly Stock the Bathroom Prior</h2> <p>Now we're getting into serious territory. If you've failed to stock your bathroom with the necessary essentials, you may very well embarrass the person who needs to call someone to bring the TP. Can you imagine? I'd die of humiliation and then come back to life as the ghost that haunts that terrible host forever. Also, there's this related tip from a friend: &quot;A good host would never invite someone over when their toilet is clogged. Been to a house party like that. Awful, awful experience.&quot; Let's leave it at that.</p> <h2>10. Stash Away the Good Bottle of Wine That the Guest Brought</h2> <p>&quot;A good host should always open a nice bottle of wine that a guests brings to a dinner or party,&quot; says Kelsey Graves founder of the party-inspiration site We Heart Parties. &quot;It is not polite to keep the nice bottle for yourself. Be sure to open it and share it with your guests.&quot; Another way to put it is: Stop being stingy, you lush!</p> <h2>11. Serve Themselves First</h2> <p>Let your guests have first dibs on the food that you've prepared &mdash; just like your grandmother did; she didn't eat until everybody else was fed, remember?</p> <h2>12. Allow Pets to Annoy Guests</h2> <p>I love dogs &mdash; I have a dog myself &mdash; but my husband and I take measures to ensure that he won't annoy guests when we host an event. For shorter gatherings, like a brunch at our house, he's fine in our bedroom for a couple hours. But for longer parties &mdash; like around the holidays &mdash; it's best for us to send him to daycare for the night where he can play with his furry friends while our guests can enjoy themselves without an animal begging for food or attention.</p> <h2>13. Fail to Introduce Guests Who Don't Know Each Other</h2> <p>If the party is heavy on mixed company, it's the host's job to acquaint everyone at the beginning. Make a habit of making introductions as soon as a guest arrives, so you don't get preoccupied, forget about the person, and let him fend for himself. Some people just aren't comfortable going up to strangers and making small talk. Not that I'm at all bitter or speaking from personal experience, of course.</p> <h2>14. Invite the Wrong Mix of People</h2> <p>If you're inviting a mixed bag of people who don't necessarily know each other, it's wise to consider the potential compatibility of guests as well, especially for a sit-down event or an overnight excursion.</p> <p>I tend to invite singles that I think might compliment each other and couples with similar interests. For an intimate dinner, for example, I'm definitely not inviting my very religious friends to dine with my LGBT-activist friends. While I'm all for rousing dinner conversation, there are some things better left unsaid. It also wouldn't be very fun for a single friend to attend an event filled with only couples. While not every person will become besties, you at least want the group to enjoy each other's company for a couple hours.</p> <p><em>What are some things that you think good hosts should never do? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-good-hosts-never-do">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/how-to-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party">How to Throw a Fabulous (and Frugal!) Dinner Party</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/making-a-good-and-memorable-first-impression">Making a good and memorable first impression.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-for-free">20 Ways to Entertain Your Kids for Free</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/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</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/flashback-friday-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend">Flashback Friday: 143 Fun and Frugal Ways to Spend Your Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle dinner entertaining guests host party pot luck Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Mikey Rox 1160904 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Breakfast-For-Dinner Meals http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-179985169.jpg" alt="savory crepe" title="savory crepe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Breakfast food for dinner can be a great way to mix up your meal plans and take your culinary creativity to the next level. Another perk? Breakfast is often cheaper than other meals. Here are 25 ways you can enjoy morning cuisine well into the night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-healthy-and-cheap-5-minute-dinners">Healthy, Cheap, and Quick Dinners)</a></p> <h2>1. Pancakes</h2> <p>Pancakes don&#39;t have to be solely breakfast fare. For a dinner twist, try adding savory toppings and add-ins, like <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/skip-the-syrup-6-savory-pancakes-for-breakfast-or-dinner-167153">spinach and cherry tomatoes</a>.</p> <h2>2. Crepes</h2> <p>Like pancakes, a crepe for dinner can bring out the creative side of a cook. Make a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/crepes-recipe/index.html">sweet or savory crepe</a> and fill it with cheese, veggies, fruit compote, or chocolate. Your dinner guest will think it&#39;s tres chic!</p> <h2>3. Waffles</h2> <p>Like pancakes and crepes, you can add savory toppings to round out this night time meal. Try these <a href="http://www.amybites.com/?p=2443">pizza stuffed waffles</a> or <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30448-savory-cheddar-waffle-blt-with-egg">savory cheddar waffle BLT with egg</a>.</p> <h2>4. Breakfast Potatoes</h2> <p>Why not try a <a href="http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/dill-breakfast-potatoes/">side of breakfast potatoes</a> instead of mashed potatoes when you&#39;re planning dinner? It can be healthier than traditional mashed potatoes and uses great spices like dill, rosemary, and oregano. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes</a>)</p> <h2>5. Biscuits</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/brkdin-168731069-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>I&#39;ve always thought biscuits are great as snacks and for any meal, but <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-cream-biscuits-in-109151">this recipe</a> takes the traditional breakfast biscuit to the next level! Mix with cheese, meat or even leftover gravy, and you&#39;ll have a biscuit that transcends mealtime labels.</p> <h2>6. Breakfast Casseroles</h2> <p>Breakfast casseroles incorporate classic early-in-the-day flavors like cheese, ham, potatoes, and bread, but there&#39;s no reason these aren&#39;t just as good in the evening.</p> <h2>7. Shakshouka</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/shakshouka/">North African dish</a> is a zingy twist on traditional poached eggs&hellip;and has enough sauce and veggies to eat for a respectable dinner. For younger diners, you may want amend the recipe and forego the poblano peppers and red pepper flakes.</p> <h2>8. Breakfast Burritos</h2> <p>Breakfast burritos are packed with all the nutrients you need, and they&#39;re just as convenient to eat for dinner. Raid your fridge for leftover items, scramble them with your eggs, and dinner is served.</p> <h2>9. Scrambled Eggs</h2> <p>Simple, cheap and tasty, scrambled eggs have been a primary part of my breakfasts for years. Make your scrambled eggs heartier by using bacon, avocado and cheese for a meal that&#39;s truly dinner-worthy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-perfectly-cooked-eggs">How to Make Perfectly Cooked Eggs</a>)</p> <h2>10. Omelets</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/brkdin-95831415-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>You can put practically anything in an omelet, which makes it an ideal meal, morning, noon, or night. My favorite omelet ingredients include feta cheese, spinach, and sundried tomatoes.</p> <h2>11. Tortillas</h2> <p>In Spain, &quot;tortilla&quot; refers to a hearty egg-and-potato dish that&#39;s eaten warm or cold any time of day. Try this <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/317116/spanish-tortilla-with-bell-pepper?czone=food%2Fproduce-guide-cnt%2Fsummer-produce-recipes&amp;gallery=275370&amp;slide=317116&amp;center=276955">red bell pepper version</a> that&#39;s like a casserole in a pan.</p> <h2>12. Croque Madame</h2> <p>This traditional French favorite puts a <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Croque-Madame-Sandwich">breakfast spin on a ham sandwich</a> by adding a soft- or hard-cooked egg on top.</p> <h2>13. Breakfast Sandwiches</h2> <p>Why not enjoy an egg, ham, and cheese sandwich for dinner?</p> <h2>14. Frittatas</h2> <p>Easier to perfect than an omelet (and often heartier!) the frittata is a great, cost-effective way to eat breakfast ingredients anytime. I like a good <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/dining/151mrex.html">vegetable frittata</a> with roasted peppers and mushrooms, but you can pretty much stuff it with anything you&#39;re in the mood for.</p> <h2>15. Hash</h2> <p>Made of potatoes and meat, hash won&#39;t empty your wallet or leave you feeling hungry. Try a traditional version or this <a href="http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/breakfast-for-dinner-sweet-potato-red-onion-hash/">healthy sweet potato hash recipe</a>.</p> <h2>16. Smoked Fish</h2> <p>A breakfast and brunch mainstay, smoked fish can also be delightful as a dinner protein. Toss smoked fish in a salad or put in a sandwich with cream cheese for a yummy version of the breakfast favorite. (See also: Affordable, Sustainable Seafood Choices)</p> <h2>17. Bacon</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/brkdin-183076924-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Bacon is great anytime, but probably needs a little dressing up if you&#39;re going to do it right for dinner. Take bacon and put it in your favorite salad or a BLT. You can also get a little more advanced and <a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fish-recipes/delicious-roasted-white-fish-wrapped-in-smoked-bacon-with-lemon-mayonnaise-and-asparagus">wrap a fish filet in bacon</a>.</p> <h2>18. Yogurt</h2> <p>Usually light and sweet, you can definitely make yogurt great for dinner, too! Make a yogurt salad with pepper, avocado, cucumber, dill, and other veggies you have lying around for a light vegetarian dinner you won&#39;t soon forget!</p> <h2>19. Quiche</h2> <p>Like a frittata but crustier, <a href="http://www.incredibleegg.org/recipes/recipe/basic-cheese-quiche">eating quiche for dinner</a> will help you use your eggs and leftover produce and meat.</p> <h2>20. Tofu Scramble</h2> <p>This dish packs so much healthy protein, it should definitely not be confined to breakfast time. It doesn&#39;t have to be boring, either: throw in some vegan cheese, vegetables, and chili peppers to give your tofu scramble personality. This is a <a href="http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/five-ingredient-tofu-scramble/">great, simple recipe</a> from Babble.com if you&#39;re new to the making of a great tofu scramble.</p> <h2>21. Sausage Patties</h2> <p>Sausage patties are delicious and filling, so why not eat them for dinner? Pair sausage patties with pasta and a light wine sauce, and you&#39;ve got a great meat dish that will wow.</p> <h2>22. Stuffed Peppers</h2> <p>Use yellow bell peppers as bowls for this morning/early afternoon dish that can include ingredients such as shredded hash browns, bacon, cheese, egg custard, and biscuit mix. Don&#39;t forget to eat the bowl, especially using this <a href="http://www.rippedrecipes.com/recipe/stuffed-breakfast-peppers-611.html">low-fat recipe.</a></p> <h2>23. Bread Pudding</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/brkdin-178451502-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>A dessert or traditional English breakfast dish, Bread pudding can be made savory with a little ham and cheddar thrown into the mix. Try this delectable recipe from MyRecipes that gives a <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/savory-bread-pudding-ham-cheddar-50400000115188/">savory bread pudding</a> a healthy twist.</p> <h2>24. Libanais Breakfast</h2> <p>This Middle Eastern-inspired dish is popular for breakfast, but can easily turn into an unforgettable dinner. The dish traditionally includes a boiled egg and three salads (tabbouleh, cucumber salad, and baba ghanoush) complemented with crisp pita toasts. <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/libanais-breakfast-50400000109593/">This version</a> features just one salad, making it easy to make.</p> <h2>25. Chilaquiles</h2> <p>A traditional Mexican breakfast, chilaquiles is a saute of day-old tortilla strips, fresh tomato sauce, cream, and cheese. This <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/black-bean-chicken-chilaquiles-10000001545709/">hearty version</a> is baked and makes for a divine dinner, especially if you want to improvise and add some of your favorite veggies!</p> <p><em>What&#39;s your favorite breakfast for dinner dish?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rebecca-leib">Rebecca Leib</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals">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/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-ways-to-use-pineapple">20 Delicious Ways to Use Pineapple</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-chicken-leg-and-thigh-recipes-from-around-the-world">15 Chicken Leg and Thigh Recipes From Around the World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-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-frozen-broccoli">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare Frozen Broccoli</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink breakfast cheap recipes dinner eggs recipes Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:33:01 +0000 Rebecca Leib 922384 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Dinner Recipes for $2 or Less http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-dinner-recipes-for-2-or-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-dinner-recipes-for-2-or-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cooking-4594909-small.jpg" alt="cooking" title="cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="172" /></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 fantastic articles on dinner recipes for $2 or less, where spending money could save you money, and resume red flags to avoid.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/10-tasty-dinner-recipes-for-2-or-less/">10 Tasty Dinner Recipes For $2 or Less</a> &mdash; Fish in a packet or broccoli soup are just a couple dinner recipes you can make for $2 or less! [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/04/04may17b.cfm#.UZEhR4Xi6UM">5 Ways Where Spending Money Could Save You Money</a> &mdash; Spending money on preventative dental and medical care can save you money in the long run. [The Dollar Stretcher]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Top-Resume-Mistakes-23105502">7 Resume Red Flags to Avoid</a> &mdash; Don't make the resume mistakes of having a tacky email address or being vague. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/saving/how-to-save-money-when-youre-surrounded-by-big-spenders-0513/">How to Save Money When You're Surrounded by Big Spenders</a> &mdash; To save money when you are surrounded by people who like to spend, make a list of cheaper activities you can do with your friends. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/job-application-tools/">Job Application Tools to Help Manage Your Job Search</a> &mdash; Huntsy and JibberJobber are two great apps to help you manage your job search. [Money Smart Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/furloughs-during-sequestration/">How to Deal with Furloughs During Sequestration</a> &mdash; When dealing with a reduction in pay, prioritize your spending. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/7-questions-you-didnt-know-you-could-ask-your-pharmacist-part-d/">7 questions you didn't know you could ask your pharmacist</a> &mdash; Did you know you can ask your pharmacist about how you can save on your medications? [Living On The Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/choose-best-charities-for-donation/">How To Choose the Best Charities To Donate To</a> &mdash; Finding a charity that contributes to a cause you are passionate is an important part of choosing a charity to donate to. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-ways-to-help-your-over-anxious-child">6 Way to Help Your Over-Anxious Child</a> &mdash; If your child is over-anxious, spend some time talking with him or her about what anxiety is. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/students-get-ahead-by-getting-a-job-this-summer/">Students, Get Ahead by Getting a Job This Summer</a> &mdash; To make some extra money this summer, students could become law office runners. [Generation X Finance]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-dinner-recipes-for-2-or-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-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/13-international-crock-pot-recipes-that-are-out-of-this-world">13 International Crock-Pot Recipes That Are Out of This World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals">25 Breakfast-For-Dinner Meals</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/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa">15 Delicious Dishes Made Better With Salsa</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-way-to-your-honeys-heart-is-through-the-kitchen">The Way to Your Honey&#039;s Heart Is Through the Kitchen</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/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips dinner recipes Tue, 14 May 2013 10:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 974058 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Foods You Should Make Yourself http://www.wisebread.com/13-foods-you-should-make-yourself <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-foods-you-should-make-yourself" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6778137292_5826b39cec_z.jpg" alt="hummus" title="hummus" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some food just tastes better when made at home. From soup cooking on a winter's day to chocolate chip cookies coming out of an oven, these edibles are just worth the extra expense and effort to make yourself.</p> <p>If you have the time &mdash; a commodity that is sometimes worth getting back by paying more for conveniences such as meal planning and having groceries delivered to your door &mdash; there's an added bonus to cooking at home: saving money. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-dinner-stress-pay-someone-to-plan-your-meals">Avoid Dinner Stress:&nbsp;Pay Someone to Plan Your Meals</a>)</p> <p>I've written before about products to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-you-shouldnt-buy-at-the-grocery-store" target="_blank">avoid buying at the grocery store</a> because they're too expensive and can be bought for less elsewhere, but there are also some groceries that aren't worth buying because they can be made a lot cheaper at home. They'll likely taste better, too, although you'll have the hassles of preparation, cleanup, and possibly having to make a few trips to the supermarket for missing pantry items.</p> <p>Here are 13 foods that are worth making yourself at home that will save you money (but probably not time).</p> <h2>1. Sandwiches</h2> <p>This is where I often get too lazy and rely on the deli counter at Safeway, Togos, or elsewhere. It probably takes me more time to get to the sandwich shop and have them make it than if I made it at home myself, but laziness and a lack of planning on my part too often lead me down this path.</p> <p>Having fresh <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-update-peanut-butter-and-jelly">sandwich</a> items in the refrigerator takes some planning, and the bread at Panera is a tempting treat. Before heading out on a recent family trip to the zoo, we stopped at a Panera and paid more than $20 for three sandwiches and a drink to take with us. Ouch.</p> <h2>2. Applesauce</h2> <p>Apples are inexpensive at the farmers market this time of year, so stocking up on cheap apples is easy. But then you've got to peel, slice, and <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sarahs-applesauce/">cook</a> them. The smell of apples simmering on a stove is worth the effort, and it's cheaper and tastier than applesauce from the store.</p> <h2>3. Hummus and Other Dips</h2> <p>Cooking with <a href="http://applesandarteries.com/2013/02/06/red-lentil-dip/" target="_blank">beans, spices, and vinegar can cost about $1.50</a> per container versus $4 for store-bought hummus, says Nicole Truog, who blogs about eating healthy. And like everything else you make yourself, you'll know the exact ingredients that are going into it.</p> <h2>4. Peanut Butter</h2> <p>This may not be for everyone, since the taste of homemade may not be to your liking. But it is cheaper. With some peanuts, oil, honey, and five minutes of time, you can make <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-peanut-butter-recipe/index.html" target="_blank">homemade peanut butter</a> that your kids will love and can help make. Forget $5 jars of peanut butter from the store.</p> <h2>5. Smoothies and Protein Drinks</h2> <p>If you buy one of these at Jamba Juice or some other juice place, expect to pay $5 or so. Comedian <a href="http://www.comedianjim.com/" target="_blank">Jim Dailakis</a> says he makes a <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Homemade-Protein-Shake-Without-Protein-Powder">protein drink</a> at home with about 50 cents worth of ingredients, including fruit, milk, wheat germ, and nutritional yeast. <a href="http://perfectsmoothie.com/how-to-make-a-smoothie">Smoothies</a> are easy to make too.</p> <h2>6. Bacon</h2> <p>This sounds like a stretch, but if you've got the time (a week), a grill, and can get some specialized ingredients such as curing salt and five pounds of fresh pork belly, then you'll appreciate the better taste and cost savings of making bacon at home. Personal chef Demetra Overton has a <a href="http://sweetsavant.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/the-bacon-project-part-ii/" target="_blank">bacon recipe</a> that she says costs less than $2.99 per pound to make, compared with buying bacon at $6 or more per pound at the grocery store. Go ahead, impress your family with your bacon-making skills.</p> <h2>7. Beans and Grains</h2> <p>Pressure cooking expert and registered dietician <a href="http://www.theveggiequeen.com/recipes.html" target="_blank">Jill Nussinow</a> says she cooks <a href="http://localfoods.about.com/od/preparationtips/qt/How-To-Cook-Beans.htm">beans</a> and rice with a pressure cooker to save time and money, saving 25 to 40% of the cost of the least expensive organic canned beans, and at least half the cost of frozen or packaged cooked rice by cooking brown rice at home.</p> <h2>8. Soup</h2> <p>Nussinow, Truog, and many others agree that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers" target="_blank">soup is a big way to save</a>. Nussinow says she can make a quart of soup for $2.50, compared to $8 to $10 a quart at the store. Check almost any cookbook you have at home, and you'll probably find dozens of soup recipes.</p> <h2>9. Almond Milk</h2> <p>Marissa Vicario says she makes non-dairy milk such as almond or oat milk for about half the cost of what it is in the store. Her <a href="http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5147/How-to-Make-Almond-Milk-in-4-Easy-Steps.html" target="_blank">almond milk recipe</a> is simple but takes two to four hours to soak the ingredients beforehand. A pound of organic almonds is about $10 (non-organic are less) and is enough to make 24 to 32 ounces of almond milk, Vicario says. She adds her own flavorings, such as vanilla and sea salt, and avoids the additives, sweeteners, and emulsifiers added to the store brands.</p> <h2>10. Salad Dressing</h2> <p>This is so easy you'll wonder why you ever bought a jar of salad dressing from a store. Buy a bottle of good balsamic vinegar and some type of oil, and in 30 seconds you've got a dressing. If that's not good enough, wait until April when <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Vinaigrettes-Other-Dressings-Sensational-recipes/dp/155832805X" target="_blank">Michele Anna Jordan's book </a>on vinaigrettes comes out.</p> <h2>11. Pasta Sauce</h2> <p>Instead of buying a jar of premade pasta sauce, either make it at home with fresh ingredients or do what supermarket expert Phil Lempert does&nbsp;&mdash; combine a can of <a href="http://www.supermarketguru.com/recipes/steal-this-recipe%C2%AE-house-made-tomato-sauce-and-meatballs-frasca-food-and-wine,-boulder,-co.html" target="_blank">crushed tomatoes with olive oil</a> and a few other pantry items.</p> <h2>12. Salsa</h2> <p>Use fresh ingredients from a farmers market and make large batches.</p> <h2>13. Hash Browns</h2> <p>Registered dietician <a href="http://all-diets-work.com/" target="_blank">Jen Brewer</a>, who blogs about food and motherhood, says she saves by making hash browns at home when she finds potatoes on sale. Brewer bakes the potatoes, lets them cool overnight in the refrigerator, and the next day gets her kids to peel them so she can shred them. She puts four cups of shredded potatoes in a freezer bag, getting about six bags for $1.60, compared to $2 to $3 for one bag at the store. If those don't fit your tastebuds, there are many other <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/crispy_hash_browns/">hash brown recipes</a> to pick from.</p> <p><em>What dishes do you cook at home to save money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aaron-crowe">Aaron Crowe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-foods-you-should-make-yourself">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-meaning-of-milk-label-colors">The Meaning of Milk Label Colors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-choosing-fruits-and-vegetables">The Produce Worker&#039;s Guide to Choosing Fruits and Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dinner food substitutes grocery shopping store bought foods Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:24:34 +0000 Aaron Crowe 967658 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Tips to Save on Thanksgiving Dinner http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-to-save-on-thanksgiving-dinner <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-tips-to-save-on-thanksgiving-dinner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4019276377_d97e85084b_z.jpg" alt="Tips to Save on Thanksgiving Dinner" title="Tips to Save on Thanksgiving Dinner" 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 stellar articles on tips to save on Thanksgiving dinner, part-time jobs that pay well, and making extra cash for the holidays.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/11/16/10-tips-to-save-on-thanksgiving-dinner/">10 Tips to Save on Thanksgiving Dinner</a> &mdash; To save money on Thanksgiving dinner, balance your side dishes and desserts. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/5-parttime-jobs-pay-surprisingly.html">5 Part-Time Jobs that Pay Surprisingly Well</a> &mdash; Massage therapists can make almost $35,000 a year. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/the-holidays-are-here-in-need-of-a-little-extra-cash/">The Holidays Are Here! In Need of a Little Extra Cash?</a> &mdash; If you need some extra cash for the holidays, consider being a secret shopper. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/08/16/how-to-set-financial-goals.aspx">5 Simple Steps to Reaching Your Financial Goals</a> &mdash; Distinguishing between your primary and secondary goals can make it easier for you to achieve your financial goals overall. [The Motley Fool]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Politely-Decline-Holiday-Party-Invite-25911654">5 Tips for Politely Declining a Holiday Party Invite</a> &mdash; If you are invited to a holiday party in person and need some time to think it over, tell whoever invited you that you need some time to check your calendar. [SavvySugar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/career/employment/how-middle-aged-job-seekers-can-make-their-case">How Middle-Aged Job-Seekers Can Make Their Case</a> &mdash; Middle-aged job-seekers can make their case with employers by doing their &quot;thank you&quot; note via email. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/11/real-estate-101-managing-the-property.html">Real Estate 101: Managing The Property</a> &mdash; When managing a property, if a tenant is late with payment, get in touch with him or her immediately. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?post=3eea95a3-45ad-4d78-858b-b5a6d02bc864&amp;ref=bfv">Fight Seasonal Stress With a 'Holidate'</a> &mdash; Don't let the holidays stress you out too much. Take time to relax with your significant other and forget about everything you need to get done! [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/best-values-in-private-colleges-under-20K/1.html">10 Best Values in Private Colleges Under 20k</a> &mdash; Pepperdine University and Stanford University are among the best values in private colleges. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/prosquad-writing-readiness-and-is-it-too-late-to-create-a-bedtime-routine">ProSquad: Writing Readiness, and Is It Too Late to Create a Bedtime Routine?</a> &mdash; Before your child starts writing, teach him or her to recognize the letters in his or her name. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-to-save-on-thanksgiving-dinner">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-turkey-alternatives-that-wont-break-your-holiday-budget">5 Turkey Alternatives That Won&#039;t Break Your Holiday Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0">7 Things a Thanksgiving Turkey Teaches Us About 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/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever">Throwback Thursday: 58 Best Thanksgiving Hacks Ever</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/hunt-fish-money-food">Is hunting/fishing a good way to feed your family?</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-5-best-pasta-makers">The 5 Best Pasta Makers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips dinner Thanksgiving Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:36:49 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 955895 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Stretch Your Dinner Dollars Further on Your Night Out http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-stretch-your-dinner-dollars-further-on-your-night-out <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-stretch-your-dinner-dollars-further-on-your-night-out" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5077147441_d5fd8ac5c4_z-1.jpg" alt="Stretch Your Dinner Dollars Further on Your Night Out" title="Stretch Your Dinner Dollars Further on Your Night Out" 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 stellar articles on stretching your dinner dollars further on your night out, ways to network and get educated, and how to work a student discount.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://thejennypincher.com/how-to-stretch-your-dinner-dollars-further-on-your-night-out/">How to Stretch Your Dinner Dollars Further on Your Night Out</a> &mdash; Make your money go further on your night out by using restaurant coupons. [The Jenny Pincher]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/10/fun-and-easy-ways-to-network-and-get-educated.html">Fun and Easy Ways to Network and Get Educated</a> &mdash; Volunteering for non-profit organizations is a fun and easy way to network. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2012/10/24/learning-how-to-work-a-student-discount/">Learning how to work a student discount</a> &mdash; If you are a college student, take advantage of house sharing and budget travel opportunities. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/housing/cheap-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-winter/">Cheap Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter</a> &mdash; To prepare your home for winter, add insulation. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/2012/10/companies-hiring-seasonal-christmas-2012-jobs/">Companies Hiring For 2012 Christmas Season Jobs</a> &mdash; Are you looking for some extra work this holiday season? Target and Kohl's are hiring! [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Avoid-Hidden-Fees-25556405">Simple Solutions For Avoiding Four Common Fees</a> &mdash; To avoid paying ATM fees when you can't find an ATM for your bank, buy a pack of gum from a convenience store and ask for cash back. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/10/24/frugal-vs-cheap/">Frugal vs. Cheap</a> &mdash; Frugal does not mean you own mostly junk. You can still own nice things and be frugal. [Mr. Money Mustache]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/how-to-pay-yourself-first/">How to Pay Yourself First</a> &mdash; Pay yourself first by making saving for retirement a priority. [Narrow Bridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/life-insurance-for-stay-at-home-spouse/">Do You Have Life Insurance for a Stay at Home Parent?</a> &mdash; The value of what a stay at home parent does is worth having life insurance for them. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/when-and-how-to-get-help-for-your-struggling-student">When (and How) to Get Help for Your Struggling Student</a> &mdash; If your student is spending longer than indicated on assignments, it may be time to get him or her help. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-stretch-your-dinner-dollars-further-on-your-night-out">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/hunt-fish-money-food">Is hunting/fishing a good way to feed your family?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pasta-makers">The 5 Best Pasta Makers</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/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner">Flashback Friday: 47 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Dinner</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-international-crock-pot-recipes-that-are-out-of-this-world">13 International Crock-Pot Recipes That Are Out of This World</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-breakfast-for-dinner-meals">25 Breakfast-For-Dinner Meals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips dinner night out restaurant Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:00:39 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 955385 at http://www.wisebread.com Is hunting/fishing a good way to feed your family? http://www.wisebread.com/hunt-fish-money-food <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/hunt-fish-money-food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/deer.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="204" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With all the talk of our upcoming Great Depression (The Sequel), I've been thinking a great deal about sustenance. Since no one knows what, exactly, is going to happen to our economy or our standard of living, I'm expecting the worst (but hoping for the best, of course). As a result, I've been playing a lot of &quot;What If...&quot; with myself. What if I lose my job? What if I can't pay my mortgage and default on my home loan? What if I have to move back in with my parents?</p> <p>The thought of these possible outcomes&nbsp;gets me thinking about measures that I could take to avoid them. During the summer, Wise Bread and similar sites are always full of tips like &quot;grow your own vegetables&quot;, which is great if you have enough space and sunlight to achieve this (my tomato crop fails every year). I do know, however, that it's not that hard to grow enough food to supplement a family's diet. My nana was enamored over all kinds of squash (summer squash, cucumbers, zucchini), which grow like weeds, are insanely hardy, and can be stuffed, frozen, or pickled for later use. Nana's pantry was chock full of pickled tomatoes, cucumber, beans, and summer squash when she died. Having spent her childhood in Soviet Russia and later Nazi Germany, the woman certainly understood the value of having a good supply of food on hand.</p> <p>For people who have the ability to grow and store large amounts of food, growing/ your own veggies can be an excellent money-saver. But what about meat? Raising animals isn't cheap - vet visits can cost hundreds of dollars for a sick pig or goat (chickens are less costly, for certain, but can be unpredictable in their laying patterns). So how about wild animals?</p> <p>Even as something of an animal rights proponent, I've never had anything against hunting. In fact, I consider hunting one of the more honest activities one can engage in. It's one thing to get your sterile, packaged meat from the supermarket - it's an entirely different matter to track, kill, and butcher the animal whose flesh you consume. Those of us who never face the living animals that we eat can keep a safe distance from their life, death, suffering, and realness. Hunters don't have that luxury.</p> <p>As times get tougher, I have began to wonder how many people will turn to hunting and fishing as a means to provide food for their families. I don't think I have the stamina to track and shoot a deer, and the Seattle area really isn't that good for hunting - hipsters don't taste very good, anyway.</p> <p>I emailed a number of friends and hunting bloggers to ask them about the financial viability of hunting and fishing for sustenance, and received very little response. One of my high school friends, who is an avid (read: INSANE) outdoorsman, confessed to spending nearly $50K during the last two years on hunting and fishing (boat, guns, ammo, licenses, gasoline, high-tech fishing gadgets). Mind you, for this friend, it's more of a hobby than a way of feeding his family.</p> <p>I'm aware that hunting and fishing is only &quot;worth it&quot; if you actually manage to bring home some food. This is probably why some friends have confided, off the record, that their families have used hunting to get by in lean times, mostly by purchasing licenses and giving them to the one uncle who always managed to bag a deer or a bear, so that they didn't waste days or weeks tromping around in the woods, losing ammo to a really bad shot. Although technically illegal, I can see why a struggling family would take part in this.</p> <p>I was wondering how many Wise Bread readers partake in hunting and fishing as a means of providing food (and not just as a sport or vacation). Does your family find it economically viable to buy guns, ammo, and licenses every year? Would you consider hunting or paying someone to hunt food for you if this recession continues for very long?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hunt-fish-money-food">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa">15 Delicious Dishes Made Better With Salsa</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/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day</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/9-restaurant-secret-menu-items-thatll-actually-save-you-money">9 Restaurant Secret Menu Items That&#039;ll Actually Save you Money</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/cooking-great-meals-with-your-car-engine-the-heat-is-on">Cooking great meals with your car engine. The heat is on.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink ammo depression dinner fishing Food hunting recession sustenance Fri, 05 Dec 2008 19:31:56 +0000 Andrea Karim 2627 at http://www.wisebread.com