cheap meals http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9183/all en-US Best Money Tips: Fastest Ways to Make Cheap, Healthy Meals http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fastest-ways-to-make-cheap-healthy-meals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-fastest-ways-to-make-cheap-healthy-meals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_healthy_salad_000023471425.jpg" alt="Woman finding fast ways to make cheap, healthy meals" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found helpful articles on the fastest ways to prepare cheap and healthy meals, insurance add-ons that are worth it, and things that every college grad needs to know.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://savvyscot.com/the-fastest-ways-to-prepare-cheap-and-healthy-meals-at-home/">The Fastest Ways to Prepare Cheap and Healthy Meals at Home</a> &mdash; Whole foods are cheaper than processed foods and they're easy to prep if you keep the meal simple. [The Savvy Scot]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/insurance/T028-C011-S002-4-insurance-policy-add-ons-worth-the-money.html">4 Insurance-Policy Add-ons Worth the Money</a> &mdash; Consider adding roadside assistance to your auto insurance. You can get lockout service, towing, jump starts, and flat-tire fixes for only $3-$12 every six months. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Advice-College-Graduates-40767940">28 Things Every College Graduate NEEDS to Know</a> &mdash; Invest in a good suit. You'll be happy you have one ready for interviews and meetings. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/improve-credit-scores/">Ways to Improve Your Credit Scores</a> &mdash; Do you have the facts about your credit score? Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET to learn everything you need to know about credit scores and how you can improve yours. [Experian]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0501/Expecting-a-baby-Avoid-these-four-common-money-mistakes">Expecting a baby? Avoid these four common money mistakes.</a> &mdash; Not adjusting your budget to accommodate a new baby is a huge mistake. Some expenses will actually go down, but make sure you don't overspend on convenience. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/04/deal-setbacks-fool-proof-strategy-get-back-track.html">How To Deal With Setbacks. A Fool-Proof Strategy To Get You Back On Track</a> &mdash; When you've been hit with a setback, you can use damage control principles to deal with it in a positive way. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/392022/how-get-over-family-feuds-that-lead-stress-anxiety-and-depression">9 Tips for Preparing a Room for Mom (or Dad) at the Assisted Living</a> &mdash; Start with the essentials &mdash; you can always add more later. Too much clutter can make make the room more difficult to navigate. [Frugal Upstate]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/10-surprising-mood-boosters-you-probably-never-thought-of/">10 Surprising Mood Boosters You Probably Never Thought Of</a> &mdash; Watching fish swim in a tank is one of the best therapies for a bad mood. The sound of bubbling water is especially soothing! [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://savingdollarsandsense.com/tips-to-make-the-most-of-your-beach-vacation/">Tips to Make the Most of Your Beach Vacation</a> &mdash; Don't forget to bring the essentials: baby powder to get wet sand off your skin, a bed sheet to lay out in the sand to keep your bags clean, and a cooler and containers to hold your snacks. [Saving Dollars &amp; Sense]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/392022/how-get-over-family-feuds-that-lead-stress-anxiety-and-depression">How to Get Over Family Feuds that lead to Stress, Anxiety and Depression</a> &mdash; You may love someone, but you might not agree with everything they say or do. Tune them out on that subject if you can. [Lifehack.org]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fastest-ways-to-make-cheap-healthy-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-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/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes">20 Cheap and Easy Soup Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals">What to Eat Every Day: A Month of Frugal Meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes">8 Great Clean Eating Slow Cooker Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make">10 Budget-Friendly Meals Everyone Should Know How to Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesome-muffin-tin-recipes-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner">15 Awesome Muffin Tin Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips cheap meals Tue, 03 May 2016 09:30:22 +0000 Amy Lu 1702243 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Great Clean Eating Slow Cooker Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_eating_000041170376.jpg" alt="Family eating together at the table" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cooking meals at home in a Crock-Pot or slow cooker can save time, money, and tremendous effort. However, many of the slow cooking recipes you'll find on the web are for dense comfort foods.</p> <p>So if you're watching your weight or just like to eat clean, there are a number of recipes you can stick in the pot for healthy eating &mdash; here are eight of my all-time favorites to get you started. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>1. Sweet Potato Bake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://kneadtocook.com/black-bean-and-sweet-potato-bake-in-the-crock-pot/">black bean sweet potato bake</a> is simple and flavorful. You'll first heat some oil in a skillet and sauté your onions, garlic, and spices before tossing the rest of the ingredients (beans, potatoes, broth, etc.) into the Crock-Pot for four to six hours. Serve with brown rice, <a href="http://chefinyou.com/2009/08/how-to-cook-kamut/">kamut</a>, or quinoa on the side.</p> <h2>2. Rotisserie Chicken</h2> <p>My mom loves cooking chicken in her slow cooker, so she passed along this <a href="http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-slow-cooker-rotisserie-chicken/">rosemary rotisserie chicken</a> recipe. You'll mix together garlic powder and fresh rosemary before rubbing it &mdash; and some lemon slices &mdash; all over the bird. Then, cook for eight hours on low until your chicken reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit.</p> <h2>3. Paleo &quot;Oatmeal&quot;</h2> <p>I recently tried this <a href="http://www.rubiesandradishes.com/2014/11/05/paleo-slow-cooker-noatmeal/">Paleo &quot;n'oatmeal&quot;</a> recipe for a family make-ahead breakfast, and I was blown away. The texture is extremely reminiscent of oatmeal, but it's actually a protein-packed mix of walnuts, almonds, butternut squash, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut sugar, and coconut milk. Lots of nutritive stuff to keep you going all morning long.</p> <h2>4. Kale Soup</h2> <p>A friend made us this <a href="http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/slow-cooker-quinoa-white-bean-and-kale-soup/">white bean and kale soup</a> a while back when we moved into our new house. Vegetarians and vegans can substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth. And if you don't have white beans, use kidney or black. Don't have quinoa? Use brown rice or some other healthy grain. Feel free to customize this recipe so it works with the ingredients in your cupboard.</p> <h2>5. Applesauce</h2> <p>Store bought applesauce contains added sugars and other ingredients to make it shelf-stable. So, I started making my own <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/09/ginger-gold-applesauce.html">homemade applesauce</a> each fall with local apples. I also freeze it in large quantities. Just pour warm applesauce into freezer containers, leave an inch or so for expansion, and let cool completely before transferring to your freezer for six months to a year. It also makes a great dessert if you're steering clear of sweets.</p> <h2>6. Poached Salmon</h2> <p>Need a boost of omega fatty acids? Try this <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-slow-cooker-poached-salmon-recipes-from-the-kitchn-196453">poached salmon</a> recipe in your Crock-Pot. The best part is that you don't have to worry as much about over-cooking or drying out the fish. Combine water, wine, lemon, shallots, bay leaf, herbs, peppercorns and salt in the cooker on high for 30 minutes. Then place seasoned salmon in the pot skin-side down and cook for 45 minutes to an hour.</p> <h2>7. Split Pea Soup</h2> <p>One of the most popular recipes on my blog is this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/02/miso-split-pea-soup.html">split pea miso soup</a>. And making it couldn't be easier. Chop your onion, carrots, and garlic, and toss into the pot. Then add in coconut oil and miso paste, and mix until everything is well coated. Pour in the liquid and cook for four to six hours on high, until the split peas get perfectly mushy.</p> <h2>8. Mushroom Risotto</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.cheatsheet.com/life/clean-eating-made-easy-7-crockpot-recipes.html/6/">mushroom barley risotto</a> recipe is creamy and sensible &mdash; each hearty serving is around just 435 calories. After sautéing the onions and mushrooms, you'll add the barley and cook until lightly browned. Then toss everything in the slow cooker and cook until barley is tender (around three hours).</p> <p><em>What healthy recipes have you made in your slow cooker?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap meals clean eating crock-pot healthy recipes slow cooker Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1354206 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Cheap and Easy Soup Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/homemade_soup.jpg" alt="cheap, fresh and easy homemade soup recipes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As winter clings on, now is the perfect time to make a pot of soup. Warming and nourishing, soup is the ultimate meal in a bowl, and even freezes well. The following 20 recipes are affordable and easy to make, and can be adjusted to feed a crowd or a dinner for two. Try one this week &mdash; your wallet and your stomach are sure to thank you.</p> <h2>1. Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup</h2> <p>This creamy <a href="http://www.onceuponachef.com/2009/10/butternut-squash-and-sweet-potato-soup.html#tabreviews">squash and potato soup</a> is a beautiful color, and the main ingredients are affordable and have a long shelf life. The recipe comes together easily, especially if you can find pre-cut butternut squash on sale.</p> <h2>2. Sausage, Potato, and Spinach Soup</h2> <p>A hearty <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2014/10/29/sausage-potato-spinach-soup">one-pot dish</a> of sausage, potatoes, and spinach that requires mere minutes of active cooking. Potatoes are always cheap, and you can use whatever sausage is on special that week.</p> <h2>3. Lentil Soup</h2> <p>To make this <a href="http://www.alexandracooks.com/2012/01/05/lentil-soup-mini-loaves-complete-goodness/">lentil soup</a>, just throw some lentils and veggies in a pot; and that's it! It's flavorful, simple, and inexpensive. Serve with a loaf of crusty bread.</p> <h2>4. Lighter Spinach and Egg Drop Soup</h2> <p>A very easy and light but comforting <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/32333-a-lighter-spinach-and-parmesan-egg-drop-soup">egg drop soup</a> that's also quick. It makes a great first course, and it doesn't get much cheaper than greens, broth, and eggs.</p> <h2>5. Winter Vegetable Minestrone</h2> <p>A <a href="http://peasandcrayons.com/2014/12/winter-vegetable-minestrone-soup.html">tasty minestrone</a> that is chock-full of healthy and budget-friendly veggies. In a pinch, use whatever vegetables and pasta you have available.</p> <h2>6. Healthy Asian Soba Noodle Soup</h2> <p>A light but <a href="http://thefitchen.com/2014/01/15/healthy-asian-soba-noodle-soup/">flavorful Asian soup</a> that utilizes healthful buckwheat noodles. It comes together fast, and cabbage can be substituted for bok choy if you can't find it at your local grocery.</p> <h2>7. Easy Vegetarian Chili</h2> <p>This simply <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/easy-vegetarian-chili/">delicious veggie chili</a> doesn't take many ingredients or much effort. It's very affordable and good for you, making it a great option to feed a crowd or freeze for later.</p> <h2>8. White Bean and Roasted Mushroom Soup</h2> <p>A cost-effective and <a href="http://shewearsmanyhats.com/roasted-mushroom-soup/">healthy mushroom soup</a> that uses blended white beans to create a creamy base. Add in crumbled, cooked sausage or wilted greens to mix it up.</p> <h2>9. Easy Chicken Orzo Soup</h2> <p>A <a href="http://samanthaskitchentable.blogspot.com/2015/01/easy-chicken-orzo-soup.html">simple chicken soup</a> that's sure to cure what ails you. Chicken thighs make it especially affordable, and it couldn't be easier to put together.</p> <h2>10. Broccoli Cheese Soup</h2> <p>This one-pot <a href="http://addapinch.com/cooking/broccoli-cheese-soup-recipe/">broccoli cheese soup</a> is exceedingly easy, with no pureeing required. The addition of dairy makes this a rich and creamy soup, and the ham is optional.</p> <h2>11. Italian Wedding Soup</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/italian-wedding-soup">flavorful Italian soup</a> with just a few ingredients and a few simple steps. The classic dish has little pork meatballs that cook in the soup along with chickpeas, spinach, and orzo.</p> <h2>12. Cauliflower Soup</h2> <p>A surprisingly <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2014/03/22/cauliflower-chowder/">hearty cauliflower soup</a> that is a twist on the classic chowder recipe. Cauliflower replaces potatoes for a low-carb option, while still making a creamy and rich soup.</p> <h2>13. Black Bean Soup With Avocado, Orange, and Cucumber</h2> <p>A very fast and very <a href="http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/black-bean-soup-with-avocado-orange-and-cucumber">easy bean soup</a> that's full of fiber and protein. Plus, beans are cheap! Don't skimp on the creative toppings, and blending this soup is optional.</p> <h2>14. Whole Roasted Pumpkin Soup</h2> <p>Did you know you can make a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/purewow/whole-roasted-pumpkin-sou_b_6087498.html">pumpkin soup</a> by roasting a whole pumpkin with the ingredients inside? Impress the whole dinner table with very little effort!</p> <h2>15. Corn Chowder</h2> <p>A fresh and <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/corn-chowder">delicious corn chowder</a> that is a cinch to make. This inexpensive recipe can be made with frozen corn if fresh isn't available.</p> <h2>16. Avocado Spinach Soup</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.mygourmetconnection.com/recipes/soups/avocado-spinach-soup.php">pretty green soup</a> that is smooth and creamy while still being healthy and light. The recipe only requires a couple of avocados, and the other ingredients are low cost. It can be served chilled or warm.</p> <h2>17. Tortellini Soup</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/tortellini-soup-with-spinach-and-tomatoes/">super quick soup</a> with prepared tortellini (from the fridge section), tomato, and spinach that's sure to please even picky eaters. It makes for a nice presentation with almost no effort.</p> <h2>18. Goulash</h2> <p>A thick and flavorful beef stew that tastes great over noodles. <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/01/goulash/">Homemade goulash</a> calls for affordable ground chuck and a few other ingredients, and comes together in a single pot. Be sure to scale this recipe down if you're not feeding a big group.</p> <h2>19. Potato Leek Soup</h2> <p>A classic <a href="https://yalesustainablefoodproject.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/fast-cheap-and-easy-potato-leek-soup/">potato leek soup</a> that also happens to be very inexpensive. Don't forget to add fun toppings like cheese, green onions, and bacon.</p> <h2>20. Carrot Ginger Soup</h2> <p>This healthy <a href="http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/carrot-ginger-soup">carrot ginger soup</a> has a light sweetness with a kick from the ginger. Just simmer the ingredients together, blend, and you have a beautiful dish that goes great with a salad or bread.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite cheap and easy soup recipes? Share a bowl in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/10-one-pot-meals-that-will-transform-dinner">10 One Pot Meals That Will Transform Dinner</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-and-delicious-meals-to-make-with-your-kids">10 Frugal and Delicious Meals to Make With Your Kids</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-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-make-ahead-salads">20 Delicious Make-Ahead Salads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap meals easy dinners quick meals soup recipes Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:00:04 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1347584 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Awesome Muffin Tin Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesome-muffin-tin-recipes-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-awesome-muffin-tin-recipes-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000043103586_Full.jpg" alt="muffin tin" title="muffin tin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you have a muffin tin stuffed away in your kitchen cupboard? If you're anything like me, it only comes out when you have something sweet to bake up. But with some creative thinking, that often unused pan could transform the way you approach your meals. And I'm here to show you exactly how.</p> <h2>Breakfast</h2> <p>Start the day off right with some quick, nutritious, and delicious <em>unmuffins</em> from your muffin tin.</p> <h3>Quiche</h3> <p>Instead of making a large quiche, divide your recipe into muffin cups. This <a href="http://www.manilaspoon.com/2012/08/spinach-quiche-cups.html">spinach and mushroom quiche</a> is gluten-free and totally customizable. Try using whatever veggies and cheese you have on hand (and tossing in something meaty &mdash; like bacon &mdash; if you like).</p> <h3>Bacon Wrap</h3> <p>Or perhaps you'd like to try these <a href="http://dailydishrecipes.com/bacon-egg-muffin-cups-src/">bacon wrapped egg cups</a> instead. You'll first cook the bacon on your stovetop for a few minutes. Then you'll cut some circles out of bread slices for your base. Arrange the bread and bacon in the tin and then crack your eggs and bake.</p> <h3>Oatmeal</h3> <p>I've made variations of this <a href="http://thewholesomedish.com/go-baked-oatmeal-favorite-toppings/">baked oatmeal cups</a> recipe for quick, portable breakfasts the whole family enjoys. Once you mix together the oatmeal base, toss in chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, and fresh blueberries. Make a few different kinds and keep in your fridge for up to a week.</p> <h3>French Toast</h3> <p>I love French toast, but making it is somewhat laborious. Take out all the soaking and flipping with this <a href="http://preventionrd.com/2014/02/overnight-french-toast-cups/">overnight French toast cups</a> recipe. Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Then pour it over cut bread. Portion into cups and let sit overnight in your fridge before baking.</p> <h3>Tofu Frittata</h3> <p>There are lots of egg recipes I could give you, but vegans might appreciate these <a href="http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/mini-tofu-frittatas/">mini tofu frittatas</a> as a twist. Cook veggies on the stove and then combine them with tofu and spices in your food processor. Scoop into muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes.</p> <h2>Lunch</h2> <p>You might make these ahead and freeze for easy lunch bag fillers, or whip them up along with breakfast and carry with.</p> <h3>Salad Cups</h3> <p>Or use some phyllo dough and make <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/05/tofu-salad-cups.html">tofu salad cups</a>. Once you let the general idea sink in, you can see how easy it is to stuff this recipe with whatever salad you like best. Try them with tuna, chicken, egg salads, etc. This one's a great appetizer at a party.</p> <h3>Mac and Cheese</h3> <p>Individual <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/1055588/individual-mac-and-cheese-cups">mac and cheese cups</a>&nbsp;are perfect for packing schools lunches. Better yet? This recipe uses only six ingredients for its deliciousness. Whisk together everything on the stove, portion into cups, bake, and then enjoy (or freeze after cooling completely).</p> <h3>Kale Cups</h3> <p>Have trouble getting in your dark leafy greens? These <a href="http://www.muffintinmania.com/2012/04/kale-cups.html">kale cups</a> pack the super food in a convenient package. Process kale in a food processor until finely chopped, then mix with the other ingredients before baking.</p> <h3>Pizza</h3> <p>Using tortilla crusts in this <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/mini-tortilla-crust-pizzas/6788e999-a5ec-4688-827e-b56871158f08">muffin tin pizza</a> recipes lightens everything up for a spectacular lunch. Cut rounds from your tortillas using the top of a can as your guide. The rest is spooning on the sauce, sprinkling the cheese, and adding toppings.</p> <h3>Tuna Melt</h3> <p>Take your lunchtime sandwich beyond regular fare with this <a href="http://girllikestoeat.com/tuna-melt-muffins/">muffin tin tuna melt</a> recipe. Simply make up your tuna filling and bread batter. Then pour one tablespoon of batter into a greased tin. Follow with two tablespoons tuna filling followed by another two tablespoons batter.</p> <h2>Dinner</h2> <p>Yep, your muffin tin can pull dinner duty, too, making busy weekday evenings easier to manage.</p> <h3>Lasagna</h3> <p>These wonton wrapped <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aarti-sequeira/lasagna-cupcakes-recipe.html">lasagna cupcakes</a> are a hearty main course for your dinner table, all while keeping good portion control. If you're cooking for just yourself, you can make up a batch and freeze them to reheat on command.</p> <h3>Pesto Rolls</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/04/pumpkin-pesto-rolls.html">pumpkin pesto roll</a> recipe is my favorite dinner accompaniment of all time. And you can replace the dough with whatever kind is your favorite (even store-bought). The muffin tin helps them keep their shape as they bake.</p> <h3>Meatloaf</h3> <p>Try these&nbsp;<a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/diner-meat-loaf-muffins">mini meatloaves</a> filled with lean ground beef, veggies, and spices. If you don't have saltine crackers, you can use breadcrumbs, oats, or any other type of cracker in your cupboard. Then bake for just 25 minutes before serving.</p> <h3>Chicken Pot Pie</h3> <p>Take the classic <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/chicken-pot-pie-cupcakes/88c3fb89-0b08-466d-bb26-27c50aac24fd">chicken pot pie</a> idea and make it in the muffin tin. Vegetarians can easily adapt this recipe by omitting the chicken (and using more veggies) and swapping the cream of chicken soup for cream of mushroom. If you're not crazy about using pre-made biscuits, try this homemade <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/moms-baking-powder-biscuits/">baking powder-based alternative</a>.</p> <h3>Corn Dog Muffins</h3> <p>You can take these <a href="http://iowagirleats.com/2012/01/30/super-bowl-recipe-week-mini-corn-dog-muffins/">corn dog muffins</a> carnivore or vegetarian depending on the &quot;hot dogs&quot; you use. This recipe is great for a basic dinner or even parties. Make your cornbread batter and slice your dogs, then pour the batter and toss in your meat. Bake and enjoy!</p> <p><em>What are your favorite muffin tin recipes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesome-muffin-tin-recipes-for-breakfast-lunch-and-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/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals">What to Eat Every Day: A Month of Frugal Meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes">20 Cheap and Easy Soup Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make">10 Budget-Friendly Meals Everyone Should Know How to Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-exotic-meals-you-should-be-making">10 Easy Exotic Meals You Should Be Making</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap meals easy meals freeze ahead muffins savory muffins Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1277865 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Budget-Friendly Meals Everyone Should Know How to Make http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cooking-178281634.jpg" alt="cooking" title="cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm always looking for ways to feed my family for less. It seems like no matter how much meal planning I do, I'm still running up a grocery bill that's higher than I'd like to admit. Thankfully, the Internet is full of great ideas for those of us looking to lower our food costs. Even better? We don't have to sacrifice flavor or portion sizes to see the savings! (See also:<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals?ref=seealso"> What to Eat Every Day: A Month of Frugal Meals</a>)</p> <p>Here are 10 budget-friendly meals you should be making.</p> <h2>1. Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers</h2> <p>A staple in our home, these<a href="http://www.writingchapterthree.com/2012/05/5-dinner-stuffed-peppers.html"> Veggie Stuffed Peppers</a> are a complete meal on their own for just $5 total. If served with rice, this meal could even satisfy four people, though we usually divide it between two adults and one hungry toddler.</p> <h2>2. Slow Cooker Taco Bowls</h2> <p>The slow cooker is a great option for those of you looking to creative low-cost meals. These easy<a href="http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/07/taco-chicken-bowls/"> Chicken Taco Bowls</a> are no exception. The recipe serves eight, but costs only $10 to make. Whoever thinks budget foods can't be bursting with flavor will want to check out this recipe and its impressive ingredient list. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes?ref=seealso">25 Cheap and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>3. Pita Pizzas</h2> <p>This next meal is so simple, it doesn't require a recipe. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Then top store-bought pita or naan bread with some canned tomato sauce, shredded cheese, whatever veggies you have or like, and meat. Bake for eight minutes until the cheese is bubbly. This is a kid-pleaser, too &mdash; I mean, who doesn't like pizza?</p> <h2>4. Slow Cooker Curry</h2> <p>When thinking about the inexpensive, many gloss over more exotic flavors. This<a href="http://dinneronthecheap.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/cauliflower-potato-and-mushroom-curry/"> Cauliflower, Potato, and Mushroom Curry</a> recipe boasts a lot of spice, but relies on cheap ingredients (canned chickpeas, potatoes, garlic, onions, etc.) to make up the bulk of the meal. (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>5. Veggie Lasagna</h2> <p>Another hearty dish, this<a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2011/05/10-meals-for-10-veggie-lasagna.html"> vegetarian lasagna</a> costs just $10 to make and totals 10 servings in all. I like to eat it for a couple nights, and then freeze the rest of the batch (cutting into individual slices first, then wrapping in plastic wrap and storing in some gallon zip bags) to keep the savings going longer.</p> <h2>6. Soup in a Jar</h2> <p>I love this novel ideal for weeknight<a href="http://www.noodlesandnuggets.com/2013/05/weeknight-soup-in-jar.html"> Soup in a Jar</a>. This meal is totally customizable and relies on dried beans (very reasonably priced and naturally shelf-stable) and whatever else you might have on hand. By clearing out your refrigerator and pantry shelves, you can use up certain foods before they go bad, lessening waste and saving money in the process.</p> <h2>7. White Bean Tuna Salad</h2> <p>At just $1.36 per serving, this<a href="http://www.bhg.com/recipes/healthy/dinner/cheap-heart-healthy-dinner-ideas/#page=5"> White Bean Tuna Salad</a> packs a good amount of healthy protein. The recipe calls for arugula or spinach, but I suggest seeing what greens are on sale at your local grocer. Plus, you can eat the salad on its own or serve with crusty bread for a more sophisticated tuna salad sandwich.</p> <h2>8. Black Bean Burgers</h2> <p>Sometimes it's not just about saving money, but &mdash; better &mdash; maximizing the ingredients you already have in the pantry. These<a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/black-bean-burgers-recipe.html"> Black Bean Burgers</a> are made of canned black beans, chopped onions and garlic, egg, and a few spices. They're a perfect meal to whip up while clearing out your cupboards before the next grocery run. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-delicious-and-healthy-black-bean-recipes?ref=seealso">Cheap and Healthy Black Bean Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>9. Stuffed Baked Potatoes</h2> <p>This<a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/potato-bar-chili"> Potato Bar-Chili</a> recipe costs an impressively low 51 cents per serving and just 159 calories per half cup. Please note that this recipe is for the filling only, but making perfectly<a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/the-baked-potato-recipe.html"> baked russet potatoes</a> is easy! Vegetarian? TVP would be a great substitute for the ground beef.</p> <h2>10. Macaroni and Cheese</h2> <p>Noodles and cheese are both inexpensive ingredients, but when combined they make an incredibly satisfying comfort dish. The author of this simple, from-scratch<a href="http://www.budgetgourmetmom.com/from-scratch-mac-and-cheese/"> Mac and Cheese</a> recipe suggests buying block cheese and shredding it yourself for the lowest cost. And don't omit the ground mustard &mdash; it's the best part!</p> <p><em>What are your go-to budget meals? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals">What to Eat Every Day: A Month of Frugal Meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-food-in-your-yard-edible-weeds">Free Food in Your Yard: Edible Weeds!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes">20 Cheap and Easy Soup Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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 budget meals cheap eats cheap meals Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:36:18 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1127976 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Eat Every Day: A Month of Frugal Meals http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6274802557_e2e915a3b7_z.jpg" alt="making breakfast" title="making breakfast" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have planned menus for the duration of my marriage (nearly 31 years). Every Saturday morning, I do a couple of things. First, I make a fresh cup of coffee. Then I get out a piece of paper and a pencil, and I start planning my week&rsquo;s menus.</p> <p>The following method works for me and has enabled me to stay within a household grocery budget for years. I&rsquo;m a bit of a foodie, so it&rsquo;s really important to me that food tastes really great. We could eat more cheaply, but to me, food is one of life&rsquo;s great pleasures. It is also important to me that meals I cook are family-friendly and both the husband and daughter will eat them happily. (See also: <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>)</p> <p>A few general notes about grocery shopping:</p> <ul> <li>I rarely use coupons, because I have learned that I&rsquo;ll just forget them at the register. If you can remember to use them, bonus points. I do, however, participate in my store&rsquo;s discount program, so I receive 5% off every two weeks on my receipt. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I do look at the grocery ads each week to see what is on sale, and I try to buy things we will use. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Once every two months, we do a big Costco shopping. (We would go more often, but our nearest Costco is two hours away.) <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I shop at the same store every week because I know where everything is. Time is money, right? <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Buy seasonal fruits and vegetables.</li> </ul> <p>When I learned to cook back in the Stone Age, we were taught that a balanced meal was comprised of a protein, a starch, a vegetable or two, and fruit.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ve evolved a little from that, but for the most part, that&rsquo;s the way I roll. While I am not a nutritionist, I believe the meals presented here are pretty nutritionally sound.</p> <p>You will notice that several of the &ldquo;proteins&rdquo; come up more than once during the month. For instance, in this plan you will see that fish comes up several times in different forms. However, it&rsquo;s all from the same bag of (frozen) fish. Buying in bulk is cheaper, but gang, we have to use it up. On the subject of proteins, you will notice that a few of the recipes can easily be made vegetarian, such as the split-pea soup, chili, and spring rolls.&nbsp; Similarly, you may &ldquo;lighten&rdquo; recipes by using turkey burger instead of hamburger or egg substitute instead of scrambled eggs.</p> <p>For purposes of brevity, I need to assume that you know how to make chicken stock or various types of potatoes. If not, the Internet has a wealth of recipes and video demonstrations, and I hope you aren&rsquo;t daunted by the prospect of picking up a new cooking skill.</p> <p>I also advocate large <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-five-day-freeze-batch-cooking-for-the-rest-of-us">batch cooking</a> and freezing portions. I work full-time, and on those nights when I can pop half of a lasagna into the oven or defrost some frozen soup, I think that&rsquo;s pretty great. This post also presumes that you have access to a microwave at work for re-heating leftovers.&nbsp;</p> <p>I am sure you will need to make some substitutions here and there. Keep in mind when you do that to look ahead on the menu plan &mdash; because we are using up leftovers here, your substitution might need to be worked into a meal on another date.</p> <h2>Week One</h2> <p>Notes about this week's menu:</p> <ul> <li>After shopping on Saturday, make a batch of hard-boiled eggs, wash and re-pack lettuce greens, and make a double batch of chocolate chip cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Shrimp is affordable if you buy it frozen and cook/clean it yourself.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Yogurt is cheaper if you buy the large tubs and repack into small plastic containers.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Save ends of French bread and freeze for later use as croutons.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Here's my recipe for easy huevos rancheros: To two cans of fat-free refried beans, add &frac12; cup water and &frac12; cup salsa; heat. Crack four eggs into heated beans, gently spoon bean mixture over eggs, cover, and cook about 8 minutes, or until eggs are set. Add shredded cheddar cheese and serve over shredded lettuce with taco chips.</li> </ul> <p><b>Saturday </b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with cheese and English muffins. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Tuna sandwiches on whole-wheat bread with green onion, pickle relish, capers and avocado; chips; apple slices; and cookies. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/vegetable-spring-rolls-with-peanut-dipping-sauce/">Spring rolls</a> with vegetables and cooked shrimp, peanut sauce, and rice (save leftover vegetables).</li> </ul> <p><b>Sunday </b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Pancakes and sausage links (make double recipe and refrigerate half).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover tuna salad with crackers, tomato soup, string cheese, pear slices, and cookies. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.pauladeen.com/index.php/recipes/view2/bobbys_lighter_baked_spaghetti/">Bobby Dean&rsquo;s Lighter Baked Spaghetti</a> (freeze half), garlic bread, and salad.</li> </ul> <p><b>Monday </b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Cereal with sliced bananas, hard-boiled eggs.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Turkey sandwiches on whole-wheat bread, chips, sliced pears, yogurt, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Huevos rancheros over shredded lettuce, tortilla chips.</li> </ul> <p><b>Tuesday </b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Leftover pancake-and-sausage sandwiches.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Turkey sandwich wraps, chips, yogurt, banana, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://busycooks.about.com/od/seafoodrecipe1/r/salmonpatties.htm">Salmon patties</a>, rice, steamed broccoli with Dijon mustard-butter sauce and baked sweet potatoes (save extra potatoes for Thursday/Friday breakfast).</li> </ul> <p><b>Wednesday </b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Fried rice (use leftover rice) with egg and leftover vegetables from Sunday.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Egg salad sandwiches, leftover tortilla chips, yogurt, cookies, banana-pear cup.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Chicken legs in BBQ sauce (slather with pre-made sauce and either cook in a slow cooker or in the oven at 350 for 1.5 hours.), mashed potatoes, carrots and green beans.</li> </ul> <p><b>Thursday </b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-muffins/">Sweet Potato muffins</a> and hard-boiled eggs.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover BBQ chicken sandwiches; carrot sticks, chips, yogurt, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner:<b>&nbsp; </b><a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/the-best-beef-stew-sam-choy-378913">Sam Choy&rsquo;s Beef Stew</a>, garlic bread, and salad.</li> </ul> <p><b>Friday </b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast:&nbsp;Sweet potato muffins and cottage cheese.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover beef stew, crackers, cheese, yogurt, pears and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sloppy-joes-ii/">Sloppy Joes</a>, French fries, and coleslaw.</li> </ul> <h2>Week Two</h2> <p>Notes about this week's menu:</p> <ul> <li>After shopping on Saturday, make a batch of Rice Krispies treats&nbsp;(this week's &quot;cookies&quot;) and hard-boil some eggs.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Never toss out extra French bread &mdash; put it in your freezer.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Costco makes a cheaper rotisserie chicken than I can make, myself. In fact, my neighbors always get two and freeze the meat from the second one.</li> </ul> <p><b>Saturday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast:&nbsp;Whole-wheat tortilla wraps filled with scrambled eggs, cheese, and salsa.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Shrimp-salad stuffed tomatoes and crackers.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Rotisserie <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chicken-with-Tarragon-Caper-Sauce-with-Mixed-Greens-108454">chicken with tarragon sauce</a>, salad greens, sliced beets, French bread. (Save half of chicken meat. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">Make broth with the chicken carcass</a> and freeze the chicken broth.)</li> </ul> <p><b>Sunday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast:&nbsp; Yogurt-fruit-cereal bowls and hard-boiled eggs.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Chicken wraps with lettuce, tomato, and leftover tarragon sauce.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Easy-Split-Pea-Soup-1919">Split-pea soup</a> (freeze half); biscuits (from mix), carrot sticks (save extra for Wednesday's breakfast).</li> </ul> <p><b>Monday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Whole-wheat tortillas with peanut butter, bananas, and raisins.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Pasta salad with cheese cubes, cucumbers, olives, tuna, celery, and dressing (make double batch); crackers; yogurt; cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/quick-chicken-potpie-50400000110383/">Lighter chicken pot pie</a>, sliced tomatoes.</li> </ul> <p><b>Tuesday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Banana pancakes.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover chicken pot pie, crackers, cheese, yogurt, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Tilapia with tomatoes and rice; broccoli (save leftover rice and broccoli). To make the tilapia, spray a baking dish with non-stick spray. Add tilapia filets and sprinkle with oregano, salt, and pepper. Top with sliced tomatoes, bread crumbs, and lots of parmesan. Bake at 375 for thirty minutes.</li> </ul> <p><b>Wednesday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Fried rice with carrots and broccoli.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover pasta salad, crackers and cheese, cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/simple-chili-190598">Chili</a>, cornbread, and celery sticks.</li> </ul> <p><b>Thursday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Toast with peanut butter and raisins, apple slices.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover chili, cornbread, and celery sticks (stuff with light cream cheese); cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=403446">Veggie calzones</a> and salad.</li> </ul> <p><b>Friday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Cup of instant miso soup with tofu and a hard-boiled egg, an orange.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover calzone and salad; yogurt and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Meat-Loaf-with-Barbecue-Sauce-102658">Meatloaf</a> with BBQ sauce, mashed potatoes, carrots and green beans.</li> </ul> <h2>Week Three</h2> <p>Notes about this week's recipes:</p> <ul> <li>After shopping on Saturday, make a double batch of peanut-butter cookies and your hard-boiled eggs.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Wash lettuces and repackage.</li> </ul> <p><b>Saturday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: French toast.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover meatloaf sandwiches with pickles, cheddar, and lettuce; fruit.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Tacos, fat-free refried beans, and rice.</li> </ul> <p><b>Sunday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakast: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/moms-breakfast-strata/">Breakfast strata</a> (save half for Monday breakfast), fresh fruit.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Taco salad (using extra lettuce and leftover taco ingredients from Saturday).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.kansas.com/2011/02/01/1700359/meatball-minestrone-soup-a-hearty.html">Minestrone</a> (using your frozen chicken broth) &mdash; make double batch of meatballs.</li> </ul> <p><b>Monday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Leftover breakfast strata and fresh fruit.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Reheated minestrone soup, cheese sandwiches, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Scalloped potatoes with ham, baby peas, and broiled tomato halves.</li> </ul> <p><b>Tuesday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Bagels with light cream cheese and hard-boiled eggs.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover scalloped potatoes, salad, cookies, apple slices.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Shrimp salad with home-made croutons, hard-cooked eggs, and avocado; French bread. To make the croutons, defrost leftover French bread and cut into cubes. Heat olive oil on stove and add bread; sprinkle with garlic salt. Toss until crunchy; drain on paper towels.</li> </ul> <p><b>Wednesday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with leftover ham and broiled tomatoes (from Monday dinner), toast.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Meatball sandwiches (using meatballs from Sunday), string cheese, chips, celery sticks, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/vegetable-stew-giambotta-recipe/index.html">Vegetable stew</a> with cheese toasts and couscous.</li> </ul> <p><b>Thursday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Bagels with cream cheese and hard-boiled eggs.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover vegetable stew with couscous, celery with peanut butter, string cheese, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://southernfood.about.com/od/crockpotturkeyrecipes/r/r80418b.htm">Island BBQ&rsquo;d turkey legs</a> (slow cooker) with rice and bok choy.</li> </ul> <p><b>Friday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Fried rice with leftover rice and bok choy, orange sections.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover turkey sandwiches, cottage cheese, carrot and celery sticks, cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1743,130181-244195,00.html">Beef salad</a>, rolls.</li> </ul> <h2>Week Four</h2> <p>After shopping on Saturday, make a batch of <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/millys-oatmeal-brownies/detail.aspx">oatmeal brownies</a>.</p> <p><b>Saturday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Cereal and toast.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Chicken-noodle soup (canned), whole-grain crackers, cheese.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Breaded tilapia sandwiches with caper mayo on wheat buns, sweet potato French fries.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Sunday</strong></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Coffee cake.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Tuna sandwich (with mayo, capers, celery and lettuce) in wheat pita bread.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1826,151180-245206,00.html">Cowboy beans</a>; corn bread (from mix); plate of carrots, celery, and cucumbers.</li> </ul> <p><b>Monday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-oatmeal-muffins/">Oatmeal muffins</a> and applesauce.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover cowboy beans and corn bread, yogurt, string cheese and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Defrosted/reheated Bobby Dean&rsquo;s lighter baked spaghetti; Caesar salad (<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">use up any frozen French bread</a> and make croutons).</li> </ul> <p><b>Tuesday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Oatmeal muffins.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover spaghetti, salad, yogurt, breadsticks, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Baked chicken thighs, twice-baked potatoes, sliced tomatoes.</li> </ul> <p><b>Wednesday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Whole-grain waffles with peanut butter and bananas.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover chicken thighs, leftover potatoes, orange-banana cup with yogurt and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/hamburger-stroganoff-65570">Hamburger stroganoff</a> over noodles, cooked carrots, bread sticks.</li> </ul> <p><b>Thursday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Cup of miso soup with tofu and hard-boiled egg.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover stroganoff and breadsticks, fruit cup, cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Defrosted/reheated split pea soup and English muffin pizza halves.</li> </ul> <p><b>Friday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: English muffins with peanut butter and applesauce.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Egg salad sandwiches, chips, yogurt, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/campbells-golden-mushroom-soup-pork-chops-111798">Baked pork chops in mushroom-sherry sauce</a> (I like to substitute sherry for the water listed in the recipe); dilled carrots; rice.</li> </ul> <p>I hope this helps you out, readers!&nbsp;</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/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-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-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/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes">20 Cheap and Easy Soup Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make">10 Budget-Friendly Meals Everyone Should Know How to Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People</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/start-a-cooking-club-cook-up-some-frugal-fun">Start a Cooking Club: Cook Up Some Frugal Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes">8 Great Clean Eating Slow Cooker Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap meals frugal meal planning healthy meals Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:36:46 +0000 Marla Walters 954959 at http://www.wisebread.com Cooking With Kale: Easy Recipes for Real People http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-with-kale-easy-recipes-for-real-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cooking-with-kale-easy-recipes-for-real-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/7867755072_fbe22871b8_z.jpg" alt="kale smoothie" title="kale smoothie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kale is packed with <a href="http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/the-truth-about-kale">healthful and disease-fighting nutrients</a>. Plus, it&rsquo;s cheap. A bunch that contains several servings can be had for a dollar or two at the grocery store, or a large bag with washed and ready-to-cook leaves can be purchased for about $5. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-cruciferous-vegetables-for-health-conscious-cooks">6 Cheap Cruciferous Vegetables for Health-Conscious Cooks</a>)</p> <p>Many recipes containing kale, though, require expensive and hard-to-find ingredients; preparation time is often excessive. That may have prevented you from cooking with kale.</p> <p>But there are easy and inexpensive ways to use this vegetable in everyday recipes. Preparation varies but generally starts by washing the kale's leaves, separating the leaves from the thick stems, and tearing the kale into small pieces. Then you might food-process raw kale, steam it in the microwave or stovetop, or sauté it.</p> <p>Consider these ways of making kale part of your diet.</p> <h2>Breakfast</h2> <p>One of my favorite <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-quick-homemade-breakfasts">cheap and quick breakfast foods is a smoothie</a>. Kale can easily be added to a smoothie by food-processing or blending torn-off parts into itty-bitty pieces and mixing into the smoothie. Extra-sweet ingredients can help mask the slightly bitter taste of raw kale.</p> <p>Grown-ups may like a <a href="http://taste-for-adventure.tablespoon.com/2012/05/11/strawberry-kale-smoothie/">strawberry-kale smoothie</a> for a nutritious start to the day. Kids may enjoy a sweeter <a href="http://www.andersoncooper.com/2012/06/22/kale-smoothie-for-kids-recipe/">apple-juice smoothie</a>. These recipes call for crushed ice, but I substitute water or milk to avoid clogging up my blender.</p> <p>For a more traditional type of breakfast, try <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=823623">eggs and kale</a>. I especially liked this recipe using extra butter to sauté kale to a crunchy texture plus add flavor to the dish.</p> <p>An elegant dish for a more leisurely breakfast or a Sunday brunch is this <a href="http://breakfast.food.com/recipe/baked-eggs-kale-parmesan-frittata-190817">kale and Parmesan frittata</a>. This recipe is slightly more elaborate than a scrambled-egg dish but uses ingredients that you are likely to have in your kitchen. I substituted corn meal for almond meal.</p> <h2>Lunch</h2> <p>Jazzing up <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sex-up-your-sandwich-ideas-for-budget-conscious-brown-baggers">lunches cheaply</a> and easily is often a challenge. Kale and some special ingredients can help add variety without dramatically driving up costs.</p> <p>For a quick lunch meal at home, this four-ingredient <a href="http://recipes.womenshealthmag.com/Recipe/cheese-and-kale-quesadillas.aspx">cheese and kale quesadilla</a> is a filling solution that can boost your energy rather than induce sleep. Add black beans, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">rotisserie chicken</a>, and/or spices (like cilantro or dried red pepper) if you want something more exotic but still easy.</p> <p>A yummy and hearty meal that can be prepared for lunch, or served as a dinner entrée and eaten as leftovers, is <a href="http://littleleopardbook.com/2012/05/04/whats-for-lunch-kale-pesto-spaghetti-with-goat-cheese/">kale pesto spaghetti</a>. This recipe calls for goat cheese and cashews, but you can substitute feta cheese and almonds if those are your mainstays. You can also lighten up on the salt and water and still have a great pesto. Keep extra sauce in the refrigerator.</p> <h2>Appetizers and Side Dishes</h2> <p>Kale can be a great snack, prepared and eaten on the spot or saved for another day.</p> <p>A popular snack is <a href="http://tastefullyjulie.com/crispy-kale-chips/">kale chips</a>. These are relatively easy to make, but you do need to make sure the kale is completely dry before baking. Soggy kale does not become crisp even when cooked. <a href="http://tastefullyjulie.com/crispy-kale-chips/">Tastefully Julie</a> offers valuable tips in her recipe.</p> <p>My own concoction for an appetizer is a sour-cream dip made with a bunch of kale (approximately 7-10 large leaves). Steam kale (place rinsed and cut-up kale pieces in a steamer basket, put the steamer inside of a pot with water on the bottom, bring the water to boiling, cover, and cook for a few minutes to bright green). Chop the kale into fine pieces in a food processor; use half now, and freeze the rest for later. Mix the finely chopped kale with 16 ounces of sour cream, Parmesan cheese to taste, and either onion soup mix or your favorite spices. Serve with tortilla chips.</p> <p>To serve kale as a side dish, prepare like <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sauteed-swiss-chard-with-parmesan-cheese/">chard</a> or a similar green vegetable, steaming the kale and then sautéing in olive oil. For a side with even more healthy ingredients, try this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sweetonveg.com/2010/01/quirky-quinoa/">quinoa recipe</a>. Use olive oil and brown rice as substitutes if you don't have coconut oil and quinoa on hand.</p> <h2>Dinner</h2> <p>Kale can be part of a main dish for dinner. You might use kale in your favorite soups, stews, or pastas, substituting for spinach or mixing with entrees on a whimsy.</p> <p>Kris at Young Married Chic (who shared her <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">fabulous, cheap, and easy crock pot recipes</a> with me) offers this <a href="http://youngmarriedchic.com/2010/12/rainy-day/">kale and white bean soup</a> as a perfect meal for a rainy evening.</p> <p>For those of you who are cooking for one, try this <a href="http://www.runningtothekitchen.com/2012/01/kale-feta-egg-bake/">kale and feta bake with marinara sauce</a> (it's wonderful, though I prepared the recipe without the egg). This dish can be doubled or quadrupled and serves as an easy-to-make and nutritious vegetable lasagna.</p> <p><em>Do you cook with kale? What are your favorite recipes? </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-with-kale-easy-recipes-for-real-people">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/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</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/homemade-gluten-free-trail-mix-bars-for-about-30-cents-each">Homemade Gluten-Free Trail Mix Bars for About 30 Cents Each</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-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on">12 Foods Nutritionists Say You Should Splurge On</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-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-develop-the-breakfast-habit">9 Ways to Develop the Breakfast Habit</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty affordable recipes cheap meals healthy foods kale Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:24:42 +0000 Julie Rains 952401 at http://www.wisebread.com