How to Make Healthy and Delicious Freezer Stir-Fry Kits

Freezer stir-fry kits are an excellent way to spend less time cooking dinner, while also saving money on take-out or running to the grocery store last minute. You will love how delicious and healthy this stir-fry is that you’ll be making these kits all the time! Be sure to snag the free shopping list and… Keep reading →

A Better Way to Cook Pizza in the Summer

We’ve had an unusually hot start of the summer this year with temperatures in the 90s and a couple days of 100. My left foot is swollen (thank you, pregnancy!), my swamp cooler doesn’t really cool off our kitchen, and I’m just overall warmer because of pregnancy so cooking anything in the oven is like… Keep reading →

The Ultimate Pizza Sauce Taste Test

About 7 weeks ago, I gave you the recipe for the most delicious pizza dough you will ever make. For reals. But I left you hanging, because I didn’t offer a nice pizza sauce to compliment it, now did I? I’m going to rectify that today and give you some delicious options for homemade pizza… Keep reading →

The 10 Pantry Staples that Keep Our Grocery Budget below $300 a month

The first few years of our marriage, I was all over the place with our meal plans. There were a few meals I would make over and over again because my husband loved them, but I loved exploring the kitchen and learning how to cook. So most nights, I was cooking something we had never had before…. Keep reading →

The Best Fool-Proof Garlic & Oregano Pizza Dough

Here’s what happens when you marry the man of your dreams…with a mother who cooks like an Italian chef. First, you try, try, try again. Every meal you make is silently compared to the mother-in-law’s, and you know you likely will never win. Until you make something that mother-in-law doesn’t specialize in. Then, you’re golden…. Keep reading →

The Only Recipe for Cornish Hens You’ll Ever Need

My husband is no world-renowned chef, but when he wants to cook, he can cook. For one of our first dates, he invited me to his place for dinner. When he pulled the food out of the oven, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Tiny birds, or really tiny chickens, were on the baking sheet with… Keep reading →

Writing Out a Menu Plan Based Around Cheap Meals

*This is the 6th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* On the first day of the spending freeze challenge, I wrote out a menu plan through this coming Friday. Everything on my plan was based around food we already have as… Keep reading →

Garbanzo Bean and Tomato Soup

Towards the end of last winter, I had soup on the menu for dinner one weeknight. I went to the pantry to get out the ingredients, and we didn’t have a few of the more important ingredients. Normally when something like this happens, I either change plans for dinner or I make substitutions. I wanted… Keep reading →

How to Get 9 Meals from Two Whole Chickens

We are a chicken kind-of-family all.the.way. Maybe it’s because chicken is one of the cheapest meats, or maybe it’s because we just genuinely like it. We eat it about 60% of the time – the other 40% of the time we eat beans and eggs and small amounts of pork, beef, and fish. We eat… Keep reading →

Basic {Secret Ingredient} Vinaigrette

Did you know making your own salad dressing at home is pretty simple? I grew up thinking you had to buy salad dressing, and then I met my husband. His family only ever made salads using olive oil, vinegar, and salt for the most part. Eventually I learned how to make a dressing or vinaigrette… Keep reading →

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Quesadillas

Quesadillas are traditionally just melted cheese on a tortilla. But you can pretty much add anything under the sun to make it to your taste. We do that for lunch and dinner a lot around here. That’s why I like to call our quesadillas Everything But the Kitchen Sink Quesadillas. I usually just grab whatever… Keep reading →

Ensalada Rusa – A South American Potato Salad

Ensalada Rusa (Russian Salad) is a delicious potato salad that many South American people eat. Wait, what? If it’s called Russian Salad, then what does that have to do with South America? Well, the salad actually hails from Russia, but the ingredients have evolved and changed so that they are no longer the same salads,… Keep reading →

Tastes Just Like Ice Cream Smoothie

Have you heard of Ice Cream in a Bag? I had heard of it before, but I had never tried making it until just last week. I thought it would be a great activity to do with my girls (ages 3 and 18 months), but it didn’t really grab their attention. We I shook the bag… Keep reading →

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

When you go grocery shopping, before you grab that can of beans off the shelf, consider this: you can make dried beans in the slow cooker, get much more flavor out of them, and do it all for just about 50 cents per 15 oz. (the same size as a can of beans). There are… Keep reading →

Better Than Rotisserie Roast Chicken

Have you ever attempted to make a whole chicken in your oven? Were you disappointed that it was dry or tasteless even though you added plenty of salt, vegetables in the cavity, herbs, and aromatics? I bet you said, “Forget this! I’m going to buy a rotisserie chicken from the store!” I hear you. I really do…. Keep reading →