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Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

If you’re lucky you wont need to buy anything extra for this, making it a very frugal meal indeed. Children who can use an oven by themselves will find this easy. Younger children can put the casserole together for you to bake. To make this recipe even easier, prepare it when cleaning up after the […]

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Leftover Turkey and Peas

This is a simple recipe that can be served spaghetti squash or mashed sweet potato, and is a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. Ingredients coconut oil leftover turkey, in bite size pieces leftover peas, or 1 can drained prepared spaghetti squash or mashed sweet potato Melt oil in a skillet on medium heat. […]

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Autumn Turkey Stew

This is an easy recipe that can be served on a cold, autumn evening. Served in a pumpkin bowl, this recipe will add a decorative touch to the dinner table. Ingredients: water and/or vegetable stock or broth bite size cubes of pumpkin bite size cubes of two different kinds of squash bite size cubes of […]

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Tomato Bake

Here is a vegetable bake for you to try. This does not take much time, and can be served as the main component of a meal or as a side dish. The best vegetables to use are the organic heirloom variety you grow yourself. Same with the herbs. Heirloom varieties of each taste better than […]

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Tortilla Wrap: Shrimp Scampi & Veggies

I bought tapioca flour just to try this recipe, and I’m so happy I did. With a love of tortilla wraps, I was really missing the flour tortillas that I used for so many favorite recipes. But now I’ve found a non-grain, Paleo version. Yay! Eating healthier means I miss out on some old favorites, […]

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Shrimp Scampi Salad

Salads are common fare during the spring and summer months, as we try to eat lighter after a winter of hearty meals. Experimenting with different combinations of foods keeps our meals new and exciting. I don’t know about you, but I get so bored with food after a while I need to break out and […]

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Lettuce Wraps: Shrimp Scampi & Veggie

In Lettuce Wraps: Keepin’ it Veggie, I mentioned I bought shrimp, and will be posting some recipes that use shrimp scampi as their base. I don’t often by shrimp, so this is a real treat. I get a bag frozen raw, deveined, tail-off, shrimp for $5.00, and it will last through multiple meals. I try […]

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Lettuce Wraps: Keepin’ it Veggie

I’ve wanted to get away from eating the heavier foods of winter, and back into eating lighter fare. I’m switching things out as I can, now that the winter stocks are almost depleted. The last shopping trip netted me many fresh fruits and vegetables at a reasonable cost. I love it when I can pull […]

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Cheeseburger with Vegetables, and a Chocolatey-Good Smoothie

Buy organic when possible, but don’t feel guilty when you can’t. My meat, corn, and fruit was not organic. It is too expensive for me to eat all organic foods, so I simply do the best I can. You’re still going to be eating better than when you buy mostly processed foods. I have a very limited budget for groceries, but I make the best choices I can.

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Chili with ‘Cornbread’ Topping

This is an easy one, but it takes time because it’s actually two separate recipes and one of them is made in a crock pot. I start this in the morning, by making one of the chili recipes I love so much. For this meal, I used chicken, ground beef, and a mild  ground sausage, […]

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End of the Week Lunches

What do you do for lunches at the end of the week, when your food items are getting low? I use leftovers to make new meals. I also try to keep it simple. In the picture above you see yesterday’s lunch. I used some leftover beef roast at the center of the plate. Not a […]

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Homemade Vegetable Stock

By not having to purchase canned vegetable stocks, you’ll save money on your grocery bill.  Use the peels and ends of the vegetables from your cooking ventures, along with some pieces of whole vegetables, if necessary.  Herbs may also be used. Nothing has to go to waste completely. The finished product may be frozen in […]

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Homemade Chicken Soup

When my siblings, cousins, and I were young, our Nan had a standard chicken soup she would sometimes make. If one of us was sick and wanted her to make a soup, she would cater it to our particular likes. Did you have someone who would do the same for you? While chicken soup is […]

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Homemade Chicken Stock

Use chicken bones and skin to make a stock for soup.

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Sausage & Apple One-Pan Meal

One-pan meals are easy to make, and there are so many food combinations you can try something new each time. You don’t always need a lot of ingredients to make a delicious meal. Whether you want breakfast, lunch, or dinner, a one-pan meal is a good way to go. I made one of these meals […]

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Apple & Sausage Oatmeal Bowl

I’ve recently been posting breakfast recipes, Smoothie Bowls and Sausage & Banana Oatmeal Bowl, and I wanted to add another recipe in the same category. This one is just a different play on the last oatmeal bowl, to show how you can switch things up just a bit for something quite different. Ingredients 1 cup […]

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Leftover Thanksgiving Soup with a Harvest Salad.

There’s nothing quite like Thanksgiving leftovers. How will you use them up this year? By deciding what leftover dishes you want to make now, you’ll know how big a bird to buy. This soup is easy and affordable to make. Ingredients leftover turkey, cut into bite size pieces leftover peas leftover green beans leftover carrots […]

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Harvest Salad

My parents had a good harvest this year, and they passed some of their bounty on to me and each of my siblings. I love fresh produce from the garden. Mom was proud they weren’t using anything toxic on the food. Homegrown food tastes so much better than store-bought. Of course, I had to make […]

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Making Soup with the Bestest: Missy’s Vegetable Soup

This post was supposed to have been published last winter, but I am horribly late. I spent a few days with the bestest. She needed some healing time, and I went stay with her. It is difficult to watch your best friend go through some things. I ran errands with her, helped with the daily […]

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Corned Beef and Potatoes One-Pan Meal

Earlier, I posted the Chicken and Potato One-Pan Meal. This meal is only slightly different, and maybe even more tasty. Ingredients 1 – 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 small carrot 1 medium white potato 1 small sweet potato 1/2 to 3/4 cup pre-cooked corned beef Seasonings to taste: sea salt, pepper, onion powder Melt the […]

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Cooking for 1: Pre-Roasted Chicken

You know those already roasted chickens you buy at the grocery store? I picked one up last week for $4.99. These chickens are not large, but you can do a lot with them. This is what I did with mine: Day 1 I also bought a pre-made salad that day, because I was on my […]

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Simple Chicken Soup + Vegetables

My Nan used to make chicken soup however you wanted it. She knew each person liked specific things, and would make the soup to suit us when we were sick. There are so many ways to make chicken soup, anyone can have a version they like. I like mine made different ways, depending on the […]

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