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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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Meal Prep for the Coming Workweek

Another workweek. Another food prep day. Do I mind spending an entire day each week cooking? Absolutely not! I love to cook. And I have less to do on a day-to-day basis when I do this. This week was pretty basic, and not overly expensive. Here goes: I started with a slow cooker meal. This […]

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Patriotic Holiday Recipes: A Simple Food Platter Idea

What would a Fourth of July celebration be without a food representation of the US flag? This simple platter is placed out at the beginning of the party or picnic, for everyone to snack on until the main foods are brought out. You are simply going to fill a rectangular food platter with red, white, […]

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A Good, Healthy Lunch, on a Budget

Earlier I showed you a typical breakfast. Now I’m showing an example of a budget friendly lunch. This is not necessarily a typical lunch for me, as one usually consists of a salad, a piece of fruit, and some type of protein. But this was an affordable option for me a couple of weeks back. […]

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Tasty Stuffed Shells

Contributed by Sheila Buck (Update January 2017: What a great recipe from Sheila. I love stuffed shells, but I am also trying to eat healthier. Sometimes an old favorite is just what you need though. I want to leave this recipe here. I am not at a point myself where I eat absolutely healthy 100% […]

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Shepherd’s Pie Variations

The shepherd’s pie recipe I used when the girls were growing up was a favorite of ours and our cousin Ashland. At its most basic, this is what it was: 1 pound browned ground beef, rinsed and drained and spread over the bottom of a baking dish, topped with 1 can of drained whole kernel […]

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Zucchini and Cucumber Salad

There is nothing better than fresh produce and herbs from your garden, or that from someone else. If you do not grow your own, the grocery store carries everything you will need, as does the Farmer’s Market. Many things can also be found at roadside stands, usually quite affordably.   Salads are a great way […]

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Affordable, Good for You Lunch Ideas

It’s important that we keep lunch options available that are easy to prepare as well as healthy to consume. Lunch is the perfect time to pack some more nutrition into your diet, particularly if you don’t snack. The ideas below are per person. 1 nut butter and banana sandwich. 1 nut butter and pickle sandwich […]

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Simple Salad Topped with Berries

I love salads. They are a refreshing, easy way to compliment lunch or dinner, and can also be eaten as a snack. Prepared correctly, and the salad can actually be the main component of a meal. Ingredients Romaine lettuce cabbage shredded mild cheddar cheese strawberries raspberries Rinse the produce well, laying each on a towel. […]

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A Simple Fajita Recipe

I tend to use leftover ingredients from previous meals in conjunction with freshly purchased ingredients when doing a lot of my cooking. For this recipe, we started with tomatoes and salad mixed originally purchased to make salads with, as well as mozzarella cheese left over from making English Muffin Pizzas. A couple weeks ago I […]

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Zucchini Bake

Vegetable based bakes are easy to create. They do not take much time, and can be served as the main component of a meal or as a side dish. The best vegetable to use are organic heirloom variety that you grow yourself. The amount of each ingredient needed will depend on the size pan you […]

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One-Pan Meal Using Venison

One-pan meals can be made using a variety of meats, including ham, turkey and ground beef. Venison is a good option as well. Deer and moose meat will both work. For this recipe you might use either, or even a combination. Ingredients 1 to 2 cups of venison 1 cup chopped sweet potato 1 cup […]

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Easy Steak and Cheese No-Sauce Pizza

Sometimes it is fun to try different things. I like to use leftover items from meals to make new recipes to try, and came up with this one on a cold winters night last year. It was pretty tasty, though I rarely ever buy the shaved steak so haven’t repeated the recipe as of yet. […]

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Hawaiian Pizza with Sweet n Sour Sauce

For this pizza, you can use a homemade dough recipe or a pre-baked. I usually use the latter. Ham and pineapple make a delectable pizza topping combination, especially when sweet n sour sauce is used rather than a tomato based sauce. (Update 2017) I don’t eat a lot of pizza now that I am eating […]

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Sweet n Sour Chicken Pizza

For this pizza, you can use a homemade dough recipe. Pizza is great for lunch or dinner, or even as a snack when friends gather. There are many pizza topping variations, as well as different types of sauces that can be used. This particular recipe uses sweet n sour sauce. (Update: 2017) Due to how […]

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Hannaford Salad

I like to get my salad at Hannaford because of the choice selection at the salad bar. They used to have a decent melon selection as well, but not so much now. However, I can still make a hearty salad with the given options, and this is far healthier than stopping at a fast food […]

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Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Mozzarella Cheese

Summer salads are the best. Fresh produce picked in your own garden adds scrumptious taste to any salad, including this one which uses tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs that you can grow yourself. Ingredients 10 cherry tomatoes small cucumber ½ to ¾ cup chunks of mozzarella cheese extra virgin olive oil mint basil Rinse the produce […]

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Tips for Packing Affordable School Lunches

School will be starting up again in just a few weeks, and parents are wondering how to affordably pack a nutritious lunch to send along with their children. These tips will help you to spend as little money as possible on foods for your children, important with the economy as bad off as it is […]

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A Few Days Before Shopping

I have a few days left before I go grocery shopping, and am using up things to make room for what I need to purchase. I  have $10.00 set aside for if I need to pick a few things up to make what food is left stretch, but there is not a lot left this […]

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Toppings for Potatoes

In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I love potatoes. I know they are not the best choice nutrition wise, and I do not have them all the time, but I do eat them sometimes. Any food can get boring when you eat it the same way all the time, so I try to mix […]

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Zucchini and Carrot Omelet

There are a variety of food combinations that can be used when making an omelet, depending on your tastes. This food allows you to start your day off right by getting in some vegetables. Ingredients (Per person) 2 eggs a little milk 1/8 to ¼ cup grated, fresh zucchini 1/8 to ¼ cup grated, fresh […]

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Philly Cheese Steak Mini Pizzas

Contributed by Sheila Buck (Update January 2017: To keep in line with the new blog focus on eating healthy, I’d like to mention there are ways to switch out family favorites to make them healthier. Using a Paleo recipe to make English muffins for this recipe would be a great start.  ~ Shannon) My children […]

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