Tag Archives: Main Meals

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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Simple Chicken Soup

This is the easiest soup ever, and is made when I am low on food and funds during a given week. The base: 1 pre-cooked roaster chicken, on the bone, with the skin on, remove the string holding the legs together. water Place a pre-roasted chicken in the slow cooker, and cover with water. Cover […]

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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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The Art of Leftover Wizardry

On page 133 of  the Amy Dycyzynz book The Complete Tightwad Gazette, she discusses the art of leftover wizardry. This is an important concept when trying to live frugally. She mentions things like: Using leftovers for lunches. Keeping a soup container in the freezer. Pot luck nights. When freezing leftovers, I tend to do three things: […]

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Leftover Ham: One Pan Meal

Still using up the leftover Christmas ham, you can make a one-pan meal. Add other leftovers to your liking, and don’t be afraid to experiment. Ingredients: ham, diced sweet potato, diced peas Cook the potatoes until almost done then add ham and peas. Warm and serve. Tips Other ingredient options include green beans, carrots, and/or […]

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Zowie’s Leftover Turkey Sandwich

Zowie, my 17-year-old daughter, has her own favorite turkey day leftover recipe. Today, after eating a full Thanksgiving meal at 4:00, she was ready to make her sandwich at about 7:00. Ingredients: leftover turkey 2 slices of bread leftover mashed potatoes shredded cheese mayo leftover gravy Shred some turkey. Place the turkey on a slice […]

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Spice Profile: Ginger

This herb is a perennial from the sub/tropics, used in creating different types of recipes. Some perfumes are made using ginger, as are medications and different types of condiments. It’s often used in Asian cuisine. Ginger helps with ailments such as Motion sickness Dizziness Morning sickness Arthritis Note: Consult a doctor if you are being […]

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Chicken Roll-Ups

These are great as snacks, or in a lunchbox. They are affordable, and can be made from leftovers. Roll-ups are also quick and simple to make. Chicken and Cheese Roll-ups Paleo tortillas Thin chicken slices Lettuce leaves Spinach leaves Place the chicken on the tortilla. Place the lettuce and spinach leaves on the chicken slices. Roll up the tortilla and wrap […]

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Quick Tip: How to Use Up Pumpkin

Pumpkin is abundant during the autumn months. If you find yourself with a lot of pumpkins, remember they will keep awhile when not cut. You can also make homemade pumpkin puree, and freeze or can it for later use. So, what can be made with all of this pumpkin? Soups and stews Paleo pumpkin Roll […]

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Turkey Roll-Ups

These are great as snacks, or in a lunchbox. They are affordable, and can be made from leftovers. Roll-ups are also quick and simple to make. Turkey and Cheese Roll-ups paleo tortillas turkey, leftover, sliced thin lettuce leaves kale/spinach leaves Place the turkey on the tortilla. Place the lettuce and kale/spinach leaves on the turkey slices. Roll […]

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Quick Tip: How to Use Up Snap Peas and Green Beans

Many people are ending up with a bunch of peas and beans this year. Perhaps you have too many to deal with. Maybe you’re looking for ways to use them up. Wash and dry them, snap of the end and snack on them as is. Just make sure they dry thoroughly if you wont eat […]

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Quick Tip: How to Use Up Cucumber

Is your garden giving you a lifetime supply of cucumbers this year? It can seem like that sometimes. Perhaps they are the best sale item this week, and you want to buy a bunch while you can? Maybe they are what the food cupboard sent you home with? Whatever your reason for having so many […]

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Quick Tip: How to use up Fresh Spinach

If you have a lot of spinach, and are wondering what to do with it, here is a list of possibilities for you to consider. Put some on your sandwich. Add it to your salad. Chop it up and add it to fajitas. Chop and add to halved cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese cubes, and EVOO. […]

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Quick Tip: What to do with Leftover Meatballs

It can be a lot of fun coming up with new ideas for leftovers. Why not save some money on your grocery bill by brainstorming ideas for foods that you usually make too much of. Here are some ideas for using up leftover meatballs: smoosh them up and add to pizza sauce. Use them as […]

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Quick Tip: What to do with Leftover Taco Meat

I’m a full believer in using up leftovers. It’s one of the most frugal things that we can all do, and will save a noticeable amount of food money throughout the year. I like to come up with as many ways as I can to reuse each type of food, and today I will be […]

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Vegetable and Egg Salad

I love salads during the summer months. They are lite meals, and can be very quick and easy to make. If you happen to use the food cupboard, then you likely have a lot of produce that needs to be used. Salads are a great way to use these items up, without a lot of […]

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Tomato Soup Idea #3

You may realize by now that we love tomato soup. It’s great on the chillier days that we’re still having, especially after a walk or yard work. I regularly come up with ideas for making soup more wholesome. I do this very cheaply, either by using leftovers or by purchasing items on sale. Sometime, the […]

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Tomato Soup Idea #2

I wanted share another soup idea with you today, again using tomato soup as the base. Tomato soup is high in sodium, so you may want to try to find a brand with less sodium for optimal health effects. I regularly come up with ideas for making soup more wholesome. I do this very cheaply, […]

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Tomato Soup Idea #1

I regularly come up with ideas for making soup more wholesome. I do this very cheaply, either by using leftovers or by purchasing items on sale. Sometimes, the entire meal is free. This happens when everything has come from the food cupboard and/or friends, or my garden. Tomato soups are easy to make. Try this […]

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Hamburger Helper Add-Ins

(Update 2017) I’ve gone back and forth for a year now about whether I should keep the Hamburger Helper posts and the like on the site. On the one hand, they are the most popular posts on the blog. Every day, more and more people check these posts out. On the other hand, they are […]

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Vegetable Mix-Up Soup

Here is a nice recipe using freezer mix-ups. These leftovers save you much money, and may even net you some free meals, as the cost for the ingredients would have been factored in when making previous meals. Ingredients: 1 container frozen veggie mix-ups enough water/stock/broth to cover mix-ups Add the frozen mix-ups to a pan […]

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Almost Homemade Tomato Vegetable Soup #3

And here is a third recipe to go along for Almost Homemade Tomato Vegetable Soup. See the first two here and here. Ingredients: Serves 2-4, depending on what other foods are served. 1 can condensed tomato soup, plus 1 can of water 1 can corn, drained 1/2 small zucchini, peel left on, sliced into circles […]

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