• Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Very Veggie Curry

    The weather’s been crazy. One minute warm, the next cold and rainy. The ideal meal for the latter sort of day is a curry. I’ve found the key to making vegetable curry is to let the flavors seep into the produce and develop slowly. Once that’s done a long simmer rounds out the recipe. The best thing about this dish is anything goes. It’s the perfect way to clear out the refrigerator. It’s a recipe I often turn to when I’m checking through the fridge ready for shopping the next day. This time around carrots, potatoes, peas, onions, cauliflower, and canned tomatoes were the veggies of the day but use…

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    Ways to Add Get More Nutrition…without busting your budget

    While some people choose to read magazines while they wait in line at the supermarket, I look to see what other shoppers have in their carts. I’m noticing lots more people are using coupons and buying store brands, but I’m still seeing lots of folks buying foods that while convenient, aren’t that great for you, and cost twice as much as more healthful foods. If you think eating well isn’t for shoppers on a budget you’re wrong. Here are some ways I’ve found to get maximum nutrition while not paying more at the checkout- Go Whole Grain I used to think that products made from white flour were cheaper than whole wheat. More companies have jumped on the whole…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Bean, Rice and Cheese Enchiladas

    Two things I always keep on hand are rice and beans. You can make no end of meals from them including this one I put together last week. I combined the two ingredients with some other pantry staples and decided to make my own enchilada sauce but with a slight twist. Instead of pureeing the sauce I left it as is and not only used it as some filling for the enchiladas but the topping too- 1 15 ounce can pinto beans 1 1/2 cups of rice…I always use brown rice 1 14 ounce can of Red Gold chopped tomatoes with green chilies 1 8 ounce can of Red Gold…

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    Shopping and Cooking Made Easy

    The last few months have been hectic for me, teaching, getting books ready for deadline…shopping, cooking, you name it. It’s during these crunch times that you sometimes fall back into bad money habits. You run to the grocery store without a list and throw food, that’s convenient, not budget friendly into your cart. I’ve become a victim too many times and here are some tricks and sites I’ve found that help me out when my life gets busy- Meal Planning Sites I found this site about a month ago and the timing was perfect. It’s almost like having your own shopping assistant and meal planner. It’s in beta testing stages…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Cheddar Cheese and Mushroom Quiche

    Remember me telling you about the Vermont Cheese Powder I purchased from the King Arthur Flour Company? I’ve been using it to make homemade cheese bread but last week went looking for other uses. I found this quiche recipe and thought it would make a perfect Meatless Monday dish. It’s delicious…especially the pastry made with the cheese powder. It’s dense so a little goes a long way. I served it with steamed broccoli. It was also perfect cold for lunch with some coleslaw. If you don’t have or don’t want to use cheese powder I’d recommend adding more parmesan cheese. Here’s the recipe and it’s one I’ll be making again…

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    April Savings with Georgine

    Here is Georgina’s April post about spring savings. And definitely check out SavingStar. I’ve been using it and it’s nice getting some money back for doing something this easy. April is here which means there will be showers of savings on cold weather clothing The temperatures are still cool enough that you will be able to wear the bargains you snagged and, best of all, you’ll get a jump on next year’s winter wardrobe. Stores like Macy’s always have huge clearance sales where you can combine coupons and coupon codes for even greater savings. Don’t forget sneakers because this is a big time of the year for sports and outdoor fitness activities.…

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    Extreme Couponing…learning the lingo

    Here is Marcia’s April post about learning the language of couponing-   When you’re new at something, whether you’re trying to improve your golf game, learning to knit, or working on picking up some new cooking skills, you’re going to hear a lot of new terms – words and phrases you probably haven’t heard before.  At first those phrases can be confusing or frustrating, but after you hear them a few times, you realize they’re a type of shorthand that people in-the-know use when talking to each other. Extreme couponing is no different. There is a language and acronyms specific to couponing that you’ll want to become familiar with, which…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Veggie Burger

    Those who know me well will tell you if I see a veggie burger recipe I’ll try it. Last week was no exception when I found this one on Shine at Yahoo! The article was about red meat alternatives and featured two vegetarian recipes, one being the veggie burger. http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/healthy-red-meat-substitutes-youll-love-092300281.html It tasted good but the only thing I had trouble with was getting the ingredients to stick together to form a patty. I didn’t mash the beans completely so maybe this was a factor. I decided to add a beaten egg and that worked.  I served mine with steak fries and barbecue sauce.

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    Saving Green When You Go Green

    When I see promotions for Earth Day (April 22nd) it gets me thinking about how you can save money while being or going green. Here are some of my favorites- Laundry There are a few things you can do to save money while being green in the laundry room. The first one is to use a eco friendly detergent. My favorite and something I’ve been using for over a year now is the soap nuts. I like the idea that they don’t have any perfumes and irritants, and I saved money because these bags last a long time. http://www.greenvirginproducts.com/Soap-Nuts-250-Gram-Bag-Deseeded-approx-83-wash-loads-Includes-1-Wash-Bags_p_18.html Or you can make your own detergent- http://www.naturalhomeandgarden.com/homemade-cleaners/homemade-laundry-detergent.aspx? When the weather…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Tuscan Bean and Kale Soup…pairs perfectly with a grilled cheese sandwich

    I love soup year round but now that the warmer weather is here I don’t make it so often.  Here’s one I pulled together as a way of saying goodbye to winter. Once again it uses items that I bought on sale at the store, a large bag of kale for $3.40 and a can of white beans for 89 cents. I also had carrots and onions on hand. Plus some leftover crushed tomatoes.Put them all together and it’s a tasty soup that is even more delicious the day after you made it. For the perfect meatless meal pair it with a grilled cheese sandwich. It makes a lot and can probably…