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    Eight Ways to Buy Organic on a Budget

    I’m of a mind that thinks all food should be grown organically. Sadly, that’s not the case, so anything that is labelled organic (and not just produce), has a higher price. However, I’ve never let that stop me from buying what I love. My motto is there’s a way around every challenge. I’ve touched on this topic before but here’s an updated version of eight ways to buy organic even when you’re on a budget… Shop Sales Just like other goods on supermarket shelves, organic products have regular sales cycles. Watch for store flyers, promotions, and use that time to stock up or eat all organic fruits and veggies during that…

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    Easy to Make Chicken Salsa

    Just in time for Cinco De Mayo, I gave this easy to make dish a test run last weekend. I’ve been relying more on the slow cooker than ever before (a great bargain buy from Hollar!) and this chicken dish just needs three other ingredients.     Wash and pat dry, four chicken breasts (I used the boneless kind)     Place them in the slow cooker. Top them with 2 cups of salsa.     Set on high and cook for one hour. Then add one can of black beans which have been drained and rinsed. Also add, one can of drained corn. Let this cook on high for…

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    Three Ingredients and a Slow Cooker Dessert

    Most of you know I like to keep a full pantry. A couple of times a year I sort through it and begin using the older supplies. Last week (a surprisingly chilly one for this time of year), I wanted something gooey and sweet for dessert. I had a box of Devil’s Food cake mix that needed using and soon. A quick search of the rest of the pantry yielded candied ginger and a can of sliced pears. The combination sounded too good to pass on and with the help of the slow cooker, this dessert was ready in a couple of hours. I topped it with Greek yogurt but…

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    Plant Based, Budget Friendly Meal Challenge

    I just received an e-mail about this and thought I’d pass it along to you. If you’re thinking about eating a plant based diet this year or just looking for ways to eat on a budget, Plant Based Meals has a New Year’s challenge you can join, here’s the link if you want to check it out.   https://www.plantbasedmealplan.com/

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    Quick and Easy Supper-Mediterranean Cod

    Here’s a quick supper that uses cod (or any similar fish), along with peppers, onions, some herbs and olives for a good for you but budget friendly meal. In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add about two tablespoons of oil and then add one onion, sliced thinly and one green pepper that’s been thinly sliced.   Sprinkle in some salt and pepper and sauté until the onion and pepper is slightly softened.   Add a 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes.   Stir in one teaspoon each of dried oregano and basil. Add one pound of cod to the mixture, cover and let simmer for about ten minutes…

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    Homemade Ginger Ale

    I come from a family of migraine sufferers so a bottle of ginger ale has always been a staple in the pantry. (For those of you who haven’t tried it ginger ale helps with the nausea that often accompanies a migraine). While a bottle of ginger ale won’t break the bank, I thought I’d try making my own and use cane sugar instead of regular white or brown sugar. Yesterday was my first attempt and the results were so good I thought I’d share the process with you. You’ll need- A piece of ginger about two inches long. Peel it and chop it and place it in a food processor…

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    Save Some Dough on Whole Wheat Bread…yes, excuse the pun!

    For those of you who are new to the site and maybe this post doesn’t make sense I’ve been experimenting with various recipes to make homemade bread. What exactly made me determined to come up with the perfect one? In one word, the price. I like whole wheat bread and where I live, to get anything decent tasting, is close to $4. It might not seem like a lot but when you use if for toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and sometimes a snack, loaves disappear fast. And who doesn’t like the smell of homemade invading the house or the feel of dough as you knead it on the…

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    Why is Good Quality Bread So Expensive?

    I’ll admit it. I couldn’t go a day without at least once slice of bread. I used to think only artisan bread was expensive but these days it seems (at least where I live), prices of all types of bread have been rising…no pun intended. I’ve been buying bread from a discount supermarket and while it’s okay, it’s not that great and a couple of loaves have been shall I say, stale tasting. Over the holidays I got spoiled because the high end supermarket in town sold their artisan bread for 50% off and I got hooked. How come this bread is so pricey I asked myself, after all it’s just flour, yeast, salt, sugar…

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    A Simple Supper

    I recently got to try some wonderful cooking wines and a pasta recipe that I thought I’d share with you. It’s perfect for a cold winter’s night and when you’ve just returned from holiday shopping. To bring a bold boost of flavor to everyday meals this season, Holland House Cooking Wines has partnered with YouTube cooking show Tatyana’s Everyday Food to create a delectable recipe perfect for sweater weather. Tatyana’s Everyday Food and Holland House’s recipe for Bold and Smoky Pepper Marsala Pasta can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLfQMK-1KvU. Holland House is a line of flavor-enhancing premium cooking wines that enhance sauces, marinades, slow cooker recipes, glazes and more. Bold and Smoky Pepper…

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    Pears with Ricotta Filling

      Here’s a recipe I recently tried out that’s somewhat of a break from pies and anything overly heavy. I bought some pears, and as everyone knows they’re either in one of two conditions. Either perfect for using as paperweights or mushy and only fit for smoothies. I don’t know why there’s never a middle ground for this fruit, but that’s the way it is. So before my purchase turned into mush, I decided to slow cook them. The result was a half descent pear that didn’t fall to pieces. The filling I made is a little more decadent depending on whether or not you use full fat or skim milk ricotta.…