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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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    It’s Meatless Monday-Tofu Taco Bites

    Ever since I made the Crispy Tofu Nuggets from the Vegan for Fun cookbook by Attila Hildmann I’ve been experimenting with different coatings to see what I can come up with. My latest combination, and I think the best so far, is this taco coating mix. By adding more or less spices you can vary the heat level. The coating makes more than you actually need but don’t throw it away because you’ll need it for the quick and budget friendly recipe I’ll be posting later this week. If you’ve not cooked with tofu before here’s a reminder about how to make it more ‘workable’ especially in a recipe like…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Golden Beet and Cranberry Salad

    About this time of the year I begin craving salads again. This one uses a mix of spring greens and baby kale and combines it with two favorites of the late fall/winter season, golden beets and cranberries. The beets are sweet, the cranberries have a slight bite to them, and pull all the flavors together with a miso dressing and I think this scores a hit with any salad lover, especially on a cold winter’s day. Ingredients For the salad 1 pound (about 4 medium sized) golden beets ¾ cup sweetened dried cranberries 5 cups spring green/baby kale salad mix (washed and dried) For the dressing 2 teaspoons sesame oil…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Powerhouse Vegetable Soup

    We all know that eating dark green veggies is good for you and they’re often the best deal at the produce department. However, some people just don’t like them so I came up with the following soup recipe that I think can double as a Meatless Monday lunch, or even supper if you pair it with a sandwich. I call it powerhouse because of one of its main stars is two cups of green vegetables. Choose whatever one you want, but my favorite is kale. The other key ingredient is the tomato paste. It gives it a rich flavor that seems to pair perfectly with the vegetables and makes for…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Stuffed Peppers with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Homemade Pita Chips

    Last week was all about peppers. I had red and green peppers, hot peppers, lipstick peppers…you get the picture. After an hour or so roasting them, drying them, and chopping them to put in the freezer for fall and winter eating, I still had too many peppers. As I always do, I checked what other ingredients I had on hand and brainstormed what I could make. This is the result. Peppers stuffed with a mixture of lentils, rice, and newly purchased dried apricots, cooked in a spicy tomato sauce and served with homemade pita chips. For the stuffed peppers- 6 peppers, your choice. I used smaller red ones and the…

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    Three New Recipes to Try

    I always love the recipes the folks at Pringles send my way. Here are three  that look easy to make but I’m sure delicious. I’m told the chicken fingers are especially good. And with fish going on sale next month when Lent rolls around, the fish nuggets will make an ideal meal. Chicken Pringlers  INGREDIENTS ·   2- 6.38-ounce cans of  Pringles (BBQ, Honey Mustard, Xtreme Blastin Buffalo or any of your favorite Pringles flavors) ·   2 pounds of boneless chicken breast or chicken tenders, cut into 1 1/2” nuggets ·   2 cups of skim milk or buttermilk  DIRECTIONS 1.   Preheat oven to 400°F with a rack in the middle. 2.   Place nuggets in milk. 3.   Puree the…

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