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    Budget Smart Girl Tries Brandless

      I recently heard about a company that sells food online. Not just any food but good for you stuff that’s organic and non-GMO. Added plus…I was told everything was $3 and shipping is free when you spend $39 or more. Last week I decided to give it a try.   The company is called Brandless. The packaging is plan and simple which reminds me of the generic products you used to see at supermarkets but I have to say the taste is a whole lot better. I haven’t sampled everything I ordered but so far, so good. The sweet potato tortilla chips…well, I’ll give them a ten. Same goes…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Almost Taco Pizza and Leftover Veggie Pizza

    Sometimes I open up the fridge and think about what I can make with leftovers. Oftentimes there’s a little of this and a little of that, but not enough to make a full meal. Last week refried beans, salsa, leftover broccoli, carrots, and pasta sauce sat on the shelf. I thought soup, but then decided on pizza. These days I make my own pizza crust and this time around doubled the recipe. The first one, I’ve called Almost Taco pizza because it has lots of things I usually add to tacos. The second one is perfect for using up leftover vegetables and pasta sauce. Both are ideal for a Meatless…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Edamame Noodle Bowl

    One of my favorite snacks is edamames. They use to be hard to find, but now most supermarkets sell packages of already prepared ones that you simply steam in your microwave. With their broader availability in mind, I thought why not make a simple meal out of them. I came up with this noodle bowl. You can add just about any vegetable you like, but I chose carrots for their sweetness…brought out more by the slow sautéing, to contrast with the salty tang of the soy sauce. Add some peanut butter for added flavor and you have the perfect lunch or light supper for this Meatless Monday. 8 ounces noodles…I…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Spicy Sweet Potato Soup with Potato Ribbons

    Last week sweet potatoes were on sale for 88 cents a pound. Besides being inexpensive, they’re powerhouses of nutrition too. I think their sweetness pairs well with something spicy. Soups can be filling and even more so when you garnish them with an ingredient other than croutons. For this recipe I decide to bake the potatoes rather than simply add them to the soup pot and put everything to get use by using the skins as a garnish. 3 medium to large sweet potatoes 2 cups vegetable stock 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 ½ teaspoons cumin ½ teaspoon coriander 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper in…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Smoky Black Bean and Red Pepper Burger with Tomato and Corn Relish

    One thing that budget and vegetarian recipes have in common is the need for something to give them a little more pizzazz. So on each visit to the supermarket, one of my goals is to find a new ingredient that will do just that. My latest find was smoked cumin. It’s sat on the pantry shelf for a few weeks but I’ve been itching to give it a test drive. Last week I thought I’d add it to this recipe. Don’t worry if you can’t find the smoked variety, regular cumin is fine too. The relish part of this recipe was inspired by the cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and ears of…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Rice and Mushroom Salad with Blue Cheese

    It’s not quite summer but a few weeks ago I thought about meals I’d like to create when the weather turns hot and humid. During those days the last thing I want to do is spend lots of time in the kitchen, yet eating something delicious is still a must. I thought about a rice salad but that didn’t sound very exciting. So I came up with this recipe where marinated mushrooms and blue cheese give bland tasting rice the needed kick. 1 1/2 cups washed and sliced mushrooms (I used baby bellas) 1/3 cup oil 1/3 cup rice vinegar 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Tempeh Bolognese

    Last week I decided to buy a package of tempeh. It cost $2.49. Like tofu it’s made from soybeans but is femented. I’ve eaten tempeh bacon and enjoyed it so thought I’d try making something for Meatless Monday with plain tempeh.  I searched Web sites and cookbooks but then by pure coincidence the recipe of the week that was sent through e-mail from Vegetarian Times was for Tempeh Bolognese. Perfect I thought.  Here’s the recipe- http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/11155?section= I left out the white wine because I didn’t have any on hand and used vegetable broth instead. I realized when I checked the photo on the site that I broke up in the tempeh into too…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-The Ideal Day for Chili

    It’s snowing but I can’t complain because so far…she says with fingers crossed, it’s been a mild and snowfree winter. I looked out the window and thought today would be perfect for making soup or a stew. As it’s Meatless Monday I decided to check the offical Meatless Monday site to see what they suggested. This chili seemed perfect. Best thing is it uses quinoa and I had some thanks to the folks at truRoots who sent me three of their products to try.  Someone told me that this grain is even more tasty if you toast it before you add it to recipe. So I did that by heating it in a skillet for couple of minutes while the onions…

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    Eggs, a wise choice for the Budget Smart Cook

    I don’t have to look at the calendar to know it’s almost Easter. The supermarkets are full of eggs and not just the chocolate kind. Eggs are a bargain any time of the year but as we head into Easter Sunday, they’re one of the best deals out there. Here’s why eggs are always on my list of pantry staples- Nutrition Powerhouses When it comes to perfect nutrition eggs have just about everything. Protein, B vitamins, especially B12 and B2, vitamins A and D, iron, choline and phosphorus, And yes, they’re even low in calories too. But wait a minute, aren’t they bad for me? Not so long ago eggs……

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    Soup, a Great Budget Meal

    I can’t think of a better comfort food than a bowl of homemade soup. It also makes a great bargain meal for many reasons- Low Cost Ingredients Most items you use to make soup aren’t that expensive…vegetables and cheaper cuts of meat that usually tenderize during this slow cooking process. A Hearty Meal in a Bowl Thicker soups like split pea or chili contain lots of fiber that fill you up quickly. Soups containing dairy products add a satisfying richness that tricks us into thinking we’ve eaten an elaborate meal. Meal In Itself Serve a soup containing a protein and some vegetables, add some great crusty bread, and you’ve got yourself one…

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