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    It’s Meatless Monday-Roasted Carrot Soup with Cumin and Garlic Crostini

    My upcoming cookbook contains a recipe for carrot soup. However, after reading the article about foods you can eat when you’re broke (and seeing that item on the list), it inspired me to create another one. This time I slow roasted the carrots in the oven and instead of adding croutons made crostini to serve as hearty garnish. For the Soup 4 large carrots, washed, peeled and cut into one inch pieces ½ onion, peeled and diced into one inch pieces ½ teaspoon coriander ½ teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon dried thyme Salt and pepper 4 tablespoons oil 3 cups vegetable stock 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk For the Crostini 8…

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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-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-Cheese Soup with Mustard Crusted Cauliflower

    I love soups all year round but there’s nothing more comforting than stepping into the kitchen on a fall day and knowing you have some homemade soup ready to eat. Last week I was in soup making mode and thought I’d share this recipe with you for Meatless Monday. I had some cauliflower florets that I didn’t know what to do with…too few for a side dish so decided to use them as the topping for this soup. I think it worked out perfectly and now I’m going to try this topping as a holiday side dish when I have larger amounts of the white veggie to work with. While…

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    Cooking With Herbs-Chives

    This post should really be called what to do with a bumper crop of chives. I hate wasting anything, especially food, so when I saw that this year’s chive crop was more than I could handle in one afternoon of drying and freezing, I had to get creative. Here are some ideas I came up with- Think Holiday Gifts I used to make four or five different flavored vinegars each summer but haven’t done it in a long time. This year I decided to try it again. As you might have guessed first one, chive vinegar. It’s simple to do and you can use old bottles that once housed things…

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    Save Time and Money with Desperation Dinners

    Workwise it’s been a hectic week for me and sometimes we’re all entitled to days when cooking dinner is the last thing we want to do. I know it’s tempting to get in the car and head to restaurant but here are some meals I fall back on when things get crazy. I call them my desperation dinners. Cook From the Pantry Supply If you’ve never been motivated to keep the pantry well stocked, now’s a great time to do some planning. Make a list of things you’d like to keep on hand and buy one or two items each time you’re at the store. If you stock the right…

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    More Budget Friendly Foods-Garbanzo Beans

      Garbanzo beans, or as they’re otherwise known chickpeas, is another budget friendly food that I use a lot in cooking. You can buy them canned or dried. I always keep a couple of cans in the pantry. I also cook a one pound bag of the dried variety, using the slow cooker for making batches for various recipes. Just like other beans, they’re full of protein, fat free and give offer a good nutritional bang for your buck.  Here are some of my favorite ways to use them- Hummus One of my favorite treats is hummus. I used to buy it ready-made at the supermarket but the price jumped up so I went looking…

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    Another Budget Buy-Green Split Peas

      Last month I featured black beans as a favorite budget find. This time it’s split green peas. Like beans, split peas are also a fat free, high in fiber food. And they’re inexpensive…this bag cost just 99 cents. Unlike beans, they need no presoaking. All they require is a wash and rinse to make sure they’re free of dust and the odd small stone that can sometimes creep into the mix. One of my favorite recipes is split pea soup. I had one I’d used for years but it took a long time to cook. Unless I continually monitored it, I was always faced with split peas and potatoes that got stuck to the bottom of the pan.…

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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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    Saving Money with Edible Gifts

    The holiday season is a time of entertaining, shopping and gift giving…and trying to keep your budget under control. Sometimes the best gifts are the homemade ones that someone knows you’ve put time and effort into making just for them. If you’re short on cash this year, how about giving an edible gift to the hairdresser, the newspaper delivery guy, or the mailman? They also make ideal gifts to keep in the freezer or the pantry for those moments… and I know we’ve all had them, when someone out of the blue knocks on your door and gives you a gift. They’re also ideal take home gifts for dinner guests.…

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