Grilled Corn Chowder – ($10 or Less Meal)


Corn is so plentiful this time of year, nice and fresh, and very cheap! You can use half-and-half or milk, depending on your tastes. I choose based on price because I think they both taste great. I’ve eaten a lot of different corn chowder in my life but I like this version for the summer […]

What’s For Dinner? 10 Phone Apps To Help You Decide app

Here’s 10 apps you can use to help you come up with ideas for dinner.

Super Easy Pickled Vegetables…No “Canning” Involved!

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A couple of summers ago I tried my hand at canning pickled vegetables (and other things.) I had great success but it was a lot of work and ended up having to get a cortisone injection in my elbow from all the repetitive lifting (jars in and out of water bath, etc.) Then I tried […]

Healthy Summer Snack Ideas

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Looking for summer snacks that are healthy, budget-friendly and easy? Here’s a ton of ideas that are not only better for you but yummy…so much so that the kids (and you) won’t even mind they’re good for you! There’s 30 different blogs offering up vegetable, fruit, smoothie, cheese and sweet recipes that are so simple […]

Homemade Pasta with Basic Pecan Pesto or Fresh Tomato Sauce (Who Knew It Was So Easy?) – $10 or Less Meal


Homemade Pasta with Basic Pecan Pesto or Fresh Tomato Sauce (Who Knew It Was So Easy?)

Mangoes – “The King of Fruit”…..(Helps with Cancer, Vision, Heart, Brain, Digestion & Immune System)

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Here’s a great article spotlighting the health benefits mangoes have, including ways they can help with cancer, vision, heart, brain, digestion and the immune system.

When To Buy Organic…And When It’s NOT Necessary


Eating organic fruits and vegetables is good for you and much safer but most times more expensive, often costing as much as twice (or even more) than non-organic fruits and vegetables. So what’s a family on a budget to do?

Hoisin Chicken Burgers with Pickled Red Onions & Slaw – Less Than $3 A Person


Up until this recipe, I had never eaten much less cooked a chicken burger. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever cooked ground chicken before. This is a nice change from the regular old burger and absolutely delicious!

Fresh Beets – Roasted, Grilled, Served Cold or Make a “Haystack”

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If you’ve never had fresh beets you have to give them a try. If you’ve eaten canned beets and didn’t like them, again, try the fresh ones…you just might be surprised how different (and delicious,) they taste. Beets are in season and available at your local Farmers Markets. We’ve been buying red and gold beets every […]

Creole Pork Chops With Pineapple-Mango Salsa, Baked Potatoes & Beet Greens – $10 or Less Meal

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Beet greens? Yes, beet greens. One of my new favorite foods. And since you have the greens when you buy fresh beets, I consider them a free food. (I used to throw them away, not knowing you could eat them.) Along with the greens we’re cooking pork chops (on sale for $1.99 a pound at […]