Slow Cooker Pinto Beans, Hot Dogs & Peppers

Problem:  Two hot dogs left in the refrigerator and four hungry family members to feed. Solution:  Create a new, frugal recipe using the hot dogs as an accent for flavor. Our grocery budget this month is VERY tight because we paid $850 for our upcoming veggie CSA that will start in June and run through […]

Freezer Friendly Homemade French Fries

We love french fries, but we don’t like the cost of frozen store bought ones–or all of the icky chemicals that come with them. We never buy store bought frozen french fries anymore.  Now, I prepare them specifically for the freezer, and we can pull out the amount we want on the night we want […]

Baked Oatmeal – Gluten Free, Dairy Free, OAMC

We eat all varieties of oatmeal, so when I stumbled upon a recipe for Baked Oatmeal, I knew I had to change it up a bit to make it a wee bit healthier and to make it gluten free and dairy free.  The result is delicious baked oatmeal that my kids eat up every time […]

Hearty Pancakes – Gluten Free, Dairy Free, OAMC

I do most of my cooking with a recipe.  I might make small changes based on our tastes and dietary restrictions. My husband, on the other hand, rarely uses a recipe.  He just dumps and creates.  Surprisingly, most of the time his creations are very successful. Last weekend he made this creation, which everyone enjoyed. […]

A Simple Frugal Meal: 4 Ingredient Beef, Potatoes, and Carrots – Dairy & Gluten Free

When we’re short on time, I love using the slow cooker. When we are at the end of the month and relying on pantry ingredients for our meals until the start of the month, this meal is a winner because it only has 4 ingredients! 4 Ingredient Beef, Potatoes, and Carrots Meal 1 lb. beef […]

Hamburger Soup – Gluten Free and Dairy Free

One of the recipes that I planned to make for my freezer cooking session was Hamburger Soup. I knew I was going to have to tweak the recipe a bit, but I tweaked it substantially when I replaced Worcestershire sauce for teriyaki sauce when I realized I didn’t have a gluten free version.  I wondered […]

How to Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn

You may have seen the Yahoo! article about all of the scary chemicals in microwave popcorn bags and the popcorn itself.  These chemicals have been linked to cancer and ADHD.  Plus, microwavable popcorn is expensive. You can remove the health risk and the high price by making it yourself. Here’s how we do it: Homemade […]

Skillet Apricot Glazed Tilapia – Dairy Free, Gluten Free

I was following eMeals‘ Paleo plan, but since my food choices are so limited, I couldn’t make many of the recipes.  I decided to switch to the gluten free menu plan, and I haven’t been disappointed.  This weekend I made the Skillet Apricot Glazed Tilapia, and it was a big hit with my husband and […]

Peanut Butter Toffee Bars

Warning–this recipe, unlike most I share on my site, is not dairy free or gluten free. We went to my mom’s for the weekend to help her as she recovers from knee replacement surgery.  She loves sweets, so my son decided to make her a recipe from a cookbook he borrowed from the library, The […]

Slow Cooker Old Fashioned Bread Pudding (Can Be Dairy Free & Gluten Free)

I’m trying out a new dessert cookbook, Slow Cooker Desserts, and when I saw the Old Fashioned Bread Pudding, I just couldn’t resist.  Even though the family is currently dairy and gluten free, this recipe was easily adaptable. Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding 2 cups bread cubes (I used end slices of Udi’s gluten free bread and […]