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Cajun Sausage, Beans & Rice

Cajun Sausage, Beans & Rice

Reading Time: 2 min  When a recipe appears from a mishmash of whatever’s in your pantry, it’s a keeper. This Cajun Sausage, Beans & Rice costs around $4 and feeds 4-6 people. It’s flavorful, filling, a little spicy, and besides the kielbasa, you probably already have the ingredients […]

Cumin Beans &  Cornbread

Cumin Beans & Cornbread

Reading Time: 5 min  One of the first ways my family enjoyed a bowl of beans was with this recipe. If you exclude our foray into Paleo and grain-free eating, beans have been a staple in my family’s diet for the last decade. Not only are they a […]

Hamburger Vegetable Soup (Instant Pot & Slow Cooker-Friendly)

Hamburger Vegetable Soup (Instant Pot & Slow Cooker-Friendly)

Reading Time: 5 min  Because we try to save the most money while eating as healthy as possible, my family doesn’t buy a lot of fancy cuts of meat. We try to eat local, grass-fed beef, and that’s expensive. As a result, we generally just keep ground beef […]

Easy, Frugal Potato Peel Soup

Easy, Frugal Potato Peel Soup

Reading Time: 4 min  As cheapskate cooks, one of our goals is to never ever waste food. Over the years, this meant I saved all the onion skins and celery leaves and simmered them into vegetable broth. I whirred carrots tops together with garlic and nuts and made pesto. […]

Picadillo (Mexican Beef & Potato Stew)

Picadillo (Mexican Beef & Potato Stew)

Reading Time: 3 min    I used to think that making international food was unrealistic on my tight budget. We were struggling to simply put enough food on the table that tasted halfway decent – forget about exotic spices or specialty ingredients. I forgot that Beans & Rice – […]

Modified Macaroni & Cheese: 4 Ways

Modified Macaroni & Cheese: 4 Ways

Reading Time: 4 min  For some reason, we feel the need to improve upon perfection. Homemade Macaroni & Cheese is basically the perfect comfort food. It has pasta, melted cheese, salt, and it’s ready in less than 20 minutes. But for some reason, people try to ruin it […]