Main Dish

Easy, Frugal Potato Peel Soup

Easy, Frugal Potato Peel Soup

  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)

  An authentic, frugal, hearty, ground beef staple that uses a few ingredients and costs pennies per serving. Picadillo is also gluten-free, dairy-free and Whole30 approved!   This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation if you make a purchase using […]

Modified Macaroni & Cheese: 4 Ways

Modified Macaroni & Cheese: 4 Ways

  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 […]

Easy Frittata (Or How to Use All the Vegetables in the Crisper Drawer)

Easy Frittata (Or How to Use All the Vegetables in the Crisper Drawer)

Frittata is like the green smoothie of baked egg dishes. It tastes good, and it tricks you into eating vegetables you would never normally eat in the morning. On that same note, quiche is like the pink smoothie that’s made with frozen yogurt and strawberry […]

Mostly Meatless Nacho Dip (Vegan Version too!)

Mostly Meatless Nacho Dip (Vegan Version too!)

  Is there anything more delicious than Americanized taco-food? I won’t call it Mexican food because that seems disrespectful. What we call Mexican food is just variations of America’s 5 favorite taco fillings smothered in cheese. No self-respecting person from Mexico would use taco seasoning or […]

10-Minute Homemade Tomato Soup

10-Minute Homemade Tomato Soup

  Like many of us,  I grew up on canned tomato soup and grilled cheese. It was one of the first dinners I learned how to make. Do you remember learning how to use the can opener as a kid? Squeezing hard enough to pierce the […]

The Cheapest One Pot Macaroni & Cheese

The Cheapest One Pot Macaroni & Cheese

  The first year we were married, Chris and I lived in a 300 square-foot converted shed in someone’s backyard. Don’t worry, we had their permission. It had drywall, a bathroom – even two windows. It kinda had a kitchen. There was a fridge the size […]

Garlicky Pizza Crust for 70 Cents

Garlicky Pizza Crust for 70 Cents

    Would you agree that a mother’s job is to help guide her kids into adult life? First, she keeps you alive when you’re tiny and helpless. Then she keeps you alive when you’re toddling around doing everything that can kill you – fingers […]