Archives for March 2011

DIY Convenience Foods

Convenience food is... convenient. But it is also expensive and is sometimes less healthy than its home made counterparts. I tend to rely on convenience foods during busy seasons in my life when I know the alternative might be the drive-thru lane at Chick-Fil-A. Nothing against Chick-Fil-A, but it adds up quickly. Here are a few links to some of the foods I would likely buy prepackaged to save … [Read more...]

Mocha Banana Muffins (Whole Wheat)

If you are looking for a sweet and tasty treat try these delicious mocha banana muffins. There are a few variations on this recipe to make it work for your family, but however you make them they are sure to delight! These are perfect for a brunch or even a dessert. My kids think they are cupcakes, little do they know they are eating whole grain flour, bananas, and applesauce! PrintMocha … [Read more...]

Menu Plan: Fast Food

My two big kids are out of town this week so my meals are going to be quick and easy. It is amazing when my older children are gone how much less food we eat, it is like losing two adults! Cora's birthday is this week too, can you believe it? I can't. Time is flying. Breakfasts Pear Muffins served with smoothies Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes served with fresh … [Read more...]

Frozen Vegetables: A Frugal Alternative

I've heard from many people that they are often throw out fresh vegetables because they rot in the fridge. A frugal alternative is frozen vegetables. Frozen vegetables are picked when they are ripe unlike fresh vegetables which are picked before they are ripe because of the transportation time. Many frozen vegetables are flash-frozen so while they loose some nutrients, the process locks in many … [Read more...]

Chicken Tortellini Soup

Can you believe this chicken tortellini soup takes only 10 minutes to make? It is seriously so simple and a hit with the kids. My mother made this a few weeks ago and when I asked her for the recipe she said she didn't have one! This is my recreation of her creation so the measurements are more like estimates. Feel free to tweak it to your liking and taste as you go. PrintChicken Tortellini … [Read more...]

Menu Plan

My  family still hasn't quite recovered from the daylight savings time change! We are eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner later each day, which is working out well because of all our soccer practices. Last week bananas were marked down at the commissary, so naturally I purchased about 20 pounds. When I arrived home my son looked at me and said, "I guess bananas are on the menu plan for next … [Read more...]