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Cheap, Easy, and Yummy Vegetable Soup

Thanks to my ongoing pain, I’ve started seeing a chiropractor again and am losing weight to take pressure off of my lower back. That means I keep my eyes out for low calorie meals that still taste awesome. Most recently, I successfully made some amazing vegetable soup. To make a big pot, here’s what you’ll need. Ingredients Olive oil (1 tablespoon) – $Neglible Celery (3 stalks) – $1.50 Garlic (1-4 cloves…I love garlic, so I go big) – 50 cents Onion (1) – 50 cents Carrots (to taste…I used a third of a bag of baby carrots) – 50 cents Broth of your choice (44 ounces) – $2.50 Diced tomatoes (1 can…14 ounces) – 50 cents Tomato sauce (8 ounces) – 50 cents Potatoes (1 large or 2 small) – $1 Cabbage (to taste…I did half a head) – 50 cents 3 bags of frozen vegetables (I used peas, carrots, and a mixed bag) – $3 Garlic powder (1 tablespoon) – $Neglible Onion powder (1 tablespoon) – $Neglible Pepper (2 teaspoons) – $Neglible Thyme (2 teaspoons) – $Neglible Creole seasoning (1+ tablespoons if you like the flavor…I love it) – $Neglible TOTAL = $11 for 12+ servings! Recipe Chop up the … Read more…

Witches Fingers – The Easiest Decorative Cookie Ever!

Halloween themed treats are the best! Wow your friends with the easiest decorative cookie ever, that also happens to be a delicious baked treat - Witches Fingers! These cookies are yummy, spooky and perfect for a school party or an adults-only party.

Reposting from 2012 since Halloween is 2 days away! You all probably know I sort of stink in the kitchen.  But I love easy recipes.  I also love Halloween.  Put those two together, and the cookies below are just too perfect!  The key is finding the sliced almonds on sale…the rest is just putting a little time into shaping up a great Halloween treat! Witches Fingers Peanut Butter  (1 cup) – Less than $1 Egg  (1 egg) – $0.20 Sugar  (1/2 cup) – $0.50 Sliced Almonds – $2.00 Small spoon Total Cost:  Less than $4 1.  Preheat Oven to 350° F and TAKE OFF RINGS and WATCHES – trust me. 2.  Mix together the peanut butter, sugar, and egg. 3.  Roll a spoonful of dough in your hands until it is a long, thin shape like a worm and place on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil. 4.  Use the spoon edge to make two knuckle indentations. 5.  Place a sliced almond on the tip like a fingernail.  You can dye the sliced almonds first if you have time.  Red or green works well.  Just soak them for 10 minutes in some hot water with the food coloring of … Read more…

Super Cheap, Easy, and Delicious – Crystal’s Biscuit Pot Pies!

Thanks to cutting cable, I have no DVR, so I see commercials now when streaming shows from my laptop to my tv.  My roommate and I saw one a couple of weeks ago showing a mom making quick pot pies using a jumbo biscuit.  Well, we messed around with some recipes and ideas and I’ve settled on the one below. Crystal’s Biscuit Pot Pie Ingredients 1 1/2 cups of thawed frozen vegetables or canned vegetables like corn and peas – $1.76 Can of condensed cream of chicken soup – $0.75 Can of 8 Jumbo Flaky Biscuits, I used Aldi’s brand – $1.49 TOTAL = $4.00 for 8 Biscuit Pot Pies (4 people) Optional Extras 1 cup of diced, cooked chicken – $1.50 Spices like salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder – $negligible Shredded cheese – $1.00 Directions 1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2.  Spray 8 cups of a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. 3.  Mix the condensed soup with the vegetables, optional spices, and optional chicken.  I used the garlic powder, onion powder, and a little pepper since the condensed soup added enough salt for us. 4.  Flatten out the biscuits so that they will fit into the muffin … Read more…

My Red Beans and Rice Recipe – Cheap and Delicious!

I’ll admit that I miss the food in New Orleans.  So much so that I did what I rarely do – I decided to full out cook something.  😉 Crystal’s Scrumptious Red Beans and Rice Red Beans Ingredients: 1 pound dry red kidney beans – $1 Favorite meat for beans – ham hock, bacon, or sausage – $2 for 2 small sausage links at Kroger’s 2 diced onions – $1 1 seeded and diced bell pepper – $0.75 3 stalks of diced celery – $0.50 4 cloves of garlic (up to 1 bulb to taste) – $0.50 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil – $negligible 1 bay leaf optional – $negligible ½ teaspoon of Cayenne pepper – $negligible 1 teaspoon Chili powder – $negligible 1 teaspoon Paprika – $negligible ½ teaspoon rosemary – $negligible 2 tablespoons of Creole seasoning – $0.50 (I used “Kevin’s Stuff” from the New Orleans School of Cooking but Kroger’s has Zatarain’s and other options) ½ teaspoon crab boil – $0.50 9 cups of water – $negligible Salt and pepper to taste – $negligible Green onion to taste – $0.50 TOTAL = $7.25 for 6+ servings Red Beans and Rice Directions Add the vegetable oil along with the diced onions, bell … Read more…

Cheap and Delicious Beer Bread Recipe!

My friend, Anne, bought a beer bread package from a crafts fair recently and we all LOVED it.  Then our friend, Kevin, mentioned that his ex made it a lot in college.  That got Anne to thinking that it must be pretty easy and cheap, so we looked at the ingredients. Holy moly!  It’s super tasty AND super easy.  For me, beer bread is the most amazing food ever right now!!!  Seriously, anybody can make this stuff!  Here’s the super easy beer bread recipe along with some subs and alternatives that you can try! Beer Bread Ingredients 3 cups self-rising flour – less than $0.50 1/2 cup sugar – less than $0.50 12 ounce bottle or can of beer (we used 1 regular bottle of Miller Lite) – $1.25 Total = less than $2.25 for a very delicious loaf of bread! Possible Substitutes, Extras, and Notes 3 cups all purpose flour for the self-rising flour IF you also add in 3 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon of salt 1/4 cup sugar instead of 1/2 cup if you rather it be less sweet You can pour a stick of melted butter on top before baking for a buttery, crispier crust.  It’s tasty but unnecessary – the bread … Read more…

Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup Recipe – Cheap and EASY!!!

Get ready to have a new everyday food backup idea!  Kay made this very yummy soup while I was visiting her and her kids in Salt Lake City.  And when she gave me the recipe, I was so excited!  Cheap and easy – my favorite combo when it comes to cooking!  🙂 Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup 10 oz of fresh or frozen broccoli – $1 1/2 cup of water – $N/A 2 cans of Cream of Potato soup – $2 2 cups milk – $1 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese – $2 Total = $6 to feed about 4 people     1.  Bring broccoli and water to a boil.  Then cover and simmer for 5 minutes.  Do not drain the water.   2.   Stir in the canned soup and milk.  Stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.   3.  Add shredded cheese slowly and stir until it melts.   4.  ENJOY!  Seriously, it is that easy.  You can dip in French bread or use a bread bowl – that choice is the hardest part!  

Simple Scalloped Potatoes – Easy and Super Cheap!

As you may have been able to tell from all of my food posts and recipes, I like easy dishes the best.  So when my younger sister was nice enough to show me how to make scalloped potatoes in less than 15 minutes for our little dinner for two, I was all over it! Ambi’s Scalloped Potatoes Large potato – less than $1 Milk (1-2 cups max) – less than 50 cents Flour (two handfuls) – less than 50 cents Olive oil (drizzle) – less than 50 cents Salt to taste – negligible Pepper to taste – negligible Garlic to taste – negligible Total Cost = About $2.00 1.  Slice the potato thinly so they will cook quickly. 2.  Spread out potatoes in a frying pan (we used our 12 inch nonstick sauté pan).  Fill the very bottom of the pan with milk while the heat is on high.  Drizzle the top of the potato slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.    Turn the heat to medium when you see the first bubbles after a little more than a minute or two (milk heats fast).   3.  After about 5 minutes you will notice most of the milk has boiled down.  … Read more…