Black Bean & Ham Soup


This recipe is a favorite in our house. I only make it twice a year because I like the authentic flavor of using a ham bone. So, after each Christmas and Easter, we all get excited because we know what’s coming! Fortunately, this recipe makes a huge batch and provides enough soup to freeze at … Read more

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad w/ Peanut-Ginger Dressing


This is one of our favorite summertime dinners. I enjoy it so much though that I’ve decided it is also a great lunch for the rest of the year. It makes a lot, so there’s enough for us all to eat it for a few days.

Lentil & Rice Burritos


These burritos make a wonderfully frugal, meat-free, delicious meal. The texture of the lentil and rice combination is surprising similar to ground meat too.

Improv in the Kitchen


Our crockpot is currently out of commission. I’ve been avoiding all crockpot recipes for a long time because of this. But today I really had a craving for a favorite crockpot recipe. I knew there had to be another way. The dish I wanted to make wasn’t one that could be simmered on the stove … Read more

Apricot Chicken with Garlic and Green Onion Couscous


This dinner is a favorite for those days when there are no stolen moments! It comes together so quickly and tastes delicious. I take 15 minutes while eating breakfast to do some very minimal prep work, and then the rest is done just before we eat. Stop by Grocery Cart Challenge for more recipes.

Merging Christmas Food Traditions


I grew up with very strong food traditions in my home. Christmas meals, especially, were filled with tradition and usually included the same dishes year after year. I loved those meals and the feelings that they evoked. Food has a way of really tying a family together. Once I was married though, I learned that … Read more

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Fingers


Considering the sparseness of ingredients, you can believe how delicious these cookies are until you actually try them. I love them! I also love them because they freeze great – either as dough or after being baked. Head over to Blessed With Grace for more Tummy-Tempting Tuesday. Also stop by Tammy’s Recipes for more Kitchen … Read more



I know this recipe isn’t necessarily authentic, but it was a hit in our house and it really filled the Cajun food craving I was having. Plus, I didn’t use any ingredients that I wouldn’t normally have on hand, which was the point. The use of two meats might seem un-frugal, but this recipe makes … Read more

13 Foods I Always Have On Hand


As long as I have a few of these items on hand, I can make a complete meal. These are the top things that I buy in bulk and that I rarely run out of, so I’ve learned to be creative when other things get low. Legumes – all types of beans and lentils Rice … Read more