Continuing our theme of weeknight meals that are budget and time friendly for the crazy holiday season, I’d like to share this versatile and delicious pasta dish. The ingredients are a combination of common dollar store grocery finds and the kind of leftovers you’d find in our fridge at any given time. That’s the “surprise”:… Continue reading Dollar Store Dinners: Spaghetti Surprise with Creamy Tomato Sauce
The holiday season can be a real time-suck AND budget wrecker… a fact that becomes especially apparent when planning daily meals and grocery shopping lists for a hungry family. That being said, I’m going to be sharing a few of our favorite EASY weeknight meals, the majority of ingredients for which can be purchased at… Continue reading Dollar Store Dinner: Pizza Bread!
This meal is an easy and cheap fun change of pace. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it “Mexican Food” but it is definitely “Mexican inspired”. And anyone who has ever gotten food from the food bank or other charities usually gets loads of canned corn and plain refried beans… which get boring… Continue reading Layered Burrito Bake
I’ve always been a fan of Lasagna but have always been hesitant to make it because of the cost. I blame the ricotta. That stuff must be made from the milk of a solid gold phoenix or something. My mom used to make lasagna *constantly* when we were kids though. She even made an… Continue reading Cheap Lasagna (but good! I promise!)
What makes it “Family Friendly” chili? An easy one-pot cooking method, fun shaped pasta and (of course!) cheese! What makes it “super”? All four food groups are crammed into this one-pot wonder (Grains: Pasta, Dairy: Cheese, Protein: Beef & Kidney beans, Veggies: Onions and tomatoes). The spices are mild enough for the whole family and… Continue reading Family-Friendly Super Chili-Mac
Maybe it’s the genetic influence of my Swedish Great Grandfather, but my favorite meal has always been Swedish Meatballs. My husband’s first exposure to this delicacy happened while escorting me on a shopping trip to Ikea and, despite the barely adequate quality of their cafeteria-style food, he was hooked too! Over the years, the frequency… Continue reading Awesome Swedish Meatballs
This isn’t the usual ketchup and vinegar meatloaf. Not only is the seasoning similar to a garlicky roast but Italian-style meatloaf is also called “Braccioli” meatloaf because the chunkier ingredients are rolled into the meat (like a jelly roll). Plus, roasting potatoes in the pan with the meatloaf means you don’t have to make mashed… Continue reading Italian Rolled Meatloaf With Roasted Potatoes