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Delicious & Nutritious Beans Make Very Thrifty Meals

Looking for ways to save money on food? Pick up a bag of dried beans for between $1-$3 or canned beans that go for anywhere from 69 cents to $1.25. Beans like navy beans,black beans, black eyed peas, pinto beans, or kidney beans, are excellent sources of protein and vitamins and are a wonderful alternative to meat. Add beans to your soups or stews, roast a butternut squash and combine with white navy beans, lots of time and sage and toss with pasta, or add some cumin and chipotle pepper to bla...

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Transform 1 Batch of Soup or Stew into Many Different Dishes

if you made a big batch of chicken soup, for example, enjoy the soup as is the first night with some homemade biscuits or a nice salad. Then, take the leftovers from that same chicken soup and start experimenting: add rice or noodles, heat it up and add some nice big dumplings to make a thick stew, or change up the flavouring and add some pureed chipotle peppers and butternut squash for a south-west soup. Add different vegetables like tomatoes or kale, diced red pepper, or bok choy. The key to t...

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Black Bean Dip Any Way You Like It

To make a basic black bean dip, simply add 1 can (or more for more dip) of drained and rinsed black beans, 2 good glugs of olive oil (you can use less if you like a chunkier dip), the juice of half a lemon, and a pinch of salt and pepper to your blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Now, to jazz things up a little, try adding a couple of roasted red peppers to the mix, or make a spicy black bean dip by tossing in a couple of chipotle peppers or even dried chipotle pepper. Or, add ...

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Tea Drinker? Get the Best Quality & Value with Loose Leaf

People often think that loose leaf tea is expensive and that buying it already bagged is the cheaper way to go. This isn’t always the case and it certainly isn’t the case if you’re comparing quality. Now, buying loose leaf at a trendy tea shop probably isn’t your cheapest option. Instead, look for and buy loose leaf at your local health food store, bulk grocer, or head to China Town where a large number of the shops will carry loose leaf. Another great thing about loose tea is that there...

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Easy, Thrifty Pickled Vegetables or Relish

To make a Cucumber Relish: 1 Cucumber (if you want more relish, use more cucumbers), peeled and finely sliced 2-3 tsp of salt (really, you’re looking to sprinkle all of the cucumber with the salt, so adjust the amount of salt depending on the amount or size of cucumber) 1 Tbs Sugar 2 Tbs Vinegar (again, adjust for the amount/size of cucumber) Place your cucumber in a colander and sprinkle each piece with salt. Leave to macerate for approximately 30 minutes. Using a clean dish t...

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Dorito Chicken Casserole

By JustMommies staff

Kids love Doritos but hate leftovers. Turn your leftover chicken into a tasty kid-friendly meal. If you have leftover chicken, chop it up into cubes and store it in your freezer. When you need a quick and easy meal, throw it into this yummy Dorito chicken casserole. Ingredients: 4 cups of boneless
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Healthy Snacks for Moms and Moms to Be

New moms and moms to be need to pay extra attention to their nutrition. The demands of pregnancy or breastfeeding
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DIY: A Kids Dessert Pizza!

Amanda from i am mommy created this lovely dessert pizza - perfect for Valentine's Day or any day. Let
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Reindeer Crunch: A Yummy Holiday Treat

Reindeer Crunch is a JustMommies holiday favorite. It’s awesome, easy, and great for teacher’s gifts
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Brownie Recipe for Chocolate Lovers

By JustMommies staff

By Virginia Van Vynckt MakeGreatCookies.com This is an easy brownie recipe you are sure to make again and again. These brownies are very rich and chocolatey and not too sweet. They are bound to win any chocoholic’s heart. If you prefer your brownies a bit on the sweeter side, increase the amount of
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Multi-colored Rice Krispie Treats

By JustMommies staff

This treat is not only colorful and fun, it is actually fairly low in carbs too. It's the perfect treat for pregnant moms with gestational diabetes. Make these multi-colored Rice Krispie squares for your next holiday get together. Multi-colored Rice Krispie Treats Ingredients: (Makes about a dozen
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Sugar Free Sugar Cookies

By JustMommies staff

Want to bake up some sugar cookies to leave for Santa, but need them to be sugar free so you can nibble on a few yourself? Try these sugar free “sugar cookies”. Roll them out just like you would the old fashioned Christmas cookies you remember making when you were a kid – just do it without all
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Kid-Friendly After School Snacks

Are you looking for some kid-friendly recipes for you kids' after-school snack attacks? Try out some
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Sugar Free Lemon Bars

By JustMommies staff

Are you a sweet tooth looking for a sugar-free fix? This recipe is great for moms who have gestational diabetes. It's low carb, low sugar, and made with real lemons. Sugar Free Lemon Bars Ingredients: (Makes about 20 bars; approximately 175 calories & 21 carbs per serving.) Crust:2 sticks of margarine1/2
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Sugar Free Cheesecake

By JustMommies staff

Who doesn’t love cheesecake? This easy sugar free cheesecake recipe is great for keeping your carbs in check. If you are following the diabetic diet during your pregnancy or just want to keep your sugar intake under control, this is a great holiday favorite with under 30 carbs per serving. Sugar
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