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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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Low Carb Gingerbread Cake

By JustMommies staff

When you think of holiday baking, gingerbread desserts are sure to come to mind. Gingerbread men, cookies, and cakes are all part of getting into the holiday spirit. Fill your home with the scent of gingerbread baking in the oven without ruining your diet. This gingerbread cake recipe from Splenda
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Mississippi Mud Pie Recipe

By Ken Miller

This may come as a disappointment to some of you, but according to Wikipedia, Mississippi Mud Pie was not created in Mississippi. It's actually from California. The name came from the fact that the brown crust or cake resembles the brown banks of the Mississippi River. Where ever it came from it is sinfully
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Teach Your Kids to Cook

By Cheryl Tallman

Years ago, it was a family tradition to pass down the secrets to treasured recipes and spend hours in the kitchen teaching children to cook. Somewhere between the addiction to video games and the overactive schedules of parents and children, cooking lessons have been neglected. While there are many reasons
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School Lunch Ideas

By JustMommies staff

Sometimes it feels like you’re life is on repeat: packing the same peanut butter and jelly sandwich and juice box in your child’s lunch everyday. When the school weeks drag on and your taste buds get bored, try these sandwich alternatives: Sandwich Alternatives For hot meals like macaroni and cheese
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The Ultimate Crab Cake Recipe

By JustMommies staff

By Kim Morgan Moss In my family both growing up and later as a mom raising my own children, food was center to our time together. Whether it was simply sitting together at the dinner table, or the time I spent cooking while the children watched closely wondering what I was preparing, while looking up
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Quick & Easy Beer Bread

By JustMommies staff

Beer Bread Ingredients 3 cups self rising flour 3 tsp of sugar 1 12oz bottle of room temperature beer How to make beer bread Preheat oven to 350 degrees Mix flour, sugar and beer in a bowl. Place into loaf pan or baking pan. Bake in oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
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Simplest Pot Roast Ever

By JustMommies staff

By Shauna Hanus Pot roasts of generations past are not as forgotten as you may think. With just a few minutes prep time and the simplest pot roast recipe ever you will be well on your way to a terrific pot roast supper. Pot roasts are inexpensive cuts beef legs or beef shoulder that when slow cooked
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Terrific Tofu

By JustMommies staff

By Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers www.FreshBaby.com Tofu is the Japanese name for soybean curd. Dating back to its use in China around 200 B.C, tofu is believed to be the first processed food. Today, it is a dietary staple throughout all of Asia. Tofu is a relative newcomer to the USA. Established in
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Eight Time-Saving Cooking Tips

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by Rachel Paxton CreativeHomemaking.com 1. Plan meals at least a week in advance to incorporate the use of leftovers. For example, have baked chicken, mashed potatoes, and gravy for dinner Sunday, and then use the leftover gravy as the base of beef stroganoff Monday. 2. If you know you're not going to
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Cajun Fish

By JustMommies staff

By Elizabeth Yarnell www.gloriousonepotmeals.com Servings 2 Ingredients 1 potato: russet or sweet or 1/2 of each 1/4 onion, peeled and sliced thinly 10-15 green or string beans, washed & trimmed 1/2-3/4 lb. white fish (catfish, sole, cod, halibut...) Creole or Cajun seasoning 3-5 whole garlic cloves,
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