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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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Keep Food Fresh Up to 5 Times Longer

By JustMommies staff

The average household throws approximately $3500 of food away every year. The reason? That food is going bad before families can use it. That's why these compactor food storage containers are so brilliant: they keep food fresher, longer, saving you money. Watch lifestyle expert Marcy McKenna show you
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Gluten-Free Recipes Your Kids Will Love

By JustMommies staff

Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains. Children who have Celiac Disease are allergic to gluten. When they eat foods containing gluten it causes damage to their lower intestines. The only way to treat Celiac Disease is to avoid eating foods containing gluten. The easiest way to make sure
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6 Great Apps for the Foodie in All of Us

By JustMommies staff

You're a mom, and while you may in fact enjoy a lovely bowl of mac 'n cheese, our bet is that you've got a bit of “foodie” in you. Whether you relish an hour or two in the kitchen with a glass of wine beside you to roll dough or stir sauces, or you're more the let's-get-a-sitter, there's-a-new-restaurant-around-the-corner
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What's for Dinner? Quick & Healthy One-Pot Meals

By Elizabeth Yarnell

Stephanie, a vice president for a venture capital firm in Denver, makes it a priority to get home in time to have a family meal with her husband and 1-year old son. “I put a lot of energy into my job and then I get into my car at 5pm and realize that I have no idea what I’m going to feed three people
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Cool School Lunches

By Cheryl Tallman

As you know by now, all parents have a different idea of what is healthy food and what is not. For years, you have had the opportunity to hand select and monitor what your child eats for lunch. Now it is time to test their ability. It is only natural for your child's eyes to wander and notice, and be
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Snazzy Lunch Box Ideas

By Stephanie Gallagher

Say Goodbye to Ho-Hum Lunches with These Gourmet Treats They want something more exciting than bologna and cheese. You want them to have something more nutritious than a Pop-Tart. Is there any way to spice up the kids lunches that doesn’t require an hour of advance preparation? You bet! Try tempting
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5 Things Only Moms of Picky Eaters Will Understand

Your picky eater is all yours, so you love him, of course, but do you ever have those days where you think about how much easier life would be with a kid who just loved to try new foods? If you've had daydreams where you imagine serving up delicious and even experimental cuisine that your kid gobbles
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6 Quick & Easy Breakfast Ideas Kids Will Love

By Laura Carlson

If you’re short on time but want your kids to eat a good breakfast, here are some fast and easy foods that are sure to be “little people” pleasers. These breakfasts taste so good, it’s hard to believe mom’s “secret”—that they’re healthy, too. 1. Sassy Scrambled Eggs (Prep time: 5 mins.)
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How to Feed Your Family Healthy Meals on a Budget

By Laura Carlson

Is it possible to feed your family healthy meals when you're on a tight budget and crunched for time? The answer is "yes"-if you follow some tried and true tips and arm yourself with the right resources. What's happening to family mealtime? Most U.S. parents are working an increasing number of hours,
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Mother's Day: A Colorful Celebration

By JustMommies staff

Mothers can be lovely, sweet, tart, sassy, and come in as many colors as the rainbow - hence this amazing Mother's Day cake, baked with love by i am baker! To all of the amazing moms out there - enjoy this colorful inspiration and recipe! From the talented Amanda at I am baker: I made a double batch
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