Chick Pea Hummus

15 ounce can chickpeas, drained* 1/4 cup fresh parsley 3 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste) 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 clove garlic, peeled 1/2 cup tap water 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional) Drain and rinse the chick peas, to remove any flavor leftover from the can. I do this by putting the chickpeas in […]

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Taco Style Lentils & Rice

3/4 cup dry lentils 3/4 cup brown rice 4 cups tap water 4 beef bouillon cubes 2 teaspoons chili powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder In a 2-quart saucepan bring the water to a boil. As the water is heating, add the lentils, rice, bouillon, chili powder, cumin, onion […]

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Tortilla Chip Pie or Easy Taco Salad

2 – 15 oz cans kidney beans, drained OR 1 cup of dry beans, cooked tender (about 3 cups of cooked beans) 1/2 to 1 pound ground beef or turkey 1 tablespoon dry onion 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon EACH garlic powder and oregano 1/8 teaspoon pepper 15 […]

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Sausage Bean Skillet

1 pound turkey sausage 4 stalks celery, sliced 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon honey 3 cups cooked lima beans  (or any other kind for that matter; about 2-15 oz cans) 15 ounce can tomato sauce First get out a large skillet. In it fry the turkey sausage until it is quite […]

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Butter Beans

Butter beans is one of those great dishes that are best when prepared very simply. If you haven’t had them in a while (and especially if you didn’t care for them much as a kid) give them another try. I’m sure they’ll quickly become a family favorite.   Butter Beans Recipe Type: Side Dish Prep […]

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TVP and Bean Burrito Mix

1 cup plain or unflavored TVP granules 3 tablespoons dry onion 2 tablespoons dry bell pepper (optional) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon oregano 2 beef bouillon cubes Combine the TVP and all of the other ingredients in a resealable plastic container. I like to use zip-lock bags. […]

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Easy Chili

1 pound ground beef 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic minced, or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 15 or 28 oz can of tomatoes 6 oz can tomato paste 4 cups cooked pinto or kidney beans(see note below) 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon dry parsley (optional) Get out […]

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Red Beans & Rice

1 pound dry kidney beans (approximately 6 cups cooked) 2 quarts of tap water 1 pound turkey sausage 1 large onion, chopped 4 stalks of celery chopped 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic 2 teaspoons salt Good shot of Tabasco Sauce Hot Cooked Brown Rice or White Rice (double the recipe for the rice) Soak the […]

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5 Cheap Ways to Eat Black Beans

By Nicole Dean If you have a family budget worked out, you know how hard it is to stick to it without having some real concrete plans and strategies to stretch your money as far as it will go. Usually, the first area we can squeeze a few extra dollars out of our wallets is […]

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Second Hand Shopping

One of the easiest ways by far to save money on just about anything is to shop second hand. Shopping for previously used items is not only cheaper than buying new it helps to reduce consumption of new goods when perfectly usable items are already in existence. It reduces the amount of garbage entering the […]

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Home Heating This Winter

One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your heating bill down this winter is to turn down the thermostat. This means cooler temperatures in the house but there are several things you can do to help keep your family cozy and warm while saving money at the same time. Be proactive – […]

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Apple – The Frugal Fruit

We love apples around here. I don’t think a week goes by where we don’t eat them raw or cook with them. Apples are inexpensive (especially if you go out and pick them yourself), store well and can be used in a variety of dishes. I use them as a pancake topping, in my oatmeal […]

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Affordable Herbs – Dry Them Yourself

Herbs are a great way to flavor almost any food dish, but buying them at the store can be expensive. A more cost effective option that adds money to your pocket and flavor to your meals is to grow and dry your own herbs. It can also be tons of fun, especially if you have […]

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Frugal Breakfast Foods

If you are a regular on the site, you already know that some of my favorite frugal breakfast items are homemade muffins and oatmeal. Pricewise almost nothing can beat either one of them, but if you are looking for a little more variety for that all-important first meal of the day, try some of these […]

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Frugal Grocery Shopping

Prices for anything from groceries to gas have been soaring the past few ones and our hard-earned dollars are challenged to stretch further. Now, we may be able to ride a bicycle around town if we can’t put gas in our cars. But, we have to eat. There’s no getting around that. So, we have […]

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