Stir Fried Rice for Pennies (without the MSG)

Stir Fried Rice for Pennies (without the MSG)

Stir fried rice is Chinese takeout for pennies. Take out is expensive and takes time to pick up.  You don't need it. You can have this stir fried rice instantly.  Rice is freezer friendly, so you can freeze any leftovers for this quick meal. I call this "recycled...

Low Carb & Lazy: One-Pot “Egg Rolls”

Low Carb & Lazy: One-Pot “Egg Rolls”

Who doesn't love an egg roll? Home cooks, that's who. I started making this recipe when I went keto for a year to test for health reasons. I had to be strict about it because it wasn't a weight loss diet (though that's a side benefit!) it was medical. So, I started...

Beef and Barley Soup

Beef and Barley Soup

Beef, Barley, and Mushroom soup is a very simple soup for a cold day. I love to make beef and barley soup in the Instant Pot. This is an "I forgot to make dinner" meal or for one of those days when I've been doing my thing (I'm the vegetarian) and I really don't care...

Tasty Tomato Soup

Tasty Tomato Soup

WARNING: MY TOMATO SOUP IS NOT HEALTH FOOD But you can make the "wimpy version" if you want. It's healthy. This is a featured recipe on Fall Menu Week 2 INGREDIENTS A jar or two of crushed...

Strategies for Surviving Halloween

Strategies for Surviving Halloween

You can survive Halloween with a few strategies. It's Halloween... a holiday only a new parent or teacher could love. It's ghoul, ghost and troll day all around the nation.  Americans spend $9 billion on Halloween--over $80 a person. Most of that's candy eaten by your...

Grilled Cheese Even a Chef Will Eat

Grilled Cheese Even a Chef Will Eat

Grilled cheese should not be boring! Do this–open your cheese drawer, shred up whatever’s left, and match it to some add-ins, and you’ve got an amazing dinner. Add a bowl of soup to the side–especially soups you make and freeze ahead–and you’ve got a full-on gourmet...

How to Coupon The RIGHT Way

How to Coupon The RIGHT Way

A coupon can make you insane… Done wrong, a coupon will turn anyone into an extreme raving lunatic, with shelves full of nonsense they wouldn’t buy in a million years. You’ll know every price in town and travel far and wide to get a sale. That was me. I had shelves...

Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning 101

Meal planning will save you from this: It’s 5PM. I’m hungry. I don’t know what I want to eat so I go to the store. Or worse yet, I get “a little” takeout that turns into everyone piling on something until the bill comes to $50. Not that there’s anything wrong with...