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Weeknight Dinners

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Need some budget friendly, easy weeknight dinners that are also kid approved foods?

If you are in search of cheap and fast every day meals, then you aren’t alone. Most families are always looking for ideas for quickly prepared meals that won’t break the bank. If that’s the case, this collection of some foods I’ve prepared for my own family may help you out! Everything here is easily made with inexpensive ingredients, and approved by my own family. 🙂

Dinner For a Dollar

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Dinner For a Dollar

Easy Mexican Bean Salad

Easy Mexican Bean Salad

Easy Mexican Bean Salad

Grandma’s Sunday Special Ritz Cracker Chicken

Grandma's Sunday Special Ritz Cracker Chicken

Grandma’s Sunday Special Ritz Cracker Chicken

Ramen Noodle Crust Pizza

Ramen Crust Pizza

Ramen Crust Pizza

Warm Salad

Warm salad

Warm salad

Mexi Mac

Mexi-Mac

Mexi-Mac

Ramen Noodle Meals

Fancy Pants Ramen Noodles

Fancy Pants Ramen Noodles

For some deliciously simple snacks, check out all of the yumminess of my After School Snacks!

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International Bacon Day

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Did you know that today is International Bacon Day*?

Who doesn’t like bacon? I mean, even people who don’t eat pork try to replicate it’s delectable taste with turkey bacon and whatever meat substitutes they use. It’s just like crispy Heaven on a plate!

Wanna celebrate the wonderful day of bacon? Here is some inspiration for you bacon lovers out there!

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Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Bacon Poppers

Are you a bacon lover? What is the best way to eat bacon?

*Link about today’s celebration…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Bacon_Day


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Easy Desserts Made With Cake Mix

If you are like me, you usually have a few cake mixes on hand from your couponing adventures, just waiting to be made into a quick and easy dessert!

We may wish we could cook from scratch all the time, but the truth is that we all use shortcuts now and then! For those times when you have a sweet craving without the time for a complicated recipe, we’ve got you covered with this roundup of recipes made with cake mix! There is everything from classic cakes to cookies to bars! There’s such a variety of flavors in this list of things to make from cake mix, I’m sure anyone can find something to satisfy their sweet tooth cravings!

Easy Peasy Classic Cakes Made From Cake Mix:

Easy Cake Mix Desserts

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Glaze Cake from Penny Pinching Peach

Pineapple Angel Food Cake from Penny Pinching Peach

Classic Coconut Cake from Sweet and Savory Food

Peeps Easter Candy Cake from Penny Pinching Peach

Shopkins Birthday Cake from Blue Eyed Babies

Cookies and More Made With Cake Mix:

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Easy Cake Mix Cookies from Penny Pinching Peach

Easy Delicious Lemon Cheesecake Bars from The Quiet Grove

Lazy Bar Cookies from Erica Barker

Some More S’mores from Penny Pinching Peach

Snickers Cookie Bars from Mom’s Messy Miracles

Which recipe are you most eager to try? What kind of goodies do you make with cake mix besides cake?

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Jalapeño Poppers

 

Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers

These easy peasy homemade fresh jalapeno poppers are addictive!

The instructions on the picture pretty much say it all, so they are really simple to do. During the summer, these are one of my very favorite snacks. I mean, how can you go wrong with bacon, cream cheese and jalapenos?? It’s not only easy, it’s fresh and delicious!

  • Slice and seed jalapenos.
  • Top slices with a dab of cream cheese and a small piece of bacon.
  • Broil at 500 degrees until bacon crisps and jalapeno is tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Enjoy!!! 

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Don’t forget to wear gloves while handling fresh hot peppers. Your skin and eyes will thank you!

Want to grow your own jalapenos to make your own delicious jalapeno poppers? Try this fun Miracle-Gro Container Gardening Kit that includes jalapenos and other salsa friendly plants!

Do you like spicy food? I ate it all the time when I was pregnant with our third baby, and always love it! I’m not sure about trying this Yum Yum Gum (Jalapeno) jalapeno flavored gum, though! What do y’all think??

For more food for lovers of spicy food, try my ever popular Easy Mexican Bean Salad!

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Garden Fresh Jalapenos

 

 


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You Can Have Your Cheese and Tomato Sauce, Too, Pasta Casserole!

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Don’t want to choose between a tomato or cheese sauce for your pasta dinner? Neither did I!

I didn’t know any recipes that had both separately like I wanted them, so I made up this recipe using ingredients I had on hand. It was so delicious, my husband said he liked it better than Olive Garden! If you knew my husband’s opinion of Olive Garden (which I have never tried, btw) that is high praise!
I made this delicious pasta dish a second time, and decided to take photos and write it up so y’all can get in on this yummy goodness, too! It’s really easy to throw together, and we are able to eat two filling meals out of just one casserole. It would also freeze well. I haven’t done it with this particular casserole yet, but this type always seems to do well frozen.
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You Can Have Your Cheese and Tomato Sauce, Too, Pasta Casserole!

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1 lb. ground beef
1 box bow tie or rotini pasta
1 bag frozen spinach
2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Start the ground beef browning in a skillet and the pasta boiling in a pot.
  • Cook spinach according to directions on package.
  • Spray a 13 x 9 Inch Pan like this one I love with cooking spray.
  • While all of that is cooking, get two large bowls like the bigger ones in this Mixing Bowl Set and dump the tomato sauce in one and the cheese sauce in the other.
  • Once cooked, mix the ground into the tomato sauce and the pasta & spinach into the cheese sauce.
  • Layer half of the cheese mixture in the bottom of the pan, half of the tomato mixture on top of that and sprinkle Parmesan and half of the mozzarella on top of that.
  • Repeat.
  • Put it all in the oven and bake at 400º F for 30 minutes.

This is one of my family’s favorite meals already!

Seriously, my family loves this recipe so much! It’s even simpler than it sounds. You can easily get it all together in just over the time it takes to boil noodles.
As far as serving suggestions go, I like to serve it with garlic bread of some kind. It works as a one pan meal or you can serve it with more veggies in the form of a salad, green beans, corn on the cob, broccoli or anything else that tickles your taste buds.
For more great dinner ideas, check out my Weeknight Dinners and 10 Family Friendly Crockpot Meals!

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My Favorite Cookie Recipe Books

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After using them to do some Christmas baking, I thought I’d tell  y’all about my two favorite cookie recipe books!

I used to check them out repeatedly from the library to try new things, but my dad finally wound up buying them for me. Talk about an amazing gift that he knew I would use and love!!

The first of my favorite cookie cookbooks is called 1001 Cookie Recipes.

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It’s chock full of tasty recipes, complete with indexes for types, ingredients and titles. I absolutely love it!
Want to know a couple of the goodies I have made from this book?

On page 54, you will find Banana Chip Bars. It’s one of my go to treats! I always add a dollop of peanut butter, because we love it, and sometimes simplify it by using self rising instead of all purpose and it’s accompanying ingredients.

Chocolate Refrigerator Cookies. For a really soft cookie like we prefer, I bake just 5-6 minutes. My kids loved decorating these for Christmas!
You can get your copy on Amazon here: 1001 Cookie Recipes

My other favorite recipe book is BH&G Ultimate Cookie Book.

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It also has beautiful pictures, a detailed index using ingredients and titles and includes tips for baking better cookies.

A favorite from this book is banana split brownies from page 379. If you don’t want to make the icing from scratch, just get fresh or frozen strawberries with the pre-made cream cheese kind. This recipe is soooo good, though!

Get your own copy at Amazon here: BH&G Ultimate Cookie Book

What is your favorite kind of cookie? Want to know some of my favorite cookie recipes I have created from randomness? Try my completely healthy cookies and my easy peasy cake mix cookies!

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10 Family Friendly Crockpot Meals

10 Family Friendly Crockpot Meals

Most busy, penny pinching moms that I know are fond of fun family friendly crockpot recipes. I have had a hard time keeping up with the house and cooking for awhile now, with a new baby and one injury or sickness after another, so my slow cooker is my best friend. I decided to get together a list of 10 great crockpot meals to share with y’all! Read and drool! 😉

Next time you want a comfort meal without all the hassle I hope you give this Crock-pot Beef Stroganoff {Gluten Free} a try. Serve it over hot white or brown rice or GF noodles with your favorite vegetable for an easy dinner. #crockpot #recipe Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

An easy, inexpensive crockpot chili recipe. Hide all kinds of veggies for the picky eaters, and mx your own chili seasoning to control your flavor!
Mom’s Healthy Crockpot Chili

21 freezer meals fit for a family! Who couldn’t use this kind of help with dinners?
How To Make Easy Freezer Meals

Crock-Pot BBQ Orange Pork – A sweet and tangy, super easy, healthier Crock-pot version of a classic family favorite. #recipe #crockpot
Crockpot BBQ Orange Pork

Tastes like a gourmet meal, but without all the gourmet hassle. Serve this to impress the neightbors (or you inlaws!) This recipe is picky eater approved.  Slow Cooker White Wine Chicken

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Need a new slow cooker? This looks like the newer version of mine, which was a wedding gift. I still use it all the time! Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker

Loaded Potato Soup in the Crock-pot – A potato soup loaded with all the things you like on your baked potatoes. I’m talking bacon, cheese, broccoli, and more! #crockpot #recipe
Loaded Potato Soup

Crock-pot Tex-Mex Steak and Beans – An easy meal to throw together; full of tender, juicy steak, black beans, onions, garlic, and spices. #texmex #crockpot #recipe
Crockpot Tex-Mex Steak and Beans

Not Your Usual Black Beans and Rice! Try this great recipe!
Not Your Usual Black Beans and Rice

Make a delicious crockpot peanut chicken without a huge hassle!
Crockpot Peanut Chicken

Crock-pot Red Beans with Pork – a hearty, easy, crowd pleasing, inexpensive dish that is perfect on any night. #crockpot #recipe Crockpot Red Beans With Pork

To make clean up a snap, I love using Crock Pot Liners. Trust me, huge time saver!

That’s our list, y’all! Don’t they make your mouth water?? Which are you eager to try first? Need more dinner ideas? Try my easy peasy Weeknight Dinners!

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