One-ingredient Banana "Ice Cream"

Slice up a few ripe bananas (we used 5)lay the slices on a cookie sheet and freeze themput the frozen banana slices in a food processor, and process.it does take time, so be patient.It will turn into soft-serve ice cream.  I promise! You can add a glop of peanut butter, a little bit of chocolate, […]

Black Bean Taquitos

Rinse, soak and cook 1lb dry black beans,cool and drain. Preheat oven to 425Lightly oil a deep sided pan(I had to use 3 small pans) Saute a little bit of minced onion and garlicThrow in about 30 tater tots*, thawed and roughly choppedPour in some salsa (a cup or two)Add chili powder, Tony Chachere’s, black […]

"Sunday Slop"

This is almost -always- what we have for lunch on Sunday.  I really need a better name for it, though!! 1 box of whole wheat penne pasta1 to 1 1/2 Cup “Chickpea soup base” (Recipe to follow soon)real butter – from 1/2 to a whole sticksome shredded cheese3 cups(ish) of cooked veggies of any type […]

Chickpea "soup base"

Cook and puree 1 lb of chickpeas/garbanzo beans. Add to the blender:garlicolive oillots of basil, lemon basil is best!lemon juice if you didn’t add lemon basila little tomato sauce, if you like.  Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.salt, pepper It should be the consistency of pudding. Divide it up into 1 to 1 1/2 cup […]

Breakfast "Cake"

We’re in super-frugal mode for a few months while we pay off my dental work, so I’ve been baking a breakfast cake twice a week.  This recipe is where I started:  http://www.allrecipes.com//Recipe/baked-oatmeal-ii/Detail.aspx  – the only difference was that I used raisins instead of cranberries. I ran out of half of those ingredients, so I created this recipe using […]

World’s Best Sweet Potatos

4 lbs sweet potatoes, cut into 1 to 2 inch cubes1 1/2 sticks of real butter1 cup Steen’s cane syrup1 to 2 tsps cinnamon (I’m guessing. I don’t measure anything)1 to 2 tsps vanilla extract1/4  – 1/2 cup chopped pecans Butter a crock pot, throw everything in and cook on low for 8 hours, or […]

Growing sprouts at home: update

We have come a long way with sprouting since my last post about it!  Here are some pictures and the basics of how we’re sprouting at home. You need: a jar with a lid that allows air-flow pantyhose and a rubber band works if you keep it pulled tight, or use a mason jar with […]

Grow your own sprouts: cheap fresh veggies

I love bean sprouts and alfalfa sprouts on salads and sandwiches, but I am not going to pay $3 – $5 per package for them.  Right now I’m sprouting things I already have on hand: wheat and lentils, which are almost ready to eat. I think sprouted lentils are my new favorite food. Growing sprouts […]

Skillet Granola: cheap, and delicious!

Wow – I will never buy boxed cereal again!!  Skillet granola is incredibly easy and CHEAP.  I made this with just oats, honey, and butter and it is delicious!  Next time I’ll add some sesame seeds and some raisins, maybe some shredded coconut. Skillet Granola 2 Tablespoons honey2 Tablespoons butter1 cup of old fashioned oats […]

Cheap and healthy snacks: Popcorn

For the same price of a 6-count box of microwave popcorn, you can buy a big bag of popcorn kernels that will last you a month.  It is so easy to make popcorn the old fashioned way and it tastes so much better than microwaved popcorn. These instructions were written by my 15 year old […]

How to Cook Brown Rice

Brown rice goes well with practically anything, and it is cheap.  I like to make a double batch and keep some  in the fridge for making quick meals.  Learning to cook brown rice is easy.  You just need the patience to leave it alone and resist temptation to lift the lid and stir it. Cooking […]