Spring Garden Goodness $50 Weekly Menu Plan

This week’s $50 menu began with stormy weather. Our power unexpectedly went out for several hours after we were hit with a freak ice storm. Predicting the weather is tricky business. Although forecasters assured us that there was no chance of a very, cold, spring rain turning to ice, it did. By mid-afternoon our trees … Read more

$50 Menu with Surprisingly Powerful Flavors

This week’s menu plan is all about packing flavor into every bite. When you are low on grocery funds, you can elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary by adding spices, herbs, vinegars, and sauces to beans, grains, and veggies – and you’ll pay just pennies to do it! This week’s Kroger markdowns were a little … Read more

A Super Frugal $50 Weekly Menu That Won’t Leave You Hungry

This week’s $50 menu came in the middle of my $100 Grocery Shopping Challenge. I have done challenges in the past. But, this is the first time that I have slashed my grocery budget to this extent. To see the $100 Grocery Budget Challenge Videos on YouTube click here or you can watch below. Breakfast … Read more

Vegan Italian Lentil Soup

Many years ago I created this lentil soup recipe. Unlike most other dried beans, lentils do not need to be soaked before cooking. After 20 minutes, they are thoroughly cooked, not mushy, and perfectly soft. At $1.00-$1.50 a pound, they are a fantastic source of protein, folate, copper, and fiber. This soup has been a … Read more

Extremely Frugal Grocery Budget Stretching Menu

I’ve challenged myself to spend no more than $100 this month at the grocery store. That means that I am using all of the grocery stretching strategies that I know. Since, we’ve been raising kids on a low budget for over twenty years, we have a more than a little practice at making the most … Read more

Walnut Lime Chickpea Spread

Before I became vegan, one of my favorite treats was braunschweiger. Yep, that decadent liver sausage spread over rye bread and liberally daubed with mustard made lunch my favorite time of the day. A few years (and a few lengthy research books) later, I discovered that my mealtime treat was full of fat and cholesterol … Read more

Grain Loaf

Sometimes you just want a good, old-fashioned Sunday dinner, but you need it to be healthy for your heart. A few years ago, I really wanted to serve something which resembled traditional meatloaf. My son, Daniel, and I were working hard to cut our grocery costs and use only ingredients that we had in the house.  … Read more