3 Reasons Sugar Snap Peas Are A Crispy, Frugal Treat

Eating seasonally is one of the fastest, easiest, and healthiest ways to not only improve your health, but also drop your grocery bills. People often mistakenly equate fresh produce with expensive food, but this is not the truth. Shopping farmers markets mean finding the freshest food available, supporting small, locally-owned farms, and making new friends … Read more3 Reasons Sugar Snap Peas Are A Crispy, Frugal Treat

Unique Ways to Use Inexpensive, Bold, Flavorful, Colorful Radishes

Radishes: It seems that folks love them or hate them. There are not too many “in between” people. If you’ve not been a fan, I hope to change your mind about this amazing, colorful root vegetable. Plentiful in both spring and late fall, radishes are a powerful source of potassium, which is responsible for lowering … Read moreUnique Ways to Use Inexpensive, Bold, Flavorful, Colorful Radishes

Save Money when You Dehydrate Herbs and Vegetables for Winter

In days past, every home had a “kitchen garden”. No matter how small your yard, you dedicated a space to growing some herbs and a vegetable or two. When cooking, it allowed you to gather ingredients that would add flavor and nutrition, by just stepping outside your back door. Here in the Midwest, we are … Read moreSave Money when You Dehydrate Herbs and Vegetables for Winter

Unbeatable Nutrition and Amazing Flavor: Beets Can’t Be Beat

If you cringe when you think about beets, then you’re in for a treat, which may just change your mind. For years, I hated beets. I had only tried the pickled variety, which my grandmother passed around at holiday dinners/ I obediently took one and then tried to hide it under my napkin when I … Read moreUnbeatable Nutrition and Amazing Flavor: Beets Can’t Be Beat

Broccoli: Versatile, Good for You, and Tastes Great

When it comes to a vegetable that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, it’s hard to beat broccoli. This tree-like vegetable is actually a flower, belonging to the same botanical family as cabbage. It is most prominently grown in early spring and late summer. Large heads can be found very inexpensively at farmers … Read moreBroccoli: Versatile, Good for You, and Tastes Great

How to Use a Head of Cabbage Without Wasting Anything

One of the easiest and most effective ways to lower your grocery bills is to buy items from the farmers market. The price of oversized zucchini often drops to under $1.00 each at the height of the season. I have seen huge heads of cabbage and cauliflower for a couple of dollars. Likewise, pumpkins and … Read moreHow to Use a Head of Cabbage Without Wasting Anything

Autumn Squash: Delicious, Inexpensive, Colorful, and Healthy

Brrrrrr! We are quickly headed toward our first frost in Illinois. The good thing about it is that while most other produce is too tender to weather colder temperatures, squash is a vegetable that is actually known for getting sweeter when it has been “frost kissed.” Squash tends to be pretty hardy, despite falling temperatures. … Read moreAutumn Squash: Delicious, Inexpensive, Colorful, and Healthy

Chunky Kuri Squash Marinara Sauce (Vegan, No-Oil)

Last year, I got a ridiculously good deal on a huge box of kuri squash. There were about thirty small squash in a box for $10!  I cooked and experimented with kuri squash for weeks. One night, I needed something quick for supper. I had some cooked squash in the fridge and a few other … Read moreChunky Kuri Squash Marinara Sauce (Vegan, No-Oil)