Easy, Inexpensive, and Delicious Salt-free Marinara Sauce

I love a good marinara sauce, but the canned and jarred varieties are often filled with preservatives and a whole lot of salt. Fortunately, it is both easy and inexpensive to make your own from scratch for an investment of just a couple of dollars and about 45 minutes of time. Having marinara sauce on … Read moreEasy, Inexpensive, and Delicious Salt-free Marinara Sauce

Using Colorful Fresh Produce to Create Spectacular Summer Salads

Nothing screams summer like fresh, colorful salads. They are perfect for picnics or al fresco patio dinners. Best of all, you can prepare them ahead of time, allowing you to spend time chatting, mingling, and connecting with family and friends. Served hot or cold, salads can either be an accompaniment for other foods or stand … Read moreUsing Colorful Fresh Produce to Create Spectacular Summer Salads

Seriously Simple, Easy, and Delicious No-Oil Cabbage Slaw

I love cabbage slaw, but I never eat mayo! For one thing, I’m vegan. For another, traditional slaw is incredibly full of fat and excess calories. Years ago, I figured out that I could still eat my favorite salad and it could be made quickly and be full of fiber, low in fat, and high … Read moreSeriously Simple, Easy, and Delicious No-Oil Cabbage Slaw

Delicious $50 Weekly Menu Plan for a Family of 6

My regular grocery budget is $375 a month to feed my family of six. To meet this goal, we rely heavily of produce markdowns, menu planning, and bulk cooking. When COVID-19 hit, we experienced a number of unexpected stressors to our already tight budget. It wasn’t until the immediate danger had passed that I assessed … Read moreDelicious $50 Weekly Menu Plan for a Family of 6

Herbs: An Easy and Inexpensive Way to Add Flavor

When you are trying to stretch your grocery budget, adding herbs is the perfect way to elevate “okay” to “outstanding”, without spending a lot of money. Fresh herbs are in season right now and with these flavor-packed bundles a little goes a long way. I’ll give you examples of some of our favorite recipes, but … Read moreHerbs: An Easy and Inexpensive Way to Add Flavor

5 Delicious Ways to Use Fresh Spring Asparagus

Every spring I wait with great anticipation for fresh asparagus. This tender, glorious harbinger of spring is, to put it very simply, delicious. Here are five recipes, each featuring asparagus. What’s so great about asparagus? Classified as a member of the lily family, asparagus is rich in folate, vitamin K, potassium, and vitamins A and … Read more5 Delicious Ways to Use Fresh Spring Asparagus

How Inexpensive Leafy Greens Help Support Good Health

I often affectionately refer to the spring growing season as “salad days”. Leafy greens absolutely love the moderate temperatures and sometimes seem to grow several inches in just one day. Whether you shop at your local grocer, the farmer’s market, or (like me) have a membership in a local CSA, right now you’ll find a … Read moreHow Inexpensive Leafy Greens Help Support Good Health

How to Save Money on Groceries During a Pandemic

As many have noticed, grocery shopping has changed dramatically in the past three months. Prices have risen at least ten percent, there are still limits on quantities, and there are fewer super-low-priced specials. If your budget is being stretched to the limit, then you are certainly not alone. Mine is, too. The honest truth is, … Read moreHow to Save Money on Groceries During a Pandemic