Showing posts with label Family Friendly meals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family Friendly meals. Show all posts


Back to Basics|Saving in the Kitchen {Freezing Fresh Green beans}

Storing food from your garden

I am happy to be back with another episode of Back to Basics|Saving in the Kitchen today! I am enjoying how many ideas I have for you all. Today I wanted to show you have to make the most of the summer with freezing fresh foods. I am showing you specifically how to freeze green beans but this technique can be used on many of your garden favorites.


January Meal Plans, Plus my Favorite Recipes

welcome to January's Monthly Meal Plan! I updated my planning just a little here are the new highlighted items.

My highlighted sections are for
  • Special events- times when we will not be home for a meal, vacations, birthdays ect I also write the special event out at the top of the day because sometimes this can sway you from making a 4 course dinner to just popping in a pizza!
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
Here is how I meal plan meals for a month and stick to my $150.00 grocery budget. 
Here is how I buy meat and stock up.

This month my meal plans reflect some of my 2014 goals, mainly eating more healthy and focusing on spending less and saving more. My mini goals for January are:
  1. No soda
  2. Healthier snacks
  3. Use my freezer and pantry items more to use up older items and lower the grocery list
Here are some of the recipes I will be using:
3 bean enchiladas ( I made mine 2 bean and used crean cheese in place of the cream of chicken)
2 ingredient pumpkin muffin I will be freezing some for easy morning meals

Okay folks that wraps up another yummy month of meal plans! 
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Family Friendly Meal: Smoked Sausage with Peppers and Potatoes

On The Nifty Thrifty Lady I try to bring you the most bang for your buck! So I thought I would share with you Family Friendly Recipes...this means the whole family will like it, the serving size is big enough to feed a larger family and the dish can be prepared in under 10 minutes for under $5.00!
 Smoked Sausage with Peppers and Potatoes

Olive Oil- Pantry Item
Green/Red Peppers (really any that you have on hand) -$1.00 a piece
Potatoes - .33 a piece if you buy a bag of cooking potatoes
Smoked Sausage- $2.50-$3.00
Salt and Pepper to taste- Pantry Item


To Prepare:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Chop all ingredients about the same in size (this helps everything cook evenly and at the same rate)
  3. Place ingredients in a large bowl, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and I like to use Mrs.Dash as well
  4.  Pour onto a large baking sheet covered in foil (easy clean up!)
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are crispy and brown
I like to serve this with some rice and everyone loves it!