Showing posts with label Recipes on a budget. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Recipes on a budget. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

6 Unicorn Inspired Party Treats and a Cookie Recipe

Don't you love to eat pretty food? I find myself always telling our girls to not judge a food just by the way it looks..can't blame them. There is a lot of truth on we eat first with our eyes. That is why , me and Lily ( our youngest daughter ) enjoy watching quick cookie making videos on Instagram. First, they make it look so easy. Second, they always leave us drooling. Those quick cookie decorating videos may lead you into buying your very own cookie decorating supplies. Because well, how hard can it be and only to find out that is not the case...true story! Cookie decorating ( esp with Royal Icing) takes practice in my opinion.

Speaking of eating something pretty and cookie decorating. Here’s six unicorn inspired sweet treats to add to any candy buffet or just make it in an ordinary day. There’s also a bonus cookie recipe at the bottom of the post! A cookie recipe that does not necessarily need a lot of practice. They are budget friendly , easy, delicious and can you can add it to your make ahead cookie recipe list.

I am over at My Joy Filled Life, sharing 6 Unicorn Inspired Party Treats. There is also a cookie recipe included! A cookie recipe that will surely please your family. Trust me, it is 7 yr old and 5 yr old approved recipe.

Make it a baking day with your littles at home. You don't have to wait to host a party! They are all too cute to eat. You can host a Unicorn night with your kiddos and add these books to read!

Hop on over to My Joy Filled Life . Get the recipe HERE.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken

Spring break is in full swing in our household. The first week was a doozy. The girls were sick and I was extremely tired , in need of a break and sleep. Speaking of sleep, how come kiddos wake up really early when they do not even have classes BUT hard to wake up when they do have school. Does that seem familiar with you?

When I am too tired to cook or to even prepare something, my crockpot is such a big help. There are hundreds of recipes that you can make using a crockpot. I can not imagine a household not owning one. Have you tired my Crockpot Hawaiian Meatballs? If should! It is a favorite recipe in our house.

I am over at My Joy Filled Life sharing another easy, tasty and great recipe for busy mommas. 

Serve it with rice , over a bowl of quinoa or orzo. It is very tasty and budget friendly.

For those busy days or for the days that you just want to come home to a warm dinner... This is! I preferred to cut the chicken into chunks because it reminds me of Chinese style chicken recipes. But if you really want it easier, you can just dump the chicken breast into your crockpot. It will still be amazingly delicious.

Hop on over to My Joy Filed Life for the full recipe!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Cheesy Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza Pasta

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Between work , carpools, school , extra curricular activities and family fun , I am sure that as a mom meal planning is always on your mind. What to serve for breakfast , lunch and dinner. Not to mention, school lunches. I am always on the hunt for easy weekday meals. Pizza and pasta may not always win the most the healthiest food category but it is definitely one of my family's favorites. Besides, who does not love pizza and pasta!

This recipe is flat out delicious! I used Rawspicebar's Sun-Dried Pizza Sauce and Pizza recipe. However, I used it on a pasta instead. What I love about this recipe is that you can make the sauce before hand. Making it ahead ( maybe on weekends) will save you time during the busy week days. The sauce is so tasty, you can not just use it as a pizza sauce but also as a pasta sauce or a dipping sauce. One of the things that I certainly love about the Monthly Spice Box is that recipe cards are included. So when you are not in a "experimental mood" you can follow the recipe given. I have previously written a review about RawSpice Bar ( recipes included), you can read it HERE.

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1 RawspiceBar's Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza Spices
1 14.5oz tomato sauce
1 6oz tomato paste
2 garlic cloves , minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp  dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
 2 tsp sugar
Salt and pepper
1 package 3.5oz oz Turkey pepperoni
2 cups medium cheddar cheese
1 8oz Fit N Active wholewheat spaghetti noodles, or any brand.
2 eggs
1/4 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese


Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
Cook spaghetti noodles according to package instructions. Drain.
Heat a medium size sauce pan with olive oil. Add in RawSpiceBar's Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza Sauce Spice. Saute onion until translucent , add garlic. Cook until golden brown. Add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Add in dried basil and oregano. Add sugar to balance acidity.

Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set the sauce aside.

In a bowl, beat the eggs. Pour milk and add the Parmesan cheese.

Grease a 9x13 glass pan.  Add the cooked noodles in and pour the egg mixture. Mix until combined.

Pour the sun-dried tomato pizza sauce over the noodles, top with half of the pepperoni. Sprinkle cheese on top and top with the rest of the pepperoni.

Bake the pasta for 25 minutes or until golden brown and the cheese melts.

Let it cool and serve with your favorite bread sticks! You can never go wrong with pizza and spaghetti. best of two worlds if you ask me.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Asparagus Stir Fry

My girls never liked asparagus. Even if it is wrapped in bacon BUT to my surprise they love this stir fry! The only difference I see is that I did cut the the asparagus into tips. I used to "hide" veggies , every way that I can. I made Chocolate Zucchini Muffins before and blend shredded veggies into spaghetti sauces and meat loafs.  I once made Carrot Muffins  , I did not tell our youngest daughter what it was..all she saw was the icing!!

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Aside from our girls finally eating asparagus, what I love about this recipe is that it is simple, quick  flavorful! Use 21 day fix All Purpose seasoning for a clean eating meal. This meal is less than $10  for a  family of four and I do shop at Aldi. I know where you shop does make a difference. Where you shop might be cheaper! You can also skip soy sauce or just use low sodium. Add red pepper flakes for some kick!

Grab this kid and husband approved recipe over My Joy Filled Life.

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1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup chopped yellow onions ( small chopped)
2 eggs
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2  to 1 cup , halves cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
1 cup, homemade pizza sauce, see recipe HERE.


Pre heat oven to 350 degrees
Cook the quinoa according to package instructions. Cook until quinoa is tender.
Mix all the ingredients together.

 Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin,I used a tablespoon. Press each cup down. It will be a little messy, some quinoa will stick to your hands. Bake the quinoa bites for 20 minutes . You can check at 15 minute mark. Let it cool.

Each serving is full of flavor and healthy to boot! It is great for after school snack or anytime at work that you need a quick bite. I made a huge batch of  and kept it in an airtight container. It was still tasty after 3 days! Serve with pizza sauce and I promise you...this is way more healthier and hip friendly than your regular pizza.

I might be a little biased with pizza sauce. I love homemade pizza sauce! First, it is very easy to make. Second , it is frugal and frugal is my thing. Third, it is more flavorful.

I also made the 21 Day Fix version of this. I used the yellow container to measure my quinoa , green container for the tomatoes, red for the eggs and I skipped the salt , used the 21 Day Fix All purpose seasoning.

If you are not familiar with 21 Day Fix Seasonings , you can get the recipes HERE.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tasty Sausage Pasta

Weeknights are simple when you don't have to prepare elaborate meals. I like fancy meals just not on the days where I am running out and about , on busy school days or on days that I am catching up on chores and my writing deadlines. Actually, fancy is just really not right up my alley. Maybe on special occasions, I will whip up something.

Speaking of easy meals, here's a collection of easy and budget friendly meals and treats. One of my all time favorite cookbook is the $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook. Just like her, I can't seem to make myself cook recipes that is not between $5- $10 . Is it really possible to cook $5 /meal for a family of four? Yes, I did it and a lot of family had done it too. And it is not crappy and junk foods. We started following a strict budget way back in 2008. That pesky recession year (s).

Thank goodness that we are not where we were during that recession period, It was actually a blessing in disguise ! I learned a lot of ways to save money most esp on our grocery budget and our meals. We learned how to stretch our budget. We learned to appreciate the things that some take for granted. We learned the value of family. We learned to be faithful and to trust God that He will always provide...and He did in many ways.

I am at A Little R & R , sharing a quick , easy and budget meal. This is for sure a crowd pleaser! 

Would you like to serve a meal that for sure would not have any left overs? 

 This Tasty Sausage Pasta is a crowd pleaser, kid approved ( skip the red pepper flakes) and easy to cook. Delicious, tasty and quick to boot. Just half an hour ! How awesome is that?  A bowl packed with veggies that is sure to fill you up.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Creamy Fudgesicle

 Here's a very easy , delicious and healthier homemade fudgesicle. There's a couple of variations provided for this recipe so feel free to experiment! I've tried all the variation and our favorite is the 3rd one.

I am over at  A Little R&R sharing this recipe!

Let me know what's your favorite variation! 

  I’ve compiled 15 Homemade Popsicles that you should definitely try. We are a popsicle obsessed family and I can assure you that these are all the best!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Clean Eating Turkey Stir Fry

   Here's a very simple, quick and healthy stir fry recipe. It is clean eating , so you can also use the recipe for 21day fix. Just use your allowed corresponding number of containers to measure the red protein (turkey) and green (vegetables) or measure with 1cup and 1/4 cup after cooking .


1 lb ground turkey
1 cup sliced red bell peppers
1/2 onion
4 cups diced veggies - I used zucchini. broccoli, celery and carrots

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for 21 day fix measurements : 1 lb ground turkey , 1 green container of bell pepper and onions , 4 green containers of diced veggies.


Brown ground turkey until no longer pink. Drain and set aside.

For 21 day fix, use the RED container to measure the protein (turkey). Put it back into the pan.

Add the red bell pepper and onions, saute until tender.

Add the rest of the veggies and stir fry until cooked . Use the 21 Day fix all purpose seasoning. Add water ( by tbsp) if your wok turns really dry.

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You can always enjoy a bowl of stir fry without smothering it in sauce! Serve it with brown rice or farro.

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