Lentil Soup Surprise


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 1 can of lentil soup – $1.00
3 links of beer battered sausage $0.00 (believe mom-in-law gave me the sausage)
1/4 cup frozen string beans .50c
1/2 cup ditalini pasta .50c

1. take skin off sausage and crumble it into cast iron skillet
2. add string beans to cast iron skillet as sausage is almost fully cooked
3. boil ditalini pasta, after cooked drain and add soup to pot
Once sausage and beans are cooked, add to the soup

5. mix and serve

4 servings, COST PER SERVING $0.50

Hearty Pea Soup

Another Tuesday and another cheap and easy meal. This time I was so afraid that Dinosaur would not eat this and want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich…but he LOVED it. He ate every spoonful. It was a hearty dinner for a cold night. this is why LOVE soups, you can add anything to the soup, stretch out the meal, and save money.


1 chicken thigh $1.05
1 can of pea soup $1.00
4 slices of bacon .40c
1/2 cup frozen sliced carrots .40c
3 small potatoes .50c

1. either cook chicken thigh or defrost chicken and shred
2. cut, season, and cook potatoes in skillet
3. cut bacon into thin strips and cook with potatoes
4. Once they are cooked, put canned pea soup and heat up
5. Add chicken, carrots, potatoes, and bacon to pea soup and stir occasionally

5 servings, COST PER SERVING $0.67

Chicken and Broccoli Rice Pilaf

Another Tuesday and another cheap and yummy meal. I’ve learned two things by changing up the way I make and record my meals… 1. Dinosaur  loves these cheaper meals as opposed to the ones I spent more money on. 2. Dinosaur loves when all his ingredients are mixed together. Go figure, right?

If you have noticed, I don’t use place mats or tablecloths. Dinosaur DOESN‘T stop moving, place mats and table clothes only make it easier for him to knock food off the table.

he was shoveling it down…you can tell by the mess on the table


chicken tenders $2.65
1 box of olive and herb rice pilaf $2.00

5 pieces of frozen broccoli  .50c

1. Slice raw chicken into tiny cubes
2. Season chicken and broccoli to preference and cook
3. cook rice pilaf according to instructions
4. Mix all ingredients together

4 servings, COST PER SERVING $1.29

Mommy’s Meat Sauce

It’s another Tuesday, and that means another cheap but delicious meal. This time I made Mommy’s meat sauce. It’s cheap, easy and VERSATILE.  You can add your own pureed veggies (broccoli, green beans, spinach, carrots, peas) and meat (ground beef, chicken, sausage, pork). Isn’t that great?

pureed broccoli and green beans mixed into a sauce the kids won’t even notice all the veggies…moms have to be sneaky

see…you don’t see the sauce, but the smell and taste is out of this world.
Can you see the steam rising off the sauce? What a hearty and healthy meal this will be.

He ate it all and asked for more! How great is that?


1 jar of sauce didn’t have a great sale 🙁 $2.50
1/4 cup of frozen broccoli and green beans $0.50
ground beef already divided package into thirds $1.17
box of store brand ziti $1.00

1. Puree 1/4 cup frozen veggies and add to pre-seasoned sauce
2. Season and cook ground beef until cooked half way though (still slightly pink)
3. Add to sauce and simmer until meat is fully cooked and sauce has delicious flavor
4. At the same time cook pasta
5. Serve meat sauce over pasta…

5 servings, COST PER SERVING $1.04

Chicken and Potato Lentil Soup

It’s Tuesday again, and time for another meal

This time I made ~chicken and potato lentil soup


1 can of lentil soup 10 for $10 – $1.00
1/2 package of chicken tenders $2.08
4 small potatoes  $0.75

1. Slice raw chicken into tiny cubes
2. Season chicken and potatoes to preference and cook
3. Heat Lentil soup in pan
4. Mix chicken and potatoes into soup and serve.

3 servings, COST PER SERVING $1.28

Chicken and Veggie PastaRoni

It’s Tuesday again, and time for another meal

I am going to write up my meals differently now, I’ll tell you…
how much each ingredient costs
the total price
the price per serving
If it was Dinosaur approved or not



2 pkgs Pasta Roni 10 for $10 – $2.00
1/2 package of chicken tenders $2.58
1/2 cup frozen peas/carrots – 10 for $10 .50c

1. slice chicken raw in tiny cubes
2. cook chicken and season to preference
3. Cook PastaRoni according to instructions, I substituted dairy free butter
While cooking pasta, add frozen veggies.
5. Mix together with chicken and serve

4 servings, COST PER SERVING $1.27

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Success and Failures

Sometimes recipes work, sometimes they fail, and sometimes you can use leftovers to make a better meal.

I made pierogie lasagna the other day. We ate every single bite, well at least Dinosaur and I did.  Hubby just couldn’t handle that it wasn’t traditional lasagna, he is VERY picky, but I love him. I didn’t use all the frozen pierogies, I decided to try some with eggs the next morning and it was a SUCCESS! 

frozen pierogies
spice mix

heat up pierogies in iron cast skillet on stove top
add scrambled eggs and spice mix

Dinosaur ate EVERY bite of his…with ketchup it was a heavenly breakfast.


Normally I make pancakes with fruit INSIDE of them, but this time I decided to try fruit on the outside in the shape of a smiley face. Dino was NOT having this at all, he refused to eat any of the fruit. He clearly explained that it is supposed to be inside his pancake. He at least ate some of the pancakes and politely asked for cheerios. I smiled and gladly fulfilled his request, knowing I should have NEVER deviated from my usual pancakes.


I took the left over pancakes and decided to try the same trick with the eggs. Dinosaur LOVED this too. Anything with eggs seems to be a MUST for Dino. I bet with fruit inside, it would be even better.


I did NOT learn my lesson from the smiley face pancakes, and attempted to make chicken and fruit kabobs. Since it was a last minute recipe I made it up as I went along

~At the time, I was hoping it would come out good~


chicken breasts
olive oil
seasoning mix

Pour lots of olive oil into cast iron skillet
add a good amount of spice mix
Add chicken breasts and brush on spice mix and olive oil mixture onto to both sides
Add squash around the chicken, cover and bake at 250 degrees for about 45 minutes.

I then cut the chicken, strawberries, and grapes. I carefully added the pieces on the kabob sticks and presented them to Dinosaur. He was impressed with the design, but only ate the chicken. Did I really expect anything? So silly mommy. But I have another idea for the chicken and fruit and will post about it next Tuesday.


 I quickly gave made a peanut butter and jam sandwich, he ate almost all of it.

What are you recipe successes or disasters?

I FINALLY caught up with my cleaning schedule. WOOOOHOOOO

Mommy’s Meatballs and Apple Crisp

So after my dealings with the rancid meat and smelly pizza dough, I had to purchase them again. After that set back, I was able to make meatballs with pasta and sauce, (I make my own meatballs now, for financial and health reasons) and meatball pizza pockets, meatball sandwiches.

ground beef
diced zucchini
diced onions
diced garlic
1 egg
milk (I used almond milk)
bread crumbs

Mix together and make into small meatballs. I place them in my cast iron skillet and then cook at 300 degrees for twenty minutes. Once my electric oven is heated up, the food cooks VERY fast, I learned this lesson after a meal was over-cooked. Then place meatballs in sauce and simmer for about ten minutes, to allow sauce to soak into meatballs.

With all the extra meatballs, I was able to make meatball and broccoli pizza pockets (original recipe here) . This time I made the pizza pockets and used pancake mix instead of flour. I’ve been calling them calzones, old habits die hard. We also had lots of meatball sandwiches. I even used some meatballs for my omelets with salsa. Sound gross? Hey, got to use every last bit of food, right?

Quick apple crisp

1 apple, cut into slices
dry pancake mix, mixed with butter (I used non-dairy butter)
cinnamon or other spices of your choice

mix all together and place in cast iron skillet at 250 degrees for twenty minutes, they still have a little crunch. Then top with your favorite ice cream. I used Trader Joe’s chocolate cherry soy ice cream.



run washing machine if full
put away dried clothes
clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur

clean bathroom

clean fridge and microwave (hate doing this)

What’s your cleaning agenda today?

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Squash Disappointment

I really like to make my own chicken strips and nuggets. While buying pre-made is easier, I know what is really in my nuggets. It’s really not that hard to make.  I made these chicken strips the same way I made my pork nuggets, only I placed them in the oven for a few extra minutes since they were a thicker cut.
I made a big batch today, because hubby was home for dinner.
Then I decided to try and make breaded squash. I coated them in egg and breaded them, but was in a rush as both hubby and Dinosaur were rushing me with pains of hunger. I didn’t coat them evenly, as you can see.


Even though the squash did NOT turn out how I wanted. How did I want them to look? I wanted them completely coated and to look like round chicken nuggets so Dinosaur would eat them. That didn’t work out and he refused to even have them on his plate. He DID eat every bit of chicken and asked for more.


Despite the way the squash turned out, hubby LOVED everything. He cleaned his plate and asked for more. Now, that makes a wife feel good, but I must plan ahead and take more time to coat my squash so son will eat a few of them.  Hmmmm, maybe I can cook broccoli the same way.
Did any of your meals not turn out the way you wanted, but still rocked?


run washing machine if full, put away dried clothes, clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur
clean bathroom
organize/catch-up day (from yesterday-vacuum inside sofa)
What’s your cleaning agenda today? 

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Chocolate Pancake Heaven

OMG, I am in heaven with these pancakes. THEY ARE BEYOND DECADENT.
I did my usual batter but used Trader Joe’s CHOCOLATE almond milk this time. I like to experiment and try things out, you never know until you try, right? And if if turns out bad, you just keep trying till it comes out right. I’ve never really had a food I couldn’t eat, it was just different than I expected.
Doesn’t that looks so delicious and creamy. Oh, I knew it was going to be good.

I didn’t get a pic of me cutting and adding the diced strawberries and mashed banana chunks, but here is a photo of them cooking on the cast iron skillet. Can you see the chunks of strawberries and bananas in the batter. I was dying to to try them.

My hubby will eat almost any dinner I make (with the exception of pork and things with soy cheese) but he REFUSES to eat my pancakes. He prefers plain boring pancakes, who wants that when you can have…..

THESE!!!! Just look at how mouth watering those chocolate strawberry-banana pancakes are. You can see the fruit bursting to get out and when I added syrup…well oh my I was so hungry to eat them.
I didn’t get any pictures, because Dinosaur and I were stuffing our faces, they were THAT good.
How do you like your pancakes?

run washing machine if full, put away dried clothes, clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur
clean bathroom
clean living room shelf
(Still need to clean fridge and microwave)

What’s your cleaning agenda today? 

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