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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

July 18, 2010

These taste like brownies but hold together in slices like a bread. A great way to sneak veggies into something that tastes like a dessert ūüėČ


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup raisins

In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Combine the eggs, oil, butter and extracts; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in zucchini, pecans and raisins. Pour into two greased and floured 8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from the pans to wire racks.

*If 2 Loaves are too much to consume for you at one time, freeze the second to eat later.*


Little Frugalista


Meal Plan for week of March 15

March 15, 2010

In no particular order and just a general outline to know what I have to work with:


-Meatloaf Sandwiches (made from Meatloaf I had leftover and froze),Homemade Mozarella Sticks (this is a tricky healthy recipe I will post a little later),Baked Sweet Potatoes

-Breakfast (a Favorite of Little Miss) Bacon,Biscuits,Gravy,Eggs,Oatmeal

-Potato Soup, Cornbread (leftover from the week before)¬†Hotdogs and Green Jello (St. Patrick’s Day)

-Santa Fe Rice and Beans

-Chicken Parm (something I made and froze again) with Homemade Marinara and Garlic Bread

-Steaks (from Rocky),Baked Potatoes,Green Beans

*Sunday after Church Meal* Veggie Soup in the Crockpot (made with Venison this time)  and Cold Cut Sandwiches(made the night before and put in the Fridge)

Lunch for Little Miss,Little Dude and Mr. Littlefrugalista….

Boiled Eggs



String Cheese


Lunchmeat sandwiches




Brownies (homemade)


Easter Cookies (homemade)






 English Muffin Pizzas






On the Go Breakfast Cookies (Homemade from a recipe from Quiltie)

This is a general outline and is the bulk of what we will eat this week



Got stale bread?

March 11, 2010

My family will not eat the heels of bread. Well correction, my family will only eat the heels of bread if they have no idea they are the heels. Likewise they will not eat stale bread unless it is equally as incognito.

¬†I save a bread bag in my freezer door and place all the bread heels they won’t eat in it. In this bag also goes pretty much any other piece of bread that I have that is about to go bad or is stale.For those of you keeping score thus far… yes my freezer door is full of containers of this and that leftover ready to be made into something else (fruit about to go bad, stale bread/heel bread,leftover veggies from dinner to be made into soup etc…) ūüėČ Yes you need a decoder ring to figure out what is what in the door of my freezer BUT my grocery bill runs around $100 per week for a family of four buying healthy,whole foods. So not a bad trade off.

Once I get enough bread in the freezer I make Breakfast Casserole,¬†French Toast, Bread Crumbs (to¬†put in meatloaf, stuffed peppers, etc…)¬†or Bread Pudding.

So without further ado. Save money using bread you would have thrown away with these recipes…..


Breakfast Casserole


1 cup milk

1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese

1 lb sausage browned and drained

8 slices of bread torn into pieces


Mix all ingredients together and pour into a 9×13 baking dish. Refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes the next day.


French Toast


  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 12 slices bread
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add the milk, brown sugar and nutmeg; stir well to combine.
  2. Soak bread slices in the egg mixture until saturated.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Brown slices on both sides, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve hot.




Bread Pudding


  • 10 slices white bread, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups hot milk (160 degrees F/71 degrees C)
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly butter one 2 quart baking dish.
  2. Combine bread cubes, butter, cinnamon and raisins; mix well and place in baking dish.
  3. Beat together the eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt. Add milk, mix well and pour over bread cubes.
  4. Sprinkle with nutmeg and bake for 25 minutes.