Posts Tagged ‘Crockpot’

Vegetarian Artichoke Spinach Pitas

July 15, 2010

Vegetarian Artichoke Spinach Pitas


  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used sour cream because I don’t like mayo)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled (or 2 TBSP minced garlic)
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried dill weed (I used instead fresh basil from my garden)
  • 8 oz frozen Spinach

Throw all of the ingredients in your crockpot¬†and cook on low for 6-8 hours. This can be served in Pitas with your favorite veggies, cheese etc… or can be used as a dip with Crackers or Heavy Dipping Bread pieces.

These would be great to send cold in a lunchbox:)


Little Frugalista


Meal Plan for Week of May 31

June 1, 2010

Monday (Memorial Day)- Cookout at my house ūüôā My part is Grilled Steaks, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Zucchini,Pepper and Onions,¬†and Hummus with Whole Oat Bread

Tuesday-Cut Up Leftover Steak and Chicken turned into Fajitas,Leftover Green Beans, Leftover Zucchini,Pepper and Onions (Leftover Hummus¬†went into a Wrap today fro¬†Mr. Frugalista’s Lunch)

Wednesday-Crockpot Split Chicken Breast,Steamed Broccoli and Rolls (leftover Chicken will be frozen for Chicken Pot Pie later)

Thursday-Pinto Beans and Hushpupppies (leftover Beans will be made into Refried Beans¬†because Little Dude has been asking for “Smooshed Beans”)

Friday-Turkey Burgers on the Grill with Corn on the Cob

Saturday-Grilled Chicken, Zucchini,Green Beans

Sunday-Baked Potato Bar (Chili,Cheese,Sour Cream,Butter etc…)


Little Frugalista

Meal Plan for Week of May 24th and a Small Grocery Brag

May 25, 2010

I was running behind this week and didn’t make it to the store until Monday. My brag is that this week I was able to buy groceries for the whole week which includes all Breakfast,Lunches and Dinners for $80 and that even included a few cleaning supplies! My goal is usually around $100-$120. That was even without using coupons or doing comparison ads. Cooking from scratch and¬†Recreating Leftovers really does make a difference in your food budget and your health.

Ok enough bragging on my mad shopping/cooking skills and onto the Meal Plan of the Week :-D….

Monday-Spaghetti with Homemade Spaghetti Sauce and Garlic Bread

Tuesday-Hobo Dinner with Potatoes,Onions and Fresh Corn on the Cob (they had the Corn for .19 an ear at Walmart on Monday)

Wednesday-Crockpot Split Chicken Breast,Green Beans and Rolls

Thursday-Chicken and Dumplings, Green Beans and Mixed Veggies

Friday-Breakfast (Shredded Wheat Pancakes, Bacon,Scrambled Eggs,Omletes with Veggies and Biscuits)

Saturday-Going to a Graduation Party

Sunday-Baked Potato Bar(a post to come on this later),Hummus with Veggies and Homemade Bread


Little Frugalista

Homemade Overnight Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

May 23, 2010

I said in my meal plan for this week that I would share this new recipe if it was any good. Let me tell you it is FANTASTIC!

I prepared this in on Saturday night for us to eat Sunday after church so I used a Crockpot. I am told you can put all of these things in a pot on the stove and cook it quick if you like.

Homemade Overnight Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

1 can  Cream of Chicken Soup

1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 can Chicken Broth

2 Carrots Diced

2 Celery Stalks Diced

1/2 of a Medium Onion Diced

Whole Wheat No Yolks Noodles

2 soup cans worth of water

Leftover Chicken (had it leftover from when we had Split Chicken Breast for Dinner)

1 TBSP Garlic Salt

-Place all ingredients except the noodles in the Crock of your Crockpot and turn Heat on High.

-Cook overnight.

-In the Morning Boil the amount of noodles you want to add and throw them in the Crock before you leave for church or about 4 hours before you intend to eat and reduce heat to Warm or Low

And that’s it ūüôā Super simple right? VERY tasty though!


Little Frugalista

Meal Plan for Week of May 16

May 17, 2010

Didn’t get my shopping done today like I usually do but plan to go tomorrow.

Here’s what we will be eating this week for dinner. I¬†cook certain things over and over (side dishes esp.) because my kids will eat them, case in point Corn on the Cob…

Monday-Turkey Burgers on the Grill,Sliced Cucumber, Homemade Mac N Cheese and Salads with locally grown lettuce and wild onions

Tuesday-Crockpot Split Chicken Breast with the Bone in (trying to come up with¬†lots of different ways to fix this because it’s always on sale for .99 a lb),Green Beans and Rolls

Wednesday-Chicken Pot Pie and Corn on the Cob(made from the leftover chicken from Tues.)

Thursday-Jamaican Jerk Chicken on the Grill, Grilled Mixed Veggies and Corn on the Cob

Friday-Spaghetti with homemade Sauce, Whole Wheat Noodles and Garlic Bread

Saturday-Breakfast for Dinner:Omlettes with onion ,green pepper,mushrooms and cheese, Oatmeal,pancakes,biscuits,bacon,gravy)

Sunday-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup from a new recipe (will post it if it’s good) and Lavash Rollups

Lunches and Breakfast will be pretty much the same


Little Frugalista

Meal Plan for the Week of April 26

April 26, 2010

Running a day behind on this post. Sorry ūüôā

Monday-Turkey Burgers and Corn on the Cob

Tuesday-Cranberry Stuffed Chicken and Green Beans (didn’t fix it last week)

Wednesday-Rotisserie Chicken (Found in the middle of this post) ,Green Beans and Biscuits

Thursday- Chicken and Dumplings and Peas

Friday-Crockpot Pot Roast (made from the cow we bought), Potatoes and Carrots

Saturday-Easy Stromboli (we will be having a Yard Sale so I needed to plan something simple. I will be assembling it Friday night and putting it in the fridge to cook on Saturday around lunch time)

Sunday-Veggie Soup made from Leftover Pot Roast from this week with Wraps (pictured in the bottom of my Sprouting post)

Everything else we will be eating (Breakfast and Lunches) is the same as posted before. The only exception is that I will be making a batch of Homemade Granola Bars 


Little Frugalista

Meal Plan for Week of April 19

April 19, 2010

Dinners in no particular order:

-Toasted Sesame Garlic Broccoli Chicken, Egg Rolls and Corn on the Cob

-Stuffed Cranberry Chicken with Green Beans

-Chicken Breast with Tomatoes and Olives with Corn on the Cob

-Crockpot Rotisserrie Chicken, Baked Potatoes and Green Beans

-Chicken and Dumplings with Green Beans

-Pot Roast with Potatoes, Carrots and Peas

Sunday: Leftover Veggie Soup and Grilled Cheese

Breakfasts and Lunches will be the same as posted before ūüôā


Little Frugalista

Meal Plan for Week of April 12

April 12, 2010

This week will be EXTREMELY¬†busy for us. Little Miss has her last week of swimming lessons (Tues. and Thurs.) and Little Man starts soccer (Mon. and Fri.). Add to that my sister’s Birthday on¬†Saturday (it’s a tradition in our family¬†to go out to eat on birthdays) and church on Wednesday. So I will be relying heavily on easy meals and the Crock Pot. ūüėČ

Monday-Chicken/Veggie Stir Fry on the grill with Corn on the Cob

Tuesday-Pinto Beans in the Crock Pot and Cornbread

Wednesday-Meatball Subs and Home Fries

Thursday-BBQ Chicken Breast in the Crock Pot with Green Beans and Mac N’ Cheese

Friday-Hobos on the Grill with Corn on the Cob

Saturday-Out to eat for my sister’s Birthday

Sunday-Broccoli and Cheese Potato Soup in the Crock Pot with Corn Bread

Lunches and Breakfasts will be the same as posted before. This week though I will be adding breakfast for lunch (pancake,boiled egg and bacon), as well as Baked Potato with butter on the side.

Meal Plan Week of March 29

March 28, 2010

In no particular order. My family will choose 5 from the 6 choices:

Taco Dip, Quesadillas

Pinto Beans, Hotdogs,Home Fries

Round Steak and Mushroom Gravy in the Crockpot,Green Beans,Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Fried Rice with Carrots,Peas and Onions (made from Frozen Leftover Chicken)

Glazed Chicken,Baked Potatoes,Green Beans

French Toast,Bacon and Eggs

Saturday: Pizza

Sunday:Easter Dinner at Mom’s House (bringing Mashed Potatoes)

Lunches and Breakfasts this week will be similar to the ones posted before

Use up Leftover Turkey with: Turkey Taco Soup

March 27, 2010

This is one of my favorite recipes for using up leftover turkey. It would also work with leftover chicken.

I put all of the ingredients in my removable crock from my Crockpot. Put it in the fridge and pop it in the Crockpot Unit when I get up in the morning before we go to church. I also make wrap sandwiches the night before and place them in the fridge to serve with the soup, along side tortilla chips.

From my meal plan last week….

Turkey Taco Soup


  • 1 (11 ounce) can cream corn
  • 2 cups black beans (I cook huge batches of these and freeze in 1 cup servings)
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar chunky salsa
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked, chopped turkey meat
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream


  1. In crock, combine corn, black beans, broth ,salsa and turkey. Place in the fridge
  2. Pop crock into Crockpot first thing in the morning before leaving for church or about 2 or 3 hours before you want to eat it and cook on high
  3. Salt and pepper to taste
  4. Serve in bowl with a dollop of sour cream on top