Posts Tagged ‘money’

Vegetarian Artichoke Spinach Pitas

July 15, 2010

Vegetarian Artichoke Spinach Pitas

Ingredients

  • 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:)

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Little Frugalista

Vegetarian Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

July 14, 2010

Vegetarian Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 (16 ounce) packages frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used sour cream because I don’t like mayo)
  • 10 ounces dry bread stuffing mix (boxed or make your own)

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cook broccoli according to package instructions. Lightly Grease a large baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, mix the cheese, eggs, onion, cream of mushroom soup, and mayonnaise (sour cream).
  3. Arrange the cooked broccoli in the prepared baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over broccoli. Spread stuffing mix over the sauce.
  4. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly browned.

**NOTES: This recipe makes enough to serve 4 adult and 2 children and still have leftovers to freeze for later.

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Little Frugalista

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

July 6, 2010

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

  • 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed  (I cook my own and freeze in 2 cup portions/ if you use the canned ones make sure they are drained very well)
  • 1/2 cup frozen green or red bell pepper
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 TBSP garlic powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs or 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use oats to lower insulin reaction. Chop them in your food processor to a fine texture)
  • Directions

    1. If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet.
    2. In a food processor chop black beans into a fine texture and transfer to a big bowl. 
    3. In the food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans.
    4. Add to the bowl the eggs, chili powder, cumin, and hot sauce.
    5. Mix in bread crumbs or oats until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into six patties.
    6. If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.

     

    In my opinion these are even tastier then the Morning Star or Boca Burgers. Plus they are cheaper to make and you know exactly what’s in them 🙂

    These can be cooked and then frozen to heat up later.

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    Little Frugalista

    Leftover Hambone Soup

    June 22, 2010

    We are not huge Ham eaters but every year at Christmas our Jewish Financial Advisor sends us one. I tell you he’s Jewish because I think it’s ironic and hilarious that he sends a ham instead of a turkey considering most Jews don’t eat pork. Anyway… He sends us a Harry and David Ham and it is the most delicious ham EVER. I’m pretty sure the fact that it’s free adds the best spice 😉  I cook it on Christmas Eve and we eat what we want of it on that day. The rest of it I freeze in various portions (cubed ham,bone,soup ham etc..) and since we eat so little ham it does us through the summer.
    The whole point to this was that this year with the leftover Ham Bone I made this soup and it was REALLY good. Also a big plus that it made alot and was cheap….

    After the Holidays Ham Bone Soup
    1 ham bone with some meat
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    1 (15 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes with juice
    1 (14 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables (I used the veggies from dinners I’d frozen in my veggie container in the freezer), thawed
    3 potatoes, peeled and diced
    1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
    3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
    1 cup chopped cooked ham, or amount leftover
    1 (10 ounce) can tomato sauce
    Directions
    Place the ham bone into a large pot and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes. Add the onion and tomatoes, then stir in the frozen mixed vegetables and potatoes. Simmer for about 20 minutes, then add the macaroni, rice, and chopped ham. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 1 1/2 hours. Any ham on the bone should come off easily. Remove the meat and discard bone. Stir in the tomato sauce and let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

    Nutritional Information
    Amount Per Serving  Calories: 195 | Total Fat: 2.7g | Cholesterol: 6mg

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    Little Frugalista

    Frugal Garden Slow Waterer

    June 21, 2010

    My favorite style of Gardening is anything I can get and/or make for free so of course I was thrilled when Quiltie asked me if I’d like to dig up some of her Brown Eyed Susans and Daisies to place in my own yard. I’m pretty sure my Gardening and Frugal Lifestyle roots from my Grandmother who used to say “My name is Jimmy. I’ll take whatcha Give Me!” (Guess she couldn’t come up with anything to rhyme with Ellen since that was her actual name) On a total tangent…. Visiting with friends one day they commented on their “Cottage Style”  of decoration for their home. Upon asking me what my Gardening and Household Style was I replied “Jimmy”. They thought it was some sort of Middle Eastern Feng Shui thing until I relayed the saying above to them.

    I dug up 2 large clumps of the Free Flowers to place on the corner of my property where 2 Pompous Grasses I had placed last year had died. I placed them in those holes and prayed they would fare better then the grass had.

    Last week however I noticed that they were beginning to wilt and therefore I had to start watering them. After a few days of taking the time to water them I got a little tired of the chore. I was wishing that I had a couple of Aquaglobes to place at each plant to keep them watered.

    Well being as cheap as I am I set out to create a cheap Slow Waterer from things that I already had on hand.

    See look how wilted they are looking behind the Waterer!

    Little Dude is a HUGE juice drinker and goes through a 64 ounce bottle of Walmart Apple Juice every week. I just happened to have an empty bottle he had finished on hand so I decided to create the Slow Waterer from that.

    I had read more then once about people making Waterers from Milk Jugs. They had punched very small holes in the bottom of the jugs, placed them beside their plants and filled them with water. This allowed the plant to be watered slowly at the root as God had intended.

    I decided that this was a great idea, however I was failry sure my neighbors wouldn’t want to stare at milk jugs every time they were out in their front yard. So I set out to think of something to cover the Apple Juice Bottle with. That is when I remembered the Earring/Brooch Holder I had made from a picture frame and the fact that I had leftover Burlap from that Project.

    So I set out to cover the Container with Burlap after I had punched 2 tiny little holes in the bottom with a knife…

    I used Floral Wire ,which I always keep on hand because it is soooo handy, to create a loose stitch on the edge of the Fabric…

    I pulled the Fabric so that it bunched and hooked it around the top of the bottle. I then took the Floral Wire and stitched a small spot at the bottom to keep the fabric closed there.

    I made sure to cut the fabric off about a 1/2 an inch from the ground so that the water coming from the bottom of the Bottle wouldn’t get soaked into the fabric instead of the ground. I turned the side pictured above towards the plant so that you can’t see it.

    Hope this inspires you to use what you have on hand to create what you need in the Garden 🙂

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    Little Frugalista

    Hillbilly Housewife

    June 13, 2010

    I was taken to task yesterday by Quiltie for not posting here on my blog 🙂 She told me she had been checking every morning and night only to find that I hadn’t posted anything new. This past week was the first week of my kids summer vacation and my schedule has been juggled quite a bit. Instead of running at 10am I end up running at 6:30 am (shock to my system!). I also plan at least 4 free activities for my kids to do during the week so that they don’t get bored and kill each other 😉 Hopefully things will calm down and I will be able to fit blogging in better.

    For those of you that hunger for more Cheapness check out this site….

    Hillbilly Housewife is another great site I like to visit. Some of my favorite things on this site include:

     –an Emergency $45 meal plan for 4-6 for a week

     –Homemade Convenience Foods

    Recipes

    -For those of you that participate in  Angel Food Ministries here are Angel Food Recipes. For those of you that don’t and have no idea what it is, check out the clickable link above and find out if you might be interested in buying inexpensive food this way.

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    Little Frugalista

    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    June 9, 2010

    Chicken Tortilla Soup:

    1lb chicken, cooked and chopped (I use leftover Chicken I’ve frozen from other dinners)
    1 T olive oil
    1 small onion, diced
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tsp chili powder
    1 tsp dried oregano
    1 can 28 oz crushed tomatoes
    1 can 10.5 oz low-sodium chicken broth
    1 1/4 cups water
    1 can 4.5 oz chopped green chile peppers
    1 can 15 oz black beans, drained and rinsed (I cook my own on the stove and freeze them in 1 cup portions in baggies)
    1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped * I didn’t have this and it turned out fine*

    In large saucepan, heat olive oil and saute onion and garlic until soft. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Optional toppings include baked tortilla chips, low-fat sour cream, cheddar cheese, etc.

    Nutritional Info per serving (w/o toppings): 278 calories, 4.9 g fat, .5g saturated fat, 46 mg cholesterol, 30 g carbohydrates, 23 g protein, 466 mg sodium.

    This is a healthy protein packed meal that is sure to fill you up and is great the next day for lunch.

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    Little Frugalista

    Meal Plan for Week of May 31

    June 1, 2010

    Monday (Memorial Day)- Cookout at my house 🙂 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…)

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    Little Frugalista

    In Honor of The Memorial Day Cookout

    May 29, 2010

    If you are like me you have meat thawing in the fridge right now to cookout for Memorial Day. I love the taste of Marinated Meat but hate the fact that most store bought Marinades have MSG,High Fructose Corn Syrup and a Whole Slew of other preservatives. Here is a great Marinade Website that has TONS of Marinades you can make from scratch to avoid the additives mentioned above. Don’t let that description throw you because they are EASY EASY EASY

    Nikibone Marinades

    Toilet Clean Up Tip

    May 29, 2010

    I can not think of much that I hate worse then cleaning toilets. Maybe it stems from the fact that I have a huge phobia of germs. Whatever the reason I absolutely hate it.

    I find toilet brushes to be especially disgusting and when little Miss was really young I stopped using them in favor of the toilet wands that use disposable heads.

     I was terrified she was going to pick up that nasty toilet brush and either play in the little puddle that hung around in the toilet brush holder or was going to  get ahold of the brush and drag the germy thing through our house.

    The only thing that I hated almost as much as the toilet brush was how much the refills for the Scrubbing Bubble Toilet Wand were. I had to fight myself to purchase them every time we ran out because my conscience would scream at me for buying something disposable when I could be using something that was reusable. Anyway enough about my neurosis and onto the solution I came up with…..

    The head of the Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Wand is like a claw that opens to place the refills in it to use.

    Instead of using the refills I refill them with Flushable Store Brand Wipes.

    They work just as good, if not better. Take 3 or 4 wipes, wad them up together and hook them onto the Wand where the refills would go. If the toilet is especially bad you can use a little Comet or Baking Soda with the Wipes.

    This is a HUGE money saver because 180 wipes are around $4 at Walmart. So you can get 60 uses out of the pack if you use 3 wipes per time. Compare that to the Scrubbing Bubbles Refills which are around $4 for 12 pads.

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    Little Frugalista