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6 Healthy Home-Made Salad Dressings

Ever look at the label on your store-bought salad dressing, only to be left with your head spinning as you try to pronounce all those scary sounding chemicals? Me too. In my frugal kitchen, there are times when I reach for pre-made convenience items, but whenever it’s possible, I love to make things completely from scratch. They taste better, they’re better for you, and they usually cost less! From creamy dressings, to vinaigrettes, here are the salad dressing basics. Keep reading for 6 delicious and simple salad dressing recipes! Psst…they’re…

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I Drink Cheap Wine (& that’s OK)

So, I’d like to talk briefly about something that I love dearly, I hold very close to my heart, and I’ve had a secret passion for for the last 13 years… It’s something I’m also a little scared to bring up. WINE. Oh, dear sweet wine… Fermented grapey love…Purple goodness in a glass…Mom juice at the end of a crazy day. I really, really love wine. And here’s the thing. I don’t know much about it, so it makes me a little scared of talking about it for fear that…

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Healthy Home-Made Dog Food Recipe

As you know, I’m a busy mom to 3 lovely boys. What you may not know is that I actually have FIVE boys, counting our canine companions. Just like I enjoy making healthy and budget-friendly meals for all of us on two legs, I also make homemade, healthy (and inexpensive) food for our dogs. While our Brittany Spaniel-Lab mix, Tinsley, has an iron stomach and can eat just about anything, our older Shih-Tzu, Louie, is a very finicky eater with lots of tummy trouble. We’ve noticed a drastic improvement in…

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Spicy Lentil Tacos
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Fit & Frugal Spicy Lentil Taco Recipe

We absolutely love lentils in our family! It all started last year when my oldest decided to become Vegan (for like one whole month!) Lentils were an absolute staple during that time, and have remained a healthy favorite and meat alternative for us! We use lentils in place of meat on sandwiches, salads, tacos, wraps, in soups, in stuffed green peppers, and so much more! Lately we’ve been loving lentil tacos. To make these yummy Spicy Lentil Tacos, I prepare my usual lentils (below), and then I season with cumin,…

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Shrimp With Sweet Potatoes & Green Beans
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Fit & Frugal Shrimp With Sweet Potatoes & Green Beans

On the journey into healthier eating, I decided to mix it up a little bit with my freezer meals. While I love love LOVE all the casseroles and hearty meals I gravitate towards, I really needed to lighten things up a bit. It does not get any easier than this meal. I basically just dump everything into the pan and freeze! …after all, freezer meals are all about convenience, right? For us, I just season the dish liberally and lightly drizzle with olive oil. You, however, may want to add…

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Lemon Scallion Chicken & Vegetable Kabobs
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Fit & Frugal Lemon Scallion Chicken & Vegetable Kabobs Recipe

I love grilling! I love it so much that I’ve even been known to fire up the grill in the middle of a snow storm. One of the things we most frequently grill here at the Brink casa is chicken. It’s delicious, it’s healthy, and quite frankly, it’s cheap! Even better than JUST chicken are kabobs. I love kabobs because, by adding veggies, you stretch your meat dollar so much farther. They also offer perfect portion control! Here’s a yummy & healthy chicken kabob recipe I received from the people…

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Week 3: How I Fed My Family For Under $50 This Week!

If you like my frugal meal plan series, you’ll LOVE my Ebook! 1 Month of Dirt Cheap Dinners brings you an entire month of easy, frugal & delicious recipes, along with meal plans and shopping lists! Best part, it’s $1.99! Hi guys! It’s been FOREVER since I posted meal plans for Week 1 and Week 2, and I’m so sorry for the long delay! Life, ya know?! Without further adieu, here is Week 3! Be sure to check out Week 1 & Week 2 if you missed those! The details:…

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Tater Tot Casserole
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Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole is one of our favorite go-to cheap meals. It makes mass quantities, everyone loves it, and it’s oh-so-cheap. I always include this on my “favorite freezer meals” list. Tater Tot Casserole Recipe Type: Dinner Cuisine: Freezer Meals Author: Kelli Brink Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 55 mins Serves: 12 My version of the classic comfort food fave, Tater Tot Casserole. This is also one that I ALWAYS include on my freezer cooking days! Ingredients 1 Bag Tater Tots 1 Steamer Bag Frozen…

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Thai Ramen Noodles
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My Version of “Thai” Ramen Noodles with Peas & Mushrooms

I love Ramen. I could eat it daily, but, sadly, I think it may shorten my lifespan and I’d swell up like a hot air balloon. Did you know that if you ate Ramen Noodles for every meal, every day, for a year, you’d only spend $140 A YEAR on groceries?? It’s true! The dirt cheap price of Ramen has made it a staple for college co eds for years, and that’s the very same reason YOU should add it to your menu plan, as well! (IN MODERATION)! This recipe…

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Best-Ever Beans & Rice

This is one of my all time favorite meals! It’s dirt-cheap, healthy and it makes a gigantic pot that you can eat all week or freeze for another meal (freezer meals, yay!!!!) Best-Ever Beans & Rice Recipe Type: Dinner Cuisine: Southern Food Author: Kelli Brink Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 90 mins Total time: 1 hour 40 mins Serves: 10 This meal makes a ton & sticks to your ribs! It’s also dirt-cheap and SUPER healthy! Ingredients Dried Beans (any kind) 1 Carton Chicken or Veggie Broth 1 Diced…

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