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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Cheap Alfredo Pasta with Chicken & Veggies

Ok, so this isn’t exactly made-from-scratch…BUT, this is a quick, easy and cheap meal that is great for busy nights. You can even make it ahead and freeze it. Gotta love those freezer meals! And it’s fairly healthy, too, made with grilled chicken and a big dose of veggies! This is definitely a go-to meal in our family. Everyone likes it, even the kids! Cheap Alfredo Pasta with Chicken & Veggies Recipe Type: Dinner Cuisine: Freezer Meal Author: Kelli Brink Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time:…

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Cheap Homemade Crockpot Veggie Soup

This is a go-to favorite  in our family. It’s made of nothing but canned veggies, broth & herbs. It could not be simpler! You’ll be surprised at how DELICIOUS it is! It costs just a few dollars for a GIANT crockpot full, and it is so healthy! I make it healthier by always draining and rinsing my canned veggies to remove the excess sodium. Cheap Homemade Crockpot Veggie Soup Recipe Type: Soup Cuisine: Crockpot Author: Kelli Brink Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 6 hours Total time: 6 hours 5…

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Cheap & Easy Bruschetta Appetizer Recipe

Well, it’s official… I’m crushing on Bruschetta! And it all started because my husband brought home a cheap, one-dollar, day-old baguette from the store and I just couldn’t let it go to waste. I looked through my pantry and found everything I needed for a quick Bruschetta. Here’s the recipe, and my video on how I made it.   Cheap & Easy Bruschetta Appetizer Recipe Recipe Type: Appetizer Cuisine: Italian Author: Kelli Brink Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 4 mins Total time: 9 mins Serves: 6 A cheap, quick,…

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Tips for Feeding Picky Toddlers

Moms will do anything (within reason!) for our kids’ health an happiness. So, when my picky-eating toddler got even pickier (how is that even possible??), I decided to get creative! I have tried nutrition shakes, I’ve tried hiding veggies in sauces, juices, and even created my own recipe for Black Bean Veggie Brownies (recipe here). Still, the little Pumpkin would only graze on bites here and there. And milk… Lots and LOTS of milk (at least there’s that). What gives?! My frustration led me to vent on my Twitter, Instagram,…

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