Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Charquican


On my recent trip to Chile, I was on the lookout for traditional dishes that I could bring back home to share with my family and with yours.  One dish that really stood out as something that my family would love to eat was a simple peasant dish called charquican.  Charquican is, … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Pam’s Corn Pie


Yup, a Meatless Monday post by me. Watch out! I am excited to share a recipe that a co-worker gave me recently. I have no idea what the name of it is really so I named it after her. I do know that she told me the recipe off the top of her head. I also know she makes her own pie … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Veggie Fajita Nachos


Why does it seem like we go to Mexican style foods so much during our Meatless Mondays?  I'll tell you why...because the options are just so incredibly yummy and we know that the kids will be happy eating it!  Today we are making Veggie Fajita Nachos.  The recipe is pretty basic. … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Margherita Tortellini Alfredo


This week's Meatless Monday post is a bit of a cheat.  That's ok because everyone needs a nice easy to put together meal from time to time.  This recipe takes advantage of our local Sam's Club.  In the prepared foods section, they have these great packages of Artisan Fresh … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa Pilaf

This week, we are offering a meatless side dish.  In fact, this side would really be considered vegan.  You could serve it on it's own for a nice lunch or with a side salad for a lovely little dinner.  The quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a little nutty and meaty, the almost are … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Tomato Biscuit

Tomato Biscuit

Summer a great time to try going meatless every once in a while.  This week's Meatless Monday is ridiculously easy and takes advantage of great, fresh, seasonal produce.  Biting into a fresh tomato is like taking a bite right out of the summertime.  We baked up some frozen … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Corn Pancakes with Sauteed Veggies

Corn Pancake Sautee

We've been kind of slacking this summer with our Meatless Monday entries.  We've been trying a few new things around here to see how they work.  We've also been taking the time to pay attention to the web and to magazines that we subscribe to so that we can get a little bit of … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Hashbrowns and Eggs

Hashbrowns and Eggs

Next week, we are off on vacation.  That means that this week is all about using up the stuff that we have so that we don't have to throw it out.  In this nation's current economic situation, I think many of us are trying to find ways to use what we have.  When you can't make any … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Pizza di Spaghetti


I'm not a big fan of leftovers.  Eating the same thing two times inside of a week is just not something that excites me.  That having been said, I can't in good conscience just throw out perfectly good food.  It wastes money and teaches my kids a terrible lesson.  So I like to … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Salad Wrap

Salad Wrap

When we do Meatless Monday, we are so focused on our dinner being meatless, that I actually forget about keep meat out of lunch sometimes.  To keep us on track a bit, we are going to start working on some easy lunch and snack options.  Today's efforts?  Salad Wraps! We all … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Broccoli Rice Casserole

Brocolli Rice Casserole

So we're a day late getting Meatless Monday up this week, but this recipe will definitely not leave you a dollar short.  When you combine rice, broccoli, mushrooms, and cheese, you know that you've got something healthy, delicious, and easy on your pocketbook.  You get plenty of … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Veggie Subs

veggie sub

Each week, we post a meatless recipe that is intended as a dinner meal.  It's easy to forget, however, that the point of Meatless Monday is to spend the day without meat.  On that note, we are going to start introducing some breakfasts, lunches, and snacks that are all meat … [Read more...]

May 2012 Monthly Meal Plan

sb meal plan graphic

Our monthly meal plan is a staple of our budgeting process.  We look at it this way.  We are planning meals one way or the other.  We can do it on the fly, trying to figure out each day what we are going to feed our kids; we can plan week to week, spending the time planning while … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Portobello Mushroom Burger


Last week we went easy with the pancake dinner. This week is another easy meatless recipe for you because sometimes life is just about being easy. We love burgers but we aren't big on the alternative meat foods. The ingredients in those foods, especially the sodium, just seem to … [Read more...]