Dollars and Sense, Edibles

Is Homemade Lasagna Really Cheaper? | A Comparison

Have you ever felt guilty about buying convenience foods? We assume they're usually much more expensive than if we make the item ourselves. One convenience food that I tend to buy is frozen lasagna- on busy days it is definitely nice to just put it in the oven and use the prep time to do… Continue reading Is Homemade Lasagna Really Cheaper? | A Comparison


Need Some New Baby Food Ideas? Try Some Of These!

  I didn't like tomatoes, broccoli, avocados, and a variety of other things as a kid, which is kind of ironic now that I'm a vegetarian and love all of them. I hope my daughter will enjoy a variety of foods as well, so it's been fun to come up with new mixes and see… Continue reading Need Some New Baby Food Ideas? Try Some Of These!

Dollars and Sense, Edibles

A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

I usually throw away last week's meal plan (which I am rethinking since it's hard to come up with meal ideas sometimes), but I decided to keep last month's meal ideas in case you need some new ones! I typically eat leftovers or sandwiches for lunch and a frozen pizza once or twice a week for dinner, so… Continue reading A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

Beauty + Wellness, Edibles

Why Flax Seeds Are A Waste Of Money

Flaxseed is widely touted as a health food- it contains fiber, and is a great source of Omega 3's, which is great if you are vegetarian or don't like fish. Flax seeds aren't cheap though- a tiny container of them from the grocery store can be $8.00. I always wondered if the seeds have any… Continue reading Why Flax Seeds Are A Waste Of Money

Edibles, Gifts, Parties

Salted Chocolate Apricots

I had a bit of chocolate left over after making chocolate covered Nutter Butters, so I decided to make these salted chocolate apricots. They are delicious! And adding fruit to chocolate makes it healthier, right? All you need is chocolate chips, wax paper, coarse sea salt, and apricots. The directions are similar to the ones… Continue reading Salted Chocolate Apricots

Edibles, Gifts, Parties

Chocolate Covered Nutter Butters

  Two of these are from Kilwin's, and two are homemade. Which is which? Ok, I made the ones on the right. But they tasted exactly the same, for less than half the cost. Because the ones on the left were $1.50 each, my husband and I only bought two when we were at Kilwin's recently.… Continue reading Chocolate Covered Nutter Butters


Yogurt Popsicles

When my sisters and I were kids, we would peel the lids off of single-serve snack size yogurts (the kind that came in a 6-pack), stick a spoon in each, and freeze them overnight to make "popsicles." They were so good that I wondered if I could do the same with greek yogurt (since it… Continue reading Yogurt Popsicles


Polenta & Goat Cheese Peppers

Usually most omnivore weddings don't have many vegetarian options. So I was pleasantly surprised to attend two weddings this summer with two delicious vegetarian entrees- one had baked mac & cheese, and the other had polenta & goat cheese stuffed peppers. The peppers were so good that I made a version of my own. I… Continue reading Polenta & Goat Cheese Peppers


One Pot Veggie Chili

  I've had this recipe for ages so I'm not sure where it's from, but it's very easy to make and quite tasty so I wanted to share with you.  It is "medium spicy" with the amount of spices called for in the recipe. It tastes great the second day, too. The ingredients are pretty basic/inexpensive… Continue reading One Pot Veggie Chili

Edibles, Parties

The Ultimate Ice Cream Sandwich

    A different twist on an ice cream sandwich that is easy to make for your next get together! I was watching Chopped on The Food Network and was inspired to see what dessert I could make with the ingredients I had on hand. I used a mix of toffee pretzels, a chocolate bar… Continue reading The Ultimate Ice Cream Sandwich


Vegan Quinoa Salad

  Quinoa is high in iron and protein without having a lot of carbs. This is one of my easy "using up what I have recipes" that turned out pretty tasty! You can eat it hot or cold, and add chicken and/or cheese for the non-veg. friends/family in your life.     If you enjoyed… Continue reading Vegan Quinoa Salad


10 Quick & Tasty Sandwich Ideas

There's a plethora of lunch ideas on Pinterest (and the pictures! They're so pretty!) but here's the dilemma: I pack my husband's lunches, and he likes sandwiches for lunch. As in, only sandwiches, with some snack items. Which means that things could get boring very quickly. So I'm on a quest to find simple but interesting… Continue reading 10 Quick & Tasty Sandwich Ideas

Dollars and Sense, Edibles

Dinner For $1.72: Mixed Veggies With Pine Nut Couscous

I've always known that it's cheaper to eat at home than eat out, but I'd never figured out just how much cheaper it is. I did the math for this meal and was surprised: $5.14 total, or $1.72 per serving. When a dinner out for two (without appetizers, drinks, or dessert) can easily be $30… Continue reading Dinner For $1.72: Mixed Veggies With Pine Nut Couscous


Vegetable Curry #2

This curry variation is vegetarian tested, omnivore approved! It doesn't involve much chopping and dicing, and only two saucepans, which I like. It's a good way to use up frozen vegetables, too! The raisins add a nice touch of sweetness to balance out the medium spices of the curry sauce.     If you enjoyed… Continue reading Vegetable Curry #2


Mandarin Spinach Salad with Sautéed Tofu or Chicken

  Using pre-cooked chicken cuts the prep time for this to about 15 minutes, making it a good weeknight dinner choice. This was inspired by a salad in a restaurant that was $14.50 a plate- it definitely didn't cost $29.00 to make this version! Click the photo for the full recipe.