Economical Eats

The Family Table in Real Life


In my What I Do post, I mentioned that I try to cook most of our meals from scratch, and this prompted a reader comment, "As much as I like cooking, I get so tired of the planning and cleaning up, day after day. It's so much easier to go out." Me too. I completely […] Keep Reading

Easy Homemade Nut-Free Granola Recipe


One of our favorite breakfasts is Greek yogurt topped with a little drizzle of honey and some granola. The frugal zealot in me objects to paying $4.50 for a 28-ounce box of granola because it works out to 16 cents an ounce, which is not within my acceptable price range for prepared breakfast cereals (see […] Keep Reading

Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts


After I wrote about my infatuation with roasted brussels sprouts in my typical day post, several readers requested the recipe (probably because, like me, they've previously had a hate affair with this poor, much-maligned vegetable). The lowly Brussels sprout doesn't get much respect - it generally tops the list of most-hated vegetables - and until […] Keep Reading


Saturdays are very busy days for us. My husband has Bible Study Fellowship leaders' meeting very early on Saturday mornings, and the rest of the day is usually spent doing errands and household chores that we can't manage to get to during the week. We have no set meal times on weekends, and we typically […] Keep Reading

How to Cook Ground Beef in a Slow Cooker


At our house, the main protein sources are chicken, turkey, salmon, and beef. In particular, we eat a lot of ground beef because it's versatile, economical, and tasty. However, I have a minor problem with ground beef; I don't especially like cooking it. I know...first world problems and all that. It's not like it's a […] Keep Reading


Updated 10/4/13, with more pictures and information. My husband and I tried BelVita Breakfast Biscuits for the first time last week, and we LOVED them.  As is typical for me, I immediately started thinking about how I could duplicate this recipe at home for less money, but a Google search turned up nothing. I was […] Keep Reading

Bread Machine Sandwich Thins


I'm happy to report that since the beginning of the year, I've lost 15 pounds. YAY! I'm unhappy to report that I need to lose about 15 more. I have a fairly severe case of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and insulin resistance is a hallmark of this disease, as is frustratingly slow weight loss, and weight […] Keep Reading

Slow Cooker Roast Turkey Breast


In my 5 years of writing this blog (5 years!), I've mentioned my $2/pound rule for meat purchases several times. What this means is that I don't purchase any protein that costs more than $2 per pound, with the exception of beef. It's become very difficult, though not impossible, to buy most cuts of beef […] Keep Reading

Easter 2013 Recap


We had such a nice Easter weekend together. My husband and I actually enjoyed some time alone, which is rare, because the weather was nice enough that the kids played in the backyard for several hours on Saturday. It's still too cold to really feel like spring (in shady areas there's still snow on the […] Keep Reading


I hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend! We enjoyed some much-needed time together as a family, and it was wonderful. I'll get a recap posted tomorrow, but for now I just wanted to share some favorite Easter recipes. On Friday night, I made Resurrection Rolls for Saturday breakfast with some Rhodes frozen dinner rolls […] Keep Reading