What is a CHEAP (but healthy) recipe you know how to make?

Ok so we all know what it’s like to pop our head in our fridge to find 1/4 gallon of milk and a stick of butter left. Only to check back in 30 minutes to make sure nothing else has appeared. 🙂


I do this all the time!! We are going to the store today but there is a challenge….my husband and I are working with a very tight budget and needing to come up with some cheap recipes that are not completely horrible for you.  We are not on a diet but don’t want to live off pasta or frozen foods either!


Do you have any recommendations? I can easily search and find recipes online don’t get me wrong. But it HELPS to know that other people have tried it and not only did it work but they LIKED it ❤

Thanks for help!

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Unique Wall Art idea for us penny pinchers & A Green Smoothie Recipe!


Yarn Wall Art

For those of us who know what it’s like to not have two cents to rub together, this is a fantastic blog and idea! The blog is called BetweenHeAndShe and can be accessed here This page explains how to make wall art and/or words with just some yarn and nails! I honestly would have never thought of this! Just wanted to pass on.  🙂

Green Smoothie

BetweenHeAndShe also posts an amazing looking Green Smoothie on their page! I’ve done one with spinach before but never almond milk, protein powder, and flaxseed. Going to give this a shot! Cand be found here

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

no bake cookies

I featured a recipe the other day from A Whisk and A Prayer but when I saw this one, I knew I had to add it as well! I LOVE no bake cookies. One thing I loved about these is that they have NO peanut butter in them. I love peanut butter but I find that it does tend to make me gain weight. Adding in blueberries sounds delicious! Cannot wait to make these ! Recipe for Easy No Bake Oatmeal Cookies can be found here

Quick Cinnamon Apple Tart

I was watching Ten Dollar Dinners on the Food Network today. I watched Melissa D’Arabian put together an easy and delicious looking Cinnamon Apple Tart.  Recipe can be found:


Quick Cinnamon Apple Tart

The crust was homemade too!

Flour, Salt, and Sugar is all that makes up the crust 🙂


I’m guessing you could use a pre made baking crust (?)

I do not have a food processor so I’m wondering if just a hand mixer can be used…anyone know?

This was a four out of five-star recipe

Worth a Shot!

Love making things I’ve never tried before.

Picture above found here along with bio on her life.

It was interesting to get to know a few facts behind the chef such as:

“Raised by a single mother who was putting herself through college and medical school, Melissa grew up in Tucson, Ariz., with a
coupon-cutter mentality and on a shoestring budget in a humble home where waste
was frowned upon”

“She could never have guessed that a home video of her making yogurt — a simple
yet successful strategy that saved Melissa more than $1,000 a year — to share
with local moms would also be her ticket to the newest chapter in her career and
life path.”

Cheese Ravioli or Meat Ravioli EASY

Ok , so this may sound hilarious but I do not recall ever making ravioli. I’m sure ive had the canned kind before but not the frozen kind in the bag. It’s REALLY easy!


Cheese (or Meat) Ravioli


1 bag of Raviolis

1 jar of spaghetti sauce (your choice)

shredded parmesan cheese (option)


salt and pepper


1. Fill a pot with water, a sprinkle of salt, and set on stove top (high heat)

2. When water is boiling, pour in the amount of ravioli from the bag that you want. (I used 1/2 my bag)

3. Boil for 3-4 minutes until soft

4. drain

5. Place Ravioli back into pot and add spaghetti sauce (since I used 1/2 baf of ravioli, I used 1/2 jar spaghetti sauce)

6. Put stove top on Meduium Heat and bring to a broil one more time

7. Add Parmesan Cheese and Salt & Pepper (or other seasonings)


This recipe is literally from the back of the bag of non name brand ravioli.  It was just so easy and felt amazin on my throat since it hurts! Had to share 🙂

Picture is from www.google.com pictures section

Homemade Ranch Dressing



I’m curious to try this recipe!

I found it on www.pinterest.com There was no blog attatched to it though so I am posting entire recipe as I do not know of another way to “link” it.

“This whole jar of ranch is only 1.75 grams of fat and 255 calories!”


1 cup dannon oikos plain greek yogurt

1 packet hidden valley ranch mix

1/2 cup 1% milk


Whisk together, chill 1 hour before use. Perfect consistency and tastes better than bottled!

 So today was eventful ! I made chicken salad, stuffed peppers, and easy Christmas pretzel treats that were delish!!!! Pictures below



I did a blog about these pretzel treats and how to make them a few days ago! I also have them in my APPROVED RECIPES section at the top of my page so please check that out.

Here is my Chicken Salad. This is so good I can literally eat it right out of the bowl.


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Ok and because I was feeling extremely adventerous…that and my husband and I need dinner tonight lol I made some stuffed peppers!



YUM! I can’t wait to eat these tonight ❤

Again, all recipes can be found in my APPROVED RECIPE section. After I try the stuffed peppers I will add them in there. I have to try and like the food before I add them 🙂 However, I have no doubts these will be fantastic. I love how colorful and Christmasy they look!

Cupcake Ornaments

I LOVE this little craft I discovered for Christmas. It’s called


Cupcakes are really popular right now and I mean…who does not love a cupcake! There are def a lack of ornaments though that look like them. The Blog Ruffled Sunshine came up with an idea on how to make them .   Feel free to check it out! The pictures on Ruffled Sunshine’s Blog are really great.

cupcake ornaments