Meal planning and cooking tips for the non-cook.

Holiday Treats

Quick kid friendly holiday treats

These are delicious and so easy to make- my kiddo loves helping at every step in the process. Win win! Note: Pretzels are the base for all of these treats. We used regular and gluten-free varieties. We laid out the pretzels, put the chocolate candy of choice on top, popped them in the oven at 350 degrees for three minutes, then finally squished a nut or another candy on top. Once they completely cooled, they were ready for party snacking…

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Parmesan courgettes

This is one of my favorite ways to eat veggies. Slice up two zucchini, grill them up, add a couple splashes of lemon juice and a teaspoon of chopped garlic, then sprinkle parmesan over all. Be generous with the cheese! Flip and continue to grill until cheese is a mix of crispy and melty. I apparently like this so much that I forgot to take a final photo before I scarfed it all down, so I will just have to…

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Green tomato soup recipe for the fall

When it starts getting cooler, it’s time to get creative with the last of your veggie garden harvest. You can make the most of your tomato plants right to the very end, when it gets too cold for the last of the tomatoes to finish ripening on the vine. We had our first freeze this week so I had to save all the last of the tomatoes from our three tomato plants- all still very green. But hey, why let…

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Easy Apple Crisp

Four ingredients and you’ll be quickly eating a delicious dessert. – apple 🍎 -bran flakes -cinnamon -whipped cream Slice up the apple and heat in bowl in the microwave to your liking. Sprinkle on bran flakes and cinnamon. Add a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy! This was so easy and quick that I may have enjoyed two helpings after lunch today. 😉

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Homegrown tomatoes

I picked four more today! We’re getting pretty close to the end of the season, but I’ll be enjoying the delicious flavor of fresh summer tomatoes in my sauces during the cold winter. I’ve got five freezer bags filled and ready! Growing your own tomatoes and other veggies and saving them in the freezer is a cheap and yummy way to enjoy them all year.

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Old bread for the birds

We try not to let any food go to waste, but it happens anyway sometimes. When it’s stale bread, I like to provide a treat for the birds. Though I’m not sure if they’re the only ones who enjoy it. 😉 I recently gave the kiddo a few stale slices of bread and she put them all over our bird feeders. The next day, the bread was completely gone and the bird feeders looked like this: Maybe I need to…

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Delicious Fish Even a Non-Cook Can Make

Delicious Fish Even a Non-Cook Can Make

🐟 🐟 🐟 🐟 🐟 🐟 🐟 🐟 🐟 🐟 🐟 🐟 Do you struggle with cooking edible meals at home like me? When it comes to cooking, I usually try to avoid it – I’m not very good at it, and I’d so rather be in the garden! But it’s much cheaper and healthier than fast food and restaurants, so it’s well worth the trouble.  I’m starting to make a list of easy (read: fool-proof for the non-cook like…

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Organizing the freezer #LWSZ

Organizing and Inventorying the freezer was also supposed to be part of LWSZ day 1 time permitting, but time did not permit for me. Luckily, with the help of the hubby on Labor day, we finished up organizing and Inventorying the rest of our food in the freezer(s). Not only was this a great opportunity to find out what we already had on hand in the house for meal planning during this no spend month, but it was great for…

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How to use seven overripe bananas in one day

In keeping with the plan to spend as close to zero as possible this month, I knew I needed to find a use for our last bunch of bananas-and fast! They were too ripe already for most fresh uses. So, breakfast was banana pancakes: This is a recipe my daughter loves. It only takes one egg and half a banana, blended in my magic bullet, and cooked on the griddle at 275 degrees. Makes 7-8 pancakes per batch. That only…

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Organizing the pantry #LWSZ

The first “real” task (i.e. requiring that I get off the couch) recommended during Ruth’s LWSZ month is to organize the pantry. Voila! And now I know what’s in there and where everything is. So worth it. 😃 < also love Ruth’s theory of treating the pantry like a store where we’ll be going shopping this month.

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