January 26, 2015

Easy Crockpot Beef Roast Recipe

Jan 8, 2015

This is the easiest ever Crockpot Beef Roast Recipe! Perfect dinner for busy weeknights!

I love my roast recipe! The meat comes out juicy and tender and I always eat too much of it!

I love that it is so easy too; it makes a great dinner for busy weeknights when there isn’t a lot of time to cook.

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Mini Chicken Pot Pies Recipe

Dec 1, 2014

Mini Chicken Pot Pies Recipe - Easy and delicious weeknight dinner idea!

I love chicken pot pie, and these individually portioned mini chicken pot pies are even better! I love that they are so easy to make and my kids love that the each get their own personal pot pie!

These make an easy and delicious weeknight dinner.

Oven Steak Fries Recipe

Mar 17, 2014

Easy homemade oven steak fries recipe! Yum!

Homemade french fries are so incredibly easy to make and much more budget-friendly! These fries taste like the ones you get at a restaurant with your steak. YUM.

You can make variations using different seasonings, too! Try adding garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt, or any other spice you think would taste good! Just have fun with it!

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You can find even more recipes on my new recipe blog: RealFoodEnthusiast.com!

Easy Homemade White Chocolate Mocha Recipe

Nov 18, 2013

Incredibly easy homemade white chocolate mocha recipe! Only takes 3 ingredients and 5 minutes.

My absolute favorite coffee drink is a white chocolate mocha from Starbucks. So good, but so expensive! So, I set out to find a way to make it at home – without spending a ton of time or buying specialty ingredients.

This recipe only requires THREE simple ingredients – coffee, white chocolate chips, and milk!

I use coconut milk for mine but you can use any kind of milk or a combo of milk and cream. Just use what you prefer or have on hand.

I won’t lie and say this tastes *exactly* like the Starbucks version, but it is really good and the price difference is worth the taste difference!

You can save the extra milk mixture in the fridge and just reheat when you need it.

I don’t know exactly how much it costs to make this, but I’d estimate that it’s about 1/4 the price of a coffee shop white mocha!

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Frozen Pizza Alternative – Homemade Pizza Kits

Oct 17, 2013

These homemade pizza kits are great to have on hand for those nights when you don't feel like cooking!

In my search for a good pizza dough recipe I came across the idea to make pizza kits from Life as Mom.  I thought it was simply brilliant!  I always prefer homemade pizza, but usually when I want pizza I am not in the mood to make the dough. So store-bought frozen pizzas usually win.

A pizza kit is basically a large freezer bag that contains smaller bags of the following: homemade pizza dough, chopped veggies, shredded cheese, and meat toppings.  You can add sauce also, but I haven’t yet gotten into making my own sauce since I regularly get jarred sauce pretty cheap with coupons.

For this particular baking day, I chose to make 4 pizza kits that included pepperoni, diced green bell peppers and red onions, and mozzarella cheese along with my dough.  I did not have pepperoni on hand at the time, so I added some salsa chicken to demonstrate in the picture for you.

These homemade pizza kits are great to have on hand for those nights when you don't feel like cooking!

It’s just so cool!  This will make homemade pizza almost as easy to fix as a store-bought frozen pizza.  Great for pizza nights, lazy nights, or just plain ‘ole pizza craving nights!

Easy Texas Chili Recipe

Sep 5, 2013

This recipe for Texas Chili is easy, delicious, and frugal! It will warm you up on a chilly fall day!

Chili is one of our family’s favorite cool-weather meals. It’s delicious, easy to make, and best of all – frugal. My husband is actually our chili chef and he agreed to share his recipe with you all!

This chili recipe is EXTREMELY easy and requires only a few ingredients – which is probably why we love it so much! This amount will last our family at least a couple of days. If you don’t think your family would eat this much, you can always freeze the extra for a quick meal at a later time.

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10 Delicious Popsicle Recipes for Summer!

Jul 18, 2013

 10 great popsicle recipes for summer! Lots of different flavor combos!

Nothing beats a cold and delicious popsicle on a hot summer day! While store-bought popsicles are certainly convenient, I absolutely love making my own! It’s a lot easier than you’d think!

10 great popsicle recipes for summer! Lots of different flavor combos!

I love using fun popsicle molds when making my own. Here are a few fun ones I’ve found:

Now for the popsicle recipes! Here are 10 tasty-looking popsicles I’ve found around the web!

10 great popsicle recipes for summer! Lots of different flavor combos!

Blueberry-Coconut Popsicles with Chia Seeds // via Real Food Enthusiast

10 great popsicle recipes for summer! Lots of different flavor combos!

Healthy Frozen Fruit Popsicles // via Surviving the Stores

10 great popsicle recipes for summer! Lots of different flavor combos!

Strawberry Banana Popsicles // via Kingdom First Mom

10 great popsicle recipes for summer! Lots of different flavor combos!

Watermelon Popsicles // via The Thrifty Mama

10 great popsicle recipes for summer! Lots of different flavor combos!

Banana Creme Push Pop // via Saving Dollars and Sense

10 great popsicle recipes for summer! Lots of different flavor combos!

Pumpkin Pie Popsicles // via My Crazy Savings

10 great popsicle recipes for summer! Lots of different flavor combos!

Coconut Kiwi Popsicles // via Will Cook for Smiles

10 great popsicle recipes for summer! Lots of different flavor combos!

Coconut Fudgesicles // via Healy Real Food Vegetarian

10 great popsicle recipes for summer! Lots of different flavor combos!

Blackberry and Vanilla Yogurt Swirled Popsicles // via Chocolate Chocolate and More

10 great popsicle recipes for summer! Lots of different flavor combos!

Coconut Mango Popsicles // via $5 Dinners

I also have a TON of popsicle recipes on my Popsicles Pinterest Board! Are you on Pinterest? Follow Me on Pinterest

All photos used with permission. Strawberry popsicle photo credit: Growing a Green Family via photopin cc

Easy Baked Salmon Recipe

Feb 20, 2012

This Easy Baked Salmon Recipe is one of my favorite ways to cook salmon. It’s simple, easy, and tastes wonderful!

This Easy Baked Salmon Recipe is one of my favorite ways to cook salmon. It’s simple, easy, and tastes wonderful!

I like to serve this salmon with a side of couscous and steamed veggies and the whole meal can be ready in under 20 minutes!

Potato Leek Soup Recipe

Feb 16, 2012

Potato Leek Soup Recipe - Warm and delicious on a chilly day!

Potato Leek Soup is creamy, savory, and satisfying. I made this soup for dinner recently and the whole family loved it! It’s perfect for warming you up on a chilly day.

I love that it’s ready in about 30 minutes and I usually have most of the ingredients on hand. It makes a great last-minute meal on nights when I forget to thaw meat for dinner!

I think this would also be delicious with bacon!

Crock-Pot Roast Sticky Chicken and Homemade Chicken Stock Recipes

Nov 9, 2011

Crock-Pot Roast Chicken + Homemade Chicken Stock! So easy, you will not pay for pricey chicken breast or cans of broth again!

As much as I love the convenience of boneless skinless chicken breasts, I always prefer to buy whole chickens. Whole chickens are significantly cheaper than chicken breasts or thighs, and you truly get so much more for your money. With just one chicken, I can typically make 2-3 meals and several cups of homemade chicken broth!

I am going to show you my favorite way to prepare whole chickens and truly get the most for your money (and if you have to handle raw meat – blech, it has to be worth it, right?). Best of all, it’s all done in the crock-pot so it takes very little time!

The first thing I do with my chicken is make Crock-Pot Roast Sticky Chicken (recipe below). This recipe only requires about 5 minutes of prep and then the crockpot does the rest. This chicken is so delicious, everyone in our family loves it. It really is not spicy despite the spices used, but if  you’re concerned, you can omit any spices you don’t want. I’ve left out spices before due to not having them on hand, and the chicken still turned out delicious.

After the chicken is done, you have a few options. You can serve the chicken as a main course for dinner, or you can stretch the meat and incorporate it into several meals like casseroles or soups. We typically serve it as a main course and then use what is left to make another meal like soup on another day. Our way makes only two meals for a family of four, but you could possibly make three meals if use all of it for soups and casseroles.

You’ll want to get all the meat off the bones, so wait until the chicken cools and then use your fingers to get all the meat. You then refrigerate your meat and let it fully cool. Then shred the chicken and freeze it. You can also set it aside until you are ready to use it in your recipe. Leave the bones and everything else in your crockpot. Now you’re going to make chicken broth!

If you use only veggie scraps, your homemade broth essentially costs you nothing! Makes you wonder why they charge so much for the canned stuff, doesn’t it? Plus, you don’t have to worry about preservatives, MSG, or BPA when you make your own.

I love making homemade chicken noodle soup using crock-pot roast sticky chicken and homemade chicken stock. It’s frugal, healthy, and delicious!

Once you’ve made this chicken and chicken stock a few times and realize how easy and frugal it is, you will have a hard time paying so much for boneless chicken breast!

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