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Instant Pot Ham & White Bean Soup

on April 22, 2018

Like many of you, I am IN LOVE with my Instant Pot (generic version, not sure what but it works).

I’m been trying out tons of recipes I used to make in my crockpot and I get a huge thrill when what used to take half a day is ready in like 20 minutes.

The recipes that have turned out best so far have been soups and chilis. I guess it’s because they have plenty of liquid to help the pressure cooker get up to pressure without any issues. Read more...

Cheap & Easy Homemade Fresh Salsa

on March 19, 2018

Cheap, easy, and delicious homemade fresh salsa that you can make in 5 minutes! #easyrecipes

I go through phases of being totally obsessed with chips and salsa. I’m not the only one… right??

I’ve been on a salsa kick recently and dragged this fresh recipe out of the archives. It’s super fresh and tastes like summer in a jar – just what I need when winter seems to drag on FOREVER.

The best part is that this homemade fresh salsa takes five minutes or less to make. Read more...

Easy Veggie Fried Rice

on February 19, 2018

This post is sponsored by Harris Teeter, but all opinions are my own.
Easy Veggie Fried Rice Recipe - Get a healthy dinner on the table in 20 minutes with this organic fried rice recipe #sponsored @harristeeter

Homemade veggie fried rice is one of my all-time favorite things to eat. I swear I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and sometimes I do!)

Today I’ve partnered with Harris Teeter Organics to show you how to make a super-easy organic veggie fried rice at home.

This veggie fried rice is WAY healthier than take-out and uses frozen veggies to cut down prep time. Read more...

No-Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies {Recipe}

on December 1, 2017

Last week I was craving some yummy cinnamon-and-sugar-coated Snickerdoodle cookies like my grandparents used to make.

I was all excited to make some when I discovered I was out of butter, one of the main ingredients in my recipe. Arggghh.

I’m a determined sort of gal so I scoured the web for a recipe for Snickerdoodle cookies without butter.  It wasn’t easy, but I eventually tracked one down!

I’m sharing my adapted version with y’all below because the cookies turned out so soft and delicious, you really would never guess they are butter-free. Read more...

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Waffles {Recipe}

on October 26, 2017

I have no shame about being a pumpkin junkie. I have a board dedicated to pumpkin recipes on Pinterest, which I consult when I am in the mood for something pumpkiny. The mood can strike at any time of year, but it strikes most often in the fall – like right now.

Today I’m sharing my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Waffles with you because they are my current obsession.

The past two weekends I have made a batch on Sunday, threw the rest in the fridge, and enjoyed them warmed up in the toaster for breakfast all week! Read more...

12 Cheap & Easy Snacks for New Moms

on September 9, 2017

Guest Post by Natalie Michele from Maternity at Home

New motherhood comes with the huge challenge of feeding yourself as you keep up with the demands of your newborn baby. As a new mom, you will be sleep deprived, and your body will need nutritious foods as you recover.

Here’s the good news – there are plenty of ways to make certain that you eat healthily while you care for your baby! Read more...

10 Weeks of Easy & Budget-Friendly Dinner Recipes

on August 14, 2017

Lots of inspiration for getting dinner on the table! Easy and budget friendly recipes for dinner on the cheap.

Readers often ask for easy, budget-friendly dinner recipes here at The Frugal South. So today I’m sharing LOTS of recipes in one post!

For a year I shared my weekly dinner meal plan here on the blog. I made affordable, healthy, and easy dinners a habit, so now I have a huge collection of go-to dinners that I make regularly!

So here’s ten weeks’ worth of my favorite dinner recipes from my year of meal planning… I hope you find some inspiration for planning meals! Read more...

Chinese New Year Recipe Round Up!

on January 23, 2017

The lunar new year is this Saturday – more commonly known as Chinese New Year! I like to serve up something Asian-inspired to commemorate the holiday, so here are some of my favorite easy and delicious recipes to celebrate Chinese New Year. 

Fried Rice from Gimme Some Oven – My favorite fried rice recipe – so easy and better than takeout!

Chinese Orange Chicken from Damn Delicious – I’ve made this recipe more times than I can count. Read more...

Pumpkin, Pecan, & Cinnamon Chip Muffins

on October 9, 2016


Here is a quick recipe for some pumpkin muffins in case you are pumpkin obsessed like I am. I suggest pairing these with a homemade pumpkin spice latte and enjoying every moment of the fall (my favorite season, of course!)

The pecans and cinnamon chips make these muffins pretty irresistible. They are also super moist (which means they can turn soggy), so I suggest keeping them covered with a kitchen towel instead of sealing them up to store them. Read more...

My recent favorite easy dinner recipes

on August 14, 2016

My summer salad inspired by The Proud Italian Cook

As you may know, I haven’t been meal planning lately. I shared a weekly meal plan for about a year here on the blog (you can view all of my meal plans here) and I felt like I had accumulated enough “go-to” recipes that I didn’t need a formal meal plan to guide my shopping and cooking anymore.

That said, I have found some awesome recipes lately that I’ve been wanting to share! Read more...

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies {Recipe}

on July 9, 2016

Originally published February 14th, 2015

IMG_0229Sometimes life just calls for some homemade chocolate chip cookies, right?

This is my go-to recipe because it uses vegetable oil instead of butter (making them much more affordable) and has a unique taste thanks to both vanilla and almond extracts.

I have the recipe memorized because I have made them so many times. I wrote it down for y’all so you can make them, too. Read more...

Some recipes for your July 4th celebrations…

on July 3, 2016

We are staying home and having a pretty chill July 4th this year. We are definitely still recovering from our recent house remodeling!

Here are some recipes that are perfect for celebrating with family and friends.

berry tart

A simple but impressive dessert – Berry Mascarpone Shortbread Tart 



A super easy and refreshing salad – Corn and Chickpea Fiesta Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing from A Teaspoon of Happiness


A festive and delicious cocktail – Disney’s Blue Glowtini Recipe


And some super amazing homemade salsa – 5-Minute Homemade Salsa

Happy Independence Day everyone!

Easy Chicken Biscuit Pot Pie {Recipe}

on April 20, 2016


Here are the words that frequent my recipe searches lately: “healthy”, “easy”, “one-pot”, “simple”, “fast”… noticing a theme here? 😉 I guess I’ve realized I just don’t have the patience (or time really) for recipes that require 40 minutes of prep or that use every dish in my kitchen!

So in the spirit of fast and easy, here is my take on a favorite comfort food – chicken pot pie. I’ve made it easy by using rotisserie chicken, frozen vegetables, and frozen biscuits for the topping. Read more...

French Green Lentils with Smoked Sausage {Recipe}

on March 10, 2016


Here’s an easy weeknight recipe that I’ve been making regularly for years. It is nice change of pace and I love that it’s packed with protein, fiber, and FLAVOR – a rare combination!


The main ingredient, French green lentils (also known as lentilles du Puy), are an especially tasty and tender type of lentil. They also hold their shape better than other types of lentils, which helps to avoid mushy lentil syndrome (yuck). Read more...

Frugal Fun: Building a Gingerbread House from Scratch

on December 20, 2015


Are you looking for something fun to do with your family during the holidays that doesn’t cost much money? I know I am. Going figure skating will set us back $30, and even going to a new local museum costs $15. But for around $5 you can all help build a unique gingerbread house masterpiece… and you even get to eat it!

Last year I scoured the web for directions on baking, constructing and decorating a gingerbread house from scratch. Read more...

Two Ingredient Smoothie {I guess it’s a recipe?}

on November 4, 2015

smoothie collage

Can I really call this a recipe if it only has two ingredients? And I don’t give any exact amounts? Well, even if it isn’t really a recipe, check out this two-ingredient smoothie that leaves no excuses for not getting your fruit for the day!

I use a Cuisinart immersion blender for my smoothie making, which makes clean-up super easy. I don’t think I would make these as often if I had to clean some other equipment afterwards (seems like too much work!) I have an immersion blender that came with a plastic cup (like this one on Amazon) and the cup works perfectly for smoothie-making. Read more...

Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake {Recipe}

on October 29, 2015


As you may know if you follow this blog, I’m in the midst of pumpkin frenzy here. I am a pumpkin lover year-round but I can’t get enough of it this time of year. Yesterday I made this pumpkin cheesecake and it turned out incredibly good. Move over pumpkin pie.

The best part? It took about five minutes to throw it together using my stand mixer. Don’t be misled, it still takes 50-60 minutes to bake (it is an actual cheesecake) and about another hour to cool. Read more...

Basic Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

on October 27, 2015

Basic coleslaw dressing recipeColeslaw is one of my 2 year-old daughter’s favorite foods… along with fried okra and hushpuppies. Can you tell she’s growing up in the South?I used to really dislike coleslaw, though I have come around and find that I really do enjoy it, provided that it is NOT too creamy or too sweet.


When I make coleslaw dressing at home, I usually just eyeball the amounts and shake it up in a mason jar. Read more...

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