Category Archives: Recipes

Chinese New Year Recipe Round Up!

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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

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Pumpkin, Pecan, & Cinnamon Chip Muffins

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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.

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My recent favorite easy dinner recipes

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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!

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My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies {Recipe}

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Originally published February 14th, 2015

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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,

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Some recipes for your July 4th celebrations…

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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.

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A simple but impressive dessert – Berry Mascarpone Shortbread Tart 

 

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

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A festive and delicious cocktail –

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Easy Chicken Biscuit Pot Pie {Recipe}

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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.

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French Green Lentils with Smoked Sausage {Recipe}

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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!

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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,

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No-Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies {Recipe}

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One bowl, no-butter Snickerdoodles are the easiest and cheapest cookie to make! Last week I was 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 no butter Snickerdoodle recipe.  It wasn’t easy, but I eventually tracked one down!

I’m sharing my version of the recipe with y’all because the cookies turned out so soft and delicious,

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Frugal Fun: Building a Gingerbread House from Scratch

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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,

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

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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.

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Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake {Recipe}

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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,

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Basic Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

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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.

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

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Southwest Black Bean, Rice and Veggie Casserole {Recipe}

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Here is another recipe from my post on making three healthy dinners from one rotisserie chicken. I’ve taken this casserole to several potlucks and everyone seems to really enjoy it. It has great flavor from the cilantro and lime and I love that it is loaded with all of these veggies!

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You could also serve it as a vegetarian main by substituting another can of black beans for the chicken.

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Whole Wheat & Flax Toddler Cookies {Recipe}

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cookiesHere’s a recipe for one of my household’s favorite snacks. We call them “baby cookies”even though they really aren’t that sweet. The term cookie seems to go over well with my little one.

Here’s what like about them: they contain 100% whole grains, each cookie has a half teaspoon of ground flax seed, and they have no preservatives or artificial anything in them. Oh yeah, and they are pretty easy and cheap to make to boot!

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Chicken & White Bean Chili {Recipe}

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A few weeks ago I shared the results of my experiment in using one rotisserie chicken to make three healthy meals for my family. The results were good enough (at least according to me!) to share the recipes individually, so I’m starting with this yummy dish.

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This chili is packed with veggies and white beans in a flavorful broth. Even my soup-hating husband gave it two thumbs up.

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Healthy Pumpkin Zucchini Bread Recipe

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Our neighbor shared some zucchini from his family’s garden with us this week and I immediately wanted to make some zucchini bread. I had a can of pumpkin hanging around so I decided to use it in place of some of the large quantity of oil that my zucchini bread recipes usually calls for.  I love pumpkin recipes year-round and am a firm believer that you shouldn’t have to wait until fall to enjoy some pumpkin goodness!

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How to Make Three Healthy Dinners from One Rotisserie Chicken

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Make three easy and healthy dinners from one rotisserie chicken - The Frugal South

I used to consider rotisserie chickens an overpriced convenience food. However, I’ve learned that pound-for-pound they aren’t actually much more expensive than buying uncooked chicken. This is especially true if you have access to the famous $5.00 Costco rotisserie birds. Plus there is the amazing smell that fills your car on the drive home… just thinking about it is making my mouth water!

If you use it right,

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DIY Gift Idea: Take-Out Homemade Brownie Mix

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My dear friend and reader Robyn is allowing me to share her fantastic DIY gift idea with y’all! I mailed her some of my homemade brownie mix as part of her birthday present (the recipe follows). The brownies were a big hit at her house so she decided to make some more mix and give it as a birthday present to a soon-to-be-five-year-old family friend. She packaged the mix in a plain take-out container that doubled as a birthday card –

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