Frugal Recipes

Layered Chicken Taco Salad

Layered Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

This is a great frugal recipe that has that “wow” factor all layered up in a large glass bowl. Use up leftover cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken from the grocery store works!) and start layering your ingredients. Our family loves salads and while the weather is cooling down a little bit I want to take advantage of fresh garden veggies as much as I can!


  • 3 cup Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 3 cup fresh spinach
  • 2 cup cooked chicken, shredded or diced
  • 2 can (11oz each) Mexicorn, whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained
  • 3 large Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese
  • 2 green onions, chopped (tops too)
  • 1 1/2 cup southwest tortilla strips (or chips)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 3/4 cup French dressing

Thanks to Shugary Sweets for the pictures and recipe!  For the full recipe and directions please head on over to Shugary Sweets. Plus, don’t miss out on many other delicious recipes!

What is on your menu plan for dinner tonight? Leave us a comment below and share. Links to yummy recipes are welcome too!

22 Recipes to Dress Up Store Bought Pretzels

22 Recipes to Dress Up Store Bought Pretzels {via} - A curated collection of the best recipes from our favorite bloggers. From seasoned and chocolate covered to cookies, bars and more! Weather you crave salty and sweet or savory and spicy there is sure to be something here to whet your appetite.

My family loves just snacking on pretzels plain, right out of the bag. But then I got to thinking that I needed to find a few recipes that I can use to dress up store bought pretzels and turn them into something fabulous… And so, this collection was born…22 amazing recipes that will turn those bags of pretzels into fun snacks, desserts and even crusting some chicken fingers for the kids! I hope you enjoy!
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15 Awesome Hard Boiled Egg Recipes

15 Awesome Hard Boiled Egg Recipes - Eggs are a great and inexpensive source of protein. If you find yourself with a few hard boiled eggs check out this great collection of recipes that all use hard boiled eggs. From salads to breakfasts and everything in between!

Hard Boiled Egg Recipes

Eggs are always an inexpensive source of protein. And thus, they are always one of my favorite frugal ways to save money. I like to cook up hard boiled eggs all year round (see my foolproof method).

I went on a hunt, an egg hunt if you will, for the best recipes around the internet from some of my favorite food blogs and websites that use hard boiled eggs. From salads, deviled eggs to breakfast  and more all these recipes are amazing and will get you cooking with hard boiled eggs!
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10 Healthy Halloween Treats

10 Healthy Halloween Treats

Healthy Halloween Treats

I am slowly getting prepared for Halloween, at least in my mind. As I mentioned in the 15 Frugal Halloween Wreaths post I did a few weeks back, my twins Liam & Carly happen to be Halloween babies and it is SO much fun. But it also puts me in a quandary when it comes to finding treats for their class that are not full of sugar. Our schools are pretty strict with their rules on no sugary treats. I got away with mini caramel apples last year because they were at least partially healthy and I did up really small apples. Plus I timed bringing treats to share with the classes at the end of the school day so the teachers were not left with kids strung out on sugar.

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Freezer Meal Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole Freezer Meals!

This recipe for Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole is one of my families personal favorites, it is comfort food at it’s best, yet it is quite the pretty casserole and is nice enough to serve when we have company.

I love taking advantage of rotisserie chickens from the grocery store. The price is usually actually cheaper to buy a chicken already cooked than it is to buy a whole raw chicken and cook it yourself. I do however, try to wait for some sort of sale or deal on the rotisserie chickens and I snatch 4 or 5 of them up, pull the meat off the bones and freeze it for easy meals. And this Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole is the perfect use for that chicken meat!

The casserole recipe calls for the use of fresh leeks and mushrooms and a lot of yummy cheese. There is no “cream of” soups in this recipe either, instead creaminess is added via some sour cream. We like to top our casserole with a handful or two of chopped pecans for some extra added crunch But you can leave that off if you have nut allergies or they are too expensive. Panko bread crumbs would be lovely too!
This recipe makes two 9X13 inch casseroles which each serves 6-8 people + some. You can easily divide this up into 4 or 6 smaller casserole dishes as well. I just have a big family thus the larger casserole sizes.

Recipe for Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole:

Freezer Meal: Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: 2 Casseroles - each serving 6-8 people

Freezer Meal: Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole

This easy to prepare casserole dish is a family favorite yet special enough for company. Serve with a nice side salad and some crusty bread or rolls for a easy dinner.


  • 2 Cups uncooked long-grain & wild rice mix (such as RiceSelect
  • 2 Leeks
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 (16 Oz.) Packages Sliced Mushrooms
  • 2 Cups Sour Cream (Fat Free is OK)
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Cup Sharp White Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 1 Cup Dry White Wine (can omit and use water)
  • 8 Cups Shredded Chicken From 2 Rotisserie Chickens
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans (Optional)
  • Chopped Chives (Garnish, Optional)


Cook the wild rice blend according to the package directions and set aside.

While the rice is cooking, remove and discard the root end and tough outer leaves of the leeks and the top, leaving the white portion and about 3 inches of green portion.

Cut each leek into quarters lengthwise and then thinly slice leek.

Rinse well to remove all grit from the leek and drain.

Melt butter in a very large skillet (I use an electric skillet over medium-low heat.

Add leek & cook 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Add mushrooms, and cook, stirring often for 10 minutes.

Add the wine (or water if using) and bring to the simmering point and cook for 5 minutes.

Add cooked rice mixture and shredded chicken to the skillet with the leeks and mushrooms and stir everything well to combine.

Add sour cream and salt & pepper to taste and mix well.

Pour mixture into (2) 9X13 baking dishes or foil pans.

Sprinkle top with shredded cheese, pecans and chives.

Cover well and freeze.

To Bake:

From thawed state - bake at 350°F for 20 minutes

From frozen state - bake at 350°F for 45 - 60 minutes


You can also use leftover Thanksgiving turkey in this recipe - it is wonderful!

15 Cute Creative Thanksgiving Cookie Recipes - A curated collection of the best cookies to make for Thanksgiving. Something in here for everyone's skill level. From iced sugar cookies to no-bake just assemble cookies!

15 Cute Creative Thanksgiving Cookie Recipes!

One of our Thanksgiving family traditions is for the kids and I to spend a day baking. Normally my mother-in-law makes everything for dinner and I am in charge of bringing desserts. I make the obligatory pumpkin pie of course and usually some other sort of pie or tart (my Pear Almond Tart has been a hit with the family) and then we bring a couple batches of cookies to take with us. The kids really love making cookies, maybe not as much as they do eating cookies, and they love showing off their cookie making skills to their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

So to inspire you some Thanksgiving holiday baking and creating some traditions of your own I have put together this great list of cookies to make for Thanksgiving. Some of them are fancy iced creations that require a bit of skill…and some are no bake goodies that you can just assemble from store bought cookies and candies. So no matter your skill level you are sure to find a cookie recipe that you can make!

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Homemade Apple Pie Granola Recipe - Taste the warm and hearty flavors of fall with this homemade granola recipe that is full of warm apple pie spices and chunks of dried apples!

Homemade Apple Pie Granola Recipe

I am not much of a cold cereal eater but I do love a bowl of granola for breakfast. Topped with a little milk, or in my case some soy or almond milk since I am lactose intolerant, and it just makes for the perfect breakfast or snack. If you have ever priced store bought granola though you know how expensive it can be. The price per ounce for granola is sometimes two to three times as much as regular breakfast cereal and that is a ouchy on the pocketbook!

But making your own homemade granola is so easy (really it is, I promise) and you can flavor it up however you want. In the past I have shared my orange cranberry granola recipe and now I present you with this homemade apple pie granola flavor which is perfect for fall (or any time of the year really!)

Step 1: Gather your ingredients

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40 Awesome Snack Bag Ideas |

40 Awesome Snack Bag Ideas!

Snack Bag Ideas

40 Snack Bag Ideas - Save time, money and your sanity by making up snack bags for the kids ahead of time! As a mom to 5 kids I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help keep my sanity and one of those tricks is to make up snack baggies ahead of time so that I am always ready to go with a quick snack or school lunch item.

My entire family gets into the assembly line production as we make up various snack bags for the week. I use two plastic dishpans to store my snacks, or you can use a shoe box, aluminum foil pan (Like my friend Darcy did in her picture above) or whatever containers work for you. I make one container for the pantry and one for the refrigerator and fill each with ready to go snacks.

Not only is this method a sanity saver but it is also much more frugal than purchasing pre-packaged snack size things.

Here are 40 ideas for snack bags (for kids or adults…pre-portioned snacks is a great way to control your calories too!)

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Orange Cranberry Granola

Cranberry Orange Granola Recipe!

Cranberry Orange Granola Recipe

Let’s face it, granola in the stores is pricey. A bag of granola where I live can easily run $3.00 -$4.00 for a 16 oz. bag. But making your own is so simple and frugal too.

This cranberry orange granola recipe runs me about $1.50 in ingredients. Much cheaper. Plus, I have 100% control of the ingredients in my granola. No artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. Just good old-fashioned ingredients! Making it  could not be easier. It literally takes me minutes to whip up a batch of granola on a Sunday night after the kids go to bed and then I have an easy breakfast in the morning all-week long.
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Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats - Enjoy!

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats - These simple and delicious treats are perfect for Valentine's Day (or any day!)

If you are looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day treat you have got to try this amazing recipe for Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats. This is just a little take on your standard Rice Krispy treat but with the addition of some lovely chopped dried cherries and some semi-chocolate chips.

I also added a few drops of red food coloring to make these a lovely pink color which is just pure fun for Valentine’s Day. Of course food coloring is optional!

All of the ingredients in this recipe are frugal and things you can normally get rather cheap with coupons and sales. The dried cherries might be the hardest item to find a deal on but if you watch for it there ARE coupons and sales on dried fruit. Other ideas for saving money on the cherries is to buy in bulk at stores such as Sam’s Club or Costco or shop online at Amazon.

You can serve these to your family and friends right out of the pan. Or dress them up cute to pass out to the kids at school or co-workers at the office!

Here is how to make these yummy Chocolate & Cherry Rice Krispies Treats:

1Gather your ingredients: Butter, Mini Marshmallows, Rice Crispy Cereal, Dried Cherries, Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips and if you want…red food coloring. 

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats - Ingredients

2In a large bowl, microwave the butter and the marshmallows together for about 2 minutes until the marshmallows are soft and puffed.

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats - Melted Marshmallows

3While the marshmallows and butter are in the microwave, chop the dried cherries into large pieces.

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats - Chopped Cherries

4Remove the marshmallows from the microwave. Stir in the red food coloring if using. Gently stir in the cereal and the cherry pieces until everything has been coated with the marshmallow mixture. Add in the chocolate chips last.

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats - Mix Ingredients Together

5Pat the mixture into a greased 8×8 baking dish.

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats - Pat Mixture Into 8X8 Baking Pan

6Cool and cut into squares to serve.

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats - Cut Into Squares and Serve

7Enjoy your delicious treats!

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats - Enjoy!

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats Recipe


  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 3 cups Rice Crispy Cereal
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cherries
  • 1/4 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Red Food Coloring (Optional)


In a large bowl, microwave the butter and the marshmallows together for about 2 minutes until the

marshmallows are soft and puffed.

While that is in the microwave, chop the dried cherries into large pieces.

Remove the marshmallows from the microwave. Stir in the red food coloring if using. Gently stir in the cereal and the cherry pieces until everything has been coated with the marshmallow mixture. Add in the chocolate chips last.

Pat the mixture into a greased 8x8 baking dish. Cool and cut into squares to serve. Best if eaten within a day or two of making.

One more photo 🙂

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats - So Good!

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