Frugal Recipes

25 Awesome Sweet Potato Recipes {via} - This amazing collection of recipes has the best recipes for main dishes, side dishes, desserts, snacks and more!

25 Awesome Sweet Potato Recipes

I don’t know why but whenever I think of sweet potatoes I always think of that traditional Thanksgiving side dish that my mom makes. Chunks of sweet potatoes, in a sweet brown sugar syrup and spiced up with cinnamon and perhaps a pinch of nutmeg. Then topped with miniature marshmallows and baked until hot and bubbly and the marshmallows are both melted and crispy browned.

But the funny thing is, you can buy sweet potatoes year-round and they are actually pretty inexpensive too. Fall is when they are in season though so this is the time of year to buy them at their lowest price point!

And boy are they healthy too! One cup of cubed sweet potato is only 114 calories and packs a whole lot of nutrients! There is 377% of your daily requirement for vitamin A which is the vitamin our bodies need for healthy eyes. Plus there is a nice healthy dose of 4 grams of fiber too.

Why not take advantage of the great prices on sweet potatoes and try and incorporate these tasty tubers in your meals? We have gathered 25 great recipes for you from some fabulous food bloggers. From breakfast, dinner, snacks, dessert and more you are sure to discover a couple new sweet potato recipes!

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Beef Stew

Beef Stew Recipe

This Oven Baked 4 Hour Beef Stew Recipe comes from member 3timesoccermom in the HotCouponWorld Recipe Forums.   She found a 4 Hour Beef Stew Recipe and “was skeptical” about trying the recipe since it isn’t the typical Stove-Top or Crock-Pot Beef Stew Recipe.  She adapted the recipe for the ingredients she had in her kitchen.  She was so glad she made this recipe and suggests you try it this Fall season.  I’m certainly adding this easy & frugal Beef Stew Recipe to my menu plan.

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Easy Caramel Apples Recipe

This is 100%, without a doubt my favorite time of the year. The weather gets crisp and cool, the leave turn orange, yellow and russet and we start making apple recipes. This recipe for Easy Baked Caramel Apples is perfect when you want a little something sweet and apple-y without going through a lot of trouble to bake a pie or a cake.

While apples can be purchased in the grocery store, and are usually priced affordably year round, late summer and early autumn is the prime season for fresh apples and this is when the price is a bit lower and the variety is a bit wider. If you have local pick your own apple farms even better!
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To begin cut your apples in half and scoop out the middle with a melon baller or the tip of a vegetable peeler.

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Caramel Apple Recipes

Carmel Apple Recipes

Did You Know that the word ‘Caramel’ is one of the words linguists use to determine where you are from? Folks say it differently depending on what area of country they are from. How do YOU say the word Caramel?
For me fall is all about the food! And nothing says fall to me like a caramel apple. Oh sure you can melt some caramels and dip some apples in it, maybe toss some nuts or sprinkles on to make it fancy. But that get’s sort of boring after a while. So check out these 21 Fall Caramel Apple Recipes that we rounded up for you from across the web.
See other great easy-to-make recipes here!

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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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