Eggroll in a Bowl

  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 lb Beef, Ground
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 a Head of Cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Carrot
  1. heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium to high heat.
  2. Once hot, add the beef, salt & pepper to taste, and minced garlic.
  3. Stir to combine and cook until the meat has browned.
  4. Once the meat has browned, add the cabbage and soy sauce.
  5. Cook until the cabbage has softened and cooked through.

Curry Chicken Salad


Curry Mayonnaise

  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil $1.78
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped $0.50
  • 2 TBSP curry powder $0.65
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip) $2.19
  • 2 TBSP mango chutney or apricot preserves $1.79
  • 1 TBSP plus 1 TSP fresh lime juice $0.33
  • ½ TSP salt $0.35


  • 2 whole boneless skinless chicken breasts $5.99
  • ½ small onion, peeled $0.50
  • TBSP Black Pepper $0.99
  • 1 bay leaf $0.99


Total (with pantry) – $16.06

Total (without pantry items)- $11.45

Total per Serving – $2.87


  1. Place breasts in a large deep pot. Add cold water to 1 inch above the chicken. Add onion, pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 10-14 minutes. Check for doneness after ten minutes. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and cut into bite-size cubes. Cool chicken in the fridge, covered, until you’re ready to use it.
  2. Curried Mayonnaise-While the chicken is cooking, heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and saute 4-5 minutes, until soft (don’t let it brown) Add curry powder to the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and allow to cool. When curry and onions are cooled, mix with mayonnaise, chutney, lime juice and salt in a small bowl. (can be stored, covered, in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  3. Toss chicken with curried mayonnaise. Season with salt, to taste. (can be done a day ahead)

Snickerdoodle Bars


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter – $1.15
  • 1 cup dark-brown sugar – $0.89
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar – $1.69
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda – $0.39
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon – $1.69
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt – $0.25
  • 2 large eggs – $.55
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract – $2.69
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour – $0.89
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar, to sprinkle on top

Total – $10.19 – per serving – $0.25


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Take out a nonstick 13-by-9-inch metal baking pan and set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugars with an electric mixer at high speed until fluffy. Add baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, then mix at low speed to blend. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat on medium until just incorporated. Add flour and mix on low speed until blended.
  • Scrape dough into the pan, smoothing it in an even layer. Bake until lightly golden and set in center, about 30 minutes.
  • Transfer pan to a rack, and if desired, sprinkle cinnamon-sugar over warm bars and then let cool completely. Or dust cooled bars with confectioners’ sugar. Cut into 40 bars.

Easy One Pot Meal

So due to medical necessities, I’m in the process of packing up my boys and moving across the country. It’s a pain and I don’t advise doing it. And worse, I find myself too tired by dinner time (also we already packed most of the kitchen) that I have started ordering food or going out to eat more than we should. So I sat down and tried to come up with some really good one pot meals to make instead. I found a few and thought I would share one that the kids really enjoyed!


1 Tbsp vegetable oil $2.69 or Pantry                                                                                              1/2 lb smoked sausage $2.50                                                                                       2 cloves garlic $1.00 (or just get a can of minced $1.98)                                                             15 oz can diced tomatoes $0.59                                                                                                   1/2 Tbsp Creole seasoning** $2.49 (this one is based on your tastes, might be more or less or Pantry if you already have it                                                                                1/2 tsp oregano $1.18 or Pantry                                                                                                           1/2 tsp smoked paprika $1.18 or Pantry                                                                            1/4 tsp thyme $1.18 or Pantry                                                                                                               2 cups chicken broth $0.88 Pantry                                                                                                   1 cup water                                                                                                                                     1 lb penne pasta $1.00 Pantry                                                                                                             2 Tbsp half and half $1.49

Based on what I tend to buy, most of these items are in my pantry so I’ll do a price comparison for what I would spend vs. what someone who does not have these items would spend.

With items in the Pantry Total $6.56 with 6 servings – $1.09 per serving!

Without Pantry items – Total $17.16 – 6 servings – $2.86 per serving!


  1. Slice the smoked sausage. Add the sausage and vegetable oil to a large pot and cook over medium heat until the sausage is brown.
  2. Mince two cloves of garlic and add them to the pot. Sauté for one minute. Add the can of diced tomatoes, Creole seasoning, oregano, smoked paprika, thyme and pasta to the pot. Finally, add the chicken broth and 1 cup of water, and stir until well mixed.
  3. Place a lid on the pot and turn the heat up to medium-high. Let the pot come to a boil. Stir, then turn the heat down to low, and let the pot simmer for 10-12 minutes. Stir the pot once every few minutes as it simmers to prevent the pasta from sticking.
  4. Turn off the heat and stir in the half & half or cream. Serve hot.

Fourth of July Meals – Deviled Eggs

The Fourth of July is always a favorite in my family. I enjoy making a lot of fun and colorful foods and desserts and my boys enjoy eating them!

One dish my boys love to eat is Red, White, and Blue Deviled Eggs. They taste just like regular deviled eggs but it’s fun to make them colorful for special occasions.

  • 1 dozen hard boiled eggs – $0.59
  • ¼ cup nonfat plain yogurt – $1.00 for a 5.3 oz cup of Oikos. (a little more than 1/2 a cup)
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise – Pantry Item or $2.79 (this is a large bottle. My boys prefer Hellmann’s but you can use anything as long as it is REAL mayo. Even light)
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard –  Pantry Item or $2.48 (I buy the larger bottles but there are small half bottles in the seasonings aisles for less)
  • salt & pepper – Pantry item
  • Vinegar (for dying) – Pantry Item or $0.99
  • Food coloring (Red and Blue) – Pantry Item or $2.28
For me, this recipe is incredibly cheap because I keep mayo, dry mustard, salt, and pepper on hand. It will be more expensive for those who do not keep it.
On hand items,
Total  – under $2 for an easy and fun to do!
If you need to buy everything,
Total – $10.13 – servings of 12 – $0.84 a serving!
  1. Boil the eggs in water. I usually put them in a pot that holds them all in one layer and then cover them with water about an inch over them. Turn on the stove and wait until the water boils. Then, turn off the stove and cover the pot, letting them sit in the water for 15-20 minutes depending on how large the eggs are. (large for 15 and Jumbo for 20 minutes)
  2. If you put them in cold water immediately, then cracked them, then an ice water bath again, the shells will slide right off.
  3. Cut eggs in half and take out yolks and place them in a separate bowl.
  4. Use a pastry cutter or fork to break up the yolk.
  5. Add yogurt, mayo, mustard, salt & pepper and whip with the fork until smooth and creamy.
  6. Place mixture into piping bag fitted with a tip if you want to be fancy. I usually just use a spoon because we like the rustic look. (and then you can lick the bowl and spoon when you are done!)
  7. Mix 1 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon food coloring and 1 teaspoon vinegar. The vinegar helps the color stay bright so it’s really important.
  8. Place egg whites into the colored water and let sit for about 1-2 minutes.
  9. Take out egg whites and place on paper towel to allow the excess color to drip off.
  10. Then arrange the eggs on a platter.
  11. Pipe (or spoon) the egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves.


Vegan Meals

My oldest son has decided to become a vegan. He rarely ate meat before and never dairy so we thought it might be a good idea.  Boy, was it hard to find budget friendly meals for him!

Here is a great recipe he found on his own and we tweaked to make sure it was cheap and would fit his tastes.


2 avocados, pitted and diced – 4/$5 (Anahiem or Hass are in season)
1 clove garlic, minced – $1.98 can
Juice of 1/2 lemon – $0.99 bottle
1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk – $2.99
1/4 cup water
Salt, to taste
Red pepper flakes, to taste
4 halved cherry tomatoes as garnish (optional) – 2/$5 clamshell
2 cups cooked pasta – $1.00

Total – $11.96 – Makes 3 servings – $3.99 per serving!


  • Combine the avocados, garlic, and lemon juice in a food processor. As the mixture is blending, add the soy milk and then the water. Add more or less water depending on your desired consistency.
  • Add salt and red pepper, to taste.
  • Toss with your favorite cooked pasta and serve. Add tomatoes for garnish if desired.


I’ve been trying to find a delicious enchilada recipe that won’t cost much to replace the old one I had that just takes too much money for one thing.

I found a great blog called Broke Ass Gourmet that has a LOT of budget recipes that my kids and I would love, so I tweaked a recipe from them into something I knew my kids would eat.


  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained $0.79
  • 10 corn tortillas $1.19 OR 10 Flour Tortillas $1.39
  • 2 cups shredded jack cheese $1.99
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped–1 tbsp reserved for garnish $1.00
  • 1 10-oz bottle salsa verde $2.00
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped $1.00
  • 1 clove garlic, minced $1.98
  • salt and pepper to taste Pantry
  • olive oil Pantry

Total $10.59 – servings 10 – $1 per serving!


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 6″x8″ rectangular pan with olive oil and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine beans, onion, garlic, cilantro, salt, pepper, half of the salsa and 1 cup of the cheese.
  2. Fill the tortillas one by one with about 1/4 cup of the filling each. Lay them seam-side down in the pan, arranging them as necessary to fit them all. Pour the remaining salsa over the rolled tortillas and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top of the salsa. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Carefully remove the foil and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes with the foil removed until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.
  3. Serve garnished with additional cilantro.


Delicious Schnitzel

I lucked out in that my MIL gave me a several pork chops she bought from Hy-Vee (apparently Kansas City had a huge sale that my area did not).  So I thought Schnitzel would be a great use of them since they were the smaller, breakfast type of chop.

Have you ever had Schnitzel?  It might be my absolute favorite way of eating a pork chop (paired with Spätzle and gravy it is divine!)



4 Thin Porkchops                                            $9.99 for 9 = $4.44

1 Large Egg                                                      $.99 a dozen = $.08

½ Cup Flour                                                     $1.46 a bag = $.09

1 cup Breadcrumbs (not Panko!)               $1.91 for a one time use box *sale*


Total      $14.35 if you need to buy everything new =  $1.49 a serving



  1. Set a medium saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Add some oil or spray to the bottom.
  2. Pound the pork chop as thin as possible. I usually fold it into saran wrap and pound it with the smooth side of my mallet, until about ¼ inch
  3. Coat in flour
  4. Dip into the egg
  5. Coat in the breadcrumbs, shake off the excess so it is nice and crispy!
  6. Set in pan for about 6 minutes on each side.
  7. YUM!

Pair with potatoes, pasta, veggies.  Anything!  Fast, easy, delicious.

Hy-Vee Sales 4/12-4/18

Hy-Vee Items Ad Price Hy-Vee Coupon Ibotta Checkout 51 Paper Coupons Total
C&H Powdered or Brown Sugar select varieties, 2 lb. MUST BUY 2 $3.36 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1.00 SS 4/02 $2.36
Cascade Dishwasher Detergent or ActionPacs select varieties, 75 oz. or 18 to 32 ct. $5.49 $0.25 $5.24
Cottonelle Bath Tissue or Viva Paper Towels double rolls tissue, big rolls towels, select varieties, everyday low price, 6 or 12 rolls $6.98 $0.50 $1.00 SS 4/09 $5.48
COTTONELLE FLUSHABLE $6.98 $1.00 $1.00 SS 04/09 $4.98
Era or Tide Simply Laundry Detergent select varieties, 150 or 138 fl. oz. $7.99 $0.50 $7.49
Fancy Feast Broth or Purely Appetizer select varieties, 1.4 or 2 oz. $1.00 $1.00 RP 4/02 $0.00
French’s Fried Onions select varieties, 5 or 6 oz. $3.48 $0.50 SS 4/09 $2.98
General Mills Cereal must buy 2  3 FOR COUPON $7.44 $1.00 $1.00 SS 4/09 $5.44
Green Giant Vegetables select varieties, 10 or 12 oz. MUST BUY 2 $5.00 $0.50 SS 4/02 $4.50
Hormel Rev Wrap or Natural Choice Snack select varieties, 2 to 2.7 oz. $1.25 $0.50 $0.75
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Brummel & Brown MUAT BUY 2 $5.00 $0.50 $0.50 RP 4/09 $4.00
Idahoan Mashed Potatoes or Casserole select varieties, 1.5 to 4.94 oz. $1.00 $1.00 SS 4/02 $0.00
Jimmy Dean Sausage or Gravy select varieties, 8 to 16 oz. MUST BUY 2 $5.98 $0.75 RP 4/09 $5.23
Keebler Club or Town House Crackers select varieties, 8.8 to 13.8 oz. – must buy 2 $5.00 $1.00 RP 4/09 $4.00
Marie Callender’s Pies select varieties, this week’s special!, 28 to 42 oz.- dessert $5.99 $0.50 $5.49
Milk-Bone farmer’s medley $4.69 $1.00 $1.00 RP 4/09 $2.69
Pam Cooking Spray select varieties, 5 or 6 oz. $2.68 $0.50 SS 4/02 $2.18
Pillsbury Crescents, Cinnamon or Orange Rolls MUST BUY 3 $6.00 $1.00 $5.00
Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits MUST BUY 3 $5.00 $1.00 $4.00
Puffs Facial Tissues 3 pack, everyday low price, 288 to 540 ct. $4.47 $0.50 $3.97
Quilted Northern Bath Tissue ultra soft & strong, double rolls, 6 rolls $3.00 $0.50 $2.50
Tide Laundry Detergent, Tide Pods or Gain Flings! select varieties, 138, 150 fl. oz., 54 or 72 ct. $17.97 $3.00 $14.97

Quick Chicken Fajitas

Chicken is on sale at Hy-Vee the last few days, ($3.99 for 2.5 lbs of Buckley’s Frozen chicken) so I’ve been coming up with easy, quick, cheap meals to make my pounds and pounds of chicken in my freezer.  MY favorite type of food is Mexican food so, of course, I’ve got to have fajitas in the mix!

This meal takes 5-10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. It is a one pot meal so not a lot to clean up. And it makes around 6 (7 or 8 if you are frugal with your chicken, but I like mine PACKED) servings.

2-3 Tbsp oil of any sort

1 pound of chicken breast, cut into strips (the bags are 2.5 lbs so about half) $2.00

1 Vidalia onion (Aldi sells bags of onions for $0.99) $0.25

1 red bell pepper, cut in strips

1 yellow bell pepper, cut in strips (Aldi sells a package of 3 red, yellow, green for $1.99) $1.99

1 green bell pepper, cut into strips

1/4 cup water

1-ounce package of fajita seasoning (Aldi has kits but Hy-Vee brand makes a seasoning that I really love!) $0.69

1 package of tortillas (at least 8 count) (Aldi sells Casa Mamita Flour Tortillas – 8 count) $0.69

any toppings you desire, guacamole, cheese, sour cream

I’m pretty bland and, while I might add cheese, I don’t usually add extras.

Technically, it’s $0.70 a serving on these!  Of course, adding guac and cheese would jump the price but unless you are adding A LOT of extras, the price per serving will stay under $2.00


  1. Heat up the oil then add chicken over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes until browned. Remove chicken but keep the oil and juices.
  2. Add onions and saute until soft and caramelized; about 6 minutes
  3. Add peppers to the pan with the onions and saute for 5 more minutes.
  4. Add the chicken back into the pan.
  5. Add water and seasonings and cook for about 3 minutes. Place mixture in tortillas and serve. Top with extras.