Cooking from scratch is a great way to save money. It doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming to eat a healthy diet.
Cooking Saves Money
Cooking from scratch is the number one way our family saves money in our budget. We rarely go out to eat, because we usually have better food here at home. Here’s how you can learn to cook, save money and not waste your time. We spend about $400 a month to feed our entire family of 6.
Time Saving Recipes
I have done all the research on cooking fast healthy meals, so you don’t have to. We eat cooking from scratch 3 days a week and fill in the rest of the menus with well planned leftovers. It’s a great way to stretch the budget and not have to cook every day.
Family Sized Meals
We often have friends and family visit, so I cook larger quantities of food. The bonus is that it’s cheaper, and we have leftovers that can be frozen or reused. If your family is smaller, you can cook less frequently and have more meals in the freezer.
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Strawberry Rhubarb Cake is easy to make. Whip up an impressive cake with only 3 ingredients for your next family dinner or pot luck.
Lucious Strawberry Rhubarb Cake
Strawberry and Rhubarb is one of our favorite combinations. We love this easy cake for last minute gatherings and pot lucks. The cake is made with fresh or frozen rhubarb, you will be surprised at how tasty it is! It’s also pretty, looks like of like pink fairy dust…..
Why You Need This Cake
I am a health nut and most of the time we eat extremely healthy diet. However, there are days when I just want to eat a CAKE and not worry about all that other stuff. What’s the point of eating healthy all the time when you can’t enjoy a little treat now and then? This cake is that treat, easy to make, inexpensive and quick to bake. It’s not gluten free, sugar free, calorie free, or even organic. But it sure tastes good! Especially with fresh whip cream, just saying’!
This light summer cocktail is just the thing to go with those spicy dishes or a cheese platter. Make a batch for your next family gathering! This post contains affiliate links. Any opinions given are completely my own.
Summer Fruit Sangria
This light summer cocktail is just the thing for summer entertaining. It’s easy to make with fresh summer seasonal summer fruit. I like to find my fruit at the farmer’s market and make a batch when company comes over. You can use just about any combination of fruit and wine. I have found that reading the tasting notes on the wine bottle gives me suggestions for fruits that pair well with the wine.
We have been having regular wine tastings with friends. I highly recommend having a tasting and inviting a bunch of friends to join you. It’s a very relaxing environment and people really enjoy trying out new wines that they have never had before. I will post more on this soon! But for now, sangria is a great way to start your summer entertaining!
When you make sangria, be sure to leave the skins on the fruit. Not only does it add extra color and fiber to this delicious treat, but the fruit pairs well with the wine and the combination brings out the flavors of each. I personally believe the skins keep the fruit from browning, but this is more of a theory than fact. I love this particular recipe with either peaches or nectarines. The raspberries can be frozen ahead of time to chill the wine further with out adding extra ice and watering down the wine if you choose. Either way, it’s delightful!
Combine juice and sugar in small pan. Cook until dissolved over medium heat. Pour into 2 quart container with lid (a large mason jar works well for this). Add wine, lime juice and ice. Garnish with mint leaves.
I am linking up to the Ultimate Recipe Challenge today. This month’s challenge is Beverages! Be sure to click on the links and see some more great recipe ideas! Also you can follow along with our Pinterest Beverages group board. Don’t forget to pin the graphic below!
Wine is a great choice for entertaining, here are some tips on pairing the perfect wine with everyday foods. This post contains affiliate links from which I will make a commission at no additional charge to you. Any opinions given are completely my own.
Choosing the Perfect Wine
We are occasional wine drinkers. I find that having a bottle or two in the pantry is an easy way to be prepared for last minute guests and dinner parties. It’s also a treat to share a glass with my husband on Saturday night after the kids are asleep. It’s called BALANCE.
Years ago we visited the California wine country. It was so beautiful, I would highly recommend it if you haven’t been there. We visited a boutique winery, small but known for it’s incredible red wines. I had never been to a winery before, but I was hooked after that first experience. After the tour and the tasting, we signed up for their monthly wine club. For several years we had incredible wines delivered to our door every month. It was as if we were on vacation each time we drank that wine. We loved it. Unfortunately, this winery is now out of business, and we haven’t been in a wine club since.
The Wine Club Solution
Although we occasionally purchase grocery store wine, we never seem to have the right wine for the food we are serving. If we have red wine in the house, I’ll be making chicken. Or if we have white wine, our menu includes spaghetti. Usually we end up running to the store to find what we need because we don’t have it.
I dream of having a small wine cellar some day. I like the idea of having wine for any meal or occasion on hand. This photo above is not a small cellar, but it is stunning is it not? Wow!
We recently became a distributor for the Direct Cellars Wine Club and we couldn’t be happier! We are getting 4 bottles of premium boutique wine (2 red and 2 white) shipped to us each month. The cellar will be slowly growing! I will be sharing more specific details soon!
Here’s how it works: With this Direct Cellars Wine Club we will get our monthly wine shipments for FREE when 3 other people sign up for the Wine Club membership. Isn’t that amazing?
Who doesn’t love free wine??? You can be a club member and enjoy big discounts on your wine or become a distributor and earn larger commissions PLUS get get discounts on wines you purchase. DID I MENTION YOU CAN EARN FREE WINE? Right now, you can even get an additional free 3 day vacation for signing up!
Here are some ideas for what to serve with your FREE WINE.
How to Choose Your Wines
There are a few basic rules to remember when choosing wines. First, red wine is usually served with red meat.
TIP TO REMEMBER: RED=RED
White wines are usually served with seafood, or poultry.
TIP TO REMEMBER: White = White CHICKEN OR FISH
The temperature of the wine is also a factor in the flavor. Red wines are served room temperature, uncorked for a few minutes before serving so it can “breathe”.
White wines are served cool and crisp. Chill in the refrigerator or in an ice bucket before serving.
Now for the foods: The wine and cheese chart above is a great resource. I printed it for my kitchen so I can have it on hand. Cheeses bring out the flavor of the wine so they make a great combination. For cheese tray directions, read my How to Make a Cheese Tray Post.
Wine, cheese and FRUIT are wonderful together. Fruit balances the cheese and brings out the fruity flavor of the wine. Frozen fruits are a delightful addition to chill your white wine in the glass when serving.
Here are some serving ideas:
Strawberries with Proscecco
Raspberries with Rose
Peaches and Chardonnay
Blackberries with Riesling
Mangos with Moscato
Blueberries with Sauvignon Blanc
Pineapple with Pinot Grigio
Cherries with White Zinfandel
Wines to Serve with Common Foods
Hamburgers: Try Shiraz, Zinfandel or Pinot Noir
Fried Chicken: White wines such as Chardonnay, Riesling or Chenin Blanc
Spaghetti: Reds such as Merlot, Chianti or Valpolicella
Baked Light Flavored Fish (such as sea bass, flounder, sole, or cod): Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc
Sliced Cold Cuts: White Zinfandel, Riesling, Rosé,
Steak or Lamb: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel,
Desserts: Moscato, Late Harvest, Vouvray,
With a little organization and a Direct Cellars Wine Club membership you can be ready for entertaining, or when you and your hubby have a few minutes to share a bottle. Sign up with my affiliate link to start earning your FREE WINE!
Guilt Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet have always been a favorite at our house. We make them occasionally in large quantities for the entire family. They are great for breakfast, snacks, or even with ice-cream!
Guilt Free Chocolate Waffles
We love anything chocolate. This month the Ultimate Recipe Challenge is Chocolate and I couldn’t wait to whip up a batch of my favorite waffles. These waffles are great for anyone with food issues because they are so basic. Gluten free, dairy free and vegan! It’s a win, win, win! There are lots of delicious recipes this month in the Recipe Challenge, so be sure to check them all out!
I like my waffles best made with coconut oil for a rich flavor. Serve them with hot maple syrup, fresh strawberries and even whip cream (if you can eat it!) on the side.
•Combine the baking mix, cocoa, salt and baking powder in medium sized bowl.
•Separate eggs. Combine egg yokes with coconut milk, vanilla, and coconut oil.
•Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient mixture. Combine.
•Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form in blender. Fold into batter.
•Grease the waffle iron with coconut oil or butter. Pour in mixture, bake until done.
•Makes 8 chocolate waffles. Waffles may be frozen and reheated in the toaster or served with ice cream.
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Easy Chai Tea Latte is something you will become addicted to, it is so delicious and so very good for you!
Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one. – Chinese Proverb
Easy Chai Tea Latte
Everyone loves a good cup of tea now and then. If you are not a tea drinker, this recipe will convert you! I have been replacing my morning cup of coffee with this tea because I am trying to cut down on the amount of caffeine that I consume. With this tea, I don’t even miss that morning coffee! The tea is slow brewed for deep rich flavor with a winning combination of spices. Make a big batch because you will want more and more! It’s also delicious iced.
Don’t forget to share it with your family, my teenage boys love it! It’s so much healthier than soda, and very inexpensive to make.
Pour into a tall pitcher with ice for iced tea or 6 individual ceramic cups for hot tea.
Serve with honey or enjoy plain.
Makes 6 Servings.
The coconut milk really makes this tea amazing! You can also try Almond Milk, but I highly recommend the coconut milk. There are so many good health benefits to this tea! This combination of spices has been around for ages in the middle east and is known to have benefits such as blood purification, aids in digestion, aids the nervous system, strengthens the bones, and gives you increased energy. Did I mention that it’s low calorie? It is! Honestly, it’s a win, win!
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