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Dinner With My Family #29: Grilled Fish Fillets with Tomato and Corn Relish

Grilled Fish Fillet Recipe By fish fillets, of course, I’m speaking of whatever type of fresh fish you prefer – swordfish, salmon, catfish, or whatever else you like. In our case, we used fresh catfish fillets. These fillets had never been frozen and were actually caught in a river just a day or two before …

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Brown-Bagging Lunch

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. I’m going to take some of the scenarios described by the readers there and try to break down the numbers …

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Tomato Sauce

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. I’m going to take some of the scenarios described by the readers there and try to break down the numbers …

Dinner With My Family #28: Personal Pita Pizzas

Pita Pizza Recipe Pita bread has such a wide variety of uses that we always pick some up if there’s a sale on it. One particular use for it is making individual micro-pizzas, where each person can have the toppings they want on their own pizza. This allows everyone to have the toppings they want …

False Labeling (for Frugality’s Sake)

Madeleine writes in with an interesting thought: When I was younger, my mother used to buy generic versions of things and put the contents into name brand packages. She would refill a ketchup bottle with generic ketchup so that guests would see the name-brand label. I understand why she did this. Many items are very …

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Dinner With My Family #27: Crock Pot Couscous

Crock Pot Couscous Recipe One challenge my wife and I take on (and something that I post about in this series roughly once a month) is the challenge of converting unusual recipes into something that’s delicious straight out of the crock pot. Many people look at a crock pot as a device for cooking roasts …

A Beginner’s Guide to Slow Cooker Use

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that Iā€™m going to fill the entire month of July ā€“ one post per day ā€“ addressing these ideas. By email, Kevin asked “Could you post an …

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Dinner With My Family #26: Feta and Chickpea Pita Sandwiches

Feta Chickpea Pita Sandwich Recipe I love pita bread. Pita bread makes it easily possible to really experiment with almost anything as a sandwich filling. Hence a sandwich made from crumbled feta cheese and chickpeas that turned out to be surprisingly delicious. This recipe is based on one found in the Bon Appetit Fast Easy …

Dinner With My Family #25: Avocado-Spinach Panini

Avocado-Spinach Panini Recipe My wife and I love making “panini” sandwiches at home, even though we don’t have a panini press. We’ll experiment with ingredients, then cook that sandwich up beautifully. This exact panini recipe is based on one from the July/August 2011 issue of Vegetarian Times, with a few twists of our own devising. …

Dry Beans or Canned Beans: A Cost-Effective Comparison

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Meena asks about “Cost comparison between …

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Dinner With My Family #24: Crock Pot Enchilada Casserole

Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole Recipe Once a month or so, we try to make something interesting and new using our slow cooker. Often, we try to make modifications of ordinary dishes to see if they’ll work in the slow cooker. Sometimes this works well and you end up with a good replication of the original dish. …

Preserving the Value of Food

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Emily requested to know more about …

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Dinner With My Family #23: Zucchini-Quinoa Lasagna

Zucchini-Quinoa Lasagna Recipe One of my favorite food blogs out there is Peas and Thank You, which focuses on healthy cooking with children in mind. I often find myself browsing it when trying to think of interesting food ideas that my children might really enjoy. Recently, I came across a wonderful recipe for zucchini and …

Organic? Vegan? Vegetarian? What Does It Cost?

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Vicki asked “what impacts going organic …

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Dinner With My Family #22: Cooking Out with Healthy Options

Healthy Cookout: Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers and Potato Salad This past weekend, we had several houseguests over for dinner. For these houseguests, we had a very summer-y American meal: we made some potato salad, fired up the grill, and cooked a few things. The only catch is that my current dietary restrictions keep me …

How to Reduce the Startup Costs of a Food Garden

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Sherri requested a post on the …

Dinner With My Family #21: Stone Soup

Stone Soup Recipe One of my children’s favorite bedtime stories is the classic tale Stone Soup. The basic story is as follows: Some travellers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travellers. The …

Dinner With My Family #20: Quinoa Monk Bowl

Veggie Quinoa Monk Bowl I’m not quite sure where we picked up this simple recipe. I was extremely doubtful about it the first time we tried it, but now it’s a staple in our home. Give it a try – you might just be surprised. What You Need You’ll need… 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa …

Dinner With My Family #19: Slow Cooker Pot Pie

Vegetable Pot Pie My favorite meals are ones that are flexible enough to incorporate whatever we have on hand as well as incorporating whatever might be on sale at the grocery store or at the farmers market. This way, we minimize the food we waste while also taking advantage of sales, minimizing our food costs. …