Bean and Cabbage Stew

Good cabbage prices means it was my go-to green veggie recently. Most of what I bought went into Asian-style dishes. But with a remaining half sitting in the produce bin, I wanted to make a veggie-packed stew with it as a change of pace. Having a hearty vegetarian stew in the freezer is awesome for those days when I haven’t gotten enough veggies with my meals. It’s an easy way to get a bunch at once. I pulled together this stew, inspired by another one I love, and paired it with a piece of toasted Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread spread with butter. Simple, and delicious!

My Dragon Noodles

This month I’ve been doing a version of a pantry challenge, where I’m focusing on using what’s in my refrigerator, freezer, and pantry instead of going to the grocery store constantly. There are lots of recipes on Budget Bytes that are good for this sort of thing, sometimes just requiring a fresh produce item or two. Dragon Noodles sounded like a great fit for a quick and easy meal, with a few adjustments to work better with what I have. And that’s one of the things I love about the recipes on this site — they’re quite flexible, and Beth encourages adapting a…

Delicious stir fried cabbage

St. Patrick’s day brought great sale prices on green cabbage, so I’ve had a couple to use for new things this month. One new thing was a stir fried cabbage that I absolutely loved, and was able to use both as a regular side dish and as an ingredient in my customized version of Dragon Noodles. My husband found this recipe too sweet for his taste, but I couldn’t get enough.

Seasoned roasted potato wedges

These days I’m on the lookout for new, delicious ways to prepare a bunch of russet potatoes. This recipe for Oven Potato Wedges from onceamonthmeals.com was a big hit. Most of them went in the freezer for future meals, and I don’t know how well they’ll reheat yet, but I’m optimistic. The fresh ones were delicious, mostly thanks to the seasoning blend. It’s called Best Burger Seasoning and it adds a lot of flavor and a little spice to basic roasted potatoes. Process notes used 12 potatoes (which were on the small side) 3 tbsp vegetable oil 2 tbsp Best Burger Seasoning blend…

creamy vegetable pasta bake

Creamy vegetable pasta bake

Lately I’ve become rather hooked on maximizing grocery store savings. It’s like a game, seeing how I can get the most for my money, and it helps that I focus on stocking my pantry with staples that help me cook from scratch. When the grocery store had 1-lb bags of pasta on sale for $.49 each, I stocked up on a variety of shapes and have been brainstorming all the fun ways I can use them. BudgetBytes.com has loads of doable, healthy, and frugal recipes (my Mealtime board is now loaded with pins from this site). It was really hard to…