Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spicy Black Bean Ranchero Eggs

Over the last few years, Mexican-inspired dishes have been making their way onto our meal plan, which surprises me because I never much cared for the spiciness of Mexican food. But, within the last year or so, I've really come to love spicy food of all sorts. Not the hurt-your-mouth spicy food, but definitely a good kick of heat.
Spicy Black Bean Ranchero Eggs  I  Love.Bake.Read
The heat in these Spicy Black Bean Ranchero Eggs comes from jalapenos, which leave a bit of a lingering heat on the back of your tongue. It’s not overpowering at all, but adds real depth to this dish. Let me tell you how easy the ranchero sauce is for this meal—a can of whole tomatoes, garlic, a few jalapeno rounds, salt, and pepper. Simple! I used jarred jalapenos because that’s what I had on hand, but feel free to use a fresh one.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Creamy Sweet Potato Pasta

I was a very picky eater growing up, so it always amazes me that I've grown to love food so much. My mom has always been a fabulous cook, but I was just too picky to appreciate her meals. Translation: I pretty much grew up eating pasta with butter and Parmesan cheese. It’s no wonder pasta is still one of my favorite foods.
Creamy Sweet Potato Pasta  l  Love.Bake.Read
All the foods I refused to eat as a kid are foods I eat all the time now, such as sweet potatoes. As a kid, I think I attributed sweet potatoes to tasting like white potatoes, which I despised—except for fries, my all time favorite food. Wait, what?! Rewind. It’s true, my first true food love was fries, but I couldn't stand eating potatoes any other way.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuna Cakes

I’m all about healthy, easy, budget-friendly meals, and these Tuna Cakes fit the bill perfectly. We've been meat-free for over a year, so these babies are a great way to add protein to our diet. Another bonus is that they are incredibly hearty, which helps keep you full longer. We absolutely love having this meal, especially because there are always a few leftover.
Tuna Cakes  l  Love.Bake.Read
This meal requires few ingredients, most of which we typically have on hand, such as eggs, oats, and Old Bay seasoning. We only had to buy the tuna, green onions, and buns for a total of $4.83. Not bad for dinner and lunch the next day, for two people. That’s what I’m talking about!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Money Monday: Meal Planning Templates

If you’re new to my blog, you can click the links below to read the previous posts in my Money Monday series.
Money Monday: Meal Planning Templates  l  Love.Bake.Read

In my previous Money Monday post, I discussed meal planning and how essential it is for sticking to a budget. Most everyone makes a grocery list before heading to the store, but that’s just a list of items you need. It’s not a plan. If you don’t have a set grocery budget then you’re bound to buy all the items on your list and then some. We all know how easy that is!—and how expensive it is.