Category Archives: main dishes

Easy Cassoulet

Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew.

Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew

If you are familiar with traditional cassoulet, you know that it doesn’t necessarily look like the dish I have posted above.  Yes, I know it is usually made with big pieces of duck and whole sausages.  Yes, I know that it is usually packed with beans.  Yes, I know that it takes a whole day or longer to make.  Yes, yes, yes, I know.  This is the “one hour” version and it is still delicious and I am sticking with it. Continue reading

Pulled Pork Pimento Cheese Smothered Fries #GameDayGrub

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Southern Style Smothered Fries: sweet potato fries topped with barbecue pulled pork and melted pimento cheese #GameDayGrub #ad

I live in the South where football is king and food is a close second.  Every chance we get, we combine the two!  There is nothing like a huge spread of #gametimegrub and a big crowd gathered to watch the exciting games leading up to the big game next week.  My husband was born and raised in one of the cities whose team is playing, so without naming which, I can tell you we are very anxious for another win for the home team.  One of our favorite things to eat while waiting for a first down is smothered fries.  Alexia Foods helps us do just that with their sweet potato and crinkle cut French fries. Continue reading

Seafood Curry over Spaghetti Squash #BeeHealthy #CG


It’s the new year and with remembering to write 2015 on my checks also comes a wave of personal goals that I want to accomplish.   My family purchased a gym membership in December so we could all do more exercising.  My husband has requested that I serve more fish and seafood for dinner.  For my own personal health, I am stepping closer and closer to a grain-free lifestyle.  With an eye still on my food budget, I am adding meals of seafood without grain by using Bumble Bee® seafood products like their Fancy Lump Crab and Tiny Shrimp Seafood Curry with crab and shrimp over spaghetti squash #BeeHealthy #CG Continue reading

Beef Lombardi

Beef Lombardi is a hearty casserole with ground beef, egg noodles, cream cheese, tomatoes and tons of flavor.

Beef Lombardi: this could become your favorite beef-tomato-pasta casserole!

I know it’s almost Christmas and everyone is anxious to read about the latest fudge or cheese filled appetizer, but let’s face it folks, we all have to sneak in a little dinner here and there.  And is this ever a dinner to remember!  Oodles of oniony cream cheese layered between egg noodles and a beefy tomato sauce will have you saying, “What plate of holiday cookies?” and going back for seconds and thirds. Continue reading

Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffle Breakfast Sandwich Olè

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Waffle Sandwich Olè featuring Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles, eggs, sausage, cheese and salsa butter #breakfastonthego #4morewaffles #shop

Sometimes I wish I could drive a little mini front loader into my kids bedrooms, scoop them up when their alarms go off and drop them onto the ground.  Nothing seems to wake them up!  Well, I take that back.  Second Son, who is a senior, gets himself up all by himself.  However, Third and Fourth Sons and lately, even Only Daughter, seem to have no ability to get up on time.  So we rush and rush through the morning with me calling out, “10 minutes!”  “5 minutes!”  “Your ride is here!”  “You are late…again!”  Thank goodness for Aunt Jemima frozen waffles, now with #4morewaffles. Continue reading

Basic Roast Turkey with Root Vegetables

I had the most interesting conversation with a Canadian friend the other day.  I said something about her celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving this week and she told me it wasn’t until next week.  I “hmmm’d” to myself and went home to Google it.  It appears she will be eating her feast a week after the rest of Canada…  Any-hoo, I thought I’d get a jump on the U.S. Thanksgiving by posting a roast turkey on our northern neighbor’s holiday.Roast Turkey with Root Vegetables Continue reading

Simple Dinner: Barbecue Grilled Cheese and Turkey Sandwiches #RollIntoSavings

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My kids are all about big flavors.  It doesn’t matter if I am making steak or beans, if the dish has enough flavor, they will like it.  With a big family like mine, I try really hard to make meals for less than $20.  It just isn’t feasible to spend oodles of money on big ticket food items for every single dinner.   We are big on budget meals…as long as they taste good.  It almost doesn’t matter what I serve, as long as it is tasty.

 Barbecue Grilled Cheese and Turkey Sandwich: a lot of flavor without having to spend a lot of moola #RollintoSavings #shop Continue reading