Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam. I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out. It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…
In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days. The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards! Have you exercised lately? With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…
A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again. If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it. Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal. The Read the full post…
There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro. My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…
Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten. It's time for a health reality check. First of all, how is your health lately? If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful? Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…
I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart. Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation? If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect. But Read the full post…
Tis the season of deep savings if you get out and shop! Grocery stores mark certain items down at this time of year to entice shoppers who are preparing for the holidays. I saved $32 today but only $1.15 of that was due to coupons. Right now at Kroger Green Giant vegetables are on sale for 49 cents a can. Carnation milk is 69 cents and Swanson chicken broth is 49 cents as well. Land of Lakes butter is at a really low price of $1.99 and green bell peppers are 44 cents each. There are plenty of other great deals in every department. I was gathering food like a farmer harvesting his fields. There are also great coupons in the papers just in time for the holiday season.
You might be wondering why am I advertising for local grocery stores. Often people complain that it is too expensive to eat healthy foods so I am out to prove that idea wrong. With the items on sale this week, I could make marinara sauce with onion and bell pepper served over whole wheat pasta, add some green beans on the side and spend about $5 to feed a family of 4. Not bad. If you have a freezer, you can stock up on meat when it is on sale. I bought two packages of 10 chicken legs each for $2.81, each package enough for 5 people. Ground turkey was on sale for $2.50 a pound so I bought several packages.
There is no reason not to eat healthy with prices like these. The problem is most people don’t want to cook but remember, convenience foods usually cost more. If you’d like more ways to save money, visit my Wednesday blog on jonesboro.com. I’ve written about a local woman, Kara Mayfield, who feeds her family of four for less than $400 a month. Around here, Kara sets the gold standard for eating healthy and cheap. This week on jonesboro.com, I’m sharing two of her time saving crock pot recipes. I’ve tried both and my family really liked them. They were in the crockpot in a flash. Check the sales circulars for your favorite stores to look for seasonal savings and stock up!
In time for the holidays, I’ve got a wonderful new recipe to share. My husband made this recently so if he can do it, anyone can. My family gave it high ratings and it would be just as good for dinner as breakfast. You could make these the night before and warm them for a fast breakfast too. Notice I did not say these were the healthiest of choices but you could use lower fat chopped ham in place of the sausage.
Hash Brown Muffin Cups
3 cups frozen hash browns, thawed
3 Tbsp. melted butter
1/8th tsp. salt
1/8th tsp. pepper
1 lb. of your favorite breakfast sausage, try Jimmy Dean reduced fat to save some calories
8 oz. shredded cheese, your favorite, I used cheddar; you can also use reduced fat cheese
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
In a bowl, combine the hash browns, butter, salt and pepper. Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray. Press hash brown mixture into bottom and up sides of muffin cups. Bake at 400 for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cook sausage until brown, drain and rinse. Divide sausage among muffin cups. If you have some leftover, save it to add to spaghetti or any other meat dish. Beat eggs, add cheese and bell pepper. Pour over sausage carefully. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until set. Makes 12 servings.
Upadated on November 6, 2012
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