Spaghetti Sauce

This is a much anticipated recipe from certain members of my family who love my spaghetti sauce.  It is definitely a favorite in our house and it freezes well (when there’s some leftover 🙂 )


1 lb. Ground Turkey $2.00

1 Onion minced (I just toss it in my food processor so that I don’t cry while cutting it) $.25

2 cloves garlic $.02

28 oz Tomato sauce (used my homemade recipe) $.50

28 oz. Crushed Tomatoes (used my homemade recipe) $.50

small container of Tomato Paste $.50

1 1/2 TBS of Italian Seasoning or a combination or Oregano & Parsley $.03

2 heaping TBS of brown sugar $.10

Total for sauce: $4.15


Brown turkey, onion and garlic until turkey is cooked through and onions and garlic are tender

Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer for about 1 1/2 hours until thickened and flavors have combined

Serve hot over your favorite pasta and enjoy!

Freeze leftovers in a labeled freezer container.


Teriyaki Pineapple Pork Chops

I love it when I am experimenting with dinner and it actually turns out delicious!


Pork Chops (enough for your family, I used 3 since my kids split one) $3.00 (Click here to see how I buy inexpensive pork chops)

3 TBS Yoshida’s Teriyaki sauce (or any brand that you like) $.21

1 can pineapple $.25

1 cup cooked rice $.50

1 bag of Steamfresh corn $1.00

Total Cost of Meal for family of 4 = $4.96


In a shallow dish place the thawed out pork chops and 3 TBS Yoshida Teriyaki sauce and let marinade for 20 min.

You can either barbeque them or broil them in a broiling pan.  It’s hot in California so I tend to BBQ my meat.

Once the meat is cooked through, place a few pieces of pineapple on it and let it cook a little longer, so that the pineapple gets a little cooked too

I cook my rice in my rice cooker while the meat is on the BBQ and the steam fresh corn cooks in a bag in the microwave.

Super simple and super yummy dinner!

Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam

I have always wanted to make my own freezer jam, but thought that I didn’t have the time.  It was so quick and easy that now I understand why so many people do it!


4 Cups Strawberries (B1G2 FREE $4.99 for all + had 2 cups left over)

1 Cup sugar ($.50)

2 packets liquid pectin ($3.99)

Total cost: $2.60 each for 3 containers


Cut and puree strawberries until smooth in food processor

Bring Strawberry puree and sugar to a boil in saucepan and add liquid pectin

Let simmer for a few minutes until thickened

Let mixture rest in the pot until cool enough to put into freezer safe containers

Let sit out at room temp. for 24 hours and then put into freezer until desired use.

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Meals-On-The-Go Series: Turkey Wraps 2 Ways

We are going to be starting a new series for all of the busy families out there, who feel like the only thing they have time for is to stop by fast-food for dinner.  I understand this because I have been there many nights!  While there are many healthier options out there for families, it still doesn’t beat having something that you made ahead and planned to take with you.  With a busy sports season in the spring, many of my friends have told me that they would love to have the option of a quick meal that they could bring with them to games, practices, etc.

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Homemade Chicken Stock Recipe

While there are many chicken stock recipes out there, this one is my favorite.  It was one I came up with a few years ago after trying several batches and not being satisfied with how they came out.

Keep in mind that I have an enormous stock pot that I purchased at the thrift store for $3.00. Score!  I would highly recommend finding something like this, or you can just reduce the amount that you put in the recipe.


6-8 Frozen leftover chicken breast carcasses from deboning chicken, click here for video tutorial (free, since leftover from chicken that I used)

3-4 large peeled carrots, cut into thirds ($.50 for all at asian market)

4 celery stalks, cut into thirds ($.30 for all at asian market)

1 whole onion, peeled and cut into chunks ($.25 at asian market)

3 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole ($.10 at asian market)

26 cups of water (for my huge stock pot)


Place all ingredients into the stock pot together and boil for about 1 hour, stirring a few times.

Reduce heat and simmer for another 3 hours.

Place a large fine mesh caulunder over a very large bowl and drain all ingredients over it, separating the ingredients from the stock.

Let the stock cool and then place the bowl into the fridge until it’s fully cool.

If there is any film at the top then scrape that off.

You can measure out your stock into whatever increments you think you will use the most.  I have found that I tend to use the larger increments for soups and other recipes, so I put 2 cup increments into freezer bags and freeze them flat in trays so that they stack neatly once frozen.  You could also freeze some in ice cube trays for recipes that only call for a couple of TBS of stock.  Then you put the cubes into a freezer bag and label accordingly.

Total for 18 cups of chicken stock was $1.15, which makes it $.06 per cup!  Much better than even getting it couponing and there is no salt added at all!

Happy cooking!

Michaels: Lowest Prices of the Season Ad

These are actually some of the lowest prices and the best ad I’ve seen ever at Michaels.  Now is a great time to stock up on crafts to keep you and your kids busy for the summer, or just fun project ideas.  Listed are just some of the great deals.  See your ad or your local store for more fabulous prices!

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