Beef and Mushroom Kebabs – $5 Dinner Challenge


I made these the other night...I made an extra trip to the store to get the ingredients needed for this morning's news segment...and spotted some $.99 whole mushrooms.  I see them often for $.99 in the mark down basket in the produce section. I found more this morning...sliced this time. I don't typically buy extra food when I'm getting food for news segments, but I couldn't … [Read more...]

How to Cut a Green Pepper {Video}

Green Peppers

Or perhaps the wrong way to cut a green pepper?!? I am a total green pepper cutting rebel and do my own thing when it comes to dicing, slicing and cutting green peppers. I am not, however, a rebel without a cause. I definitely cut with a cause.  In this case, freezing all these green peppers!  In the end, I wound up with the following meal size portions: 6 bags with … [Read more...]

Red Quinoa with Avocado, Black Beans and Corn


For a while now, I've been toying with the idea of putting myself on a Gluten Free diet. No real reason really. Just want to see if I feel any different when eliminating gluten. And here is a recipe that will be on the menu when (if ever) I decide to make that leap. Red Quinoa with Avocado, Black Beans and Corn Yield - 4 servings Preparation Time - 5 minutes Cooking … [Read more...]

Sweet and Sour Chicken


I had every intention of serving this over brown rice. But I got a little distracted by the Balloon Boy story this afternoon (so glad he was found...but boy I wasted a bunch of "what if that was my kid" emotional energy because of the whole ordeal). By the time I realized that the dinner hour was fast approaching, it was too late to get the brown rice going! So white rice it … [Read more...]

Tomato Black Bean Barley Soup


Tomato Black Bean Barley Soup Yield - 4 servings Preparation Time - 10 minutes Cooking Time - 30 minutes Ingredients 1 small yellow onion, chopped ($.20) 2 cloves garlic, crushed ($.10) 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing ($.20) 4 cups water 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained ($.80) 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained ($.65) 1/2 cup quick-cooking barley … [Read more...]