Memories and healthy recipes for your dinner table.

BUDGET MEALS

Grilled Vegetables with Pasta and Sausage

Grilled vegetables with pasta is one of my favorite ways to use up vegetables and left over meat. Except in winter when they all go in a pot for soup. This dish is a throw back to my days in college. It is cheap, quick, […]

Scrumptious Honey Whole Grain Cornbread

Historically cornbread has been around long before the first European settlers arrived. The Native American Indians taught the new settlers how to grind corn into corn meal to make “Pone”. Using a simple mixture of ground corn meal, water and salt this early version of […]

Chicken Lo Mein

I try to start every week prepared. Sunday night we sit down and have a family pow wow to discuss the family issues and the upcoming week’s schedule. I finish the weekly menu and write up the grocery list. Sunday I was in control. Monday […]

Hearty Lentil Soup

Here is a hearty Lentil Soup to warm the bones through the last scraps of winter. I have tried many lentil soup recipes but they either had an off taste or they lacked flavour. I hope this soup is to your liking. When ever possible […]

Sausage and Peas Pasta

This is a nice simple 30-minute dish. I was in the mood for something saucy using left over pasta, peas and some Italian sausage. I made a rue using butter, flour and milk but never used it. The sausage dish looked so yummy without it. […]

Ham Stir-Fried Rice with Peas

My mom’s ham fried rice was one of my favorite dishes. I routinely requested it for my birthday dinner. In my home growing up we ate it as a main dish. Today we serve ham fried rice in smaller portions along side fish, shrimp or […]

Oatmeal Brulee

I can’t think of anything more satisfying on a wintry morning than a bowl of lightly sweetened hot oatmeal. When I was little my mom would spoon a little brown sugar and butter into our bowls before adding the oatmeal. The brown sugar and butter […]

A Cup of Hot Chocolate

When I was in college I discovered Land-o-Lakes Mint Hot Chocolate. I think back then it was around .25 cents a bag. It was a splurge on my collage budget but oh so worth it. Every winter Costco stocks the Land-o-Lakes variety pack for Christmas. […]

Sliced Apple Sandwiches

This week we celebrate Johnny Appleseed. Hard to imagine I can still remember the song from grade school. I loved Johnny Appleseed. I enjoyed the story about planting seeds that will one day grow to be apple trees. When I saw this recipe for Sliced […]

Crock Pot Italian Sausage

Growing up in our home was like survival of the fittest. Many times if you wanted to eat you had to become creative at throwing things together. My siblings and I got pretty good at creating something out of nothing. Budget Meals are really easy […]