I’ve Moved

March 4, 2011

I have switched to Blogger. You will find all future posts here, at the NEW Pennies A Plate! Please check it out, subscribe or become a follower or bookmark the new link. It’s going to take me some time to transfer all the stuff from THIS blog to the NEW blog, so please be patient with me.


Menu Plan: October 25 – October 31

October 25, 2010

This week’s contribution to OrgJunkie‘s Menu Plan Monday:


Pancakes, Bananas, Milk
Almond Apple Granola, Milk, Fruit Salad
Cranberry Orange Muffins, Milk, Cheese slices
Red River Cereal with raisins and cinnamon, milk
Oatmeal with flax, wheat germ, fruit and milk
Fried Egg, English Muffins, Tomato Slices, Juice
Coconut/Date Oatmeal, Milk


Gingerbread Loaf, Yogurt, Carrot/Celery Sticks, Cucumber Slices, Milk, Apple
Veggie Mix, Dip, Hard-Boiled Egg, Crackers, Milk, Applesauce
White Bean/Tuna Sandwich, Veggies, Milk, Fruit
Veggie Pita, Cranberry Orange Muffin, Fruit, Milk
Pizza Rolls, Fruit Salad, Veggie Sticks and Dip
Leftovers x2


Mulligatawny Soup, Triangle Buns from Costco
Chili, Cornbread, Cucumber Salad
Chili Macaroni and Cheese, Tossed Salad, Peas
Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Veggie Sticks
Warrior Chicken Soup, Biscuits
Ginger Beef, Brown Rice, Mixed Veggies
Spinach Quiche, Cucumber and Tomato Salad, Smoothies

More recipe links to come throughout the week!

Summer Surprises

August 13, 2010

My blog fell to the bottom of my priority list this summer. It was an interesting summer, to say the least. Only two weeks left, then the kids go to public school for the first time, and I’m hoping to take advantage of our new schedule by putting more of an effort into this blog!

Stay tuned for more great recipes, frugal menu planning and grocery shopping tips!

In the meantime, feel free to take a look at the sidebar and note what else has taken some of my time. Being frugal can only go so far. Sometimes, it helps to find new ways to bring in a little extra cash. I am excited about my new adventure!

What We Had For Lunch

April 27, 2010

Cook a 954g package of pasta. (I used Farfelle.)

While that’s cooking, saute in olive oil:

1/2 onion, finely diced

1 red pepper, finely diced

1/2 green pepper, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, finely diced

2 celery stalks, finely diced

Once that’s all nicely cooked and smelling delicious, dump a 28oz. can of diced tomatoes into your blender. Whir that up until it’s nice and smooth. Pour it into the pan with the veggies. Add some basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Then add two drained cans of tuna.

Pour your sauce onto your cooked, drained pasta. Voila! A quick and simple, delicious and nutritious meal! You can add a salad, if you want. And if you really must, serve something special for dessert (yogurt with granola and/or fruit would be good).

Post-Easter Flu

April 9, 2010

The thing about having the flu in your house, is that people are not really hungry.

Sorry for missing a whole week. I do have a menu planned for next week. I don’t have time to post it right now. I will be back here ASAP.

Fresh Kimchi Salad

March 14, 2010

This is in my Top 5 Salads list. I cannot get enough of this. And it has all the benefits of the Fresh Cabbage Salad but with more flavor and much less sugar!!!! While it keeps in the fridge for a few days, be warned that the longer it sits, the spicier it gets! My kids can’t seem to handle it after the first day.

1/2 a head of Chinese cabbage, cored and slivered

2 green onions, minced

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp sesame oil (Use any other mild-flavored oil if you don’t have sesame. You won’t get the same flavor, but it will still be good.)

1 tsp sesame seeds

1 Tbsp white or rice vinegar

1 Tbsp sugar or honey

1 Tbsp soy sauce

1-2 tsp red pepper flakes or to taste (I use 1 tsp and it’s almost too hot for us!)

Combine cabbage and green onions in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients until sugar dissolves. Pour over salad and toss until well coated.


March 7, 2010

I finally found the perfect granola bar recipe! After at least 6 different attempts, I have it perfected! I have updated my granola bar post to include the details of what I did. But for the sake of convenience today, here’s my new recipe:

1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

scant 1/3 cup wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

approximately 1/3 cup each raisins, coconut, chocolate chips, wheat germ, sesame seeds, ground flax seed

1/3 cup peanut butter or another nut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons melted butter

1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon water

I greased my 8×8 pan and preheated my oven to 350*F. Then I put the honey and butter on the stove to slowly melt. I mixed all the dry ingredients together, then added the melted mixture and the vanilla and water. I mixed that well, then mixed in the peanut butter. Bake for about 25 minutes and let cool completely before cutting into bars.