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5 Must Know Tips to Save Money on Organic Meat

Eating organic meat might be more important that eating organic fruit and vegetables, but switching to organic meat can be an expensive, daunting undertaking. Here are 5 tips to save money on organic meat that can help you make the switch.Eating organic meat might even be more important than eating organic fruits and veggies. Find out how you can save with these 5 must know tips to save money on organic meat. They might not be what you think!

5 Must Know Tips to Save Money on Organic Meat

1. Cut down on meat consumption –

First and foremost, you can save money by eating less meat. I know, I know, that’s not really what you want to hear, but it’s the truth. Door to Door Organics has a great infographic that shows how much protein is recommended for people at different life stages and compares that to how much we really eat. Most Americans eat more meat than they need and doing so can risk our health. Instituting vegetarian lunches, breakfast, or maybe even a certain number of vegetarian meals per week (like Meatless Monday), can be a great way to reduce your meat consumption. Eating less meat means you will automatically save money on meat because you won’t have to buy as much.

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Whole Wheat Potato Bread

In a massive food fail, I once let almost 20 pounds of organic potatoes freeze on my enclosed front porch. Yeah, pretty dumb, huh?? I beat myself up pretty good over that!

Immediately, I turned to google to figure out what the heck to do with all of my rock hard potatoes and was dismayed to find that almost every source said they had to be trashed. I’m not going to lie to you: they were quite nasty: soft and squishy and very “juicy.”

But, I wasn’t giving up that easily!! Potato bread was on my mind, but I’d never made it and needed to find a recipe. Since I bake almost exclusively with freshly ground flour, I wanted to find a recipe that incorporated fresh flour.

Whole Wheat Potato Bread

whole wheat potato breadThrough Pinterest, I ended up at the blog Common Sense Homesteading and found a recipe that looked promising. I decided to make 3 small loaves to see if it would work and I was delighted that it did! In fact, this bread is beyond good – it might just be my new favorite bread!! I only hope I don’t always have to start with frozen potatoes to get this result! 

I adapted the recipe to fit my needs and made THIRTEEN loaves {3 batches}. It’s that good, people. Here’s my adaption:

Whole Wheat Potato Bread

Whole Wheat Potato Bread


  • 3 1/2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 4 cups warm water {potato water is perfect, if you have any!}
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 10 cups whole wheat flour {I use freshly ground hard white wheat}
  • 1 heaping TBS salt
  • 3 TBS yeast {I use SAF yeast}
  • 1-3 cups additional flour


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Prepare 5 loaf pans.
  3. Put mashed potatoes, water, butter, and honey in a big mixer {I use a Bosch}.
  4. Add 10 cups flour, salt, and yeast.
  5. Mix everything together and quickly add enough flour to clean the sides of the bowl. If the dough looks too dry, add additional liquid instead.
  6. Knead on Bosch Speed 1 for 5 minutes.
  7. Punch dough, form 5 loaves, and place into 5 prepared loaf pans.
  8. Let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  10. Let cool. Cut, slather with butter and Enjoy!

Please head over to Common Sense Homesteading if you would like to see her original recipe for 2 small loaves, perfect for small amounts of left over mashed potatoes!

Have you transformed “trashed” food into a great dish? Please share! Please don’t let me think that I’m the only person to accidentally let potatoes {or anything else} freeze… 🙂


Use up Ripe Bananas with this Homemade Banana Bars Recipe

Instead of throwing out those bananas that are past their prime – turn them into these homemade Banana Bars. Your kids (and the landfill) will love you!

banana bars

Use up Ripe Bananas with this Homemade Banana Bars Recipe

I have a confession to make: I actually love having extra ripe bananas on hand! I even buy them when they are past prime. Large bags of bananas with spots on them cost 99 cents at my local grocery store and whenever I see them, I almost always buy one. I personally don’t like to eat bananas with spots on the peel because I’m weird and prefer most of my fruit to be slightly green. My kids like them though, and when they are too bad even for them, we make yummy baked goods from them.

Dessert doesn’t usually happen at my house, but this year I am trying to make a dessert once a week. It gives my kids incentive to eat their dinner and it’s fun.

I made these banana bars last week and they were a huge hit. They were easy and I used up the last of the nasty bananas in my fridge instead of throwing them out. Score!

Baking Tips

As with most of the recipes I share on the blog, these are easy to make and the kids love them. To make these homemade banana bars, just mix of dry and wet ingredients and bake them on a half sheet pan. After they have cooled, add a quick powdered sugar icing, if you really want to make your sugar devils happy. 

Yield: 36

Homemade Banana Bars

Homemade Banana Bars

A great way to use up ripe bananas and make a treat your kids will love!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes



  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Powdered Sugar Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 TBS milk


  1. Banana Bars
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lighting grease a 15x10x1 inch baking pan. In a large mixing bowl beat butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powered, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally.
  3. Beat in egg, mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla until combined.
  4. Beat or stir in the flour.
  5. Stir in pecans.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly.
  7. Bake about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Icing {see below}. Cut into bars. Enjoy!
  9. In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 TBS milk. Stir in additional milk, i tsp at a time until icing reaches drizzling consistency.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

Besides these banana bars, what’s your favorite way to use up bananas?

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