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5 Minute Egg & Cheese Sandwich {with bacon, spinach & avocado}

The idea of cooking a hot breakfast on busy mornings sounds daunting. Who has that kind of time? Because let’s just get real, mornings are plain busy. But, given the choice, would you choose a real, hot breakfast {think bacon and eggs} or a bowl of cold cereal in the morning? I know what I’d rather have!

5 minute egg and cheese sandwich with bacon, spinach and avocado - in not too much longer than it takes to pour a bowl of cereal, make yourself a real breakfast instead!I’ve got just the recipe that will help you enjoy that hot breakfast! You can even make it on busy mornings: the 5 minute breakfast sandwich – loaded with healthy ingredients like eggs, cheese, bacon, spinach & avocado. Seriously folks, in just about FIVE minutes, you, too, can have a healthy, nutritious breakfast on your plate!

Why opt for a homemade breakfast? Well, despite the fact that breakfast cereal is expensive and not very healthy, it also doesn’t fill me up for very long. I like to start my mornings out right – and a nutritious meal is a great way to start the day. Quick recipes rule in my world – so this recipe for a quick egg sandwich has recently become one of my favorite breakfasts! Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed.

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Frugal Friday ~ Whole Food, Organic Grocery Price-Point List

In September of 2011, I posted a grocery price point list that I used to use to help me keep my grocery budget low. Knowing what rock bottom prices to expect helped me time my purchases to maximize my grocery dollars. When I found items for really low prices, I stocked up. But times have changed and so have prices. It’s high time I update my grocery price point list!

whole food organic price point list

I’ve also changed the way I shop – I buy more organic options from different sources. It’s important to me to still keep my budget as low as possible, and this list will help me! So…

Here is my updated, Whole Food, Organic Price-Point List

From Costco

  • Organic Carrots – ~ $5.65 for 5 lb
  • Organic Lettuce – $4.50 for 1 lb
  • Organic Spinach – $4.50 for 1 lb
  • Organic Frozen Green Beans – $6.50 for 5 lb
  • Organic Half & Half – $4.98  per half gallon
  • Organic Olive Oil – $13.99 for 2 liters
  • Cheese – $5 per lb – I buy a lot of Tillamook cheese and look for other cheese that don’t have rSBT
  • Butter – $1.98 per lb
  • Fair Trade Coffee – $12.99 for 40 ounces
  • Natural Peanut Butter – $9.99
  • Organic Jelly –
  • Organic Tortilla Chips – $4.99 for  40 ounces
  • Nitrate Free Bacon –
  • Bulk Taco Seasoning –
  • SAF Yeast –
  • Organic Whole Chickens – 2.50 per lb

From Azure Standard

  • Organic apples – $1 per pound
  • Organic potatoes – $1 per pound {or less}
  • Organic carrots – $15 for 25 pounds (60 cents per lb)
  • Organic Hard Red Wheat – $20 per 50 lb (40 cents per lb)
  • Dried Pinto Beans – $23 for 25 lb (46 cents per lb)
  • Dried Kidney Beans – $32 for 25 lb  (64 cents per lb)
  • Dried Garbanzo Beans – $5.65 for 5 lb ($1.13 per lb)
  • Organic Yogurt – $5.80 for 64 ounces
  • Organic Sour Cream – $3.30 for 16 ounces
  • Xylitol Gum – $9.99 for 100 pieces
  • Jasmine Rice – $28.85 for 25 lbs ($1.15 per lb)

From Amish Stores

  • Hard White Wheat – $23 per 50 lbs
  • Eggs – $1.55 / dozen
  • Butter – $3 / lb

From Aldi or Price Match 

  • Kefir – $3
  • Avocados – $1 ea {or less}
  • Mangoes – $1 ea {or less}
  • Tomatoes – $1 / lb
  • Oranges – 50 cents per lb
  • Butter – under $2 / lb
  • Noodles – $1 per lb

Locally

  • Organic produce for under $1 per lb
  • Raw Honey – $8.50 for 3 lb ($2.83 per lb)
  • Raw Milk – $7 per gallon
  • Beef – 1/4 cow for $600 ($140 for the locker fee, $460 for the meat)
  • Pork – 1/2 pig for
  • Eggs – $2 per dozen

Tropical Traditions – I watch for sales or free shipping and then buy from them!

I’ve left a few blanks for things I buy but don’t know the price. I will fill in the prices soon and then keep this list handy on my phone so I can refer to it when shopping!

For more posts on grocery shopping, keep reading:

Keep a Low Grocery Budget by Shopping from Amish

Top 10 Tips for Saving $$ at the Grocery  Store

Why I Shop Loss Leaders

I’m going to keep adding to this list as I find more prices and think of things I forgot. I’m sure we buy more than this! Do you have any staples that I didn’t include? Please let me know how my prices compare to what you pay!

Linking up: Mostly Homemade Mondays; Homestead Barn Hop;

Taco Soup for Slow Cookers

taco soup for the crockpotTaco Soup is one of my go-to meals. When I’m in a hurry and need something that’s quick to throw together, this is it! It’s a classic open can and dump recipe and I’ve shared that version before here. However, I have mostly eliminated canned food from my house, so I’ve had to rework the recipe. As long as I have pre-cooked beans in my freezer, this recipe is pretty quick for me. I usually put it together an hour before I want to serve it.

Taco Soup for Slow Cookers

Recently though, my evening schedule has become really crazy and I need to get things going ahead of time, so I’ve adapted this recipe one more time – to fit in my 6 qt crockpot. This Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Slow Cooker is my work horse! Since I cook mostly from scratch, I really have to rely on appliances that maximize and reduce time I have to spend in my kitchen. If you’re looking for a good crockpot, I really recommend this one.

Regardless of how you make it though, open can and dump, prepare it an hour ahead of time, or make it in your crock pot, the result is one of my kids’ most favorite meals! And bonus! It freezes well, too. 🙂

Taco Soup for the Crockpot

Taco Soup for the Crockpot

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef, cooked
  • 44 ounces tomatoes (the equivalent of one quart jar and one 12 ounce can)
  • 3 cups cooked black beans (plus juice)
  • 3 cups cooked pinto beans (plus juice)
  • 1 quart corn
  • 1/2 cup taco seasoning
  • 3 TBS ranch dressing seasoning

Instructions

  1. Brown the beef.
  2. Add all ingredients to the crockpot.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  5. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4330 Total Fat: 203g Saturated Fat: 70g Cholesterol: 522mg Sodium: 9184mg Carbohydrates: 408g Sugar: 79g Protein: 210g

We love to garnish our taco soup with cheddar cheese, tortilla chips, and sour cream! Enjoy!

 

Shrimp Pad Thai Recipe @SimplyAsiaFoods

One of my new found favorite foods to cook has to be Asian food. We lived in Okinawa, Japan from 1998-2001 and got a real taste for the local cuisine. During that time, we also traveled around other Asian countries and got to try authentic Korean, Thai, and Chinese food. I wish I could claim to be good at cooking Asian food, but truth be told, it takes me years to perfect new recipes and I only recently just started cooking with an Asian flair for some reason. 😉


One of my new found favorite foods to cook has to be Asian food. We lived in Okinawa, Japan from 1998-2001 and got a real taste for the local cuisine. During that time, we also traveled around other Asian countries and got to try authentic Korean, Thai, and Chinese food. I wish I could claim to be good at cooking Asian food, but truth be told, it takes me years to perfect new recipes and I only recently just started cooking with an Asian flair for some reason. 😉

This past weekend, we celebrated the end of the Chinese New Year (the 15 day celebration ends TODAY!) with a small feast of egg rolls, won tons, jasmine rice, and fortune cookies. Actually, I made my family celebrate without me. I cooked it all, but I wasn’t feeling well that evening and got in a slight argument with my husband over something stupid. So, I cooked them all supper and went to bed. 😉

Simply Asia Foods recently sent me a sampler box to try out and I was happy to put a few of their products to test. They sent a really nice bottle of Asian Sweet Ginger Garlic Seasoning that was delightful in my home made egg rolls, and their fish sauce livens up many an Asian dish. Also, Jasmine rice is my all time favorite rice and they sell that, too!

I’ve bought @SimplyAsiaFoods goodies before – Pad Thai Noodles was one of my favorite dishes when we went to Thailand many years ago. And their Pad Thai noodles are quite tasty. Beautiful food from a beautiful country. Since I have already shared my recipe for homemade egg rolls, I’m sharing the Thai Kitchen’s recipe for Shrimp Pad Thai today!

 


Pop  over to the Thai Kitchen website to see their easy recipe for Shrimp Pad Thai.