Healthy Fettuccine Alfredo

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Guest post from Brooke of Skinny Mom

Who doesn’t love Fettuccine Alfredo?

It’s a favorite with my family. My little man, E, loves to slurp up the creamy noodles one at a time and his little fettuccine-covered face creates an Instagram moment every time we have it for dinner.

This used to be a meal that we splurged on when eating out at our favorite Italian restaurant but I was determined to create a more affordable, and more waist-line friendly, version that I could prepare at home.

The most economical aspect of this recipe is that you likely have most of the ingredients needed already (butter, garlic, flour, milk, etc.). The few items you may have to add to your shopping list are the whole wheat fettuccine, which can also be substituted for spinach fettuccine depending on which one might be on sale or you have a coupon for.

In addition to the cheese, the recipe calls for fresh parsley, but if you don’t have this on hand, you can opt for the dried seasoning in your spice cabinet to save a few dollars.

Preparing homemade sauces, dressings, and other condiments can usually be surprisingly less expensive than you might expect when you realize the foundation ingredients are already in your pantry and refrigerator. This is a great way to control the amount of artificial ingredients, added sodium, calories, and fat that can be hidden in the canned and jarred ready-to-use options.

Don’t be afraid to make more of this recipe than you need for one meal. I promise, your family will love it and it’s just as scrumptious served as leftovers the next day. You can even jazz it up with some of your pantry staples by adding tomatoes (canned or fresh) and/or some spinach (frozen or fresh) when you serve it for lunch or dinner the next day to mix up the presentation.

Enjoy!

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What are your favorite frugal dinner recipes?

Brooke is the founder and CEO of Skinny Mom, the digital lifestyle brand that gives moms the skinny on healthy living. Brooke is also a certified personal trainer and fitness enthusiast, however Brooke’s most important job is being a single mom to her 3 year old son. In her spare time Brooke loves cooking skinny meals and running outdoors

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Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Gluten-free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Guest post by Becki from Running with Team Hogan

Our family has been gluten-free for over a year. Finding filling, healthy snacks – especially when we are on the go – hasn’t been the easiest task.

A friend shared a muffin recipe with me, but my family liked them just so-so until I made a few modifications. Now, I make a double batch at least weekly, and they are devoured. I actually seek out ripe bananas every time I go to a store for my muffin making.

These muffins freeze well, make great snacks to pack for my kids, and really help fill up my children. They are a go-to fast breakfast as well in our home. These muffins (even using pricey gluten-free oats) cost us less than $0.25 a muffin. A great savings over most pre-packaged gluten-free snacks!

This recipe actually can easily be made non-gluten free as well and would be even cheaper with regular oats. Enjoy!

Becki Hogan is a stay-at-home homeschooling mom of 4. In between making batches of banana muffins, Becki enjoys reading and playing games with her family. She and her husband Seth blog about “running the race God has set before” them at www.runningwithteamhogan.com.

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Homemade Whipped Honey Butter

Homemade Whipped Honey Butter As I mentioned earlier this week, I tried my hand at making Homemade Honey Whipped Butter and was so pleased with how it turned out. Seriously, I can’t believe that I waited this long to try this idea! I was inspired by my younger sister, Olivia. She made dinner for us the week my book launched (wasn’t that sweet of her?) and one of the things she made was fresh rolls and Whipped Honey Butter. Jesse loved the Honey Butter so much that I knew I had to try my hand at making it. And it was so, so easy and delicious! You could try mixing in all sorts of different things — seasonings, maple syrup, cinnamon, or even just leaving out the honey and having whipped butter. What I loved about this idea is that it not only stretches butter a little farther, but it also makes it much easier to spread the butter. 13127021824_8a9f34feb3 Homemade Whipped Honey Butter Homemade Whipped Honey Butter Homemade Whipped Honey Butter

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Chicken Almondine

Chicken Almondine

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

This creamy comfort-food casserole was a standard “company” meal at our house while I was growing up. In fact, for years this was one of just two meals (the other being homemade lasagna) that my mom served to our various weekly dinner guests!

Although Chicken Almondine is extremely easy to put together, it includes a few ingredients like water chestnuts and almonds that kick up its “fancy” factor. The recipe came from one of my mom’s lifelong childhood friends, and it has been a part of our family favorites for over 30 years.

This versatile main dish can easily be adjusted to your family’s taste preferences (and the amount of time you have to spend in the kitchen). We normally used homemade biscuit dough instead of the canned crescent rolls, but either works great! You can also make your own cream soup if you have that little bit of extra time and motivation.

Just the smell of this in the oven brings back so many happy childhood moments for me!

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Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy and another on the way. She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

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Crockpot Freezer Cooking: 7 Meals in 1 Hour

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Who Needs a Cape? shows us how to utilize our freezer and a slow cooker to prepare 7 Meals in 1 Hour. They even have a handy list of tips to help you make the most of your crockpot freezer cooking experience.

For more Crockpost Freezer Cooking ideas, check out the following links:

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