This is a great recipe if you are trying to cut back or eliminate meat/meat products. This is a vegan dish – perfect for Meatless Monday’s.
It wouldn’t hurt to plan ahead with this one since the recipe calls for cooked lentils and brown rice. I always have batches in the freezer that I just pull out and thaw on the counter. It’s a time-saver and money-saver since you are only using the burners the one time you make a big batch of lentils and rice.
I always bags them in 2-cup increments which is usually more than enough, but not too much. Once I use it up, I actually wash the baggie and re-use. (I only re-use bags that have had fruit, veggies, grains, beans/legumes in it. Anything with meat gets thrown away).
Cut the tops off the peppers. Remove the seed pod and cut each pepper in half lengthwise. Remove the ribs from inside.
Chop the bell pepper tops and onion. Add them to a large skillet set on medium heat along with a few tbsp of vegetable broth (or water) to keep the vegetables from sticking to the pan. Stir frequently.
Add mushrooms, garlic, and seasoned salt. Stir frequently until the mushrooms have cooked down and the onion is translucent and chopped pepper tops are tender. If you need to add a little more broth (or water) to keep the vegetables from sticking, please do so.
Add lentils, rice, tomatoes, salsa, and soy sauce. Mix well.
Prepare a large pan or casserole dish (one large enough to fit 8 pepper halves) by adding a cup of vegetable broth. The broth helps the cooking process by steaming, and also keeps the peppers from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Fill each pepper half, and place them in the casserole dish so that the open ends (where the tops have been removed) are joined to each other.
Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Then remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes uncovered.
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This is a meatless, no fat added and very frugal meal. Everything but the sauce make this a very healthy meal. The sauces are for flavor enhancement.
If you happen to be growing some zucchini this makes for an even cheaper meal!!!
Zucchini, Mushrooms & Onions Stir Fry
If you are looking for a tasty, healthy meal, that's simple to make and inexpensive too - then look no further! Zucchini, onion, and mushrooms are the star of this show, and they will certainly be giving an encore performance on tables everywhere!
Chop onion and put in a large non-stick skillet with veggie broth and saute on med until almost translucent.
Add sliced mushrooms and cook down till they are soft and most liquid has cooked off.
Add zucchini stirring occasionally until they are cooked to your desired consistency. (I like mine to still have a crunch to them, so only a couple of minutes is really necessary). Pour a couple of splashes of tamari on, mix well. If you find a lot of liquid you can drain some if cooking it off at this step might turn the zucchini into mush.
Serve with brown rice, garnish with some shredded carrot.
This dish is great with either sauce, but I do add a few splashes of tamari to the pan for flavoring no matter what sauce I end up putting on my plate.
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Chickpeas are one of my all time favorites. I’ll be the first to admit that I buy the canned and dried version. The dried beans I only buy when they are on sale for $0.99 or less. The sales are hardly ever advertised so I always make sure that I go down that aisle in the grocery store whenever I’m there. The lowest non-sale price I can find them for is $1.29. I know it’s only $0.30, but over time all the $0.30 cent savings add up. So I hold out for the sales – it makes me feel better when I know I’m getting a better deal.
Isn’t that how it makes you feel every time you save money at the grocery store? It’s got to feel rewarding in some way to know that you’ve saved some money.
Obviously, when I don’t have time, I can’t soak and prep these chickpeas like I did in this instance. All the pictures below are from a 1 lb bag of chickpeas. I neglected to take a picture of them soaking, but you know what that looks like: fill a large bowl with rinsed/sorted chickpeas, then fill it up with water way past the level of the chickpeas and let it soak overnight.
The first time I made the entire 1 lb bag I was shocked at just how much it filled up my huge jelly roll pan, but it’s great for making roasted chickpeas which is what I made this time. I would much rather munch on these healthy, crunchy, seasoned chickpeas then anything processed from the grocery store. Still working on my goals, and still moving forward (I hope you are too!).
These are a cheap, healthy snack! 1 bag of dried chickpeas makes in the neighborhood of 6(ish) cups of prepared beans.
There are lots of recipes online for roasted chickpeas from sweet to savory. Just find one that appeals to you and try it. You’ll love it.
A tip you’ll want to remember is that you should sample one before you decide to take them out of the oven. You will want them crispy and if the one you sample isn’t crispy then I would leave them in the oven for a few more minutes or so. I like mine crispy and end up leaving them in the oven (watched carefully so they don’t burn) for upwards of 10 extra minutes.
I soaked them overnight, cooked them the next day, then bagged them (after they cooled) and refrigerated and roasted them the following day. If I am home, or inside, I could do it a lot quicker, but sometimes I do it in little chunks of time because that’s all I am able to manage.
They completely fill the pan in this next picture:
As you’ll notice in this next picture, they shrink down a bit after roasting:
They were so good. I prefer them still warm – you can really taste the flavors of the seasoning then, but I eat them room temperature as well. I suppose I could try warming them up in a pan or microwave, too.
What about you? Have you made roasted chickpeas before? What’s your go-to recipe – sweet or savory? Let me know in the comments! Thanks!
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In honor of Meatless Monday, I thought I would share a favorite in the Cheap Frugal Headquarters household!
These are so good, and so “meaty” you won’t miss the meat – I promise you that!
These are quick and easy, healthy, and so very inexpensive to make too!
This recipe makes a ton and the leftovers freeze wonderfully! It’s always so nice to have freezable leftovers to save yourself time in the kitchen another time.
Barbecue Bean Sloppy Joes
Hearty, filling, and deliciously inexpensive - you'll definitely put this on your recipe rotation for years to come!
Place onion and bell pepper in large skillet with broth on medium stirring occasionally until vegetables soften slightly.
Add remaining ingredients (except buns) and cook for about 12 minutes, until well heated.
Serve on top of your favorite hamburger/sandwich buns and a salad on the side!
As part of my goals for this year, my hubby and I had a yard/garage sale yesterday. We opted to have it elsewhere and not in our yard. There are a couple of places locally that have lots of land and charge a $5 fee to set up and sell your items. We felt it was worth the money to set up there since both of those locations generate A LOT of traffic.
It was a cold morning (36 degrees) and thankfully my husband brought his construction heater with him just in case it was unbearable. But by the time we set up and people started arriving, the sun was shining and warming us up so we didn’t need it after all.
We came home exhausted, sunburned (can you believe it?) and with more money than we arrive there with.
The hardest part about setting up a yard sale in one of these places is resisting the temptation to spend the money you’ve earned on what someone else is selling there! 🙂
I had such a sweet tooth last night and ended up making a couple of pieces of toast with jam on them. I guess that’s a healthier choice than one of these beauties, but I’ve got to tell you that I’ve seen that hummingbird cake all over social media lately and that is my choice today!
What’s your pick for today?
I was just standing in my kitchen late one afternoon staring at a 2 lb package of ground beef, not quite sure what it would turn out to be for dinner.
I didn’t feel like making hamburger helper, taco meat, or meatloaf mix.
I looked in the refrigerator and there were quite a few things that needed using up, so I decided to throw it all together in a pot and come up with something.
That’s how this hamburger soup recipe was born.
To be honest, I’m sure there are other hamburger soups out there, and I don’t know what they taste like as I have never made/had them before, but this one is so yummy!
I didn’t have any beef broth or bouillon so chicken bouillon it was and it just worked! Really well!
Now you won’t have to figure out what to make for dinner tonight!
Brown the ground beef in the soup pot adding the chopped onion. When beef is cooked through, drain fat from it leaving beef/onion in pot.
While beef is browning chop up the carrots, celery, and cabbage.
Add everything to the stock pot but the peas and beans.
Bring it all to a boil then turn down to low simmer.
When cabbage is cooked completely go ahead and add the 2 cans of white beans and peas.
Cook an additional 30 minutes.
Serve with a salad and a loaf of crusty bread!
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