Cheap and Easy Meals

Sliced no knead olive skillet bread

What to Cook When the Grocery Stores are Out of… Almost Everything.

I went to the store last week for a few things. You know, the usual, peanut butter, half & half, a gallon of water (for my cubicle at work for making coffee), and quinoa. I came home from the store with ONE of those things, peanut butter! All those other aisles were pretty much empty. There was sparkling water, and some of the pricy electrolyte water in bottles. Other than that, not much there! In 2014 there was a water crisis in Toledo and I remember not being able to buy water because the shelves were empty, but I’ve never seen entire isles cleared out of food or paper products. I didn’t go down every aisle, and they weren’t wiped completely out of all food items, but it was slim pickings! We’ll need to get creative with what we have during this coronavirus crisis, so I wanted to put together a quick list of cheap and easy meals for you. Lots of these are made from leftovers, a few ingredients, or even scraps! Some are quick and easy, some will use up leftovers, but all are delicious!

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Black Bean Tomato Soup

Sopa Tarasca

Otherwise Known as Sopa Tarasca, it’s Black Bean Tomato Soup with Bacon!

Have you ever heard of Sopa Tarasca? Do you cook your own black beans from dried beans? Do you like bacon? Silly question! Everyone likes BACON right? I’ve been quiet over the holidays and I’m sorry, but I think everyone will forgive me once they try this recipe for Baconny Black Bean Tomato Soup!

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Instant Pot Spinach & Meatballs

Grandmas Spinach and meatballs

Well, actually it’s my weeknight Instant Pot version of Grandma’s Spinach & Meatballs.

Spinach and Meatballs in Pyrex fridgie

It all started several years ago, at least a decade ago, on Thanksgiving, or maybe it was Easter? Anyway, I woke up sick as a dog… fever, laying on the couch with an ice bag on my head sick. Husband called his parents to let them know we wouldn’t be going to family dinner, even though I told him to go without me. That’s true love folks! I don’t recall the conversation he had with his mom, but it required pen, paper, and prompted him to go to the store.

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Instant Pot Chickpea Soup

Chickpea Soup with Olive Oil and Oregano

Instant Pot Chickpea Soup, with Lemon & Oregano. It’s so Good and I’m so Excited that it’s Soup Season!!

Creamy rich chickpea soup with olive oil and oregano
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The Year of Soup | Back-to-Our-Roots Soup

The Year of Soup Howard Reiss, reading the book.

This post about The Year of Soup by Howard Reiss was originally published in May, but I wanted to update it and combine it with the soup recipe post for Suicide Prevention Month. I started this blog in January 2019, and in the nine months of the existence of this blog, this post, “The Year of Soup” is still my top liked post by viewers. I felt that it needed to be updated and re-posted for you.

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