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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Grain Bowls – and One of the Funniest “Food” Blog Posts Ever!

Grain Bowl with Garlic Expressions

I’ve been told several times to try a grain bowl from Panera. I like Panera for lattes, breakfast soufflés, and pastries, but lunch? No thank you. But I was intrigued by the Mediterranean grain bowls. I haven’t had one yet, but did some searching on Pinterest and saw a grain bowl with blueberries and quinoa that looked amazing. I went to my fridge and threw everything I had (well, not everything) in a bowl, and voilà, a “grain bowl” was born!

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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… a 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, and paper, and prompted him to go to the store.

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Four Ingredient Tuna Cakes

Granny's Tuna Cakes

Family Recipes! It’s Time for Granny’s Cripsy and Easy Four Ingredient Tuna Cakes!

Many old family recipes have inspired me to create new versions. I’m excited to bring you a new page and category called “Family Recipes.” You’ll find recipes like these easy, crispy four-ingredient tuna cakes, inspired by childhood memories, or family favorites, old and new!

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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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Sweet Spicy Salmon Glaze

Salmon Sunday on FoodieBook Friday?! Yes, I highly recommend this Sweet Spicy Sriracha Salmon Glaze!

It’s about time I posted my tried-&-true Sweet & Spicy Salmon Sunday Glaze Recipe! I’m posting this on Friday so you can pick up some nice thick salmon, sriracha and/or gochujang, sesame oil, and soy sauce for this weekend!

Salmon Sunday

For my very first attempt at cooking salmon, I used this recipe I saw Chef Michael Salmon… um SYMON, Chef Michael Symon make on The Chew. I sooo loved and miss The Chew. Anyhoo, either he suggested using hot Chinese mustard and honey on the episode, or somewhere on The Chew is a recipe where he or someone else used hot Chinese mustard. (or I made it up?)

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Coffee Glazed Banana Scones

banana scone with coffee glaze

Happy Favorite FoodieBook Friday! This recipe for Coffee Glazed Banana Scones was inspired by Ilona Andrews Innkeeper Series.


My recipe for coffee glazed banana scones made with white whole wheat, Greek yogurt, and an espresso glaze that would put a smile on any vampire’s face! I just realized this is the second vampire-inspired recipe on my blog so far… (I’m starting to see a theme. Refer to my vampire related previous post.)

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