Aldi-licious: Famous Black Bean Salad

Aldi-licious: Famous Black Bean Salad

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Aldi-licious: Famous Black Bean Salad

Famous Black Bean Salad

 

Heather joins us with another post in her series Aldi-licious here at Simply Frugal Living. Heather’s recipes feature ingredients purchased exclusively from Aldi!

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Famous Black Bean Salad
adapted from “Once Upon A Tart”

 

Early this summer I stumbled across this recipe in a favorite cookbook. I haven’t stopped making it! The ingredients are easy to come by and everyone who tastes it wants the recipe! It is healthy, very tasty, and inexpensive as well! It’s the perfect dish to take to a picnic or BBQ.

 

SALAD:
3 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 small red onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 medium avocado, diced

 

VINAIGRETTE:
juice of 2 limes
1 tsp. salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. curry powder (or you can use cumin)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

 

Put the beans in a bowl and pour over the vinegar. Stir and let sit while you chop and add the rest of the vegetables, except the avocado. Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients and pour over the salad, adding the avocado at the end. Serve at room temperature.

 

See all the recipes in the Aldi-licious series here!

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Heather is a wife and mother living in the American Midwest. She is a Christian who delights in enjoying God’s beautiful creation, cooking, reading, writing, knitting, and a myriad of other handcrafts. Blackberry Rambles is her place for beauty and inspiration and for recording the normal, everyday things that happen in the life of her family. I encourage you to take a moment to stop by her Etsy store: Felted Flower Shop where you will find her own beautiful creations and vintage finds.



Two dinners for a family of 5 for under $10 each!

I love the opportunity summer provides to grill and indulge in seasonal produce. Our family of five has recently enjoyed some yummy summer meals for just under $10 per meal – total! That comes to just under $2 per person, per meal. A meat deal at Fresh Market and some finds at the local farmer’s market provided the components of our meals. Here are the details:

Note: I scored a bunch of meat at Fresh Market as part of their $2.99 Tuesday promotion. I got antibiotic and hormone-free chicken and also ground chuck for $2.99 per pound, each.

 

Hamburgers, Corn on the Cob and Watermelon

hamburgers

  • I made seven homemade burgers with 2 pounds of ground chuck from the Fresh Market meat deal – $6
  • Hamburger buns were B1G1 ($2.99) at the Winn Dixie deli and we used half a bag – $0.75
  • We used a quarter of a $6 (organic) watermelon from the farmer’s market- $1.50
  • Corn on the cob- $0.99
  • Lettuce and tomato- negligible amount (both purchased at a great price from the farmer’s market)

Note: If I had purchased a package of ready-made fresh burgers, I would have easily paid double what I paid for the seven burgers I made from the ground chuck.

 

Lightly Breaded Italian Chicken, Veggies and Bread

chickenandveggies

  • Two pounds of chicken breast from the Fresh Market meat deal- $6
  • Seasonal veggies from the farmer’s market (partially breaded)- about $2
  • Loaf of bread from the Walmart Deli- $1

 

Very simple meals, but they were yummy and easy to make! I loooove spending less that $10 for a dinner for my whole family. I know, I know…once our little boys are teenagers that probably won’t happen as often! Until then… :)

 

 

 

Aldi-licious: Pilgrim Meatloaf

Heather joins us with another post in her series Aldi-licious here at Simply Frugal Living. Heather’s recipes feature ingredients purchased exclusively from Aldi!

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Meatloaf is often thought of as comfort food and this meatloaf, made with ground turkey, is perfect for this festive time of year! It combines all the delicious flavors of the holidays without as much work, or expense!

Pilgrim Meatloaf
adapted from a recipe by Rachael Ray

3 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. dried thyme
2 to 3 small stalks celery, finely chopped
1 small apple, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups cubed seasoned cornbread or traditional stuffing cubes (you can also use cubed gluten free bread!)
1 to 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries
2 pounds of ground turkey (Aldi sells ground turkey in containers slightly larger than 1 pound — I just used two Aldi containers)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. dried sage
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 400F. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the thyme, celery, apple, onion, and salt and pepper to taste and cook until tender, about 7 or 8 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the dried cranberries.

Pulse the stuffing cubes in a food processor or blender until crumbs form, then transfer to a bowl and moisten with the chicken stock to soften.

Put the turkey in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the stuffing crumbs, onion and celery mixture, cheese, herbs, and egg and mix gently to combine.

On a parchment or foil lined baking sheet, form the turkey mixture into a loaf that is 10 inches long and 4 inches high. Drizzle with olive oil and bake until golden and cooked through, about 50 to 60 minutes.

Slice the meatloaf and serve with Gravy and Cranberry Sauce.

Gravy:

3 Tbsp. butter
2 rounded Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken or turkey stock
1/2 cup apple juice
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper

Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking for 2 minutes. Whisk in the stock, apple juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer until the gravy is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Transfer to a serving dish.

 

This recipe serves 8-10.

See all the recipes in the Aldi-licious series here!

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Heather is a wife and mother living in the American Midwest. She is a Christian who delights in enjoying God’s beautiful creation, cooking, reading, writing, knitting, and a myriad of other handcrafts. Blackberry Rambles is her place for beauty and inspiration and for recording the normal, everyday things that happen in the life of her family. Be sure to check out her store filled with delightful handmade gifts at 308 Maple Street.

Home Made Simple: Free Menu Planner and 30 Day Organizer!

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I love simple reads that inspire my cooking and homemaking. Right now you can sign up for the FREE Home Made Simple Menu Planner plus newsletter and get recipes, craft ideas, and tips and advice for your home! I love all their creative, yummy ideas!
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And while you’re at it, get the FREE Home Made Simple 30 Day Organizer and newsletter packed with recipes, craft ideas, and tips and advice for your home!

 

90 Meals for Less than $1.25 per Serving


Check out this online recipe flip book from eBay Deals packed with 90 recipes for less than $1.25 per serving. One of my own recipes is featured in the dinner section: Beef Burritos. It’s so easy to get into a rut with cooking, but these recipes will inspire some new ideas. Enjoy!

See more dinners for $5 or less here.

 

Almost Cinnamon Rolls

Almost Cinnamon Rolls

Cassandra Knepshield of My Adventures in Treasure Hunting joins us today with a yummy recipe for Almost Cinnamon Rolls.

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Have you ever been hungry for something such as a specific dessert and started searching for a recipe, trying the recipe and it just isn’t working? Well, let me tell you, that was me Sunday! Enjoying a cozy weekend at home, not loving every bit of this cold, freezing, snowy weather. I was hungry for a Cinnamon Roll from the time I opened my eyes that morning!

I am a newbie cook/baker, but I love to bake! I haven’t quite mastered the art of anything with yeast/bread etc. So, after trying to get the yeast started twice and giving up, I was on the hunt for a new recipe! I stumbled on one and went for it!  It turned out delicious! It tastes just like a Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll from the can, minus all the extra ingredients. My hubby loved it! It was a success!

 

Almost Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • ¼ Tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 Tsp. Baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups milk (or accidentally put 2 cups like I did)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla (can can use 1 & ¾ Tsp. Vanilla and ¼ Tsp. Maple flavoring)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) real butter, melted
  • Topping
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon (I added a little extra for more cinnamon flavor)
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • ¾ cup pecans crushed (optional- if you like nuts) I didn't use them.
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Milk
  • 2 tbsp. Butter.

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. 2. Mix together dry ingredients then add milk, eggs and vanilla. Next stir in ½ cup melted butter. Pour the batter into greased 9x13 inch baking pan.
  3. 3. Next mix the cinnamon, brown sugar and flour and use a knife to swirl it in the batter.
  4. 4. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes. Checking it at 20 min. as all ovens are different.
  5. 5. For the glaze, melt the butter then stir into powdered sugar and milk. Pour over warm cake.
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Aldi-licious: Pilgrim Meatloaf

Heather joins us with another post in her series Aldi-licious here at Simply Frugal Living. Heather’s recipes feature ingredients purchased exclusively from Aldi!

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Meatloaf is often thought of as comfort food and this meatloaf, made with ground turkey, is perfect for this festive time of year! It combines all the delicious flavors of the holidays without as much work, or expense!

Pilgrim Meatloaf
adapted from a recipe by Rachael Ray

3 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. dried thyme
2 to 3 small stalks celery, finely chopped
1 small apple, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups cubed seasoned cornbread or traditional stuffing cubes (you can also use cubed gluten free bread!)
1 to 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries
2 pounds of ground turkey (Aldi sells ground turkey in containers slightly larger than 1 pound — I just used two Aldi containers)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. dried sage
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 400F. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the thyme, celery, apple, onion, and salt and pepper to taste and cook until tender, about 7 or 8 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the dried cranberries.

Pulse the stuffing cubes in a food processor or blender until crumbs form, then transfer to a bowl and moisten with the chicken stock to soften.

Put the turkey in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the stuffing crumbs, onion and celery mixture, cheese, herbs, and egg and mix gently to combine.

On a parchment or foil lined baking sheet, form the turkey mixture into a loaf that is 10 inches long and 4 inches high. Drizzle with olive oil and bake until golden and cooked through, about 50 to 60 minutes.

Slice the meatloaf and serve with Gravy and Cranberry Sauce.

Gravy:

3 Tbsp. butter
2 rounded Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken or turkey stock
1/2 cup apple juice
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper

Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking for 2 minutes. Whisk in the stock, apple juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer until the gravy is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Transfer to a serving dish.

 

This recipe serves 8-10.

See all the recipes in the Aldi-licious series here!

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Heather is a wife and mother living in the American Midwest. She is a Christian who delights in enjoying God’s beautiful creation, cooking, reading, writing, knitting, and a myriad of other handcrafts. Blackberry Rambles is her place for beauty and inspiration and for recording the normal, everyday things that happen in the life of her family. Be sure to check out her store filled with delightful handmade gifts at 308 Maple Street.

The Ultimate Thanksgiving eCookbook: 40 Recipes

 

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? I have never hosted it. We always go to my great aunt’s home in IN for a family reunion, and it is truly one of my favorite times of year. My job is to bring the pumpkin pie and other goodies. The “spread” is always completely amazing; and it’s grown in size now that we have a whole gluten free section for everyone in the family with that dietary restriction.

Here’s a free little eBook from Mr. Food packed with 40 recipes to give you some fresh ideas for your Thanksgiving menu planning. Download your free copy here.

How about you?

 

Where/ how do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

 

Taste of Home: $5 Cookbook & Children’s Book Sale + Free Shipping on $25+ Orders

Taste of Home is running their fabulous $5 Cookbook and Children’s Book sale now through November 12th! Plus, you can score free shipping on orders over $25 with code: LS126.

Check out the Children’s Books here.

 

  This post is part of my Christmas Gift Series.

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

Aldi-licious: Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup

Heather joins us with another post in her series Aldi-licious here at Simply Frugal Living. Heather’s recipes feature ingredients purchased exclusively from Aldi!

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Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup is ideal for this time of year when the weather makes us crave warm comfort food like soup. The addition of pumpkin to black beans takes this to a whole new level and makes for a very festive dinner.

Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup

(adapted from Once Upon a Tart)

1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 Tbsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup canned or fresh pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 can black beans, drained and rinsed

Saute onion and garlic in the olive oil in a large soup pot over high heat, stirring frequently until the onion softens, about 5-10 minutes. Lower heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender and translucent, about 10 more minutes.

Add the tomatoes, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, salt and pepper to the soup pot. Pour in the stock, pumpkin, vinegar, and beans.

Bring the soup to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, allowing the flavors to develop.

Remove the soup from the heat and puree, leaving just a little bit of texture. Serve with sour cream and chopped cilantro (optional).

Serves 6.

 

See all the recipes in the Aldi-licious series here!

 

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Heather is a wife and mother living in the American Midwest. She is a Christian who delights in enjoying God’s beautiful creation, cooking, reading, writing, knitting, and a myriad of other handcrafts. Blackberry Rambles is her place for beauty and inspiration and for recording the normal, everyday things that happen in the life of her family. Be sure to check out her store filled with delightful handmade gifts at 308 Maple Street.

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