San Marzano Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Monday, March 7, 2016 0

I’m very excited to share this delicious recipe with you! This San Marzano Homemade Spaghetti Sauce is one of my favorite sauces because it can be used in so many dishes.

I usually make a gluten-free pasta and top it off with this yummy sauce. Sometimes I’ll bake a spaghetti squash instead of the pasta all together for a healthier dish. I promise, this tomato sauce is so easy to make. Once you taste it (and smell it while cooking), it will surely become a family favorite.  

Any leftover sauce is perfect to be used the next day in a new dish. I love making a delicious lasagna with the leftover sauce. 

Also, the sauce can be made with or without sausage or meat. It can also be spicy (or not). It’s up to you! 

Happy Cooking!

Enjoy. 

San Marzano Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Serves 12
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 25 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 25 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. Cooked Pasta of your choice $2.00
  2. 2 tablespoon Olive Oil $0.32
  3. 1 small Yellow Onion $0.14
  4. 2-3 Garlic Cloves, minced $0.10
  5. 2- 28 oz cans of Whole San Marzano Tomatoes $7.30
  6. 1/2 can of tomato paste (3 oz) $0.23
  7. 1 tablespoon dried parsley $0.10
  8. 1 tablespoon dried oregano $0.10
  9. 1 tablespoon dried basil $0.10
  10. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less depending on your desire for spice) $0.05
  11. 1 large dried bayleaf $0.15
  12. salt $0.02
  13. pepper $0.05
  14. Approx. 2-3 tablespoons of red wine (optional) $0.40
  15. 1 lb sausage or ground meat (optional) $3.99 lb
  16. Grated Parmesan Cheese for topping (optional)
Instructions
  1. Total Price: $15.05
  2. Price Per Serving: $1.25 each
  3. Chop onions and mince garlic. Set aside and do not mix together.
  4. Puree whole canned tomatoes. Set aside and save for later use.
  5. Brown sausage or ground meat until no longer pink. Set aside and save for later use.
  6. In stockpot, caramelize onions in olive oil. Season with small amount of salt and pepper. Allow them to turn a deep caramelized color.
  7. Once onions are caramelized, add garlic. Cook garlic for approximately 1 minute or until very fragrant.
  8. Add 1/2 can of tomato paste and cook until it has turned a deep red color. Season again with small amount of salt and pepper.
  9. If tomato paste starts to turn brown and burn, add small splash of red wine or water to stop browning.
  10. Once tomato paste is a deep red color, add pureed tomatoes to stockpot.
  11. Add dried seasonings (oregano, basil, parsley, red pepper flakes and bay leaf).
  12. If making a meat sauce, go ahead and add the meat now.
  13. Simmer for approximately 1 hour.
  14. Remove the bay leaf.
  15. Serve.
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STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Chop onion and mince garlic. Puree whole tomatoes and juices from tomato can set aside for later use.

Brown the sausage. Drain and set aside. I love a spicier version and use either spicy chicken sausage or pork (yum!!). 

 

Meat for Sauce Spaghetti

 

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Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana and Peanut Butter Bites

Saturday, December 5, 2015 0

Do you love those tasty frozen Banana Babies? 

My husband does! And that’s exactly where the idea for this recipe came from! First, the bananas are sliced and peanut butter is “sandwiched” between two slices. Next, they require approximately one hour of freezing. Then, once they are frozen, these frozen bananas are dipped into melted chocolate. My favorite is melted milk chocolate chips, but feel free to substitute your favorite chocolate. Then refreeze! It’s that easy to prepare! 

All peanut butter and banana lovers are surely to enjoy these tasty chocolate covered banana bites! 

Enjoy! 

Chocolate Covered Banana Peanut Butter Bites
Serves 7
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. Total Price: $3.58
  2. Price Per Serving: $0.51 each
  3. 3 Bananas, peeled and sliced $0.57
  4. 1/2 cup Peanut Butter (any variety, I prefer smooth) $0.63
  5. 11.5 oz bag of Chocolate Chips $2.38
Instructions
  1. Peel and slice bananas.
  2. Add peanut butter on one banana slice and top off with a second slice of banana.
  3. Arrange banana "sandwiches" on parchment covered cookie sheet and freeze for one hour.
  4. Melt chocolate chips on stove.
  5. Dip frozen banana bites into melted chocolate. Return to parchment paper. *You must work quickly. If bananas start to melt, they will become soft and the melted chocolate will not stick to them.
  6. Freeze chocolate covered banana bites for another hour or until ready to serve.
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STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Slice the bananas.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Banana Bites Recipe

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Sopa de Fideo

Saturday, October 24, 2015 0

Hola friends!

Sopa de Fideo is one of the most traditional soups served in Mexico. It’s a delicous noodle soup prepared with vermicelli style noodles cooked in a tomato based broth. The combination of flavors of cumin, lime and cilantro finish off this soup to leave your mouth and stomach (and wallet) happy!

Fideo soup noodles can be found in the international section at your grocery store. Traditionally, the noodles are small and bite size at usually no more than 1 inch long. It resembles angel hair pasta but cut into tiny pieces.

Some brands though sell the noodles in longer twisted bunches which is the only way they were sold at my store. All you’ll need to do is simply break the noodles before cooking. I crunched the bag just a little while it was still sealed and that did the trick! 

This is a great soup that the whole family is sure to enjoy. It’s easy to make and the ingredients are pleasantly very budget friendly. 

Enjoy! 

Sopa de Fideo
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 of a medium yellow or white onion, diced $0.50
  2. 2 small cloves of garlic, minced $0.10
  3. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil $0.08
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cumin $0.05
  5. 1- 8 oz package of Fideo noodles (any size between 6-8 oz will do) $0.29
  6. 6 cups of chicken broth $1.94
  7. 1-28 oz can whole tomatoes, pureed $0.99
  8. 1 whole jalapeño (optional) $0.12
  9. Cilantro (optional) $0.0.5
  10. Juice from 1/2 lime $0.10
  11. Salt
  12. Pepper
Instructions
  1. Total Price: $4.07
  2. Price Per Serving: $0.68 each
  3. Add diced onions and minced garlic to stockpot with vegetable oil. Cook on low until softened.
  4. Add Fideo noodles to stockpot, sprinkle with small amount of salt and pepper. Cook on low-medium heat for approximatly 5 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  5. Add small amount of juices from tomato can to stop browning of noodles.
  6. Puree tomatoes with blender or immersion blender and add to stockpot.
  7. Add chicken broth to stock pot
  8. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Add whole jalapeño if desired.
  9. Simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until noodles are soft.
  10. Remove from heat.
  11. Add lime juice, salt and pepper. Remove jalapeño. Add cilantro if desired. Serve.
  12. Enjoy!
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STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Dice onions and garlic.

Cook onions and garlic in oil until soft. Add Fideo noodles and cook on low-medium until lightly toasted (approximately 5 minutes).

 

Fideo Soup recipe instructions 1

 

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Lemon Butter Green Beans

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 0

For those of us that love green beans, this is a great recipe that you won’t want to miss! It’s quick and easy to cook and calls for only a few ingredients. In all honesty, it probably takes longer to trim the ends off the green beans than to actually cook them. Either way, this recipe is excellent, healthy and a must try! It’s easy enough to make as a side dish to any meal taking only approximetly 2o minutes from start to finish.

Keep an eye on those ad prices too. Right now green beans are ringing in at just $0.98 per pound in many grocery stores.  

These green beans are delicious! They are crisp and refreshing with the lemon zest taste. 

 

Lemon Butter Green Beans
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound of green beans, ends trimmed $0.98
  2. 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter $0.20
  3. 1 tablespoon of grated lemon zest (about one lemon) $0.50
  4. salt
  5. pepper
Instructions
  1. TOTAL PRICE: $1.68
  2. PRICE PER SERVING: $0.42 each
  3. Wash green beans and trim ends.
  4. Fill a stockpot with water and bring to a boil. Add salt to water
  5. Add green beans to boiling water and boil for 4-5 minutes until tender.
  6. Drain green beans and return to beans to stockpot.
  7. Melt butter and toss beans with melted butter.
  8. Add lemon zest and toss beans.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Serve
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STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

This recipe uses only a few ingredients.

 

Lemon Butter Green Beans ingredients

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Zucchini Stuffed Bell Peppers

Friday, June 26, 2015 1

This week I had absolutely no intention of including bell peppers or zucchini in my dinner. Well, that changed and it changed quick once I took just one glance at the advertisements that I received in the mail. Both bell peppers and zucchini are now both beautifully priced during their peak season and for this budget veggie lover, that’s perfection! 

If you like bell peppers, this is a must try. It’s a Vegetarian Zucchini Stuffed Bell Pepper that is delicious and full of nutrition. Mix in some beans or ground meat to the filling which adds protein to give you a more complete meal or just serve it as is.

I prepared the bell peppers and served them with salmon. Any other lean meat on the side would complement it nicely too. Add as much or as little cheese as you’d like.

This recipe is quick and easy and will take just 3o minutes. 

Enjoy! 

 

Zucchini Stuffed Bell Peppers
Serves 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon of olive oil $0.18
  2. 1 small onion, diced $0.20
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced $0.05
  4. 2 medium zucchini, chopped $1.01
  5. 1/2 cup carrots, chopped $0.10
  6. 3 bell peppers $1.44
  7. 1/2 cup of cooked white rice $0.25
  8. 1/2 cup of frozen corn $0.33
  9. 3/4 cup of jack cheese $1.49
  10. 1 can (15 oz) fire-roasted tomatoes $1.00
  11. 1 cup water $0.00
  12. 1 tablespoon chili powder $0.12
  13. 1 teaspoon ground cumin $0.17
  14. salt
  15. pepper
Instructions
  1. TOTAL PRICE: $6.34
  2. PRICE PER SERVING: $1.06
  3. Preheat oven at 400 degrees
  4. Chop the onions, garlic, carrots and zucchini. Carrots and zucchini should be bite size pieces.
  5. Cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise and deseed. Remove the stem if desired.
  6. Cook the onion and garlic in oil until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Once the onion and garlic are softened, add the carrots, zucchini, chili powder and cumin and cook until the carrots are tender. Stir occasionally, this will take approximately 10 minutes.
  8. While the vegetables cook, boil the bell peppers approximately 4-5 minutes until softened. Once ready, place the boiled bell peppers on foil lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Scoop a couple spoonfuls of cooked rice in each pepper. Sprinkle a small amount of cheese over rice.
  9. Once the carrots are tender in the vegetable mixture, add 1 cup of water, fire-roasted tomatoes and frozen corn. Simmer approximately 8-10 more minutes until vegetables are soft. Mixture will thicken as it cooks.
  10. Fill the bell pepper with the vegetable mixture and top with cheese. Bake for approximately 5 min or until hot and cheese has melted.
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STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven at 400 degrees

The first step is to chop the onions and garlic for the filling. Set those aside to be cooked in just a few minutes.

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Apple Cider Sangria Recipe

Monday, November 10, 2014 0

I love Sangria!

I made this recipe tonight and it was wonderful and so I MUST share…

And on this beautiful autumn evening, nothing could be more perfect than a lovely glass of Fall inspired Sangria. This Apple Cider Sangria is absolutely perfect. It’s a perfect blend of fresh apples and pears and a subtle taste of ginger. How Sweet It Is shares with us a delicious recipe that’s a must try this fall season.

 

This recipe satisfies my tastes buds. It’s delicious but, of course, being the frugalista that I am, I’ve modified it to also satisfy my frugal side 🙂 Here are my modifications to the recipe.  

 

Simple (and cheaper) substitutions

  • Sparkling apple cider ($1.99, on sale this week) instead of fresh apple cider ($4.99)
  • Regular brandy ($9.99) instead of ginger brandy ($14.99)
  • Fresh ginger ($0.49) instead of ginger brandy
  • Red delicious apples ($0.99 lb, on sale this week) instead of honey crisp apples ($2.99 lb)

 

One Last Note

The longer it’s refrigerated the better it tastes! I was anxious and only waited 1 hour on my first glass. It was good! BUT it was WAY better at 2 hours! 

 

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 Photo Credit: How Sweet It Is 

 

Apple Cider Sangria
Serves 4
The most perfect Fall Inspired Sangria with a perfect blend of fresh apples, pears and a subtle taste of ginger.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bottle of Pinot Grigio
  2. 1/2 cup of Brandy
  3. 2 1/2 cups of Sparkling Apple Cider
  4. 1 cup of Club Soda
  5. Fresh ginger
  6. 1 small apple
  7. 1 pear
Instructions
  1. Cut apple and pear into bite size pieces
  2. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir
  3. Refrigerate for 1.5 hour
  4. Serve
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
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