Garlic and Herb Oven Fries Recipe

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I have a tendency to be a sucker for french fries.  I never buy them because a whole serving of fries is just too greasy and makes me feel sick.  But when I’m with someone who buys some, I can’t help myself.  I always ask, and they always say yes, and I always eat some.  I savor every salty bite, slathered in ketchup (and mustard), then lick every last bit of salt from my greasy fingertips.  Fortunately there’s a healthier option to french fries that I can eat more than my fair share of.  We make oven fries at least once a week, and this version is my favorite.

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Perfect Pan Fried Steak

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They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  If that’s the case, then I think one of the easiest ways to show your man how much you love him is a perfect steak.  That’s why I often make Eric steak for Valentine’s Day!  For most of us, February is far too cold for grilling outside.  But don’t worry,  I’m going to give you some tips on cooking a perfect steak using your stove and oven, along with a Mediterranean steak marinade recipe.

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Easy Healthy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Everyone needs a few easy spaghetti recipes under their belts.  Spaghetti noodles are cheap and fast to cook.  If you have a few different sauce recipes memorized you can always … Read more

Vegan Bell Pepper Corn Soup Recipe

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Half way through winter I start itching for fresh produce.  I’m grew up in Hawaii where so much fresh produce is available year round because of the mild weather.  While we love our root vegetables and kale chips, I start craving the things I see in the store that I know just won’t taste as good out of season.  That’s when I remembered that I had a bag of corn in the freezer that I cooked and froze the moment I got it home from the farm last fall.  The soup I turned it into has now become one of our favorite soups of all time!

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Picante Pork Taco Appetizer

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If you’re looking for a fun and easy snack recipe for your Super Bowl party, you’ve got to try these bite size “tacos”.  Rather than going the American route of beef with taco seasoning, cheddar cheese and lettuce, I’m tapping into my memories of Mexico.  This easy pulled pork recipe uses picante sauce and chipotle chiles in adobo, then cooks overnight in the crockpot so that you don’t have to worry about it.

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Spinach Walnut and Feta Salad

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I have a reputation in our various circles of friends not only as the resident foodie, but also as the queen of salads. I love bringing salads to potlucks and parties because they’re so simple to make and a really affordable option if you know where to get your ingredients. This spinach salad is my latest favorite. At my birthday party I made it with dried cranberries, today I’m using golden raisins. Whatever dried fruit you use, this dish will probably the first one gone at your next event.

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Turkey Barley Soup Recipe

This is one of the cheapest soups you can make!  Using the leftover turkey carcass from your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner to make turkey stock, and filling the soup with torn up turkey scraps makes this very affordable.  Add in some really low cost ingredients like barley, carrots, celery and peas and you have a hearty winter soup recipe that will help your budget last until you pay off the Christmas debt!

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White Bean and Tomato Salad Recipe

The pilot series of the Healthy Cooking on a Tight Budget Program has been completed!  One purpose of the classes was to provide recipes using ingredients that are commonly turned down at the Food Bank because people don’t know how to use them.  The first item on that list was dried beans.  On my first day at the food bank the director handed me a couple bags of dried beans and I stared at them with a similar apprehension.  I know how to use them in soups and comforting winter time recipes, but what about in the summer?  Fortunately my friend Elise had the perfect recipe to try.

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