Menu Planning or Meal Planning?

Menu Planning | SavingDinner.com

When it comes to meal planning or better, healthy menu planning, most people get lost in a sea of websites, recipes, cookbooks and a general sense of being completely overwhelmed trying to figure out how to put it all together. It can be especially daunting when you’re trying to turn over a new leaf and […]

Crock Cooker vs Instant Pot

Crock Cooker vs Instant Pot | SavingDinner.com

True confession: I’ve been caught cheating on my crockpot and now I have to come clean. Bear with me, will you? Oh Crockpot–how long have we been together? 30 years? Longer? Do you remember the early years when your crock stubbornly wouldn’t budge out of your heating element? Or those colors–avocado green and that strange […]

How Clean is Your Fridge?

How Clean is Your Fridge? | SavingDinner.com

Why is it the last thing to get cleaned in a kitchen is the inside of the refrigerator? I know that’s true for a lot of people; it certainly was for me! The fridge was the last frontier for me in the kitchen. I could keep the kitchen clean, unload the dishwasher regularly, keep the […]

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What veggie can I not get enough of right now?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe! And in honor of this most ultimate summer squash, today we’re giving it the attention it deserves. Sound good? Zucchinis are packed with beta-carotene, potassium and B vitamins. They also provide fiber and a bit of Vitamin C, but a large zucchini contains only […]

Top Tips for Grilled Veggies and Fruits

By: Leanne Ely   I shared some tips with you a couple weeks ago about grilling meats but there’s more to summer barbecue season than burgers and steaks! Why turn on the stove to cook your veggies when you have a perfectly good hot grill already prepped? Never mind the fact that grilled veggies and […]

Budget-friendly crock pot meals

By: Leanne Ely   It seems like the more you do to feed your family properly, the harder it is to keep the grocery budget in check. Using the crock cooker is a great way to stretch a dollar for several reasons. • You can use tougher, less expensive cuts of meat • Traditional crock […]

Herbaliciousness! (I’ll explain…)

By: Leanne Ely   When I’m looking at a big rack of dried herbs in the grocery store, I often think of dollar bills chopped up and put into bags. For many dried herbs, you might as well just chop up a few dollar bills and sprinkle them on your food for the amount of […]

Perpetual Salad! (love this idea!)

By: Leanne Ely   I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time buying produce that I can easily grow myself. At my house, we eat a lot of salad. As many of you know, I serve a large green salad with almost every meal that goes on the table. All of […]

Red, yellow, green or orange?

By: Leanne Ely   Not all bell peppers are created equal. First there are the colors – red, orange, yellow, and green are the most common. Second is the flavor – from sweet to hot. It is all from the same plant. The only difference is when they are picked. As the pepper gets riper, […]