School Night Supper Shortcuts

During the summer, meals tend to be a lot more relaxed than they are during the school year. That just tends to be the nature of the beast. With autumn comes routine, as those school days tend to add a lot of activities to the family calendar. Not only do you have to do all […]

Pantry Perk-Up

Pantry Perk-Up | SavingDinner.com

Do you remember that nursery rhyme about uncooperative Mary? It goes like this: Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row. I don’t know what a cockle shell is and right now my garden is in need of a cleanup, but […]

Never Let Your Kids Do These 3 Things in the Kitchen

Never Let Your Kids Do These 3 Things in the Kitchen | SavingDinner.com

One of my favorite pastimes is cooking with my children. Do you have kids? If you do, I want to heavily recommend that you teach them the joys of the kitchen while they’re still young and look up at you like a superhero that has all the answers. Teaching your children how to cook is […]

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 […]

10 Kitchen Tricks

By: Leanne Ely   Who doesn’t want to save a bit of time in the kitchen or a bit of money on the grocery bill? The following ten kitchen tricks will make your life a little bit easier. And they’re so simple, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t thought of them yourself! Save the tears. Cut […]

Wine lover? Here’s your pairing guide…

By: Leanne Ely   As I was sitting here one evening with a cold, delicious glass of my beloved Prosecco and a bowl of juicy organic strawberries, it occurred to me… Saving Dinner needs to do a guide to food and wine pairings! Because, let me tell you, when you are a lover of wine […]

5 Tools Every New Cook Needs

By: Leanne Ely Cooking is a basic life skill, as far as I’m concerned. Knowing how to cook is as important as knowing how to brush your teeth or how to drive a car. Well, knowing how to cook is probably more important than knowing how to drive a car because you have to eat […]

Teach your children to make their own good food decisions

As parents, we sometimes forget that part of our job is to give kids the “why” behind the “no.” I am a firm believer in empowering children to make good decisions. If we raise our kids in a “because I told you so” environment, they will grow up without the ability to make any decisions […]

Diet-friendly snack ideas and restaurant tips

By: Leanne Ely   If you’re traveling or vacationing, as many people are this time of year, there are easy ways to “stay on plan” without feeling deprived. Nature has provided us with plenty of healthy grab-and-go options, though we seem programmed to think that suitable food for traveling involves a plastic wrapper! Here are […]

How to avoid going off track

By: Leanne Ely   It can happen to the best of us—a healthy eating regimen completely derails for whatever reason. Life is hard! Things happen. People get sick, work gets chaotic, life just gets out of control from time to time and with that, one of the first things to go by the wayside is […]