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    The Best Vegan Refried Beans

    Refried beans are a staple in any Mexican restaurant. Most recipes call for chicken stock and animal fat. No thanks! With this vegan refried bean recipe, ditch the animal products and go for a cheap, easy way to make those creamy beans! This post includes Amazon affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. It is how I keep my blog running! For more information, please view my About page.  Confession: I HATED refried beans growing up. I hated most things that had a super creamy, but oddly chunky, texture (applesauce also comes to…

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    Pumpkin Spiced Muffins

    Fall is here and in today’s culture it actually means Pumpkin Spice season. At grocery stores and restaurants across the country, you can find a variety of goods that are now flavored with pumpkin spice.  That autumnal spice blend has us all craving cold weather and sweaters. Has anyone ever eaten just pumpkin before? It’s just a plain tasting squash. So it’s not that great. What makes this pumpkin spiced is the blend of spices: nutmeg, all spice, ginger, etc. The spice blend that is in most pumpkin spice food is just that. Stores have made it easy for us bakers: they have this pre-made either in a packaged bottles…

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    5 Minute Enchilada Sauce

    5 Minute Enchilada Sauce Who doesn’t love a good enchilada? If you don’t, we need to have a serious conversation about TexMex food. This great FIVE MINUTE enchilada sauces recipe will change how you make your TexMex at home! This recipe is super simple and can be used as traditional enchilada sauce over top, sauce on a taco, or dressing for a zesty pasta salad. It also costs very little. At Aldi, a can of tomato paste is $0.25, spices are in the pennies as we buy in bulk and use a little at a time, and our homemade vegetable stock is FREE! Out of one can of tomato paste,…

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    Creamy Vegan One Pot Pasta

    Creamy Vegan One Pot Pasta Has your meal plan ever fallen through and you just wander around your kitchen thinking “what’s for dinner??” Two of my favorite words in the English language are “one pot”. Why? Less cleaning, faster cooking, faster prep. There is often less measuring and more dumping of ingredients into the one pot. And I love not measuring. This meal lasts us all week. If you followed our $50 July Grocery Budget Challenge, you probably already know that we LOVE only cooking three to four times a week instead of seven. Even better is that this is a meal you can make when your cupboards are looking…

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    10 Vegan Meals to Make When You’re Broke

    If you love to save money, need to save money, or just love a good set of frugal recipes this post is for you! These recipes are easy and frugal and can easily be doubled to feed a crowd or freeze for leftovers.  If you’ve been following my blog at all, you’ll know that we are doing a $50 grocery challenge this month. $50 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two adults is quite a stretch. Fortunately, we have pantry staples that we can rely on to help us create simple and delicious meals. All of the meals listed below have made it onto our meal plan or serve as back ups…

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    Almond Chia Granola

    Almond Chia Granola I am a super huge fan of dairy free yogurt. Although I haven’t learned to make it myself, I eat it on a regular basis. Sometimes the plain ol’ cup of vanilla yogurt gets boring. Granola is a super easy and cost effective way to mix things up! Since I’ve been pregnant, yogurt with granola (or really just granola by the handfuls) has been my favorite thing to eat while morning sickness is rearing its ugly head.  Eating things like chia seeds and almonds also makes sure that I am getting a good portion of the protein and vitamins that our growing baby boy and I need…

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    Chocolate Melted Chip Cookies

    Chocolate Melted Chip Cookies Everyone loves a good, American chocolate chip cookie. Chewy, sweet, and a little salty. It’s delicious. But what if this chips were gooey and spread throughout the cookie? Even better. These cookies are vegan – egg free and dairy free. And as an added bonus, you only use one pot and one cookie sheet. Score for less cleaning! My family LOVES chocolate chip cookies. The love comes from my grandmother whose chocolate chip cookies we call “Grandma Cookies”. We fight over those when they appear at holiday gatherings and birthdays. They are SO good but SO not vegan. I’m always on the hunt for a good…

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    Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

    Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup I don’t know about you, but this whole “arctic-blast” thing is no fun when the Oklahoma wind is rushing past you and through your coat at 20 mph. Cold weather absolutely calls for a rich, creamy soup! This soup recipe can be done in your slow cooker, instant pot, or on the stove top. We used our instant pot on the slow cooker setting and it worked like a charm. I’m really starting to love this thing. PLUS it gives me the opportunity to get rid of our crock pot. Score! My parents were over in T-Town this past weekend and instead of going out…

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    Vegan One Pot Mushroom Rice

    This easy mushroom recipe is quick and delicious. And it only takes one pot! Which you know is my favorite! Our $25 grocery week went well. There was one night where we bought veggie burger patties and buns to take to a cook out but other than that we did great! It was challenging to get through a whole ten days without diverting from our original meal plan.  This very limited budget is something we will definitely attempt again in the future. This recipe can be eaten as a side or as your main dish. For my husband and I, it fills us both up with a little less than a serving…