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30 Minute Sloppy Joes

Pan of Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes have always been a comfort food for me.  This 30 Minute Sloppy Joes Recipe is a keeper. It’s almost as comforting as the recipe I’ve grown to love, which is the one my Mom makes and of course, can’t be replicated.  She just throws ingredients together, then tastes it, and it is magically perfect!

My recipe is very, very similar to hers, and uses the ingredients that she does, with a few added herbs and spices.  It was very easy to make, and even though the recipe ingredient list looks long, most of the ingredients are spices.

It excludes the garlic and green/red pepper that many Sloppy Joe recipes use, so the only chopping is an onion. This not only keeps the flavor simple but keeps the preparation simple, too! It really is a breeze to mix together for a quick, filling, comforting family dinner.

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Menu Plan For The Week – 28 Healthy Family Friendly Recipes

Breakfasts:
~Breakfast Burritos
~Toad In A Hole
~Chia Oats
~Whole Wheat Pancakes
~Glazed Cinnamon Scones {Special Sweet Saturday Breakfast}

Lunches: 
~Black Bean Soup
~Broccoli Soup

Dinners:
Sunday:
~Spinach Tortellini Salad
~No Knead Dinner Rolls {make before church}

Monday:

~Chili Corn Bread Pockets
~Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash

Tuesday: {kids have Bible Club & eat there…a serving of veggie orzo will make a hearty after school snack and get some nutrients in them}
~Orzo Pasta With Caramelized Fall Vegetables

Wednesday:
~Brown Butter Spaghetti With Baby Kale & Roasted Butternut Squash
~Easiest Homemade Wheat Bread

Thursday:
~Popcorn Chicken
~Sauteed Green Beans With Honey Almonds

Friday:
{We order out for family night}

Saturday:
~Hawaiian Ham & Cheese Sliders {Special Weekend Saturday Lunch or Evening Dinner, depends on schedule, will use turkey or chicken instead of ham}

Snacks: {I will choose a few from these, as we have all the ingredients on hand. What I choose

depends on what I am in the mood for & what my kids want}
Banana Pumpkin Muffins
Chewy Granola Bars
Cashew Cheese Dip
Cheezy Kale Chips
Fudgy Buttons
Crockpot Applesauce
Carrot Cake Raw Bars
Apples, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chips
Zucchini Bread {recipe coming soon!}

Beverages:
Pumpkin Spiced Chai
Everyday Green Smoothie
Pumpkin Cocoa
Green Tea

Other:
Homemade Pesto {gotta use up all the basil in my garden as the weather is turning cool!}

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6 Steps To Eating Well On A Budget

How to eat well on a budget

 

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by Meghan Newsom
Health & Gluten Free Recipes Contributor

It’s no secret that it’s expensive to eat well. It’s even more expensive if you are on a strict gluten free diet. The thing I hear most from friends and family as to why they don’t put better food inside their body is because it’s just too expensive.

 While eating an organic plant-based diet IS a bit more expensive than the normal American diet, I have found lots of tricks to keeping our grocery budget low while still being able to enjoy a healthy whole foods diet in our home.

 These 6 tricks to eating well on a tight budget have helped our family, and I know it will help yours as well!

1. PLAN PLAN PLAN!- Always plan ahead of time. Know what you are going to eat each night for dinner, and plan for lunches and breakfasts as well. While you are planning your menu, keep a piece of paper beside you to jot down specific items you will need from the grocery store. Take an inventory of your pantry as well and jot down any staple items you will need to re-stock for the week.

 2. Budget– With our household, we keep a strict budget to keep us on track. We pay for things in cash and this really helps me not overspend when I go to the grocery store (since it’s the only place we are really allowed to spend money!). Taking cash with me helps me know that I’ve got to be extremely mindful of what I put into my shopping cart. It’s kind of embarrassing when you get to the check-out and you don’t have enough money to pay for everything!

 3. Keep Staples On Hand- This little tip has helped me eliminate about $20 dollars a week from our budget. I keep brown rice, quinoa, dried beans, sushi rice, lentils and gluten free pasta on hand. By buying these items in bulk when our budget allows for it, I always have “filler” items for times when our budget runs out. Notice that I said DRIED BEANS instead of CANNED BEANS. Buying dried beans and cooking them in the crockpot then freezing them saves our family so much money. I also love that I know exactly what goes into our beans- just beans!! (no preservatives from the cans).

 4. Make Your Own Snacks- Instead of buying processed, pre-packaged foods, I always make our own snacks. I make our own granola bars, pop our own popcorn and make our own “ice cream”. Whenever we have deserts, I either buy a Bob’s Red Mill mix that is on sale at Big Lots! OR make my own. The only pre-packaged snacks we buy are high-protein granola bars for my husband’s bike rides. 

5. Produce- There are several ways to save on produce, and none of them involve shopping at a health food store or even your local grocery store. We have saved money by joining a local CSA, shopping at farmers markets (the best time to do this is when they are closing down and the farmers want to get rid of their produce), and recently shopping at locally owned grocery stores. There is a store in our area that sales only organic produce that they buy off of farmers at farmers markets. We are able to get a HUGE box of produce that will last us 2 weeks for only $35.00. I have several friends who are able to save money at co-ops as well as costco.

 6. Stay Away From Pre-Packaged Foods– This little tip is especially helpful when you are on a gluten free diet. Gluten Free packaged foods are a lot more expensive than their gluten-contaning counterparts. When you can, stay away from prepackaged foods and opt to make your own. I do this in our home by making our own dressings, our own popcorn, french fries, salads etc. There are some prepackaged foods that are staples in our home like cereals and condiments. But, as a general rule pre-packaged foods can really add onto your grocery bill.

 Do you have any tried-and-true ways you help your family save money on your grocery budget? We’d love to hear your ideas!

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Meghan Newsom
Health & Gluten Free Contributor
Meghan’s site: eat.live. make.
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50 Recipes From New Nostalgia & A Confession

See that tab up there that says “Recipes?”  Well, it is a recipe index here at New Nostalgia that I am SUPPOSED to be updating as I post new recipes.  But…I have been a bit lazy.  Actually, unmotivated is the word.  You see, I have been hard at work dreaming up a new blog design, and due to this idea, I keet putting off the task of updating my recipe tab.  Why update when my whole blog is soon to get a face lift?  Well, time has gotten away from me and I was flabbergasted when I realized it had been almost a year since I put my published recipes into my recipe index.  

Bad, bad blogger I am! How nice of you all to put up with such non-sense!  Yes, a super exciting face lift is coming to New Nostalgia. I know I have been saying that for a long time now, but really, its COMING!  Until then, I thought I would share this list of New Nostalgia recipes that are not in my recipe index, but will be very, very soon!




























































































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Each Week I gather up recipes that I have bookmarked, blogged, saved on Pinterest, Stumbled, or found on Twitter. 
 I then use that list to decide what to make for the week.
Thought I would share this weeks “gathering” with you.
  
Let me know if you would like this to be something I share more often…I think it would be quite handy to have my list on the blog to refer back to, but would want it to be something you all enjoy, too!

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