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Easy Dinner Recipe 101: Chicken Casserole

As a mom who works from home yet is still always on the go because of my two kids, I need to plan meals to stay organized. So once a week I sit and plan out the menu, and when I grocery shop I get the right ingredients for my pantry—those that allow me to make delicious, quick meals. Casseroles are easy to make and let me use those staples I keep in my pantry, which saves both time and money. Here is a family favorite: Creamy Garlic & Green Bean Chicken Casserole Recipe. Check out more easy recipes and other simple chicken casserole ideas.

Be a Bean Counter: Easy Recipes for Budget-Friendly Bean Dishes

Back-to-school shopping can really add up: Pencils. Notebooks. Cute new shoes. And those are just for me…. Kidding! But the reality is that both time and money are in short supply at my house right now. Times like these, I turn to beans. They’re a less expensive source of protein than meat, so replacing some (or all!) of the meat at mealtime can add up to real savings. Plus, they’re delicious and simple to cook. What more could you ask for? So, behold, here are my top picks for hearty but simple bean-based dishes.

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Cube-ism: A Simple Hack to Save $$$ All Summer

You know that feeling you get when you’re in front of the ATM trying to withdraw some cash and your bank account basically responds with “Um, no”? That feeling of “Wait, where did all my money go?” Yeah, that one. I was all too familiar with it, so one day last summer I decided to sit down with my bank statement and finally answer that question. It seems I’d been spending quite a bit of money at the coffee shop—enough that I began to wonder why I didn’t just own a coffee plantation at this point. But that didn’t mean I was ready to walk away from iced coffee and cold brew—what’s summer without a cup of something cold and caffeinated? So I started making it myself. Turns out it’s surprisingly easy to make my own versions of coffee shop staples that are just as good (or even better, if I do say so myself). Continue reading