Lazy Budget Chef

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Mix and Match Instant Pot Minestrone Soup Recipe

The first meal I made in my Instant Pot was soup. (I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.)  It really hits the spot on a cold day and is a fantastic way to stretch your grocery budget by using up all of those little odds and ends in your kitchen cupboard that aren’t quite enough to eat as a full meal on their own.

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Making minestrone soup is the perfect recipe for that!

This minestrone soup recipe is very forgiving if you don’t have or don’t like to eat some of the ingredients I have listed here. Traditionally minestrone soup was made in Italy with in season summer vegetables. During the winter I usually have a cupboard full of dehydrated vegetables (the downside to having almost no longer term storage space in my freezer) that I forget to soak before I can cook with them, which makes using them for Instant Pot minestrone soup ideal – no soaking necessary!

The same goes with dried beans. Thanks to my lovely electric pressure cooker (you can find more affordable options here if the Instant Pot price is out of your budget range) I stopped buying canned beans as a backup. I pretty much never pre soak dried beans either. I just chuck them in the Instant Pot and let them pressure cook with the rest of the ingredients in the recipe.
The only exception to not pre soaking dried I’ve found to that is dried chickpeas. Soaking chickpeas in water first means I can use the 30 minute Bean setting once instead of twice.

How to Make a Cheap Eats Minestrone Soup Recipe

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Giveaway!

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

10 Kitchen Tools I Rely on to Make Quick and Healthy Dinners on a Budget

Sometimes life gets busy and you don’t have the time to cook an involved recipe for dinner.
Oh. Hold up. That’s me. All. The. Time.

But even when time is short I still manage to cook a quick and healthy meal from scratch using my favorite tools, gadgets, and appliance. I don’t have a ton of storage space in my small kitchen but I rely on these kitchen tools so much I can’t recommend them enough.

10 Kitchen Gadgets I Rely on to Make Quick, Easy, and Healthy Dinners when Life is too Crazy Busy to Cook


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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Best Instant Pot Mashed Potato with Olive Oil Recipe

If make potatoes for dinner, 9 times out of ten it is a baked potato because let’s face it baked potatoes are quicker and easier to make than mashed potatoes.  Just pop the potatoes in a microwave oven potato bag like this one for 5 minutes and crisp the skins up in a toaster oven for a few minutes. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.)

Easy peasy.

And lazy.

But most importantly for me -  dairy free. The joys of a severe food intolerance I tell ya! *pout*
Fortunately through my beloved Instant Pot (there are other brands of electric pressure cookers too. You can learn about all of them here) and my in laws growing Yukon Gold potatoes in their vegetable garden introduced me to  the most  creamy, buttery, and velvety 10 minute mashed potatoes I have ever eaten and are completely diary and cholesterol free!


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Thursday, October 11, 2018

10 New and Simple Ways I Saved Money this Month

I noticed that my family’s saving money tips, hacks, and  habits sometimes change it with the season. For example, growing a vegetable garden is a great way to save money on groceries but only works in Ohio during the spring and summer.

Since most of these little projects and happy accidents are too small for their own blog post, but still pretty darn useful, I figured why not put them in an old school round up post of quick and easy money saving hacks?

new and simple ways to save money
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You might already know some of these frugal ways and already do them or chose not to (which is perfectly fine in Lazy Budget Chef Land by the way.) In fact, I have a few on this list that I’ve known about forever and just started to try them out only to find all of those suggestions are right – they work!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

How to Cook a Pumpkin in an Instant Pot in Fifteen Minutes or Less!

I am a super fan of cooking with pumpkin because it is so versatile! You can eat it starting in the morning for healthy breakfast right on through the day and onto dessert.

Which is why I try to buy a pumpkin every year. Pureeing your Halloween pumpkins and freezing or dehydrating them for later is a budget friendly way to enjoy this healthy squash after they disappear from the grocery store on October 31st.

Unfortunately, since pumpkins take an hour to bake in the oven before I can even think about cooking with it or drying it into dog treats with the dehydrator that I can’t live without (learn more about it here) I don’t have the time to puree any more than one pumpkin a year – until now.


How to cook and puree a pumpkin
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How to Make Instant Pot Pumpkin the Easy Way

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Why Do My Dehydrator Tomatoes Turn Black and Moldy?

My in laws have another bumper crop of fresh garden tomatoes. Even after canning loads of  almost every conceivable tomato recipe – tomatoes, sauce, juice, salsa,  and new this year ketchup! – their tomato plants are still growing more fruit than even the most dedicated gardener can pick.

Which is how I ended up with two big  bag of very ripe garden tomatoes for which I am very grateful. I immediately brought the tomatoes home, sliced the majority of them, and put them in my portable dehydrator that I absolutely can’t live without (you can learn more about it here) like I’ve done many times before with great success. (I am including affiliate links for your convenience.

When I checked the tomatoes in the dehydrator, instead of packaging them up for later I got my first vegetable dehydrator fail. Most of the tomatoes turned black, moldy, or both in the dehydrator.


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Why?

3 Reasons Why Tomatoes Turned Black in the Dehydrator and How to Prevent It