Thursday, September 22, 2016

How to Dehydrate Spiraled Summer Squash Pasta Noodles

My in laws gifted me with several summer squashes from their gigantic and prolific vegetable garden.  I’m the only human in the house who likes summer squash and quickly found that there is only so much I can eat day after day without getting sick and tired of eating homegrown summer squash.

Which I suspect is why my in laws gave them to me in the first place.

I need to figure out how to preserve the summer squash for later this year when it is out of season. I don’t have the space to freeze it and can’t can it. That leaves my  favorite lazy way to save summer vegetables – dehydrate it!

And since I jumped on the spiralzied vegetable pasta bandwagon like everyone else, I’m going to make dehydrated summer squash zoodles to use in place of whole wheat pasta when the mood strikes.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How to Freeze Tomatoes

I got a phone call from my mother in law asking me if I need any tomatoes or garden vegetables because they grew too many. I chuckled and said, "you say that every year!"

I swear all my in laws need to do is squint their eyes in the direction of their garden, and their plants burst forth with more tomatoes than the vines can hold.

Although they tell me actually watering plants helps them to grow too. Who knew?

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Mother in Law has canned just about every variation of tomato recipe there is and in mega large quantities, dropped off bags of  homegrown tomatoes to friends and pantries, and practically snuck a bunch in my pockets when we met at a restaurant to celebrate a family birthday and two anniversaries last Sunday.

Friday, August 26, 2016

How Do Food Allergy Families Afford the Skyrocketing Price of EpiPens?

Unless you've been living under a rock, even if you do not have any serious allergic reactions that require an emergency one dollar dose of epinephrine to keep you from drying, you know Mylan the company that makes Epi Pen has raised its price by 400%. According to a price comparative search of Epi Pens using GoodRX, the cheapest you can fill an EpiPen prescription in Columbus, Ohio is $616 after using a GoodRx coupon. No GoodRx coupon? Plan to pay $738.

Since everyone is required to have health insurance what's the big deal? you say?

The big deal is a lot of health insurance companies are prepared to cover the skyrocketing cost, especially if a family can only afford a plan that has high out of pocket deductibles, which means allergy patients are forced to pay up to $600 for one prescription.

How do food allergy families afford the high cost of EpiPen
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What you also may not know is that you have to carry two EpiPens with you at all times in case the first one doesn't work. Rarely does an allergy patient only has two EpiPens in case of emergency.   Typically you carry two on your person, two at home, and two elsewhere such as at work or school. EpiPens expire after one year. So you have to cough up at least $600 - $1,800+ per year in hopes you never have to use the medication.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Best Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing Mix Recipe in the World!

There is nothing better than eating a fresh, crisp salad on a summer’s day when it is too hot to cook.

Do you know also tastes great on that fantastic salad?

Salad dressing!

And do you know what is one of the most difficult things to buy if you have a dairy or milk food allergy?

Salad dressing!

Sad, but true. Most prepared salad dressing and salad dressing mixes contain milk solids to make them thick, especially my favorite, ranch dressing – unless you make it yourself!

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My ranch salad dressing mix recipe is the quickest, easiest, and over all best ranch salad dressing recipe on planet Earth because you can customize the recipe just the way you like it.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

21 Shopping Hacks You Need to Know to Save Money!

Even though the calendar says we have one more month of summer left, it's time to think about Back to School shopping.

Sad face.

Or you might want to take advantage of the summer clearance and back to school sales to save a little cash on what you want or need. There's no shame in that.

Or it's a Tuesday and you need to buy food.


Either way, in one form or another you're going to go to the store to buy something and want to get the best return on investment for your hard earned dollar. I can help you with that. I put together some of my favorite Ninja Bargain Shopping tips, tricks, and hacks to help you save money on what you need or want without blowing a hole in your budget. 


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 1. How to Know You are Saving the Most Money: Find and Compare the Unit Price - This is the one thing you are not doing that will save you the most money!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer $100 Cash Giveaway!

I'm always looking for ways to thank you for being The Most Awesome Blog Community on Planet Earth.

Unfortunately, I can't do it in person or by anonymously mowing your lawn but I can thank you with a giveaway of something that always fits - cold, hard, Paypal cash. $100 dolla, dolla bills to be exact!

 I'd love it if a Lazy Budget Chef reader won!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Quick and Easy Grilled Red Pepper Pasta Salad Recipe

I love using grilled vegetables in summer recipes. It is a super quick and easy way to add a little pizazz that impresses to an otherwise simple recipe.

Although now that I spilled the beans on that little fancy but ridiculously easy secret, I doubt my local friends are going to be impressed the next time they ask me to make and bring my grilled red pepper pasta salad to the next cookout.


roasted red pepper pasta salad recipe
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On second thought, they are probably more than happy I finally wrote the recipe down because this simple pasta salad tastes swanky and always gets rave reviews, especially when I make it a day ahead and let the dressing do its marinade magic in the refrigerator overnight.


Food Allergy and Vegan Friendly Pasta Salad Recipe