Thursday, May 3, 2018

10 Minute Meals: Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash Recipe

I grew up in the Cleveland area and if it is one thing Cleveland does well, it is Hungarian food, chicken paprikash in particular. Chicken paprikash is the type of comfort food that reaches down to your very soul and gives it a big, warm, Hungarian grandma hug.

It wasn’t something I ate often as a kid and as an adult I now know why – chicken paprikash takes over an hour to simmer! That cooking time doesn’t include the prep or making the traditional spaetzle from scratch! No wonder so many of those chicken paprikash dinners I remember were served over wide egg noodles or gnocchi.

That is, until now. I came up with a paprika chicken recipe that takes 20 minutes in the Instant Pot instead of 2 hours on the stove to make!

That 20 minute meal includes cooking with frozen chicken in the Instant Pot. (aff link to the best thing ever!) Yep, don’t have to defrost meat when you use an Instant Pot. The meat comes out just as tender and the cooking time stays the same. The only difference is the electric pressure cooker takes a few extra minutes to reach it’s cooking pressure when you use frozen meat. No big deal.

Best Ever Quick and Easy Chicken Paprikash Recipe

Monday, April 16, 2018

25 Green Living Items You Can Buy at the Dollar Store to Save Money

Recently I was helping a family change their habits toward green living and at one point the frustrated mom said,”why is eco friendly living so expensive? I think this plastic free, zero waste, and organic stuff is only for rich people.”

In one way she’s right. I know quite a few green bloggers who refuse to mention how they are also saving money doing what they do and look down their nose at those who do. I guess because otherwise your green living heart isn’t pure if you admit to also being being motivate by living within your means?

I don’t think that’s true.

I’ve bought expensive made from eco friendly material high waste stuff at a spendy hippie store and zero waste items at the 99 cents store. It all depends upon what your green living focus is and how you want to go about meeting your goal.


25 Green Living Items You Should Be Buying From the Dollar Store


Monday, April 9, 2018

12 Practical Ways to Use Cotton Balls You Need to Try Right Now!

I recently opened a new big new bottle of vitamins, and found that three quarters of the bottle I bought was stuffed with cotton wading. Being rather annoyed that I basically just bought a bottle of cotton instead of the necessary supplements,  I reused it bu cutting the nonsterile cotton into smaller pieces and using it to remove my nail polish before tossing it into the trash bin.

Rinse. Repeat. Every time I open a new bottle. Why can't they use smaller bottles instead? Grrrr!

Instead of getting mad, I’m getting even. Obviously I shouldn’t cut down and reuse the cotton packing from pill bottles for anything that requires a clean and sterile cotton ball, like cleaning cuts and scrapes, but there are several ways to creatively use non sterile cotton roll for things other than crafts. Here are a few ideas:

12 Ideas to Reuse the Annoying Cotton Roll Packed in Bottles

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Instant Pot Chipotle Pozole Recipe

Snow on the first Day of Spring, a husband with a cold, and a busy concert week rehearsal schedule requires comfort food.

But making dinner has to be quick because I have rehearsals almost every day this week.
And if it could be a soup or a stew my ailing husband would be most appreciative. Poor guy!


Our Kitchen MVP, the Instant Pot, came though with a fantastic 30 minute meal – Chipotle Pozole, a filling pork and hominy dish that almost made me late to practice because I couldn’t leave the house without a big second helping. So good!

30 Minute Meal: Mexican Pork and Hominy Soup

Thursday, March 15, 2018

How I Saved Thousands on Groceries with One Simple Hack

Who knew pantry months and later, kitchen ants, would help me lower my grocery bill 10 – 30% per trip and without using coupons or rebates?

Seriously.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Save Money: 25 Disposables You Can Replace

I’m embarrassed to say how long it took me to realize I didn’t have to keep buying stupid disposable stuff like brown paper lunch bags, air fresheners, and furnace filters every month if I switched to using a washable and reusable version.

The light bulb went off over my head when I gave up storing blocks of cheese and leftovers in disposable zipper baggies to keep  the army of reusable food storage containers crammed in my kitchen in check. The amount of trash in my trash can went down and it added a bit of extra money back into my budget.

Everyone knows about swapping out disposable coffee cups, water bottles, and paper plates for the reusable version. I though I’d share with you some ideas on what unusual reusable items are available to make low cost and low waste living an easy switch.

How to Save Money the Zero Waste Way!



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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

16 Boredom Busters that Can Save You Money

There are times of the year  when it is too cold, too gray, too muddy, and overall too yucky to spend time outside or to runaway to someplace warm and fun.

Cabin Fever that rolls into Spring Fever can be a great motivator to actually get all of that dumb little stuff you have to (or should do) projects once and for all.


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16 Ideas to Help You Beat Spring Fever, Cabin Fever and the Winter Blues

Monday, February 12, 2018

Best Ever Black Bean Hummus Recipe

I’m not really a sports person except every two years during the Winter and Summer Olympics. The Olympics is my Super Bowl. My World Series. For 18 days I am parked in front of the TV, chips at the ready.

Well I might be ready but my chips aren’t. They need dip.

Most hummus recipes are made with garbanzo beans (also called chick peas.) I’m doing something a little different and using black beans to make black bean hummus. The black beans take less time to rehydrate in my Instant Pot (<—big ol affiliate links in this post!) than garbanzo beans but most importantly, I came up with this recipe when I wanted to eat hummus and only had black beans in the house.

Easy Black Bean Hummus Recipe


how ot make black bean hummus recipe
Keep reading! This is an easy recipe - promise!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Why You Need to STOP Making Laundry Fabric Softener Crystals with Epsom Salt (and What to Use Instead)

While I was waiting to buy a replacement dryer I had to line dry laundry in the bathroom. Our laundry was stiff, but the towels were more  absorbent because I didn’t have laundry softener coating my laundry and dryer making both of them less efficient- the same thing goes for sweat wicking workout gear.

A friend clued me in that my clothes felt stiff when I line dried them because I was using too much laundry detergent to wash them.  I easily fixed that by measuring the detergent for each load instead of eyeballing it and popping a couple of dryer balls to fluff everything up while it is in the new dryer.

Sometimes I still get static cling in the dryer during winter which is why I tried Purex Laundry Softener Crystals when they first came out. It worked well with the bonus of making my laundry smell pretty again after I switched to using DIY powdered laundry detergent.

Until it stopped working.

My laundry smelled pretty but it wasn’t soft anymore.

How to Make All Natural and Non Toxic Laundry Fabric Softener Crystals (like Purex) for Cheap

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

How to Use a Mason Jar Vacuum Sealer

I try to go with reusable  over disposables options as much as I can with the exception of my freezer. After trying and failing - often spectacularly! -  every method I could think of to stop freezer burn, I finally gave in and bought a Foodsaver vacuum sealer. The Foodsaver quickly paid for itself in the amount of food I didn’t have to toss or try to salvage due to freezer burn or spoilage.  In fact, I like and rely on it so much I have no problem recommend it to you (and using my affiliate link) as a way to keep frozen and dry good fresh.

Yes, I said dry goods. You can vacuum seal grains, spices, coffee, and such in mason and recycled glass jars you might already have at home. I particularly like to vacuum seal the garden vegetables and herbs I dry in my dehydrator to keep the flavor from expiring until I remember I have them in the back of my cupboard.

Yes, I tried sucking the air out of the bag with a straw. It didn't work.

 

How to Vacuum Seal Mason Jars with a Foodsaver

Friday, January 19, 2018

20 Things I Always Buy in Bulk to Save Money

Every time I mull over  buying a warehouse store membership again, I remind myself that with such a small family and house, buying in bulk doesn’t make sense and won’t save us money. I don’t’ have it in for bulk buying stores. If I had room in my condo for an extra freezer, it might work for us but as of now since we cook from scratch I don’t buy bulk.

Did I mention the last time I had this conversation with myself I was hefting a 25 pound bag of brown rice into my cart next to a gallon of soy sauce at the Japanese grocery store?

So, yeah, apparently I do buy a few things in bulk by the giant size (at least to us) and a few things in a custom size from a bulk buying bin. We eat a variety of healthy from scratch meals and I save money doing it.

20 Things I Buy in Bulk without a Warehouse Club Membership and Still Save Money!


20 things you can buy in bulk without a warehouse buying club membership and still save money

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

How to Recycle a Protein Powder Container and Make DIY Laundry Detergent for Cheap!

Liquid laundry detergent makes my washing machine stink. It doesn’t matter if it is scented, unscented, “allergy free”, plant based ingredients, or not. If I wash several loads of clothes in liquid detergent in row, my washer REEKS like nobody’s business.

That’s why I started making my own powdered laundry detergent.

My homemade powdered laundry detergent doesn’t make my washing machine smell bad, it gets even my husband’s toxically sweaty running clothes clean, and by keeping the laundry detergent recipe simple with just three ingredients so it is simple quick to whip up a batch.

 
Super simple hand made laundry detergent!
Some photos in this post are courtesy of my DIY blog Condo Blues

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Top 10 Money Saving Tips of 2017

It is always interesting when I take a look at which Lazy Budget Chef blog posts are the most popular posts of the previous year because I am almost always surprised!

2017 was the year of trying to reduce waste and the money flying out of your wallet fro the things you need, so you can save money to get those things you want.

10 easy ways to reduce waste and save money
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The 10 Best Money Saving Lazy Budget Chef Posts of 2017


 

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Best Lunch Bags for Girls, Teens, and Women with Food Allergies  

 



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12 Money Saving Tips I Often Forget but Should Do 

 


 

The Replacement Anchor Hocking Glass Storage Container Lid Hack They Don’t Want You to Know! 

 


 

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Non Electric Thermal Slow Cooker Recipes You Have to Try!

 


 

How to Preserve Kale the Easy Way: Make Kale Powder!

 


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