Lazy Budget Chef

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Savory Turkey Herb Rub Recipe

I am all over make ahead herb mixes and rub recipes because they take seconds to make and are an easy way to make dinner taste fancy on the cheap when you don’t have the time to cook something elaborate.

Which is pretty much me all of the time.

Inspired by an over productive summer herb garden, a turkey breast I needed to defrost to get back some freezer space, and my social media feeds blowing up with posts from  friends competing in an international amateur swimming event in France,  I set out to create a savory meat rub recipe that is similar of French Herbes de Provence.

Which is a fancy way of saying spice mix made from herbs that grow well in Provence, France.

Oooh la la!

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PS: This rub is a great gift idea for your favorite BBQ pit master!



Originally I created this savory herb mix recipe to kick up a turkey (and as a test run for making Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.)  It tastes so fantastic that I used my savory meat rub on just about every type of meat my husband and I could think of: fish, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, and even lamb with excellent, excellent results.

Let’s just say, it’s been a savory kind of summer!

How to Make a Savory Poultry, Beef, Fish, and Lamb Spice Rub Recipe


Friday, August 10, 2018

47 Things Thrifty People Save and Reuse

Sometimes I am a complete weirdo and buy something or refuse to throw it out or recycle it because I can reuse the packaging to save money. After years of trying to get a second reuse out of almost everything before it hits the trash can, my family is practically debt free and our weekly household trash fills a grocery shopping bag on a good week.

Now I’m not saying I am some sort of hoarder (there’s no room for bunches of extra stuff when living in a condo! We do a quick check in to see if there is a need for an item and if we don't, then it is put in our recycling, donate, or trash bin.) Turns out by being resourceful with our trash there is a ton of stuff I don’t need to buy because I save and repurpose what I have around me. It saves money in an eco friendly way that works for us.


47 Things People Do Not Throw Away to Save Money


47 ideas of things not to throw away to save money
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Friday, July 20, 2018

6 Quick Money Saving Ideas So Easy You Can Practically Do Them in Your Sleep!

I try to keep myself busy with little projects on the weekend to keep from getting bored or going crazy especially on rainy days. More often than not, there is an (accidental) money saving component like planting all of this year’s container garden with seeds I found during a junk drawer clean out just to see if they will grow.

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?

6 Quick and Easy Ways to Save Money You Need to Know
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Goodbye Plastic Free and Zero Waste Shopping: Whole Foods Won’t Allow You Fill Your Own Bulk Bin Containers

Every Zero Waste and Plastic Free advocate suggests you can reduce your household waste by filling your own containers from the bulk food bin section at the grocery store. Often, but not always, the bulk bin unit price is cheaper – especially when it comes to buying spices. As always, your mileage may vary - compare the unit price before you buy!

I’ll admit, the even cheaper sale price was the reason I stopped into Whole Foods because they were giving Amazon Prime members a discount on bulk bin items (learn more here via my affiliate link.) I figured it was as good of time as any to cross a few items off my grocery list while at the same time help slim my trash and recycling bins. (We like to keep our weekly household waste as low as we can but are not an official Zero Waste or Plastic Free home.)


Another reason I like filling my own containers is it helps me from accidentally misjudging the quantity I need and overbuying. Let’s face it the two ounces of spice that fills a spice jar looks like nothing in a bag.

No zero waste customer containers allowed in the bulk bin food store
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Friday, June 15, 2018

10 Easy Recipes When it is too Hot to Cook

Summer is my favorite time of year. Just being able to do anything outside in the warm sunshine after being cooped up inside the house during the harsh winter feels almost decadent.

Until the high heat and humidity kick in and make it too hot to move.

And cook.

10 Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas When it is too Hot to Cook

Basically, I take my hot weather dinner ideas from my travels to the sunny south and southwestern United States because while I have to deal with scorching temperatures for a few months, those folks are living in it year round.

Like they say, travel broadens the mind – and food palette!


10 Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes When it is too Hot to Cook

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Baked French Fries Recipe in 30 Minutes or Less!

There is nothing that goes better with a grilled burger than French fries. They are easy to order when you are eating at a restaurant but let’s face it, deep fat frying French fries at home is messy and in all honesty, most doctors will tell you baked side dishes are generally more healthy than fried.

That’s why I serve my protein burger of choice with fast and easy homemade baked French fries. No my friends, I didn’t buy them in the frozen food section (not cheap and loaded with extra ingredients you don’t need to eat.)

I whip my homemade French Fries up on the cheap from real deal potatoes and they taste exactly like the season salt fries from my favorite local restaurant – for a whole lot less.
 

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How to Make Quick, Easy, and Healthy Homemade Baked French Fries – Not Deep Fat Frying Required!


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