Lazy Budget Chef

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Grilled Garlic Salmon Recipe

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Hamilton Beech, BBQ Guys, and The Spice House, however, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. #ad #SummerGrilling #HamiltonBeach #imabbqguy #TheSpiceHouse

One of my favorite quick and easy healthy meals to make is fish, even better when I can grill it, which up until now, I’ve had to wait until summer and hope it doesn’t rain. Thanks to our sponsor Hamilton Beach® Indoor Searing Grill (you can learn more about it here) I can now grill indoors year round! Let’s do this!

quick and easy grilled garlic salmon recipe
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Quick and Easy Grilled Garlic Salmon Recipe




Monday, May 6, 2019

Summer Grilling Week: Pistachio Moscow Mule Recipe

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Torani however, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience.  #ad #ToraniFlavor  #SummerGrilling

Summer is my favorite season to entertain because I can easily double the space in my condo for guests by opening patio door. And since we’re all standing around outside, I might as well fire up the grill. Grilling is my favorite (lazy) way to make dinner for dinner parties!

All this week we will be sharing amazing summer grilling recipes, and our readers have a chance to win some amazing prizes from our generous sponsors.  You're not going to want to miss a single day!


summer grilling recipes and giveaway

#SummerGrilling Week


This week, we're sharing the best grill recipes and celebrating the start of summer with an amazing giveaway, sponsored by BBQGuys, Farmer's Pantry, Hamilton BeachJoy Jolt, The Spice House, and Torani.

Pistachio Moscow Mule Recipe

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

5 Easy Frugal Hacks that Saved $700 and Two Spectacular Money Saving Fails

I disagree with people who claim you have to work extra hard or give up things you like and use to save money. If you like watching cable TV/it is the only way you can stay connected to the outside world, depend upon that subscription meal box because you stink at meal planning (raises hand,) as long as you can afford it (or are willing to shift other things in your budget to keep it if things are tight,) there is no budget law that says you can’ t keep it.

Personally, I knew there were several of those habits and expenses I can afford but aren't using them, they didn’t fit anymore, or more realistically on the Someday We Need to Find a Better Option When We Have Time to Get Around to It list. Once I decided that today was Someday, I saved more money than I expected that I can happily put toward other things I like, want, or need.

5 Simple Ways I Saved Money Without Really Trying


Consider this a list of budget trimming ideas and not absolutes. If you disagree or have a better money saving idea share them with us in the comments below!


5 easy ways to save money
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Monday, April 8, 2019

How to Make Dried Tuna Fish Cat Treats

The prettiest little ginger kitten walked into my friends’ backyard last winter and told them that they are her people now. She is a very talented cat because she turned two hard core Dog People into head over heels Cat People.

I completely understood how the minute Goldie jumped into my lap and wrapped her tail around my waist. My heart both melted and exploded with joy with one little tail hug.

Or she might have figured out that I was the one responsible for her new catnip toys on my previous visit.

Quick, Easy, and Healthy Dehydrated Tuna Cat Treat Recipe


I’m having a dinner party for Miss Goldie’s parents and I do not want her to miss out on the all of the fun (although who knows what kind of secret pet party she might throw when her parents aren’t home) and decided to make her homemade cat treats. Nom! Nom!


how to make quick and easy tuna fish cat treats

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You will need these ingredients:


A can of tuna

A dehydrator with a temperature controller – I have this dehydrator and can’t recommend it enough!


Dehydrator liner trays like these are extremely helpful otherwise as the tuna dries it will fall through the trays

Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.


Step by Step How to Make this Recipe:


1. Drain the water from the can of tuna

2. Carefully flip the can onto a lined dehydrator tray and spread the tuna with a fork.


how to make dried tuna fish cat treat recipe

Try to keep the tuna fish flakes as intact as possible the best that you can. I squeezed the smallest fish flakes into a ball like shape above before I dried them. Goldie doesn't want you to waste any of that delicious tuna!

3. Dry the tuna at 160 degrees (F) for two to ten hours or more depending upon the thickness of the slices.  To be safe I let the dehydrator go overnight.

4. When the tuna is completely dehydrated, store in a covered container and treat your kitty right!

If you’d rather buy than DIY, check out the following options – and more! – below!

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Monday, March 11, 2019

How to Make Rainbow Tie Dye Cake Balls

I like my Dala horse shaped cake pan but given the limited space in my kitchen, I wanted it to make more than horse cakes. When I saw this tie-dye cake mix from the coolest and most talented cake baker in the history of ever, it came to me to use it to make a rainbow unicorn birthday cake.  (Disclosure: I am including some big bold affiliate links in this post for your convenience.)


how to make tie dye rainbow cake
Eat the rainbow!


Yea, yea I know. I usually bake cakes from scratch but in this case, it is a dairy free cake mix with vibrant colors I can only get if I buy an army of  cake coloring gels like these. I really wanted to focus on turning the horse shaped cake into a unicorn using licorice laces like these for the tail and a twist lollipop like this one for the horn.
Not to mention, I would really be nice to be able to eat a food allergy friendly cake at a birthday party – something I don’t get to do even on my own birthday. *sad face*

How to Fix a Broken Birthday Cake

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Best Ever Seasoned Salt Recipe!

It wasn’t hard to figure out that the secret to my favorite local Greek restaurants amazing French fries is that they salt the fries with seasoned salt instead of regular. So good!

Naturally I started keeping a bottle seasoned salt in my kitchen and used it to make baked French fries. Seasoned salt quickly became one of my favorite ways to flavor grilled and sautéed fish, burgers, and in recipes when I got stuck for a seasoning idea.

Until I read the ingredient label on a bottle of seasoned salt and found it loaded with an obscene amount of salt and MSG, depending upon the brand. Fortunately, with a bit of experimenting, I made a seasoned salt recipe with less salt in it that store bought, tastes just like Lowry’s Seasoned Salt (my favorite brand,) and is a whole heck of a lot cheaper to make.

Seasoning Salt Recipe


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Monday, February 11, 2019

14 Ways to Reuse Old Toothbrushes

Dentists recommend you change your toothbrush when the bristles start to bend, which means you’re going to replace your toothbrush about four times a year. That quickly adds up to a lot of toothbrushes – made from plastic or even bamboo – that you’re throwing away a year.

You’re also throwing away money because those dead toothbrushes can be useful around the house for cleaning things besides teeth.

14 Toothbrush Hacks that  Save Money and Reduce Waste


14 Toothbrush Hacks that  Save Money and Reduce Waste
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