Lazy Budget Chef

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Coconut Shrimp with Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce Recipe

I did some poking around the internet and found a recipe for coconut shrimp. My husband is a big fan of all things coconut. However I’m not a fan of the mess involved with hand breading and frying things. Also I think I have some sort of breading food deficiency because I cannot for the life of me get any type of breading to stick to any type of food ingredient – ever. 

So this is one of the few cases where I cheat and buy frozen coconut shrimp (you can find a variety of types and brands here.  My severe dairy intolerance means I usually buy plain frozen shrimp because it makes shopping easier. Coconut shrimp is the rare exception. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.)

To prove I’m not completely useless in the kitchen, I whip up a Thai peanut dipping sauce for the coconut shrimp while it bakes in the oven. 

The Best Thai Peanut Satay Sauce Recipe in the World!

(According to my husband)

Quick and easy Thai peanut satay sauce recipe

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

22 New Ways to Save $1000 a Month (That Don’t Include Ditching Cable TV)

Sometimes when I read an article on how to save money I get frustrated because I see the same frugal hacks and ideas that I’m either already doing or don’t apply to us.

Then there are those tips on budget items they say you should to cut to save money that we use and want to keep like the gym membership my husband uses almost daily or cable TV – which is the only way some of you can watch television or might be a cheaper alternative to subscribing to a ton of streaming services to watch everything you like.

I get it I really do. I’m also probably guilty of writing blog posts that offer the same old same old frugal hacks myself.

Trying to find some new and different money saving ideas to share with you, I kept a running list of the big and little frugal things I did for a month and found I saved $1000 easy!


22 new ways to save $1000 a month
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Some these things may be seasonal. Some you may already do. Some may not apply. This is a list of budget living tips and ideas to jump start your brain to find solutions that work for you. It is a list of options, not absolutes.


Monday, December 2, 2019

Peppermint Gingerbread Cook Ball (Ebleskiver) Recipe and $175 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Two of my favorite Christmas season cookies are gingerbread and Danish pancake balls called ebelskiver (it is pronounced able-skeev-er and spelled three different ways in English – ebleskiver, ebelskiver, aebleskiver because Danes like to complicate things sometimes.)

There are many varieties and recipes for making ebleskiver. Since gingerbread is also a Danish Christmas tradition I'm going to combine the two and make gingerbread ableskiver!

With peppermint candy chips. Because peppermint candy makes everything Christmasy and better.

The only special skills you need to make this Scandinavian treat is a stove top  Danish Aebleskiver / Ebelskiver pan like this one. I use an electric cake pop maker similar to this one which makes it even easier! (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience)


peppermint gingerbread ebelskiver cookie ball recipe
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Gingerbread Cake Ball Recipe

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

How to Make Dairy Free and Delicious Croutons!

One of my favorite dishes served with any chicken, turkey, goose, or duck dinner is the stuffing!
Which is actually dressing because I don’t cook it inside the bird. Stuffing = baked inside the bird. Dressing = baked inside of the bird. The more you know, right?

So I thought that my all time favorite side dish was safe from my personal Great Milk and Dairy Ingredient Purge when I was first diagnosed with being severely lactose intolerant. Until that familiar gut punch told me differently while I was making my way through a big ol’ pile of dressing on an evening out.

Turns out the dairy was in the croutons.

It wasn't until I went on the Great Dairy Free Crouton Quest of three grocery stores in one day that I realized that the only way I’m going to get a crouton for stuffing, salads, or to top a bowl of soup is to make it myself.

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Making croutons is so super easy I’m kicking myself for not learning how to make them sooner! It is a great way to use extra, old bread or bread crusts! Here’s how.

A Quick and Easy Crouton Recipe

Thursday, November 7, 2019

How to Cook an Acorn Squash in an Instant Pot in Six Minutes or Less!

Stuffed acorn squash is one of my favorite fall dinner meals. After a few failed attempts, I discovered the trick to having the stuffing and the squash cooked equally in the oven (I can’t be the only person who dried out/singed the stuffing because the dense winter squash took longer to cook than the stuffing inside it, am I? ) is to pre bake the squash by itself for an half an hour or more before stuffing and baking the squash per the directions in the recipe I’m following.

Since my dinner meal planning usually goes along the lines of, “it’s dinner time and I need to make food immediately” I rarely cooked acorn squash in any way, shape, or form because of that pesky house long baking time.


quick and easy instant pot acorn squash recipe
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That is until one kitchen experiment later, I now know I can pressure cook a hard acorn squash in 5 to 10 minutes. Woo hoo! Acorn squash for everyone!

How to Make Instant Pot Acorn Squash the Easy Way

Friday, October 18, 2019

How to Pop Popcorn

After enjoying a bowl of popcorn during a home movie night there were quite a few unpopped kernels in the bottom of the bowl.

Normally I’d chuck them in the trash bin but there were about two tablespoons of unpopped popcorn kernels in the bottom of the bowl. (Tip: Once I started using a 1/4  measuring cup instead of eyeballing it when I pop popcorn, I now end up with one or two unpopped  kernels of corn.)


I looked at the unpopped popcorn kernels and remembered hearing a story about my grandmother repopping leftover popcorn kernals the next time they ate popcorn. Which in this house is alllllll the time.

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I figured I'd give repopping unpopped popcorn kernels a try. And you know what? It worked!

How to Pop Popcorn


Monday, October 7, 2019

The Best Pumpernickel Bread Machine Recipe!

When the weather starts to cool it is all the incentive I need to make my favorite comfort food dinner - 16 bean soup with homemade pumpernickel bread.

 It is also one of my favorite quick and easy dinner ideas to make when time is short because I use a dried 16 bean soup mix (you can find it here.  I suggest going with a mix that includes the seasoning) in the slow cooker and when paired with pumpernickel bread fresh from my bread machine it makes a filling meal just waiting for you when you get home from work, school, or busy fun activities. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.)


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Quick and Easy Dairy Free Pumpernickel Bread Recipe