Crock-Pot Fix

So, let me guess… it’s going to be a busy week? Same here! And the last thing you want to worry about is what you’re going to make for dinner.

Well, I’ve come to save the day! This is literally one of the easiest meals I’ve ever made, and uses one of my favorite cooking tools… the Crock-Pot!

There are so many easy, effortless Crock-Pot meals, and this, by far, is one of the best! And for those looking for other easy Crock-Pot meals, check out my board on Pinterest. Or, if you’re up to spending a little more time on your Crock-Pot creation, I definitely recommend Food Network, you can never go wrong!

Now, there may be a few individuals who do not own a Crock-Pot, but I guarantee you, it is an investment worth making. And for fellow college students on a tight budget, have no fear! Guess where I bought my Crock-Pot? … At a garage sale! That’s right, I bought my slow cooker for $5 at a garage sale and made sure I cleaned it thoroughly. Definitely one of my best purchases. It works like a dream! And for those who can’t find a good, local garage sale, check out Amazon for some good deals, there are quite a few under $20!

Now, as I was saying, this week I experimented a little with something I found online and it worked wonderfully! Now, to make this meal all you really need is two simple things:

2 lbs of Your Choice of Meat
Marinade Packet (as shown in picture)

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And that’s it!

(Now, personally, I’ve only tried chicken, so I would recommend it as it turned out very well.)

So, all that you do is place the raw chicken in the Crock-Pot, then take the seasoning packet and empty it in a separate bowl. Mix the seasoning as instructed on the bag (water, oil and vinegar), and then pour it all over the chicken in the Crock-Pot. Put the lid on, put the Crock-Pot on high for about 4-6 hours, or until the chicken starts to fall apart. Warning: it’s going to smell pretty amazing.

And that’s it! Then you’re free to enjoy as you please. I placed it on top of rice, which was excellent. And, you’ll more than likely have left overs, which is a huge plus! My roommate and I have been making tacos with the rest of the chicken, and it’s been as delicious as when it first came out!

So, there you have it! Hope you enjoy! And if you have any questions or want to share how the recipe worked out for you, feel free to leave a comment!

Eat and Sleep Always,

Katie

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Starting Your Morning Off Right

coffee pic (but first)

If you’re like me, I cannot start the day off without a good cup (or maybe a few good cups) of coffee! Caffeine is always a must.

Now, personally, I don’t enjoy my coffee black, I always add cream and sugar. I used to be a big fan of flavored coffee creamers, because who doesn’t like their coffee to taste like pumpkin spice or a peppermint mocha?

But then, I learned the truth. Store bought coffee creamer isn’t the best for you. If you look at a bottle of peppermint mocha coffee creamer, you’ll find this on the side…

Coffee Mate Peppermint Mocha

You’ll notice, there isn’t even milk in it. Not only that, but personally, I don’t want to be adding dipotassium phospate or cellulose gel to my coffee every morning.

Livestrong has a great article that discusses “Healthy Substitutes for Coffee Creamer” because of the fact that “the trans fat in non-dairy creamers can raise your bad cholesterol, while lowering good cholesterol and increasing your risk for heart attack and stroke.” Yikes! Without a doubt, all that they have listed are great options that are much better for you.

Personally though, I still want a little bit of flavor in my coffee, and good news– it’s possible, easy and inexpensive!

For the past two months, I’ve been making my very own coffee creamer right here in my apartment! All you need is:

14 oz. of Sweetened Condensed Milk (one can)
14 oz. of Milk of your choosing
And whatever flavors you want!

That’s it! All I basically do is get a can of the sweetened condensed milk, pour it in a large mason jar, and then use the same can and fill it with the milk in the refrigerator and pour it in with the sweetened condensed milk. After that, all you have to do is mix/shake it.

And, good news!– sweetened condensed milk only has two ingredients in it: milk and sugar!

I usually leave it plain so that I can add whatever flavors I want later. (I usually just add cinnamon.) If you’re wanting to add flavor though, the blog “Reclaiming Your Castle” has several options and ingredients you can add for whatever flavor your heart desires!

What’s even greater is that it’s cheaper than regular creamer! Coupon Closet has a break down of what your spending by making it yourself. Personally,  all I see that I’m spending is about $1.50 for the can of sweetened condensed milk because of the fact that milk itself is always on the grocery list.  So, just a $1.50 for coffee creamer that only has about two ingredients in it? Yes, please!

So, if you’re going to have coffee, have it the right way with the right stuff!

Hope you enjoy this easy, quick and inexpensive recipe, and let me know what you think!

Eat & Sleep Always,

Katie

coffee creamer

Satisfying Food on a Sensible Budget

Hello!

I hope you are ready for some quick, easy and inexpensive meals that will leave you feeling satisfied!

My name is Katie and I am currently a sophomore in college. Being a college student, I know what it means to be on a tight budget. If you are like me, I love being able to eat good food that won’t break the bank.

This past year my roommate and I moved into an apartment and we are loving it! Especially our oven! Now that we have the liberty to cook, bake and choose what we eat and are no longer confined to the dining hall, I’m always looking for ways to make food that doesn’t take up the afternoon  to make and tastes amazing. And so… this blog consists of “satisfying food on a sensible budget.”

After deciding to create this blog, I figured that there had to be others who have had the same idea, and after doing some research, I found that there are! This is not limited to here in the United States, but across the globe! Red Online posted an article that contains several “Best Food on a Budget Blogs” from individuals all over the world who want to be able to eat well and inexpensively.

It is interesting to see that this audience is not targeted to one specific age group or generation. For example, as much as college students and young adults find this concept very valuable, so do busy parents! College Recipes has several blogs on their website that are catered specifically to the average college student. Additionally, there are moms across the country that are looking for ways to feed their family in a ways that is healthy and sensible. Cafe Mom has several articles, tips and advice for mothers at all places in life; one article being about blogs that will help with keeping healthy resolutions.

What is more, is no one has to settle when it comes to food! The Culinary School Guide has a list of 100 blogs that focus on “frugal gourmet”! So, for those wanting something that is a little more delectable while on a budget, it can be done!  

Now, being a girl in college, I am basically addicted to Pinterest. The social media idea behind pinning so that others can find a recipe/do it yourself project/tips for everyday life is genius! In fact, while browsing I found some Budget Friendly Recipes from a woman named Erin who calls herself the “$5 Dinner Mom.” Looking through some of her pins, it is clear to see that the concept of “satisfying food on a sensible budget” is more than possible!

Most of the recipes that I’ll be posting and sharing are ones that I have found work and taste best! So, get your ovens, stove tops and crock pots ready and stay tuned!!

 

Eat & Sleep Always,

Katie