Recipes That Are Easy and Lavishly Cheap

For quick and easy meals that are for the frugal seeker, come back often and visit for updates. We feature recipes that are not only "lavishly cheap," but are lightning fast.

Cut back your time in the kitchen and save time as well!

We will also feature "The Quick Grab Concept" which are meals that can be put in your freezer until you're ready to "grab it" already prepared to cook.

Scrumptious Holiday Cookies that are EASY!!!

This recipe is so easy and lavishly cheap!

It's a treat with a little bit of a healthy kick to it (but doesn't taste like a healthy treat).

Chocolate Chip Spiced Cookies

1 box of carrot cake mix

1 egg

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

1/3 cup oat bran (can substitute with oatmeal)

1 cup crushed pineapple (light on the juice)

1 cup of chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat on high for 2 to three minutes. Spoon on greased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

For cake like cookies remove immediately. For crunchy cookies, turn off oven after 8 to 10 minutes and allow them to stay in the warm oven until it cools off.

This recipe is fabulous, there is very little mess, and it's super easy! No one will know they have oat bran!

The Last Minute "Scrumptious" Dessert

You only have minutes and you have to take a dessert- yet, you nearly feel guilty picking up a cake or a "pre-made" treat...

What do you do?

Here's a fabulously lightning fast recipe that literally takes minutes...

1 tub a whipped topping (such as Cool-Whip) 4 large apples 2 king sized snicker bars

Cut the apples and snicker bars into small, bite sized pieces. Place them in a medium sized serving bowl. Top with whipped topping and toss. You're ready to go!

What's For Dinner?

Zesty Beef Fajita Quick Grab

Zesty Beef Fajitas can be used for three different meals...

1 cup low fat, or fat-free Italian dressing

1 tsp garlic powder

1 pound sliced round steak of flank steak cut into strips

1 zucchini sliced into strips

1 onion, sliced

1 green bell pepper, sliced

1 red bell pepper, sliced

Throw all ingredients into large freezer ziplock bag. Regrigerate for 1 day if you plan to cook the next day, or throw into the freezer for a later "Quick Grab Meal." (Note: Thaw if you freeze before preparing).

Cook over medium heat in large skillet until the meat is cooked throughout and are tender and the vegetables have softened.

Three different ways to serve this dish:

Fajitas- Serve with pinto beans, sour cream, salsa and flour tortillas.

Fajita Rice bowls- Serve over cooked brown (or white rice) mixed with salsa.

Fajita Potato Topper- Serve over baked potatoes with sour cream.

Vegan version- Omit meat and sour cream. Use the quick grab concept and substitute sliced eggplant for beef.

Serve as a substitute for all of the meals above.

Cooking healthy and low fat is possible on a frugal budget!

Unfortunately, most coupons on food products are offered on highly processed foods. But when you take a look at whole foods that are low cost, there is an array of different meals you can create from these foods.

To find out more about a lavishly cheap healthy food list, for recipes, click here.

Super Easy and Lavishly Cheap Sloppy Joes

This recipe is very easy to make and lavishly cheap! Please scroll to the bottom for vegetarian substitution...

1 small onion, minced

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tbsp. vegetable or olive oil

1 pound of lean ground beef

2 tsps. chile powder or paprika

2 cups of spaghetti sauce

4 hamburger buns, or 8 slices of bread

Add the ground beef, onion, garlic powder and chile powder to a large skillet, stirring until beef is browned.

Drain excess fat from the skillet.

Add spaghetti sauce.

Cover and simmer on low heat for an additional 5 minutes.

Spoon the prepared sloppy joe on bread or buns and you're ready to go!

Vegetarian Substitution: Use texturized soy protein often referred to as "soy crumbles" which can be found in some of the larger supermarkets, but most often in natural food stores.

Frugal Tip: Cut back on meats, save money, and eat healthy at the same time!

Eating vegetarian meals and vegan meals can not only save money on expensive meats, but it can also add to a more plant based diet.

Cholesterol, for instance, only comes from animal products. Therefore, by incorporating vegetarian meals, you naturally cut out all the cholesterol as well.

What stops most people from incorporating more vegetarian meals is they believe it will be boring, or it simply won't be hearty enough.

I recently did an interview with world known vegan chef, Nava Atlas, and what I discovered is not only can vegan and vegetarian cooking be a great healthy alternative, it can also save you a tremendous amount of time in meal preparation and a significant amount of money when done correctly. A big part of this is how you stock your pantry.

Nava suggests you stock up on pasta, dried foods such as beans, rice, quinoa, couscous, and many other seeds and grains.

There is an array of wonderful foods available in vegan meals that are not only robust and hearty, but simply delicious.

My favorite book from Nava Atlas (although all her books are wonderful), is The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Cookbook.

Publishers Weekly writes...

"Vegetarian expert Atlas (Vegetariana and Vegetarian Express) offers a slew of simple, quick recipes, most of which make use of packaged and canned foods. A few unusual soups stand out, such as Rice, Lettuce, and Mushroom Broth, and Cold Curried Cucumber Soup made tangy with a dose of buttermilk. Salads include Chickpea Salad with Roasted Peppers, made with canned chickpeas and jarred red peppers, as well as a more upscale Warm Potato Salad with Goat Cheese... "

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