Hot ‘n’ Spicy Sausage and Bacon Tomato Soup

A BOWL OF SOUP FOR YOU   It’s that time of year again when you start to dream about soup the minute you walk out the door and your skin starts to freeze and you can see your breathe in the air. Here in Manitoba you know when you have arrived in Winnipeg and its rural areas when it snows from October right through until April. There’s no getting around the cold weather so we have to make the best of it. That means I’m in the kitchen working on new recipes for my family while they are out shovelling and making snow angels. This year has been pretty cold with temperatures reaching a cool and steady -31 with the windchill. I think we have had a few days with it being above seasonal then it snowed again and went back to the bone chilling temperatures again. Soup   It’s hard to forget about the cold so the only way to warm up besides turning on the fireplace or raising the indoor heating is me in the kitchen creating a hot soup for these cold winter nights. You can add just about anything to a pot of soup when you […]

Roasted Pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup

Create Pumpkin Recipes As Easy as 1 2 3 …..   I hope you are ready for my Roasted pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup because I can guarantee you that if you make this budget-friendly recipe you will want to make it every year. Although I’m biased it’s one of the best pumpkin soup recipes that I’ve ever tried before.   Easy soup recipe   You carve your pumpkin for Halloween or have a few sitting on your front porch for decoration and then what do you do with it? Most people throw their pumpkin away and waste all the beautiful flesh inside when you can easily turn that pumpkin into some amazing pumpkin recipes keeping your pumpkin in the kitchen and out of the compost heap. I know many people that buy soup in a can or a box but making soup is a fairly painless process especially a fresh pumpkin soup that will be bursting with flavour. Take a look all over the internet and you will find an easy soup recipe just like this one that you can test in your kitchen. Once you get used to making soup you will see how creative you start to […]

Mr.CBB’s Rustic Country Ham Vegetable Soup

As the days and nights get colder homemade soup during the winter months always seems to be on the menu. Some of our favourites are broth based but we also like cream of broccoli, potato and ham, and pea soup. I am passionate and well-known for creating and throwing things into a pot to see what I can stir up but I’m rubbish with naming my creations. Today’s easy to make soup name was created by my mate Beth Ann better known as (Aunt B on a Budget) who jumped at the opportunity to name this soup. Each night on Facebook I post my “What’s For Dinner” post and I share what frugal meal we are making and ask the fans to do the same. Well I’m thrilled to see many fans cooking homemade meals and wanting to try new recipes. It’s a great way to connect with the fans as well as learn different meals that we can create in our own home. Budgeting and Food do go hand in hand as it is part of that Umbrella I talk about in my Best Financial Tip post. I’m sure any foodies will tell you that making soup at home is cheaper […]

Mr.CBB’s Tomato Minestrone Soup Recipe

When the colder weather approaches soups, stews and chili are on the menu more often than not. In Mr.CBB’s Kitchen this week I have participated in the British Columbia Welfare Food Challenge by raise the rates. With this challenge you start with an empty pantry and you spend only $26 at the grocery store on foods you will eat all week. The purpose of the challenge is to get a better understanding about how challenging it can be to live on $109 a month for groceries given to welfare recipients. You can read about my journey along the way in The Grocery Game Challenge posts and What I ate the first 2 days of the challenge. This quick homemade soup was created from my list of ingredients and I have to say it was absolutely amazing. So amazing that I couldn’t stop Mrs.CBB from stealing 3 bowls of the soup over the course of 3 days. This was such an easy minestrone soup to make. A large pot of soup is not only easy to make but it’s a cheap way to fill you up with some healthy good food. This pot of soup used almost all the ingredients I had in […]

Mr.CBB’s Sausage Potato Cabbage Tomato Stew

This isn’t your ordinary cabbage stew, this is the Mr. CBB’s jazzed up version. Although I used pork sausages in this recipe (that’s what we had on hand) we normally like to use a lean turkey sausage. There are many meals on a budget that you can create that are healthy and not compromising taste, just ask my friend Bonnie who is on a journey to lose 100lbs. Bonnie creates simple healthy meals and is getting fit on a budget. This stew is an easy frugal meal to make that is also perfect for the budget conscious college students. It’s a stew that eats like a meal especially when you crave that homemade comfort food and want to try something new in the kitchen. You can make a big pot of this Sausage Potato Cabbage Tomato Stew and store the leftovers for a busy day when you don’t have time to cook. Who doesn’t like quick left over meals or meals you can freeze, but don’t forget to keep a freezer inventory list so you know what you have on hand. The great thing about making a stew or pot of soup is the ways you can change it up. If you […]

Mr.CBB’s Tomato Salad With Potato,Green Beans and Chick Peas

Tomato Salad with Potatoes, Green Beans and Chick Peas is perhaps one of our favourite salads in the summer time. We always bring this as a healthy side yet frugal dish to any backyard bbq’s we may go to and it’s a hit. This tomato potato salad is a heart healthy dish and we like to serve it along side a protein such as lamb which we marinate and grill on the bbq. If you don’t already know from my many garden posts we grow an abundance of varieties of tomatoes such as ….. Roma Tomatoes Beefsteak Tomatoes Cherry Tomatoes Plum Tomatoes Grape Tomatoes Originating in South America the tomato often called a “vegetable” is actually a fruit although most consider it a vegetable. There is nothing better than organic tomatoes ripened on the plant for easy summer salads. Tomatoes are also popular in a myriad of other dishes and condiments such as ….. Tomato Soup Sun-Dried Tomatoes Tomato Juice Pasta Sauce Ketchup Salsa Pizza Tomato paste Beverages such as the Bloody Mary Some people even enjoy slicing tomatoes, breading them and frying them in vegetable oil until crispy on the outside. You can top these little treats with fresh […]

Mr.CBB’s Cucumber Radish Salad with Fresh Mint

Cucumbers and radish in the summer almost go together naturally,at least for us.Toss in some fresh mint and a lemon garlic dressing and you have a salad fit for any occasion that won’t dig into your pocket-book. It also looks elegant in a fancy serving dish perfect for any back yard gathering. We grow Mentha also called Mint every year BUT,we don’t put it in the ground. If you know anything about mint you know that it will grow and it won’t stop as it has a network of runners that just keeps on giving but is very aromatic. We have grown both garden mint and lemon mint although there are many species of mint around the world. We opt for putting it in a relatively decent sized pot so it has enough room to grow.The results are always..too much but we make good use of it. You know paying $1.99 for a small packet at the shops hurts the budget so growing it is our number one option. You can pick up packets at the dollar store for $0.50 and no effort required except water and partial shade but enjoys plenty of sun. If you have friends who grow mint, I’m sure they’d […]

Mr.CBB’s Summer Fresh Tomato Salad with Basil, Fennel and Chick Peas

SUMMER FRESH SALADS ARE ALL YOU NEED AT YOUR NEXT DINNER PARTY   This easy to make summer fresh tomato salad is a flavour-packed salad that you can eat any day of the week all year-long. The best time of year though is during the summer when organic tomatoes are in season. The wow factor is dipping chunks of fresh crusty Italian Bread into the juices to soak up all the yummy flavour.   Growing Tomatoes   We start our garden from seed every year with tomatoes and peppers being at the top of our priority list. Growing tomatoes is relatively easy as long as you start the seeds early or buy them at your local garden centre. Taking care of your tomatoes means stringing them up as they grow so you protect your investment by having them laying all over the ground. If you don’t have a garden, no fear you can easily grow tomatoes in a small space and having juicy tomatoes at your disposal. This quick recipe is something we have perfected over the past 3 years, especially since salads are part of our daily diet. If you don’t like the full size tomatoes and you would […]