Mr.CBB’s Cheesy Crock-Pot Lasagna

Crock-pot Lasagna, no way, you can’t make lasagna in a crock-pot. I’ve made beef stew, beef chili, chicken, meatballs and sauce and even Easter Dinner in the crockpot but never the mother-load of all baked meals, a lasagna. Crock-pot Crock-pot, come out come out wherever you are. I swear it took off when it overheard me saying I was going to make a lasagna in it. Even the crock-pot had some reservations about this turning out anything like the traditional oven baked Italian lasagna recipe that most people sink their mouths into. That’s what I used to think until I actually gave this a try. I used my typical oven baked lasagna recipe to create this except I didn’t have ricotta on hand so I substituted for cottage cheese to make this dish. So, sit back and enjoy the layers in this one-pot lasagna recipe!! How To Boil Lasagna Noodles No need to worry about boiling lasagna noodles with this recipe although if you opt to boil them it’s not rocket science. I would get a huge pot and fill it with water until boiling and drop in a few lasagna noodles at a time and cook until al dente (5-7 minutes), […]

Saturday Weekend Review #14- Credit Card Surcharges, Would You Pay Them?

  Paying to use our credit card each time we swiped it would certainly make the choice of not using it easy for us. A recent conversation with a local pizzeria owner we frequent shared with us that it does cost him money when customers use a credit card. If we ever order a pizza now we pay in cash because we kinda feel bad about it, but not sure if he meant to make us feel that way or we feel sorry for him. He does make a good pizza for a reasonable price though. Canadian businesses are charged fees from 1.5 to more than 3%  of each purchase put on a MasterCard and Visa credit card. Best of it is, if you are using a premium credit card merchants have to pay more. The transaction charges imposed are per the anti-competitive rules set out by the competition bureau of Canada. Would you not say that this is just part of the cost of doing business?  We have seen signs at shops that say “Cash Only” or “Debit and Credit Card Machine” down in our days but tend to stay away. In Canada merchants can ask the customer to pay a surcharge […]

Mr. CBB’s Crispy Chicken Parmigiana On Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Parmigiana is one our easy go to recipes when we want something tasty and warming to the soul. It’s also not a budget breaker either but we always keep our eyes open for great deals on chicken breasts in our local supermarkets. Although we like to splurge once a week In 2013 we decided we are keeping our kitchen busy with healthy recipes and lots of vegetables. This baked chicken recipe is simple to put together and takes about 25-30 minutes in the oven. You do have to lightly fast fry the breaded chicken breasts in a bit of extra virgin olive oil for this recipe as I prefer super crispy chicken.  Once you lay the fried chicken on top of the sauce it will hold up better if it is golden brown and crispy. This is a fairly healthy baked chicken parmigiana recipe but you can simply bake the chicken in the oven until it is crispy to make this dish even healthier. I used 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this chicken parm recipe but needed to flatten them out. What I did was take out some wax paper or you can use cling wrap and wrap the […]

Mr.CBB’s Thai Fish Cakes

Thai Fish Cakes recipes are so easy to make and the best part is you can flavour them with the tastes that you enjoy. When I was in Thailand on vacation this was a common food you would find on the streets. To be honest I fell in love with Thailand and not only for the generosity of the people and the scenery but for the amazing food. My days would consist of me hanging out with the locals because I was nosey and wanted to learn about their culture. No one wanted to hang out at tourist restaurants, well at least not me. You would find me tucked away on a side street eating some of the best foods I have ever eaten in my life and making new friends. Last week we had our favourite mates over (Christina and Marco) who are Italian to give us a run down of what their family has on their Italian menu for the holidays. Those melt in your mouth Italian Potato donuts we made last week are not only part of their Christmas menu it is also a Christmas eve and New Years Food gracing the good eats tables. They assured us though that […]

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 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 Roasted Red Pepper Gnocchi In A Creamy Mushroom Sauce

  Don’t be afraid of the word Gnocchi, pronounced “noki” which are simply soft potato dumplings that melt in your mouth. They are super easy to make and easy on the budget. You can’t compare frozen to homemade and the price well it’s as cheap as it gets to make these little lumps of love. I’ve made these bundles of yummy goodness for many years now as they were a favourite of mine back in the UK. Along with gnocchi I also enjoy tortellini and ravioli all which offer something unique on the dinner plate than regular pasta. In the past I’ve made bog standard potato gnocchi but I’ve also made spinach gnocchi which are also very tasty. When I wanted to make this recipe I was wondering if I should make a rapini or roasted red pepper recipe but since I’ve made spinach before the peppers won. Gnocchi originates in Italy and means “Knot in wood” or “Knuckle” and has been a traditional meal since Roman Time. Gnocchi are simply made with flour, eggs, potato, spices and cheese. You can easily make these love dumplings at home or purchase them fresh or frozen at your local supermarket for a fairly cheap price. This […]

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 […]