Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Potato Bar/ Hearty Meatless Meals

Its Potato Bar Night at our house. I did this last week and I was pleasantly surprised at the response. My hubby thought it was a yummy and filling alternative to the usual. So, Potato Bar Night has made the Hearty Meatless Meals cut. I baked big Idaho Spuds and set out an array of hearty toppings from Vegetarian Chili to shredded cheese. We also had some taco fix-ins like salsa and sour cream. Potato Bar Night is a great way to #save money on your grocery bill.

If you live in the Southwest where temps hit 110 last week you may be wondering how I pulled off baking. We bake our potatoes in the Crock pot around here. I wash each spud and poke it with a steak knife, give it a generous doll up of butter and sprinkle it with Seasoned Salt. Then I wrap it in aluminum foil and I bake them in the Crock pot for four hours on low heat. They come out soft and yummy.

Potato Night is a great way to get your little ones to eat more veggies too. If you can put out a variety of toppings and maybe even let them help chop up some veggies, they will surprise you with what they choose.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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