Breakfast for Dinner {Frugal & Healthy Meal}

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Harris Teeter, who along with me wants to help your family eat healthy meals.

Harris Teeter Breakfast for Dinner

Busy summer days and nights can make it challenging to feed the family a healthy meal. It’s a good thing that Harris Teeter has more lower prices on organic and natural items. I checked out the selection and picked up everything we needed to make a frugal & healthy meal–one of our faves–it’s breakfast for dinner! For under $15, you can make a nutritious meal that everyone loves.

Harris Teeter Breakfast for Dinner

We used HT Organic milk and eggs in my Whole Wheat Pancakes recipe to make a hearty dinner and served it alongside summer fruit. We like to double-up on the pancakes and keep them in the fridge. Then they’re easy to reheat in the morning just by popping them in the toaster. I love this recipe because it adds fiber (by using wheat flour) and flavor (with cinnamon) compared to regular pancakes. My kids just love them!
Harris Teeter Breakfast for Dinner

Are you having a busy summer, too? Take advantage of the handy HTmobile app and skip the grocery trip. You can order your groceries online, then drive up and have a friendly HT employee load them right into your car. It’s a huge time-saver! You can even save past orders, so if you shop the same foods regularly, your list is ready to go.

Harris Teeter Online Ordering | Breakfast for Dinner

If you’re traveling this summer, make your grocery order before you leave. Then you can swing by Harris Teeter on the way home, and pick up your groceries instead of coming home to an empty fridge.

Happy eating this summer!

11 Easy Pasta Dinners {Quick Recipes}

Easy Pasta Dinner - quick and healthy meals for busy summer nights | MoneywiseMoms

Who loves an easy pasta dinner? With summer upon us, we’ve moved away from casseroles and are looking for quick meals that come together easily on the stovetop or can be prepped ahead in the slow cooker. All of these 11 Easy Pasta Dinners include vegetables and can be made with your favorite pasta (I like wheat or protein pasta for extra nutrition). Add some of these recipes to your menu plan for a little variety this summer.
Creamy Sausage and Spinach Tortellini from Everyday Reading | Easy Pasta Dinners
Creamy Sausage and Spinach Tortellini from Everyday Reading

Just seven ingredients (and two are garlic & olive oil!) make this colorful and flavorful dish that cooks up quickly in one pot with a creamy tomato sauce.

One Pot Pasta Primavera from Oh My Veggies | Easy Pasta Dinners

One Pot Pasta Primavera from Oh My Veggies

Combine broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms and peas with your favorite pasta and an easy cream sauce with this fresh primavera.


Turkey Parmesan Pasta | Easy Pasta Dinners

Turkey Parmesan Pasta from MoneywiseMoms

This stovetop version of baked ziti lets you skip the oven and long cooking time and enjoy a cheesy, meaty meal in a half hour. Everything cooks in one pot, so clean up is easy, too!


Chicken Enchilada Pasta from Spoonful of Flavor | Easy Pasta Dinners

One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta from Spoonful of Flavor

Make your Taco Tuesday a twist by cooking pasta in enchilada sauce and adding cooked chicken, black beans and corn. Add whatever toppings you like once it’s ready to go.


One Pot Pasta from Damn Delicious | Easy Pasta Dinners

One Pot Pasta from Damn Delicious

It sounds odd to put sausage, onions, basil and tomatoes into a pot with water to boil and then just ignore it, but it really works. The water gets absorbed into the pasta, and this one-pot meal is ready to serve.


Chicken Broccoli Lo Mein from Mom Advice | Easy Pasta Dinners

Chicken Broccoli Lo Mein from Mom Advice

This quick-and-easy version of lo mein makes feeding the family so easy. My kids love this recipe.


Rainbow Peanut Noodles from Gimme Some Oven | Easy Pasta Dinners

Rainbow Peanut Noodles from Gimme Some Oven

Whenever I can have Pad Thai, I grab the chance. My son has a peanut allergy, so this recipe won’t happen in my house, but this lightened-up version includes more vegetables and protein than the tradition. Give it a try!

Slow Cooker Pork Ragu and Fettuccine | Easy Pasta Dinners

Slow Cooker Pork Ragu and Fettuccine from MoneywiseMoms

We enjoy this meal year-round. It’s a dump-in-the-slow-cooker-and-go recipe. I just boil the water for noodles, and while they’re cooking, I shred up the pork right in the pot. It’s easy and so delicious, my family requests it at least once a month!


Chicken Fajita Pasta from Kevin and Amanda | Easy Pasta Dinners

Chicken Fajita Pasta from Kevin and Amanda

This flavorful dish is made all in one pot (love that!) and uses homemade taco seasoning along with lots of fresh bell peppers.


Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese from House of Yumm | Easy Pasta Dinners

One Pot Spinach & Artichoke Mac and Cheese from House of Yumm

We eat a lot of mac & cheese, so I love finding novel recipes like this one that includes another of our favorite flavor combos (spinach and artichoke dip fans!). It’s another easy one-pot meal.


Chicken Lo Mein from The Wholesome Dish | Easy Pasta Dinners

One Pot Chicken Lo Mein from The Wholesome Dish

Yes, I know I’ve shared this recipe before, but it’s because it’s THAT GOOD. It’s in our regular meal plan rotation, and everyone loves it. It only takes a few minutes to chop everything up, it all goes in one skillet, then I cover and walk away. I love easy recipes like this!


Looking for more easy weeknight meals? Check out 5 Beginner Crockpot Meals and 10 Summer Slow Cooker Meals.


Linked up to DIY Craft and Recipe Linkup at The SITS Girls, Inspire Me Wednesdays at Adventures of Mel, Tasty Tuesdays at Creative K Kids. Fluster’s Creative Muster Party at Fluster Buster and Do Tell Tuesday at Mabey She Made It.

Moneywise Menu Plan 5-31 thru to 6-13

Oh my, it’s hot here in the DC area. We’ve completely skipped spring and gone straight to ridiculousy-humid, 90-degree sunny, thunderstorm-sticky days. It makes it even harder to cook and get dinner on the table every night.

I’ve been using a two-week menu plan so that I can spend less time planning. Once a week, I take a look at the menu, check my pantry and freezer to see what’s already on hand, and make my shopping list from there. It saves so much time!

Moneywise Menu Plan 5-31 | frugal family meals

Moneywise Menu Plan – 5/31 to 6/13

Sunday: Chicken with Mushrooms & Zucchini, cauliflower
Monday: Spinach Feta Pasta Salad
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday! Slow Cooker Shredded Pork Tacos with toppings, black beans and brown rice
Wednesday: Turkey Parmesan Pasta
Thursday: Chicken Caesar Salad and breadsticks
Friday: Chicken Sausage Pesto Pizzas with salad
Saturday: Tuna, Green Bean & Potato Salad

Sunday: Spinach Turkey Burgers, broccoli slaw, corn
Monday: Summer Orzo Salad from Oh My Veggies
Tuesday: Chicken Fajitas in the Deep Covered Baker
Wednesday: Crockpot Broccoli & Beef with brown rice noodles
Thursday: Almond Tilapia and Broccoli Slaw
Friday: Mediterranean Chicken in the slow cooker, served over quinoa
Saturday: Going out to dinner (I need a break!)


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Cake Mix Cookies {Perfect for Potlucks}

We attended our first summer potluck this weekend, and there are many more to come! With busy schedules, school still in session (four more weeks–ugh!), and too much to do, you need an easy-peasy recipe like these Cake Mix Cookies to bring and enjoy. There’s just three ingredients–unless you want to add some sprinkles to the top, then it’s four.

Cake Mix Cookies | MoneywiseMoms


Cake Mix Cookies

  • 1 package cake mix, any flavor (we love devil’s food)
  • ½ cup oil or butter, melted
  • 2 eggs

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all three ingredients in a large bowl and stir until dough forms. Either scoop onto cookie sheet or shape into 1-inch balls (it’s easier if you chill it first). Bake 8-10 minutes or until center is set. Let cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes, then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 30 cookies.

This is one of those “base” recipes that you can take in any direction. Try a different flavor of cake mix, or add some mini chocolate chips, crushed Oreos, or chopped almonds to the tops.

Do you have any favorite baking supplies? I do! I love my Wilton 3-Tier Cooling Rack Set (that’s my Amazon link–thanks for supporting MoneywiseMoms at no cost to you!). For less than $10, you get three racks that stack and give you plenty of room to work.


Cake Mix Cookies is linked up to Inspire Me Wednesday at Adventures of Mel, Tasty Tuesday at Creative K Kids, Fluster’s Creative Muster Party at Fluster Buster, Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple, Do Tell Tuesday at Mabey She Made It, and Too Cute Tuesday at Funky Polkadot Giraffe.

Moneywise Menu Plan 5-17 thru 5-30

Is it crazy at your house, too? What is about the spring?! Seems like every mom I know is overextended, over-volunteering, stressed at work, tired of kids’ schoolwork and frustrated with the standardized test season. I’m getting through it by keeping my systems in place that make life easier–like meal planning. I set up another two-week menu plan, so that instead of spending brain power I can just look at the list, see which ingredients I already have on hand, and make a quick grocery trip. My kids are really enjoying all the cold salads we’ve been eating, and I like that I can prep them the night before or early in the morning (with their help chopping veggies) to keep our evenings less stressful.

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Moneywise Menu Plan – 5/17 thru 5/30

Sunday: My son & I were at a swim banquet, everyone else had salad with chicken on top.
Monday: Greek Quinoa Salad from Back to Her Roots
Tuesday: Spinach Stuffed Shells and salad
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with leftover salad and corn
Thursday: Tortellini Chickpea Pasta Salad
Friday: Leftovers from the week–there should be plenty.
Saturday: We have company! Slow Cooker Tacos will feed the crowd.

Sunday: Ordering Chinese food with our friends visiting from Florida.
Monday: Baked Potato Bar with toppings
Tuesday: Grilled Garlic Lime Chicken, brown rice and broccoli
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner–scrambled eggs, Rosemary Potatoes and fruit
Thursday: Leftover chicken over Ramen Broccoli Slaw from My Catholic Kitchen
Friday: We’re eating at the pool tonight, so some version of cold pasta salad I can make ahead.
Saturday: Slow Cooker Pork Ragu & Fettuccine and broccoli

Menu Plan Resources

Tuna, Green Bean & Potato Salad

It’s spring! You want green, you want lemon, you want salad–right? You’ll love this one. I’ve served this Tuna, Green Bean & Potato Salad to my family twice now and they just loved it. It’s easy to put together and will be the perfect recipe to use fresh green beans and parsley from your garden this summer. The homemade dressing adds a light lemon flavor that brightens the whole meal.

Tuna Green Bean Potato Salad | light refreshing spring salad | MoneywiseMoms

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Tuna, Green Bean & Potato Salad
Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 2 lbs small gold or red potatoes
  • 2 cans (each 4oz) tuna in water, drained and broken into chunks
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • Dressing:
  • 2 Tbsp chopped basil
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  1. Cook green beans in boiling salted water for about 5 minutes, until tender-crisp. Remove with slotted spoon, and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Set aside.
  2. Add potatoes to the same pot of water and return to a boil. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until tender but firm. Drain, then rinse under cold water to stop the cooking.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and lemon juice. Then add garlic, salt and pepper.
  4. In a large bowl, gently combine basil and parsley with the potatoes, green beans, tuna, celery, olives and dressing.
  5. Set salad aside at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving, so flavors meld.

If you can prep this ahead of time, it gives a chance for the flavors to meld and for the potatoes to soak up the delicious dressing. It’s fabulous served warm, but we also liked it as lunch the next day, very chilled.


Tuna, Green Bean & Potato Salad is linked up to Craft & Recipe Link up at The SITS Girls, Funtastic Friday at Olives n’ Okra, Creative Inspirations Linky Party at Embracing Change, Pin-Me Linky Party at Diana Rambles, Pin Party at The Pin Junkie, Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Inspire Me Wednesday at Adventures of Mel, Tasty Tuesday at Creative K Kids, Real Food Recipe Roundup at JoLynneShane, Monday Funday Linky Party at The Bewitchin’ Kitchen, and Made by you Monday at Skip to my Lou.

20 Savory Popcorn Recipes

Family movie night? Family game night? Just a house full of kids for the summer? I’m raising my hand for all three! I’m always on the lookout for frugal snacks, and making our own popcorn is an easy one. For a little variety, we like trying new seasoning recipes. These 20 Savory Popcorn Recipes are a great way to try out different flavors and see what’s popular with your crowd. I stuck with savory recipes because there’s no shortage of sweets in our life, especially in the summer. Give some of these a try!

Savory Popcorn Recipes | frugal snacks made with #realfood | MoneywiseMoms

As you click through these popcorn recipes, you’ll notice that everyone makes their popcorn differently. Many mention the WhirlyPop (which I had never heard of before). I use a simple air popper that’s easy and frugal. Some just put kernels in a brown paper bag into the microwave or cook it right on the stovetop.

BBQ Popcorn from Mix It Up

Buffalo Popcorn from Wonky Wonderful

Cajun Corn from a la carte kitchen

Cilantro Lime Popcorn from Bake Your Day

Cilantro Lime Popcorn from Bake Your Day | Savory Popcorn Recipes | frugal snacks made with #realfood | MoneywiseMoms

Chili Cheese Popcorn from The Suburban Soapbox

Dill Pickle Popcorn from Sarcastic Cooking

Dorito-Flavored Popcorn (dairy free) at Whole New Mom

Garlic Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn from Two Peas & Their Pod

Garlic Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn from Two Peas and Their Pod | Savory Popcorn Recipes | frugal snacks made with #realfood | MoneywiseMoms

Honey Sea Salt Popcorn from A Side of Sweet

Lemon, Parmesan & Black Pepper Popcorn from Cookie & Kate

Lemon Thyme Popcorn from Recipe Runner

Old Bay Stovetop Popcorn from Blogging Over Thyme

Old Bay Stovetop Popcorn from Blogging Over Thyme | Savory Popcorn Recipes | frugal snacks made with #realfood | MoneywiseMoms

Pizza Popcorn from Chocolate with Grace

Ranch Popcorn from Budget Savvy Diva

Rosemary Popcorn from Basil and Bubbly

Salty Spicy Popcorn from Give Recipe

Sour Cream Onion Popcorn from Shutterbean | Savory Popcorn Recipes | frugal snacks made with #realfood | MoneywiseMoms

Sour Cream & Onion Popcorn from Shutterbean

Sriracha Popcorn from Authentic Suburban Gourmet

Sweet & Spicy Wasabi Popcorn from Kitchen Confidante

Taco Popcorn from Gimme Some Oven


20 Savory Popcorn Recipes is linked up to Handmade Tuesdays at Ladybug Blessings, The SITS Girls DIY Craft & Recipe Linkup and Tasty Tuesdays at Creative K Kids.

Moneywise Menu Plan 5-3 thru 5-16

This month and next looks so hectic, I’m doing myself a favor and switching to two-week menu plans to get me through. I did one big shopping trip to pick up all my proteins and pantry goods for the whole month, so each week I just need to stop at the store for produce and dairy. One of the ways I accomplish my goal of serving frugal family meals is by sticking with a meal plan. We eat meatless meals a couple of times each week, and I buy bulk protein (like an 8-pound pork loin) at its lowest price and split it up into meals over the course of the month.

Moneywise Menu Plan | frugal famly meals from MoneywiseMoms

Moneywise Menu Plan – 5/3 thru 5/16

Sunday: Leftovers (I was out of town so hubby raided the fridge)
Monday: Mini Broccoli Quiches and salad
Tuesday: One Pot Wonder Chicken Lo Mein from The Wholesome Dish
Wednesday: Oriental Chicken Salad from Chef in Training
Thursday: Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna from Pinch of Yum and salad
Friday: Turkey Spinach Burgers with wheat buns and corn
Saturday: The kids are at sleepovers, so we’re going out to eat to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary

Sunday: Grilled chicken on top of Creamy Asian Slaw from Mommy Moment
Monday: Spinach Feta Pasta Salad
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with black beans and brown rice (and all the toppings)
Wednesday: Crustless Bacon Asparagus Quiche and Rosemary Potatoes
Thursday: Spaghetti with meat sauce (ground turkey) and green beans
Friday: Chicken Caesar Salad and garlic bread
Saturday: Chicken Fajitas with leftover beans and rice


Menu Plan Resources


Moneywise Menu Plan 4-26

It’s the end of the month, which means the end of my grocery budget. I try to cook as much as I can from the pantry and freezer this time of the month to stick with my goal of feeding my family healthy and frugal meals. I’m keeping it simple this week because I’m waiting for my new niece to be born. If she’s on time, I’ll head out of town for some newborn cuddling and toddler wrangling over the weekend. I’m so excited! Here’s the plan for the week:

Moneywise Menu Plan 4-26 | frugal family meals | MoneywiseMoms

Moneywise Menu Plan – 4/26

Sunday: Grilled burgers, veggies and corn with our neighbors
Monday: Baked potatoes with broccoli & cheese
Tuesday: Mushroom chicken with rice and green beans
Wednesday: Avocado Basil Pasta from Dear Crissy (my son picked this out as a new-to-us recipe to try)
Thursday: Green Chile Chicken Casserole from the freezer
Friday: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches and salad
Saturday: Leftovers night (there should be plenty from the past two dinners)


Menu Plan Resources