What kind of recipes do you like?

Wendys two cookbooks, Love in the House Vol. 1 and 2, are available in our bookstore.

Wendy's two cookbooks, Love in the House Vol. 1 and 2, are available in our bookstore.

We have published two cookbooks in the past two years that are specially designed for frugal families. Here is a list of common meals and an explanation of how they are easily expandable (i.e. we can make a lot of it) and how they are inexpensive to make.

1. Marinated Pork Ribs. We typically find pork ribs on sale at our local supermarket. We buy up a bunch when they drop below $1 per pound. We marinate them and grill them. We all love pork ribs served with mashed potatoes.

2. Crock pot meals. Mom has a knack for mixing up basics such as a can of soup, rice/potatoes, and some meat. These are nice for if we are on the go for the day, because we can come home to a meal that has been cooking without supervision. Popular varieties are Tater Tot Hotdish, Chicken n’ Rice and Elk n’ Potato Layers.

3. Italian Pasta. With the help of a Sam’s Club size can of tomato sauce, we can easily feed our family and others. We spice and stretch the sauce with hamburger, then serve it over spaghetti, macaroni, or egg noodles. We often substitute hamburger with shredded zucchini that makes it stretch the penny.
4. Tacos. We buy large packages of tortillas and corn chips for these. Many hands in the kitchen are needed to help shred cheese and chop our lettuce, tomatoes, and olives. With beans, hamburger, and sour cream, everyone designs their own burrito. Another favorite is taco plate or salad, which combines all ingredients to be served over chips. We buy nacho chips at Sam’s Club also to save money.

5. Soups and Salads are a snap when simple things are on hand. Egg, tuna, and chicken salads can be made into sandwiches or sides by adding pasta or bread. Soups are common and fun because they can consist of any dried or canned veggie simmered for awhile.

6. Meat pies are old fashioned and don’t require many side dishes. After it has pressure cooked, any beef, elk, pork, or chicken can be chopped into a crust with gravy and vegetables.

7. Rolling Meals. A good tip to help stretch meals is to roll them into each other. Start with Spaghetti one day, and use the leftover sauce as a base for chili the next. Any chicken n’ rice can be spiced up into an asian meal the next evening with soy sauce.

8. Pizza. Another favorite is Pizza. Many crusts work well if they are rolled out and topped with leftover Spaghetti sauce and Mozzarella cheese. Add any topping you like from pepperoni and sausage to pineapple and onions.

9. Breakfast can be difficult on rushed mornings. We have come to avoid breakfast cereal due to the amount of sugar and air. Oatmeal is far more nutritious and it is warm and filling. Donuts and cake are not to be pushed away in our house. After all, they contain equal if not more nutrients than most cereals, and are easy to serve. On the weekends, we make what we call a “Big Breakfast” consisting of meat, eggs, toast, and potatoes.

10. Bread. I find myself looking for extra time to make a fresh biscuit or bun for a meal. Experimenting with different recipes will help, and chilling the dough ahead of time is also helpful.

  • Jackie

    Would you be willing to share the turkey barbeque recipe that you made for the birthday bash (as seen on the tv show)? Thanks?

    When Wendy gets to feeling better, she’ll post it on the FAQ section. -Chris

  • trena pearson

    i love all of your recipees. i have always love to know how large families grocery shop or make meals for all those people.

    do you keep running tallies of how much you have to buy, to feed your family. say for spaghetti, how much pasta, or meat do you have to buy.

    your an inspiration!!!

  • Rhonda

    I like watching your family on TLC. Makes me want more children, I have four now.
    Anyway, here’s a great way to let your kids make an excellent breakfast or any meal for that matter.
    Make an Omelet in a zip lock bag.

    1.Drop beaten egg into zip lock bag, add a bit of water to the egg before you beat it.
    2. Add to the egg mixture in the bag, the toppings your children like, cheese, ham, green pepper, tomatoes, shredded potatoes, whatever you fancy in your omelet.
    3.Have a pot of boiling water boiling. Drop the bags into the pot and cook for 13 minutes.
    4. Slide out omelet onto plate.
    No mess, Children can make their own with parental supervision.

  • Kelly

    do you have any vegetarian recipes?

  • Joannie

    I’m loving all of your ideas. Thanks so much! I just wanted to pass on one of our family’s favorite quick and easy breakfasts when we’re pressed for time (can even be eaten in the car on the way to church.)

    Fruit & Yogurt parfaits – everyone gets an 8oz or so cup. Plop in a few spoonfuls of yogurt. Add some chopped fruit (strawberries, bananas, grapes etc) add a couple more spoonfuls of yogurt. Can also mix in granola or dry cereal (bran flakes actually taste pretty good in there) and voila. Not too bad healthwise, and the kids (at least mine) love it! :)

  • Frederica


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  • wendy jeub

    Marinated Pork Ribs-
    1/2 C lemon juice, 1/4 C soy sauce, 1/4 C mustard, 1/4 tsp Cheyenne, 1/4 C brown sugar, 1 C oil, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1/4 tsp Lawry’s season salt, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1 C Pineapple juice, 5 LBS ribs.

    Mix all well and marinate. Grill

  • wendy jeub

    Pumpkin Spice Latte-

    You will need, Strong coffee,
    Evaporated milk or 1/2 and 1/2 cream,
    brown sugar, plain cocoa, pumpkin pie mix filling,
    pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, whipped topping,
    16 oz mug.

    Make your coffee strong and add a scoop or 2 of cocoa to the grounds before you brew. ..

    Now put 2 TBSPs of pumpkin pie mix in bottom of empty cup, put 1 tsp of brown sugar, dash of pumpkin pie spice, add some coffee, rest cream, top with whipped topping and dash of cinnamon. (you may want to stir well before adding the topping)

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