Double Chocolate Sunbutter Cookies — Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Allergy Friendly!

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Welcome back to Sunday Scratchups, your source for weekly recipes from scratch around grocery store matchups, sales, and coupons. This week I picked up some clearance Sunbutter, and to go along with any sales you find too we have $1.00/1 and $3.00/2 Hopster coupons to combine with a $.75 back offer on BerryCart. ALDI has their baking supplies on sale for the holiday season, including cocoa powder and sugar, and we just saw a price drop on dairy free Enjoy Life chocolate chips on Amazon.

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Jars of clearance Sunbutter clearly cry out to be made into cookies, but I was in the mood for something a little more, shall we say, chocolate-y than the basic three ingredient allergy friendly* Sunbutter cookies recipe. So I added a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and voila! Double Chocolate Sunbutter Cookies were born. Still super easy, though, for the holidays or any time of the year.

* Note — This recipe does contain egg, but you can easily replace with a flax egg or other egg substitute if you have an egg allergy in your family.

Double Chocolate Sunbutter Cookies

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Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup creamy Sunbutter
1 egg (or egg substitute)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips

Directions

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Mix sugar, cocoa powder, Sunbutter, egg, and vanilla until well blended into a stiff dough, then stir in chocolate chips. Roll into balls, then roll in granulated sugar and place on greased cookie sheet or silicone baking mat.

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Press each cookie down and flatten slightly with the back of a fork, then bake for 14 minutes at 350 degrees, flipping tray around at 10 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet for one minute, then remove to cooling rack to cool the rest of the way. Store in airtight container at room temperature. Makes 18 cookies.

Can’t get much easier than that!

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OK, we went from three ingredients to six by making these chocolate — but still stayed gluten free and dairy free with no special flours, butter substitutes, or Xanthan gum involved. Good deal! And, good flavor; this turned out to be just the right balance of chocolate to Sunbutter. Dairy Free Wheat Free Junior High Guy gave these two thumbs up, and I recommend them warm out of the oven with coffee for an afternoon treat.

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Double Chocolate Sunbutter Cookies -- Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Allergy Friendly!
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 18 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup creamy Sunbutter
  • 1 egg (or egg substitute)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup dairy free chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Mix sugar, cocoa powder, Sunbutter, egg, and vanilla until well blended into a stiff dough, then stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Roll into balls, then roll in granulated sugar and place on greased cookie sheet or silicone baking mat.
  3. Press each cookie down and flatten slightly with the back of a fork, then bake for 14 minutes at 350 degrees, flipping tray around at 10 minutes.
  4. Let cool on cookie sheet for one minute, then remove to cooling rack to cool the rest of the way.
  5. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Frugal Homemade — Easy Make Ahead Cinnamon Rolls

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MUM Cinnamon Rolls Finished (2)

This has become our special occasion breakfast. It’s a favorite for birthday breakfasts, over Thanksgiving weekend on Tree Cutting Day, and on Christmas morning when no one really has time to make an elaborate breakfast. These cinnamon rolls can be made should be made the day before. Three cheers for an easier morning!

Amazingly Easy Cinnamon Rolls

If you have a bread machine, drag it out. If not, these can be made the regular way, too. I will be the first to admit that I failed at bread for years. My mother makes lovely, wonderful breads. My daughter makes beautiful, crusty French loaves. I make flat… discs. Well, I used to, anyway. Now I make all of my bread dough in the bread machine and haven’t had a problem since!

First, you will need the following ingredients for the dough:
1 cup of milk, warmed to between 105-120 degrees
2 eggs, whisked
1/3 cup butter, melted
4 ½ cups of flour
1 teaspoon of salt
½ cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 ½ teaspoons (or one 1/4oz packet) of rapid rise yeast

MUM Cinnamon Roll Dough Ingredients Photo

For the filling you will need:
1 cup of brown sugar
2 ½ tablespoons of ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons of butter, melted

For the frosting you will need:
3 ounces of cream cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
1 ½ cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
A pinch of salt

Let’s get started!

  1. Warm the milk to between 110-120 degrees.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon (from the ½ cup) of sugar to the milk.
  3. Add the yeast
    1. Stir these three ingredients together & let sit for a minute or two. The warm milk and sugar will help activate the yeast. When you see little foamy bubbles form on top of the milk, it’s ready to go.
  4. If you are using a bread machine, add the flour, remaining sugar, cinnamon, salt, melted butter, eggs and milk/yeast/sugar mixture. Give it a stir in the bread pan, select the “dough” setting and walk away.
    1. If you are making your dough by hand, follow steps 1 through 3. In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, cinnamon & salt, mixing it up a bit. Add the eggs & melted butter to the milk/sugar/yeast mixture. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients & knead until the dough forms a nice ball. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
  5. Once the dough is done, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it is approximately 14” x 20”.
  6. MUM Cinnamon Rolls Rolled Dough (2)Brush the 3 tablespoons of melted butter over the top of the rolled out dough.
  7. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle it over the butter.
  8. MUM Cinnamon Rolls Rolled w Cinnamon MixRoll the dough (from the 20” edge) into a log and cut 12 rolls.
  9. Lightly grease a 9” x 13” pan with cooking spray and place rolls cut sides down in pan. Space evenly, allowing room between each roll so they can rise again
  10. MUM Cinnamon Rolls Ready to RiseCover well with plastic wrap & let rise overnight in the refrigerator.
  11. For the frosting, combine the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, powdered sugar & salt. Mix with a mixer until all ingredients are combined.
  12. Baking: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove plastic wrap and bake 15-20 minutes or so until rolls are golden brown & reach 160 degrees on the inside.
  13. Spread frosting mixture over warm rolls & serve.

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Frugal Homemade- Cinnamon Rolls
 
Amazingly Easy, Make Ahead, Best You've Ever Had Cinnamon Rolls
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • First, you will need the following ingredients for the dough:
  • 1 cup of milk, warmed to between 105-120 degrees
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 4 ½ cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 ½ teaspoons (or one ¼ ounce packet) of rapid rise yeast
  • For the filling you will need:
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • For the frosting you will need:
  • 3 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Let’s get started!
  2. Warm the milk to between 110-120 degrees.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon (from the ½ cup) of sugar to the milk.
  4. Add the yeast
  5. Stir these three ingredients together & let sit for a minute or two. The warm milk and sugar will help activate the yeast. When you see little foamy bubbles form on top of the milk, it’s ready to go.
  6. If you are using a bread machine, add the flour, remaining sugar, cinnamon, salt, melted butter, eggs and milk/yeast/sugar mixture. Give it a stir in the bread pan, select the “dough” setting and walk away.
  7. If you are making your dough by hand, follow steps 1 through 3. In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, cinnamon & salt, mixing it up a bit. Add the eggs & melted butter to the milk/sugar/yeast mixture. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients & knead until the dough forms a nice ball. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
  8. Once the dough is done, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it is approximately 14” x 20”.
  9. Brush the 3 tablespoons of melted butter over the top of the rolled out dough.
  10. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle it over the butter.
  11. Roll the dough (from the 20” edge) into a log and cut 12 rolls.
  12. Lightly grease a 9” x 13” pan with cooking spray and place rolls cut sides down in pan. Space evenly, allowing room between each roll so they can rise again.
  13. Cover well with plastic wrap & let rise over night in the refrigerator.
  14. For the frosting, combine the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, powdered sugar & salt. Mix with a mixer until all ingredients are combined.
  15. Baking:
  16. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove plastic wrap and bake 15-20 minutes or so until rolls are golden brown & reach 160 degrees on the inside.
  17. Spread frosting mixture over warm rolls & serve.

Easy Craisin Pretzel Bark — Gluten Free, Dairy Free!

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Welcome back to Sunday Scratchups, your weekly recipe from scratch around grocery store matchups. This week, we have a lovely $1.00 Craisins insert coupon — and they were on sale last week at CVS for $1.50, this week at Dollar General for $1.50, and pretty much cheap all around. Fisher Naturals pecans were $2.99 at Ultra Foods earlier in the week after $1.00 insert coupon, and ALDI now carries gluten free pretzels at $2.49 every day. So I was looking at the Craisins and at the pecans and at the pretzels I bought this past week, and thinking there had to be SOME kind of delicious allergy friendly holiday treat there…

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… and let me warn you straight up now, Craisin Pretzel Bark is incredibly addictive, hitting just the right balance of sweet & salty, crunchy & chewy. Your most expensive ingredient here will be the dairy free chocolate chips. I used Enjoy Life that I’d picked up on sale, with coupons at Whole Foods a long time ago, and you can as of this writing pick up a six pack of the semi sweet Mega Chunks for $25.44 on Amazon, or mini chocolate chips for $25.14. If you’re not sensitive to cross-contamination, Trader Joe’s also sells chocolate chips for around $1.99 that don’t contain dairy ingredients, but are processed on shared equipment.

Easy Craisin Pretzel Bark — Gluten Free, Dairy Free

ingredients

Ingredients

1/3 cup gluten free, dairy free pretzel pieces
1/3 cup Craisins
1/3 cup pecan pieces
4-5 oz dairy free chocolate chips
Kosher salt

Directions

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Line an 8″ round pan with parchment paper and spread pretzel pieces and Craisins across the bottom.

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Melt chocolate chips in microwave — I used the rest of an open bag of Enjoy Life semi sweet mega chunks here, about 4-5 oz. Pour melted chocolate evenly across pretzels and Craisins, then sprinkle pecan pieces across the top. (I used chopped pecans, but broke them up even smaller.) Sprinkle with a little Kosher salt.

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Let harden in fridge about 40 minutes, then break into chunks. If any is left over (ha! I kid!), store in tightly covered container at room temperature.

Soooo good

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Dangerously good. I mean, you have the sweet. You have the salty. You have the crunchy. You have the chewy. And, you have: The chocolate. Craisin Pretzel Bark hits every note, and ours was gone within a day. Luckily I’m now out of pretzels so can’t make any more… yet ALDI beckons…

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Craisin Pretzel Bark would be an easy addition to a holiday party buffet, or you could tie some little baggies of bark with ribbon for gift giving. Super easy to make, too, so get the kids in on it!

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Easy Craisin Pretzel Bark -- Gluten Free, Dairy Free!
 
Author:
Recipe type: dessert
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup gluten free, dairy free pretzel pieces
  • ⅓ cup Craisins
  • ⅓ cup pecan pieces
  • 4-5 oz dairy free chocolate chips
  • Kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Line an 8" round pan with parchment paper and spread pretzel pieces and Craisins across the bottom.
  2. Melt chocolate chips in microwave -- I used the rest of an open bag of Enjoy Life semi sweet mega chunks here, about 4-5 oz.
  3. Pour melted chocolate evenly across pretzels and Craisins, then sprinkle pecan pieces across the top. (I used chopped pecans, but broke them up even smaller.)
  4. Sprinkle with a little Kosher salt.
  5. Let harden in fridge about 40 minutes, then break into chunks.
  6. If any is left over (ha! I kid!), store in tightly covered container at room temperature.

Reader Deals 12/5/14

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Here are some of the deals (and heads up!) YOU found recently — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

  • Email Rachel: [email protected]
  • Comment on any post where it seems to fit.
  • Post on the Facebook Wall.

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

*** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.

Color Changing Bulb With Remote, $3.99 shipped

  • Jamie comments on the deal, “It’s not shipping until dec 19- jan something. But I have one of these and get a ton of compliments from my neighbors. I paid three times as much so I ordered them one at this price.

Coupons

Fit Bit

  • Martha comments about a Fit Bit comment from yesterday, “Thanks for the heads up on the RR Points from the Fit Bits Tami.  I hadn’t checked and sure enough I only got the 30k.  Did they give you much trouble to get the additional points?”

Jewel

  • Peaches comments on Jewel’s New Big Book of Savings, “I love the Tabatchnik soup, and I stock up when it goes on sale.  It is usually either in the kosher section or in the frozen natural foods section.  The chicken noodle is especially good, but the split pea soup I love too.  Don’t forget that the midnight madness sale starts at 3:00 pm at all Jewels, and goes until midnight.  They have sugar for $1.48 a bag, and I am going to pick up a bag of it, and they have 10 pounds of potatoes on sale for $.97.  I don’t need potatoes though.  The Jewel at Chicago Avenue had broccoli crowns on sale for $.29 a pound right before Thanksgiving, and I was able to pick up four decent ones.Kay comments, “I was at Jewel today at about 2 pm and the potatoes were already on sale. Russet and red. Right inside the door. Not sure if that was the ‘madness’ price or just a sale price.”

Reader Requests

  • Benita has a question about the MPerks from yesterday, “Under what category is the women’s panty under in mperks? Thanks”
  • Debbie has the same question, “I looked under Women’s Apparel and couldn’t find it.  I’d like to know where Outlander found it also.  Thanks!”
  • Meg answers, “I had the free panty offer in two of my accounts. One was under Women’s Apparel and the other was not. I found it in the coupons-first page. HTH.”
  • Debbie comments again, “I’m still not finding it, probably gone.  I found 3 other items under Women’s Apparel, though.”
  • Smartshopper also comments, “Re: Meijer Mperks: Looked in both the Women’s Apparel and scrolled through all the coupons and I did not get the free women’s panty.”
  • Tina has a question about laser pegs, “Does anyone have any feedback on these? On some, the reviews are awful – like, they say the pieces don’t stay together at all. And then other reviews rave about them! We don’t have any, so I’m totally unsure!”
  • Tammy responds to Tina, “Hi Tina! We picked some up over the summer and they are great. They work with legos we already have and they light up, flash or stay on, or when we play music, they flash to the music, or television or even talking! You choose the setting on the “power base”.  Both my daughters like them as much as my son does! I have read the reviews on amazon also, (that’s where we bought ours). It looks like they had a few kits a year or two ago that were in simple white boxes with a logo and colorful image or simple black boxes with a logo and colorful image – those are the ones where the lego type pieces don’t fit together well. The new black boxes, like the one Rachel put up there, are the ones to buy. Some amazon sellers will be selling the “old laser pegs” and customers leave reviews for the new ones, since they don’t know the difference or the amazon seller just mislead them. If you buy them from the laser pegs store, you won’t have anything to worry about.” :) Merry Christmas! Tammy

Rebates

  • Shandelle comments on the Veev rebate, “I don’t think you get the $9 rebate twice in Ibotta. I got $9 the first time and redeemed it. Now it’s only for $3 and says if you redeem the VitaFrute “rebate” twice it’s a $3 bonus. I want to say it was like this previously when it was a $6 rebate. After the first redemption, the rebate reduced in value but you still got a bonus for buying it twice in 2 shopping trips.
  • Shandelle continues, “Also to note on Shrink: The Veev loyalty bonus points are separate from the ones for just produce and other things. I redeemed 2 receipts for VitaFrute from a couple weeks ago and wondered why I hadn’t received my 3000 loyalty points. When I emailed to ask, they said different brands have their own loyalty systems. Maybe that was explained on here before, but I was thinking 3000 pts would be $3.50 in cash but it’s not. They have different tiers within the Veev loyalty program also. Each bottle is 1500 loyalty pts separate (3200 pts if 2 bought together). But at 15,000 points they do offer $15 cash back. The rest are for VitaFrute and Veev coupons and freebies.”

Recipes

  • Christie has an idea about using the Veev Vodka, “I have toyed with making my own vanilla extract .  You use vodka to make it.  It takes a few weeks to ferment, so I don’t think it will be done by Christmas, but sounds like a great idea!”

Restaurant & Retail Holiday Bonus Gift Card Offers

  • Jen sent another gift card deal, “RockBottom Brewery has 5$ gift card with every 25 you spend.”

Gluten Free Dairy Free Blueberry Pancake Bites

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Welcome back to Sunday Scratchups, your weekly recipe from scratch around grocery store matchups! A couple of weeks ago I scratched up a recipe for Gluten Free Dairy Free Pineapple Bacon Pancake Bites. Well, Mr. 7-who-hates-pineapple was not pleased (as Junior High Guy rubbed it in while enjoying the entire batch noisily and with great gusto over the next few days), so he insisted I make some blueberry ones for him. Voila — Gluten Free Dairy Free Blueberry Pancake Bites were born.

(If you’d rather just have some gluten free dairy free pancakes, see the Brown Rice Flour Pancakes recipe these are based on.)

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This recipe also takes advantage of the cheap Dole frozen blueberries we can pick up this week, although mine were actually on clearance at Jewel a while back. Can’t find those? Check ALDI for affordable frozen fruit. For the brown rice flour, use the perpetual $1.00/1 Bob’s Red Mill coupon at Target or pick up Arrowhead Mills at Whole Foods with the coupon in this month’s Whole Deal. Brown rice is one of the cheaper gluten free flours in general, and this single flour recipe also requires no Xanthan gum or other additives.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Blueberry Pancake Bites

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Ingredients

1 cup brown rice flour
2 tsp gluten free baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp maple syrup (these were pretty sweet, although the boys didn’t object! I might cut back to 1 Tbsp next time or omit entirely)
1 cup vanilla soy milk
1 egg
1 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
6 oz frozen blueberries (or what’s left after your own Mr. 7 equivalent eats some while you’re adding them to the batter…)
Cooking spray (to grease muffin tin)
Brown sugar (for topping — I might change that up next time too)

Directions

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In large bowl, stir together rice flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add egg, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and vanilla soy milk and mix until well blended.

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Stir in blueberries, preferably while wearing PJs and a winter hat…

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Pour batter into greased mini muffin tin. Top each with brown sugar and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until butter knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (These won’t get very brown, so don’t rely on that for a measure of done-ness.)

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Let cool in pan for a couple of minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool the rest of the way. Enjoy warm.

A hit with both boys

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We enjoyed our Blueberry Pancake Bites with eggs and sausage as part of a comforting winter breakfast-for-dinner, but they’d also be fantastic for a quick make-ahead breakfast for busy school mornings. Next time I think I’ll make a double batch to freeze, and I’m also thinking about different mix-in ideas — maybe cut up some cinnamon baked apple, for instance.

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These are tastier, fresher, and so much more affordable than some of the frozen gluten free/dairy free pancake alternatives, too! Definitely a keeper.

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Blueberry Pancake Bites
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: breakfast
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (or less, depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 6 oz frozen blueberries
  • Cooking spray (to grease muffin tin)
  • Brown sugar (for topping)
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, stir together rice flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. Add egg, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and vanilla soy milk and mix until well blended.
  3. Stir in blueberries.
  4. Pour batter into greased mini muffin tin.
  5. Top each with brown sugar and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until butter knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (These won't get very brown, so don't rely on that for a measure of done-ness.)
  6. Let cool in pan for a couple of minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool the rest of the way.
  7. Enjoy warm.

Simplest Rice Pilaf

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Welcome to Frugal Homemade! This week, I am going to share one of my favorite goes-with-anything side dishes. Everyone here loves it and it is beautifully uncomplicated.

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See? Totally simple. Not pictured: water. All you need is an onion, some basmati rice, butter (or oil, if you don’t do dairy), salt, pepper, and water. Useful equipment: deep saute pan with a tight fitting lid, medium fine-mesh strainer, and a thin cotton kitchen towel.

If you don’t regularly buy basmati rice, that will be your only real cost. The good stuff is imported from India and a decent sale price will be about $12 for a 10 lb bag. If you are skeptical, I understand, but trust me that it is totally worth it. It is the rice that makes this dish and so many others. This is essentially plain rice, but the aroma and delicacy of this stuff makes it delicious.

pilaf prep

Even the prep is ridiculously easy. Rinse a cup of rice a few times. Basically, you can stop when the water doesn’t immediately become opaque white. I usually do it about 30 minutes before I am going to cook and leave it in the strainer to dry. I do this partially because it toasts faster that way and also because I don’t want to worry about residual water in there messing up my rice to water ratio.

Finely dice a small onion.

Heat 1 2/3 cups of water to boiling. I just use the microwave, for about two minutes. To the hot water, add a teaspoon of salt and ¼ to ½ teaspoon ground black pepper.

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  • Melt two tablespoons unsalted butter over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and saute until soft (but not browned!).
  • Add the rice and saute a few minutes, until it all looks a little toasted.
  • Add the salt and pepper hot water and bring it to a boil.
  • Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed.

Now this is a trick I learned from America’s Test kitchen: Cover the pan with a folded kitchen towel, replace the lid, and let it sit for ten minutes. The towel absorbs any excess water keeps the rice from being too wet and clumping at the bottom.

Fluff with a fork. That is really it.

We serve this with a lot of things, but the meal that immediately comes to mind is salmon and creamed spinach. It is the perfect non-rich starch to go with the spinach and it is simple enough not to compete with the salmon. But seriously, it is rice, onion, salt, pepper, and a bit of fat, so it will be hard to find something it doesn’t go with. And it smells SO good!

What are YOUR go-to simple side dishes?


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Be sure to check back each week for something new! I will be bringing you how-tos, advice, and articles on everything pertaining to easy frugal living: From DIY, to recipes, to practical tips and tricks. To help balance out the couponing and deal chasing we do a lot of here, I’ll talk about easy ways to incorporate frugality into everyday life and to do more from scratch.

Simplest Rice Pilaf
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (or your choice of oil)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice 3 or 4 times, then allow it to drain and dry out a bit.
  2. Heat 1⅔ cups water to boiling, then add salt and pepper.
  3. Melt butter in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  4. Add the onion and saute until soft.
  5. Add the rice and saute a few minutes, until toasted.
  6. Add the salt and pepper hot water and bring to a boil.
  7. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed.
  8. Off the hear, cover the pan with a folded kitchen towel and replace the lid. Let sit for 10 minuted.
  9. Fluff with a fork

 

Del Monte Gold for Gold Treasure Hunt — And Pineapple Bacon Pancake Bites!

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This post is sponsored by Del Monte. I received compensation for this post; however, all opinions here are my own.

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Have you seen these tags on Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet pineapple? How fun is this “Gold for Gold” treasure hunt promo, where you can enter through Nov. 16 for your own chance to win a pound of 24 karat Gold! (Two runners-up will also win an ounce of 24K gold.)

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I picked up my own pineapple at Jewel earlier this week (it was both fresh and juicy; look at those nice rings above), and you can find both whole and fresh cut Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet pineapple in the produce section of many local grocery stores. Check your own store for Del Monte displays — and possible fresh pineapple samples!

Fresh pineapple is a great way to enhance many holiday recipes, so Del Monte challenged me to come up with my own recipe using Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet Pineapple. Since holiday baking can be a challenge around food allergies, I thought it would be fun to get creative with fresh pineapple in a recipe that works well for either Thanksgiving morning or a holiday brunch — And these sweet & savory Pineapple Bacon Pancake Bites are both gluten and dairy free.

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Let me know if you try these, and be sure to enter the Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet Pineapple Gold for Gold Treasure Hunt for your chance to win… real gold! :) For more information about the Gold for Gold treasure hunt promotion, you can visit Del Monte’s site or follow them on Facebook or twitter.

Gluten Free Pineapple Bacon Pancake Bites

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Ingredients

Topping

4 slices fresh Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet pineapple
Brown sugar
Gluten free bacon bits

Batter

1 cup brown rice flour
2 tsp gluten free baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp maple syrup
1 cup vanilla soy milk
1 egg
1 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 slice fresh Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet pineapple, diced
2 Tbsp gluten free bacon bits
Cooking spray (to grease muffin tin)

Directions

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First, make your topping: Generously sprinkle both sides of four fresh pineapple slices with brown sugar, then cook in a grill pan over medium heat for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. These are a treat in and of themselves, so you might want to make a couple extra just for eating! Let cool, then dice.

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Meanwhile, mix your batter: In large bowl, stir together rice flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add egg, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and vanilla soy milk and mix until well blended. Stir in one slice of fresh pineapple, diced, and 2 Tbsp bacon bits.

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Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray, then fill your tins 3/4 of the way with pancake batter. Top each pancake bite with diced grilled pineapple and additional bacon bits.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until butter knife inserted in the center comes clean. Let cool in pan for a couple of minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool the rest of the way.

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Enjoy warm, drizzled with maple syrup. Makes 24 pancake bites.

Junior High Guy would eat these every day

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I kid you not — he pronounced them the most delicious thing ever and inhaled about six in a row last night, then more for breakfast this morning. You get the sweetness of the pineapple contrasting with the savory salty bacon, both flavors enhanced and brought together by the maple syrup in the mix and on the bites. Plus, the grilled pineapple and bacon bits topping these pancake bites make for a pretty presentation for your holiday brunch!

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Del Monte Gold for Gold Treasure Hunt -- And Pineapple Bacon Pancake Bites!
 
Author:
Recipe type: breakfast
Ingredients
  • Topping
  • 4 slices fresh Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet pineapple
  • Brown sugar
  • Gluten free bacon bits
  • Batter
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 slice fresh Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet pineapple, diced
  • 2 Tbsp gluten free bacon bits
  • Cooking spray (to grease muffin tin)
Instructions
  1. First, make your topping: Generously sprinkle both sides of four fresh pineapple slices with brown sugar, then cook in a grill pan over medium heat for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  2. Let cool, then dice.
  3. Meanwhile, mix your batter: In large bowl, stir together rice flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Add egg, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and vanilla soy milk and mix until well blended.
  5. Stir in one slice of fresh pineapple, diced, and 2 Tbsp bacon bits.
  6. Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray, then fill your tins ¾ of the way with pancake batter.
  7. Top each pancake bite with diced grilled pineapple and additional bacon bits.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until butter knife inserted in the center comes clean.
  9. Let cool in pan for a couple of minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool the rest of the way.
  10. Enjoy warm, drizzled with maple syrup. Makes 24 pancake bites.

Not Toll House Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Welcome back to Sunday Scratchups, your weekly recipe from scratch around grocery store matchups! This week we’re actually testing out an everyday priced product: The 5 lb Namaste gluten free flour blend I picked up at the end of August at Costco, stuck in the cupboard, and forgot about until this weekend.

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Namaste Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend ran me $8.99 for 5 lbs at Costco, but is rather expensive everywhere else: 3 lbs are $11.69 on the Namaste site, or get a six pack of 3 lb bags on Amazon for $44.59 shipped with subscribe & save (or cheaper on the 15% off tier), which is the equivalent of $12 for the 5 lb bag. Costco is a good bet if you want to try this out for yourself; if you don’t have a Costco or yours doesn’t carry it, Amazon is the next best price I’ve found.

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Namaste Perfect Flour Blend has Xanthan gum included and is supposed to measure cup for cup like regular wheat flour in recipes. It’s also top eight allergen free.

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No, Namaste isn’t sponsoring this post :) — Just info for those of you shopping and baking around food allergies!

junior-high-guy-eats-cookiesIgnore my messy Halloween paper-sorting counter, please!

So anyway… Junior High Guy decided this year that he’s too old to dress up and go trick-or-treating on Halloween. (Sniff… it’s the end of an era.) This is probably true, lol, but I think his decision was also influenced by the fact that a wheat-and-dairy allergy prevents him from enjoying most of the best candy. Instead, he and I cooked up a batch of gluten free dairy free chocolate chip cookies, all warm and snug in our cozy kitchen while MashupDad and Mr. 7 braved the crazy weather outside.

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Nestle Toll House cookies are the first thing I ever learned to make, and I baked endless batches of them as a teen. Toll House cookies were also the source of my first major kitchen mishap: My Mom one day decided to move her baking supplies into unmarked plastic storage containers, and I mistook the powdered sugar for flour. When I couldn’t understand why the first sheet of cookies came out super spread out and sweet, I decided to add more “flour” to thicken them up. And I kept adding… and adding… and… well… you can guess how that sad tale ended!

Given our long and only slightly sordid history, Nestle Toll House cookies seemed like a good choice for a first gluten free dairy free baking experiment with this new flour. So, here goes with our modified for food allergies recipe. For our first experiment here, I just made one-to-one substitutions and substituted Namaste Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend for regular wheat flour, substituted Earth Balance for butter, and substituted dairy free chocolate chips for Toll House (technically, the bag is also 2 oz smaller).

Not Toll House Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

ingredients

2 1/4 cups Namaste gluten free perfect flour blend
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup Earth Balance buttery spread, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
10 oz package Enjoy Life dairy free semi sweet mini chocolate chips

Directions

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In large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. In separate large bowl, mix all other ingredients except chocolate chips. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients, mixing well, until well blended. Mix in chocolate chips. If you’re used to cooking with wheat flour, note that your dough will be, for lack of a better word, goopier than you might be used to.

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Drop spoonfuls of batter onto greased cookie sheet* and cook 9-11 minutes at 375 degrees or until bottoms are browned, rotating cookie sheets halfway through.

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*Why greased? The original Toll House recipe called for ungreased cookie sheets, which I faithfully followed in our experiment here. Oddly, one cookie sheet came out fine and the cookies slid off nicely, but I’m still chiseling perma-fused cookie remnants off the other. Next time I’m spraying these with cooking spray!

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Let cookies cool on the sheet for a couple of minutes, then remove to rack to cool the rest of the way.

Survey says?

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Not bad! As is usual with gluten free flours, the texture was slightly grainier than the original — but the cookies stayed nice and soft rather than flat and dense, and didn’t crumble everywhere like some of the alternatives we have tried.

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The Earth Balance flavor, however, was a little much, and I think I’d mess with that next time — will probably try using gluten free shortening instead. Junior High Guy thought these were the bee’s knees and inhaled three in a row in lieu of Halloween candy, which seems only fair. We’ll definitely be trying out other recipes with this flour, and the cup-for-cup thing is great for baby stepping into the complicated world of gluten free baking.

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Not Toll House Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
Author:
Recipe type: dessert
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups Namaste gluten free perfect flour blend
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Earth Balance buttery spread, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 10 oz package Enjoy Life dairy free semi sweet mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In separate large bowl, mix all other ingredients except chocolate chips.
  3. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients, mixing well, until well blended.
  4. Mix in chocolate chips.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of batter onto greased cookie sheet and cook 9-11 minutes at 375 degrees or until bottoms are browned, rotating cookie sheets halfway through.
  6. Let cookies cool on the sheet for a couple of minutes, then remove to rack to cool the rest of the way.

Twelve Easy Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes

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Since talk has turned to Crock Pot recipes in comments, I thought it would be fun to round up some favorite easy slow cooker dinner recipes — with no cream soups! There’s nothing better than having a fully cooked meal all ready to go at dinnertime. :)

Twelve Easy Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes for Cold Fall Days

Some favorite simple Crock Pot dinner recipes — plus a couple of bonus slow cooker soup recipes!

Share Your Favorites

What are some of your own favorite Slow Cooker dinner recipes?

Sweet & Spicy Oven Roasted Chickpeas

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Welcome back to Sunday Scratchups, your weekly recipe from scratch around grocery store matchups! This week I picked up a 7 oz bag of garam masala for $1.79 at Pete’s Fresh Market. When you’re shopping for ethnic spices, you’ll often find a much better deal when you look outside the regular aisle with McCormick, etc., and I found mine alongside their other Indian foods. I paired my new spices with a can of Ziyad chickpeas that ran me about $.59 at Pete’s at one point, but you can also pick up chickpeas cheap at Jewel (Essential Everyday are on price cut for $.79 as of the date on this post, and you can print $1.00/3 here), or Goya garbanzos run under $1.00 every day at Ultra Foods and you can use the $1.00/6 coupon here. Anywhere you choose to buy yours, this will be an affordable and easy gluten free dairy free snack.

Sweet & Spicy Oven Roasted Chickpeas

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Ingredients

One can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp brown sugar

Directions

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Drain and rinse chickpeas, then pat as dry as possible between paper towels. A number of the skins will slide off, so just discard those. In separate bowl, mix olive oil, spices, and brown sugar. Add chickpeas and toss until well coated.

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Spread spiced chickpeas in single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes, then turn off heat and leave in oven another 10-15 minutes so that they get crispier. Be sure to check them at 25 minutes so that they don’t get a little overdone like mine did, lol! (Although they were still darn tasty…)

Mix it up

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These addictive little crunchy nuggets came out nicely sweet & spicy, with an underlying nuttiness from the roasted chickpeas. If you’re not a garam masala fan, though, spice them up any way you’d like — try chili powder and garlic salt, or if you’re not dairy free perhaps try Parmesan and garlic powder… whatever works for your family’s tastes. When my family tasted these, the kids and I devoured the whole batch within 15 minutes. I think I’ll double the recipe next time!

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Sweet & Spicy Oven Roasted Chickpeas
 
Author:
Recipe type: snack
Ingredients
  • One can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas, then pat as dry as possible between paper towels. A number of the skins will slide off, so just discard those.
  2. In separate bowl, mix olive oil, spices, and brown sugar.
  3. Add chickpeas and toss until well coated.
  4. Spread spiced chickpeas in single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a
  5. silicone baking mat.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes, then turn off heat and leave in oven another 10-15 minutes so that they get crispier.
  7. Be sure to check them at 25 minutes so that they don't get a little overdone like mine did, lol! (Although they were still darn tasty...)