Peanut Butter without the Peanuts

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Two things happened this past week that nearly knocked me over, gave me great relief, and renewed my excitement for this little blog of mine.

What were those things you ask?

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G is for Goat Cheese!!

I thought long and hard about this one…

Choosing something with the word “goat” in it tends to scare people off. I’m not sure why “cow” cheese sounds any better to anyone, but there are numerous people we’ve encountered who are reluctant to try goat cheese simply because it sounds “weird” or “gross”. They have no idea what they’re missing.

Choosing another cheese right after doing ‘Feta’ seemed a bit repetitive… or NOT… because they are COMPLETELY different tastes and textures. As different as a potato chips and pudding… at least in my opinion. The feta is salty and crumbly, while the goat cheese is soft and creamy with a hint of sweetness somewhere in there.

Choosing something a bit on the expensive side seemed the final barrier to choosing this ingredients. Garlic… Ginger… Garbanzo Beans… Greek Yogurt… all these options seemed they might be less expensive to add to any given recipe…

In the end, the goat cheese won out. It may not be the most budget-friendly ingredient, but we seem to find a place for it in our budget each month so I decided to go for it. We love it too much to pass up the letter “G” with anything else!

My first recipe…

Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs with Bacon

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And YES…

They were as good as they look… oh my goodness, I think I could eat this everyday…

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F is for Feta-Stuffed Chicken with Sun-dried Tomatoes

Yet another recipe of mine made with ingredients I had on hand…

My husband said this is one of his favorite things I’ve made thus far!….

AND this is him eating it RE-heated, 3 hours after it was originally made! I assured him it was even better served hot right out of the oven and with the salad alongside… needless to say… this recipe will DEFINITELY be making an appearance again in the near future at our house!

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Here is your RECIPE Feta-Stuffed Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe and your SHOPPING LIST Feta-Stuffed Chicken with Sun-dried Tomatoes Shopping List!

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F is for Feta & Tomato Frittata

Many of the recipes I make myself come from the need to make a quick lunch. My challenge? To include whatever ingredient I’m currently doing for Apples to Ziti.

A frittata is super simple to make as long as you have an oven-safe skillet.

Here is the RECIPE Feta & Tomato Frittata Recipe and SHOPPING LIST Feta & Tomato Frittata Shopping List!

You’re going to love how simple and cheap this is to make!

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F is for Feta Guacamole

One of my favorite things to make is Guacamole.

Avocados are delicious in any form in my opinion… but they are especially delicious in guacamole. I have a sort of “standard” way I like to make guacamole and I thought… hey, why not add a little feta right into the guacamole?? I couldn’t imagine it being bad and it turned out wonderful! Just a fun way to mix things up a bit… especially if you want to put a greek twist on your guacamole! You could even serve it with pita chips instead of tortilla chips if you wanted to go Greek all the way!

Click here for my Feta Guacamole Recipe (you can omit the feta if you like and get my “standard” recipe)! 🙂 And, if you need a shopping list… Feta Guacamole Shopping List!

Everything you need:

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E is for Egg Breakfast Sandwich (Healthy Style)

This is a recipe I had never tried before but had seen many times. I finally tried it and LOVE it! Another one to add to my regular recipes I like to make for myself. You can make it for multiple people of course, but I made it for lunch for just me! It’s a bit hard for my little girls to eat a sandwich like this quite yet (they are 1 and 2 years old), so mama got to enjoy this one on her own! They got a yummy lunch surprise too, but I’ll show you that in a bit… First here’s the sandwich:

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Shopping List: English Muffins (whole wheat), Eggs, 1 tomato, Canadian Bacon, fresh parsley, fresh chives, and 1 slice of cheese (optional… my addition to the recipe)

Staples you’ll need: Cooking spray and Butter (optional… another addition of mine)

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An Egg Ending

Whew… Found it!

Have you ever lost something important, torn apart your house to find it, and then had to give up in despair thinking you’d lost it for good. You’re mad because you don’t want to buy a new one but it’s something you need… or at least use often?? That was my past five days. I lost, I searched, I despaired.

However, this story has a happy ending… I found my lost something!! This is especially exciting for me, because usually the item I lost is never found and I’m always left wondering if it grew legs and walked away of its own accord somehow.

What was my precious lost item? None other than my camera card. I store all my Apples to Ziti and family photos on it. Nothing like a lost camera card to put a food blog at a stand still. All that cooking, all those pictures, all that time… I was so sad to report that we would have no final “E is for Egg” recipe and just a couple (if any) “F” recipes. But I don’t have to report that!

Here is my “Egg Ending” as I’ve chosen to call it: Egg Casserole

I couldn’t finish a series of recipes on eggs without including an egg casserole… classic and usually budget-friendly!

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The Splurge

GRILLED TUSCAN STEAK WITH FRIED EGG & GOAT CHEESE

I try to keep the recipes I select to under $3.00 per person if possible, but sometimes I feel the need to indulge so this is, by my definition at least, a bit extravagant. Doing E is for Eggs required that I did some sort of steak and egg recipe for my husband’s sake especially… and my own. I’ve been craving steak… good steak… for weeks now. This was just the satisfaction my craving needed! I think I surprised my husband by polishing off the whole steak as fast as he did… I got a good work out cooking the meal after all 🙂

The cost is about $6.50 per person (not ridiculous actually). Once you see it, I think you’ll understand why I splurged…

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D is for Dorito Chicken

After making this for my family I experimented a bit more with the recipe to come up with the tastiest, crispiest product possible. Baking the chicken in the oven makes it much healthier than fried chicken. The challenge is that mixing chips with egg wash proves tricky when attempting to come up with a crispy final product! I believe I’ve come up with the Doritos recipe to give you great flavor and the crispiness you desire! The pictures taken reflect my first attempt at this recipe. My final written recipe will give you all the updates to make your Dorito Chicken the best (crispiest) it can be.

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This recipe is SUPER easy and SUPER cheap! It fits right into my need for budget-friendly recipes.

Here is the full Dorito Chicken Recipe!

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