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Healthy Eating Tips: Introducing a New PennySaverUSA Blog Series

Donuts the latest diet trend… of course that’s what we all wish this post was going to be about, but let’s be real. Until they make some huge scientific breakthroughs, we’re going to have to learn to love our fruits and veggies. In our new monthly blog series, Healthy Eating Tips, we’re going to share healthy recipes and tips for making nutritional choices that are as flavorful as they are fun.

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Healthy eating doesn’t begin and end with the foods you choose at meal time. It’s a choice that encompasses many decisions throughout your week. One of the biggest decisions in this cycle is how we go grocery shopping. If you’re anything like us, there have been times you’ve gone shopping without a plan of attack, only to end up going home with frozen pizzas and ramen noodles. But by following a few of the simple grocery shopping tips below, you’ll be able to make much healthier buying decisions.

  1. Make a weekly menu plan – Planning a week’s worth of healthy meals in advance keeps your commitment to eating healthy on track. Whole Living magazine, which is chocked full of recipe ideas each month, is a good place to find healthy recipes.  The free Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List App, which shows you the nutritional information for thousands of healthy meals, is another fantastic resource. Once you’ve picked your recipes, organize them into a handy menu plan (Tsh of Simplemom.net has some great menu planning tips).
  2. Make a grocery shopping list –Going into the grocery store with a shopping list makes it less likely you’ll come home with pizza bagels and popcorn. Inventory your recipes and write down everything that’s not in your fridge or pantry. Of course, there’s always room for Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, but stick to your list as much as possible for a healthy week ahead.
  3. Grocery shop at your local produce market – Head to your local produce or farmer’s market to find the freshest fruits and veggies at a reasonable price. Being in SoCal, we frequent the farmer’s market at the Orange County Marketplace on weekends and Wholesome Choice grocery during the week. We’re usually able to find every ingredient on my list without going over budget.

When beginning this endeavor you might think sticking to a meal plan will be boring, but it’s likely to turn out to be quite the opposite. Making the healthy recipes you pick turns the shopping experience into an adventure and makes actually eating the fruits of my hard work much more rewarding.

Until next time, happy meals to you!

Rating 3.00 out of 5

We Have a Winner For Our Thanksgiving Recipe Contest!

Ok, we have randomly chosen our $250 Winner for the Online Thanksgiving Contest, and we are quite excited to announce that the winner is… DRUMROLL PLEASE! (imagine a snare drummer doing a buzz roll right now-buuuuuzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz-SNAP!)

Desiree M. from Riverside, CA takes it with her recipe for Pumpkin YUM! Cupcakes!

Thank you to absolutely EVERYONE who entered and stay tuned for our Christmas Themed contest coming next week! Below is the winning recipe!

Congrats, Desiree!

Pumpkin YUM! Cupcakes

-4 cups Cake Flour
-1 tsp Baking Soda
-1 tablespoon Baking Powder
-1/2 tsp Salt
-2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ginger
-1 tsp nutmeg
-1/2 tsp cloves

-2 sticks unsalted butter (room temp)
-2 1/4 cupcakes dark brown sugar
-3 extra large eggs
-1 cup full fat buttermilk
-1 large can Pumpkin Puree (not canned pumpkin pie filling)

1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together butter and sugar until creamy. Add in eggs, and mix well. Add in buttermilk and dry mixture in 3 batches each, mixing well in between. Add in pumpkin last, and mix only until add combined.

3. Fill cupcakes liners until 3/4 full, and bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes.

4. Let cool, and use your favorite cream cheese frosting for cupcakes, or top with apple butter for a pumpkin muffin.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

Thanksgiving Recipe Contest Cooking Challenge!

Here at PennySaverUSA, we are right in the middle of our Thanksgiving Recipe Contest, where people are submitting their recipes for a shot at winning $250. We have received some very traditional recipes, as well as some not so traditional side-dishes that caught our attention. Our Content and Community guy, Brett Houchin, decided that he needed to try to make one of the non-traditional side dishes to add to his Thanksgiving cooking repertoire.  He’s not a big fan of following recipes, so this was a quite a challenge for him!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving Recipe? Submit it to be entered to win $250! Also, come by our Facebook page to see some recipes being posted onto our Facebook Wall!

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Thanksgiving Recipe Contest: Side Dishes!

We are receiving some great Thanksgiving Recipes for our PennySaverUSA.com Thanksgiving Recipe Contest! Great turkey, stuffing and dessert recipes along with some wild side dishes! Brett, our Content/Community guy,  is going to attempt one of these dishes tonight, and he is by no means in line for a Food Network show of his own, lets put it that way. Which one of these do you think he should make?

Scalloped Corn (submitted by Ranette J.)

1 can cream style corn
1 can whole kernel corn-don’t drain
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup uncooked salad or elbow macaroni
1 cup Velveeta cheese

Put all in buttered casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes. Double for more than 8 people.

This dish goes good with ham, turkey or prime rib. It’s easy and everyone wants seconds!!

Arizona Stuffing (submitted by John W.)

In a large deep skillet, saute 1/4 pound diced bacon in 2 tablespoons butter for 5 minutes; transfer to paper towels.

Season with salt and pepper and add 1 chopped onion, 3 chopped celery stalks, 1 diced jalapeno, 1 tablespoon thyme and 3/4 teaspoon chili powder; cook 5 minutes.

Pour in 3 cups chicken broth. Simmer until step 5.

In a large bowl, mix 2 eggs, 1 cup diced pepper jack cheese and the bacon.

Add to the bowl 8 cups toasted white bread cubes, 6 cups crumbled cornbread and the hot broth mixture.

Gently toss the stuffing, then spread in a buttered 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Dot the top with butter or turkey pan drippings, cover and bake 30 minutes at 350. Uncover and bake until golden, 20 more minutes.

Sweet Potato Souffle (submitted by Kathy C.)

3 cups hot mashed potatoes or yams
3 tbsp.butter
1 cup milk
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp.pepper
2 eggs (separated whites & yolks)
Add seasonings,butter, and milk to well mashed potatoes.When thoroughly blended, stir in beaten egg yolks;then fold in beaten egg whites.Turn into a lightly greased casserole dish. Cover completely with minature marshmellows.Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 mins. until marshmallows are toasty brown.

We will have the results of Brett’s cooking tomorrow! Be sure to enter your recipe for a chance to win $250! After you enter, leave your recipe on our Facebook wall as well!

Arizona Stuffing

Rating 3.00 out of 5