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Quick & Healthy Eggs Florentine Recipe

A great breakfast recipe is good any time of the day, and our delectable, low-calorie Eggs Florentine is no exception. Learn how to prepare eggs in a new and exciting way with our special tips and tricks! By Brittany Yamamoto-Taylor…

Cooking Substitutions: How to Swap Meat, Poultry, & Seafood

Learn about the best substitution for any type of common meat, poultry, or seafood with our infographic guide! At one time or another, we have all tried to substitute ingredients. Sometimes it has gone well and other times we ultimately…

Smart Practices for Shopping in Bulk

Best Bulk Items at Costco 1. Shortcuts Pre-Made Meals Although we are the biggest fan of home-cooked meals, we also know that ready-made meals can be lifesavers in busy times. So, plan to have a solo date at Costco and…

Guide for Creatively Using Leftovers

So many of you are probably thinking, “I hate eating leftovers.” Honestly, we totally get not wanting to eat the same thing over and over again, but the thing is, cooking with leftovers in mind is one of the best…

Free Budget Meal Plan: 7 Days of Breakfasts, Lunches & Dinners

Meal planning has a positive impact on our physical, financial, and mental health, so we made a free 7-day plan that utilizes healthy, accessible, and affordable ingredients! With the rising prices of restaurant meals (and even fast food), preparing meals…

9 Smart Methods for Budget Meal Planning

#5 – Make Multiple Meals in One Batch When you meal plan, you can plan to have leftovers. By simply doubling a recipe (or using customizable serving quantities with our service!), you can cook once and eat multiple times. Whether…

6 Reasons Meal Planning Will Help Your Food Budget

Like many people out there, you may be wondering, Why meal plan? Well, one of several practical reasons is that it is a great way to lower monthly expenses. Now you may be thinking, How much will I actually save?…

Revolutionize Your Morning with Healthy Breakfast Cookies

A healthy breakfast doesn’t have to exclude cookies. Just give our new breakfast cookie recipe a try and you’ll see why! When is the last time you had a cookie for breakfast? If your answer is more recent than high school,…

3 Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwich Recipes

3 Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwich Recipes | Cook Smarts Try our 3 make-ahead breakfast sandwich recipes to save money and save time every morning! Make-ahead breakfasts that you simply need to heat up are the most healthy and convenient way…

3 Delicious Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos

Make-ahead breakfast recipes are the best way to save money and save time in the morning. Enjoy healthier mornings with our favorite breakfast burrito recipes! Since breakfast is so important to jumpstart the body with nutrients for the day, I…