Making refried beans in the Instant Pot is super easy, inexpensive, and my family loves them.

Instant Pot Refried Bean Recipe

Refried beans are an inexpensive meal in themselves, or great for making burritos, as a side dish to tacos, or as a hot dip. My refried bean recipe is inexpensive if you delve into cooking with dry beans.




A windowsill herb garden is a great way to bring a little green indoors. Grow your favorite herbs indoors, even during the winter months, and you'll have your favorite flavors ready for flavoring your meals.

Grow Herbs Indoors with a Windowsill Garden

Keeping herbs on a bright windowsill is not just convenient when preparing home cooked meals throughout the winter months in cooler climates; it's also a good option year round for apartment or condo dwellers.


Wondering what in the world to do with yacon? How about trying a fresh from the garden "tastes like applesauce" project? Perfect for people who can't grow apples! 3

How to Cook Yacon: Yacon Sauce

Wondering what in the world to do with yacon? How about trying a fresh from the garden "tastes like applesauce" project? Perfect for people who can't grow apples!


Try your hand at growing lettuce indoors this winter. If you give it what it needs, you can be successful and provide your family with tasty lettuce and baby greens that will rival those store-bought clam shells of salad greens. Lettuce has different needs than microgreens, so keep that in mind. 4

Growing Lettuce Indoors in Winter

Try your hand at growing lettuce indoors this winter. If you give it what it needs, you can be successful and provide your family with tasty lettuce and baby greens that will rival those store-bought clam shells of salad greens. Lettuce has different needs than microgreens, so keep that in mind.



This is definitely one of those "pantry recipes" that I fall back on when I don't have a lot of ingredients on hand. Don't tell my family, though. They think it's great.

Sausage Lentil Soup Recipe

This hearty sausage lentil soup recipe comes together quickly and uses ingredients that you likely already have on hand.


Turmeric is the main spice in yellow curry, giving it the warm flavor and golden coloring. Ongoing research suggests that turmeric may have extensive health benefits as well. Turmeric is a plant grown for its root, much like ginger. And here's the cool thing about turmeric: growing it is easy. 11

How to Grow Turmeric + Turmeric Recipes

Turmeric is the main spice in yellow curry, giving it the warm flavor and golden coloring. Ongoing research suggests that turmeric may have extensive health benefits as well. Turmeric is a plant grown for its root, much like ginger. And here's the cool thing about turmeric: growing it is easy.