9 Tips How to Stay on a Grocery Budget

How to Stay on a Grocery Budget

These simple tips and ideas will help you know how to create a grocery budget, learn how to stay on a grocery budget, and reduce grocery spending.


Trying to stay on a grocery budget can be challenging. There are times when it may seem like there is never enough money left at the end of the month to purchase the groceries you need.

For some, you are trying to figure out how much money would be reasonable to spend on groceries and how to stick to a food budget. You might wonder how you can reduce your grocery spending.

For others, a grocery budget may seem restrictive and that you can’t buy your favorite things.

Whatever the challenge, your monthly grocery budget can have an impact on your overall financial situation, so it’s important to learn how to stay on a grocery budget.

If you struggle with how to stick with a grocery budget and make it work, or if you’re not sure of how to create a grocery budget, below are 9 tips to help you know how to stay on a grocery budget, create a grocery budget, and reduce your grocery budget over time.


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1. Calculate Your Current Spending

Before you can figure out how to stay on a grocery budget, you need to first know how much money you are currently spending on groceries.

This may take some of your time, but look back at your bank statements for the past 3-4 months and take a monthly average to see how much money you’ve been spending on groceries.

Another option to figure out what your spending on groceries is to track your food spending this month by keeping all your grocery receipts and writing it down on a paper or notebook.

Doing this will give you a good idea of how much money you are spending on groceries.


How to create a grocery budget


2. How to Create a Grocery Budget

Now that you know about how much money you spend on groceries in a month, you can create a realistic grocery budget.

Every family is different and has different needs. A grocery budget will be unique to your family situation, where you live, and your dietary needs. So it’s important to figure out a grocery budget that will work for you.

A recommendation and starting point when creating a grocery budget is to budget $100 per family member per month.

For a single-person, start with a base amount of $200. For a two-person household, start with a base of $300. This allows for room in the budget to stock up on sale items.

For my family, our food budget for a family of 5 is $500 per month.

When grocery shopping weekly, break the monthly grocery budget total down into weeks. And each week only spend that amount when you grocery shop. For example, for our family that would be $125 for a weekly grocery budget.

So you might be asking, “What should I include in my grocery budget?”

Some people say that the grocery budget is just that–groceries only.

However, for our family, our grocery budget also includes household and personal hygiene items.

I think it’s completely doable to include household and personal hygiene items in the grocery budget, but every family’s situation is different, so you decide what will work best for your family’s grocery budget.

With any extra money leftover at the end of the month, I also purchase extra food items that I can keep in my kitchen pantry and in my basement food storage.

As your grocery budget allows, try to purchase 2-4 extra items each grocery shopping trip when an item is on sale. This will save you money because it’s on sale, and then you’ll have the item on hand for a dinner another day.

This could also save you from having to run to the store in the middle of the week because you will already have the item in your pantry that you need for dinner.

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Easy Lasagna Soup Recipe

Easy Lasagna Soup Recipe

This easy Lasagna Soup Recipe is now one of my favorite soup recipes. It has the delicious taste of lasagna with beef, noodles, tomatoes, cheese and herbs but in the form of a soup. 


I love to eat soup multiple times a week during the fall and winter months. And this easy lasagna soup recipe is one of my go-to soup recipes to make regularly because it’s so delicious! Even my kids ask for second helpings!

I like that the lasagna soup has all the flavors of lasagna but in a soup form.

If you enjoy eating soups, you’ll want to also check out these 12 Favorite Soup Recipes here. These are some of our family’s favorite soups to eat.

Before getting into the details of how to make the tasty lasagna soup recipe, here are some questions people have asked:


best lasagna recipe


Even though the recipe on this post is about easy lasagna soup, not lasagna, many people have asked about lasagna recipes. So here are some answers.

What Is The Best Lasagna Recipe?

There are many amazing and delicious lasagna recipes out there. Head over here to check out what I think is one of the best lasagna recipes.

And here are a few more recipes that say they are the best lasagna recipe:

Pioneer Woman – The Best Lasagna. Ever.

Stay at Home Chef – The Most Amazing Lasagna Recipe

Lil’ Luna – Easy Lasagna Recipe


How To Make Lasagna From Scratch?

To make lasagna from scratch, first cook the sausage or ground beef. Add in the onion and garlic and sauté for a few minutes.

Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer covered for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.

Cook the noodles for 10-12 minutes until tender. Drain and rinse noodles with cold water.

In a medium bowl, combine the egg, Ricotta and Parmesan cheese.

In a 9×13 baking dish, spread 1/2 cup of the beef sauce on the bottom. Layer half of the cooked noodles on top of the sauce. Overlap noodles as necessary to fit. Spread half of the cheese filling on noodles. Top with half of the remaining beef sauce and half of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers. Sprinkle additional mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over top if desired.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

To see the full lasagna recipe, head over here.


How Do You Cook Lasagna In A Crock Pot?

To make lasagna in a crock pot is quite simple.

Start by browning ground beef. Add in chopped onion and garlic and sauté for a few minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, oregano, and basil, and simmer about 5 minutes.

In a separate bowl, mix cottage cheese and mozzarella cheese.

Combine everything in the crock pot by spooning part of the beef and tomato mixture into the slow cooker. Break uncooked lasagna noodles in half and arrange them over the beef mixture. Top with the cottage cheese and mozzarella mixture. Repeat with another layer and finish with remaining beef mixture.

Cover crock pot and cook on low setting for 4 hours.

About 10 minutes before you eat, in a small bowl, combine mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle it on top of the lasagna. Cover and let the cheese melt.

Head over here for the full recipe of how to cook lasagna in a crock pot.




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How to Create a Budget + Free Budget Worksheet

how to create a budget

Whether you’ve never budgeted or are wanting to improve your budgeting skills, here you will learn how to create a budget and implement it, plus you can get a free budget worksheet.


Learning how to budget can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be.

A budget will help you be in control of your money and choose where you want to spend it. It also helps you become more aware of where you are spending your money.

Once you learn how to create a budget, as well as some basic budgeting principles, then you’ll be able to save money and start seeing a difference in your finances.

Before learning how to create a budget, be sure to first print off the FREE budget worksheet (sign up below to get it), and fill it out while you walk through the budgeting principles below. 






I put together a video of how to use the free budget worksheet and also talk about the basics to budgeting. Watch the video above or click the link here to view it on my YouTube channel.


What are the Steps to Creating a Budget?

Here is how to create a budget and also use the free budget template printable worksheet.

1. Set Financial Goals

Since you are reading this, you are most likely motivated to start budgeting.

Before you start your budget, determine what is motivating you to do this and then set some financial goals. Are you wanting to get out of debt or save up a down payment for a home? Do you want to stop living paycheck to paycheck or save for a big family vacation?

Whatever your motivation is, you need to keep these financial goals in mind as you are budgeting each month. Write these goals down because they will help keep you on track and focused each month.

It’s also important that you have financial goals with specific numbers. For instance, how much money are you wanting to save each month? Which debt will you pay off first and how much money can you afford to put toward it each month?

Make sure these goals are realistic and achievable. You may not be able to save $500 a month, but maybe you can save $200 a month.

In order to save $200, that would mean setting aside $50 a week. In order to save $50 every week, some things you could do is don’t eat out, cut your grocery bill down, don’t go to the convenience store to grab a drink, or cut out subscription services.

It’s the small changes that make a difference over time.

Once you’ve determined what your financial goals are and printed off the free budget worksheet, then the next step is how to start budgeting.


2. Determine Income and Expenses

First, add up all of your sources of income and determine how much money you have coming in every month. This includes day jobs, night jobs and side jobs.

Add this to the top of the free budget worksheet template.

Now under the expenses section, divvy up and allocate how much money should go to each expense budget category.

Start by listing the expenses that are “needs”. This includes mortgage/rent, utilities, food/groceries, and transportation. Write down when these expenses are due so you pay them on time, and write under the “budgeted amount” column how much money will go toward each expense.

An example of the budget worksheet might look something like the one below. This is just an example. Tailor the budget worksheet to fit your income and expenses. Grab the free budget worksheet above.

free budget worksheet template


Click here to open the example budget worksheet in a PDF format. 


Once you’ve written down your “needs” expenses, then continue to write down other expenses from more important to less important. Additional expense categories could include debt, insurance, medical, eating out, clothing, pet, holidays, birthdays, charitable giving, savings, etc.

If you are unsure of how much to budget next to each expense, it will be helpful if you take time to analyze your spending and figure out where your money is being spent. Look at your bank statement to see which categories are taking the most of your income. By looking at this, you’ll be able to budget about how much you spend in each expense category. And by seeing where your money is going, you’ll also be more mindful of your spending.

It’s also important to budget realistic amounts for each expense category and stick to the budget. Remember that if the money runs out, then you can’t spend more on that category until the next month.

At the bottom of the “Budgeted Amount” column, the total expenses should equal your total income. Meaning all of your income money is accounted for and allocated to a budget category. This is called a zero-based budget when you tell every dollar where it needs to go.

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Hot Chocolate Cookies with Marshmallows

Hot chocolate cookies with marshmallows

These easy hot chocolate cookies with marshmallows are simple to make and delicious. They are made with hot cocoa and are a perfect Christmas cookie to take to a holiday party or to give to others.


My family loves hot chocolate, and we love cookies that have hot cocoa in them. I made these hot chocolate cookies for my family, and everyone couldn’t get enough of them. The kids kept asking if they could have one more to eat.

And one of my daughters asked if we could give some to neighbors because they were so delicious and she wanted to share what we had with others. She is so thoughtful and sweet!

This hot chocolate cookies recipe is a perfect treat to give to others during the holidays. The hot cocoa gives them a sweet and chocolatey flavor that is delicious. It’s definitely a cookie that everyone will love.

Before making the hot chocolate cookies, here’s a couple of things to keep in mind:

This recipe calls for mallow bits, not mini marshmallows. If you use mini marshmallows, they won’t work the same and can be a bit of a sticky mess.

I purchase the mallow bits at the grocery store, however, there have been a few times when I went to the store and the mallow bits were out of stock. What I did instead was purchase the hot chocolate with Mallow Bits and used it in my recipe.

And this recipe won’t taste as good if you use a sugar free hot cocoa. So stay away from that and just use a regular hot cocoa mix. Swiss Miss is one of our favorite brands.

The Christmas hot cocoa cookies recipe is below, but first, here are some regularly asked questions when people are wanting to bake cookies.


How Do You Make Chocolate Cookies with Cocoa?

There are a bunch of good recipes out there on how to make chocolate cookies with cocoa. Head over to Food.com for one recipe.

This hot chocolate cookies recipe doesn’t have cocoa powder in them, but they have a chocolatey flavor that comes from the hot cocoa and the chocolate chips. If you want these Christmas hot cocoa cookies to look darker than they are, then you can add one tablespoon of cocoa powder or dark cocoa powder. The hot cocoa cookies recipe is below.


What Is the Best Chocolate Cookie Recipe?

My friends over at Fabulessly Frugal have the best chocolate cookies recipe ever. You have to try them!

Their triple chocolate cookies are not the fastest, easiest, healthiest, or cheapest to make, but they are the most delicious. The cookie recipe includes cocoa, a pound of semi-sweet chocolate, and chocolate chips. It’s heaven for all chocolate lovers!

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Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread


Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This is an easy pumpkin chocolate chip bread recipe that is moist and packed with chocolate chips, and it’s a delicious recipe to make in the fall.


I love the smell of this easy pumpkin chocolate chip bread recipe baking in the oven because it makes my entire house smell delicious. And the milk chocolate chips added a perfect sweetness to the recipe.

I decided to make this homemade pumpkin bread one afternoon for a snack when my kids got home from school. I couldn’t wait for it to come out of the oven because it smelled so good. And when my kids got home, they were so excited for the snack. They loved it so much that they ate multiple pieces.

And a few days later my little boy told some people how much he loved pumpkin bread. I smiled at that comment and then decided to make this simple pumpkin bread recipe again so he could have more pumpkin bread.


pumpkin bread chocolate chip recipe

When making homemade pumpkin bread, here are some questions that are often asked:

Why Is My Pumpkin Bread Dry?

There are a combination of things that could make your pumpkin bread dry, such as too much flour, not enough pumpkin puree or liquid, over-mixing your batter, or baking the bread on too high of a temperature.

By not having the right amount of pumpkin puree, the flour will make the batter thicker which will lead to crumbly and dry bread. Also, overcooking bread or baking it at too high of a temperature will make it denser and dry.

If you follow this pumpkin bread chocolate chip recipe below, your pumpkin bread should turn out moist and delicious.

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Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

This is an easy apple crisp recipe with fresh apples and a crumble topping.  Add ice cream on top of the warm apple crisp to enjoy a delicious fall dessert.


This easy apple crisp recipe is one of my favorite fall desserts. I love the smell of it baking in the oven. And then eating a bite of the warm apple crisp with ice cream on top is just delicious.

This apple crisp recipe has been in my family for years. When I was a child, my mother would make this every fall when apples were in season. Now I make it every fall for my family. We love this family tradition, and this recipe seriously has the best apple crisp topping.


What Are the Best Apples for Apple Crisp?

There are many different apples that can be used for apple crisp, and it’s best to use a mix of apples. For instance, this simple apple crisp recipe below uses Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples. This gives the apple crisp both a sweet and tart flavor.

Some common types of baking apples include Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Jonagold, and Gala.

If you need to peel and cut a bunch of apples, then you’ll love my favorite apple peeler here. It saves you time and makes it fast to peel, core and cut the apples for this delicious apple crisp recipe or for any recipes with apples.


How Do You Make Apple Crisp Not Soggy?

Having soggy apple crisp to eat isn’t very delightful. Here are some tips to make your apple crisp not soggy.


1. Choose apples that are crisp and not overripe or turning mushy.

2. Toss the apples with a little flour or cornstarch before baking the apple crisp.

3. Place the apples in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. During this time the apples will start to excrete juices. Drain the juice before placing the apples in the baking dish.

4. Try cooking the apples first on the stove and draining the liquid before placing the apples in the pan to bake with the crumble topping.

5. When cooking the apple crisp, DON’T cover it with aluminum foil. The foil doesn’t allow the juices from the apples to evaporate during baking.

6. Don’t leave the apple crisp in the oven as long. The crumble topping is what needs to be cooked, and the apples are delicious when raw and slightly crisp. So take take the apple crisp out of the oven 10-15 minutes early once the crumble topping is browned.

7. However, if you’ve cooked the apple crisp and it’s soggy or runny, you might be able to cook it more to make it less wet. Since the crumble topping is cooked and browned at this point, DO place aluminum foil lightly over the apple crisp and make sure there is space where the steam can escape on the sides. You don’t want the crumble topping to burn. Then bake the apple crisp for 10-15 minutes longer.


Why is My Apple Crisp Dry?

If your apple crisp crumble topping is dry, then chances are you didn’t add enough butter. Butter makes the crumble topping brown and crisp in the oven, so be sure to follow the recipe instructions.


My easy apple crisp recipe below is one I’ve been making in my family for years, and I’ve never had a problem with it being too soggy or the crumble topping too dry. So go ahead and try making this delicious apple crisp recipe for your family and let me know how it turns out.


How Do You Make Apple Crisp from Scratch?

Making apple crisp from scratch is easy to do. The part of the recipe that takes the longest is peeling and slicing the apples.

Here are the steps to make this easy apple crisp recipe with oats and melted butter from scratch:


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Easy Peach Pie Recipe

Easy Peach Pie Recipe

This is an easy peach pie recipe with fresh peaches, a graham cracker crust and a sweet and delicious cream cheese filling.


As fall approaches, the weather turns cooler, and fresh peaches are ready to pick off the trees, I enjoy making this easy peach pie recipe. The flavor of the peach filling, cream cheese filling and graham cracker crust together is delicious with each bite.

I also enjoy this fresh peach pie because I have many good memories of eating it with my family as we sit around the table. And I especially love the sounds of how good the pie tastes to my kids as they take those first few bites of peach pie. It’s so cute and memorable!

Not only is this an easy peach pie with a graham cracker crust and cream cheese filling, but it’s one of the best peach pie recipes I’ve eaten. It tastes so good!

I hope you love it as much as my family does!


Homemade peach pie recipe


How Do You Make Peach Pie Filling From Scratch?

It’s quite easy to make a peach filling from scratch. Here’s how to do it:

In a medium pan on the stove, combine 3/4 cup of water, 1 Tablespoon butter, 1 and 3/4 Tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 cup sugar and 3/4 teaspoon of almond extract. Cook together on medium heat, stirring often, until the filling thickens. This will take about 5-10 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and allow it to cool.

While the filling is cooling, peel and slice 4-5 fresh peaches and then stir them to the filling.

Pour the peach filling on top of the pie.

This recipe makes enough filling for one peach pie. In the recipe at the end of the post, you can print the homemade peach pie recipe, which includes how to make the peach pie filling, as well as the graham cracker crust and the cream filling.


How Do You Make a Peach Pie Less Runny?

Having a soupy peach pie ruins the enjoyment of eating it, so here are some solutions to make a peach pie less runny:

1. Place sliced peaches in a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and add a pinch of salt, then let it sit for 30 minutes. Place a strainer on top of a sauce pan. Pour the peaches into the strainer and let them sit for 5 minutes while the juices run into the sauce pan.

2. Try adding 1-2 Tablespoons of cornstarch or quick-cooking tapioca to the peach pie filling to help thicken it while it’s baking.

3. Sprinkle a light dusting of flour, ground nuts or graham cracker crumbs to the bottom of the crust. This helps to absorb some of the liquid from the peaches while its baking.

4. Brush the pie dough with a beaten egg white. This forms a layer that helps keep the juices from turning the crust soggy.

5. Pay attention to how long the pie should bake. Sometimes the pie is still runny because it hasn’t baked long enough.

With the fresh peach pie recipe below, only the graham cracker crust is baked. The peach pie filling is thickened with cornstarch on the stove. Then the ingredients are layered in the pie pan but not baked. With the baked graham cracker crust used in this recipe, I haven’t had a problem with soggy peach pie.

Can I Use Canned Peaches Instead of Fresh Fruit?

Yes, you can use canned peaches instead of fresh fruit. Just be sure to drain the canned peaches well.  You can also substitute frozen peaches that are thawed and drained.

To make the change, use equal amounts of canned or frozen peaches to fresh peaches. About one pound of canned or frozen peaches is equal to about three medium peaches.

However, using canned peaches for this easy peach pie recipe will change the taste of it. Fresh peaches will make it taste so much better.

If you want to use canned peaches, try making this Easy Peach Cobber recipe. The recipe specifically calls for canned peaches.


Do You Have to Peel Peaches for Pie?

For this homemade peach pie recipe, I would recommend peeling the peaches. You only have to peel 4-5 fresh peaches.

But you don’t have to peel peaches for peach pie. The skins are edible, and if you are baking a peach pie, the skins will soften when they are baked. However, the texture of the skins will change while baking, so keep that in mind.


Here is how to make this easy peach pie recipe with fresh peaches:


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Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

This easy peach cobbler recipe with canned peaches only take minutes to prep and put in the oven. Add ice cream to top off this warm and delicious dessert.


Our family loves fall desserts, and we love making this easy peach cobbler recipe when the weather starts to turn cool. The smell of peach cobbler with a hint of cinnamon cooking in the oven just gets me excited for fall. I love sitting down at the table with my family as we talk and eat this delicious, warm cobbler with ice cream on the top.

Before sharing this easy canned peach cobbler recipe, here are some questions you might have about peach cobbler:


Can I Used Canned Peaches Instead of Fresh Fruit?

Yes, you definitely can use canned peaches or frozen peaches instead of fresh fruit. About one pound of frozen or canned peaches is approximately three medium peaches.

I’ve made this easy peach cobbler recipe with canned peaches and fresh peaches, and I love it both ways. But to make this dessert really easy and fast, use canned peaches that are drained. It only takes about 10 minutes to prep this recipe for peach cobbler using canned peaches. And the canned peaches is what I refer to in this recipe.


How Do You Know When Peach Cobbler Is Done?

This peach cobbler recipe is cooked for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. You will know the peach cobbler is done when the crust is golden and the batter is no longer bubbling while it cooks.


How Do You Make Peach Cobbler Filling From Scratch?

With this recipe, you don’t need to make a peach cobbler filling. You just place drained, canned peaches (or fresh peaches if desired) on top of the batter before cooking it in the oven.

If you want to make a peach cobbler filling from scratch, then try this fresh peach cobbler recipe over on AllRecipes. It’s quite simple with only five ingredients needed to make the filling.



Easy peach cobbler recipe with canned peaches

Here is how to make this easy peach cobbler recipe with canned peaches:

In a 9×12 baking dish, place the cubed butter. Put the baking dish in the oven for about 5 minutes until the butter is melted.

While the butter is melting, prepare the batter. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pour in the milk and mix until combined.

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Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips

These Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips are easy to make and taste delicious. And they make a great side dish to a summer dinner.


As our garden continues to produce a large amount of zucchini, I’m always looking to make new zucchini recipes to use up the zucchini that starts gather on the counter in the kitchen.

These Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips are so easy to make and are tasty. My family loves to pop these baked zucchini chips into our mouths.

If you are looking for more ways to use up the zucchini from your garden, be sure to also check out these 25 Easy Zucchini Recipes. They include dinner, snack, side dish and dessert ideas.


How to Slice Zucchini:

Slicing up zucchini into round coins is probably the most common way to cup up zucchini. To slice the zucchini, use a knife to cut the two ends off the zucchini, then make cuts across the zucchini to slice coins.

If you want to ensure your round zucchini coins are all the same size, then use a mandoline food slicer. First, cut of one of the zucchini ends, then drag the zucchini across the mandoline to make the sliced coins.


How Do you Make Zucchini Not Soggy?

Here are a few tips to make zucchini not soggy. First, slice and salt the zucchini and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.  The salt will pull out some of the water, as well as season the zucchini.  Dry the zucchini well with paper towels and cook it quickly over high heat to brown it before it gets soggy. Also cutting zucchini into larger 1/2 inch thick pieces will help it not get soggy.

If baking zucchini, place it on a baking rack that is then set on top of a baking sheet. This allows air to circulate all around the zucchini and helps the water evaporate while it’s being cooked in the oven.



Breaded Parmesan Zucchini Chips

Step-by-Step Parmesan Zucchini Chips Instructions:

To prepare these Parmesan zucchini bites it takes about 5-10 minutes. Here’s how to make this easy recipe:

  • Slice up a zucchini.
  • In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, salt and pepper.
  • Lightly brush the front and back of each slice of zucchini with melted butter.
  • Place the zucchini in the bread crumb seasoning and coat both sides.
  • Grease a baking pan with cooking spray, then put the zucchini chips onto the pan. Sprinkle the zucchini with shredded Parmesan cheese if desired.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until it begins brown.

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25 Easy Zucchini Recipes

25 Easy Zucchini RecipesThese 25 easy zucchini recipes will give you ideas of how to use up the zucchini from the garden.


Every year we plant zucchini in our garden, and I’m always amazed at how much zucchini one plant produces. At first, I manage to stay on top of using up the zucchini with our dinners and baking breads and desserts. But after a few weeks, it begins to pile up on my counter and I can’t use it fast enough. Can anyone else relate?!

I compiled a list of 25 simple zucchini recipes you can make with the zucchini that’s sitting on your counter. But before we get to all of the the delicious zucchini recipes, here are some commonly asked questions that people have about zucchini.


What Does Zucchini Do For Your Body?

Zucchini is rich in vitamins and minerals and offers several health benefits. It can boost potassium intake, which can lower the risk of a stroke, and it may also lower the odds of developing heart disease. Zucchini is also high in vitamin C, which may help the lining of blood cells function better, lowering blood pressure and protecting against clogged arteries.


How Do you Make Zucchini Not Soggy?

Here are a few tips to make zucchini not soggy. First, slice and salt the zucchini and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.  The salt will pull out some of the water, as well as season the zucchini.  Dry the zucchini well with paper towels and cook it quickly over high heat to brown it before it gets soggy. Also cutting zucchini into larger 1/2 inch thick pieces will help it not get soggy.

If baking zucchini, place it on a baking rack that is then set on top of a baking sheet. This allows air to circulate all around the zucchini and helps the water evaporate while it’s being cooked in the oven.



What Can I Do With Too Much Zucchini?

There are so many options with how to use up your zucchini!

As you acquire a lot of zucchini and can’t use it up fast enough, try shredding or cubing the zucchini and then freezing it. It’s then ready to pull out of the freezer and add to soups, dinners and breads for months after there is no more zucchini to pick from your garden. Shredding and cubing then freezing zucchini is an easy way to preserve zucchini from your garden. Be sure to read these tips on how to freeze zucchini so it doesn’t clump all together in the freezer.

The 25 easy zucchini dinner and dessert recipes on this post are just some ideas of how to prepare and eat the zucchini.


stuffed zucchini boats

Easy Stuffed Zucchini Boats from Lil’ Luna – Stuffed Zucchini Boats filled with Italian sausage and tomatoes are a go-to healthy dinner idea. Topped with cheese, parsley and bread crumbs, you can’t go wrong with this zucchini dish.




Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins – These muffins are delicious and make great snacks for the kids and also for school or work lunches. If you can’t eat all of them within a few days, the muffins also freezer great. Once cooled, put them in gallon-size freezer bags and place them in the freezer. When you want to eat a muffin, pull it out of the freezer and allow it to thaw.



20 minute healthy chicken parmesan with zucchini

20 Minute Healthy Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini Noodles from Pinch of Yum – This is a healthy chicken Parmesan that is crispy, cheesy, saucy, and served over zucchini noodles. So easy and extremely delicious! Use a spiral slicer or mandolin spiralizer slicer to turn your zucchini into the noodles for your dish.



Zucchini Bread

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