Grilled Peaches

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Grilled peaches. Yup. GRILLED PEACHES. It’s so simple that your kids could make it but it’s so impressive you could serve it to your in-laws.

Today I am sharing this simple recipe so grab a jar of something cold and let’s do this.

This recipe is so good. It feels like a special treat because we normally eat our peaches raw. Raw peaches alone are wonderful! But when you dip them in melted butter and grill them, magic happens.

True story.

Here’s what you need:

Grilled Peaches

Course Dessert
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 peaches halved and pitted
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 4 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your grill pan over medium heat. 

  2. On a platter, mix brown sugar and cinnamon together. Set aside.

  3. Dip your peaches into the melted butter on all sides.

  4. Place your peaches cut-side down on the grill pan. Grill for 4 minutes and then flip to the peeled side.

  5. Sprinkle each peach with a teaspoon of the sugar cinnamon mixture. 

  6. Continue to grill the peaches for about 3 to 4 minutes. 

  7. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with salt. Serve with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. 

Recipe Notes

*Sugar and cinnamon can be eliminated from the recipe and peaches can be used in salads or as a side dish. 

*Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or vanilla yogurt. 

 

Not only is this recipe amazing but you can easily make it into a savory dish by eliminating the sugar and cinnamon and adding herbs. They would be amazing in salads and as a side dish.

 

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Tangi is a wife, mom, gardener, and committed frugal foodie.  She shares her family’s life, love of liberty, and love for each other on their YouTube channel, “Freedom Homestead.” Check out her “A Day in the Life: Canning, Dehydrating, Fermenting, Sprouting, and Gardening” video, and you will see just how dedicated she is to feeding her family well on a budget with homegrown food.

 

 

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Peach Sorbet

Did you know that sorbet is one of the easiest desserts to make of all time? All you need is fruit, sweetener, a pinch of salt, maybe a little water, and a little bit of patience.

With peaches in season and at a great price, what better way to use them up than making sorbet with them?! It’s refreshing and you don’t need any special equipment to make it.

As you will see in the video, it was a big hit with my family including the dogs. Here’s how to make peach sorbet:

Peach Sorbet

Course Dessert
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 5 large peaches peeled and pitted
  • 1/4-1/2 c sugar
  • 2 tbsp water if needed
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Put all of your ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. 

  2. Strain the puree through a mesh strainer. Pour the strained puree into a shallow, freezer safe dish. Cover and put in the freezer. 

  3. Allow to freeze for 3 hours.

  4. After 3 hours, remove dish from the freezer, uncover, and use a fork to break up the ice crystals in the sorbet. This will help to loosen the sorbet instead of having a big clump of peach ice. Cover the dish and put back into the freezer for an additional 3 hours.

  5. When you're ready to serve the sorbet, remove your dish from the freezer. Break up your sorbet into clumps and put into your blender or food processor. Pulse until your sorbet is smooth. Serve immediately. 

  6. **Hint: I also noticed that as the sorbet sat out on the counter and softened, it also became creamy, just not as icy. Whether you buzz in the food processor or let it warm up a little on the counter, it's a treat that you will love.
    * Frozen peaches can be used in place of the fresh peaches.

With all of the heat and humidity that we’ve been having, this treat is so refreshing and yummy. You have to give it a try!



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Tangi is a wife, mom, gardener, and committed frugal foodie.  She shares her family’s life, love of liberty, and love for each other on their YouTube channel, “Freedom Homestead.” Check out her “A Day in the Life: Canning, Dehydrating, Fermenting, Sprouting, and Gardening” video, and you will see just how dedicated she is to feeding her family well on a budget with homegrown food.

 

 

 

Individual Strawberry Peach Trifles

Frugal Family Food’s 31 Days of Summertime Treats marches on with Peach Week! This week, most of our recipes will feature peaches since they are in season and can generally be found at great prices.

Today I am sharing a delicious and adorable treat: Individual Strawberry Peach Trifles.Is there anything cuter than a dessert in a mason jar? This recipe is easy to personalize, is portable, and can be made into one serving or many servings.

 

Individual Strawberry Peach Trifle


Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 Large Strawberries chopped
  • 1 Large Peach peeled, pitted, and chopped
  • 8 oz Whipped Topping
  • 1 pkg Instant Vanilla Pudding prepared according to package directions
  • 1/2 Pound Cake sliced into 1 inch thick slices, and cut into 1 inch cubes

Instructions

  1. Assemble:

    Spoon a spoonful of pudding into the bottoms of your wide mouth, pint size mason jar.

  2. Alternate layers as such:

    Cake (single layer)

    Spoonful of pudding

    Fruit (single layer)

    Spoonful of whipped topping

  3. End your trifle by topping with whipped topping and fruit

  4. *Hint: If you plan to make your trifles travel friendly, be sure to leave head space to add the lid. 

This could easily be packed to take to the pool or a picnic. Best part is that you can totally make this your own by changing up the flavors!

 

 

Tangi frugalfamilyfood.com

Tangi is a wife, mom, gardener, and committed frugal foodie.  She shares her family’s life, love of liberty, and love for each other on their YouTube channel, “Freedom Homestead.” Check out her “A Day in the Life: Canning, Dehydrating, Fermenting, Sprouting, and Gardening” video, and you will see just how dedicated she is to feeding her family well on a budget with homegrown food.

 

 

Berry Delicious Smoothie

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It’s Smoothie Saturday, and I am sharing with you all one of my favorite smoothie recipes.  It has all of my favorite ingredients, and it’s vegan.  The thing is, though, this recipe is versatile.  You can totally make it in a non-vegan version.  Is there something you don’t love?  You can change it out.  The recipe is forgiving.  Give it a try.

Here is how I make my berry delicious smoothie:

Berry Delicious Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup strawberries frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup almond milk or other milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds or walnuts
  • 1 tbsp flax seed can use hemp or chia seeds
  • 1/5 block silken tofu or greek yogurt
  • sweetener of choice as needed

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients except the sweetener in the food processor and process until smooth, scraping down the sides halfway through processing.  Test the mix to see if it is sweet enough for you.  If not, add sweetener a tablespoon at a time and process to incorporate until you are happy with the taste.   

I made a video showing you my process and what it looks like.  Watch it here:

This recipe is part of our Summertime Treat Series.  Come back tomorrow to check out Tangi’s Peach Trifle.

 

Amanda is a wife, mom, and all around frugal lady.  She shares her family and faith on The Fundamental Home and Fundamental Faith YouTube channels.  She also blogs at thefundamentalhome.com   There, you can find her blog series, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month.”  Amanda is co-creator of Frugal Family Food and, as such, is dedicated to helping families eat well on a budget. 

 

 

 

Fruit Filled Yogurt Freezer Pops

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What summer would be complete without freezer pops?

I remember when I was a little girl, and the only time I could hope for a freezer pop was if the Ice Cream Man came down our street.  Some days, my mom would give me some change, and we would run to buy one of our favorite freezer pops, picking them from the pictures on the side of the Ice Cream Truck.

There are no Ice Cream Trucks coming down our rural street, and even if they did, have you seen the price of these pops now???!!!  Outrageous!

That’s OK because we can make our own delicious freezer treats at home.  It’s super simple, and you can make them much more healthy than the sugar laden versions of our day.  Here’s how I make my Fruit Filled Yogurt Freezer Pops:

Fruit Filled Yogurt Freezer Pops

Ingredients

  • Fruit of your choice blueberries and strawberries are our favorite
  • Yogurt Greek or regular
  • Milk cow, almond, rice, soy, or coconut
  • Sugar brown or white

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together by hand.  

  2. Pour mixture into freezer pop molds and freeze until solid.  

Recipe Notes

It is a good idea to taste the mix before you freeze it to gauge the flavor.  Add sugar to taste. Depending on the sweetness of the yogurt and fruit, you may need to add more or less.

I made a batch using frozen fruit AND some leftover summer fruit salsa.  Watch how I do it here:

 

 

Amanda is a wife, mom, and all around frugal lady.  She shares her family and faith on The Fundamental Home and Fundamental Faith YouTube channels.  She also blogs at thefundamentalhome.com   There, you can find her blog series, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month.”  Amanda is co-creator of Frugal Family Food and, as such, is dedicated to helping families eat well on a budget. 

 

 

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Barbecue Smoked Chicken & Fixins

Smoked Chicken

Hello friends! We are in a new month of Frugal Family Food collabs and for the month of July we have asked our collaborators to share their favorite frugal meals with Backyard Barbecue in mind. I can’t speak for everyone, but our fallback for the grill is always hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken. We are looking forward to having some new, frugal ideas to share with all of you (and ourselves).

We love Todd and Rachel from That 1870s Homestead. We’ve been following them on Instagram forever and they started their YouTube channel recently. We got to meet them at the MIgardener Grand Opening, and my family (Tangi) was blessed enough to visit with them at their home and tour their beautiful farm!

Freedom Homestead with That 1870s Homestead at the MIgardener Grand Opening

Today they are sharing with us Rachel’s “favorite, favorite, F A V O R I T E” backyard barbecue entree, Smoked Chicken, using chicken they raised and harvested on their farm. The chicken ain’t all, y’all. They also have some fixin’s to share! Check them out and sub to their channel.

 

 

When you visit their channel be sure to let them know how much you appreciate their video.

Don’t forget to check out all of our other collaborators by watching our FFF playlist. 

 

About the Collaborator

Todd and Rachel from That 1870s Homestead

Todd and Rachel are putting the “Farm” back in Farmhouse, growing organic food and hoping to reduce the footprint they will leave behind. Pure Michigan!

 

 

 

 

Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Have you ever taken some of your favorites foods and tried to morph them together? I sure have! I’ve taken some of my favorite casseroles and turned them into soup. I’ve turned some of my favorite meals into impressive sandwiches.

When we decided to share 31 Days of Summertime Treats with y’all, I really wanted to do an ice cream sandwich but not the traditional kind. I wanted something that was a little unexpected. Then it came to me! I’ll combine a couple of my favorite treats into one! A treat that I look forward to is the Banana Cream Pie Milkshakes that Sonic carries from time to time. I also love a good ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day.

BOOM!

Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches!

It’s easy enough that your kids can help put them together.

Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Course Dessert
Servings 27 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding (3.9 oz)
  • 8 oz whipped topping
  • 1 medium banana (peeled and chopped small)
  • 1 box honey graham crackers (crackers broken in halves)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together pudding and milk. Wait about a minute until the pudding thickens.

  2. Gently fold in the whipped topping.

  3. Fold in banana pieces.

  4. Pour mixture into a freezer safe dish, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze until frozen completely. 

  5. Once frozen, break apart and put into a food processor, Pulse until smooth. *Don't over process! You wan't your mixture to be firm enough to stay on the grahams. Over processing will make it too soft and the ice cream with slide right off.

  6. Assemble your sandwiches by adding about a tablespoon of your "ice cream" to the middle of a graham cracker, add graham cracker to the top and smoosh the ice cream to the edges of the grahams.

  7. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until firm. 

Recipe Notes

Variations:
Fold in a tablespoon of peanut butter to your pudding and whipped topping mixture for a "Chunky Monkey". 

Instead of bananas, try blueberries or strawberries.

Use chocolate pudding for a Chocolate Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwich.

Love cheesecake? Me too! Use the Cheesecake Pudding mix instead of vanilla, and add your favorite berries. 

 

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Tangi is a wife, mom, gardener, and committed frugal foodie.  She shares her family’s life, love of liberty, and love for each other on their YouTube channel, “Freedom Homestead.” Check out her “A Day in the Life: Canning, Dehydrating, Fermenting, Sprouting, and Gardening” video, and you will see just how dedicated she is to feeding her family well on a budget with homegrown food.

 

Summer Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps

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Here at Frugal Family Food, we are all about not wasting a thing- especially when that thing is AMAZING summer fruit.  Yesterday, we made super cute Independence Day Fruit Sparklers and after we cut out our watermelon stars, there was lots of delicious watermelon left on the slice.  We also had some leftover mixed berries.  All of that goodness had to be put to good use, so we made this summer fruit salsa.  It’s the perfect compliment to the Sparklers, and the grown ups will LOVE to eat it paired with our Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps.

Summer Fruit Salsa

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Mixed Summer Fruit watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
  • 3 tbsp Fruit Preserves strawberry, blueberry, raspberry
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice

Instructions

  1. Cut watermelon, strawberries, and any other large fruit into small, salsa-size chunks.  Add to bowl with whole blueberries and raspberries.

  2. Add Fruit Preserves and Lemon Juice.  Stir together.   

Recipe Notes

This recipe can be made with fresh or frozen fruit.  If using frozen, it may get more "liquid" faster, but this does not (in our opinion) diminish the taste.  It actually make it more salsa-like.  Can be stored, but tastes best served freshly cut.  Serve with Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps or whipped cream.  Can also be used as a topping for angel food cake or cheesecake.  

Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps

Ingredients

  • Flour Tortillas
  • Oil Spray
  • Cinnamon Sugar

Instructions

  1. Cut flour tortillas in triangle-shaped wedges.  

  2. Spray with Oil Spray, front and back

  3. Sprinkle both sides with cinnamon sugar to taste 

  4. Bake at 350° for 8-11 minutes, or until crisp

Recipe Notes

A perfect compliment to Summer Fruit Salsa 

They are  super simple to make, use ingredients you already have on hand, and will look beautiful at the party next to your Sparkler centerpiece and that big hunk of watermelon.  I made a video showing just how it is done.  Just look how beautiful the finished product is!

Don’t forget that we are making summertime treats everyday for the month of July.  We want you to eat well on a budget and to do that, you will have to make sure your kids are getting good snacks.  We are here to help.  Come back tomorrow for more tasty treats!

 

Amanda is a wife, mom, and all around frugal lady.  She shares her family and faith on The Fundamental Home and Fundamental Faith YouTube channels.  She also blogs at thefundamentalhome.com   There, you can find her blog series, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month.”  Amanda is co-creator of Frugal Family Food and, as such, is dedicated to helping families eat well on a budget. 

 

 

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Independence Day Fruit Sparklers

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I love Independence Day.

Maybe it’s because I grew up in the Washington DC metro area.  The 4th of July was one of the best times of the year.  We would walk down to the Village Green and sit on a sheet on the grass, eating snacks and playing with sparklers, waiting for the fireworks to begin.  When my children were born, I was thrilled to take them to the same Village Green I had played on to see the fireworks display.

Here in North Carolina, we have gone to many different celebrations.  It’s been fun to see the many ways one can celebrate our nation’s birth.  One thing that never changes… food is a MUST!  Independence Day would not be the same without treats to keep us full and entertained while we wait for fireworks.

Today, I am sharing with you a treat that combines two of my favorite 4th of July traditions- fruit and sparklers.  Every year around this time, watermelon and berries go on sale.  This is the PERFECT time to fill up on the juicy goodness and not break the bank.  The kids (and adults) will love making these sparklers, and they make a beautiful centerpieces.  Give them a try!  They may turn into your new family Independence Day tradition.

Independence Day Fruit Sparklers

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon
  • 3 cups strawberries, blueberries, and/or raspberries fresh or frozen (slice or cut strawberries)

Instructions

  1. Slice your watermelon into 3/4 inch slices. 

  2. Use your star-shaped cookie cutter to cut stars shapes from the watermelon slices, keeping as close as you can so as not to waste the fruit.  

  3. Place star-shaped watermelon on top of bamboo skewers.

  4. Slide berries onto bamboo skewers below the star shaped watermelon in whatever pattern you desire.  

Recipe Notes

For this recipe, you will need bamboo skewers and a star-shaped cookie cutter. 

I use frozen berries because that is what my children prefer, but fresh berries work well, too.  It's all a matter of preference.  

Place finished Fruit Sparklers into your favorite Mason Jar.  I like to use my Blue Ball Jars because I like to be extra festive 🙂  

You can watch me make them here.  They are SUPER simple.

 

Amanda is a wife, mom, and all around frugal lady.  She shares her family and faith on The Fundamental Home and Fundamental Faith YouTube channels.  She also blogs at thefundamentalhome.com   There, you can find her blog series, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month.”  Amanda is co-creator of Frugal Family Food and, as such, is dedicated to helping families eat well on a budget. 

 

 

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Iced Caramel Macchiato

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For the month of July, Frugal Family Food is sharing summertime treats.  But it’s Monday.  And we know you need coffee… lots of coffee… to make this summer amazing.

We got you, Boo.

Every Monday, we are sharing a coffee based treat for the java lovers.

This Monday, we have a recipe for Iced Caramel Macchiato that is SOOOOO simple.  I mean, seriously.  You will be mad at yourself for ever having paid $5 for it at your favorite shop because the home version is THE SAME!  I am talking an EXACT COPY of the store version.  Plus, you probably have all of the ingredients at home.

My daughter makes it herself all the time (with decaf, of course).  Watch her make it and see just how simple it is (She also shares how she makes a chocolate chip frappe, if you are interested).

Iced Caramel Macchiato

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp caramel syrup plus extra for drizzle
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 shots espresso or 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1 dash vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. 1.  Add caramel syrup to bottom or large glass mug.  

    2.  Place ice cubes in the mug. 

    3.  Add milk to mug.  

    4.  Add dash of vanilla to espresso (or coffee).  Stir. 

    5.  Add espresso mixture to mug.  

    6.  Drizzle caramel on top.  

Recipe Notes

If you want to make this just like your local coffee shop, serve with a straw and let whoever is drinking this beverage stir is themselves.  It is an experience just to watch all the coffee yumminess to combine.  

 

Amanda is a wife, mom, and all around frugal lady.  She shares her family and faith on The Fundamental Home and Fundamental Faith YouTube channels.  She also blogs at thefundamentalhome.com   There, you can find her blog series, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month.”  Amanda is co-creator of Frugal Family Food and, as such, is dedicated to helping families eat well on a budget. 

 

 

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