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6 copycat chinese takeout gluten free vegan recipes

6 Copycat Chinese Takeout Recipes

Whether you or someone you love has food allergies, you just want to control the quality of ingredients in the things that you’re eating, or you want to shave some serious cheddar off your monthly food bills, here are 6 of my favorite, crave-worthy copycat Asian takeout recipes to make at home.

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Money Monday: Buying in Bulk

Whenever I talk to my dad about budgeting, he always brings up the warehouse clubs…groan. Don’t get me wrong, I think warehouse clubs are a great idea in theory, but the reality is that the quality of the products you find there in bulk are sub-par to those you’d buy individually, with rare exception.

gluten free girl scout cookies

The New Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies

Suddenly finding out that you have a food allergy can be not only surprisingly expensive but downright depressing — especially when that means you can no longer indulge in sacred American food traditions, like Girl Scout Cookie season.

money saving mint ice cubes

Freezing Herbs & Mint Ice Cubes

I love mint in the summertime. The first sip of a mint julep during Derby Days in May always gives me hope that vacation is around the corner — and nothing seems to soothe a hot, humid summer swelter in the height of August quite like an iced tea with mint.

DIY green juice cleanse

DIY Worth a Try: Detox Green Juice Smoothie Cups

One of the first things I ever pinned to Pinterest was this (adapted) recipe from Muffin Tin Mania, loving how simple it was: one blender full makes 12 servings, or one week’s worth of fresh green juice for two adults (with one cheat day somewhere in there), frozen in cupcake pans. Just pop one of the frozen cups into a blender, add coconut water or almond milk, blend, and go! Way easier and oodles cheaper than the juice bar or a fancy cleanse.

grocery diet experiment sick days

Grocery Diet: Sick Days

Literally putting my grocery diet experiment on hold, the past two days I found myself with neither the energy to cook nor the appetite for food, finally succumbing to this nasty sinus cold that’s been making its way around Boston and the Swap office, in particular — swapping germs is not a fun type of swap