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March 23, 2009 - 4:36am

Most Americans—me included—are looking for ways to lower their grocery bills. I don’t bother trying to crunch numbers at the grocery store because I’m not very good at doing math in my head. (And I wouldn’t want to be seen walking around with a calculator.) So, to stick to my food budget, I start with an affordable and nutritious main ingredient and use these recipes to build a budget-friendly meal around it.

Here are six nutritious money savers to toss in your shopping cart.

Read on to discover 6 superfoods for $1 or less.

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March 20, 2009 - 4:36am

On the off chance that we run into each other at the grocery store, I guarantee you’ll find me poring over the ingredient list on the back of a package. I love food shopping and often spend hours perusing the aisles in search of the healthiest—and cheapest—items on the shelves. Then I head home to make delicious budget-friendly meals. But when I go to the store with my fiancé (who hates to shop), it has to be a quick in-and-out. Only price comparisons allowed! There’s no time to find the most nutritious cereal, pasta sauce, soup, etc. It’s sooo frustrating!

My savior: The latest rating system to hit supermarkets awards points to foods based on how nutritious...

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March 19, 2009 - 4:36am

I know as well as anyone that dietary slips often have a domino effect. For example, I’m most likely to crave ice cream after eating several pieces of cheesy pizza. After I indulge the craving, the guilt sets in. Then, I have to remind myself that one less-than-perfect moment will not undo my week of cooking delicious low-cal recipes.

Beating yourself up when you don’t eat as well as you’d like to won’t help you to manage your weight. In fact, it may even get in the way. So stop it! Be nice to yourself. Need some help remembering how to do that? Here are ways to stay positive about weight loss.

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March 18, 2009 - 4:36am

It’s sugaring season in Vermont and here at the heart of Maple Syrup nation my neighbors are tapping the trees, pulling out 40 gallons of sap to boil down to one gallon of syrup. While most people just use maple syrup on pancakes, I find its sweet, earthy flavor pairs well with all sorts of foods. Here are a few of my favorite recipes using maple syrup:

Sesame-Maple Roasted Tofu: This quick and healthy dinner pairs creamy tofu and crispy snap peas with a tahini-maple sauce. Serve with udon noodles and Green Tea-Poached Pears for dessert.

Maple-Walnut Tapioca Pudding: Turn comforting tapioca pudding into a special dessert for two by spiking it with pure maple syrup and finishing it with a...

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March 17, 2009 - 4:36am

I get excited for March Madness not because I like college basketball (to be honest it’s really lost on me): I like the excuse to get together with friends, drink beer and eat some seriously junk-a-delic food.

Chile con queso is one of my favorite guilty pleasures, along with homemade pizza and my favorite beer. If you’re not familiar with chili con queso, it’s a cheesy, gooey dip usually served in a crockpot to keep it hot. My family (the half from Texas) makes it with Velveeta, jack cheese, salsa (preferably Herdez brand) and maybe some green chiles.

Get the recipe: Chile Con Queso

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