What to Do with 10 Pounds of Potatoes

Potatoes are frugal eats at their finest. They are cheap, filling, and can be cooked in so many different ways. Sometimes I’ll find 5 or 10 pound bags of potatoes go on sale. But, what to do with that entire bag besides plain old baked potatoes?

Back in 2010, fellow blogger Audrey from Tight Wad in Utah shared three recipes to use up an entire bag. To date, her recipes post has been one of the most successful ever published here at The Coupon Project. (And that’s saying a lot as I have over 15,000 published posts as of August 2019!)

I recently decided to go back and give her post some new love with some fresh food photographs and “bump” it for readers who may have missed it. It’s definitely worth pinning or hanging onto for the next time you find yourself with a glut of potatoes!

Recipe #1: Scalloped Potatoes

This recipe which uses 8 potatoes (found at AllRecipes) freezes well, so I hear. I can’t manage to have any left to freeze. The section that is gone was my “test” piece to make sure they were done.

The recipe is pretty straight forward and uses ingredients you probably already have. If you’re not going to eat it all at once like me, divide it into meal portions after it’s cooled from baking, seal in a freezer container or bag, label it with the name and date, freeze!

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Best Ever Tamale Pie Recipe

A few weeks ago, I wanted to make some sort of tamale casserole. I perused a number of well-rated recipes on AllRecipes.com, but didn’t find anything exactly that I had in mind. So I used this one for some basic inspiration and then made a number of modifications to it. The result was so delicious that my husband declared it to be one of the best meals I’d ever made. I figure that made it worth sharing with you!

While there is quite a little list of ingredients in this recipe, have no fear. I promise it’s easy to put together and I bet you’d have most of these items in your pantry right now.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Olive or canola oil, for cooking
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup prepared salsa
  • 2 boxes cornbread mix, such as Jiffy
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 8 oz shredded Mexican Cheese blend (or Monterey Jack or Cheddar, any combination)
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 350°.

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How to Make Dandelion Root Tea

How to make Dandelion Root Tea - it's so good for you, and it couldn't be easier!

I recently shared how I foraged for dandelion roots and greens and turned them into food and medicine (make sure to check it out if you haven’t!). One of the ways I’ve used the roots is to turn it into a healthful tea. I wanted to share this with you today as dandelions are in abundance and this tea couldn’t be easier to make.

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Before I dive into making the tea, I want to speak a moment on where to get your dandelions! Of course, your yard may be a great source if you have not used chemicals (such as fertilizer or weed killer) in the last three years. Also take care to not forage food from protected or private lands. I stumbled on this most helpful post about rules for foraging in the Pacific Northwest that may be of help!

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As I described in the dandelion foraging post, dandelions have a long taproot – so take care when pulling them up to get as much of that goodness as possible! Use a shovel, or even better, a garden fork to gently loosen up from the soil.

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Make sure to properly clean your roots! At the dandelion intensive course I took over the weekend at Cedar Mountain Herb School, we soaked the roots in water, agitated, drained, and repeated a couple times. Then we laid the roots out on shallow trays and blasted with a hose.

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Game Day Menu Idea: Seahawks Dessert Shooter

Ready to root on our Seahawks this weekend? If so, I’ve got a super cute and easy dessert idea for you: Seahawks dessert shooters! Here’s what you’ll need: Small box green jello prepared Small box blue jello prepared 1/2 cup …

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How to Save on Your Las Vegas Trip

Last week, I spent several days in Las Vegas. While I was there to attend the Affiliate Summit, I also had an opportunity to step out a bit and see what I could learn about saving money if you were planning a trip to Las Vegas for pleasure.

A general caveat first. I’ve decided I’m really not a fan of Las Vegas. There are a number of reasons for this, but mainly it’s because I feel like Las Vegas a pretty stinky city that wears too much perfume and really just needs a bath. But, that’s another post for another day. I do know that many, many folks love going to Vegas – perhaps for a girls’ weekend away or a romantic getaway or to live it up and have fun. So today, I’d like to give you a few ideas for how to save money.

Saving on Airfare to Las Vegas

I really like using Travelzoo’s Today’s Best Airfare Deals to see at a glance where the best prices are for airfare. Just type in your city and voila! Best prices for the day.

Cheap Airfare to Las Vegas

You can also watch for one-day only type sales. I do post about these when I find them. Another way to go is to check out my post on leveraging credit card sign-up bonuses for free (or nearly free) airfare. Because I had earned a number of Southwest air miles this way, I paid a whopping $10 fee for my round-trip ticket to Las Vegas from Seattle.

Once you’re at the airport, you have a few options for transportation to your hotel. Thankfully, the Strip is just minutes from the airport so there’s not a huge distance to go. I opted for the taxi out of convenience, but it was super pricey. If you’re looking for the cheapest option, go for one of the $7 shuttles. The shuttle would’ve meant more stops, but would’ve saved me about $20 over the cab fare.

Saving on Hotels in Las Vegas

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Now, I stayed at the Paris because that’s where the conference was happening. When I went to the hotel’s website, I noticed a smallish banner at the top that they were running a stay two nights, get one night free deal – and the dates happened to coincide with my trip!

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