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Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

peanut butter and jelly granola bars on laying on a wooden board

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

Good and Cheap cover 2nd edition

Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

I couldn’t believe it when I realized I had not posted this Peanut butter and jelly granola bar recipe on the blog! It’s one of the most popular recipes from Good and Cheap and if you haven’t given it a go, let this be your moment. They are so flexible and fool-proof, let them be a part of your breakfast rotation.

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Sweet, Crispy and Juicy Broiled Grapefruit

close up of half a grapefruit with slightly blackened edges

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

Good and Cheap cover 2nd edition

Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

It’s glorious grapefruit season right now! I have been eating them until my tongue hurts and inevitably juice runs down my chin. We’ve added the zest to drinks, had ’em in salads, but I still like them best as a breakfast or snack just as they are.

If you’re looking for a really simple way to take a standard grapefruit breakfast and turn it into a spectacular, hot sticky brunch treat, try this broiling method. You can use any kind of sugar or syrup and add some herbs if you’re feeling fancy. I had something similar at a restaurant with thyme leaves sprinkled on top and it was lovely.

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Avocado, White Bean and Grapefruit Toasts

naan bread piled high with avocado, white bean and grapefruit salad

Another quick lunch idea I thought I’d share. This is a cold salad on top of warm toast (well naan bread in my case, but use what you have on hand). With the cold weather, I’ve been pretty uninterested in eating anything cold lately, but this had a warm enough overall vibe to be appealing even on a dreary, rainy winter day. Avocados and grapefruit have both been on mega sale lately so I have quite a few hanging around. The avocados are perfectly ripe and I am feeling pressure to eat them before they go off. So today I thought I’d make an extra fancy avocado toast by combining tangy grapefruit and creamy, savory white beans with the avocado.

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Whipped Cream Meets Fruit

whipped cream with mango, oranges and raspberries in cups with gold spoons

When I was a kid I always thought that dipping strawberries into cream looked like the greatest idea anyone had ever had. In our house whipped cream was something we would get every once in a while on a special occasion as part of a dessert. You ate it serenely on top of something wonderful and appreciated it because it was a rarity. Fast-forward to a few days ago, listening to The Sporkful—a wonderful podcast centered around eating and human behavior—and the host, Dan Pashman, proclaims that his new years resolution is to eat more home made whipped cream. I am struck. Me too Dan, me too. Let’s eat fruit and whipped cream right now, in the middle of winter. Today I experimented with frozen mango and raspberries and fresh oranges. All were great, but raspberry was probably the favorite.

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Leanne Brown

Hi! I'm Leanne Brown, a home cook in Brooklyn by way of Canada. I write cookbooks, like the one below!

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