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The Five Best Summer Avocado Recipes

Summer is flying by like usual. There are so many things I want to do before it ends, and cook as well. Certain recipes are just better during the warm weather and I want to enjoy them while I can! Luckily, there is still plenty of time until the seasons turn (hopefully), and to motivate myself I decided to look at the Five Best Summer Avocado Recipes I could find.

The avocado (the California avocado at least) goes in season during the summer, and is a versatile and fresh ingredient that can be used in countless summer recipes. On top of that, it’s growing in popularity like crazy.

On average, about 44 million pounds of avocados were sold each WEEK in 2017 so far according to the Hass Avocado Board. Compare that to 2004 when it was hovering at around 12-13 million pounds per week -. It nearly quadrupled! Read More

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What $7 is Worth in Food

“What $7 is Worth in Food” is something I think about almost daily. I am a relatively cheap person, as you can tell by the name of this site and by the fact that I break down the costs of every single recipe I put on Economical Chef. Oftentimes, when thinking about buying something or reflecting on a recent purchase, I use the expression, “I could have bought X burritos with that…” Of course, referring to $7 Chipotle chicken burritos. A little lost? Here is a quick example of what goes on in my head:

*buys $20 pair of shorts*

*Immediately thinks, “Was that really worth 3 burritos?”*

*most likely returns shorts*

Strange? Practical? Either way, it can be a pretty fun exercise to run through:

  • Every wonder how many burritos you could have gotten with your $200 plane ticket? The answer is 28 and a half.
  • Did you just get a $1,000/year raise at work and want to spend it all on burritos. Well, you are in for a treat because you can get 2.74 burritos per week with your new found cash.
  • Thinking twice about the $100 is custom fit clothes you just bought? You should because that is worth 14 and a quarter burritos. Two weeks straight of burritos!

Before Now that I have gotten carried away, I want to make the practical argument for this way of thinking. Not only is this a fun exercise (for me at least), but it’s saved me from a couple $50 dinners I realized I didn’t actually want because when it came down to it, that’s equivalent to one burrito every night for a week. Is the $50 dinner really 7 times as good as a burrito? No, it’s not even twice as good usually. It might actually be worse… Read More

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Economical Travel Tips: 5 Ways to Save Money While Traveling

Traveling is fun, there is no better way to put it. Nothing beats exploring new cities, parks, beaches and restaurants. The downfall is that traveling can also be very expensive. This month I am taking a trip to the Southwest United States to explore some national parks. I am beyond excited, but naturally also looking to save some dough while still having an awesome trip.

So, since I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic the past couple weeks I thought I would share some Economical Travel Tips that help me save money while traveling. Read More

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Five Spring Recipe Ideas to Make This Year

The weather is finally warming up and I am beginning to crave some fresher, Spring recipes. To get motivated for this new season I put together a list of Five Spring Recipe Ideas to Make This Year.

Five Spring Recipe Ideas - FSM

Quick Meme

If you haven’t seen Forgetting Sarah Marshall then that meme went right over your head. You should check it out – it’s a top 5 comedy of all time, no doubt.

Getting back on track, there are a lot of fresh vegetables and other ingredients that are in season this time of year. It’s great to take advantage of in season produce because it’s usually more affordable and also tastes crisper, more vibrant and all around better. You can check out the full rundown of ingredients that are in season right now in either of these detailed lists:

Some highlights from both of the lists include: Read More

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Food Truck Economics: Breaking Down the Revolution

Food Truck economics check out. Not only do Food Trucks churn out awesome and unique food, they are also extremely economical; helping both chefs and patrons everywhere. Don’t believe me? Let’s break it down.

Food truck economics broken down.

A modest food truck (fully decked out with cooking equipment) will run you anywhere between $30,000 and $100,000. Let’s call it $75,000. Fixed cost, done. Read More