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post #21 of 33
Just giving this a little (ok a big) bump
post #22 of 33
I just stumbled upon this forum-great ideas!
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post #23 of 33
What a great threat!

I have a delicious lentil soup recipe (but from my head, so not super exact)

Saute onions, celery, carrot and garlic. Add brown lentils and water. Cook until lentils are soft. Add spices (whatever you think, cumin is my fave) Add chopped herbs or spinach and soya sauce and lots of lemon juice. It's so good!
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We also like:

Bean dips from cooked beans: add oil and either lemon juice, vinegar or umeboshi paste and whatever vegetables you have chopped up super small.

steamed vegetables with tahini or nut butter sauce (tahini/ nut butter mixed with hot water and salt/ soya sauce and whatever else) served with brown rice.

summer vegetable saute with chick peas: saute onions, zucchinni, yellow squash, peppers, tomatoes, garlic (or whatever of the above you have) and chick peas in oil with a bit of salt, pepper and oregano/ basil. Serve with couscous, quinoa or rice.

dahl soup: 1/2 c - 1 c. mung bean or split pea. 1/4 c basmati rice, onions, celery, carrots, pat of butter, 1-2 tsp garam masala (indian spice mix: 1 corriander, 1 cumin, 1 black pepper, 1/2 cinnamon, 1/2 turmeric) and salt to taste. Throw all in a pot with water and cook until it's done. Serve with bread/ salad/ steamed veggies.

curries with rice, stir fries, soup pots (leftover veggies and rice noodle in a pot with soya sauce), noodles with tomato, vegetable or nut butter sauces, chile,
lentils and rice, big salad with baked tofu/hard boiled egg/ nuts or seeds.
post #24 of 33
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post #25 of 33
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Originally Posted by treemom2
One of our fav things to do is save and freeze all of our veggie and fresh herb scraps--you know, peelings, onion skins, garlic paper, etc. . .then once a month we boil it in some water and voila Veggie stock--totally awesome and different every time (last month we even added some strawberry tops and it was great).
I jsut started doing this. I haven't made the stock yet. How much veggies do you need to accumulate first? You use the messy paper part of the onions & garlic too? I think I am just throwing too much away
post #26 of 33
treemom2- Your stock idea is great.

Thanks to the posts on this thread I just saved the fam $15 that we would have spent on take out food. You laddies inspired me to cook with the left overs that I already had. A small piece of pork sirloin marinated in tomato juice, oil, hot peppers. Spanish rice with more tomato juice and onions. Caned re-fried bean and tortillas.

Keep on posting your ideas here it is very helpful.
post #27 of 33
Yeah, I used the stock idea yesterday -- (hope it worked) -- it sure smelled good while simmering. What a great idea! Can't wait to borrow some more of these fabulous ideas -- wonderful thread. Thanks mamas!
post #28 of 33
[QUOTE=Earth Angel]thanks for the responses!

I do quiches, and other bakes with eggs...also dairy and am feeling that if I could cut down our dairy use as well as eggs we could be more frugal with our grocery bill.....
Real organic maple syrup is all we buy...but it is really expensive, worth it but expensive!!!"



I have found that pure olive oil, butter, EGGS, and pure maple syrup, all of which we go through in quantity, are available at a great cost savings at costco or sams clubs, if you have one near by. I also do all of my cooking and baking from scratch and so buy flour (white for the occaisional pastry/gift and/or w.wheat)and sugar in bulk, too. These things, unfortunately, are not organic in these quantities. King Arthur Flour sells organic flours in bulk, but the shipping makes the cost savings shrink quickly. I much prefer cooking with organic products, but we're so strapped right now that if I don't grow it organic, and/or I can't find it in bulk at Whole Foods Market, we can't, just CAN'T afford anything but the kid's rice milk and my 1/2 gallon a week of cow's milk. I make menus 6 weeks in advance. In the spring my local fruit market sells premium hams (usually $8/lb)for $2/lb. I buy several of them, cut them into 4 lb chunks and freeze them. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas we can get turkey for about $.50/lb. I buy several and freeze them. Costco has the best everyday price for pork loin, whole OR cut into chops. I buy a couple of them to have on hand, and then watch the sale fliers every week at the local grocery stores (there are three major chains within 3 miles of our house) for other meat specials. About every six weeks or so, I can get buy one pound, get two free ground turkey, which comes to about $.99/lb. I buy ten to fifteen pounds. I buy my noodles bulk at costco. I buy lentils, rice, beans bulk organic at whole foods. I have a roast one day, make a soup or stew from leftovers one day. I make breakfast one day (eggs really are inexpensive, if you buy in bulk, we buy 3 doz @a time). Got a bread machine for our wedding, and make our own bread 2x/week. Make morning glory muffins or homemade oatmeal,bear mush, steel cut oats (bulk), homemade english muffins, or toast, and fruit for breakfast. Cereal from the store is just not cheap enough! Have leftovers from dinner for lunch (dh never goes out unless a supplier is buying!), often using spare meat from the roast, if we're in the mood for a "cold-cut sandwich". Also, my kids LOVE soup, and will eat just about anything if it's IN soup, so I often make an extra pot of soup for their lunches. We have a vegetarian meal twice a week. Make homemade pizza every friday (buy pizza cheese on sale every six weeks), using homemade dough (it's really easy). The last day, we spend every other week at either my parents or his for a "family dinner" with the grandparents. I use a really great combo of cookbooks, and rotate recipes, so we don't get bored. There's a great program on our computer that allows me to type stuff onto a calendar, and I type the menu and then print it out. Saves time, saves the 5:00 phone call asking "okay honey, what do you want for dinner..." helps save money at the grocery store. The point of this was to say, the warehouse stores CAN save you money if you buy certain products and are diligent about getting in and out with only what's on your list. We REALLY save on the things I listed above at costco over grocery store prices. Good luck!
post #29 of 33
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Originally Posted by norcalmommy
Lentil soup is definitely my most frugal recipe. I can copy it here later, but I don't have it in front of me right now.

I'd like a copy of the recipe, if you have time.

thanks!
~Nay
post #30 of 33
Love this thread! One question, though. I know beans are great for you and very cheap. However, dh hates them because they give him terrible gas. They don't do me any favors, either, but dh is a BIG eater, and just plain eats more. Does anyone have any solution to this prob? I really want to serve beans more often.

Liz
post #31 of 33
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However, dh hates them because they give him terrible gas. They don't do me any favors, either, but dh is a BIG eater, and just plain eats more. Does anyone have any solution to this prob? I really want to serve beans more often.

Put a couple drops of bean-o right in to the pot of beans after you've cooked them, solves the problem.
post #32 of 33
Yes, you dont need to avoid beans! one thing you can try is Kombu. It's a seaweed and you can find it in a package of about 6 or so slices , one of which just gets put into the cooking beans and then pulled out before eating.
There are other ways too im sure but thats the one i use.
Good eating!
post #33 of 33
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Originally Posted by mama4gals
Love this thread! One question, though. I know beans are great for you and very cheap. However, dh hates them because they give him terrible gas. They don't do me any favors, either, but dh is a BIG eater, and just plain eats more. Does anyone have any solution to this prob? I really want to serve beans more often.

Liz
Beans used to give our whole family terrible gas, until I learned about sprouting them! Soak your beans for 12-24 hours or so (depending on how hard they are) rinse, drain well, put in a large jar on your counter and continue to rinse 2 times a day until sprouts appear 1-4 days later, then, cook as normal... problem solved!
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