In an effort to slash my grocery budget, I'm looking for more ideas of meals that I can make with beans and rice
(and other relatively inexpensive HEALTHY, unproccesed ingredients). Does anyone have any ideas of a cookbook or the like that focuses on more frugal ingredients? (fwiw, we try to eat a veg. diet most of the time, and avoid dairy)
most of the sites i've seen (like hillbilly housewife and the like) have a lot of processed ingredients that were bought on sale, so I'm looking for a more "natural" resource.
I like a cookbook called Cheap.Fast.Good! by Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross. It's an omni cookbook, and it's food that we really eat. The meals are quick, they are flavorful, and we really enjoy them. I think many of the meals lend themselves to easily becoming veggie. One of our favorite meals from the book, for instance, is Lentil Chili (really, really good).
I also really love my good old fasioned Moosewood. Always good for some inspiration.
I like a good basic cookbook, too. Something like The Ultimate Southern Living or How to Cook Everything.
And, of course, ethnic food. I love Rick Bayless's Mexican Everyday or Mexico, One Plate at a Time. Just by nature, most of the ingredients are really cheap. For instance, I made my dh's birthday meal out of this cookbook this weekend. We had queso fundido with chorizo and poblanos on tortillas. The entire meal cost $9.35, and that included some splurges (out of season tomatoes), because it was a birthday.
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian has a lot of good basic veggie recipes with ingredients I can actually find! Something that I haven't found to be true of a LOT of other veggie cookbooks I've looked at...
my two favorite cookbooks lately are Vegan with a Vengance and The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook...also, I use a lot of old (1950s and older) cookbooks...some of the pre-war ones are very good for thrifty meals without processed ingredients, though I have to substitute for the meat (the entrees are often meaty recipes).
I LOVE art of simple food, but I don't think its as recipe heavy as it could be. Its great for information about food, but specific recipes I think its a little light on. I like cookbooks that way though.
really, i love the hillbilly housewife and i do not like processed ingredients, but she has good recipes. mostly in the make your own convience foods from scratch is the only place where there have been a few things i didn't like. i use better than boullion instead of cubes. she does use those a lot.