Homemade, soaked pasta, healthy and frugal!
Like anything in life, you can start drifting in a direction that you never meant to go. I feel like in small ways that has happened to my blog. When I first started this blog, I intended just to show my daily food, share my own recipes, and talk about how I eat healthy food on a budget.
Somewhere along the line, I got worried about sharing our daily fare, it just didn’t seem fancy enough to share on a food blog! So I tried to share more of my nicer fare. Yet, I do want my blog to be a resource of frugal meal ideas, even if they are simple sometimes. So I decided it was time to be a bit more intentional with my blog! So along with my own personal goals for the summer, I am going to share some new features for this blog that I’ve spent a long time thinking about.
Pennywise Platter Thursday, Where Nourishing Food is Frugal Too
First a new weekly carnival! I hope you will participate, as we all need to band together and share our ideas and recipes! I named this carnival the Pennywise Platter Carnival because I wanted to give the idea of being frugal (pennywise) yet filling (platter, not small little salad plate). This will be the carnival to share your tips, your best shopping tricks, and, of course, your recipes. And since it’s on the Nourishing Gourmet, stick to real food!
We all know that we can coupon shop, get food for free, and start with a cake mix and eat cheap. Let’s show the world we can eat frugally and nourishing. It’s a different, more rewarding way to be frugal. June 25th will be our first one, and after that, they will run weekly! Stay tuned for more information!
Five Dollar Dishes
Along those same lines, I decided it would be a fun challenge to start calculating how much I spend on certain dishes. This is going to be a stretch for me because I don’t always enjoy figuring out math problems in my head while I cook, like how much a tablespoon of honey costs and all of that. But not only will it help me keep track of how much I am spending on what, but I hope it also translates into helping you too! I won’t do this for every meal I make, that’s just too much work and goes against my overall eating and shopping philosophy. But I will try to feature one dish a week (which could be a dessert, salad, main dish, anything!) that I spend five dollars or less making. We will see how it goes! I may also do a Ten Dollar Main Dish feature as well.
Lessons from History
I read a lot and I am continually coming across interesting “lessons” from history that help me be a better cook, help me concentrate on healthy food, and give me tips on frugal living. I would like to share them with you too! I really enjoyed being able to share some of them in my classes, it’s time I took them to my blog too.
So there are some of my upcoming new features. What do you think? Any that you especially like the sound of? Have any other suggestions?