Frugality in too many people’s minds is limited to” 100 uses for discarded toilet roll tubes.” Frugality doesn’t have to be silly or spartan (though toilet roll tubes can come in handy sometimes). When choosing frugal food, we don’t have to only choose packaged food we coupon to get free. When learning frugal practices we don’t just need to learn creative ways to use discarded milk cartons. Frugal and yes, nourishing, cooking has been going on for hundreds and thousands of years, and they managed it without rebates, milk cartons and even stores.
I have been reading more about how people cooked, thought and survived in the past- there is so much to discover and learn. Many of these historical insights I look forward to sharing with you soon. But meanwhile, we are here in the present. Food is needed, and dinner needs to be put on the table.
Let’s share our tips and recipes for nourishing frugal meals!
Before we get to the guidelines, I’ll just point out a few resources on this blog . On the left hand side you will see “categories”, click on Nourishing Frugal Tips or Nourishing Frugal Recipes for some ideas. Also, check out the first nourishing frugal food carnival I did almost a year ago. 12 Tips for Squeezing the most Nutrient Dense Food out of Your Budget is another post with some ideas for you. Finally, check out some excellent, sage advice from our last panel as they give frugal tips.
A few “rules” to keep in mind for the carnival.
- Use “real food”. Because we want these recipes to be nourishing, share recipes that really utilize real food such as meat, legumes, whole grains, butter, broths, coconut oil, natural sweetener, milk, coconut milk etc. Avoid most packaged foods, and all fake food (i.e. margerine, fake meats etc).
- Link back to this post in your post. Make sure that people can find this carnival so that they will be directed to everyone’s tips and recipes. If you have some old posts you would like to highlight, simply create a new post with links to the recipes and posts you would like to share. Otherwise, write a brand-spanking-new post with a dazzling new recipe to share with us all!
Nourishing Frugal Recipes
I’ll start with a soaked oatmeal recipe. It’s easy to make, frugal and nourishing! We have been enjoying this several times a week recently, and our pocketbooks feel heavier because of it.
At Nourishing Days, you will find a creamed Roasted Root Vegetable Soup that sounds fabulous for a cold night.
Kelly the Kitchen Kop shares links to recipes and other resources, including five frugal main dishes, frugal sides/desserts/salads and more.
Carrie at Organic and Thrifty shares a simple and frugal recipe for Tuna Fish Curry. She says it’s an easy meal to make that all of her children love!
At Green in a Pink World, you will find one of our favorites snacks, Fried Mush! This uses leftover oatmeal and really is quite yummy.
Katie, from Kitchen Stewardship, shares a lovely Tuscan Bean Soup recipe.
At Local Nourishment you will find a very cool salad recipe using dandelion leaves foraged from your own yard.
At Mom Must Write, you will find a recipe for soup that uses inexpensive short rib’s! Check out Short Rib Soup.
Laryssa at Heaven in the Home, shares how she makes homemade Mexican rice for a frugal dish, as well as sharing a link for sprouted hummus.
Sarah from Sarah’s Musings shares some wonderful tips for frugal ways to add real food to your diet. Check it out!
At Vergence Range you will find a recipe for Good ol’ Southern Soup Beans.
Alison at Wholesome Goodness shares a delicious recipe for “Poor Man’s Rosemary Beef and Vegetables”. First, I love the name, and secondly, I know I love this recipe because we make something almost exactly the same and enjoy it very much.
If you head to the comment section of this post, you will find a recipe for Lentil Chili shared by Dawn. Thanks Dawn! It looks good.
Megan at Megan’s Musings shares another breakfast option (gluten free!). A traditional breakfast of Kasha (buckwheat) is sure to be a filling and warming start to the day.
Pampered Mom, from Maple Canopy shares a frugal Chicken and Dumplings recipe that uses leftover chicken. Sounds good!
At Vehement Flame, you will find a lovely recipe for homemade pita (with a lovely spiced topping) and hummus.
And finally, from the comment section, you will find two more recipes. Kristen shares a recipe for Split Pea and Barley soup and Rosy shares a recipe for a Warm Spinach Salad.
Thanks everyone for the great recipes and tips!