I just found your website through Living On A Dime. Thank you for your great
posts! When I'm at the grocery store, I am always on the lookout for
"manager's specials" which are usually items that are approaching
their sell by date. I once found Lender's bagels for $0.25 per package and
Sargento sliced cheese for $0.99 per package. I can usually find meat that's
reduced as well. It's fun to see what all I can get.
on August 07, 2008 8:11 AM
I like to go to food wholesalers such as Costco or Sam's Club. While there,
I'll buy massive quantities of tilapia, chicken breast, or other meat staples.
When I get home, I'll take the twenty chicken breasts for $8.99 and segregate
them into sandwich bags (two breast/bag, since it's just me and my husband), and
add a variety of seasonings. I'll freeze the seasoned meats, and when I get home
from work, all I have to do is defrost the meats and stick them in the oven for
20 minutes. I can make five or six meals out of the rations. Just add some
(cheap) brown rice and a veggie and *poof*, dinner's done!
on August 24, 2008 7:06 PM
Save lots of money by buying what I call "quarter water", instead of
expensive bottled waters in grocery stores. Simply save your quarters and save
gallon water jugs. Outside many grocery stores are self-filling water machines.
Glacier Water is a popular one in my area. Each gallon will cost 25-cents to
refill yourself. You can also refill the larger bottles for $1.25 ea. To take
water when going out I simply have a good quality empty water bottle, fill it
with ice and add my "quarter water" and I'm off.
on December 05, 2008 3:52 PM
Lots of money can be saved on kitchen wrapping products by simply reusing them
over and over again.
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on December 05, 2008 3:57 PM
I've found that if you take one boneless skinless chicken breast (bought on
sale, of course!) and pound it flat and then cut it in half, it will feed TWO
people adequately. Especially if you are going to use breading on it, for, say,
Chicken Parmesan with pasta.
I somtimes dip each half in egg wash, then self-rising flour, and deep fry it -
it cooks very quickly - then serve it with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Each chicken breast half will also make about 5 nice chicken nuggets which I
serve with homemade honey-mustard sauce for dipping.
Of course, this works best if the chicken breast is not extremely small to begin
with. When I find a too-small one, I use 2/3 of it for one person, saving the
other third in a little container in the freezer. When I get a couple of pieces,
I make a small pot of chicken noodle soup for two with leftover chicken broth,
vegetables and pasta; I do a fridge-cleanout!
I have become quite an expert at stretching food, but we eat very well and
NOTHING ever gets wasted.
My mother used to joke that if she were to be stranded on a desert island, she'd
want me with her because she knew I would always manage to feed us with
whatever's available! :)
on December 18, 2008 5:00 PM
Having raised 5 daughters, I had to be creative with meals, and also with
leftovers. On any day, usually Friday, we would spread ALL leftovers no matter
the quanity and have "MUSTGO". This means that everything in the
refrig. must go !!! My girls loved it,now they have "mustgo" nite with
their families. Nothing gets wasted.
on December 30, 2008 10:08 PM
My older 3 were kids in the late 60's. That was when tv dinners were new. Since
their father traveled alot, we splurged frequently with those tv dinners. Now,
being a thrifty person, I saved the alum. containers. I made surprise tv dinners
out of our homecooked leftovers. If I had 2 helpings of, say mashed potatoes,I'd
start 2 dinners, then as I had a little left the next night,the same thing and
so on. At any time,I may have 7 or 8 dinners in the freezer,UNMARKED of course.
When their dad was gone,I'd let them pick their tray.But, They never knew what
they were getting til it came out of the oven.Oh my, the suspense. Who would get
the liver and onions?
on December 30, 2008 10:20 PM
I found you on Thifty fun.Running out of food looking for cheap meals to feed
my family.This is wonderful real meals.I love it thank you.Tonia
on January 07, 2009 12:47 PM
I like that T V dinner thing that is smart.Thank You Tonia.
on January 07, 2009 12:57 PM
I discovered organic ramen noodles at the grocery store -- 99 cents. No MSG
included as in other brands. I cooked the noodles and tossed them with
stir-fried garlic, broccoli and leftover cooked chicken. I mixed the seasoning
packet with some broth, lemon juice and honey. It was still an inexpensive meal.
I like the idea of buying sale-priced groceries and coming up with a creative
All About Food
on January 12, 2009 11:17 PM
I am new to this site and looking for lots of ideas on saving on food bills.
My kids aren't big on left over but the "surprise" frozen dinners just
might do the trick.
on January 17, 2009 11:35 AM
Although it may already be on this website, I just want to mention Angelfood
Ministries food Coop. It is a wonderful way to save money on groceries! It is
available all over the country just look up the website
your local site.
A basic box is designed to feed a family of 4 for one week. It's just my
daughter and I so I bought a small used box freezer for $60, now I usually
purchase two basic boxes ($30 each) and two fruit & veggie boxes ($21 each).
For $102 each month we have so much food I usually have to give some away!
PS- thanks for the TV dinner tip it was great!
on January 26, 2009 9:56 AM
If a casserole type dish calls for meat, I will usually cut the meat by half.
This saves money, but doesn't really change the flavor of the dish.
Lori Jo Bushey
on February 11, 2009 1:51 PM
I always plan for leftovers=they are actually the next day's lunch, or when I
cook pasta, I add extra, and us the extra batch in a new cold pasta dish.
Check out the special deals on meats...sometimes early in the morning, like
around 6AM or so, they are marked for clearance.
Always separate the meat or chicken into different freezer bags, its much
I buy the cheaper priced frozen vegetables, add that to ramen noodles for a
bulkier lunch or dinner for myself.
We share at work, and sometimes one of us willbring in treats, or leftovers, or
some type of desserts or muffins or such. Whenever I can, I bring in something
for others. Its a nice way to share and be 'shared with'.
on February 13, 2009 10:53 AM
This Site is "Awesome" Thanks for all the cool tips!Something that
can be made cheap & the mess is hardly anything, we call them Hobo
use foil to cook them in,make hamburger patties,little salt & pepper,slice
of onion then a few slices of potatoes & a few slices of carrots.
Wrap them all up throw them on a grill or turn on your oven to 350 throw them in
until the potatoes are cooked. (approx.30 min)
on February 18, 2009 3:56 PM
Buy your bread items ONLY from the baker's clearance rack of things that must
go that day... freeze it when you get home, and only take out slices you need at
a time to thaw or toast. It will stay good until the end of the loaf - expensive
foccacia and such for pennies on the dollar!
on February 23, 2009 7:47 PM
When freezing leftovers or extras like chopped raw onion or peppers, distribute
them by large spoonsful in old-fashioned ice cube trays. After they are frozen
pop them into labeled freezer bags and keep frozen until needed. The small
cubes allow you to thaw out only what you want to eat or need for a recipe. The
small size pieces also thaw more quickly & evenly than a big clump of frozen
on February 27, 2009 12:40 PM
Great ideas!!! Stumbled across this from CPF and other links. I 'created' a
simple potato recipie...cut up small russet potatoes into 1/2 inch slices, boil
till just tender, season with salt if preferred, coat with a layer or two of
your favorite BBQ sauce, put in the microwave for about five mins or so and
serve with veggies and your favorite meats-buffalo wings, chicken nuggets, etc.
Even my pickiest eaters[little boys] love the taste and will eat broccoli with
momofboys with a smile
on February 28, 2009 7:56 AM
Lisa...Thank you so much for the angel food coop link. I never knew that
anything like this existed. This is a fantastic way to save money. Thanks
again, this will really help out a lot.
on March 01, 2009 6:51 PM
I love thrifty sites and all of the ideas. I have used Angel food in the past
and loved it, however I havn't use it for a while as we now have an Aldis
grocery store nearby. The majority of their boxed, canned, and frozen food
prices are unbeatable, even Wal-mart can't touch them. In the summer their
produce prices are fantastic, ex. quart of strawberries for 99 cents, whole
fresh pineapples, canteloupes for 99 cents, and on and on. If they order too
much bread, etc. around the holidays, sometimes they mark it down to 25 cents a
loaf. I love this store. Before it came along I also shopped at Save-A-Lot. They
have really good buys as well and a wider variety, however, they can't beat
Aldis. Yes you have to buy your own bags (or bring your own canvas) at Aldis and
bag your own groceries, but the savings are worth it. You also have to pay a
quarter to "rent" the buggy, but when you return it to the rack, you
get your quarter back. Try it if you have one near you. If you are truly
thrifty, you won't know how you lived without it.
on March 04, 2009 8:01 PM
thank you everyone for sharing all your tips and ideas, specially in these hard
times. God bless you all.
One thing I do, is peel bananas and place them in a freezer bag and place them
in a freezer and later use them for shakes. You can also do the same with the
yellow plantains, they last for months and are precut and ready for frying.
on March 05, 2009 4:54 PM
Smart to peel the bananas first. I always put them in skin and all and then
have a bit of a mess when I take them out.
on March 05, 2009 5:06 PM
Great ideas, but when recommending a store or facility if it isn't a nationally
known chain, please tell us the location (city,state) so we know whether it is
near us. Thx
on March 14, 2009 6:43 PM
Dehydrators are cheap at garage sales- you can dehydrate just about anything
when it is at give away proces in season-store in plastic freezer bags in a dark
cool area and use in winter and spring when things like red pepper are high or
dehydrate fresh out of the kitchen garden like greens. To my suprise even
chopped asparagus dries great and you can make soup or add to salad as if it was
fresh. Greens are great too, lifting cream soups and casseroles to a valuable
addition. I have dehydrated mint, kale,
collards,mustard,bellpeppers,tomato,eggplant, green beans, onion, fruits of all
kinds and mushrooms. Rehydrating takes a while so give it an hour for thick
things, greens just crumble into stew. Saves a lof of freezer space.
on March 14, 2009 8:29 PM
Thank you so much, Lisa, for your post about Angel Food Ministries. We
desperately need help with discount food and your post was a God-send. Thank
on March 16, 2009 10:50 PM
i am a 25 year old bachelor. i am so happy i found this site it has been so
helpful ... i can't help but think what my mother is gonna say next time she
on March 17, 2009 2:27 PM
The frozen banana idea is great--but don't toss the peels because ground up in
a coffee grinder with a shake of epson salts, you have a great fertilizer for
in-door plants: Just poke a tsp of ground peel mixture into the soil, water the
plant and volia! blooms and blossoms!
on March 22, 2009 2:10 PM
This is a MONEY and a TIME saver. When ground round is on sale, I buy as much
as I can at the time. Cook a few pounds, drain, cool and stick in plastic
sandwich bags. Press out air, 'twist-tie' the top, and freeze for later use in
casseroles, tacos, etc. You don't really need a whole pound when you're adding
it to cooked pasta and veggies casserole, or to a pot of chili.
As for the rest, I add my breadcrumbs, seasonings and maybe eggs for one or two
meatloafs. Line your loaf pan with foil, add the ingredients, close up the foil,
wrap in a piece of plastic wrap and freeze. To cook, remove plastic wrap, pop it
back into the loaf pan, and thaw it in the fridge overnight til ready to pop in
The other seasoned beef is made into meatballs and burger patties, then frozen
til ready. By adding the breadcrumbs and other ingredients before freezing,
you're actually adding bulk and getting more meals from the same amount of meat
than if you were to go buy 2 pounds of beef for a meatloaf and using it all in
queen of thrift
on March 25, 2009 1:47 PM
One of the easiest ways to stretch your food dollar is to learn to cut meat
yourself. My dad taught me how to cut a chicken up(he used to be a butcher) and
it's one of the most useful kitchen skills I've ever learned.
I got whole chickens the other day marked down to 55 cents per pound (I bought
8!). I cut a chicken in half right down the middle, roasted half, then deboned
and skinned the other half and ground the meat of the other half (if you have a
stand mixer you likely can get an attachment for it that will grind foods-very
handy, though an expensive initial investment).
The roasted meat made a meal on its own, the bones left from the roast and from
the other half of the chicken made broth which turned into soup with the
addition of some of the leftover roast chicken, the ground chicken has made egg
rolls one night and fried rice another, and the rest of the roasted chicken will
go into a chicken stew that will be ladled into homemade bread bowls tomorrow.
Not bad for a $3 chicken. I think all these meals together might have cost me
$12 (that's being generous-I don't pay full price for anything), with all the
vegetables, rice, noodles, and other side items, to feed 2 adults and a child
dinner for 5 days.
You can make all sorts of things from chicken, both raw or leftover roasted
chicken-wraps, soups, stews, pasta bakes, etc.
I also purchase whole pork loins, large hams, basically any large cut of meat
because the price is always cheaper per pound.
I was given a huge chest freezer by someone that needed the garage space, and a
little elbow grease, steel wool and appliance epoxy later, I have a place to
store all my great finds!
on March 29, 2009 7:17 PM
I buy no yoke noodles. They tend to be about 1.50-2.00 but better for you. I
get two bags at a time. My husbands loves them and so do I. I or he cooks the
whole bag. We make beef and noodles one night which is usually left over beef
from a roast. We then have left over noodles, which I make a noodle wrap for my
husbands lunch, flour tortilla shell, left over noodles, and whatever lunch
material (sandwhich) we can find. Then He puts a favorite salad dressing on top
We also freeze our carrots. We found that it's much easier buying wise and we
love the taste better they arn't so hard and it's a great treat for us and our
on March 30, 2009 5:13 PM
The Shelton WA Safeway has had top round beef cut thick for London Broil at
prices ranging from $1.85-$2 over last couple months. I ask a butcher tech to
run it through their tenderizer which they'll do after cutting the meat in half
(ie from 1.5" thick to 3/4" thick. That gets me cube steaks for $2 a
pound while the regular cube steaks at that store were $4.29 a pound. That is
good for making Swiss steak. I'll also get it ground so I end up with 100% lean
ground beef for $2 a pound and that when their "lean" ground beef was
$2.70 a pound which has 20% fat.
Finaslly I had them slice it thin for fajiitas and Stroganoff, they did that
on April 16, 2009 9:50 PM
I was born during the war in Paris and as far as the late 50's we still felt
the effects. I am so thankful that my mother taught me well.
When I shop for radishes. I make sure that I buy a bunch with lovely green
leafs. I wash the leafs and cook with a couple potatoes, onion, carrots, thyme,
garlic, salt and pepper. Really any leftover veggies would do. I pureed the
soup and serve, yum. If you want you can add half and half or milk to make it
creamier. I applied the same principle to the outer leafs of cauliflower, why
throw them away?
on April 19, 2009 1:52 PM
My best tip is to put the leftover spoonful or two of veggies and rice in a
container in the freezer. When the container is full, my husband makes a big pot
With too ripe bananas I cut them into pieces and freeze them for banana bread or
smoothies. I keep adding until the bag is full. Pieces can be separated easily
to get the amount required for the recipe.
on April 23, 2009 12:52 PM
for free cooking lessons about stuff we should know but don't, such as cutting
up a whole chicken and many other basics, i discovered gourmet.com. go there and
you come out ahead-especially in the wallet.
on April 27, 2009 8:30 PM
came across this site by accident. But I enjoyed it very much. Who doesn't want
to save a buck.
on April 28, 2009 3:57 PM
My favorite is when it is a very busy week I make a Large Meatloaf the day
before we start the running!!(Cook it on the cookie cooling rack inside the
baking dish so all the grease drips off the loaf).
Night 1> 1/4 of the Meatloaf with Yorkshire pudding.
Night 2> Cheeseburger sliders using 1/4 of the loaf.
Night 3> Take last half of Meat Loaf and make Maco's - crumble loaf, heat on
stove with partial bag of taco seasonings.
Night 4> Take the remaining Maco Meat and add it to Spaghetti sauce.
Night 5> Add Veggies you have at home to the Spaghetti leftovers for
on April 28, 2009 9:49 PM
I buy ramen 6 for .99 every Sunday. and I eat that everyday for lunch. with 1
orange off of my tree. My daily lunches cost me .16 a day.
Joanne the dog faced girl
on May 06, 2009 1:51 PM
Thank you, Chantal, for the tip on the radish leaves. As soon as I read it, my
husband went out to our garden and picked some beautifully leafed radishes. I
plan to fix your soup tomorrow. It's great to find new uses for veggies,
especially when the radishes grew so well, we were wondering what to do with all
of them. Never heard of using the leaves.
on May 24, 2009 6:22 PM
I am in love with mexican food so I start out the week and cook a pot of beans.
The first day I may have beans and cornbread, then the 2nd day I will make
burritos by smashing up the beans and flavor them with chili po and cumin and
fill a tortilla with the bean mixture and roll it up then 3rd have beans and
rice with a thai sweet chili sauce ( so good ) then I will have bean soup by
adding lime juice avacado and cilantro and onion ,can have a baked potato and
salad with this...Walking taco = a handful of chips in the bottom of a cereal
bowl then 1/2 cup of beans topped with chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and
shredded lettace. Really good tasting and healthy meals all week from a pot of
beans..pleanty of other idea's tortilla soup, regular taco's , black bean salad,
(I like black beans and my husband likes pintos, so I cook two pots )
toastadas, quesadillas, and enchaladas are some more idea's ..Are you hungry yet
? if so you'll have a fatter wallet !
on June 26, 2009 11:09 PM
Thanks Rosa for the plantain recipe. I love fried plantain when they're ripe
and did not know if I could freeze them, or how to do it so I could have a nice
supply for a party coming up later this month. This website is so good for money
on July 02, 2009 11:12 AM
Something that has saved both time and money for me is a rotisserie...the kind
that the meat stands up in (as opposed to being skewered.) We buy whole
chickens when they are 69 cents/lb., cover with a homemade seasoning rub, and
cook for 1 1/2 hours...then cool, wrap in foil, and freeze. We do about six or
more chickens back-to-back, stocking the freezer. Dinners are easy when you
only need to thaw and reheat. The rotisserie is wonderful for pork and beef
roasts, as well--purchased on sale, of course!
on July 19, 2009 11:18 PM
To use the plastic bags you sometimes get with purchaes, I take a paper towel
empty tube and place the bags inside of it. I keep one in the car to line my
garbage can I keep in the car. To make it more attractive I take left over
wrapping paper and cover the tube. This is one of the best ways to store plastic
bags to be used again
on September 05, 2009 6:48 AM
When my kids were little they would never eat the last piece of any fruit. So
I took them all (there were usually 4-5 different types), cut them up, put a
little mayo & honey on it, and they gobbled up the fruit salad.
on November 09, 2009 9:12 AM
I have been able to get the best grocery deals since I started couponing again.
I always hated doing it before I found this site: www.southernsavers.com
Jenny breaks everything down by store, tells you where the coupons are, and you
can print your grocery list from her site! I attended one of her seminars and
came away with awesome information. I still shop some items at discount stores,
but since I started following Jenny's advice, I save 40 to 60 percent on
groceries every week, sometimes more. I have stocked up on things I used to run
out of, and I feel less stressed knowing I have what I need when I need it.
on December 07, 2009 4:51 PM
Marked down produce, managers' specials and the like can save you a lot IF you
can cook it as soon as you get home. Choose carefully but great bargains are
Cook some bargain chicken (managers' specials) and freeze in tiny containers.
Add to that ramen soup for a great quick lunch which is still under 50 cents.
No need to buy chicken broth if you poach that chicken and save the broth to
A large bag of collards ($1) and a pack of red peppers (69 cents) along with
finely chopped carrots, garlic and other veges almost ready for the compost heap
can make a great stir-fry for dinner.
Grill the last bit of stir-fry with multi-grain bread from Aldi's and a little
bit of cheese or a few nuts for another lunch or dinner.
When money is tightest, lunch for me is bargain beans with a tablespoon of cider
or white vinegar. It satisfies.
Stay on the move when you shop and you add a little aeorbic exercise as you
search out bargains. I swear by it and feel good after my "workouts".
I think it is also fun to make a game of staying within a daily budget while
searching out interesting, different foods. Thirty minutes can go by quickly and
exercise is logged.
on December 10, 2009 10:34 PM
Another idea for ramen: chef Mark Bittman recommends discarding the
"nearly poisonous" seasoning packet that comes with the noodles and
instead flavoring them with a tablespoon of soy sauce, a teaspoon of toasted
sesame oil, and a dash of hot sauce.
on December 17, 2009 3:56 PM
God bless whoever posted the SouthernSavers link!
on December 18, 2009 12:40 PM
Please give some good soup recipes like taco soup and hardy soups as i love
these in the winter!!
on December 21, 2009 9:38 PM
Lentil soup is a favorite at our house. Cook them up with a ham bone or
hamhock, some celery, carrots and onions and serve with a hearty bread like
Cuban bread. Yum.
on December 24, 2009 4:21 PM
I like to make what I call stone soup. Two cans of diced tomatoes into a large
sauce pan. Add salt to taste and basil and oregano if you want more of an
Italian taste. Add a drained can of whole-grained corn, browned and drained
ground beef, chopped cabbage, a potato diced, and a handful of macaroni. Bring
to a boil and then lower and allow to simmer. This soup is pretty low calorie
and is great microwaved. It is great to take to work for lunch.
Michael A. Smith
on December 24, 2009 6:06 PM
As usual, most recipes come about by accident. Left over vegetables from a
science study became the best stew, we think. I put all of the coursely chopped
vegetables (potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, daikon radish and turnips)into a
two gallon pot with chicken broth, garlic and fresh parsley from my kitchen
window that needed trimming and brought it to a boil, simmered it for about a
half hour, then served it up with some thick, crusty, whole grain bread. I let
the pot sit on the stove to cool until the next day. However, the house smelled
like cabbage, thanks to the turnips. Adding a level teaspoon of ground cloves
freshened the air and made the stew even tastier:)
on December 24, 2009 10:35 PM
I love red beans & rice. Take a little sausage
fry it. Drain the grease off add onion or garlic or both. I sometimes add a
salt. Add the can/cans or cooked red beans.
As it heats mash some of the beans to thicken the sauce. Add cooked rice to the
pan. You can
really scimp on the meat if you need.
Another recipe I love in Hungarian goulash. Fry up a few (4 or 5) slices of
bacon till crip. Set aside. Add chopped cabbage to the bacon drippings and
cook. Cook noodles (other pasta would probably work) separately. Mix noodles,
cabbage & bacon together (once again I usually
add a dash of celery salt). Put in grease casserole dish - bake at 350 for 20-30
When done stir in sour cream.
on December 24, 2009 11:14 PM
Ham Potato soup, made with the left over ham bone from Thanksgiving, Christmas
or Easter. You don't have to make it right after you enjoy your ham, you can
throw it in the freezer and do it a few weeks later. Throw the ham bone in a
pot with carrots, onions and celery. Let it cook. Take out the broth and bone
and get the meat off. I did a search for Ham soup on line and found one that was
not split pea soup (which was all that was suggested when I asked relatives).
Allrecipes has a good recipe called Delicious Ham and Potato Soup .
on December 26, 2009 9:17 AM
I always thought that as a single woman, I couldn't cook in bulk. Winter is
easier because I make a big pot of soup on the weekend and a loaf of brown bread
in my bread machine, and that's my dinner for the week. I also use meat
sparingly and as suggested above, halve the amount recommended in most recipes
and the stew or soup still tastes fine. Any soup I make has inexpensive
"filler" vegetables such as parsnips and turnips along with the
celery, carrots, onions, etc.
I started buying things like bacon (4 lbs boxes) at Costco. Then I cook up an
entire pound at once; freeze it into portions; and when I want bacon and eggs
for breakfast on the weekend, bob's your uncle.
Between 2008 and 2009, I dropped my combined household expenses by 20%; my goal
is another 20% this year.
on December 28, 2009 10:18 AM
I am so happy to see Angel Food Ministries getting some attention here. All
these ideas are just great.
Maybe you'd be interested in the tips and ideas there are for users of SNAP and
WIC and food commodities users, as well as those who benefit from food pantries.
It's a site called Food Stamps Cooking Club blog. There's nothing to buy
there, really, and the webmaster sends out occasional tips and money saving
Any of the ideas I've seen on this page could mean the difference between being
fed and being hungry. There are too many hungry people in this world and they
need our loving help.
on December 31, 2009 3:42 PM
This is all FANTASTIC information! thanks Tiphero.com!!
A quick tip, make sure to hardboil eggs in batches, after they are cooled off,
you can pop them in your bag for on the go snack!
on January 07, 2010 12:47 PM
This site is awesome, I am so glad that I stumbled onto it. My husband has been
out of work for a year and the grocery bill and gas for the car was just about
to kill me. Thanks to this site I have planned the menu for next week's dinner
and it's only going to cost me $5.
Thanks a lot you guys
on January 19, 2010 2:07 AM
Homemade Breakfast Bars are nutritous and easy and can be low calorie also.
5 cups of raw oatmeal, chop apples into 4 cup measuring cup then pour apple
juice on them, 1/2 cup raisins, 1 ripe banana, 1/2 to 1 cup peanut butter. 1/2
cup sugar or equivilent (stevia, equal, etc.) 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract. -
Heat apples with juice, raisins, banana and sugar to boiling. Remove from stove
add peanut butter and vanilla stir until melted. Add oatmeal mix well and pour
into 9x12 pan. Refrigerate until cool and cut into individual bars.
You can add a variety of fruits or nuts, etc. to make it your own.
on January 19, 2010 2:32 PM
SOUP.......THE OTHER DAY I HAD SOME LEFTOVER HAM, I CHOPPED SOME INTO LITTLE
CUBES, PROBABLY A CUP,I PUT IT IN A LARGE POT, COVERED IT WITH ABOUT 3 OR 4
CUPS OF WATER, TO THAT I ADDED TWO CANS OF MIXED VEGETABLES, A CAN OF ROTEL
TOMATOES,A BAG OF LITTLE SMOKIES CUT UP INTO BITE SIZE PIECES,A CAN OF CUBED
POTATOES, A PACK OF MACARONI AND CHEESE TO IT TOO, THIS SOUP WAS VERY GOOD. I
MADE AN IRON SKILLET FULL OF CORNBREAD TO GO WITH IT . FANTASTIC....AND NOT
THAT EXPENSIVE, SINCE MOST OF THE MEAT I BUY IS DISCOUTED. THE HAM WAS BONELESS
HAM, WE GOT FOR HOLIDAYS, WAS LESS THAN HALF PRICE AT HARVEYS ,AND THE SMOKIES,I
NEVER BUY UNLESS THEY ARE MARKED DOWN , THEY CAME FROM HARVEYS GROCERIES ALSO .
I FIND I GET GOOD BUYS THERE, BUT I ALWAYS SHOP FOR THE SALES ...MARKDOWN OR
on January 19, 2010 11:36 PM
Since large bags of things tend to be cheaper -- like 15# of potatoes -- but
part will go bad before I can use them for just the 2 of us, I've started
offering friends who also are having a hard time if they want to split the bag.
Sometimes they can pay 1/2 which is maybe a dollar, sometimes not. The idea is
we help one another in any way we can. Because we're disabled we loan them our
riding mower & they buy the gas & mow their lawn & ours as well.
Helping one another doesn't always have to be about sharing the dollar amount of
on January 21, 2010 6:13 PM
Shopping online has saved my family lots of money. It takes some planning, and
a grocery store that offers this service. I plan meals for two weeks. Then
make my list. Then click on the products I need. That is when I have to watch
for the size of products... because on the screen the product package looks the
same so read and know your amounts. There is a big difference between 11oz
container of coffee and 33oz. (I only serve it to company.)
Online shopping saves me from getting any extra/impulse items. And I can type
in my coupons (just remember to take them when you pick up). I do one last
check on my final list and can delete any extra items. (Do I really need TWO
packages of Oreos, or can my kids get by for 2 weeks on just one? Or wait...I
have that here in the back of the freezer and didn't realize it.) Submit, pay
with Credit/Debt card, go to drive-thru to pick up. :)
My store charges $5 dollars for this service (regardless of order size). But I
usually have enough coupons and discounts to offset that.
on February 12, 2010 12:12 PM
Very good on the wallet, but I'm worried about the cost of the heart-a-tack.
Very unhealthy ingredients. You would save alot more buying rice and topping
with vegetables, and live longer.
on February 21, 2010 8:32 PM
My sister in law would make the best biscuits and gravey,and white cornbread. I
called her one day for the recipe and to my surprise she used only selfrising
flour shortning and water for her biscuits. Selfrising white corn meal mix,
small amount of selfrising flour and water for cornbread and for her gravy she
darkend the flour add mostly water with only about a half a cup of milk. Yum.
when I tried using egg and milk the flavor was not as good. Talk about
on March 05, 2010 4:35 PM
I recently made a great split pea soup. I started out with some diced ham (a
bone works too), onion, and garlic in the pot. I added water, chicken broth and
soaked split peas, then cooked until the peas were soft. It came out great,
lasted most of a week for 2 of us, and was really cheap. With a 12$ ham, I
could do this 6-8 times (I froze the ham I didnt use), and the peas were 89c
for a 1b bag.
on March 11, 2010 2:48 PM
Hungry? Lentil Chili,flexible,inexpensive,very filling, man satisfying,Oh,corn
bread is always a plus.
on March 12, 2010 9:33 PM
you folks should know RAMEN noodles are first fried then dried
the packets that come with them are mostly salt and chemicals
THEY ARE CRAP
its cheaper and easier to buy thin pasta on sale and with a coupon and try to
find stores that double coupons when on sale stock up on products you can use
like canned tomatoes rice pasta dried goods juices
then youll really save
manger specials are good for a few days cook the day or next you get it or
buy roasts boneless on sale for 1.99 ( I see this alot in NYC cut it up in cubes
for steew they charge 4-5 bucks for THE SAME MEAT slice thin for strogganoff
or fajhitas etc grind some for burgers or tacos ect..
go to different makets for sale items and USE COUPONS you can write to companys
asking for them theyll often include free product coupons with it
I do this al lthe time and with ORGANIOCS
its pretty mind blowing when your total comes up to 90 something and then after
the coupons club card and sale items it hits down to 20 -30 dollars YES!
theres alot of online print out coupons too
always cook extra as in soups stews sauces cassaroles and freeze half and build
up your own food bank that only needs to be baked or heated nuked
EAT all veggie plates Roast Sweet or and other potatoes whole or cut up
broil stringbeans peppers onions asoaragus whatevers on sale
serve with black beans or whater dried bean you like ( cook ahead and freeze
plain) season with onion garlic olive oil peppers cumin bay leave parprika
whatever you like even just S& P
Sweet potatoes with salsa on top and a side of black beans and a green veggie or
salad of whatevers on sale is a great meal
also PIZZA POTaTOES bake or nuke potatoes
ON REGULAR WHITE OR RED OR YELLOW SPLIT ADD CHEESE TOMATOE SAUCE ON SALE OR
HOPEFULLY HOMEMADE YOU HAVE ON HAND TOP WITH CHEESE AND OREGANO AND NUKE OR
BAKE IN BOWLS TILL DON E AND BUBBLY
FOR SWEETS TOP WITH CHEDDER JACK..ADD SALASA AND MAYBE SOME BLACK BEANSA BIT
MORE CHEESE SPRINKEL WITH CHILI POWDER AND BAKE NUKE
THERE ARE GREAT AND EASY TO MAKE AND VERY FILLING
SNEAK IN SOME BROCOLLI MUSHROOMS BROCOLLI FROZEN PEAS AND YOUR SET
i USE LOW FAT AND SOY AND VEGAN CHEESES WORKS WELL SOME NEED TO BE COVERED
WITH AN INVERTED BOWL IN THE MIRCOWAVE TO MELT PROPERLY
THESE POTAOTE PIZZAS AND SALAS POTATOES ARE ADDICTIVE! KIDS LOVE EM!
COOK WHOLE GRAINS PLAIN AND BEANS AND DIVIDE INTO PINT CONTAINERS AND FREEZE
FOR LATER USE ALSO BUY CANNED BEANS on sale WITH COUPONS!
YOU CAN SPEND LIKE A PAUPER EAT LIKE A KING AND MUCH HEALTHIER TOO
DONT BUY JUNK FOOD!
WANT HEALTHY SODA USE FROZEN CONCONTRATE JUICE PUT A BIT IN A GLASS ADD
OR JUICE WITH CLUB SODA
SO NOT REUSE PLASTIC CONTAINERS IN MICRWAVE OR TO CARRY WATER CHEMICALS LEAK OUT
AND DONT ADD HOT FOOD TO PLASTIC CONTAINERS
recycle GLASS CONTAINERS FOR LEFTOVERS
AND TO STORE RICE BEANS AND OTHER DRIED GOODS
IF YOU WANT GALLON ONES ASK YOUR LOCAL DELIS TO SAVE THERES FOR YOU THEY JUST
THROUGH THEM OUT
on March 19, 2010 9:45 PM
Thank you so much for this site! Money is so very tight these days and I find
it harder to feed my family and with all these great tips, this will help me
tremendously! I came across this site when looking for something else and I
visit this almost every day for inspiration....thank you so much!!!
on March 22, 2010 11:06 AM
To diced or sliced Chicken pieces, make…..by adding…..:
Soup: Add chicken broth, mixed vegetables and pasta, noodles, rice or
dumplings(cut can biscuits into 4 pieces) and drop in pot and heat in pot until
dumplings, rice or noodles are done
Fried Rice: Add cooked rice, soy sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, peas and carrots,
and stir-fry in wok or large frying pan, stirring in 2 beaten eggs while it's
Divan: To chicken add cooked broccoli, white sauce or a cream of soup, top with
cheddar cheese. Bake in casserole dish at 325* for one-half hour.
Sandwich: Slice chicken and place with (or w/out) cheese on bread which has been
spread with mayonnaise or mustard. You can also place the chicken in the blender
for a chicken spread.
Pulled Chicken: Warm with diced onions & Bar BQ sauce. Scoop onto rolls, add
Chicken & Gravy: Cover with cream of mushroom soup, add mushrooms and cook,
serve over mashed potatoes, stuffing or egg noodles.
Fettuccini Alfredo: Add ½ Cup Parmesan cheese to cream of chicken soup,
cook, pour over cooked fettuccine pasta and add cooked peas.
Chicken Salad: Dice chicken and mix with mayonnaise, sliced celery, onion, salt
and pepper. Use for sandwiches or add to cooked pasta. You can use Italian salad
dressing instead of mayonnaise
Stir Fry: Add to package of stir fry vegetables, with ginger, garlic, and soy
sauce. Serve over rice.
Lo Mein: Cook with broccoli, garlic, olive oil and soy sauce, salt and pepper;
adding cooked linguine and warm to bend favors before serving.
Scampi: Fry lots of garlic in butter, add yellow rice. When rice is done, add
diced chicken. Heat
Spanish Chicken with Rice: Dice chicken and heat with olives, tomato sauce,
salt, pepper, garlic and, other spices you like (such as hot pepper, saffron, or
chili powder). Pour over cooked yellow rice and peas.
Mexican: Add chicken to black beans and rice, diced tomatoes, adding chili
powder cumin, garlic, pepper or other spices to taste.
Sweet & Sour: Sauce: cornstarch in cold water, smooth, add 1 small can of
crushed pineapple, soy sauce, garlic, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper, add
chicken pieces and heat until sauce is thick
Greek Lemon: Heat chicken in olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, S & P. Can
sprinkle feta cheese on top
Enchiladas: Roll tortillas with chicken, black beans, cheese, salsa. Place in
casserole, pour enchiladas sauce over all, cover and bake 350* about ½
Pot Pie: mix together cooked mixed vegetables, chicken gravy and diced chicken
in oiled dish, lay prepared pie dough (or mix ½ cup milk, 1 egg, & 1
cup all-purpose baking mix and pour over top. Bake 350* for 30 mins.
on March 24, 2010 3:47 PM
Make 2 chickens serve 6 people 3 times, generously. Good for weeks when the
pantry is bare and its 3 days until payday
2 whole chickens
oil or butter
salt. pepper, sage, other seasonings as desired
onion, garlic, celery, carrots
pasta or cooked rice
Day 1:Roast 2 whole chickens: rinse with water, pat dry. Rub with oil or
butter, season as desired: salt, pepper, maybe thyme, sage. Bake in 350 until
drumstick moves easily, and juices run clear. Serve breasts, drumsticks,
Day 2: Pull meat from the remaining chicken, reserving bones. Use meat for
chicken salad, casserole, sandwiches, etc, any recipe calling for cooked diced
Day 3: Put remainder of chicken in large pot (including the bones and any
leftovers from day 1 and 2), cover with water. Add chopped onion, chopped
celery, clove of garlic, sliced carrots. Simmer until veggies are tender.
Pull meat from bones, discard bones and return meat to pot. Correct seasonings.
Add any cooked pasta or rice. Reheat as needed
on April 02, 2010 6:41 PM
Another radish idea... trim the leaves and roots off and cook the radishes as
you would glazed carrots. Water and a little sugar or honey. You'll be
on April 16, 2010 4:06 PM
When I find green bell peppers on sale in the summer I cut them in half [ or
fourths] remove seed and put in zip lock bags, just remove amount you need from
freezer rinse offand use. They are easily chopped , retain color and flavor . I
just used the last and this is June I can use them for stir fry also , they
retain flavor and color
on June 03, 2010 10:07 PM
TRY THIS RECIPE--
bROWN-1 POUND OF 97PERCENT LEAN GROUND TURKEY
1 CAN hUNTS DICED TOMATOES WITH GREEN CHILIES
2 CANS BLACK BEANS(DRAINED)
CHILI POWDER(I LIKE ALOT)
CUMIN(I LIKE ALOT OF THIS ALSO)
TOP WITH SHREDDED CHEESE (CHEDDAR)
COMBINE ALL IN PAN, HEAT UNTIL CHEESE IS MELTED
SERVE ON TORTILLAS AND TOP WITH FRESH SALSA
CHEAP AND DELICIOUS
on June 06, 2010 1:09 PM
We love teriyaki chicken but I am laid off and it too costly. How nice that
our Japanese friends told us teriyaki sauce is 50% soy sauce and and 50% sugar.
What a savings and a treat for us!
on January 16, 2011 9:32 PM
To make ground beef stretch, cook it first, cool, then put in a food processor.
on June 30, 2011 4:30 PM
With a family of seven to feed and living on disability and social security, i
had to learn the tricks of the trade. Today i made a taco ravioli bake with
garlic toast. I used three family sized cans of ravioli at $1.88 a can two one
pound rolls of taco flavored ground turkey at $1.00 a roll(Found at Walmart) and
one pack shredded cheese at $1.99. Totoal for meal is $9.64. It made a batch
large enough to fill a roasting pan. Divide Ravioli into two portions Layer
bottom of pan with one portion.(Cook meat for 8 minutes in microwave and drain)
Divide meat into two portions. Layer a portion of meat over Ravioli. Place the
rest of ravioli over the meat mixture and layer with the rest of the meat.
Sprinkle generously with shredded cheese and bake till cheese is bubbly. (If you
like spicy, add one or two packets of dry taco seasoning mix to meat before
cooking it.) this makes a huge batch for about $9.00 Also, we had a bunch of
cabbages given to us. I plan to make cabbage soup and I made scalloped ham and
cheese cabbage casserole in the same large roasting pan. Chop cabbage finely.
Dice a a Large whole onion finely. Boil the two together until cabbage is just
tender. Dice ham into small cubes(I use the family dollar store 2 pound hams
which are $2.99) Add to cabbage mixture and stir. In separate pan Melt four
tablespoons of butter or margarine. Add 1/4 cup flour and stir to thicken. add
2 cups milk and stir till thickened. add 1 package shredded cheese to heated
sauce. Stir sauce into cabbage and ham mixture. sprinkle seasoned bread crumbs
over top and dot with butter. Bake for 30 minutes. serves 6 to eight with
second helpings left. And even the pickiest kids love it!! Cost approximately
$8.00 I hope you try these and have as much success as I did.
on July 26, 2011 1:04 AM
Need a quick treat for the kids? Try these haystack no-bake cookies. One can
chow mein noodles(Or one bag) One package chocolate, peanut butter, or
butterscotch morsels(according to what your family likes) Marshmallows, raisens,
or any other add-in you like. Melt the morsels over a double boiler or in
microwave. In a large bowl stir together noodles, melted morsels, and add-ins
such as marshmallow, raisens, etc. Drop by spoonfuls onto a plain cookie sheet
lined with parchment or wax paper. Place in refrigerator or freezer to cool
then serve. Kid tested and approved in my family of seven. cost: Morsels
$1.00 -$2.00 Noodles $1.75 marshmallows $1.00-$1.25 Raisens $1.00-$2.00
depending on size. Makes two to three dozen delicious no bake cookies and mom's
a real hero.
on July 26, 2011 1:15 AM
Whoa, did you realize the amount of sodium you are feeding yourself and your
family members? Check out the cans of ravioli, and the dry taco seasoning is
also very salty. Helping your household stay on a food budget doesn't mean
eating unhealthy. Try making a tray of baked ziti. Make your own pasta sauce
and use cottage cheese instead of ricotta cheese, its cheaper. You can use any
cheese that you may have, it does not have to be mozzerella. For more protein,
brown some turkey or beef and add it to the sauce. Also, if you want some spicey
ziti, add red pepper flakes, just hot taste, no salt.
on July 28, 2011 1:00 PM
make goulash that is cheap
ground meat browned
add onion, green pepper, tomoatos
garlic powder, organo and basil to liking
add 32 ounces of liquid include tomato sauce
and 2 cups of macaroni
bring to boil
then simmer with lid on
and add liquid if necessary
on July 29, 2011 8:20 PM
I am not a Hamburger Helper fan and know that instead of buying Hamburger
Helper Cheesy Mac...I can make my own version better and cheaper. But they have
a new variety...Fried Rice in Chicken or Beef flavor and it is actually pretty
darn good on a night you are too tired to cook or forgot to set something out. I
doctor it up. My version: 1 box Hamburger Fried Rice ( who would have thought
hamburger in fried rice would be good :) but it is) 1 cup of instant white
rice, 1/2 cup of each vegetable....diced carrots, onions, frozen peas, diced
sweet red peppers if you have them, chopped broccoli, sliced mushrooms, etc what
ever you like. If your carrots are fresh. cut them up small about the size of
your pinky nail so that they cook through in the same amount of time as your
hamburger helper, cook hamburger and drain grease, add all your vegetables and
Hamburger Helper rice and sauce (use the rice that came with the hamburger
helper but not the extra cup of instant rice, save the instant rice for last)
Cook hamburger helper rice according to package, when that is done.. add just
under 1 cup of water and 1 cup instant rice to pan, cover and let sit 5-10
minutes until liquid absorbed. I add the instant rice because... 1 box of
Hamburger helper isn't enough for a family of 4 and I like leftovers, the
seasoning in the Hamburger Helper is a bit strong for me so adding more rice
tones it down and adding just under a cup of water to 1 cup of instant rice
helps the instant rice absorb some of the excess sauce from the hamburger helper
mix so it comes out fluffy like the Chinese restaurants and not saucy. I catch
the hamburger Helper when it's on sale for 99 cents, I stock up on hamburger
when it's $1.99 lb or less, all the vege's are usually what ever I find left
over in the frig from other dinners, cup of instant rice is about 50 cents so
this dinner costs roughly $4.50 for 4 people with possibly enough left for a
leftover lunch serving for 1 or 2 people.
on January 01, 2012 2:05 AM
Wow, what a helpful website this is! There are 4 of us, my husband,
mother-in-law, our daughter, and me.
My tips for frugality:
1. You can help your loved ones in ways that do not involve spending your
savings or income on them. Teach them the local bus & commuter train
schedule; teach them how to fill out a tax form; teach them how to save money on
pretty much everything-groceries, health & beauty, car repair, etc. Help
them find resources to help with their situations, just as you would have to do
if you were in a situation. Do not foot their bill yourself when either you
don't have the money to do it, or when footing their bill would mean taking food
out of your own child's mouth and risking not having enough money to pay your
own monthly living expenses.
2. Use coupons! print & clip them out from websites, and from the weekly
newspaper inserts. I live in southern california, where the stores do not double
coupons. But, I have learned tricks on maximizing their use. Combine them with
store sales and managers specials. I just bought 6 boxes-approximately $24
worth-of feminine hygiene items (the expensive name brand ones) for $4.50. They
were on manager special for $1-$1.25 each, and I had some $1 and $.50 off
coupons that I used with them. Just don't drive around town looking for the best
deals-you waste gas that way, which, in the end, is not a savings at all.
Compare the store ads, and online store ads, right in your home.
3. Always have your coupons with you, in case you have to make a quick stop at
the store for a last-minute item. You (and your family) get used to taking a
little extra time shopping with coupons.
4. We only eat meat or chicken about twice a week. I am a vegetarian; and my
hubby, daughter, and mother-in-law are open to whatever I cook for them. For
them, I serve a chicken or meat dish about twice a week, which really cut down
on our grocery bill, in a HUGE way. When we had our house guests, they demanded
meat, and lots of it, every night. I was spending $40-$50 per week on meat and
chicken alone when each of them were with us on their separate occasions. Now,
with no house guests, I buy the big packages of skin-on chicken, cut the skin
off, and store 3 servings per freezer bag in the freezer (I do not eat it, so
there's no need for a 4th serving). During the rest of the daily 3 meals each
week (and all my own meals), we consume beans, lentils, veggies, potatoes,
tortillas, rice, cheese, milk, and eggs. Fruit and nuts are our usual a twice a
day snack: forget the energy bars and cookies. I buy those, but only if I can
get them for no more than about $1 per package. That's my rule for snacks that
are not healthy: only one package per week, and only $1 or less cost.
5. Make a big pot of soup, stew, or other one-pot dish, once a week: this will
be 2 or 3 days worth of food, when you eat it for leftovers. I will include my
vegan lentil soup recipe at the end of this; it's an absolute favorite of my
entire household. This big pot of deliciousness only costs about $3 for 2-3 days
6. Canned beans are delicious & inexpensive, especially when you have
coupons for them. But, they're full of salt, so I put them in my emergency food
bin. For every day eating, I buy bulk beans. Dry pinto beans are about 69 cents
per pound, which is even cheaper than the pre-packaged dry beans. I buy bulk
black beans for about $1 per pound (give or take a few cents, depending on the
store specials that week).
7. Drink water. My little girl loves water; it's her favorite drink. We refill
our jugs in those Glacier water machines for 20-25 cents per gallon. Once a
week, I buy a bottle of soda as long as its no more than $1. Otherwise, other
than water, we buy crystal light as long as I have a coupon; or we buy walmart's
version for about $2 per canister full of packets that will each fill a pitcher.
7. I shop at Food 4 Less, here in Los Angeles county, which is part of the
Kroger chain. Food 4 Less is the least expensive grocery store I have found in
my area. Food 4 Less can't be beat, not even by Walmart, or Ralphs' new low
price campaign, for the overall price of my weekly grocery cart. Even many of
their non-food items (dish soap, toilet tissue, paper towel, pet food, laundry
soap, etc) can be less expensive than Walmart, depending on the sales for that
8. My apartment laundry facility has washers that are very small, and not much
less expensive than my local laundromat's smallest washers. So, I put my laundry
in my little shopper cart and roll it over to the laundromat. I go during the
week (tuesday thru thursday), where my laundromat gives a 20% discount on those
days. I used to do laundry once per week at about $8-$10 per week. But, I
recently realized that we have enough clothes to where I can do laundry only
once every other week, instead. This cuts about $15-$20 per month on the laundry
9. I work fairly close to where I live: I commute to work by bus. My company
reimburses me $25 per month for the purchase of my $30 monthly bus pass. So,
it's only costing me $5 per month out of my own pocket to commute to work. In
summer, whenever daylight hours and weather permits (which is most days here in
souther california), I change into my walking shoes and gear, put my work
clothes in my backpack, and I walk home 6 miles from work. That way, I squeeze
in plenty of exercise every day, while I take that time walking home to unwind
and de-stress from my day. If I get tired, I hop on the bus along the way.
10. Walk as many places as you can,if you're close enough to stores and etc. Buy
one of those shopper carts (they come in different sizes), so you can push the
cart to the store, laundry facility or recycling facility to recycle your
plastic and glass bottles.
11. After eating healthier, walking as many places as you can, you'll have less
laundry-yes, I'm serious! The larger your clothes, the more space in the washer
you need for them. I weighed 220 pounds, size 18-20, and that was starting to
get tight on me. I have lost 40 pounds, and am now between a size 12 and 14. My
smaller clothes takes up much less space, and I now require smaller washers at
12. Being healthy means fewer trips to the doctor, and fewer medical bills.
Plain and simple. Try to get out there and do something, anything, to move your
body. Some people have physical limitations. So, talk to your doctor about what
you can do for exercise. My husband has a chronic illness, so he goes to our
local gym (only $20 per month) and swims). Eat only healthy food, even if you
don't or can't do anything else. I am not a fan of the "fake meat"
that many vegans and vegetarians eat, because they are usually too expensive for
me; but there is still plenty for me to eat as a vegetarian.
I could go on and on, but I know it's a pain to read a long posting. So, good
luck everyone,and thank you for this website!
Here is my lentil soup recipe (totally vegan):
1 clove garlic-minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch fresh spinach
1/5 cups dry lentils (however much suits your fancy)
1 can stewed or diced tomatoes-do not drain
4-5 cups water
dice onions & carrots
saute these in the garlic and olive oil for about 2 minutes
dump the tomatoes, lentils, and 4-5 cups water into the pot
stir it all around, and let it come to a boil
cover it, simmer for about 45 minutes
throw in the spinach during last 5 minutes of cooking
squeeze the lemon's juice into the pot
stir it all around, and continue cooking for that last 5 minutes
serve it up, and it's DELICIOUS!
on May 20, 2012 10:02 PM
What a wonderful site and a ton of useful money saving and liberating
advice. I have been freezing the leftover greens (parsley, cilantro, dill) for
decades and find it both useful and frugal. If I need to buy a bunch of herbs
for a recipe, I will wash, dry, cut up, place in the freezer bags and freeze the
leftovers. Next time, instead of buying a new bunch, I just use the frozen
leftovers. Very classy, indeed.
on November 14, 2013 12:25 PM
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