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14 November 2012 @ 09:20 pm
Frugal cooking  
My old cookbook:
http://www.oocities.org/valarltd/cook.html
basic stuff, but good.

Basic muffins:
2 to 2 1/2 cups grain (flour, oatmeal, wheat germ etc...)
1 cup milk
up to 1/4 cup fat (oil, butter, peanut butter etc...)
1 egg
up to 1/2 cup sweetener (sugar, honey, agave etc...)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
up to 1 1/2 cups additions

Mix all together & bake approx 25 min on 350F
When using very wet additions, reduce the milk or oil somewhat.
I like pumpkin, raisins and some pumpkin pie spice.
Zucchini, cocoa powder and chocolate chips are just decadent.

TVP is your friend. Find a health food store that carries it in the granulated form. It looks like a bag of grapenuts but is substantially cheaper. Blend with water, let stand at least ten minutes. I like to mix it with the hamburger the night before so it can pick upo better flavor.
This is best for meatloaf and salisbury steak.

Rethink meat. Instead of making a slice of it the main dish, add itr in as one more ingredient. 4 pieces of chicken serves six people if you put it in pasta or rice, with vegetables.

Mama's Basic Casserole
serves 6

12 oz-1 Lb cooked starch: pasta, rice, barley
1/2 lb meat
1 lb frozen vegetables.
Sauce

Coordinate the meat and sauce and vegetables. Chicken with mushrooms, onions and rice calls for chicken gravy. Pork with mixed vegetables in pork gravy is good with barley. Beef in a stroganoff sauce is nice over a baked potato. Chicken in chicken gravy is good over stuffing. Tuna with pasta needs peas and mushrooms in a cream sauce. Tonight was bowtie pasta with fake crab in dilled white sauce.

Chili. Make it from dried beans instead of canned. Soak 'em overnight. Put them in the crockpot with the meat and tomatoes.

Potatoes. Baked potatoes can be topped with leftovers for a second dinner.
Hash. Leftover meat, potatoes, onion.
Pot pies: leftover meat, vegetables, gravy under a crust.

websites to help:
http://notesfromthefrugaltrenches.com/frugal-food/
http://notesfromthefrugaltrenches.com/2008/07/05/top-10-ways-to-cut-your-grocery-bill-by-half/
http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-food-changes-you-can-make-today
http://thepathtofrugality.blogspot.com/