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Footnotegirl [userpic]

I bring to you another 'cheap and easy' dessert, though this is less trashy and way more healthy than the microwave fudge thing.
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ionracas [userpic]

Eating real food on a budget.


I bought a bag of carrots and when I got home I realized that they were getting soft and probably wouldn't last that long. They didn't taste great either.


Chop them into sticks, immerse them underwater and add half a teaspoon of honey.

They become crunch and sweet and will last forever! Snack on them raw or add them to what ever recipe.

Just thought I'd pass it on.

PS This method works wonders with celery too!

KBR [userpic]

It's not the most photogenic food, but...

corn + potato chowder

Corn and potato chowder

Mince one medium onion. Saute in two tablespoons butter until onion is soft. Peel and grate one medium potato. Add about 2 cups broth, enough to cover the potato and onion. Simmer potato and onion until both are cooked through. Meanwhile, dice two more peeled potatoes and a couple stalks of celery. Thaw and rinse one 10 oz. box of frozen yellow corn. Once the potato/onion mixture is soft, puree with a stick (or regular) blender. (This makes the soup creamier without adding actual cream, which I never have on hand.) Add the remaining vegetables, 2-3 cups of milk, a couple bay leaves and a big pinch of nutmeg. Simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes, stirring frequently to be sure the milk doesn't scald to the bottom of the pan. Salt to taste. Serve as is, or with a little grated cheese.

Variations (none of which I had on hand):
Creamier... add some cream, half & half, or even a chunk of cream cheese to the milk.
Thai-ish... coconut milk + water instead of milk plus a Thai chile, some lime juice, maybe some chopped peanuts on top.
Meatier... start with a couple pieces of bacon or ham, scoop it out once the fat is rendered, saute the onion in that, then re-add the meat with the vegetables later.

For more on how this recipe came about, you can visit my food blog.

I'm looking for some meal ideas that can be made ahead and last all week. Preferably not freeze ahead, but just soups or casseroles or whatever that will safely keep for several days. Also preferably vegetarian, but any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Carol [userpic]

Most every Sunday, my husband and I have dinner w/my 21 year old son, who lives five doors down from us. We live in a wonderful midwest (US) small college town.

Since we have gathered a bunch of produce from friends (onions, green beans, squash, eggplant, bell peppers,ad tomatoes), we used some olive oil and cooked it all up, with some garlic and salt and pepper. A local farm was selling some great chorizo at our farmer's market, so we made little chorizo meat balls, too.

Here's the photo of the veggies!

Local inexpensive eating = priceless and delicious!

Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Blogging Sara [userpic]

what's your fav website to find free grocery coupons online?

This dish can be found at many lodges and restaurants in coastal Alaska and can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  You can make it with pretty much whatever's on sale.  It takes about an hour start to finish, or you can cook the potatoes the day before and finish the dish in a few minutes the next day.  Most of the ingredients don't have exact amounts, so I'll just write down the method.


1 baking potato per person

Boil the potatoes in their jackets with:

Any, all, or none of the following: A small onion, a stalk of celery, a bay leaf, a clove of garlic

When the potatoes can be pierced easily with a sharp knife, drain (save the cooking water for soup) and cool under the tap.  Chop into small pieces.  Also chop:

Some aromatics--whatever you have--onions are usually cheap and easy to find, or for a different taste use pickles; sweet peppers are good if they are cheap this week, or try hot peppers if you want something spicy

Heat in a pan just big enough to hold the vegetables in a solid layer, preferably a cast iron skillet:

Oil, butter, bacon grease, margarine, and/or schmaltz--1 1/2 tablespoons per potato--don't skimp!

Cook the vegetables until softened.  Season to taste with:

Pretty much anything, depending on what you want; salt, pepper, garlic powder, hot sauce, dill, etc.

EITHER stir in:

Chopped leftover meat, cooked ground meat or loose sausage, sliced cooked breakfast sausage, sliced or chopped summer sausage, etc.

OR break over the top:

1 egg per person

Leave until the eggs are set or the meat is heated through.  If desired, sprinkle with:

1/4 cup grated cheese per potato

Serve hot.  If using a cast-iron skillet, you can turn the heat down or off, cover the pan, and leave it on the stove for at least an hour.  The bottom will brown a bit.

[ Sweet exterior... boiling passion inside ] [userpic]

This is a really simple, cheap, and comfort food type meal. It's really kid-friendly too, because most of the time they can't see the vegetables in it! I've seen a few recipes for it (though I can't remember the actual name, so the one I gave it will have to do for now) but I have changed some of it to work for me. The meal consists of these basic things: Mashed potatoes, boneless chicken, frozen veggies, and shredded cheese. Because you can ommit and customize this dish pretty easily, I'm not going to make a list of ingredients, and just basically write more or less how I prepare it.


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Crossposted to my journal, and ama_cooks

Footnotegirl [userpic]

For those of you who are a) in the US and b) near an Ikea/willing to order online (at least I hope their sales are national) If you do a lot of coking and then taking food in for lunch, Ikea has a set of plastic storage containers PRUTA on sale for $4.99. It's just a metric assload of storage containers and tops that all stack together in a v. small area, for cheaper than like, a small pack of the 'practically only use them once' ones from Gladware or whatever. I found it to be an exceptional deal, and was happy to see that the smallest ones are small enough for things like condiments.

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