Very Frugal Recipes and Ingredients
Eating on a budget can be very healthy when you know what ingredients you need to cook very frugal recipes. The Dinners Under $10 category here on Little People Wealth has always been one of my more popular pages. Cooking a healthy dinner using a very frugal recipe is satisfying to both your family and your budget. Here are a few of my favorite very frugal recipes and an explanation of some of the very frugal recipe ingredients that you should always have on hand.
Very Frugal Recipes (Dinner):
- Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles
- Quick Fiesta Turkey Chili – very frugal recipes favorite!
- Hickory Tuna Enchilada
- Southwestern Couscous
- Very Frugal Recipes – Asparagus Frittata
- Chicken Fajita Salad with Poblano Buttermilk Dressing
- Roasted Tomatoes with Shrimp and Garlic Bread Stuffing – very frugal recipes favorite!
- Beef and Portobello Mushroom Minestroganoff
- Potato Corn Chowder – very frugal recipes favorite!
- Very Frugal Recipes – Spanish Rice
- Pan Fried Pork Wontons with Spinach
- Polenta with Kale and Portobello Mushrooms
- Hot Sauce Chicken with Green Beans
- Sweet Potato and Ham Fritters
- Cheesy Hash Brown Chili
- Chipotle Pork Quesadillas
- Roasted Garlic and Spinach White Pizza
- Very Frugal Recipes – Pizza Rolls
Very Frugal Recipes (Breakfast):
- Tropical Waffles – very frugal recipes favorite!
- Sausage Scramble
- Lemon Honey Breakfast Fruit Medley
- Biscuit Crusted Sausage Egg Pie
- Oatmeal Cookie Granola (granola is one of my favorite very frugal recipes to make! Head over to The Greenbacksgal to see more quick healthy recipes)
- Super Healthy Granola
- Healthy Berry Yogurt
Very Frugal Recipes (Deserts):
- Beet Mash Chocolate Cupcakes – very frugal recipes favorite!
Very Frugal Recipes (Misc):
Very Frugal Recipe Ingredients
- Fruit/Vegetables – My price point for fruit and vegetables is $1/lb. I will occasionally go above that for a specific type of fresh food I need for one of the very frugal recipes. As long as you stick with in-season items, you should be able to find quite a bit under $1/lb. There are some organic fruits and vegetables that are under that price as well. If you can grow your own then that is even better!
- Rice – Very frugal recipes will often have rice in them. I received a rice cooker for a gift and it is one of my favorite kitchen items (right up there with my crockpot, ice cream maker, and yogurt maker!). You should always have rice on hand. There are many different types of rice and I encourage you to try the different types, but if you are just starting out then white or brown rice will do. Many simple recipes use rice!
- Pasta – I stock up on pasta when it goes on sale. Like the rice, pasta will also serve as a base in many of the very frugal recipes.
- Chicken Stock – I purchase this when it goes on sale (generally I pay less than $0.20/can after a sale and coupon), but you can also save your own chicken stock when you cook chicken. Chicken stock is used in very frugal recipes and can also be used to give your rice a little more flavor.
- Eggs – Eggs are a great very frugal recipe ingredient and item! An occasional “breakfast for dinner” can help the budget tremendously. Plus, children usually love to mix it up!
- Chicken – Chicken is a common meat in very frugal recipes. You can find chicken for less than $1/lb. If you want to cook the whole chicken it is cheap and you can save your own chicken stock. Even if you do not, you can find chicken breast for a reasonable price.
- Turkey – If a recipe asks for ground beef you can exchange that for ground turkey and easily turn it into a very frugal recipe! Ground turkey is almost always cheaper than ground beef (almost always, not always so make sure you check) and, in this area, when it goes on sale the sale price is always lower than the sale price of ground beef. I can usually pick up ground turkey for less than $1/lb on sale.
- Flavor – Spices are cheap! They last a long time and they are simple to grow if you want to grow your own. They will turn a very frugal recipe into a delicious dinner. Some grocery stores sell herbs and spices by weight, which is a wonderful way to purchase them since you tend to use very little at a time. A few spices and herbs that I like to have on-hand are rosemary, sage, basil, oregano, garlic, and cilantro (cilantro in rice is one of my favorites!).
If you are looking for more very frugal recipes then take a look at very frugal recipe resources at Crystal and Co, budget recipes at Budget Saving Mom, and very frugal recipes at Clipper Girl. I also love these suggestions for kid-friendly recipes.