frugal foods http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/16384/all en-US Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_in_love_000074614141.jpg" alt="Couple finding sweet ways to celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Valentine's Day is all about the love, but it's also about the money. And we tend to spend a whole lot of it just to show our significant others how much they mean to us. As nice as it is to give &mdash; or to receive &mdash; a shiny new toy, or a bundle of chocolates, it's simply not necessary to expressing your love for your favorite person. You <em>can</em> celebrate Valentine's Day with your partner without breaking the bank.</p> <p>Here are 104 sweet (and frugal) ways to celebrate Valentine's Day this year.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/couple-valentines-day-breakfast-Dollarphotoclub_73459350_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-spend-less-money-on-valentines-day">14 Ways to Spend Less Money on Valentine's Day</a> &mdash; Show your Valentine how much you adore them without emptying your wallet. These low-cost and super romantic Valentine's Day date ideas will have your sweetie swooning.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-from-valentines-day">13 Ways to Make Money From Valentine's Day</a> &mdash; Who knew you could actually turn a profit on one of the most expensive holidays of the year? Turn on your entrepreneurial side and cash in on Valentine's Day this year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-mostly-frugal-valentine-s-day-recipes">14 (Mostly) Frugal Valentine&rsquo;s Day Recipes</a> &mdash; Skip the crowds and pricey Prix Fixe menus and make a romantic meal at home. These yummy Valentine's Day recipes will meet your budget <em>and</em> satisfy your tastebuds.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/chocolate-covered-strawberries-Dollarphotoclub_60362926.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-homemade-treats-your-valentine-will-love">15 Delicious Homemade Treats Your Valentine Will Love</a> &mdash; Would anyone turn down chocolate covered strawberries? What about red velvet cookie pops? Here are a bunch of delectable DIY sweet treats that can't miss.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-valentines-day-gifts-for-10-or-less">20 Valentine's Day Gifts for $10 or Less</a> &mdash; All you need is a crisp $10 bill to get something special for your special someone. It doesn't get any easier or more budget-friendly than that, folks.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/couple_love_romance_000022750225.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/celebrate-love-not-money-with-these-recycled-valentines-day-gifts">Celebrate Love, Not Money, With These Recycled Valentine's Day Gifts</a> &mdash; You know what they say, &quot;One man's trash is another man's extremely thoughtful, gently used Valentine's Day gift.&quot; Wait, that's not right. But whatever! These thrifted gifts are sure to woo your one and only.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-flowers-for-valentines-day-or-any-day">Affordable Flowers for Valentine's Day (or Any Day)</a> &mdash; Roses are red. Violets are blue. Don't buy roses on Valentine's Day when these other gorgeous flowers will do!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-valentine-s-day-desserts-that-hit-the-sweet-spot">14 Valentine&rsquo;s Day Desserts That Hit the (Sweet) Spot</a> &mdash; True story: the way to anyone's heart is through their stomach. And whipping up any of these rich and delish Valentine's Day desserts will make you the best Valentine ever.</p> <p><em>How are you celebrating Valentine's Day this year? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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The majority of Americans certainly are, as the Super Bowl is probably the most celebrated non-national holiday of the year. Come Monday, you'll hear countless coworkers complaining about not getting the day off to recover from the gluttonous consumption of adult beverages and salty, cheese-covered snacks. Because like Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl is all about the food, and a little bit about football, of course.</p> <p>Here are over 100 delicious Super Bowl party food ideas to fill the bellies of you and your famished football-loving friends.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/food-154197215.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-healthier-appetizers">20 Delicious, Healthier Appetizers</a> &mdash; If we all counted our calories on Super Bowl Sunday, the number would instantly sober us up. But football foods don't need to filled with fat and salt. 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The options are endless and the results are delish.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/food-491329701.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-exciting-new-potato-recipes-you-must-try">25 Exciting New Potato Recipes You Must Try</a> &mdash; Is there such a thing as too many potato dishes? Nope. Potatoes are essential for Super Bowl recipes, and here are 25 new ways to make your favorite starch.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-15-junk-food-favorites-healthier-and-cheaper-at-home">Make 15 Junk Food Favorites Healthier and Cheaper at Home</a> &mdash; If only you could make your own Chicken McNuggets and Slurpees that taste as good as the fast food originals&hellip; *Sigh* Oh wait, you can! Use these cooking hacks to make your fave fast food delicacies healthier and cheaper, at home.</p> <p><em>What will you be snacking on during the Super Bowl? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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You may have even made your own at home, which is fun and easy. At less than $2 for a package of these wrappers, why not experiment with some interesting fillings?</p> <p>However, picking the correct wrapper at the grocery store can be a little confusing. For the recipe ideas below, look specifically for egg roll wrappers. They will be in a refrigerated section. They are a thin dough, and rectangular in shape. They do contain egg, and thus must be deep-fried, pan-fried, or baked. Won ton &quot;skins&quot; are very similar, but come in small squares, rather than rectangles.</p> <p><em>Lumpia</em> wrappers come to us from the Philippines, but they are Chinese in origin. The skins are very delicate, and they have a flaky texture when fried or baked. They can be filled with sweet or savory ingredients. If you cannot find egg roll wrappers, lumpia will work. (For these recipes, do not get &quot;rice paper&quot; wrappers, which are, confusingly, used in &quot;spring rolls,&quot; and &quot;summer rolls,&quot; but are not usually fried.)</p> <p>Methods for cooking include using a deep fryer, pan frying, or oven baking (which is the healthiest method). To oven bake, preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with foil. Use a pastry brush to brush the rolls with oil. Bake about 20 minutes, until crispy and golden brown.</p> <p>Assembly will go quickly if you have all of your fillings in bowls, ready to go. Use a mixture of water and a little cornstarch to seal the rolls shut.</p> <p>Now that you know how to prepare the wrappers, let's dig in to the filling options. Here are some delicious ideas to get you started. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-clever-ways-to-dress-up-cheap-food?ref=seealso">25 Clever Ways to Dress Up Cheap Food</a>)</p> <h2>Breakfast Ideas</h2> <p>Who wouldn't want to start their day with an egg roll?</p> <h3>1. Bacon and Eggs</h3> <p>I like to make two to three rolls per person. Combine cooked, crumbled bacon, scrambled eggs, and diced green onions. Roll into the wrapper, fry, drain, and serve. If you wrap them in wax paper or paper towels, you can take them &quot;to go.&quot;</p> <h3>2. Sausage, Peppers, and Onion</h3> <p>Sauté chopped mini-peppers with diced onion and breakfast sausage. Sprinkle with just a pinch of red pepper flakes, roll, fry, and drain.</p> <h3>3. Mexican</h3> <p>Add some rice to your scrambled eggs, along with a little jack cheese, refried beans, and salsa. Roll, fry, and go!</p> <h3>4. Fruit-Filled</h3> <p>I love to go &quot;tropical&quot; with slices of papaya and banana, a drizzle of honey, and shredded coconut. Serve with a &quot;dipping sauce&quot; of vanilla yogurt.</p> <h3>5. Blintz-Like</h3> <p>Fresh or frozen drained berries, with a little cream cheese or goat cheese, are a decadent way to ease into your day when wrapped into an egg roll and baked. Add a cappuccino for a painless Monday morning.</p> <h2>Lunch Ideas</h2> <p>Break up your workday with an egg roll wrapper filled with your favorite edible things.</p> <h3>6. Pizza</h3> <p>This idea will delight kids, big and small. Wrap up pepperoni or salami, olives, chopped artichoke hearts, string cheese, and sprinkle with oregano. Serve with heated, prepared pizza sauce for dipping.</p> <h3>7. Sushi</h3> <p>Yep, you read that right. Combine cooked, seasoned sushi rice, cooked shrimp or crab, diced avocado, diced green onion, and sesame seeds. Fry and drain. Dip into wasabi paste and soy sauce.</p> <h3>8. Chili</h3> <p>If you have leftover or canned chili available, just add grated cheese, onions, and wrap. After frying or baking, dip into sour cream.</p> <h3>9. Mac and Cheese</h3> <p>There is truly something yummy about the crispiness of the wrapper combined with the cheesy, creamy pasta inside.</p> <h3>10. Buffalo Chicken</h3> <p>Combine cooked, diced chicken with ranch dressing, a drizzle of wing sauce, and bleu cheese crumbles. Fry and serve with more wing sauce and celery sticks.</p> <h2>Dinner Ideas</h2> <p>The last meal of the day should always be the best, so prepare to salivate over these egg roll fillings.</p> <h3>11. Curry</h3> <p>Combine cooked, diced potatoes, cooked peas, sautéed onions, and a little curry powder. Fry rolls and serve with a dipping sauce of plain yogurt swirled with spicy chutney.</p> <h3>12. BBQ Pork</h3> <p>Mix a tub of prepared barbecued pork with some sautéed onions. Roll, fry, and serve with barbecue sauce on the side (and lots of napkins).</p> <h3>13. Baked Potato</h3> <p>This is a great use of leftover mashed potatoes. Combine them with crispy cooked bacon bits, cheddar cheese, and green onions. Wrap, cook, and serve with sour cream for dipping.</p> <h3>14. Hawaiian Style</h3> <p>Combine rice, poke, and furikake seasoning; fill rolls and deep-fry. Make a sauce of mayonnaise and Sriracha; drizzle over egg rolls.</p> <h3>15. Veggie</h3> <p>Combine cooked, drained broccoli, quinoa, sautéed red pepper strips, and a little goat cheese. Then bake. Serve with balsamic vinegar.</p> <h3>16. Shrimp</h3> <p>Sauté cleaned, raw shrimp with a little chopped garlic, sliced mushrooms, coleslaw mix, and bean sprouts. Fry or bake and dip into sweet chili sauce.</p> <h2>Dessert Ideas</h2> <p>There is <em>always</em> room for a small sweet treat.</p> <h3>17. S'mores</h3> <p>Make a filling of mini-marshmallows, chocolate chips, and crushed graham crackers. Roll, and then bake or fry.</p> <h3>18. Apple Pie</h3> <p>This couldn't be easier, so apple pie fans, rejoice. Simply fill the egg roll wrappers with canned apple pie filling and fry or bake. Serve with vanilla ice cream.</p> <h3>19. Bananas Foster-ish</h3> <p>Slice bananas lengthwise, then in half. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon, dot with butter, and wrap. Bake or fry. Serve with rum-laced vanilla ice cream.</p> <h3>20. Cheesecake</h3> <p>Make a bowl of your favorite no-bake cheesecake batter. Fold up in egg roll wrappers with sliced strawberries, crushed oreos, caramels, or lemon zest. Fry, and <em>swoon</em>.</p> <p>Once opened, a package of egg roll wrappers will be fine for a week, assuming you wrap them up well. If there are too many, just freeze them and let them defrost at room temperature when you're &quot;ready to roll&quot; again.</p> <p><em>Any other ideas for egg roll wrappers? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-cheap-spring-roll-wrappers-at-every-meal">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Sometimes you need to rely on ingredients that come out of a can for a hearty meal. Canned goods might not be fresh, but they are easy to store, long-lasting, and extremely budget-friendly.</p> <p>Maybe surprisingly, canned foods offer an endless amount of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that you will absolutely love! Here are 119 brilliant and yummy meals that you can make from a can.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/fresh_cranberries_000052987314.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-delicious-canned-cranberry-recipes">10 Easy, Delicious Canned Cranberry Recipes</a> &mdash; Did you think this was nothing more than a lowly side dish served on Thanksgiving? Think again. Canned cranberry sauce can up your bagel game, give your turkey sandwich a delectable makeover, and give your smoothies a sweet little zing. Stock up and enjoy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-foods-that-cost-under-a-buck-a-pound-with-recipes">21 Foods That Cost Under a Buck a Pound &mdash; With Recipes!</a> &mdash; Canned goods are made for bulk-buying, and this frugal round-up will help you make spectacular use of your current pantry occupants.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_making_stew_000063377505.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-recipes-for-canned-clams">20 Delicious Recipes for Canned Clams</a> &mdash; This low-fat seafood delicacy might go from the sea into a can, but it takes center stage in many different meal options you can easily make at home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-use-canned-corn">15 Delicious Ways to Use Canned Corn</a> &mdash; Corn might be one of the most versatile canned foods there is, because you can heat it up or keep it cold, and add it to a variety of dishes. From casseroles, to salads, to soups, you just can't go wrong with a can of corn.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/salmon000006329016.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a> &mdash; Ever end up with a can of salmon and think, <em>What the heck am I supposed to do with this?</em> Well, put those thoughts to rest once and for all. This round-up of 50 canned salmon uses will keep you busy and your belly full for months.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-delicious-and-healthy-black-bean-recipes?ref=seealso">20 Cheap, Delicious, and Healthy Black Bean Recipes</a> &mdash; You don't need to live in the produce aisle in order to find healthy foods. Black beans are packed with fiber, potassium, and are prime heart health supporters. Bonus: they are extremely versatile in meals, and don't cost much at all.</p> <p><em>What other great foods come from a can? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-119-amazing-meals-you-can-make-from-a-can">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink canned food cheap dinners fbf flashback friday Food frugal foods Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:00:02 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1647161 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Cheap and Healthy Filler Foods http://www.wisebread.com/9-cheap-and-healthy-filler-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-cheap-and-healthy-filler-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-114335832_0.jpg" alt="chickpea salad" title="chickpea salad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are like my family, you keep crackers or chips in your pantry to use as casserole toppings, serve with salsa, or add to soups. Though these foods are filling, their nutritional value is limited.</p> <p>However, there are other commonly available foods that can serve as fillers, helping to keep you satisfied while increasing the nutritional value of your breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack. These items are elegant additions to dishes that can stretch their number of servings without overdoing the calorie count. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-simple-canned-foods-that-go-the-distance">Canned Foods That Go the Distance</a>)</p> <p>Here are some cheap and healthy filler foods I keep in my kitchen.</p> <h2>1. Chickpeas</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/fill-137302332-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Canned chickpeas are often available for a dollar if you purchase the house brand. They are easily stored in your pantry and ready at a moment&#39;s notice: open the can, rinse the beans, and drain.</p> <p>For a healthy addition to a snack or side dish:</p> <ul> <li>Add chickpeas to any type of salad, such as a <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/340683/greek-salad-with-chickpeas">Greek salad</a> or <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30740-dill-chickpea-and-feta-pasta-salad">pasta salad</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Add chickpeas to <a href="http://drbenkim.com/chickpea-leek-potato-soup-recipe.htm">potato soup</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Toss chickpeas in a potato-based dish like a <a href="http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2013/02/healthy-hash-brown-casserole.html">hash brown casserole</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Substitute chickpeas for tahini and add a bit of extra olive oil when making <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/spicy-hummus-quick-chickpea-spread-recipe/index.html">hummus</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&amp;art_id=83091&amp;sc=3024">Chickpeas</a> (aka garbanzo beans) are a great source of protein, fiber, and iron.</p> <h2>2. Pasta</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/fill-87736381-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>A 16-ounce package of pasta costs less than $2 and can keep for months in your pantry. Add dry pastas to dishes that will cook a while or use cooked pasta for quicker meals.</p> <p>To make a satisfying meal:</p> <ul> <li>Add dry pasta to <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/healthy-alphabet-soup-112133">vegetable soups</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Toss cooked pasta with roasted veggies<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Make a <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/10-fridgeclearing-pasta-bakes-that-comfort-and-satisfy-recipes-from-the-kitchn-184598">casserole of whatever sauce, vegetables, and cheese</a> you have in your pantry</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.healthline.com/health-blogs/diet-diva/benefits-pasta">Pasta</a> is a good source of B vitamins and iron. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-pasta-made-with-an-imperia-pasta-machine">Stuff We Love: Imperia Pasta Machine</a>)</p> <h2>3. Orange Vegetables</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/fill-183439325-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Orange vegetables, such as butternut squash and sweet potatoes, are inexpensive (they cost between 50 cents to $2 per pound, depending on the season) and last a while in your cupboard.</p> <p>You can <a href="http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-to-roast-whole-butternut-squash-you.html">roast squash whole in the oven</a>; cut in half when done, remove seeds and strings, scoop and reserve the flesh for additions to various recipes. Sweet potatoes can be microwaved, baked, or boiled until done; cut sweet potatoes in half and remove flesh. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/71-sensational-sweet-potato-recipes">Sensational Sweet Potato Recipes</a>)</p> <p>To boost the flavor of your favorite foods:</p> <ul> <li>Add butternut squash to <a href="http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2010/10/25/butternut-squash-soup-recipe/">soups</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Substitute butternut squash for zucchini in a <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/zucchini_bread/">sweet bread recipe</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Mix a small amount of an orange veggie (about one cup) into mixtures for bread, rolls, or pizza dough<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Stir sweet potatoes into <a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/simple-ways-work-sweet-potatoes-diet-9534.html">tomato-based sauces</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Add squash or sweet potatoes to a <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/eight-things-to-do-with-a-butt-128579">dip</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.fitwatch.com/weight-loss/top-7-healthy-orange-fruits-and-vegetables-686.html">Orange vegetables</a> contain beta-carotene and other nutrients.</p> <h2>4. Peppers</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/fill-cooking-vegetables-5089340-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Peppers of all kinds add flavor. Green peppers are generally the least expensive, at less than a dollar each, while red peppers may cost you a couple of bucks. Wash, remove seeds, and chop before adding to dishes.</p> <p>To increase the pizzazz of your meals:</p> <ul> <li>Saute peppers in butter or olive oil, and add to <a href="http://www.cookstepbystep.com/red_greenpepperomelet.html">omelets</a> and <a href="http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/cooking/ht/howtofrittata.htm">frittatas</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Toss raw on pizzas or inside tacos or tortillas, and prepare as usual.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Saute peppers and add to casserole dishes such as <a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Baked-Spaghetti-Food-Network?columns=3&amp;position=2%2F45">baked spaghetti</a> or your favorite <a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Chicken-Rice-Casserole-Recipe-Taste-of-Home-45033">chicken casserole</a>.</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/health-benefits-of-peppers">Peppers</a> are loaded with nutrients, including vitamins A and C.</p> <h2>5. Black beans</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/fill-152965416-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Like chickpeas, house-brand canned black beans may cost about a dollar. You can also buy dried black beans in a bag for a couple of bucks or about 25 cents per serving. Open a can, rinse, and drain; or soak dried beans, rinse, and cook until done. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-delicious-and-healthy-black-bean-recipes">Cheap, Delicious, and Healthy Black Bean Recipes</a>)</p> <p>To add richness to your meal while boosting its nutrition:</p> <ul> <li>Add black beans to tacos, tortillas, and nachos<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Toss black beans in a pot of chili or nearly any other type of soup<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Add black beans to a <a href="http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2012/07/recipe-for-chicken-black-bean-and-red.html">chicken salad</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/238506-black-bean-nutritional-facts/">Black beans</a> contain protein, carbohydrates, and fiber along with vitamins and minerals.</p> <h2>6. Kale</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/fill-158461533-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>A bunch of kale in the fresh produce section often sells for less than $2 and large quantities of washed-and-bagged kale may go for just a few bucks.</p> <p>Kale can be bitter, so I typically add this ingredient to sweet stuff or saute in olive oil until it&#39;s delightfully crisp. You can also steam and chop in a food processor.</p> <p>To pack nutrition in your snacks and meals:</p> <ul> <li>Blend raw kale with <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/frozen-fruit-smoothies-recipe/index.html">fruit smoothies</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Toss sauted kale into pasta dishes made with pesto or tomato-based sauces<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Add kale to egg dishes such as quiches, omelets, and frittatas<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use kale as a pizza topping</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/the-truth-about-kale">Kale</a> is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K.</p> <h2>7. Vegetable Leftovers</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/fill-200422290-001-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Leftover vegetables can be considered free fillers if you would otherwise toss them out uneaten.</p> <p>Increase the flavor of your favorite dishes while emptying your refrigerator:</p> <ul> <li>Spread mushrooms, onions, spinach, tomatoes, etc. on pizza and bake<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Throw green beans and cauliflower into your favorite soup<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Make a frittata with those extra veggies<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use broccoli as a baked potato topping<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Add vegetables to pasta, toss, and heat in olive oil<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Mix kale, spinach, and red peppers with cheese and make a <a href="http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/youll-melt-veggie-filled-grilled-cheese-sandwich-211400160.html">special grilled cheese sandwich</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.almanac.com/content/vegetable-nutrition-chart">Vegetables</a> contain various types of nutrients.</p> <h2>8. Bananas</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/fill-144797361-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Bananas typically cost less than $1 per pound. Keep a bunch on your kitchen counter.</p> <p>If your bananas start to become overripe, peel and freeze them.</p> <p>To add flavor and texture to breakfast and snacks:</p> <ul> <li>Cut up and add bananas to cereal and yogurt parfaits<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Mix <a href="http://www.onceuponachef.com/2013/01/banana-pancakes.html">mashed bananas into pancakes</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Add sliced bananas to fruit salads such as <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/ambrosia-salad-100-279302">ambrosia</a> and desserts like ice cream<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Add frozen pieces to fruit smoothies</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/natural-foods/natural-weight-loss-food-bananas-ga.htm">Bananas</a> are a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, and fiber.</p> <h2>9. Peanut Butter</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/fill-177306791-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Healthy, natural versions of peanut butter cost about $4 for 16 ounces or about 20 cents each time you add a spoonful to these recipes. Most peanut butter keeps a long time in your kitchen cabinet.</p> <p>To increase the yumminess and creaminess of your snack or meal:</p> <ul> <li>Spread peanut butter on apple slices, celery sticks, or crackers<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Add a spoonful of peanut butter to smoothies<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use peanut butter as an ingredient in <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/drink/views/Chicken-Stir-Fry-with-Peanut-Sauce-Over-Rice-232431">stir-fry dishes</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Stir in peanut butter in <a href="http://www.delish.com/recipes/cooking-recipes/peanut-butter-recipes#slide-5">muffin</a> and <a href="http://www.delish.com/recipes/cooking-recipes/peanut-butter-recipes#slide-3">sweet bread</a> recipes</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/245438-health-benefits-of-peanut-butter/">Peanut butter</a> is a good source of potassium and contains protein and healthy fats.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite cheap and healthy filler foods?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-cheap-and-healthy-filler-foods">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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