frugal food http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8478/all en-US 15 Fresh Corn Recipes You'll Swoon Over http://www.wisebread.com/15-fresh-corn-recipes-youll-swoon-over <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-fresh-corn-recipes-youll-swoon-over" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_42217120_LARGE.jpg" alt="enjoy corn recipes all summer long" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Corn is a vegetable that just feels like summer, doesn't it? Nothing beats an ear of corn, especially when it's dripping with melting butter and salt. But here are 15 fresh <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-use-canned-corn">corn recipes</a> to use up that bounty in delicious, frugal ways.</p> <h2>1. Mexican Street Food</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VzEnmEHK4mI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Called <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/07/mexican-street-corn-elotes-recipe.html"><em>elotes</em></a>, this street food is almost obscenely delicious. Anytime you slather something in chili, lime, and cheese, you have my full attention. Yes, it's messy, but it's also delicious. I use light mayonnaise, and I like to add a little cumin.</p> <h2>2. On the Grill</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xNZzqYesX0k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>One of my good friends turned me on to this method of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNZzqYesX0k">grilling corn</a> on the barbeque. Boy, is this ever good alongside a ribeye steak!</p> <h2>3. Creamed Corn</h2> <p>Homemade <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/creamed-corn-0">creamed corn</a> is completely different from canned. You won't even recognize it, and I bet you eat every bite. Please do not leave out the chives, which this recipe lists as &quot;optional.&quot; I think they add a lot.</p> <h2>4. Fresh Corn Salad</h2> <p>Looking for a light lunch? Check out this <a href="http://www.onceuponachef.com/2011/08/quinoa-with-corn-tomatoes-avocado-lime.html">Southwestern quinoa</a> salad. It also makes a great potluck dish.</p> <h2>5. Vegan Corn Chowder</h2> <p>You will love this <a href="http://www.loveandlemons.com/creamy-vegan-corn-chowder/">creamy corn chowder</a>, which is made without dairy. The recipe gives instructions for how to use the &quot;milk&quot; from corn kernels, which gives the chowder a creamy texture. It also uses coconut milk, but don't worry &mdash; it isn't overly sweet.</p> <h2>6. Fritters</h2> <p>These fresh <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/corn-fritters/">corn fritters</a> are absolutely perfect with shrimp and some coleslaw on the side. An ice cold beer to sip doesn't hurt, either.</p> <h2>7. Fresh Corn Salsa</h2> <p>I like those little bowl-shaped tortilla chips with this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/jeff-corwin/jeffs-fresh-black-bean-salsa-recipe.html">black bean salsa</a> recipe because they hold more of it. This is a terrific appetizer, but also is great in a fish taco. I confess that I substituted jalapeno pepper because habaneros or Scotch bonnets are much too hot for my taste.</p> <h2>8. Corn Pancakes</h2> <p>Got Bisquick in your pantry? Make up some pancake batter, and add some fresh corn. This is great with maple syrup.</p> <h2>9. Corn Waffles</h2> <p>Same baking mix, even snazzier in a waffle iron. Try them with sour cream and salsa for dinner for a fun change.</p> <h2>10. Make a Sauce</h2> <p>Plain ol' chicken, or a piece of fish get more glamorous when you add a fresh <a href="http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/creamy-corn-sauce.aspx">corn sauce</a>. I like this as it is, but it's also yummy with a little Tabasco.</p> <h2>11. Vegetarian &quot;Three Sisters&quot; Stew</h2> <p>Native Americans figured out that squash, beans, and corn grow well together. Cut up some acorn or kabocha squash; add a can of drained beans (I like pintos) and two cups of fresh corn off the cob. Add some vegetable broth and simmer until squash is tender.</p> <h2>12. Ice Cream</h2> <p>Ice cream? Sure, why not. <a href="http://www.rickbayless.com/recipe/sweet-corn-ice-cream/">Corn ice cream</a> is a popular flavor in Mexico. It makes sense, when you think about it, as fresh corn is sweet and starchy.</p> <h2>13. Fancy Cornbread</h2> <p>This is a great cheat. Buy a box of Jiffy Cornbread mix. To the regular recipe on the box, add a half-cup of fresh corn kernels, &frac14; cup of shredded, sharp, cheddar cheese, and two tablespoons of bacon bits. Bake as directed. Slather with butter.</p> <h2>14. Corn Salad</h2> <p>Doesn't corn look sportier when it's a little charred? It also gives it a smokey flavor, which is so good in this <a href="http://www.simplylakita.com/grilled-corn-salad/">grilled corn salad</a>. I added some diced chicken breast to mine to &quot;make it a meal.&quot;</p> <h2>15. Corn Pizza</h2> <p>Corn on pizza? Sure, it's delicious. I use a ready-made crust and jarred alfredo sauce to keep things easy. Roll out the crust, add alfredo sauce, and fresh corn from the cob. I like to add some sliced sausage and a little sage. Bake according to package directions and serve.</p> <p><em>What other frugal spins can you put on fresh corn? 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/15-fresh-corn-recipes-youll-swoon-over">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-9"> <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/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</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/12-delicious-ways-to-eat-cauliflower-rice">12 Delicious Ways to Eat Cauliflower Rice</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/15-delicious-ways-to-use-canned-corn">15 Delicious Ways to Use Canned Corn</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/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet">The Best Cooking Oils: For Your Heart and Wallet</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/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget">9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink corn corn on the cob corn recipes fresh food frugal food healthy eating summer food Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:00:07 +0000 Marla Walters 1755542 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Delicious Ways to Eat Cauliflower Rice http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-ways-to-eat-cauliflower-rice <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-delicious-ways-to-eat-cauliflower-rice" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_63666625_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="cauliflower rice" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Why, you ask, did I spend the week experimenting with turning cauliflower into fake rice? There are some compelling reasons. First off, cauliflower contains antioxidants, which can protect you against cancer. There's also fiber, which will help with weight loss and digestion. It contains vitamins C, K, and B6. It has a high ANDI score (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index), meaning that it provides a high amount of nutrients for not many calories. A cup of cauliflower contains about 25 calories. A cup of brown rice contains about 218 calories. If you are following a Paleo or Raw diet, or simply watching your carbohydrate intake, it's a pretty good substitute. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now?ref=seealso">10 Delicious and Frugal Power Bowls You Want Right Now</a>)</p> <p>To keep it frugal, watch for heads of cauliflower to go on sale. If you find that you really love this &quot;rice&quot; substitution, buy a couple of heads, process, and store in your freezer. Some big-box stores have non-organic brands for less.</p> <p>It's a little messy to make, so what worked for me was to process the entire head at one time and divide it up into plastic bags. I used my mini-chopper and worked in batches. Here is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doWlSRE4R24">how</a> to get that rice consistency. You can also do this in a blender, or even by hand.</p> <h2>1. Mexican-Style</h2> <p>My husband loved this <a href="http://eatwithinyourmeans.com/mexican-cauliflower-rice-coliflor-arroz-rojo/">Mexican Cauliflower Rice</a>. I put it into a power bowl with kalua pork, avocado chunks, pinto beans, greens, chopped cilantro, and some sharp, grated cheddar. I added the chiles gradually, tasting as I went, so as not to overdo the heat.</p> <h2>2. Cauli Sushi</h2> <p>Man, do I ever love sushi, but I have to watch it. I tend to like the not-so-good for you kind, full of white rice, cream cheese, tempura shrimp, and mayonnaise. <a href="http://www.brit.co/diy-cauliflower-rice-sushi/">Cauliflower rice</a> to the rescue! This is a vegetarian recipe; and I added ahi to mine. It's also good with crab and a vegan mayo. Fans of the Raw diet: Here is a &quot;<a href="http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-cauliflower-rice-recipe">raw</a>&quot;&nbsp;version.</p> <h2>3. Fried Cauli Rice</h2> <p>We eat a lot of fried rice around here, because it's a good way to use up leftovers. I start by putting a tablespoon of oil into a frying pan, and adding the leftover vegetables and/or meat to heat. Then, add your cauliflower rice, stir everything, and add a beaten egg; fry and stir until egg is cooked through. Serve with shoyu (soy sauce).</p> <h2>4. Stuffed Cauli Rice</h2> <p>Simply substitute cauliflower rice for white rice in your favorite stuffed peppers recipe (here is <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/stuffed_peppers.html">mine</a>, which also uses ground turkey).</p> <h2>5. Mom's &quot;Rice&quot; Salad</h2> <p>I love this old recipe of my mom's. Switching up the white rice for cauliflower gave it new life.</p> <p><strong><em>Ingredients</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>2 cups prepared cauliflower rice, cooled</li> <li>2 2 1/2 T low-fat mayonnaise</li> <li>2 t lemon juice</li> <li>4 radishes, thinly sliced</li> <li>&frac12; cup fresh peas or frozen peas, thawed</li> <li>&frac12; cup drained, chopped, jarred artichoke hearts</li> <li>&frac12; T capers</li> <li>1 T minced shallots or onion</li> <li>1 t curry powder</li> <li>Salt and pepper, to taste</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Method</em></strong></p> <p>Combine all ingredients and chill until serving time. Very nice with grilled salmon.</p> <h2>6. Pesto Cauli</h2> <p>This is so simple, and so delicious. To two cups of warm cauliflower rice, I added three tablespoons of pesto. Stir. Add a little freshly grated parmesan on top. To make it a meal, scoop into broiled portabella mushroom caps.</p> <h2>7. Cauli Fritters</h2> <p>Warning: These are insanely addictive.</p> <p><strong><em>Ingredients</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>2 cups raw cauliflower rice</li> <li>2 eggs</li> <li>&frac12; cup shredded cheddar cheese</li> <li>1 T shallot, finely diced</li> <li>&frac12; cup panko crumbs</li> <li>&frac12; cup fresh parsley, washed and finely chopped</li> <li>1 t salt</li> <li>&frac12; t pepper</li> <li>&frac14; cup olive oil, for frying</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Method</em></strong></p> <p>Combine all ingredients. Scoop into a little ball shape, and then flatten to a three-inch diameter.</p> <p>Heat oil. Fry about four minutes per side, turn and fry other side until golden brown.</p> <h2>8. Cilantro Lime Cauli Rice</h2> <p>I was hoping some creative soul would do a copycat Chipotle Lime Rice using <a href="http://www.skinnytaste.com/cilantro-lime-cauliflower-rice/">cauliflower</a>. Ta-daah! Inspiration to build our own healthy burrito bowls!</p> <h2>9. Curried Cauli</h2> <p>With the addition of chicken, this <a href="http://www.dinner-mom.com/curried-cauliflower-rice/">curried cauliflower rice</a> becomes a great meal, or a tasty basis for a power bowl. This reheats nicely for an office lunch, too.</p> <h2>10. Egg on Top</h2> <p>To a cup of cooked cauliflower rice, add one over-easy egg and a quarter of an avocado, sliced. I like a little Sriracha drizzled on top. So easy, and so healthy.</p> <h2>11. Paella</h2> <p>To a batch of cauliflower rice (two cups), add a cup each of cooked shrimp and sausage, a cup of cooked okra, a half cup of sauteed celery, and a can of the spicy chopped tomatoes, with juice. Don't forget the Tabasco. This certainly isn't a classic Paella, but you'll get the flavors, and it's low-carb.</p> <h2>12. Cauli Risotto</h2> <p>I had some leftover Thanksgiving turkey in the freezer, as well as some fresh mushrooms. Here is how I made some risotto-like cauliflower:</p> <p><strong><em>Ingredients</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>1 cup cooked turkey, chopped</li> <li>1 cup mushrooms, sliced</li> <li>1 cup cauliflower rice</li> <li>1 shallot, finely chopped</li> <li>&frac12; tsp garlic, finely chopped</li> <li>2 T butter</li> <li>1 T olive oil</li> <li>&frac12;-&frac34; cup chicken broth, heated</li> <li>&frac12; cup freshly grated Asiago cheese</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Method</em></strong></p> <p>Heat butter and oil; add the garlic and shallot. Once browned, add the mushrooms; saute until softened. Add the cauliflower and toss until it is lightly browned. Add broth, a little at a time. (The mixture will be slightly soupy, truthfully more gruel-like than risotto-like.) Add turkey until heated through. Sprinkle cheese over and serve immediately in bowls.</p> <p><em>What other recipes can you swap rice for cauliflower rice? Share with us!</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/12-delicious-ways-to-eat-cauliflower-rice">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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I was selling a cup for a nickel. It seems like my parents should have told me to raise the price, but maybe my lemonade-making skills weren't that great, yet.</p> <p>Lemonade's popularity hasn't waned since my childhood. In fact, we're in the middle of a lemonade renaissance. Creative people have taken a delicious, refreshing drink, and made it better. Here are 12 frugal fix-ups for your favorite summer beverage. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer?ref=seealso">8 Frugal and Refreshing Popsicles to Make This Summer</a>)</p> <h2>Basic Lemonade</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nlsHB3c3fCw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Personally, I think the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlsHB3c3fCw">best lemonade</a> is made with a simple syrup. The syrup eliminates trying to dissolve sugar into your water, and you won't get a grainy texture, or sludge on the bottom of your pitcher.</p> <h2>1. Berry Delicious</h2> <p>Frozen berries &mdash; especially raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries &mdash; make great &quot;ice cubes&quot; and, when thawed, give a great flavor and an extra treat in a glass of lemonade. Watch for frozen berries to go on sale, as they are often cheaper than fresh.</p> <h2>2. Add a Puree</h2> <p>Don't waste that leftover fruit! Puree a cup of fruit with a tablespoon of water, strain out solids, and add to lemonade for a new taste sensation. Fruits that work particularly well are peaches, watermelon, nectarines, blackberries, and raspberries.</p> <h2>3. Half-and-Half</h2> <p>Substitute some limes for lemons in the recipe above for an even tangier lemonade. For grown-ups, add a shot of vodka or tequila and hit the porch swing.</p> <h2>4. Jam Time</h2> <p>You know that last spoonful of jam or jelly in the jar? Stir it into a glass of lemonade for a little extra pizzazz. You won't be wasting food, and you'll free up space in your fridge!</p> <h2>5. Herbaceous</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Cu6Cda37Us4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Toss in a sprig of rosemary or thyme into your glass, or a few mint or basil leaves. Rather than spend money on herbs at the grocery store, start a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu6Cda37Us4">kitchen herb garden</a> and experiment with flavors.</p> <h2>6. Get a Brazilian</h2> <p>Err lemonade, that is. The goofy thing about this &quot;<a href="http://www.delish.com/cooking/videos/a42587/brazilian-lemonade/">lemonade</a>&quot; is that it is made with limes. Once you make this, you'll be hooked so watch for sweetened, condensed milk to go on sale. The best prices I have found for it are at big-box stores. Try it with graham crackers and it'll taste just like key lime pie.</p> <h2>7. Coconut-Lavender Lemonade</h2> <p>This is the <a href="http://www.confectionalism.com/home/coconut-lavender-lemonade-recipe/">prettiest lemonade ever</a>. And freeze any leftovers into ice cubes. Coconut water is pricey, so if you live where you can get your hands on fresh coconut, try <a href="http://theculturedcook.com/2012/08/diy-coconut-water/">making your own</a>.</p> <h2>8. Carrot Lemonade</h2> <p>Don't you love <a href="http://www.bhg.com/recipe/drinks/carrot-lemonade/?socsrc=bhgtr081813carrotlemonade">carrot juice</a>? Plus, how about getting a little extra vitamins A and C added to your lemonade? This will keep for up to a week in your refrigerator. Buy carrots in bulk &mdash; not the baby carrots &mdash; to keep this drink on the cheap.</p> <h2>9. Sugar Substitute</h2> <p>I have recently started experimenting with agave nectar, and while I find it to be extremely sweet, it does work in a lemonade like this one. I'd advise starting with a quarter cup, and then taste. You can always add more. This <a href="http://macrobiotic.about.com/od/drinksandsmoothies/r/Agave-Lemonade-Recipes-And-Variations.htm">fancy lemonade</a> recipe is particularly nice because it also contains freshly grated ginger. It's a nice drink when you need to replace fluids or have an upset stomach.</p> <h2>10. Spa Treatment</h2> <p>I'm a little tired of cucumbers in water, but in lemonade? Yes, please! Now all I need's a pedicure while I sip one of these <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/147904/cucumber-lemonade/?internalSource=staff%20pick&amp;referringId=2817&amp;referringContentType=recipe%20hub">cucumber lemonades</a>. Ahhhh.</p> <h2>11. Cran-Lemonade</h2> <p>Add cranberry juice to your lemonade for a pretty drink. I like mine with a ratio of ⅔ lemonade to ⅓ cranberry juice.</p> <h2>12. Green-ade</h2> <p>I dug out my tin of <a href="http://www.spoonforkbacon.com/2014/07/matcha-lemonade/">matcha tea powder</a> for this one. Be careful, as it contains caffeine. On hot days, this is nice to sip at the office instead of your a.m. coffee.</p> <p><em>Any other yummy frugal lemonade twists? Share with us!</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/12-frugal-new-twists-on-classic-lemonade">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-4"> <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/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer">8 Frugal and Refreshing Popsicles to Make This Summer</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/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling">7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling</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/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on">15 Ways to Save Money When Getting Your Drink On</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/10-healthy-ways-to-have-ice-cream-for-breakfast">10 Healthy Ways to Have Ice Cream for Breakfast</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/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself">4 Starbucks Drinks You Can Easily Make Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink DIY drinks frugal food lemonade summer summer drinks Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Marla Walters 1741538 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000050693370_Large.jpg" alt="make easy recipes with a can of tomato soup" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, tomato soup. Not only is it inexpensive, but it's a terrific comfort food. You don't need to be limited to eating just soup, though. Tomato soup is also a great base for fast meals. Here are 11 delicious dishes to make using that can of comfort food.</p> <h2>1. Quick Creole</h2> <p>This one comes from Campbell's Cookbook, published in 1969. Saute one chopped green pepper, one onion, and one minced clove of garlic in a skillet until tender. Stir in a can (10 &frac34; ounces) of tomato soup, ⅓ cup of water, two teaspoons of lemon juice, a dash of pepper, and a dash of Tabasco sauce. Add a pound of cooked, cleaned shrimp. Serve over rice.</p> <h2>2. Mexican Marvel</h2> <p>Prepare soup using milk rather than water. Place a handful of tortilla chips in a soup bowl. Sprinkle generously with shredded pepperjack cheese; top with hot soup and a dollop of sour cream. This is good when you have a cold, especially when used in conjunction with a soft quilt and Netflix.</p> <h2>3. Mom's Layered Dinner</h2> <p>This feeds a lot of hungry teenagers. You'll need a large, covered skillet.</p> <h3>Ingredients</h3> <ul> <li>3 large russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into &frac14; inch slices</li> <li>3 carrots, peeled and sliced into &frac14; inch slices</li> <li>&frac12; onion, peeled and sliced into &frac14; inch rings</li> <li>1 pound hamburger or turkey burger</li> <li>Salt and pepper</li> <li>2 T olive oil</li> <li>2 cans tomato soup</li> <li>1 can water</li> <li>1 can corn, drained</li> <li>1 cup shredded cheddar cheese</li> </ul> <h3>Method</h3> <p>Heat the olive oil in the skillet and brown the hamburger; drain off any fat. Remove the burger from the skillet and set aside.</p> <p>In the skillet, add the potatoes; salt and pepper generously. On top of the potatoes, add the carrots, a little more salt and pepper; finally, add the corn. Return the meat to the pan, on top of the corn. Combine the soup and water; pour over all. Cover skillet and turn to medium. Cook until potatoes and carrots are tender, adding a little more water if necessary. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve with garlic bread and a salad.</p> <h2>4. Slow-Cooker Lasagna</h2> <p>The busier I get, the bigger fan I have become of slow cookers. This <a href="https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=2657595">lasagna</a>, using tomato soup, is easy to throw together quickly. While the shape will be more like, well, a stew, you'll still get the lasagna flavors. I skipped the bouillon cubes altogether and used one cup of red wine in place of one of the cups of water. Yum! Serve with garlic bread.</p> <h2>5. Grilled Cheese Croutons</h2> <p>A grilled cheese sandwich is always a natural with tomato soup. Amp that up by cutting your sandwich up into little squares, and then float those on the top of your soup as &quot;croutons.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Quick Curry</h2> <p>Cube and steam butternut squash. Add a teaspoon of red curry sauce to the prepared soup, and a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter. Stir well and serve it over jasmine rice. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.</p> <h2>7. Meat and Noodles</h2> <p>Add leftover hamburger, diced chicken, or chopped ham to the prepared soup. Serve over noodles. Sprinkle with parsley for a little color.</p> <h2>8. Stuffed Cabbage Rolls</h2> <p>Combine a pound of cooked, ground beef (or turkey) with a cup of cooked brown rice, two tablespoons of diced shallots, and a beaten egg. Stir together; add &frac14; teaspoon of pepper and a teaspoon of garlic salt. Cook eight cabbage leaves in boiling, salted water for 3&ndash;4 minutes to soften them. Drain. Roll meat mixture in drained cabbage leaves, and place in skillet. Combine a can of tomato soup and a can of water; pour over rolls in skillet. Cover and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, spooning tomato soup mixture over frequently.</p> <h2>9. Hot Dog Stir Fry</h2> <p>Slice eight hot dogs (any type, even tofu) and heat in a pan in a little olive oil. Add a teaspoon of prepared mustard, a can of tomato soup, a dash of Worcestershire, and a half-can of water. Heat until bubbly. Prepare hot noodles (two cups). Serve mixture of over hot, buttered noodles.</p> <h2>10. Cheesy Delight</h2> <p>If you add some cream cheese (stir well) to the soup, the result will be absolutely decadent. I feel very guilty doing this so I just use a tablespoon or two. Add a small handful of baby spinach leaves and stir in for a delicious lunch.</p> <h2>11. Fast Stew</h2> <p>Season and flour a pound of beef or pork cubes. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in two tablespoons of shortening or oil. Add a can of tomato soup, a soup can of water, a third of a bag of frozen pearl onions, three carrots, peeled and halved, and three potatoes, peeled and quartered. Add a soup can of red wine. Toss in a teaspoon of thyme, a teaspoon of garlic salt, and sprinkle with a little pepper. Put the lid on and simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally.</p> <p><em>What other tomato soup dinners can you make? Share with us!</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/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup">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-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</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/10-frugal-and-delicious-meals-to-make-with-your-kids">10 Frugal and Delicious Meals to Make With Your Kids</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/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</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/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</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/12-delicious-ways-to-eat-cauliflower-rice">12 Delicious Ways to Eat Cauliflower Rice</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink dinner recipes easy dinners easy recipes frugal food lunch recipes tomato soup Mon, 16 May 2016 09:00:11 +0000 Marla Walters 1709864 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling http://www.wisebread.com/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000088024237_Large_1.jpg" alt="saving on grilling season" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Grilling season is upon us. Are you ready? With a little planning ahead and some keen creativity, you can rock your summer barbecues on a budget and still eat like royalty. Here are some outdoor cooking cost cutters to try this year.</p> <h2>1. Research Your Meat</h2> <p>If you plan to grill meat often this season, consider buying in bulk. One of my friends actually buys a <em>whole cow</em> from a local farmer and splits it with her neighbor because it's the most cost-effective option in our area. You can inquire about prices for half a cow or other types of meat. Buying from your farmer is a great, affordable option that also lets you support the local economy.</p> <p>Don't have the storage space? Tiffany at <em>Don't Waste the Crumbs</em> suggests buying cheaper or&nbsp;<a href="http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2015/06/save-meat-without-buying-whole-cow/">less popular cuts of meat</a>, like chuck roast rather than filet mignon. And consider swapping in poultry for beef from time to time to keep things interesting. Yes, you could grill yet another hamburger, but why not try chopping chicken and skewering it on a kabob for a change? (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/skewer-this-13-dishes-you-can-put-on-a-stick?ref=seealso">Skewer This! 13 Dishes You Can Put on a Stick</a>)</p> <p>Whatever you do, it's wise to do the legwork to find out which farmers (and grocers, butchers, etc.) in your area offer the best prices for their meat. Some farms offer CSA meat options that will come along with your weekly produce. Is your grocery store having a sale? Stock up on what you can and what your space will allow you to stow away.</p> <h2>2. Think Outside the Beef</h2> <p>Or skip the meat entirely &mdash; at least sometimes. As a longtime vegetarian, I assure you there are so many different kinds of vegetable and fruit dishes you can grill that will dazzle your friends and family. Plus, you can pick many of these foods directly from your own garden. Try grilling pineapple rings for dessert, mastering black bean burgers, or making cauliflower steaks. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat?ref=seealso">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own Without Meat</a>)</p> <p>We make our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-grill-pizza-at-home">own grilled pizza</a> topped with loads of seasonal veggies. Once you get all your pizza components ready and laid out (crust, sauce, and toppings), it's just a matter of getting the hang of the grilling process. Turn up your gas grill to high, then drop to medium and brush grates with olive oil. Place dough on the grill and flip after a minute before adding your sauce and toppings. Everything should be melted and delicious after only another couple minutes.</p> <h2>3. Shun Store-Bought Spices</h2> <p>You can make your own dry rubs and sauces to dress up your meals at a fraction of the price you'll find at the store. Need inspiration? Make this quick and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sprinklesandsprouts.com.au/best-ever-steak-rub/">tasty steak rub</a> by combining ingredients you might already have in your pantry. Mix together salt, black pepper, raw sugar, beef bouillon, onion flakes, oregano, thyme, cumin, cocoa powder, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika. Store in an airtight container for freshness.</p> <p>The best part? Over time, you can customize this blend to suit your unique tastes.</p> <h2>4. Repurpose Leftovers</h2> <p>Get a little overzealous with your barbecue endeavors? It happens to the best of us. If you find yourself with leftover heaps of grilled foods, put them in your weekly meal rotation to eliminate waste. My aunt loves tossing last night's grilled steak onto lunchtime salads. This&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/steak-salad-with-herbs">steak salad with herbs</a> is a fresh and flavorful jumping off point for your own culinary ideas. Thinly slice steak against the grain and then toss it in with arugula, herbs, eggplant, and corn. Top with a zesty vinaigrette. Yum!</p> <h2>5. Skip Accessories</h2> <p>There are entire aisles dedicated to grilling accessories at your local shop. The thing is, you don't need much (if any) of this stuff. My dad has been grilling up meals for our family for decades and he mostly uses a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DISPPMI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B01DISPPMI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7WOAIUGCV4ZIOFK3">thermometer to gauge meat temperature</a> and a sturdy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000SW0PU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0000SW0PU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XKXONV7MNYMBEXL5">set of tongs</a> to flip and grab. With those two things and a good oven mitt, he's set.</p> <p>Before you stock up on the coolest looking gizmos and gadgets, think about what the basics can do and add the rest to your birthday or Christmas wish lists.</p> <h2>6. Make Your Own</h2> <p>Then there's the matter of tricking out your whole setup. Think you need to spend big bucks making your grill area look legit? Think again. For example, this impressive&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ourfifthhouse.com/weekend-diy-grill-station/">DIY grill station</a> cost just $60 and took only an hour to build. All you have to do is buy some cinder blocks for the base and some patio stones to make a counter top. Start with a level surface and pile the blocks atop one another. Top with your patio stones and then give the whole thing a coat of fresh paint for added flair.</p> <h2>7. Protect Your Investment</h2> <p>Whether you use a charcoal or gas grill, you need to maintain it so it's working the best it can from year to year. Lowe's suggests regularly&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lowes.com/projects/porch-deck-and-patio/clean-and-maintain-your-grill-ht/project">cleaning off the flame tamers</a> with a wire brush to ditch debris that accumulates there. You should also check your burners to make sure they don't clog up. You can prevent food and bacteria buildup on the cooking grates by brushing them and then coating in cooking oil to prevent rust.</p> <p>Perhaps most important: Inspect all fuel lines and clean tubing to keep your grill running safely. And clean the exterior of your grill to keep it looking new (covering it or storing in a shed/garage in the off-season will help).</p> <p><em>How do you save money on grilling? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling">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/12-frugal-new-twists-on-classic-lemonade">12 Frugal New Twists on Classic Lemonade</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/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer">8 Frugal and Refreshing Popsicles to Make This Summer</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/10-barbecue-hacks-to-master-this-summer">10 Barbecue Hacks to Master This Summer</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/wise-bread-reloaded-late-summer-grilling">Wise Bread Reloaded: Late Summer Grilling</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/15-fresh-corn-recipes-youll-swoon-over">15 Fresh Corn Recipes You&#039;ll Swoon Over</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink barbecue BBQ frugal food Grill grilled meat Grilling summer summer food summer grill Fri, 13 May 2016 09:00:06 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1708796 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000060439792_Large.jpg" alt="raw food recipes to try this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Like most diets, the &quot;raw diet&quot; has its pros and cons. If you are interested in increasing your intake of healthy foods, and losing a little weight, you might want to experiment with some raw food recipes.</p> <p>Basically, proponents of the raw diet favor a plant-based diet that advocates eating raw foods. Nothing is to be heated above 104 degrees. Most foods are eaten fresh, dried in a dehydrator, or are fermented. Going all raw is very difficult, largely because it is a diet low in nutrients that your body needs (calcium and protein). For me, the best way to look into this diet was to substitute an unhealthy food choice for something healthier, like raw fruit or veggies. For instance, instead of eating some cookies, I'll have a cacao bite, or veggies and guacamole in place of chips. (I also continue to eat fish, lean meat, dairy, and cooked foods.)</p> <p>I was surprised to learn how much preparation, ironically, goes into raw diet cooking, and just how expensive the ingredients can be. But if you're more into living frugally and efficiently, like I am, here are 11 recipes that are relatively inexpensive and quick to prepare.</p> <h2>1. Raw Hummus</h2> <p>I got all excited when I saw <a href="http://www.thefullhelping.com/perfect-raw-hummus/">this hummus recipe</a>, thinking, <em>Hey, I love hummus. I could totally eat that.</em> But then it occurred to me that hummus contains chickpeas (garbanzo beans). You have to cook those. The recipe's author tells a little about her journey to come up with a raw hummus, but she wasn't crazy about the suggested substitution of sprouted seeds instead of garbanzos, so she substituted zucchini.</p> <p>This is technically dip, not hummus. But it's <em>really good </em>dip. The cumin and lemon juice keep it tangy and light. I really liked dipping <em>crudites </em>into it. Plus, I felt zero guilt.</p> <h2>2. Guacamole</h2> <p>Guacamole is acceptable on the raw diet. Combine chopped avocados, tomato, onion, sea salt, lemon juice, and cilantro. Tortilla chips, sadly, are not approved. There is a method, using a food dehydrator, whereby you can make corn chips. I preferred to just use slices of veggies, like cucumbers or sweet peppers, to scoop up the guac. You also get more veggies down the hatch, that way.</p> <h2>3. Cacao Bites</h2> <p>I found this recipe for <a href="http://simpleveganblog.com/3-ingredient-raw-cacao-bites/">three-ingredient raw cacao bites</a>. Yum! These are a nice afternoon pick-me-up, or dessert. When those 3:00 p.m. chocolate cravings arise at work, I reach for these instead of a candy bar.</p> <h2>4. Pad Thai &quot;Salad&quot;</h2> <p>Pad Thai traditionally contains fish sauce, shrimp or chicken, rice noodles, and egg. Those are all &quot;raw&quot; no-nos. This <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2013/07/01/rad-rainbow-raw-pad-thai/">pretty salad</a> does a good job of picking up some Pad Thai flavors, thanks to the almond (or peanut) butter, lime juice, and tamari. Zoodles, or zucchini made with a spiral cutter, sub in for the traditional rice noodles.</p> <h2>5. Almond Butter</h2> <p>This nutty, healthy <a href="http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-almond-butter-recipe">almond butter</a> is good on bananas, apples, and celery sticks. Trust the author about using a food processor instead of a blender. Also, don't panic about how much time it takes. I thought I had botched mine and created flavored sawdust, but it finally came together.</p> <h2>6. Poke</h2> <p>Some raw foodies eat fish; others do not. I love raw fish, especially <em>poke</em>. Plus, it's a great source of protein &mdash; something that is lacking in the raw diet. Here is how I make mine.</p> <p><em>Ingredients</em>:</p> <ul> <li>&frac34; pound fresh ahi, cut into &frac12; inch cubes (sushi or sashimi-grade &mdash; ask someone at the fish counter if you need help)</li> <li>&frac14; Maui onion, thinly sliced</li> <li>&frac14; green onion, sliced</li> <li>1 T sesame seeds</li> <li>3 t sesame oil</li> <li>1 large avocado, diced</li> <li>Tamari, to taste (normally, I would use soy sauce)</li> <li>Hawaiian sea salt, to taste</li> <li>2 T chopped cilantro (optional)</li> </ul> <p>Gently combine all ingredients. Refrigerate at least an hour. Serve.</p> <h2>7. Sushi</h2> <p>Nori is an acceptable food product on the raw list. Yay! Here's what I did to make some (mostly) raw sushi.</p> <p><em>Ingredients</em>:</p> <ul> <li>Poke (above)</li> <li>One package Enoki mushrooms, gently washed and dried</li> <li>One red sweet red pepper, washed, thinly sliced</li> <li>&quot;Rice&quot; (see below)</li> <li>Nori, for wrapping sushi</li> </ul> <p>Here is where it gets tricky. Rice is not on the raw diet. You can make <a href="http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-cauliflower-rice-recipe">cauliflower rice</a> or <a href="http://therawchef.com/trc_recipes/raw-parsnip-rice/">parsnip rice</a>, but I'll warn you &mdash; if you are a food texture person like me, you will miss the tender bite of rice in sushi. I cheated and used brown rice.</p> <h2>8. Gazpacho</h2> <p>A traditional Gazpacho has day-old white bread in it, but I honestly didn't miss it. The bread does give it more body, however. This <a href="http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/raw_vegan_tomato_gazpacho_soup">raw soup</a> came out more like a veggie smoothie, or a homemade V-8. I left mine more on the chunky side than is pictured in the recipe.</p> <h2>9. Dehydrated Fruits</h2> <p>A hallmark of a raw foods cook is a dehydrator, because it is believed that foods should not be heated to over 104 degrees.</p> <p>With a dehydrator, you can make chewy banana chips, dried apples, strawberries, etc. You can also make vegetable chips in a dehydrator. Most things come out chewy rather than crispy.</p> <h2>10. Chia Breakfast Pudding</h2> <p>If you haven't tried chia seeds yet, you will find that part of their appeal is that they fill you up. (Always rehydrate them; don't eat them as is.) This <a href="http://www.rawon10.com/2012/03/chia-porridge.html">chia pudding</a> is a nice substitute for oatmeal, even if it isn't hot.</p> <h2>11. Date Energy Balls</h2> <p>This is one of my favorite raw recipes. I find that if I eat one <a href="http://detoxinista.com/2013/09/date-energy-balls-vegan-paleo/">date energy ball</a> for dessert, it completely satisfies my sweet tooth.</p> <p>Like all fad diets, you owe it to yourself to do a lot of reading and investigating before you jump in. For me, snacking is a pitfall, so I was pleased to find some recipes for healthier alternatives that I actually like. Before you make any major diet changes, it's always a good idea to consult your physician.</p> <p><em>Have you tried the raw diet? How did you like it? Share with us!</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/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer">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-5"> <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/15-fresh-corn-recipes-youll-swoon-over">15 Fresh Corn Recipes You&#039;ll Swoon Over</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/12-delicious-ways-to-eat-cauliflower-rice">12 Delicious Ways to Eat Cauliflower Rice</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/10-healthy-ways-to-have-ice-cream-for-breakfast">10 Healthy Ways to Have Ice Cream for Breakfast</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-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag 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-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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink eat clean Food fresh food frugal food healthy eating raw diet raw food recipes summer foods Wed, 11 May 2016 09:00:03 +0000 Marla Walters 1707412 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_eating_breakfast_000077809533.jpg" alt="Woman using breakfast hacks to start her day off right" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then it should also be your best, most delicious meal of the day. Why not start the day off right, right? But with a hectic schedule ahead of you, it's easy to toss breakfast off the top of your priority list, and just grab something quick, something probably not-so-healthy, and ultimately, something that will tamper with your energy before you've even started work.</p> <p>It doesn't have to be that way, though. You absolutely can have a balanced breakfast without sacrificing much of your limited morning time. Here are the 100+ best breakfast hacks we've ever shared.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/healthy_breakfast_000042961122.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-most-calorie-burning-breakfasts?ref=fbf">The 7 Most Calorie-Burning Breakfasts</a> &mdash; Oh, you wanna torch massive calories throughout the day, eh? Well, you gotta start early in the morning. And these healthy, calorie-burning breakfasts will give you a stellar head-start.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-breakfast-dishes-for-your-grill?ref=fbf">11 Delicious Breakfast Dishes for Your Grill</a> &mdash; Warmer days, they are a comin', so why not enjoy the morning sun while you grill up some breakfast pizzas and hash browns? Sounds pretty wonderful, doesn't it?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes?ref=fbf">20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes</a> &mdash; Granola is no one-trick pony. There are so many yummy ways to use it! So step up your granola game and mix it in with these amazing toppings.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/man_eating_oatmeal_000038523720.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-nutritious-breakfasts-for-people-with-busy-mornings?ref=fbf">15 Nutritious Breakfasts for People With Busy Mornings</a> &mdash; You're busy. I'm busy. We're all busy! That's still no excuse to consume a pile of garbage first thing in the morning. These delicious day starters will keep your energy up, your belly full, and your tastebuds doing a happy dance.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-superfood-smoothies-for-a-better-morning?ref=fbf">8 Easy Superfood Smoothies for a Better Morning</a> &mdash; Food just tastes so much better when you mix in fruit, natural sweeteners, and liquify it together, doesn't it? Smoothies make fantastic grab and go meals because it takes just a few minutes to dump everything into the blender, blend it up, and then you can take it to go. Win-win!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grab-and-go-post-workout-breakfasts?ref=fbf">15 Grab-and-Go Post-Workout Breakfasts</a> &mdash; If you're an a.m. exerciser, you need to stay hydrated and replace those calories you just burned off. If you skip breakfast after a workout, your energy will plummet and your body will be seriously pissed at you. So just whip up any of these breakfasts and head on out the door.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/homemade-cinnamon-roll-459082175-small_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks?ref=fbf">12 Delicious Slow Cooker Breakfast Ideas for Lazy Cooks</a> &mdash; Lazy cooks are actually brilliant cooks. They know how to make their meals taste delicious without spending too much time on it. And with a slow cooker, you can toss the ingredients in the night before, and wake up to a wonderful smelling breakfast, just waiting to be eaten.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now?ref=fbf">10 Delicious and Frugal Power Bowls You Want Right Now</a> &mdash; Power bowls are so in right now. These healthy bowls can be eaten at any time of day, but just add eggs and you've made it into a breakfast bowl. They're a bit pricey to buy, but make 'em yourself and you've got a gorgeous, healthy meal to Instagram and then eat &mdash; in that order, of course.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-make-ahead-freezable-hot-breakfast-recipes?ref=fbf">9 Make-Ahead, Freezable Hot Breakfast Recipes</a> &mdash; No time at all in the morning to prepare a nice hot meal? No problem! These breakfasts can be prepared ahead of time and frozen until you're ready to chow down.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite breakfast hacks? 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-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">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-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</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-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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-45-life-lessons-youd-give-to-your-younger-self">Flashback Friday: 45 Life Lessons You&#039;d Give to Your Younger Self</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-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag 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-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks Food and Drink breakfast breakfast hacks budget easy breakfasts fbf flashback friday Food frugal food Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1699081 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cucumber_eyes_000000765447.jpg" alt="Woman using foods in ways other than eating them" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eating food might be the best time of anyone's day. And while food is meant to be consumed with thorough chewing wrapped in &quot;ooh&quot;s and &quot;ahh&quot;s, it can also be used for beauty, decor, and home repair. Though you'd probably use a jar of honey as a sweetener over a face mask ingredient any day, it's comforting to know that the contents of your kitchen have the potential to take care of all of your everyday needs.</p> <p>Here are the 60 best food hacks that have nothing to do with eating.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bowl_of_lemons_000019714803_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-use-your-food-that-dont-involve-eating?ref=fbf">4 Ways to Use Your Food That Don't Involve Eating</a> &mdash; Aside from keeping your skin and hair all kinds of gorgeous, you can use food as home decor, pesticides, and cleaning products! A little DIY magic can make your fridge's contents go a long way.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise?ref=fbf">10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise</a> &mdash; It turns out, mayo is seriously <em>amayozing</em>. Sorry, had to do it. But for real, this beloved condiment kills head lice, fixes cracks in wooden furniture, strengthens fingernails, and beyond. It's all kinds of handy.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/women_wearing_facemasks_000050640308_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-diy-beauty-masks-made-from-food?ref=fbf">9 DIY Beauty Masks Made From Food</a> &mdash; Just open the fridge and you'll find a vast array of beauty products! So instead of wasting extra cash on a face mask, just make your own using edible ingredients from your kitchen.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unexpected-uses-for-peanut-butter?ref=fbf">15 Unexpected Uses for Peanut Butter</a> &mdash; You might be shocked to learn that PB performs better without the J, especially when it's not used for eating. Peanut butter can be used as a leather cleaner, a squeak squasher, and a delicious way to lure pests to their death. Mind = blown.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-do-with-your-coffee-beans?ref=fbf">5 Things to Do With Your Coffee Beans</a> &mdash; Of course, your morning cup of joe is sacred. But if you've got any extra coffee beans lying around, put them to good use with these brilliant tricks!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/honey_000050003532.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unexpected-uses-for-honey?ref=fbf">7 Unexpected Uses for Honey</a> &mdash; Did you know honey can heal burns? I didn't either! Honey is a wonder product that can do so much more than simply sweeten your tea.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-and-useful-things-to-do-with-ketchup?ref=fbf">10 Surprising and Useful Things to Do With Ketchup</a> &mdash; Oh, you thought ketchup was just a cheap way to dress up a burger? Think again. This talented condiment can shine copper, fight skunk odor, prevent cancer, and so much more!</p> <p><em>What are your best non-food food hacks? 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-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">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-3"> <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-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</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-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> <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-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</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-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting Food and Drink budget fbf flashback friday food hacks frugal food Health saving money Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:00:12 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1690723 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30 http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_smiling_coffee_000083191027.jpg" alt="Woman learning best life lessons by age 30" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting older is scary. You're losing your supple, wrinkle-free glow one day at a time, you're edging closer to retirement and you may or may not have a sufficient amount of money saved, and ultimately, you're running out of time to accomplish your goals. But the flip side of that is with age comes wisdom, and by age 30, you should have a ton of it. Mainly because everyone's 20s are a hot mess of transitions, frightening unknowns, and emotional ups and downs. So once your 20s are behind you, you're ready to live your life like a <em>boss</em>.</p> <p>Here are our 76 best bits of wisdom to become your best self by age 30.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/young_woman_money_000062037450.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-personal-finance-milestones-every-20-and-30-year-old-should-hit?ref=fbf">7 Personal Finance Milestones Every 20 and 30 Year Old Should Hit</a> &mdash; Successfully managing your money is a struggle at every age. But if you can come up with the right strategy by 30, and stick to it, then you'll be living a very sweet life.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-financial-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-by-30?ref=fbf">5 Financial Mistakes You Need to Stop Making by 30</a> &mdash; Just as important as learning what to do, is learning what not to do. You probably made all of these mistakes in the rough and tumble times in your 20s, but it's time to break these reckless habits by your third decade on Earth.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-stop-doing-on-social-media-by-30?ref=fbf">10 Things to Stop Doing on Social Media by 30</a> &mdash; We live in a digital age, in which the way you conduct yourself online is almost as important as the way you conduct yourself in person. So seriously, stop taking drunk, revealing selfies and plastering them all over the web.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_cooking_000057441244.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-life-hacks-you-should-master-by-age-30?ref=fbf">10 Life Hacks You Should Master by Age 30</a> &mdash; From changing a tire to properly wrapping a present, these are the skills you should master by the time you hit the big 3-0. Some are easy, and some are hard, but all will make you a self-sufficient human. And that is priceless.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-life-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-by-30?ref=fbf">5 Life Mistakes You Need to Stop Making by 30</a> &mdash; Adulting is not always easy. In fact, most of the time, it's incredibly difficult. But by 30, it's truly time to grow up and stop making irresponsible life choices.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-foods-everybody-should-be-able-to-cook-by-30?ref=fbf">12 Foods Everybody Should Be Able to Cook by 30</a> &mdash; Even if you're not much of a cook, you should be able to throw together a basic and hearty meal for yourself in a pinch. From pasta to pancakes, these are the foods you should really know how to cook by now.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/30-somethings_financial_goals.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-goals-all-30-somethings-should-have?ref=fbf">10 Money Goals All 30-Somethings Should Have</a> &mdash; Now that your 20s are officially behind you, it's time to get serious about your financial goals. You've always dreamed of retiring on a beach with cocktails always in hand, yes? Well, now is the time to make that dream come true.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-career-mistakes-to-stop-making-by-30?ref=fbf">8 Career Mistakes to Stop Making by 30</a> &mdash; Decade numero tres is usually around the time people get laser-focused on their career goals. So if you're looking to switch industries, start your own business, or get a promotion, make sure you're always being your best self at work, and stop letting these mistakes slow you down.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-successful-30-somethings-do?ref=fbf">9 Things Successful 30-Somethings Do</a> &mdash; Oh you, wanna be a baller? Learn from the best, and adopt these smart habits of successful 30-somethings and you'll be well on your way.</p> <p><em>What are your tips for mastering the game of life by age 30? 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-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">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-4"> <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-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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</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-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> <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-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-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-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting Lifestyle budget fbf flashback friday frugal food Health saving money Fri, 08 Apr 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1686913 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_grocery_store_000086102447.jpg" alt="Woman learning tips to save big at the grocery store" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You go to the grocery store. You have a list in hand. Then, you stray from the list for just one item, and somehow you end up bringing home a bunch of food you didn't plan on buying, leaving your grocery budget completely obliterated. This happens to all of us, and it happens often.</p> <p>And no matter how much you plan ahead and try to stay on track, you can easily be lured into extra spending with 10 for $10 deals and delicious deli specials. The problem is that we need food to survive, so buying additional snacks and meals is way easier to justify in your mind than clothes or shoes. You can resist the urge to buy a new pair of shoes you don't need, but you will always need to put food in your belly.</p> <p>So to combat this tricky spending trap, here are the 81 best tips for saving big at the grocery store that we've ever shared.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_fresh_strawberries_000067876803.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-off-season-foods-that-are-destroying-your-grocery-budget?ref=fbf">5 Off-Season Foods That Are Destroying Your Grocery Budget</a> &mdash; You love fresh produce, but do you really need all your favorites 365 days a year? Nope. Stay away from foods that aren't in season and you can protect your food budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-healthiest-grocery-stores?ref=fbf">The 6 Healthiest Grocery Stores</a> &mdash; These stores are actively trying to ensure you make healthy food choices every time you shop. And sure, you can't guarantee that you'll never make an impulse buy at the register ever again, but wouldn't you rather that impulse buy be something good for you, as opposed to junk food? Me too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch?ref=fbf">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a> &mdash; You need food but you're low on funds. Now what? Here are five clever ways to get what you need while staying within your means.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/man_confused_groceries_000061844584.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget?ref=fbf">9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget</a> &mdash; The first step to fixing a problem is acknowledging that there is one, and becoming aware of the triggers that lead to the problem. These are the grocery budget saboteurs that are keeping you from staying on track. Now you know.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips?ref=fbf">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</a> &mdash; These tips will take your shopping strategy to the next level, and will help you resist those all-too-tempting food deals that are not on your list and outside of your budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it?ref=fbf">10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren't Worth It</a> &mdash; The &quot;organic&quot; label is a popular one to seek when food shopping. But some things don't need to be &quot;organic&quot; to be good for you. Skip these organic items and save big.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_food_shopping_000016896623.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/negotiate-better-prices-on-these-6-grocery-store-buys?ref=fbf">Negotiate Better Prices on These 6 Grocery Store Buys</a> &mdash; Good news! That price tag isn't set in stone. There are several items in your local grocery store that can be negotiated. So get haggling and save some major cash.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know?ref=fbf">10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know</a> &mdash; These master hacks will show you how to get the best possible foods for your money, without spending more than need to.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars?ref=fbf">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a> &mdash; Just because you don't have a full house doesn't mean you can't do some smart bulk buying. Stretch your grocery bucks as far as they'll go with these easy tricks.</p> <p><em>How do you avoid overspending at the grocery store? 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-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">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-2"> <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-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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</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-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</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-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting Food and Drink fbf fitness flashback friday frugal food grocery budget grocery shopping grocery store Health Fri, 01 Apr 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1683036 at http://www.wisebread.com Stock These 20 Frugal Foods for Tough Financial Times http://www.wisebread.com/stock-these-20-frugal-foods-for-tough-financial-times <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stock-these-20-frugal-foods-for-tough-financial-times" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_making_stew_000063377505.jpg" alt="Woman stocking frugal foods for tough financial times" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When my husband and I were newlyweds, we had to drastically cut our spending in order to come up with a down payment on a house. At the time, the goal was daunting, but we did it, largely by reining in our grocery budget. Unfortunately, I didn't know much about cooking at the time. This meant eating a lot of macaroni and cheese.</p> <p>So, if you find yourself in a similar position, needing to save, what do you do? I sincerely do not recommend eating box upon box of mac and cheese. Instead, here are some pantry and fridge essentials to rely upon when money is tight. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget">9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget</a>)</p> <h2>1. Beans</h2> <p>If you have the time to soak and cook dried beans (about $1.49 for a pound), you'll save a little more, but canned are also a good deal (usually less than a dollar a can).</p> <h2>2. Rice</h2> <p>White rice is very inexpensive (around $6 for 10 pounds), but do yourself a favor and get brown, or at least &quot;half and half,&quot; which is not much more expensive but has greater nutritional value.</p> <h2>3. Bacon</h2> <p>Sorry, vegetarians, but adding even just a little bacon to so many foods elevates the meal. I buy it on sale (look for around $2.30 for a package) and freeze it. Add it to pasta, to an omelet, beans, the aforementioned rice, and things look more cheerful. <em>Yes, I'm staying in and watching a movie tonight, but I had bacon.</em></p> <h2>4. Frozen Petite Peas</h2> <p>There aren't a lot of frozen vegetables I really like, but when petite peas go on sale (around $2.38 for a pound), I load up my freezer. I prefer petite peas, which are sweeter and less chalky, to regular peas. What can you do with them? They can go with leftover rice in the morning for fried rice. They are an easy dinner side dish. Defrost slightly and toss into salads. I like to add a cup into my pasta water to to cook, and then add to my pasta dish. You can also defrost them, throw into your food processor, and make a pea hummus.</p> <h2>5. Panko Crumbs</h2> <p>I buy panko crumbs (Japanese bread crumbs) at Costco in the 2.2-pound resealable packages, because they're so much cheaper that way. I use them to bread pounded chicken, salmon croquettes, top macaroni and cheese (we now eat it again, occasionally), and fry vegetables. They can also be used to &quot;stretch&quot; meatballs and meatloaf. Heck, try breading Spam. It's pretty good.</p> <h2>6. Canned Salmon</h2> <p>Canned salmon works nicely in a creamy chowder with potatoes, or fried, with panko crumbs, as a croquette. Of course, it's also good for you, as it's full of Omega-3's. Look for it to go on sale for about $2.50 or less, per can.</p> <h2>7. Canned Tuna</h2> <p>A little food snobbery here: I don't like super-cheap tuna. I buy it at Costco, in eight-packs for $14.99, and I have also had Trader Joe's &mdash; both are a higher quality, so I don't feel like I'm eating something the cat should be having. It, of course, makes great sandwiches, but you can also make a quick Tuna Nicoise or tuck it into a classic tuna-noodle casserole.</p> <h2>8. Eggs</h2> <p>At only around $2 for a dozen, eggs are an excellent source of protein and can be made for any meal. Add chopped herbs or parmesan for an omelette; hard-boil for sandwiches; or make huevos with beans for dinner.</p> <h2>9. Lentils</h2> <p>My daughter had a college friend who made a pot of lentils every Sunday, and then ate them all week. He was really broke. I like lentils, but there is no way I could do that, even at a little over a buck a pound. Try them in stews, chilis, or even tacos and salads.</p> <h2>10. Peanut Butter</h2> <p>At around $2.50 per jar, we've all had our share of PB&amp;J's, right? Peanut butter has moved on, though, to fancier stuff. Try combining it with a little sesame oil and rice wine vinegar for an Asian-inspired coleslaw dressing. One of my breakfast favorites is to spread it on toast and slice bananas on top.</p> <h2>11. Bananas</h2> <p>For around a dollar or two a pound, this fruit is not only filling but also contain Vitamins B6 and C, manganese, and magnesium. If you overbuy, freeze some (defrost slightly, mash, and make banana ice cream), or make pancakes or banana bread.</p> <h2>12. Apples</h2> <p>At only about a dollar a pound, apples contain fiber and antioxidants. Add them to salads, slice onto peanut butter and toast, or pack a snack with sliced apples and a little cheese. You can bake them until tender and drizzle with honey.</p> <h2>13. Herbs</h2> <p>Even a teaspoon of fresh, chopped herbs adds a lot of flavor to eggs, rice, chicken, etc. You can also make pesto out of just about any nuts you have around and fresh herbs (try parsley and walnuts, or cilantro and macadamia nuts). Top potatoes with herbs, stir into pasta, or add to tuna or egg salad.</p> <h2>14. Garlic and Onions</h2> <p>Stay away from garlic in jars, which is expensive, and smash your own. Onions keep well, too, in a dark, cool, place. Both add incredible flavor to everything.</p> <h2>15. Cabbage</h2> <p>Crazy about coleslaw? With cabbage at only about .25 per serving, it makes sense to have it around. It also contains Vitamins C and K. It's also great cooked. After you cook 2-3 strips of bacon, drain off most of the fat, but not all; and saute three cups of shredded cabbage in the pan until it is limp. It tastes great with rice.</p> <h2>16. Pasta</h2> <p>A box of pasta is inexpensive ($2.50 will buy you two pounds of a good brand). Toss it with a little bacon and chopped herbs; or top with a fried egg! If you make too much pasta, you can eat it later in the week, or freeze (don't forget to label).</p> <h2>17. Oatmeal</h2> <p>Not only is oatmeal really good for you, fiber-wise, but it's extremely inexpensive and easy to make. I like mine with brown sugar, raisins, and bananas. If that doesn't hold you until lunchtime, nothing will! An 18-oz carton should run you less than $3.</p> <h2>18. Plain Yogurt</h2> <p>I prefer Greek-style, but it tends to be more expensive. Watch for weekly sales at grocery stores. Target is also a good place to watch. If you buy plain, you can jazz it up with honey, fruit, or even chocolate syrup. It will also stand in as sour cream and you can incorporate it into salad dressings and smoothies.</p> <h2>19. Milk</h2> <p>Now that I'm paying more attention to getting enough Vitamin D, I have started having an 8-ounce glass of milk with my lunch. I had forgotten how much it fills me up. A gallon of 2% will run about $5.</p> <h2>20. Whole Chickens</h2> <p>I lurk in the shadows of the meat department until whole chickens are $1.29 a pound, or less, and then buy a few. One night is a roast chicken, and the meat becomes sandwiches the next day. I like to make broth with the carcass, which gives me ammo for future soups.</p> <p><em>Did we miss any classic foods to nosh during tough times? Let us know 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/stock-these-20-frugal-foods-for-tough-financial-times">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/12-delicious-ways-to-eat-cauliflower-rice">12 Delicious Ways to Eat Cauliflower Rice</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/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget">9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget</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-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> <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/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</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/15-fresh-corn-recipes-youll-swoon-over">15 Fresh Corn Recipes You&#039;ll Swoon Over</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Food and Drink comfort food Food frugal food grocery shopping healthy eating Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:00:03 +0000 Marla Walters 1633483 at http://www.wisebread.com Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-pumpkin-pie-80403716-small.jpg" alt="woman pumpkin pie" title="woman pumpkin pie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>No turkey? No problem. I've been hosting meat-free Thanksgiving celebrations for the last decade. By the end of the evening, my friends and family are stuffed with amazingly nutritious and delicious foods from soup to nuts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-simple-ways-to-save-on-thanksgiving?ref=seealso">5 Simple Ways to Save on Thanksgiving</a>)</p> <p>This year we're hoping to do it all on a tighter budget. So, here are some recipes that will help you rock a vegetarian/vegan Turkey Day without breaking the bank.</p> <h2>Appetizers</h2> <p>Don't skimp on appetizers. You'll want to offer up something tasty and hearty to your guests while you finish all the last-minute dinner preparations. I keep our appetizers simple. Some dips, veggies, and carbs.</p> <h3>Fondue</h3> <p>Fondue is a big favorite in my household, no matter the time of year. This <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/cheddar-and-hard-cider-fondue-recipe.html">Hard Cider and Cheddar Fondue</a> adds a nice twist for the holiday. Though the recipe calls for chicken broth, you can easily substitute in vegetable broth to suit your dietary needs. No hard cider in the house? Just use beer. And to add to the frugality, serve with your bakery's discount day-old bread &mdash; it soaks up the fondue better than fresh and costs less.</p> <h3>Hummus</h3> <p>Most dips you'll find on the table are vegetarian, but this smoky <a href="http://www.connoisseurusveg.com/2014/09/sweet-savory-smokey-butternut-hummus.html">Butternut Squash Hummus</a> is particularly festive. If you don't have butternut squash on hand, you can use acorn, delicata, or even canned pumpkin. Save some pennies (and salt content) by cooking your own chickpeas &mdash; you'll just need to soak them the night before.</p> <h3>Veggie Tray</h3> <p>For some visual pizazz, gather a medley of fresh produce, olives, and other foods to make this <a href="http://www.livinglocurto.com/2012/10/turkey-vegetable-tray">Turkey Vegetable Tray</a>. It's much less expensive to buy, cut, and arrange the veggies yourself than it is to buy a pre-made tray at the store. Plus, you're giving vegetarians the symbolic turkey on Thanksgiving!</p> <h2>Side Dishes</h2> <p>My favorite part of dinner is making a variety of side dishes that span the spectrum of flavors. You can't go wrong with using fresh ingredients that you buy at your local farmers market. Usually these seasonal ingredients are cheaper than what you'd buy at the store since they don't travel as far from the farm to your table.</p> <h3>Dinner Rolls</h3> <p>We had a Thanksgiving brunch last year in place of dinner. I made these incredible <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/11/brie-stuffed-pumpkin-garlic-rolls.html">Pumpkin Garlic Rolls</a> stuffed with brie and served with jam. I buy brie at Aldi, where it's incredibly inexpensive, and it does the trick in a dish like this one. If anything, do a more refined jam &mdash; I like red pepper for a sweet and savory mix.</p> <h3>Roasted Veggies</h3> <p>Next, serve a simple side of roasted veggies. Any kind will do. We've had great success roasting asparagus, squash, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and all other vegetables with nothing more than olive oil, salt, and pepper. For a fun twist, try making these <a href="http://www.purevege.com/2012/02/poor-mans-feast.html">Brussels Sprout Kebabs</a>. Just roast the veggie, season, and then arrange on skewers.</p> <h3>Stuffing</h3> <p>Mushrooms are the key to any amazing vegetarian stuffing recipe. They give the dish an earthy flavor and marry well with sage, thyme, and other herbs. This <a href="http://bakeaholicmama.ziplist.com/recipes/vegan-stuffing/4cad6480-14b3-0130-9b0a-12313812a22c">Portabella Vegan Stuffing</a> is simple yet flavorful. If you'd rather not buy stuffing cubes, just cut cubes of any loaf, bake until dry &mdash; but not brown &mdash; and then use in your recipe.</p> <h3>Gravy</h3> <p>You can easily make most mashed potato recipes vegetarian or vegan by replacing chicken broth with vegetable and milk or cream with non-dairy substitutes. The gravy, however, can be more problematic. This <a href="http://ohmyveggies.com/recipe-wild-mushroom-gravy/">Wild Mushroom Gravy</a> recipe takes on the same sort of flavors as your stuffing recipe, just in a new way. To make it vegan, use Earth Balance instead of butter.</p> <h2>Main Course</h2> <p>Admittedly, we tend to graze on all sorts of dishes without a hugely defined main course. But for more traditional vegetarians, I have some suggestions that are packed with protein and definitely worthy to place in the center of your table.</p> <h3>&quot;Meat&quot; Loaf</h3> <p>This vegetarian <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/winter-recipe-classic-vegetarian-nut-loaf-102222">Nut Loaf</a> has become a favorite comfort food in our house. Its components are humble and &mdash; for the most part &mdash; inexpensive. If the ingredients list is a bit too long for you, there's a simplified <a href="http://theveganstoner.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-post.html">Lentil Loaf</a> that we make on weeknights that makes something amazing from frozen vegetables, cooked lentils, crackers, walnuts, and a few other things. It's also cheaper and faster to put together.</p> <h3>Quiche</h3> <p>Eggs make a solid protein for the Thanksgiving table. The key is transforming them from your breakfast favorite to something more refined. A few years ago, we made this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2009/11/mushroom-asparagus-quiche.html">Asparagus Quiche</a>. If you'd rather go crustless, try this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/11/mushroom-baby-kale-frittata.html">Mushroom and Kale Frittata</a> recipe that takes just 30 minutes from start to finish. With either of these recipes, you can double so your finished dish will serve more than 2-4 people.</p> <h3>Pasta</h3> <p>I love stuffed shells for special occasions. You can get particularly creative with them, too. For example, this <a href="http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/10/broccoli-alfredo-stuffed-shells.html">Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells</a> recipe goes beyond the usual red sauce and takes just 30 minutes to make. Don't forget to cook your pasta al dente before baking, so it isn't mushy when served. You can add tofu ricotta to this recipe (about 1 heaping tablespoon per shell) for extra protein by pressing a tofu cube until it drains, crumbling with your hands, and seasoning with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and lemon juice.</p> <h2>Dessert</h2> <p>Most desserts are inherently vegetarian, so this category isn't so specific. It also happens to be my favorite, so I couldn't resist sharing a few Thanksgiving sweet dishes with you &mdash; and they're all vegan!</p> <h3>Pumpkin Pie(s)</h3> <p>I make these individual <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/11/chocolate-pumpkin-pie.html">Chocolate Pumpkin Pies</a> every year for the holiday. Peanut butter and chocolate take the dessert to another level &mdash; and if you have a peanut allergy, almond butter works just as well. Don't trust yourself to microwave the chocolate? Melt it using a double-boiler on the stove.</p> <h3>Butternut Crisp</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2014/9/22/butternut-squash-apple-pear-crisp.html">twist on apple crisp</a> will get your guests talking. Prepare butternut squash, apple, and pears for baking by tossing them in a mixture of brown sugar, lemon juice, oat flour, and spices. Then top with an oatmeal crumble. If you don't have oat flour, it's easy to make at home by pulsing uncooked rolled oats in a food processor. Bonus savings if you have squash leftover from any of the other recipes you've made for your meal.</p> <h3>Pecan Pie</h3> <p>Talk about wonderful flavors here, this <a href="http://dessertswithbenefits.com/vegan-maple-pecan-pie/">Maple Pecan Pie</a> recipe will please your vegan and carnivore guests all at the same time &mdash; and it contains silken tofu (they'll never know, I promise!). If you're looking to cut costs, use all-purpose flour versus brown rice and vanilla extract versus vanilla paste, but don't skimp on the real maple syrup.</p> <p><em>What are you making for Thanksgiving this year? Please share a bite in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving">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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But unless you&#39;re going for fresh, gigantic prawns, shrimp can actually be surprisingly affordable. Look for sales and buy-one, get-one deals for packages of frozen shrimp. Often, the expensive shrimp you see in the seafood case has been previously frozen and defrosted anyway. You may also want to buy medium-sized shrimp rather than jumbo shrimp &mdash; you&#39;ll get much more by weight for your money. Buy raw, frozen, de-veined shrimp with the shells on &mdash; they are relatively convenient to shell, but taste much fresher than pre-cooked shrimp. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-seafood-appetizers-to-impress-your-guests">6 Simple Seafood Appetizers</a>)</p> <p>Often, you can find bargain prices for shrimp at ethnic supermarkets. (Although be aware of the origin. Recent reports say that many Thai <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/26/thai-shrimp-forced-labour">shrimp producers use forced labor</a>.)</p> <p>When responsibly farmed, shrimp can be a great source of protein and antioxidants. To make the best purchases for your health and for the planet, check out the <a href="http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch/web/sfw_factsheet.aspx?fid=44">Monterey Bay Aquarium&#39;s guide</a> to buying sustainably-farmed and responsibly-caught shrimp. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-sustainable-seafood-choices-for-your-table">Affordable, Sustainable Seafood Choices</a>)</p> <p>Shrimp is easy to cook. You know it&#39;s done when it curls up and turns pink. Here are some great recipes to try it in.</p> <h2>1. Shrimp and Grits</h2> <p>Succulent shrimp brightened up with butter, parsley, cheese, and creamy grits? Sign me up! Although shrimp is the highlight in this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/shrimp-and-grits-recipe/index.html">one-dish meal</a>, the rest of the ingredients are very affordable. Add a salad for extra vegetables.</p> <h2>2. Seafood and Chicken Paella</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/shrimp-614719-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>You can make your shrimp go further by adding chicken and rice in this scrumptious, spiced Spanish dish. In this <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/339216/easy-paella">easy version from Martha Stewart</a>, shrimp, chicken sausage, and rice are simmered together with tomatoes, peas, broth and spices.</p> <h2>3. Shrimp and Broccoli Stir-Fry</h2> <p>A balanced meal in one pan, a <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/stir-fried-shrimp-broccoli-00100000064283/index.html">shrimp and broccoli stir-fry</a> is healthy and quick to throw together for a mid-week meal. I started making this dish in college because it was so fast and easy. Add steamed rice or quinoa to soak up the sweet and savory sauce. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-frozen-broccoli">15 Ways to Prepare Frozen Broccoli</a>)</p> <h2>4. Shrimp Pasta</h2> <p>Shrimp adds a great shot of healthy protein to a pasta dish. I love to pan-fry some shrimp with a dollop of jarred pesto and toss it with cooked spaghetti and a side of roasted asparagus. Alternatively, add shrimp to a <a href="http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/penne-alla-puttanesca-shrimp.aspx">spicy pasta puttanesca</a> instead of traditional anchovies.</p> <h2>5. Shrimp Kabobs</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/shrimp-1023860-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:302px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Thread shrimp on a skewer with cherry tomatoes, chopped bell peppers, and halved mushrooms. Brush with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and grill. Remember, shrimp cooks quickly, so slice the vegetables quite small (or blanch them in boiling water ahead of time).</p> <h2>6. Shrimp Tacos</h2> <p>I love this variation on Baja fish tacos. Pan-fry the shrimp with your favorite taco seasoning (or <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/taco-seasoning-i/">make your own</a>). Serve in warm tortillas with chopped cabbage, salsa, queso fresco, and your choice of condiments (guacamole, salsa, yogurt or sour cream, lime juice).</p> <h2>7. Buttery Shrimp and Peppers</h2> <p>Sweet bell peppers go so well with buttery shrimp. Cut 2 red, orange, or yellow bell peppers into thin slices. Saute the shrimp in a pan with olive oil, chopped garlic, and a dash of salt and pepper. Set aside. Saute the sliced bell peppers in the same pan with some olive oil and chopped garlic. When they are crisp-tender, add the shrimp, a tablespoon of butter, and a handful of chopped parsley. Toss together until everything is hot and coated with butter.</p> <h2>8. Shrimp Pad Thai</h2> <p>A few shrimp go a long way in this <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/quick-shrimp-pad-thai">sweet and sour Thai noodle dish</a>. Inexpensive rice noodles can be found at Asian markets or large grocery stores and are easy to cook &mdash; just soak them in hot water until they&#39;re pliable. Cilantro and bean sprouts add freshness.</p> <h2>9. Shrimp, Tomato, and Watermelon Salad</h2> <p>Shrimp and watermelon might be a surprising combination, but this <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/shrimp-tomato-watermelon-salad-10000001816127/">colorful salad</a> looks healthy and delicious. This salad could be a complete main course meal in one dish.</p> <h2>10. Shrimp Burgers</h2> <p>You know what&#39;s NOT frugal? Lobster rolls. <a href="http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/2011/03/how-to-make-shrimp-burgers/">Shrimp burgers</a> provide a delicious and more affordable alternative. Since the shrimp will be chopped into small pieces, feel free to use more affordable medium shrimp instead of large.</p> <h2>11. Mexican Shrimp Cocktail</h2> <p>In this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mexican-shrimp-cocktail/">Mexican shrimp cocktail</a>, cooked shrimp are mixed with chopped avocado, red onion, and garlic, and smothered in a spicy tomato sauce. It&#39;s like a Bloody Mary with shrimp. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-tasty-two-ingredient-cocktails">20 Two-Ingredient Cocktails</a>)</p> <h2>12. Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp</h2> <p>Wrap pre-cooked shrimp with slices of bacon and broil for 5-7 minutes until the bacon is cooked for a fast and unfussy appetizer.</p> <h2>13. Shrimp Ceviche</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/shrimp-3650280-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Shrimp take the place of traditional fish in this <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/shrimp_ceviche/">light, cool, shrimp salad</a>. Lightly cooked shrimp are marinated in lime juice and mixed with cucumbers, avocado, and red onion. For a refreshing appetizer, serve the ceviche with tortilla chips or in lettuce cups.</p> <h2>14. Shrimp Dip</h2> <p>Here, you have permission to use those small, pre-cooked salad shrimp to make this spicy and cheesy <a href="http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/01/hot-and-spicy-buffalo-shrimp-dip.html">buffalo shrimp dip</a>.</p> <h2>15. Shrimp Gumbo</h2> <p>This recipe for <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Shrimp-Gumbo">spicy and savory shrimp gumbo</a> feeds a crowd! Two pounds of shrimp provide dinner for 11, so halve the recipe if you&#39;re just cooking for a few. Creamy rice, savory shrimp, and tender vegetables make this a Cajun comfort dish.</p> <h2>16. Kung Pao Shrimp</h2> <p><a href="http://rasamalaysia.com/kung-pao-shrimp-kung-pao-prawn-recipe/">Kung Pao shrimp</a> is one of my favorite dishes on restaurant menus, but unfortunately it also tends to be the priciest. Make it at home to enjoy this Chinese classic without the expense!</p> <h2>17. Grilled Shrimp and Vegetables With Pearl Couscous</h2> <p><a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Grilled-Shrimp-and-Vegetables-with-Pearl-Couscous-235021">Grilled vegetables hold their own</a> with grilled shrimp in this dish, and the toasted pearl couscous provides a twist on a traditional pasta salad.</p> <h2>18. Shrimp Bisque</h2> <p>I&#39;m a sucker for a good seafood bisque. This creamy and silky <a href="http://www.cookincanuck.com/2011/02/silky-shrimp-bisque-recipe-with-sherry/">shrimp bisque</a> uses the shells of the shrimp to make a flavorful stock, making your shrimp go even further.</p> <h2>19. Shrimp Laksa</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5796/prawn-laksa">Shrimp laksa</a> is a spicy seafood-based noodle soup popular in Southeast Asia. Laksa paste makes it fast and easy to prepare and can be found at Asian supermarkets. If you can&#39;t find the paste, make your own using <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/coconut-laksa-with-shrimp">Food and Wine&#39;s recipe</a>.</p> <h2>20. Shrimp Fried Rice</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/shrimp-2674401-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Pretty much any protein goes well with fried rice. You can substitute any vegetables you like in this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/shrimp-fried-rice-recipe/index.html">shrimp fried rice recipe</a>, so use up whatever&#39;s in your fridge along with with leftover rice.</p> <h2>21. Mee Goreng (Shrimp Fried Noodles)</h2> <p><a href="http://www.internationalrecipes.net/find/Mee_Goreng">Mee goreng</a>, a Southeast Asian take on shrimp fried noodles, quickly became one of my favorite dishes when I was traveling in Malaysia. This recipe uses fresh egg noodles, but you can substitute spaghetti in a pinch.</p> <h2>22. Shrimp Frittata</h2> <p>Much like fried rice, anything goes in a frittata! Saute seasoned shrimp and chopped vegetables until cooked. Beat 6-8 eggs and pour them into a hot, oiled, ovenproof skillet and add your shrimp and vegetables (try to disperse them evenly). When the egg starts to set, finish cooking the frittata under the broiler.</p> <h2>23. Shrimp Scampi</h2> <p><a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/shrimp_scampi/">Shrimp scampi</a> is one of those dishes that is so elegant, it&#39;s almost unbelievable how easy it is to make. Cook this dish for a dinner date and serve it over linguine -- it&#39;s sure to impress.</p> <h2>24. Shrimp Risotto</h2> <p>Risotto has a reputation for being fussy and labor-intensive, but it&#39;s really not that bad, as long as you remember to stir it once in a while. This <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/shrimp-risotto-with-baby-spinach-and-basil">shrimp risotto</a> adds spinach and basil to the mix for a healthy and filling meal.</p> <h2>25. Shrimp Summer Rolls</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/shrimp-4122046-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>A healthier alternative to spring rolls, these <a href="http://eatingrichly.com/06/thai-shrimp-rolls-vietnamese-spring-rolls-summer-rolls/">shrimp summer rolls</a> use fresh vegetables and instead of being fried, they are rolled in a moist rice paper wrapper.</p> <h2>26. Shrimp and Kimchi Quesadillas</h2> <p>You know what&#39;s delicious in a quesadilla? Smoky grilled shrimp; spicy, funky kimchi; and savory Cheddar cheese. Don&#39;t believe me? Try it.</p> <h2>27. Shrimp and Pork Potstickers</h2> <p>No need to go out for dim sum &mdash; you can make <a href="http://userealbutter.com/2007/10/04/chinese-dumplings-and-potstickers-recipe/">shrimp dumplings</a> yourself! Minced shrimp and pork make a delectable filling, and if you&#39;re feeling adventurous, you can even make the dumpling skins yourself using <a href="http://userealbutter.com/2007/10/04/chinese-dumplings-and-potstickers-recipe/">this recipe</a>. If not, pre-bought wonton or dumpling skins are easy to use.</p> <h2>28. Shrimp and Greens</h2> <p>Throw some cooked shrimp on top of any salad (I like field greens with chopped green apple and glazed walnuts) for an extra shot of protein (and a break from ubiquitous grilled chicken breasts).</p> <h2>29. Shrimp Orzo</h2> <p>Orzo is one of my favorite pastas &mdash; it&#39;s so small that it absorbs lots of flavor. This <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/900196/skillet-shrimp-and-orzo">shrimp orzo</a> is cooked all in one pan with tomatoes and garlic, perfect for a weeknight meal.</p> <h2>30. Shrimp-Stuffed Mushrooms</h2> <p>Once in a while, I like to dabble in gluten-free or Paleo cooking. This dim sum inspired appetizer, <a href="http://nomnompaleo.com/post/37988064841/paleo-shrimp-stuffed-mushrooms">shrimp-stuffed mushrooms</a>, uses mushroom caps instead of dumpling skins to hold the succulent shrimp filling. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-gluten-free-lunch-ideas">Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>31. Shrimp and Broccoli Tempura</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/shrimp-1740256-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/shrimp-tempura-00100000076767/">Tempura shrimp</a> is one of my favorites at Japanese restaurants, so I always get excited when I can make a version at home. Lightly battered shrimp and broccoli are deep-fried and served over soba noodles. Shallow-fry the tempura in batches instead of deep-frying to save some oil.</p> <h2>32. Coconut Shrimp</h2> <p><a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/baked-coconut-shrimp-recipe/index.html">Coconut shrimp</a> is a classic appetizer. Make your own and impress your guests at your next party! This version is baked instead of fried, making it healthier and easier for the home cook.</p> <h2>33. Shrimp Salad</h2> <p>In this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/shrimp-salad-recipe/index.html">shrimp salad</a>, the shrimp form the basis of the salad along with mayo, onion, celery, and mustard. Serve the salad as-is, in a lettuce cup, or in a sandwich.</p> <h2>34. Shrimp Po&#39;Boys</h2> <p>Battered fried <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/shrimp-po-boy">shrimp in a sandwich</a> with luscious remoulade sauce. Does a sandwich get any better than this?</p> <h2>35. Popcorn Shrimp</h2> <p>Another version of battered shrimp, <a href="http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/chuck-hughes/popcorn-rock-shrimp-with-spicy-honey.html">crispy popcorn shrimp</a> is perfect for an appetizer or party. Try to restrain yourself from eating the whole dish in one sitting.</p> <h2>36. Cajun Shrimp Casserole</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/shrimp-5120622-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Cajun flavorings jazz up this hearty, cheesy, <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cajun-shrimp-casserole-10000001108225/">shrimp and rice casserole</a>. If you can&#39;t find cream of shrimp soup, substitute a can of cream of mushroom.</p> <h2>37. Fisherman&#39;s Stew</h2> <p>Use budget-friendly tilapia along with shrimp in this <a href="http://www.cookincanuck.com/2012/10/fishermans-soup-recipe-with-tilapia-shrimp-tomatoes-capers/">hearty fish stew</a>. The spicy tomato base has lots of healthy veggies. Just add some crusty bread to sop up the broth.</p> <h2>38. Shrimp Curry With Coconut Rice</h2> <p><a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/bombay-shrimp-curry-with-coconut-rice-50400000113733/">Aromatic curry</a> is a great way to spice up succulent shrimp, especially when paired with fragrant coconut rice.</p> <h2>39. Shrimp and Avocado Rice Bowl</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/quick-recipes/dinner/fat-fighting-meals-7-flat-belly-dinner-recipes/?page=2">quick-cooking rice bowl</a> can be done in 15 minutes for a weeknight meal with healthy avocado, edamame, shrimp, and egg seasoned with soy sauce and sesame oil.</p> <h2>40. Honey Walnut Shrimp</h2> <p>Another Chinese takeout classic, <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Honey-Walnut-Shrimp/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">honey walnut shrimp</a> is usually pricey in restaurants but much more affordable to make yourself. This recipe provides a method to make your own candied walnuts, but you can buy them premade to save time.</p> <h2>41. Golden Seafood Chowder</h2> <p>Unlike less frugal seafood chowders (which commonly include expensive ingredients such as lobster) this <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Golden-Seafood-Chowder">golden seafood chowder</a> is simply made with shrimp and canned crab meat, making it much more affordable.</p> <h2>42. Shrimp Burritos</h2> <p>I love a good shrimp burrito stuffed with <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/11/good-ol-basic-mexican-rice/">Mexican rice</a>, black beans, guacamole, cilantro, and succulent shrimp. It&#39;s the perfect meal to take on the go too.</p> <h2>43. Shrimp Fajitas</h2> <p>If you&#39;re not a fan of rice and beans, stuff your tortillas with spicy shrimp and sauteed peppers and onions for a quick and easy meal of <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quick-and-Easy-Shrimp-Fajitas/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">shrimp fajitas</a>.</p> <h2>44. Shrimp Egg Rolls</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/shrimp-507972-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>I love this recipe for shrimp egg rolls &mdash; the egg rolls are golden and crisp, but they are baked, not fried, making it easy for those who don&#39;t like deep-frying. The secret is to spray the rolls with cooking spray before putting them in the oven.</p> <h2>45. Seafood Lasagna</h2> <p><a href="http://www.closetcooking.com/2009/05/seafood-lasagna.html">Seafood lasagna</a> is an interesting twist on lasagna that you don&#39;t see too often. This recipe calls for a pound of seafood, so you can tweak it to be more frugal, using smaller shrimp and canned crab instead of scallops if you like.</p> <h2>46. Shrimp and Ricotta Phyllo Turnovers</h2> <p>Phyllo dough forms the shell for these delicious little <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Phyllo-Turnovers-with-Shrimp-and-Ricotta-Filling/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">shrimp appetizers</a>. If you don&#39;t want to use phyllo, frugal-friendly wonton wrappers can work in a pinch.</p> <h2>47. Peruvian Shrimp and Potato Chowder</h2> <p>This delicious Peruvian shrimp chowder, <a href="http://southamericanfood.about.com/od/maincourses/r/Peruvian-Shrimp-And-Potato-Chowder-Chupe-De-Camarones.htm">chupe de camarones</a>, uses shrimp, potatoes, and an assortment of savory spices to create a masterpiece that is a favorite in Peru. Look for the chili pastes in Latin markets.</p> <h2>48. Pickled Shrimp With Toast</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/shrimp-4556336-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>You&#39;ve had dill pickles, you&#39;ve had sweet pickles, but have you had <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/quick-pickled-shrimp">shrimp pickles</a>? Marinate cooked shrimp in vinegar and spices for a tangy little appetizer. Serve with toast and mayonnaise to make it feed a crowd.</p> <h2>49. Shrimp Cocktail</h2> <p>Sure, you can buy rings of frozen cocktail shrimp for cheap and serve them with bottled cocktail sauce, but why not take it a step further by <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/shrimp-cocktail-with-marie-rose-sauce-cocktails-2010">cooking the shrimp yourself</a> and serving them with a horseradish-spiked <em>Marie Rose</em> sauce?</p> <h2>50. Grilled Shrimp and Quinoa Salad</h2> <p>Protein-rich chickpeas and quinoa join smoky barbecued shrimp in this filling <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-shrimp-quinoa-salad-50400000128112/">shrimp and quinoa salad</a>, which is perfect for a main course. If quinoa&#39;s not your thing, try cooked orzo or couscous instead.</p> <h2>51. Shrimp and Sweet Potato Cakes</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/shrimp_cakes/">crisp golden cakes</a> made of chopped shrimp and mashed sweet potatoes look positively to die for. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/71-sensational-sweet-potato-recipes">71 Sweet Potato Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>52. Scandinavian Shrimp Sandwiches</h2> <p>Make a party platter of open-faced Scandinavian style sandwiches, including <a href="http://scandinavtoday.blogspot.com/2013/01/smrrebrd-danish-open-sandwich-shrimp.html">shrimp sandwiches</a> made of cooked shrimp, mayo, and lemon on bread.</p> <h2>53. Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers</h2> <p>A Hawaiian favorite, <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/903207/shrimp-and-pineapple-skewers">shrimp and pineapple</a> are skewered and grilled together with a sweet and sour glaze.</p> <h2>54. Cuban Shrimp in Tomato Sauce</h2> <p>In this favorite <a href="http://www.theperfectpantry.com/2006/09/tomato_sauce.html">Cuban shrimp dish</a>, succulent shrimp are cooked in a spicy, tangy, tomato-based sauce. Serve it over white rice with a side of avocado salad to make the shrimp go further.</p> <h2>55. Spanish Garlic Shrimp Tapa</h2> <p><a href="http://spanishfood.about.com/od/tapas/r/gambasajillo.htm">Garlic shrimp</a> are a classic tapa (small dish) in Spain, and this little appetizer is easy to prepare by sauteing shrimp with smoked paprika, red pepper, sherry, and, of course, plenty of garlic.</p> <h2>56. Cantonese Fried Salt and Pepper Shrimp</h2> <p>This simple but unique dish is one of my favorites &mdash; <a href="http://chinesefood.about.com/od/shrimprecipes/r/saltpepshrimp.htm">shrimp are deep-fried</a> with the shells on to form a crisp, crunchy exterior and a succulent interior, spiced up with a salt and pepper mix.</p> <h2>57. Spicy Orange Garlic Shrimp</h2> <p>These shrimp are smothered in a <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/11/spicy-orange-garlic-shrimp/">sweet and sour sauce</a> made of orange juice and spices &mdash; serve them as appetizers or keep them all to yourself as a main course.</p> <h2>58. New Orleans Shrimp Boil</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/326920/shrimp-boil-with-corn-and-potatoes">classic shrimp boil</a> easily serves a crowd. Shrimp, corn, and potatoes are cooked in a spicy, flavorful broth and served with plenty of butter.</p> <h2>59. Firecracker Shrimp With Sweet Chili Sauce</h2> <p><a href="http://www.steamykitchen.com/72-crispy-shrimp-springroll-with-sweet-chili-sauce.html">Firecracker shrimp</a> get their name from the fact that the shrimp are wrapped up in tubes of egg roll wrappers, much like firecrackers are wrapped in paper. The marinated wrapped shrimp are then deep fried and dipped in a spicy sweet sauce.</p> <h2>60. Shrimp Sushi Rolls</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/shrimp-3740695-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Roll up cooked shrimp with avocado in healthy <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/avocado-shrimp-sushi-10000001141986/">Japanese maki rolls</a> (also known as sushi rolls). Serve with wasabi and soy sauce for dipping.</p> <h2>61. Tequila Shrimp</h2> <p><a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/10996-tequila-shrimp">Tequila gives shrimp</a> a special kick in this Mexican favorite. If you&#39;re feeling adventurous, try igniting the booze (it&#39;ll impress your friends). Otherwise, just simmer the shrimp in the tequila.</p> <h2>62. Hawaiian Shrimp Poke</h2> <p>Poke is a popular fish salad in Hawaii. In the shrimp version, the shrimp are often cooked, mixed with seasonings and left to marinate before serving cold. In this version, fresh cucumbers give the salad extra freshness.</p> <h2>63. Shrimp and Pork Meatballs</h2> <p>This Vietnamese-inspired recipe makes just &frac12; pound of minced shrimp go a long way by mixing it with ground pork to make these <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/shrimp-pork-meatball-wraps-with-vietnamese-dipping-sauce-10000001964024/">flavorful meatballs</a>. Serve them wrapped in lettuce and dipped in a Vietnamese sauce.</p> <h2>64. Korean Shrimp and Scallion Pancakes</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.beyondkimchee.com/green-onion-pancakes/">savory pancakes</a> are addictive, with the crisp pancake batter, succulent shrimp, fragrant green onions and salty dipping sauce. They&#39;re also very affordable.</p> <h2>65. Shrimp Gazpacho</h2> <p>Cooked shrimp add a little extra luxury and protein to this <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/shrimp-gazpacho">refreshing cool soup</a>.</p> <h2>66. Whisky Shrimp</h2> <p>Whisky adds a boozy and smoky kick to this <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/whisky-shrimp">shrimp appetizer</a>. Because the whisky is stirred in at the end, no flambe is necessary.</p> <h2>67. Cheaper Cioppino</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/shrimp-698177-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Cioppino, the classic Italian-American seafood stew, often uses luxurious ingredients like scallops, crab, several kinds of fish, etc&hellip; This <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-03-02/features/sc-food-0301-fast-cioppino-20130302_1_cioppino-black-pepper-red-wine">cheaper version of cioppino</a> substitutes shredded crab meat, frozen fish fillets, shrimp, and mushrooms, for a more affordable, but still luscious, stew.</p> <h2>68. Spicy Broiled Shrimp</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2010/02/recipe-for-quick-and-easy-spicy-broiled.html">easy shrimp dish</a> is quickly thrown together by seasoning shrimp with creole seasoning, lemon, and Worcestershire sauce and cooking it under the broiler.</p> <h2>69. Shrimp Roll</h2> <p>Try this more<a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/354051/shrimp-roll?search_key=shrimp"> frugal take on a lobster roll</a> by tossing cooked shrimp with tarragon, mayo, and lemon juice, and serving it in a hot dog bun.</p> <h2>70. Shrimp With Lemon Cream Sauce</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/angel_hair_pasta_with_shrimp_and_lemon_cream_sauce/">creamy shrimp dish</a> sounds heavenly, especially when all that silky cream is soaked up with angel-hair pasta.</p> <p><em>What&#39;s your favorite shrimp dish?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes">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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Wondered what's <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/guides/oils.php">the best cooking oil to use</a>? Vegetable oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, canola oil &mdash; <a href="http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/culinaryreference/a/fattable.htm">which cooking oil is good for me</a>? Which oil is best for baking?</p> <p>Here to help is a quick breakdown of the various cooking oils generally available on supermarket shelves. The good news is, with a couple of exceptions, that the <a href="http://calorielab.com/foods/vegetable-oil/53">calorie counts for most cooking oils</a> is pretty much the same, and most have similar levels of saturated versus unsaturated fats. With a couple of exceptions (like coconut oil), you generally can't go wrong in choosing a cooking (or baking) oil, although it doesn't hurt to know the various <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke_point">smoke points of cooking oils</a> (the temperature at which an oil is damaged by heat).</p> <p>Cooking oils do vary in price and in usefulness, though, so here's how to choose the right cooking oil for the right job. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, Frugal Eating</a>)</p> <h2>Peanut Oil</h2> <p>Peanut oil is one of the most popular cooking oils in the U.S., as it is both inexpensive and relatively low in saturated fat. More highly refined peanut oils have all the allergens removed, so it's not as risky, but cold-pressed oil can still put you in the hospital if you are allergic to peanuts. Refined peanut oil performs also brilliantly at high temperatures and is a favorite for deep-frying (everything from fried chicken to thanksgiving turkey to potato chips). The slightly nutty flavor is appreciated in many Asian cuisines, so consider it for stir-fry as well.</p> <p><strong>Serving size: </strong>1 tablespoon (14 grams)<br /> <strong>Calories: </strong>120 <br /> <strong>Smoke point: </strong>450&deg;F (232&deg;C)<br /> <strong>Saturated fat: </strong>1.5 grams<br /> <strong>Unsaturated fat:</strong> 10.5 grams<br /> <strong>Cost:</strong> Peanut oil can cost anywhere from $11 to $33/gallon. Unlike olive oil, though, peanut oil isn't often cut with cheaper oils (see the olive oil section below), so even lower-end peanut oil should be a safe bet.<strong><br /> </strong></p> <p><strong>Overall grade: B</strong> (good price, light flavor, decent health benefits)</p> <h2>Canola Oil (Vegetable Oil, Safflower Oil)</h2> <p>Canola oil (so similar to safflower and vegetable oil that I've lumped them all together here) has one of the lowest saturated fat levels of any commercially available cooking oil. It's also among the cheapest and most readily available, thanks to <a href="http://farm.ewg.org/progdetail.php?fips=00000&amp;progcode=canola">heavy government subsidies</a> (in both the US and Canada) of the canola production industry (also the case for soy). This isn't to knock canola oil &mdash; it's light, flavorless, and generally inoffensive to the taste buds. It is frequently used for baking, making popcorn, and general cooking.</p> <p><strong>Serving size: </strong>1 tablespoon (14 grams)<br /> <strong>Calories:</strong> 124<br /> <strong>Smoke point: </strong> 375-450&deg;F (190-232&deg;C)<br /> <strong>Saturated fat: </strong>1 gram<br /> <strong>Unsaturated fat: </strong>10.3 grams<br /> <strong>Cost:</strong> Cheaper brands of canola oil run about $0.06/ounce.</p> <p><strong>Overall grade: B</strong> (good price, no flavor, OK health benefits)</p> <h2>Sesame Oil</h2> <p>Sesame oil has a rich, nutty aroma that gives many Chinese food dishes their distinctive flavor. Sesame oil is also rich in antioxidants. Sesame oil can be used as <a href="http://www.divinecaroline.com/22179/55395-sesame-seed-oil-beauty-routine">skin therapy</a>, if you don't mind smelling like a tasty dish. In studies, sesame oil has also been shown to <a href="http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20030428/sesame-oil-benefits-blood-pressure">reduce blood pressure</a> in men with hypertension. Because it has such a toasty flavor, sesame oil can overwhelm more delicate dishes, so go easy on it. Adding a teaspoon to your bottle of salad dressing can add flavor and nutrition without overwhelming your palate.</p> <p><strong>Serving size: </strong>1 tablespoon (14 grams)<br /> <strong>Calories:</strong> 120<br /> <strong>Smoke point: </strong> 450&deg;F (232&deg;C)<br /> <strong>Saturated Fat: </strong>1.9 grams<br /> <strong>Unsaturated Fat: </strong>11 grams<br /> <strong>Cost:</strong> $0.16/ounce</p> <p><strong>Overall grade: A</strong> (higher price, great taste, good health benefits)</p> <h2>Flaxseed Oil</h2> <p>Is flaxseed oil good for cooking? In a word, no. Think of flaxseed oil as a <a href="http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/flaxseed-oil-000304.htm">very healthy garnish</a>. Flaxseed oil contains all kinds of omega-3 and omega-6 goodness, and is best consumed in the raw. It's a delicate oil that should be kept in the refrigerator. Its low smoke point means that it isn't particularly useful for cooking or baking. Flaxseed oil does have a slightly bitter taste, but that flavor can be masked by whatever food it is served with. Try using a couple of tablespoons as a part of your salad dressing, or drizzle over roasted vegetables before serving.</p> <p><strong>Serving size: </strong>1 tablespoon (14 grams)<br /> <strong>Calories:</strong> 120<br /> <strong>Smoke point:&nbsp;</strong>225&deg;F (107&deg;C)<br /> <strong>Saturated fat: </strong>1.3 grams<br /> <strong>Unsaturated fat:</strong> 11.2 grams<br /> <strong>Cost:</strong> As low as $0.73/ounce</p> <p><strong>Overall grade: B</strong> (expensive, weird taste, fantastic health benefits, not that useful for cooking)</p> <h2>Extra Virgin Olive Oil</h2> <p>We've been told for years that extra virgin olive oil is bursting with healthful goodness, and that we should pour it all over everything. It's full of the good kind of fat! It has antioxidants! It reduces heart disease! It has natural anti-inflammatory compounds! The good news is that all of that is true. The bad news? Your brand of olive oil <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/15/business/la-fi-olive-oil-20100715">might not be extra virgin olive oil</a>. Olive oil is among the most adulterated food products sold on the world market. This has been a dirty little secret of the European industry for a number of years, and is becoming more widely known as the newly published book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Extra-Virginity-Sublime-Scandalous-World/dp/0393070212/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1305703794&amp;sr=1-1"><em>Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil</em></a>.</p> <p>Like most plant-based oils, olive oil clocks in at about 120 calories per tablespoon with 2 grams of saturated fat. The amount of unsaturated fat in olive oil, however, means that <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/AN01037">olive oil protects against heart disease</a> and even help control blood sugars in diabetics. An anti-oxidant known as DHPEA-EDA, which can help protect red blood cells and <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090401200447.htm">reduce the amount of low density lipoproteins</a> (LDLs &mdash; the <em>bad </em>cholesterol) in the human body, is readily found in olive oil. That is...assuming that you actually are consuming extra virgin olive oil.</p> <p>If you are using real extra virgin olive oil, and not the adulterated grocery store version, then olive oil isn't actually very good for high-heat cooking. Olive oil can be used for sautéing, of course, but to really enjoy the flavor of true extra-virgin olive oil, it's best used as a dressing for salads, soups, cheeses, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/oodles-of-noodles-25-ways-to-prepare-pasta">pastas</a>. Highly refined olive oil is stable at higher temperatures, but it lacks the flavor of cold pressed EVOO.</p> <p><strong>Serving size: </strong>1 tablespoon (14 grams)<br /> <strong>Calories:</strong> 120<br /> <strong>Smoke point: </strong> 375-450&deg;F (190-232&deg;C)<br /> <strong>Saturated fat: </strong>2 grams<br /> <strong>Unsaturated fat:</strong> 12.7 grams<br /> <strong>Cost: </strong>On average, olive oil runs at about $0.50 per ounce (often less; quite often great deal more).</p> <p><strong>Overall grade: A- </strong>(expensive for the real stuff, great taste, amazing health benefits)</p> <h2>Walnut Oil</h2> <p>Like olive oil, walnut oil is an important part of the Mediterranean Diet that we always here so much about. In fact, walnut oil rivals olive oil in terms of <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101004101141.htm">anti-inflammatory properties</a>. Walnut oil's smoke point means that it is appropriate for cooking at medium heat, but less useful for high-heat sautéing. It can be used for baking as well.</p> <p><strong>Serving size: </strong>1 tablespoon (14 grams)<br /> <strong>Calories:</strong> 120<br /> <strong>Smoke point: </strong> 320&deg;F (160&deg;C)<br /> <strong>Saturated fat: </strong>2 grams<br /> <strong>Unsaturated fat:</strong> 12 grams<br /> <strong>Cost:</strong> From $0.62 - $1.25/ounce</p> <p><strong>Overall grade: A- </strong>(expensive, great taste, amazing health benefits)</p> <h2>Avocado Oil</h2> <p>With the highest smoke point of commercially available cooking oil, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avocado_oil">avocado oil</a> should be more prevalent than it actually is in our diet. High in vitamin E, avocado oil is often used in cosmetics like make-up and skincare remedies. The oil doesn't taste like avocado, so if you're not a fan of the fruit, you can rest assured that the oil is closer in taste to olive oil (but without the acrid or pepper notes).</p> <p><strong>Serving size: </strong>1 tablespoon (14 grams)<br /> <strong>Calories:</strong> 120<br /> <strong>Smoke point:&nbsp;</strong> 520&deg;F (271&deg;C)<br /> <strong>Saturated fat: </strong>2 grams<br /> <strong>Unsaturated fat:</strong> 12 grams<br /> <strong>Cost: </strong>$0.61/ounce</p> <p><strong>Overall grade:</strong> A- (pricey, mild taste, good for your health)</p> <h2>Coconut Oil</h2> <p>Extracted from the meat of mature coconuts, coconut oil is somewhat of a darling of the natural foods movement. It's excellent for making popcorn (after popping, add some salt and dried coconut flakes to the popcorn and shake, shake, shake). Coconut oil's subtle flavor means that it can be used for many dishes, but its high level of saturated fat makes it less appealing to those who care about such things. Many people swear by coconut oil as a beauty product.</p> <p><strong>Serving size: </strong>1 tablespoon (14 grams)<br /> <strong>Calories:</strong> 117<br /> <strong>Smoke point:&nbsp;</strong> 350&deg;F (177&deg;C) <br /> <strong>Saturated fat: </strong>11.8 grams<br /> <strong>Unsaturated fat:</strong> 1.8 grams<br /> <strong>Cost: </strong>$0.50 - $0.80 per ounce</p> <p><strong>Overall grade:</strong> B- (good for the skin, pricey)</p> <h2>Butter</h2> <p>Oh, butter makes everything better, we all know that. So many foods couldn't even exist WITHOUT butter. Do you think that a croissant could have ever come into existence via Crisco? I think not. On the butter-versus-margarine front, we all now know that spreadable butter-substitutes are terrible, packed with trans fats, and not worth the money. But is butter a good choice nutritionally? One Swedish study from 2010 showed that butter consumption actually resulted in lower levels of fat in the blood than canola oil or olive oil. This is thought to have to do with the structure of the acid chains in butter, which are shorter than those in vegetable oil, and perhaps preferred by the human digestive system.</p> <p>Butter certainly has its place in the baker's kitchen. It's also the very flavor that takes <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-popcorn">popcorn</a> from puffed grain to hot, awesome deliciousness. And butter has even worked its way into our drinks &mdash; no one ever asks for a cup of &quot;hot oiled rum,&quot; after all.</p> <p><strong>Serving size: </strong>1 tablespoon (14 grams)<br /> <strong>Calories:</strong> 102<br /> <strong>Smoke point:&nbsp;</strong> 250&ndash;300&deg;F (121&ndash;149&deg;C) <br /> <strong>Saturated fat: </strong>7.3 grams<br /> <strong>Unsaturated fat:</strong> 4.2 grams<br /> <strong>Cost: </strong>$500 per pound...<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/14/norwegian-butter-crisis-shortage-christmas">in Norway</a></p> <p><strong>Overall grade:</strong> A++++&nbsp;</p> <p><em>What's your favorite oil for cooking or baking? Do you use a variety of oils in your kitchen? Do you use oil at all?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet">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-3"> <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/15-fresh-corn-recipes-youll-swoon-over">15 Fresh Corn Recipes You&#039;ll Swoon Over</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/12-delicious-ways-to-eat-cauliflower-rice">12 Delicious Ways to Eat Cauliflower Rice</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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</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/25-delicious-healthy-and-cheap-bean-recipes">25+ Delicious, Healthy, and Cheap Bean Recipes</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/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps">Don&#039;t Throw That Out! 19 Great Meals You Can Make From Scraps</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Green Living Cooking cooking oil easy recipes frugal food healthy eating Wed, 04 Jan 2012 11:24:21 +0000 Andrea Karim 829989 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Throw a Fabulous (and Frugal!) Dinner Party http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dinner_party.jpg" alt="Women at a dinner party" title="Women at a dinner party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="132" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&rsquo;m excited to announce that we are fast approaching one of my favorite times of year. No, not Thanksgiving, or the holiday season, or even the New Year. No, it&rsquo;s none of those things &mdash; it&rsquo;s Dinner Party Season! I love dinner parties because they provide a fabulous excuse to dress up, decorate, and catch up. I love that they&rsquo;re different from the standard weekend schedule, which generally involves small gatherings or loud bars. I also love that they give me a reason to not hibernate during the cold winter months. With all these reasons to love dinner parties, what&rsquo;s to stop you from throwing one every weekend? Oh, right &mdash; feeding all those people can get <em>expensive</em>. Don&rsquo;t let that ruin your fun, though! Instead, try these tricks for throwing your very own fabulous-yet-frugal dinner party. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/class-without-tons-of-cash-frugal-cocktail-party-ideas">Frugal Cocktail&nbsp;Party Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>Themes</h2> <p>People love theme parties because they add to the feeling that this is not just an everyday occasion. They also allow your party to take on aesthetically appealing flair without having to spend a lot of dough (unless, of course, your theme is opulence...maybe you should avoid that one). If you don&rsquo;t have a specific theme already in mind, try picking one based on the party&rsquo;s main dish. Twice-baked potatoes might suggest a harvest or fall theme, for example, while pulled pork tacos or chicken fajitas would go nicely with a Mexican theme. Notice that those main dishes are ones that fit squarely within a frugal budget, which leads me to my next section...</p> <h2>Main Dishes</h2> <p>In order to get the most bang for your buck when serving a big group, choose a main dish that can be made inexpensively. If you know, for example, that broiler chickens are steeply discounted at least once a month, pick one or two up to make a great <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/roast-chicken-with-rosemary/detail.aspx">rosemary roast chicken</a>. Or go for a main dish with a protein that&rsquo;s not meat. Try something like the <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/ultimate-twice-baked-potatoes/detail.aspx">twice-baked potatoes</a> mentioned above. Of course, you probably don&rsquo;t want to feed your guests ramen noodles in the name of frugality, although <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ramen-recipes-to-write-home-about">ramen noodles do have their place</a>. Spend money where it counts by adding one or two upgraded ingredients to your main course, like gruyere cheese for your twice-baked potatoes or a béchamel sauce (white, milk-based sauce) for a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/baked-rigatoni-with-bechamel-sauce-recipe2/index.html">pasta dish</a>.</p> <h2>Appetizers</h2> <p>When planning dinner party appetizers, a few simple rules will take you a long way: stick with your theme, keep it simple, and, like with your main dish, throw in some luxury. Sticking with a chosen theme will keep your appetizers from being all over the board and will save you time by narrowing down possibilities right off the bat. Keep the appetizers you do choose simple, in terms of number served, number of ingredients per appetizer, and how you choose to serve the appetizers. The caterer&rsquo;s rule of thumb is that, for a dinner party of 8-10 guests, three appetizer options are appropriate, with about 10-12 bite-size portions per person. Even though you&rsquo;re keeping it simple and using as few ingredients as possible per appetizer, add some extravagance to your starters by using a few more expensive ingredients sparingly. For example, this is a great place to use <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-seafood-appetizers-to-impress-your-guests">seafood</a>, which is generally a more expensive protein.</p> <h2>Drinks</h2> <p>To keep you dinner party more on the frugal side, consider making it BYOB. Like potluck dinners, BYOB dinners work because they satisfy a guest&rsquo;s desire to contribute while satisfying your need to be economical. If you don&rsquo;t want to ask guests to bring their own drinks, consider serving one signature drink (like <a href="http://therecipegirl.blogspot.com/2008/02/red-wine-sangria-recipe.html">red wine sangria</a> for a tapas party or <a href="http://thatssomichelle.blogspot.com/2011/10/hot-buttered-apple-cider-rum.html">buttered apple cider rum</a> for a holiday party). This is always less expensive than offering a full bar. Or, if you&rsquo;re a real wine-lover like myself, head on over to your local Trader Joe&rsquo;s for a great, cheap wine pairing. I once bought an entire case of completely respectable and drinkable white wine for less than $60 for a party. If you&rsquo;re not lucky enough to live close to a Trader Joe&rsquo;s, or you live in a state that doesn&rsquo;t sell liquor in grocery stores (I&rsquo;m talking to you, Pennsylvania), try finding a general type of wine to complement your main dish at <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/beverages/food-wine-pairing-guide-00000000008252/index.html">Real Simple&rsquo;s wine pairing guide</a>, then do some online research to find inexpensive yet enjoyable labels of that variety.</p> <h2>Invites</h2> <p>Save money on invites by foregoing the old-fashioned mailed kind in favor of electronic ones. You could create a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/">Facebook Event</a>, or try one of the many free websites like <a href="http://www.punchbowl.com/digital-invitations?gclid=CIrR7LS5tqwCFcjb4Aod9D_DHg">Punchbowl</a>, <a href="http://www.smilebox.com/invitations.html">Smilebox</a>, or <a href="http://new.evite.com/#home">Evite</a>. Of course, if you&rsquo;re having an impromptu dinner party, word-of-mouth and phone calls may be all you need.</p> <h2>Presentation</h2> <p>Even <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/sassy-water-368368">water can look fancy</a> with sliced fruit or a few other ingredients in it. Don&rsquo;t forget the old rule that we eat with our eyes first. To that end, consider how to present each course in a creative way (bonus points if you can tie the presentation into your theme as in, for example, serving a Chinese dish in cardboard take-out boxes). Other examples include making ice cubes infused with fruit or herbs, serving appetizers or desserts in shot glasses, dishing up a soup course in a bread bowl or giant mug, and adding garnishes where necessary. But wait, aren&rsquo;t these extra serving paraphernalia going to cost me, you ask? Why, so glad you asked! This brings me to my next point...</p> <h2>Using What You&rsquo;ve Got</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t buy new serving dishes; use things you already have around the house to serve up food in creative new ways. For example, I have some martini glasses that have yet to be used (I love martinis; I just don&rsquo;t drink them at home). I could put those to work as adorable appetizer vessels, or as innovative serving containers for, say, chocolate mousse. My big glass hurricane, once it&rsquo;s washed out, would be a great way to serve a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/double-chocolate-mocha-trifle/detail.aspx">dessert trifle</a> or, alternatively, it could be filled with just about anything to make a centerpiece to match the party&rsquo;s theme.</p> <h2>Getting the Group Involved</h2> <p>Of course, the most frugal (yet still fun) way to throw a dinner party is to go potluck. The upside to this one is that people generally feel compelled to bring something to a party anyway &mdash; this just formalizes the process. Also, the meal is not only cheaper for the host; it&rsquo;s also usually less expensive for each guest to bring a dish than to make dinner for themselves at home. I would suggest sticking with a theme for your potluck, so you don&rsquo;t end up with, say, a seaweed salad appetizer and a lasagna entrée (although I love both seaweed salad and lasagna, I think it&rsquo;s a little incongruous to mix the two in one sitting). I would also assign people specific courses (appetizer, salad, sides) so you don&rsquo;t end up with a dinner entirely composed of shrimp cocktail appetizers.</p> <p>Progressive dinner parties are a variation on potlucks; however, not only does each guest provide a dish, but they also provide the venue &mdash; their own home. At a progressive dinner party, each guest agrees to provide one stage of the meal (appetizer, main course, dessert) and to play host for their particular course. One of the major benefits of a progressive dinner party is, of course, that the cost of providing one course of a meal is a lot less than providing the entire meal. It&rsquo;s also nice to have a change of scenery, too, and progressive dinner parties spread clean-up duties over a number of households. Of course, a progressive dinner party works best when guests live relatively close to one another.</p> <h2>Games</h2> <p>Throwing a frugal, fabulous dinner party entails more than food and drink. Keep your guests entertained with some games, too. I&rsquo;m not suggesting you pull out the old Twister mat (although you can if you&rsquo;re so inclined), but games are a great way to bond with old friends and get to know new ones too. Games are also easily had for free; if you don&rsquo;t have one of the classics, chances are, one of your guests will. To get an idea of which games are especially suited for dinner parties, check out this list of the <a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/11-best-games-dinner-parties">top dinner party games</a>, or try my personal favorite, <a href="http://www.target.com/p/Classic-Game-Collection-Mexican-Train-Dominoes/-/A-12858403#?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&amp;AFID=Google_PLA_df&amp;LNM=%7C12858403&amp;CPNG=NoCPNG&amp;ci_sku=12858403&amp;ci_gpa=pla&amp;ci_kw=">Mexican Train dominoes</a> (yes, my friends think I&rsquo;m 80 years old for loving this game, but I promise you, they love playing it).</p> <p><em>Have ideas that aren&rsquo;t included here? Share them 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/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party">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-4"> <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/surviving-the-holiday-season-entertaining-and-being-entertained-on-a-budget">Surviving the Holiday Season: Entertaining (and Being Entertained) on a Budget</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/a-dinner-party-for-6-feed-em-for-under-20">A Dinner Party for 6: Feed &#039;Em for Under $20</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/40-cheap-or-free-ways-to-make-the-most-of-the-weekend">40+ Cheap or Free Ways to Make the Most of the Weekend</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-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend">Flashback Friday: 143 Fun and Frugal Ways to Spend Your Weekend</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/20-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-for-free">20 Ways to Entertain Your Kids for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Food and Drink Lifestyle dinner parties entertaining frugal food weekend Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:24:48 +0000 Janey Osterlind 795610 at http://www.wisebread.com