frugal food http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8478/all en-US 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-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-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-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-wise-breads-88-best-food-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Wise Bread&#039;s 88 Best Food Hacks Ever</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-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas</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-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/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-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-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/five-more-tips-for-eating-in-restaurants-and-sticking-to-a-budget">Five More Tips For Eating In Restaurants And Sticking To A Budget</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-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-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-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-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</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-10"> <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-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-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-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</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. 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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. 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/20-delicious-recipes-for-canned-clams">20 Delicious Recipes for Canned Clams</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/lentil-love-how-to-sex-up-a-simple-staple-and-save">Lentil Love: How to Sex Up a Simple Staple and Save</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes frugal food seafood shrimp recipes Sat, 19 Oct 2013 00:14:52 +0000 Camilla Cheung 933909 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best Cooking Oils: For Your Heart and Wallet http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/olive_oil_containers_0.jpg" alt="Olive oil containers" title="Olive oil containers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever stared down several shelves of cooking oil and had no idea what to buy? 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-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/four-inexpensive-breakfasts-in-under-five-minutes">4 Inexpensive Breakfasts in Under Five Minutes</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/25-delicious-healthy-and-cheap-bean-recipes">25+ Delicious, Healthy, and Cheap Bean Recipes</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/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</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/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</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/6-tips-for-making-cheaper-faster-better-meals">6 Tips for Making Cheaper, Faster, Better Meals</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-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/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/how-to-host-an-awesome-frugal-movie-night">How to Host an Awesome Frugal Movie Night</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <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> <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/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> </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 Meet Meg Favreau, Our Senior Editor http://www.wisebread.com/meet-meg-favreau-our-senior-editor <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/meet-meg-favreau-our-senior-editor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2_meg_favreau.jpg" alt="Meg Favreau" title="Meg Favreau" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="313" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hi, I'm Meg. I joined the Wise Bread team as Senior Editor in late October, and I'm thrilled to be here. Wise Bread's motto &ndash; &ldquo;living large on a small budget&rdquo; &mdash; is at the core of my financial philosophy. I believe that with some planning, compromise, and ingenuity, you can enjoy your favorite things and achieve your goals while maintaining a sane relationship with money.</p> <p>I've always been a fan of reusing, recycling, and spending wisely; and I love hunting down good deals. But I really put my financial will to the test a couple of years ago when I left a full-time job that was making me unhappy to strike out on my own as a freelance writer. I had a little work lined up at the time, but not enough, and I was forced to make several financial compromises and live on a drastically reduced budget. But the risk also led to some of the most rewarding experiences I've had, including travel, the time to focus on my own writing, the opportunity to serve as Managing Editor at a food and drink magazine, and now, working at Wise Bread.</p> <p>As you can probably guess from that last bit about the food and drink magazine, I love eating and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-delicious-cocktails-infuse-alcohol">drinking</a>. And I think that being fiscally healthy is a lot like maintaining a healthy relationship with food. If you decide to change your eating habits, some people can make &mdash; and stick to &mdash; drastic diet changes. But more of us are likely to succeed if we work on several small changes over time. After all, if you've traditionally quelled your dessert cravings with chocolate cake topped with enough buttercream to fuel Michael Phelps through a day at the Olympics, suddenly serving yourself a banana for dessert is not going to flip the &ldquo;craving off&rdquo; switch in your brain. The key is moderation &mdash; allowing yourself less cake, switching to a lower-sugar recipe, or dipping the banana in chocolate. After a while, you likely won't find yourself wanting the giant piece of calorie-laden cake like you used to &mdash; and if you do, sometimes you just have to let yourself splurge.</p> <p>Similarly, some of us can make drastic financial changes &mdash; cutting up our credit cards after years of overspending or moving from a multi-story house to a tiny apartment. But most of us do better making little changes and improving our relationship with money over time. That's one of the things I love the most about Wise Bread: It provides the information and tools you need whether you're ready to make a big change or a small one. From teaching you to make more of what you have to planting the seed for a major life change, from helping you get out of debt to teaching you a new skill, it's my hope that Wise Bread empowers you to save money, spend thoughtfully, and get the most out of your life, whatever your circumstances.</p> <p>As Senior Editor, I'll be working with Wise Bread's writers to keep the content you love on the site while improving and adding new areas of coverage. If you ever have any ideas, comments, or questions, feel free to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/contact-wise-bread-writer">contact me</a>; I always look forward to hearing what you think.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meet-meg-favreau-our-senior-editor">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/february-roundup">February Roundup</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/january-roundup">January Roundup</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/seven-tips-for-the-newly-unemployed">Seven Tips for the Newly Unemployed</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/self-sufficiency-self-reliance-and-freedom">Self-sufficiency, self-reliance, and freedom</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Frugal Living Career and Income Life Hacks Announcements editor freelancing frugal food Fri, 03 Dec 2010 02:47:24 +0000 Meg Favreau 355812 at http://www.wisebread.com Eat Dessert, Save! http://www.wisebread.com/eat-dessert-save <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eat-dessert-save" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2211624023_7a2f9edcfc.jpg" alt="Macro Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies" title="Macro Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="287" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know the drill. The waiter comes around when most of your table has finished eating and asks about dessert. Most of us demure, saying that we're so full we couldn't eat another bite. Sometimes, that's true. I know I've said &quot;No&quot; for other reasons, though, and I think that's true of most of us. The thought of spending $5-$15 on a slab of cake that we could just as easily make ourselves if we put our&nbsp; minds to it can be enough to turn anyone off. On the other hand, most of us never get around to putting our minds to it at home--there's so much to do and, besides, baking can take so long. Add in thoughts about the number of calories you'll take in and eating dessert, be it homemade or purchased in a restaurant, seems like the biggest mistake in the world.</p> <p>And yet we crave the taste. There's something about sweetness that most human beings enjoy. So how can we get what we want without spending to much, either in time, money, or the expanding waistline?</p> <p><strong>It Doesn't Take That Long</strong></p> <p>The only way we can control what goes into our desserts (and therefore the calories we consume when we eat them) and how much we spend on them is to make them ourselves. That's a daunting prospect for some, who have either not had much success in the past or who do not feel like they have the time. But here's a secret: it doesn't take that long. Sure, it takes a while to make a gourmet cake with all the trimmings, but we don't need to make something fit for Princess Di's wedding to enjoy a little sweetness now and then. In fact, baking takes a surprisingly short amount of time. If you're especially pressed for time, make something (like a cake or a pan of brownies) where everything goes in one pan. Mixing takes 5-10 minutes, and then you simply do what you need to do until your timer goes off and your yummy dessert is done.</p> <p><strong>It's Not That Hard</strong></p> <p>Baking can be intimidating, particularly when you've had some spectacular failures. Instead of dwelling on those, try again! Jump in with something easy, like a basic pan of brownies or blondies. Nothing has to rise, your timing can be a little off, your oven temp can fluctuate, and you'll still get a spectaculer, yummy dessert that everyone around you will love.</p> <p>If you want to try something harder and you're still nervous, calm yourself by reading all the directions several times before you start mixing anything. Make sure you have the ingredients, pans, and other equipment that you'll need. Figure out ahead of time how you'll time it--maybe you can whip the cream just after the timer goes off so it's still fluffy when you put it on the cake, or mix the dry ingredients ahead of time so it won't take as long in one sitting. Get comfortable with everything and give it a go.</p> <p><strong>Control Your Ingredients</strong></p> <p>If it's health or money you're worried about, this is where you can get creative. Some of my favorite health-related baking substitutions are below:</p> <ul> <li>Substitute oil with unsweetened applesauce (some people recommend ony substituting half the oil with applesauce, but I've found that you can almost always substitute it all without any problems)</li> <li>Replace up to half the regular flour with wheat flour (this one is a bit controversial, but I haven't had any tasters complain about either taste or texture when I've done this)</li> <li>Use twice as many eggwhites as the recipe calls for eggs (if the recipe is particularly eggy, be careful with this one. If the eggs are just part of the game, substitute away)</li> <li>Use margarine instead of butter (this can change the consistency of your final product but I've never had it ruin a recipe)</li> <li>Use soy or rice milk instead of regular milk</li> <li>Add quick-cooking (not instant or regular) oats (this works particularly well with cookies, brownies, and scones. Be careful adding oats to anything smooth, like a cake)</li> </ul> <p>These aren't the only health-related substitutions out there, but they're some of the better-known ones and they'll make your desserts as healthy as desserts can possibly be.</p> <p>When it comes to money, you can save in several ways:</p> <ul> <li>Buy in bulk. Is there a favorite dessert that you make once or more each month? Buy as many of the ingredients as possible in bulk. Make sure you store them in a cool, dry place in airtight containers and you're set.</li> <li>Shop the sales. It sounds obvious, but you would be surprised how many baking purchases are of the last-minute, I'm-craving-chocolate-so-I'm-making-cookies-NOW! sort. If you get into a regular baking habit, you'll be able to buy your ingredients when they're on sale, just like you buy so many other food items.</li> <li>Stop buying store-bought items or restaurant-cooked desserts. When you know you have sweet food at home, it's that much easier to skip when you're out. And many desserts (or batters) freeze well, so you can pop in a tray of cookies when your kid tells you he needs them for the party tomorrow or you'd like to take something to the staff at work.</li> </ul> <p>Don't give up dessert! Instead, give up worrying about it and get your fix easy-peasy!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-dessert-save">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-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-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/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream">Why You Should Never Feel Guilty About Eating Ice Cream</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/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes">70 Scrumptious Shrimp 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/how-to-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party">How to Throw a Fabulous (and Frugal!) Dinner Party</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dessert eat cheap frugal food Tue, 03 Mar 2009 20:32:31 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2887 at http://www.wisebread.com Lentil Love: How to Sex Up a Simple Staple and Save http://www.wisebread.com/lentil-love-how-to-sex-up-a-simple-staple-and-save <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/lentil-love-how-to-sex-up-a-simple-staple-and-save" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lentilsides.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="195" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Let's face it. Lentils aren't usually a food that folks write love songs about, at least in this country. But for price and nutrition, they're pretty tough to beat. Bonus? They don't need a lengthy pre-soak and slow roast like some of their larger bean counterparts. Also, in many parts of the world they are <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/212580" target="_blank">prepared in ways</a> that are so flavorful, we as Americans might not even recognize them. After test driving the Indian lentil soup (yum) from the nearest Sweet Tomatoes restaurant here in the St. Petersburg area, my interest in exploring these little nuggets of nutritional thrift was renewed.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">What's to <a href="http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&amp;dbid=52" target="_blank">love about lentils</a>? Well, they're dirt cheap, pack a powerful nutritional punch, and are incredibly versatile. Worried about only having access to brown ones? They come in a variety of colors, making them suitable for customizing a meal for visual presentation. And as I mentioned above, they cook up much more quickly than their larger bean relatives, making them ideal for those nights when you are <a href="/ten-simple-meals-in-ten-minutes-or-less" target="_blank">short on time</a> to prepare dinner.&nbsp;So, how do you make them sexy? Here's a break down.</p> <h2 style="margin-bottom: 0in">DIPS AND SPREADS.</h2> <p>Looking for an <a href="http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes/dip-lentil.html" target="_blank">alternative to hummus</a> with your next batch of pita crisps? This <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/INDIAN-LENTIL-AND-SPLIT-PEA-SPREAD-4280" target="_blank">affordable recipe</a> mixes pureed lentils with split peas and ethnic seasonings, resulting in an unexpected alternative to onion dip. With split peas being right up there with lentils on my list of rock bottom cheapies I'd like to do more with, I was happy to see them used for something besides my stand by <a href="/whats-cooking-sunday-dinner-at-mi-casa" target="_blank">pea soup</a>.&nbsp;Bonus? If you're into vegan, this fits the bill. Here's another link to a <a href="http://www.veg-world.com/recipes/lentil-pate.htm" target="_blank">spicy lentil pate</a> using coconut and cayenne. A couple of other interesting finds were <a href="http://www.foodreference.com/html/adas-careh.html" target="_blank">lentil butter</a> (a great <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sex-up-your-sandwich-ideas-for-budget-conscious-brown-baggers">sandwich&nbsp;idea</a> or hummus substitute) and this recipe for <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/328839" target="_blank">lentil tepenade</a>. Here's another link for reasonably interesting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/77/LentilSpread64127.shtml" target="_blank">lentil spread</a>.</p> <h2 style="margin-bottom: 0in">SOUPS AND STEWS</h2> <p>My previous experiments with <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/19915" target="_blank">lentil soups</a> were hum drum at best. The recent taste test of the <a href="http://bitten.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/recipe-of-the-day-lentil-and-rhubarb-stew-with-indian-spices/" target="_blank">Indian lentil soup</a> at the nearest Sweet Tomatoes restaurant renewed my enthusiasm. While I'm still in the process of tracking down a copy of that particular recipe, here's a great <a href="http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/09/moroccan-lentil-soup-crockpot-recipe.html" target="_blank">Moroccan</a> one from a fun little blog that <a href="/linsey-knerl" target="_blank">Linsey</a> turned me on to, and an interesting sounding French version from <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/11366" target="_blank">Chow.com</a>.&nbsp;The most interesting sounding Indian one I've found so far <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/64663" target="_blank">is this</a> one using lamb and served with zatar-seasoned dinner rolls.&nbsp;A few others I found&nbsp;<a href="http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes/soup-barlencarrot.html" target="_blank">of note</a>?</p> <ul> <li> <div style="margin-bottom: 0in">For pure intrigue and &ldquo;I've got to know what that tastes like&rdquo; factor, This <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/137609" target="_blank">Jamaican</a> lentil and coconut soup fits the bill.&nbsp;So does <a href="http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/004194eggplant_lentil_stew_with_pomegranate_molasses.php" target="_blank">this one</a> for eggplant lentil stew with pomegranate molasses.</div> </li> <li>Here are <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/ORANGE-LENTIL-SOUP-233064" target="_blank">one</a> or <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/YELLOW-LENTIL-SOUP-235451" target="_blank">two</a>&nbsp;directly comparable recipes to a pureed yellow lentil soup that was always one of my favorites to order in Kuwait. Great with lemon wedges and some DIY <a href="http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/worldeatsreaderstreats/2007/09/15/make-your-own-middle-east-croutons/" target="_blank">sumac and pita pocket croutons</a>. Feeling like something slightly more Syrian? Here's <a href="http://herbivoracious.com/2008/04/recipe-syrian-y.html" target="_blank">a link</a> to a red lentil version as well.</li> </ul> <h2 style="margin-bottom: 0in">SIDES AND SALADS</h2> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">How do you turn a pile of dried legumes into a side dish you can serve with confidence? For starters, making a pilaf is really a super simple way to add a little protein and pizazz to a very basic side dish. A few brown lentils and grated carrot with some basmati, parsley and chicken stock in the rice cooker and you've got a scoop-able one dish dinner side you don't have to tend to. But really, that's just the beginning. There are many other options out there, both for hot sides and chilled salads.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><strong>Some ideas for sides?</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">How about this unusual idea for <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Lentil-Bread" target="_blank">lentil&nbsp;bread</a>, or <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/11/curried-lentils-and-sweet-potatoes/" target="_blank">curried lentils with sweet potatoes</a>? A few others that made my list are <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/side-dish/recipe-herbed-lentils-with-bacon-031027" target="_blank">herbed lentils&nbsp;with bacon</a>, cauliflower-lentil&nbsp; <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/cauli_lentil_curry.html" target="_blank">curry</a>, Ecuadorian&nbsp;<a href="http://south-american-food.suite101.com/article.cfm/south_american_menestra_recipe" target="_blank">sauced lentils</a>, and this recipe&nbsp;for spicy red lentils courtesy of the <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-recipes/RE00067" target="_blank">Mayo Clinic</a>.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><strong>Are salads more your speed?</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">I had quite a bit of luck researching these, finding <a href="http://www.fatfree.com/recipes/bean-salads/mediterranean-lentil-salad" target="_blank">Mediterranean</a>, <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Southwestern-Lentil-Salad/Detail.aspx" target="_blank">Southwestern</a>, <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/171094" target="_blank">German</a>, and <a href="http://www.foodreference.com/html/lentil-rquinoa-12807.html" target="_blank">quinoa-lentil</a>&nbsp;combo salads. I also found a couple of <a href="http://homecooking.about.com/od/saladrecipes/r/blsalad75.htm" target="_blank">meal-worthy</a> lentil based salads, including <a href="http://projects.washingtonpost.com/recipes/2008/02/06/warm-lentil-potato-salad-roasted-garlic-vinaigrett/" target="_blank">this one</a> for warm lentil potato salad with roasted garlic vinaigrette.</p> <h2 style="margin-bottom: 0in">THE MAIN EVENT</h2> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><img width="500" height="375" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u202/jazzupyourlentils.jpg" alt="lentil patties" title="lentil patties" />&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Believe me, nobody was more shocked than I to find so many ways to take these things <a href="http://www.khanapakana.com/recipe/templates/y-new.aspx?articleid=A0090FD3-60E0-46FE-9948-1FAEE2C0C234&amp;zoneid=4" target="_blank">center stage</a> at meal time. Seriously, who knew? In fact, with all the options available, I started to notice some category patterns in the way you could serve them.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><strong>As an entrée stuffing.</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Personally, I think this is one of the sexier ways I saw them used. Some specific examples? Bulgur and lentil <a href="http://www.grouprecipes.com/52658/bulgur-and-lentil-stuffed-tomatoes-with-yogurt-garlic-sauce.html" target="_blank">stuffed tomatoes</a> with a yogurt garlic sauce, as an alternative to rice in <a href="http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/foodday/fd0597/fd052997.html" target="_blank">stuffed peppers</a>, and <a href="http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=60613" target="_blank">here</a> in a recipe for baked sweet potato and lentil stuffing.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><strong>As a burger or salmon patty alternative.</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Again, I have to come clean here. I went into this thinking I'd be lucky to find one or two recipes that weren't tasteless, not to mention visually frightening. I'm happy to report, I was pleasantly surprised. I'm not saying it was an easy search, mind you. There were some seriously terrible ideas out there in internet land. That being said, a few ideas for lentil based patties managed to <a href="http://www.oduamy.com/lentil_burger.html" target="_blank">make their way</a> to the top of my list.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">For starters, <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/282862" target="_blank">this resource</a> for a <a href="/twenty-five-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach" target="_blank">spinach</a> and&nbsp;bean combo patty caught my eye. So did <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/202108" target="_blank">this one</a> for spicy black bean and lentil burgers. Overall though, I think the award for the most colorful, can't wait to try it recipe goes to <a href="http://www.khanapakana.com/recipe/templates/y-new.aspx?articleid=17F57B17-5354-4950-8633-03B37D7EC531&amp;zoneid=4" target="_blank">this&nbsp;recipe</a>&nbsp;featuring yellow lentils, Thai chili peppers and ginger root. Here's an <a href="http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1539/low+gi+lentil+patties+with+roast+tomato+sauce" target="_blank">extra one</a>&nbsp;for those on a low glycemic index diet.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><strong>Lentil loaf.</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Boy, do I know what you're thinking. Lentil loaf. It's hard to even say the words without sounding like you have a ten ton weight on your shoulders. I think one of the things that helped me embrace <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lentil-Loaf/Detail.aspx" target="_blank">this idea</a> a little more was knowing from personal experience with other legumes just how effective the right sauce and seasonings can be. The list of<a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/2740" target="_blank"> links</a> to recipes I felt showed any promise turned out to be quite sparse. Here's a link from <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Lentil-Loaf" target="_blank">Taste of Home</a>, a source I trust for down home flavor. On the upside, the other categories have some yummy sounding options I did not expect, and as a result I have some modification ideas lined up to try. I'll keep you posted.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><strong>As a direct bean equivalent.</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">What I'm talking about here is the use of lentils in ways that you would also use any type of larger bean. <a href="http://homecooking.about.com/od/vegetablerecipes/r/blv294.htm" target="_blank">Baked</a> in a crock&nbsp; and served with biscuits, as a main <a href="http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes/lentilchili.html" target="_blank">chili </a>ingredient, in a<a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/35391" target="_blank"> burrito</a>,&nbsp;served over rice, <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/58598" target="_blank">whatever</a>.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><strong>Make it a co-star.</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Lentils make an excellent filler and <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/326579" target="_blank">pair well</a>&nbsp;with other main ingredients to take <a href="http://homecooking.about.com/od/vegetablerecipes/r/blv120.htm" target="_blank">center stage</a> on the dinner plate. For example, how about this <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/211519" target="_blank">Moroccan</a> meatball and lentil bake, or this spicy <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/173826" target="_blank">South African</a>&nbsp;recipe? I was also excited to find this recipe for traditional <a href="http://www.theveggietable.com/recipes/kosherie.html" target="_blank">Egyptian kosherie</a>,&nbsp;a dish I fondly remember enjoying with a fellow international teacher after a night of bargain shopping in the old souk in Kuwait City. Don't forget the hot sauce though, if you want it to be truly authentic.</p> <h2 style="margin-bottom: 0in">A FEW OTHER TREASURE TROVES FROM AROUND THE WEB</h2> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">While much of my research resulted in large data bases comprised of every tasteless soup recipe featuring brown lentils, water and salt known to man, there were a few little golden nuggets of hope. My top three picks? A collection of <a href="http://www.justslowcooking.com/inxlen.html" target="_blank">slow cooker recipes</a>&nbsp;for lentils, a great break down of one couple's favorite <a href="http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes/lentil.html" target="_blank">lentil recipes</a> (including great pictures), and <a href="http://vegweb.com/index.php?board=178.0" target="_blank">this resource</a>&nbsp;from VegWeb.Com.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">And, if meatless in general floats your boat, we have a number of resources right here on Wise Bread, featuring <a href="/tackling-tofu-survival-tips-from-a-meat-lover" target="_blank">tofu</a>, <a href="/tvp-for-the-meat-lovers-soul" target="_blank">TVP</a>, general <a href="/8-meatless-dishes-for-meat-n-taters-lovers" target="_blank">meatless dishes</a> and making your own soy products <a href="/soy-milk-tofu-and-veggie-burgers-for-pennies-anyone" target="_blank">from the raw bean</a>.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><em>Hope this was helpful, folks. As inexpensive as lentils are, it would be a shame not to at least try to incorporate them into your family meal plan a few times a month (or week, if you're feeling adventurous). Now that I know how many appealing options are available, I'll be using these little budget beauties way more often. Got some suggestions or tips? You KNOW how I love to hear from you. Share the love, as usual, in the comment section below. </em></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><em>This post was included in the <a href="http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/wanderfood/2009/08/11/wanderfood-wednesday-punjab-sweets/">August 12, 2009 edition</a> of Wanderfood Wednesday. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/staff">Staff</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lentil-love-how-to-sex-up-a-simple-staple-and-save">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/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes">70 Scrumptious Shrimp Recipes</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/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</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/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">35 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Spinach</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes frugal food lentil recipes meat alternatives Wed, 08 Oct 2008 18:35:13 +0000 Staff 2504 at http://www.wisebread.com Fast and Easy Pizza Dough and Sauce http://www.wisebread.com/fast-and-easy-pizza-dough-and-sauce <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/fast-and-easy-pizza-dough-and-sauce" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/75473897_ba0a30e657.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="375" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pizza delivery for just two people can quickly top $30, depending on where you live, not to mention the hour that you usually have to wait for that delivery. Buying frozen pizzas at the supermarket can halve the price and lessen the time commitment. Making your pizza from scratch, though, can make for a cheap meal with only a marginally higher time committment. The sauce to go with it isn't much better, costing dollars for the same amount of tomato product that you can get for cents. Here are some fairly quick recipes that can save you bucks at the checkout line without putting an end to hot pizza!</p> <p>Pizza Dough (15 minutes for prep)</p> <p>The foundation for my recipe came out of Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything, which has saved my bacon on numerous occasions. However, I've made some changes, just to make it a little faster and easier. This recipe works well on the East Coast &mdash; I can't make any promises for higher altitudes.</p> <p>Pizza delivery for just two people can quickly top $30, depending on where you live, not to mention the hour that you usually have to wait for that delivery. Buying frozen pizzas at the supermarket can halve the price and lessen the time commitment. Making your pizza from scratch, though, can make for a cheap meal with only a marginally higher time committment. The sauce to go with it isn't much better, costing dollars for the same amount of tomato product that you can get for cents. Here are some fairly quick recipes that can save you bucks at the checkout line without putting an end to hot pizza!</p> <p>Pizza Dough (15 minutes for prep)</p> <p>The foundation for my recipe came out of Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything, which has saved my bacon on numerous occasions. However, I've made some changes, just to make it a little faster and easier. This recipe works well on the East Coast &mdash; I can't make any promises for higher altitudes.</p> <ul> <li>1 teaspoon rapid-rise yeast (if you use the kind that comes in packets, you need about 1/2 of a packet per batch of dough)</li> <li>2 teaspoons kosher salt</li> <li>Your favorite pizza spices &mdash; I use about a teaspoon each of garlic, dried onion, basil and ground black pepper</li> <li>1 1/2 cups water</li> <li>2 tablespoons olive oil, plus an extra teaspoon</li> <li>3 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra as needed)</li> </ul> <p>In my largest mixing bowl, I combine the yeast, salt, and spices. I add the water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil and give it a quick stir. I add the flour a cup at a time. After the second cup, I usually can't stir in any more flour and have to switch to kneading it in. I knead until the dough is smooth. If the dough is too sticky I add flour in slowly until it smooths out. I pour the remaining olive oil into the bottom of the bowl and roll the dough around until the oil coats the outside of the dough. I cover with a damp cloth and stick the whole bowl out of the way to rise. It should double in about 2 hours.</p> <p>For pizza, I preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. I form balls out of the dough and roll them flat on a floured surface. I place the pizzas on a lightly greased baking shet and pop in the oven for about 15 minutes. The cooking time entirely depends on the thickness of your crust and how many toppings you pile on &mdash; thin crust pizzas can take as little as 8 minutes.</p> <p>For calzone, I preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Set up is essentially the same up to the point when I start adding toppings. Toppings go into the middle of the dough and the dough gets folded over them. I then pinch the edges shut. If they aren't staying closed, trying running your finger over the edge with a little water, then pinching. I then bake them for about 30 minutes.</p> <p>A couple of notes:</p> <ol> <li>This recipe scales very well, but I tend to have to add about an extra 1/4 cup of water to get all of the flour mixed in.</li> <li>For both pizza toppings and calzone fillings, I either buy some sort of pre-cooked meat (turkey bacon or sausages) or cook it ahead of time (like grilled chicken). With pizza especially, meat just doesn't have a chance to cook properly.</li> </ol> <p>Tomato Sauce (15 minutes)</p> <ul> <li>3 tablespoons oil or butter</li> <li>2 cloves garlic, diced</li> <li>1/2 cup onion, diced</li> <li>1 can (28 ounces) chopped tomatoes</li> <li>Salt and pepper to taste</li> <li>Any spices you wish</li> </ul> <p>I place the oil, garlic and onion in a skillet on medium heat. I let them cook until the onion is translucent and then add the tomatoes, along with the salt, pepper and other seasonnings. I raise the heat to medium-high. Aside from stirring occasionally, I ignore it for around ten minutes, or until the mixture starts looking like sauce. If it seems to have too little liquid, I add a little more oil, leftover wine or a little water. Of course, there are plenty of other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/29-alternative-pizza-sauce-ideas">pizza sauce ideas</a> if you're not such a fan of tomatoes.</p> <p>A few more notes:</p> <ol> <li>For picky eaters, I recommend letting the sauce cool down a bit and then running it through a blender. If you're tryng to sneak in a few more vegetables into someone's diet, add them during the cooking process and blend very thoroughly. They can be practically unnoticeable.</li> <li>I used canned tomatoes because I can buy them in big lots, whenever they go on sale. Fresh tomatoes are definently an option, but I've found I often need to add more liquid during the cooking process.</li> <li>I often add odds and ends to my sauce: that last little bit of an onion or scallion, dried spices, whatever I have on hand and want to use up. The above recipe is only a starting point!</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fast-and-easy-pizza-dough-and-sauce">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-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-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-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/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes">70 Scrumptious Shrimp 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/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet">The Best Cooking Oils: For Your Heart and Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink from scratch frugal food pizza dough Tue, 08 Jan 2008 14:39:48 +0000 Thursday Bram 1598 at http://www.wisebread.com