The other day, I received a question from a Little House Living reader:
"When times are tough, what are your go-to frugal recipes?"
I have some great ideas on how to make frugal recipes for when the paycheck runs out before the end of the month. There are times at the end of the month before our next co-op order where we might be really stretching what we have on hand.
One thing I always have on hand in canned tomatoes. I purposely can many many MANY tomatoes in the summer so we at least have this one versatile fruit on hand. Hamburger is one of the most inexpensive meats so it's a great one to have lots of recipes for! My suggestion for an easy frugal recipe is to pair ground beef with pasta (any kind!) and you've got Goulash! Goulash is a great recipe to use your leftovers in, as well. If you have leftover vegetables that you need to use up, chop them up and toss them in!
The crock-pot is a great kitchen appliance because it can take all kinds of cheap foods and make them yummy! I like to bake whole chickens or cook whole chickens nice and slow in the crock-pot to make the meat super tender. You can save the liquid from cooking it in the crock-pot, or save the bones and add some water and vegetables to a large pot, to create a homemade chicken broth. Or, you can simply add noodles to your crock-pot, toss in the shredded chicken and the juices it cooked in, and you've got Chicken Noodle Soup for supper!
I like recipes that I can easily alter to what I have on hand. This Lasagna takes a few ingredients that you might not always have on hand but you can really make a lot with a little!
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