CHEAP AND YUMMY BROWNIE RECIPE!
6 TBSP cocoa, 1/4 C butter, 1 C sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/3 C flour, 2 eggs, Cook 350 - 25 mins.

2/12/09

HEALTHY & FRUGAL MENU PLANNING

For those of us who are on a tight budget, by choice or necessity, I want to throw this bit of information out there to ease your grocery burden.

Potatoes contain virtually no fat and are a significant source of vitamins C and B6, potassium, fiber, minerals, and complex carbohydrates. Combined with milk, the potato is a nearly perfect
food for nutrients to the human body. Potatoes almost single-handedly
nourished nineteenth-century Ireland until the potato blight struck.

If you have potatoes and milk on hand, whether they be baked, boiled, beaten or stewed you have the makings of a good, healthy dinner.
Throw in onions and carrots or eat them plain; however you decide to use them they are a frugal menu staple.

Meats can be expensive!! Try Legumes. They are a class of vegetables
that includes beans, peas and lentils. Legumes are among the most
versatile and nutritious foods available. Legumes are typically low
in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are high in folate, potassium,
iron and magnesium. They're also a good source of protein and can be
a healthy substitute for meat, which has more fat and cholesterol.

Potatoes and Legumes are a great alternative to high priced boxed
foods and much healthier for your family. Not only will you save
money, you will feel good about what you are feeding your family.

Food for thought. :-)


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4 comments:

Angela said...

Hi, my name is Angela from Portugal I really loved your blog, I am mother of a 10 years old boy and sometimes meals begin beeing a problem our prices are increasing every day, so we plant potatoes, and some vegetables, and try to give him all the necessary. I invite you to visit my blog, besides directly I don't talk about my family but you can read about our typical food. Bye

BaronessBlack said...

A cheap and nutritious dinner for our family is fishcakes, which you can easily make with mashed potato (fresh, frozen or left-over), a tin of fish (salmon or tuna are best), combine with a couple of eggs to hold the mixture together. Flour your hands and a clean surface and form the mixture into balls/cakes. You can fry up the ones you want to eat and freeze the rest. You can always start them offin the frying pan, then finish them in the oven. Enjoy!

Heather said...

You mentioned beans. I know you're cutting down on white starches like white rice, but red beans and rice together make a complete protein and are WONDERFUL. I think (don't know for sure) that's why the Army serves rice with chili.

Sara said...

I really need to commit to menu planning. I always save money and cook nightly if I plan in advance but it is sooo hard.