Ask the Readers: What are some of your most frugal recipes?

Today’s question is from Bobbie-Jo:

In lieu of the $30 grocery budget post… I would love know what readers’ most frugal recipes are that they turn to when money is really tight. -Bobbie-Jo

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  1. Danell says

    1 C lentils
    2 C water
    1-2 pieces bacon
    salt (optional)
    carrots (optional
    chopped onion (optional)
    Cook bacon in a skillet and chop into small pieces. add everything to a small crockpot and cook on high for two hours.
    I just make this recipe with whatever I have, but its good even if all I have is lentils and bacon. less than 1$ serves 3-4.

  2. says

    Bean noodle casserole

    Brown ground turkey or beef ~1 or so (if you like onions and/or garlic, brown those first then pitch in the meat)
    Meanwhile cook a package of egg noodles (or homemade if you can)
    Mix together:
    green beans (cooked or canned, about a grocery store can amount)
    can cream of mushroom soup
    salt and pepper to taste

    Even better the second day

    Sauerkraut is very cheap to make and stretches sausage and hotdog meals.

    Brown onions and garlic
    add diced potatoes until soft (parboil first to speed up)
    add sliced hotdogs cook til browned
    mix in a handfull of sauerkraut and remove from heat

    Confetti rice

    Put a couple cups of leftover rice in a pan with 1/2 cup or so of water or broth
    Cook until liquid is absorbed and rice is hot
    add can (undrained) diced tomatoes (spiced or not)
    add can (undrained) corn
    add can (undrained) black beans (or other)
    pinch cayenne
    cook until hot

    Add diced chicken or pork for an extra boost

  3. says

    A good one to bring to a potluck and still be frugal.

    Slice kielbasa or smoked sausage links into coins.
    Put in crockpot.
    half a handfull of brown sugar
    cook on low 6-8 hours

    May not look the prettiest, but once someone takes a piece and tries it, they will go MMMMM and the crockpot will soon be empty.

  4. Emily says

    Left over rice – heat in skillet, scramble in an egg, add whatever frozen, canned or leftover veggies you have. Pretty much add whatever you want to taste.

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