Category Archives: frugal

Biscuit Dough Pizzas with Kids

Pizzas with Kids:  from Pretend Soup The book includes a recipe for homemade dough, but also says you can use 4 unbaked refrigerator rolls or biscuits, and since we were seriously crunched for time, we cheated and bought a can of biscuit dough.* Tomato sauce Zucchini, diced mushrooms, diced, Parmesan cheese grated mozzarella The directions […]

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Quinoa and Amaranth Crockpot Breakfast

This was ridiculously simple. It made more than enough to feed 5 people with leftovers (because two of the 8 people here are teenaged boys who rummaged for leftover pizza). 2 cups of amaranth 2 cups of quinoa 8 cups of water brown sugar to taste about 1/3 cup coconut oil or other fat Melt […]

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Filled French Bread Sammitch

  There is a similar recipe here. For this version, we browned a couple pounds of ground beef with a bag of frozen peppers, a diced onion, and a couple tablespoons of Fiesta Chili Powder and garlic. We drained the meat and then stirred in just a tad of beef broth.  I don’t think we […]

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Gingerbread Muffins

Memorial Day Weekend we had our oldest daughter and her family of four, the single man who had been a groomsmen in their wedding three years ago, a teenaged boy who is a friend of our son’s, and a friend of mine from church (a deaf lady who is teaching me sign while pretending I […]

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Please ignore my dirty oven.Thank-you. Yogurtcombine in a large bowl3 cups powdered milk6 cups very,very hot water (I used the water from tea-ready hot-water spout) Stir well.  Add 1 2/3 cup of pasteurized milk* Stir well. Remove a cup of milk from the bowl and whisk into that cup 1/2 cup of plain yogurt with […]

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Serbian Style Beef and Potatoes

Serbian Style Beef and Potatoes Adapted from this recipeServes 12 20 Ingredients:• 3 pounds ground beef• 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or other fat) May need more• 1 bag frozen peppers and onion mix• 3 carrots, grated, or about a cup of grated sweet potato• 6 celery stalks, chopped, or use roughly 2-3 cups of any […]

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Beef Florentine Pinwheel

Recipe: Florentine Beef Pinwheel This freezes well, and I have also made miniature versions to go in the Headmaster’s lunches. It’s basically a glorified meatloaf, but it can look quite elegant, and you can vary the filling for a wide variety of flavors. 1 1/2 pounds of ground meat (beef, venison, turkey, etc)3/4 cup crumbs […]

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Oatmeal Muffins, using leftover oatmeal

Not for beginners.  Click on the picture to enlarge.  If your muffin tin was new when you got it, and it doesn’t look like this one- you probably should not attempt this recipe yet.   This money-saving recipe comes from one of my great-grandmother’s many cookbooks, this particular cookbook focused on saving money on the […]

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Winter Rice Salad

We always use leftover rice for this (and I cook extra just so I have ‘leftovers’), so it only takes a few minutes to make. Chinese Style Vegetable Rice Salad 4 cups brown rice, cooked and cooled2 scallions, green onions, leeks, onions- very thinly sliced and/or diced1 large carrot, grated2 ribs celery, finely diced1-2 turnips […]

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Pasta E Fagioli Casserole

I used to make this a lot, but haven’t made it for quite a while now (perhaps years). I’m cleaning out my recipe boxes and clippings (it would be embarrassing to tell you that when organized properly they probably fill five very fat three ring binders, so I won’t tell you that), and found it […]

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