Frugal Recipes - inexpensive eating for the frugal minded

Here are some frugal recipes for those who enjoy preparing inexpensive meals. I used to be a good cook. My physique attests to that. I don't think I've lost that ability, but let's just say it's gone dormant a bit ever since my sweetheart Ellen decided to take charge in the kitchen.

Nevertheless, I have some favorites of my own creation and others that I've learned along the way. This is a personal effort to rekindle the joy that I get from cooking a good meal.

I'll try not to fill this portion of the site with "guy meals," you know, ones that you eat over the sink or standing in front of the open refrigerator. I'll strive to include lots of recipes that normal people might also enjoy eating when sitting at the table, eating with proper utensils and a serviette by their side.

As with any recipe you find here, I'm going to make the ingredients simple and not be too specific with respect to amounts. Most meals I find in cookbooks are just too bland for me, so I spice them up a bit. Therefore, most of what I cook is "to taste" and I assume that you cook much the same way. If you don't, then I think you should.

I use a cookbook as a reference, not a paint-by-numbers guide, so what I present here will focus more on ingredients, techniques and sequences rather than pretending that I know what precise measurements will result in a perfect meal. Besides, I usually can't be bothered with all of those damned measuring devices. Use your fingers, your hands, your eyes and your good judgment to measure stuff - you had them long before cookbooks and measuring devices!

If you're looking for some advice with respect to cooking techniques, then take a look at frugal cooking. There I'll discuss concepts, mindsets and basic techniques with respect to cooking and eating well - all within a tight budget.

As for frugal recipes, here's what I have in mind to write about.

  • Whole roast chicken with red potatoes and stewed apples
  • Garlic salami recipe (breath mints optional)
  • Fried cabbage with carraway seeds
  • Fried cheese cabbage
  • Microwave cheese snacks
  • Parmesan popcorn
  • Western ranch style fried eggs
  • One pan fried egg breakfast
  • Fried potatoes
  • Cornmeal catfish recipe
  • Braised pork chops
  • Soy and garlic grilled chicken
  • Red potatoes with herbs
  • Smoked country style ribs
  • Oven-baked spareribs
  • Super tossed salad
  • Smoked catfish
  • Milkshake coffees

There will be plenty more frugal recipes to come, but that ought to give us a good start in this new aspect of frugal living.

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There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

I'm a big proponent of being debt-free, and I mean entirely debt-free - no mortgage payment. It's not essential for financial freedom, but you'll love the feeling once you get there. If you didn't have a rent or mortgage payment, how much more could you do for yourself with your current level of income? I suspect plenty.

If you ever hope to see an abundance of wealth, you need to plug the hole in your boat. The wealthy don't necessarily make lots of money, instead, they know how to hang onto what they make, and make it work for them.