Being thrifty means doing with watcha got— making do, using it up, wearing it out, and doing without. It means foregoing some costly pleasures and finding pleasure in less costly things. As you practice thriftiness, it becomes pleasurable to find bargains, to make something useful again, or to practice self-control. Well, maybe self-control won't be pleasurable, but knowing you're saving money is pretty neat.
Here are a couple meals that can be made inexpensively. They're both quite tasty, too.
Sometimes, after I bake a chicken, I use the chicken bones to make soup I just cover them with water and add a little salt. I let them simmer awhile and look through my cupboard and fridge for other things to add.
Boil chicken bones until you have a nice broth, 30 minutes to an hour.
Strain out bones and bits of meat and set aside to cool.
chopped veggies of your choice or
leftover potatoes and gravy or
macaroni as I did this week.
Season with salt, pepper, and perhaps a little rosemary.
After these have simmered until soft, add the bits of chicken that you pulled off the bones.
The point is to do with whatcha got.
*Black Bean Quickie Burritos*
3 cans black beans, drained but not dry
4 oz Cheddar, Monterrey Jack, or Pepper Jack cheese, shredded or chunked
Heat the beans in a skillet. There should be just enough bean broth to keep them from sticking. Add about a teaspoon of cumin and half a teaspoon of the remaining spices. Adjust to taste. When the beans are hot, mash with a potato masher. Add cheese to the beans and stir until the cheese melts. Serve with warm tortillas or tostada shells. You can add salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. if you have them. My daughter has become my Kitchen Cupboard Salsa maker.
I hope you try the recipes and let me know what you think. I'd like you to share some of your favorite frugal meal ideas in the comments as well. I enjoy it when readers "talk back".
Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,
Happy at Home
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