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silk81
« on: February 13, 2010 02:01:54 PM »

Share your frugal recipes here!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2010 02:10:21 PM »

Oh, thank you for starting this!
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2010 02:28:42 AM »

silk81, I don't cook a lot since I aim to eat mostly raw foods but I do have a recipe out of the joy of cooking that I have used many times. It's for the easiest biscuits in the world and you can alter them in many ways to make them savory or sweet.

1 2/3 cup flour (I use 1 c unbleached white and 2/3 c whole wheat)
1 TBSP baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup milk (I use rice milk for good food combining)
1/2 cup oil (I use grapeseed, good at high temps and no flavour)

mix dry, mix wet, mix together just until blended (don't over mix). divide by hand into walnut sized portions. Bake at 425 for 6-9 mins depending on oven (until slightly golden brown on the bottom).

I have added sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg with chopped apricots or shredded cheese and chives or a bit of blue cornmeal and some corn kernels. The kids absolutely love them.
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2010 06:02:23 AM »

Oops, I forgot to say that I SUB some of the flour for cornmeal if I'm using that...

I have a nifty little jar called the Perfect Pickler for making pickles, kimchi, saukraut and fermented veggies. It actually does make perfect pickles too! It was a bit of an investment at $25 but it is such a simple thing, I'm sure it could be made at home with some wine making supplies and a big mason jar.
Check it out...

http://perfectpickler.com/
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2010 09:20:42 AM »

Rice and Beans

Our favorite super cheap and easy meal is rice and beans.  We make basmati rice in the rice cooker (but any variety would work), and meanwhile rinse and drain a can of beans.  We usually use kidney or black beans, but any variety would be fine.  Put the beans in a pan with some chopped onion or garlic over medium heat, then add a small amount of water and a veggie bouillon cube. 

You can add different herbs and spices for different flavors, or add other veggies.  You can make a chili/salsa-esque dish by adding some diced tomatoes, corn, chili powder, cumin, and hot sauce.  Or, try some Italian seasoning.  The other night I just added some ground coriander and a little shake of red pepper flakes.  Dried beans would make it even cheaper, but canned beans are more convenient.

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Another cheap and quick idea is the "Bread in five minutes a day" books - of course, the books are pricey, but you might be able to get them at your local library.  Otherwise, you can find the basic white recipe here: Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day.  Or, you can find the whole wheat master recipe in the video here: Healthy bread in five minutes a day.  The white recipe literally only uses flour, yeast, salt and water.  The wheat recipe requires some wheat gluten, which is a little more pricey, but you only use 1/4 cup for a 4-pound recipe.  Both recipes are delicious and don't require any special equipment besides a large 5-qt bowl.  They recommend a baking stone, but a cookie sheet will work just fine.  If you like an extra crispy crust, you just take the bread off the cookie sheet for the last 10 minutes of baking.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2010 10:37:07 AM »

I'm looking for rice cooker recipes. I can't cook rice on the stove to save my life (it either burns or doesn't soak up the water), so my mom bought me a rice cooker. It looks like you can do WAY more than just rice in it, like steam veggies and stuff. Does anyone have any favorites?
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2010 12:26:31 PM »

I did a google search and found this one:
http://web1.panasonic.com/food_service/cmo/rice_cooker_recipes.pdf

It's a whole cookbook! Some of the recipes sound delicious! Too bad I don't have a rice cooker
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2010 02:21:01 PM »

Here's a recipe we use frequently: Rice cooker asparagus risotto - minus the salmon, since we're vegetarians.  It works with other veggies too - I've done mushroom and butternut squash, which was very tasty!
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2010 05:41:32 PM »

Here's a recipe we use frequently: Rice cooker asparagus risotto - minus the salmon, since we're vegetarians.  It works with other veggies too - I've done mushroom and butternut squash, which was very tasty!

Mmmmmm... that sounds amazing. I will try that this week - asparagus is on sale at Freddy's!
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lydiaharper
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2010 08:17:18 AM »

So, I know that if you combine rice and beans that gives you a "complete protein".  But, I don't like rice.  I don't know what it is, but I just can't eat it.  So, would other grain besides rice work with the beans to make it nutritionally complete?

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