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« on: November 30, 2011 07:33:39 AM »

I've found myself a bit short on money, and I got the idea that back in the day, people didn't have a lot of money either so a lot of more traditional food (not gourmet) using simple ingredients, might be my best bet. I don't eat processed food either, so I found it was easier to follow more traditional recipes when using whole food.
A few good ones I found are:
http://www.cottagesmallholder.com/superb-food-from-other-great-blogs-chef-at-large-sids-meat-and-oatmeal-stew-2021 (the oatmeal also adds extra protein!)
http://www.chow.com/recipes/28172-boxty-irish-potato-pancake (I also like to add things like onion or cheap meat to these)
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Autumn-Root-Vegetable-Puree-231140 (adjusted for availability, on the side of whatever cheap roast I can get)
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/homemade-chicken-soup/ (made with leftovers of a chicken that I roasted and ate, rather than the whole chicken...if it's not enough I freeze it and make it when I have 2!)

I also make my own bouillon base with old roasts, so I don't have to use the cubes, which are often full of MSG and other nasty stuff!

Anyway, what kinds of cheap, traditional recipes do you make? Preferably using whole food. And country of origin is no object!
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2012 06:50:28 PM »

This is from my grandmother who is in her late 80's...chicken noodles and mashed potatoes.  It's an all-out carb fest, but yummy!  You cook egg noodles (I like the kluski style) in chicken broth with meat, kind of like for soup, but lots more noodles than for soup; then serve them over mashed potatoes in a bowl. 

Umm...I might have to make this for dinner this week. Now that I'm older, I at least make an attempt at being healthy by adding a salad  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2012 05:14:06 PM »

I grew up with a super frugal mamaw whose favorite meal to fix on a shoe string budget was pinto beans with ham hocks...soooo good!

My husband spent his child hood living on Maui eating a dish called Loco Moco. It's surfer food that consists of layers of rice, a hamburger patty, a fried egg and topped with gravy (we like curry too!). It sounds awful but it's very addictive once you eat it. It is serious protein and carbs and has a "stick to your ribs" feel after you finish. Wink
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2012 05:57:32 PM »

Another place to get inspiration from is a website/blog? called the Hillbilly Housewife. She's got lots of old-timey recipes for hearty stuff.

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