Frugal Recipes

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I know y'all have so many great ideas.  There's no way I could deprive the world of your money-saving deliciousness!

Share your favorite recipes that can help other people keep their grocery costs down.

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Social Grill's Vegetable Casserole
(Serves 8)
My Mimmie sent me this recipe from The Birmingham News.  It's from back in the restaurant's Hay-Day.

16 ounces mixed vegetables
1 c. sour cream
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 stick butter
1 8-ounce bag of stuffing mix
1 white onion, chopped
Cook onion with mixed vegetables. Drain vegetables. Add butter, sour cream and soup.
Line a casserole dish with 1/2 of the stuffing mix. Add the vegetable mixture. Top with the remaining stuffing.
Bake at 350 until the top turns brown.
Note: The mixed vegetables should include green beans, corn, peas and carrots.  Or you may substitute fresh vegetables. If a thicker crust is desired, use a 16-ounce bag of stuffing mix.

* Even in Las Vegas, (when buying on sale with a coupon, of course) this entire recipe priced-out to be less than $2!  The newspaper didn't tell me what size casserole dish to use or whether or not I should cover it when baking, but I'm definitely going to conduct a $2 experiment!  :)

"Meat Pie's" by Marnie's Grandmother
I don't have exact proportions, so kind of eyeball it & adapt to the size of your crowd.  It's a versatile & delicious-sounding groundwork.

Brown some ground beef.  Unroll a tube of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.  Put a little ground beef & some shredded cheese in each piece of dough.  Fold over like an empanada & use a fork to crimp the edges shut.  Bake at the temperature on the tube until golden brown.

Marnie said the outside gets nice & crusty while the inside is meaty.  The bonus is that some of the cheese sneaks out & gets all browned & yummy.  As long as the filling is pre-cooked, the possibilities are endless here!

Mashed Cauliflower
Serves 8
Mom found this in allyou magazine.

4 cloves garlic
2 large heads cauliflower
3 T. olive oil
1 c. lowfat buttermilk
fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
salt & pepper
1) Place garlic in a large pot of salted water & bring to a boil. Separate cauliflower into small florets & add to pot. Return to boil & reduce heat to med-high & cook 10-12 minutes until cauliflower is very tender. Drain well, transfer back to pot & cook over med-high heat, stirring constantly until dry, about 3 minutes.
2) Combine garlic, cauliflower, oil & buttermilk in a large bowl.  Mash with a potato masher until thick & pulpy. Transfer to a large saucepan & bring to a simmer over med-high heat.  Cook until warmed through.  Season with salt, pepper & parsley.

Rosemary Chips
From March 2011's Food Network Magazine

Toss 1 1/2 lbs. thinly sliced russet potatoes with 2 t. chopped rosemary, 1 grated garlic clove, 3 T. olive oil, 3/4 t. salt & a pinch of cayenne.
Spread on a baking sheet; roast in a 500 degree oven until golden, about 20 minutes.
Flip the potatoes & cook until golden & crisp, 8 more minutes. Season with salt.

Gorgonzola Polenta
March 2011 Food Network Magazine
Should be great for a Friday in Lent!

Bring 4 cups salted water to a boil. Slowly add 1 cup instant polenta, whisking.  Reduce the heat & simmer, stirring, until thick and creamy, 10 minutes.
Stir in 1 T. butter, 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola, 1T. chopped oregano and a dash of nutmeg.  Top with more cheese & some pepper.
Liz & Mike's Loaded Potatoes
Serves 2
When I find sauce on sale for less than $1 per jar, I stock up.  I imagine this would work OK with frozen broccoli, too.

2 large baking potatoes
1-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 lg. or 2 small heads of broccoli
1/2 jar alfredo sauce
Cook & cube the chicken breasts.  Bake the potatoes.  Steam the broccoli.
Cut open the baked potatoes & season with salt & pepper.  Pile in the chicken & steamed broccoli & top with 1/4 jar of alfredo sauce per potato.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Visit this link to Bon Viveur to see her recipe & some great photos, too.
Most of us can make this out of what we have on-hand & it won't contain any unnecessary, yucky ingredients.


  1. Chicken Tortilla Soup
    This is from my sister, Amy. She has five, yes....five girls and they eat like crazy:)It is a really quick and easy meal. I fixed it one night in about 10 minutes.

    2 cans of cream of chicken soup
    2 cans of milk (refill the soup cans)
    About a cup or so of salsa (I usually just dump until it looks good:)
    1 large can of chunk chicken (I have used leftover chicken as well, but the canned chicken works and is quick)

    Dump everything into a pan, stir, and heat it to sure to stir it because it will stick.
    Serve with tortilla chips (we prefer Doritoes)


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