Sausage & Apples Leftovers with Eggs

My basic Sausage & Apple One-Pan Meal has netted me four meals. Not bad. After the initial meal, I also made stuffed squash that is actually two meals for me, and then I had this meal that makes for a hearty breakfast.

I’ll tell you something. I had a $0.00 budget for groceries this week, so I am extremely grateful that I had the apples, potatoes, and garlic from previous Misfits Market shipments, and the squash from my parents garden. It was so helpful. I also had one last sausage in the freezer. The fact that those items, some oil, and seasonings made such wonderful meals warms my heart. With a few eggs in the refrigerator and the other items I still have available, I didn’t feel deprived at all.

It’s not every week that I have a $0.00 grocery budget, but it’s good to have things on hand when I do.

The leftovers for this recipe include potato, garlic, apple, sausage, and squash. Add an egg, and you have a tasty breakfast!

Ingredients

Serves 1

leftovers from the previous Apple & Sausage recipes

oil, butter, or ghee

1 or 2 eggs

sea salt

pepper

seasonings of choice

  1. Heat oil, ghee, or butter in a skillet.
  2. Add the leftovers from the previous recipes.
  3. Stir and move the contents of the skillet to one side of the pan.
  4. Add more oil, ghee, or butter to the empty area of the skillet if needed, and crack and egg or two into that area.
  5. Allow the egg(s) to cook on one side, then flip.
  6. Stir the leftovers.
  7. Allow the egg(s) to cook on the second side.
  8. Remove eggs and plate them.
  9. Sprinkle seasonings over the leftovers, stir, and remove the skillet from the heat.
  10. Transfer the leftovers to the plate.

Tips

  • This is a versatile recipe, meaning you can use leftovers from other meals.
  • Use sales coupled with coupons to buy the eggs and meat when possible to save money.
  • A windowsill herb garden will save money on the cost of organic herbs.

Serving Suggestions

  • When I have the ingredients on hand, I pair one-pan breakfast meals with a healthy smoothy for added nutrients.

Enjoy the recipe.

~ Shannon

 

 

 

Homemade Food Gifts: Baked Goods

The most frugal way to make these foods is from scratch. Admittedly, I often use boxed items when I’m able to purchase them on sale, with a coupon. They can be pretty affordable just before and during the holidays. The trick to doing this in the most frugal manner possible is by figuring out whether it is cheaper to bake from scratch or a box when all factors are added in, or deducted šŸ™‚ Be sure to factor in home preserved produce for the food items that have fruit as an ingredient.
Just a note: These are not healthy baked-goods. But most people on my gift list won’t likely eat healthy versions. They like what they are used to. So yes, I give sweets at the holidays. Also, I don’t think it is necessarily bad to treat yourself once-in-a-while. You just don’t want to make a habit of it.

Fill baskets with one or more of the following:

  • HM (Homemade) quick breads
  • Quick breads from a box: Lemon poppy seed, apple cinnamon, pumpkin and cinnamon swirl are all tasty options.
  • Brownies
  • HM pumpkin chocolate chip cookies or bars.
  • HM sugar cookies decorated with colored sugars or icings.
  • HM apple or zucchini bars with chocolate chips.
  • HM mints

Tips

  • To save money on electricity, I bake multiple items at once.
  • To save time, I mix up multiple batches at once in large bowls.
  • To save a few more pennies, when mixing up multiple batches I delete and egg or two.
  • To save more money, I use small or medium eggs – or large depending on what is on sale. You can use any size eggs in baking, even if large eggs are specifically called for. 1 small or medium egg = 1 large egg.
  • Use mini loaf pans, if possible.
  • Use mini decorative cake pans for breads, bars and cakes.

What homemade baked goods do you make to give as holiday gifts? Please share with us in the comments below.

Shannon

 

Freezer: Using up the Winter Stocks

Since it is the time of the year when we spring clean, I thought it would be nice if we all considered our freezers for a few minutes. Do you have any leftover produce in the freezer? I know that I still have some frozen smoothie packs and berries in the freezer that need to be used. Here are some pointers for using up your winter stores:

* The eggs you purchased on sale and froze will need to be used. Since theĀ yolks had to be broken to freeze, you cannot make boiled or fried eggs with them. You could make other things, though:

  • scrambled eggs
  • french toast with a hearty paleo bread
  • use them when baking

These can be frozen in snack size baggies, then put all the baggies into a quart or gallon size freezer baggie until needed. Freeze them one egg to a snack size baggie, or use bigger bags and freeze more than oneĀ  in each.Ā  Take the eggs out of the night beforeĀ  you need them.

* Use grated zucchiniĀ  to make:

  • muffins
  • breads
  • omelets
  • cookies
  • brownies
  • cakes

* Diced apples are great for breads and muffins, brownies, cookies and cakes.

* Sliced apples make great crisps, pies, sauces, and cobblers.

* You can make a great soup from (saved) leftover vegetables, meats, and liquids from cooking the veggies.

* Make smoothies using the smoothie packs you froze during the winter.

Happy eating!

Shannon

5 Laws of Being a Frugal Kitchen Goddess

Being a Kitchen Goddess is one thing. Being a Frugal Kitchen Goddess is something else. I’m a Frugal Kitchen Goddess, and darn proud of it. How about you?

In order to be a frugal Goddess in the kitchen, you must know and/or do things that help to save money. What they are will depend on your cooking style and just how much money you wish not to spend. My Frugal Kitchen Goddess laws are:

  1. Know the truth about eggs. That’s right, most of the time all size eggs are created equal. There are only a few types of recipes out there that wouldn’t come out right if I did not use, say, three large eggs, and I don’t make those recipes. While large eggs are sometimes the better value, this is not always the case. Just last week I bought a dozen medium eggs because they were the best value where I was shopping. I used two medium eggs in my homemade brownie recipe and the brownies came out perfect, even though the recipe called for two large. No difference. I have also used small eggs in this manner. It is way more economical, most of the time, to use small eggs in smoothies as well. Also, when tripling and quadrupling recipes, I leave out an egg. The food comes out just fine. I have even been known to use duck eggs (given to me by a friend) in different recipes. They are amazing.
  2. Grow your own food. Even though I rent a room right now, and can’t garden outside, I still grow a little of my own food. For instance, my mother grew kale and chives in her garden last year and, at the end of the growing season these greens were still growing strong. I took two of each plant, put them in a pot with soil, watered when necessary, and used the greens in salads and smoothies until after the holidays. Every time I’d take a leaf or two off, more would grow. It was great. Right now I’m trying my hand at growing herbs on at the back of my desk, right in front of a huge window. So far the cilantro and parsley are growing well, and I can see the beginnings of some oregano. Yum. I’m doing it all organically, and it will save a good amount of money.
  3. Cook from scratch. It’s much more frugal, and healthier, than using so many processed foods when you’re trying to eat healthy. I don’t do a lot of baking any more, as far as cakes, breads, and such. But I do take squash from the garden to roast, filling it with other fresh produce and a little meat. I also make other foods in my toaster oven.
  4. Accept whatever people offer. From duck eggs to fresh produce to food plants, I take whatever anyone wants to offer. This saves me a bunch of money each year, and provides food to experiment with allowing me to create new recipes. Fun! You’ll figure out a way to use each item. Duck eggs are great in smoothies, omelets, and more. The plants can be placed outside or in a sunny window. And the fresh produce can be used in all manner of things, from smoothies, to omelets, to nachos.
  5. Utilize the slow cooker when possible. Make everything from roasts to chili to soups, and so much more. Use of the cheapest cuts of meat, and the ugliest produce, wont even matter. No one will notice. And you’ll make the most amazing meals!

Now, I realize each frugalista has her own laws of being a Frugal Kitchen Goddess. What are your yours? Do any of them match up to mine? Are they different?

Shannon

Getting Enough Protein Affordably

When trying to eat nutritious meals, remember to get enough protein. More than half your plate should be filled with vegetables, then you add some protein. You obviously don’t want to go overboard with meat.

I mainly try to follow a Paleo lifestyle, and I do pretty well, but I’m well aware that the cost can be astronomical. Living on a budget, I’m not able to eat all organic, grass-fed, etc. I mainly just go to the grocery store and buy basic meats, seeds, nuts, and eggs to cover this nutritional need. Adding a protein source to every meal and snack can be costly, so cutting costs and being creative is important.

For me, beans are out. But when my stepfather makes his baked beans at the holidays I’ll enjoy a few meals worth. I also avoid milk, cheese (most of the time), and yogurt. I get much of my protein from meats and eggs, and some from seeds and nuts.

One important thing I notice is that, when I’m eating a (mostly) proper Paleo diet, I consume smaller portions at each meal. This is because my body realizes it’s getting what it needs, and knows it is not starving for those nutrients. This did not occur the first day, but over the course of a few weeks I noticed I didn’t need to eat as much as I had been at the beginning. Once this started happening I started buying less food, saving me money.

I eat at least a few eggs a week. Though they are more expensive than they used to be, I find they are cheap overall. Far more affordable than buying only meat, they are still a good buy. I hard boil, scramble (I use a little water and not milk), or fry them. It takes me two or three weeks to go through an 18-pack, if not longer, because I’m the only one eating them.

The same with pumpkin seeds. A bag costs $2.99, but lasts me a long time. I sprinkle a few seeds on a salad once a week, and have a few seeds with a fruit or vegetable at snack once in a while, along with a teaspoon of cocoa flavored coconut butter. A great money saver is to roast your own pumpkin seeds, from the pumpkins you use in the fall.

I rarely cook just a single meal. If I buy a small chicken or a roast, it’s often cheaper per meal than if I bought meat on a per-meal basis. One of these will give me enough meat for a number of meals. Chicken with vegetables one night. Chicken with my salad the next day. And enough leftover to make a small chicken soup which will last a couple of meals.

When I find a sale on meat, I take advantage. For instance, I compare prices and weights. I bought pork and beef this week. I don’t often consume pork, but this week I decided to. Then I noticed beef steaks were on sale. Those two packages of meat will make at least ten meals for me. I’ll put pork in one slow cooker, beef in another, and cook them both with vegetables. That will take care of the main course for my work meals, as well as a few at-home meals.

A great way to get protein i your diet cheaply is to buy the biggest turkey you can fit into your oven when they are at their cheapest. If you can, buy two or three of these and freeze a couple. So much can be done with leftover turkey. The first few days after Thanksgiving, eat off the bird. Make a sandwich, cook some turkey soup, and make a scramble for breakfast. There will be enough turkey for freezing to make other meals: Chili, casseroles, and more.

Sometimes a coupon will present itself that gives a discount on an item while it’s on sale. Take full advantage, as long as doing so means you’re getting the best deal over other brands. It may be that friends and family will give you their coupons, if they don’t need them, so buying more than one is possible. Freeze what wont be used right off. Coupon/sale combinations often present great deals.

How do you save money on protein sources? How do you use them? Let us know in the comments, or message me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I’m also happy to answer questions.

Shannon

A Good, Healthy Breakfast, on a Budget

I keep telling people they can eat healthy without spending an exuberant amount on food. This is true to an extent, if you keep it simple. Stick to the basics, and your meal does not have to cost an arm-and-a-leg. Also, watch your serving sizes.

The picture shows a breakfast I had a couple of weeks ago. It is actually pretty typical, for me. (Don’t mind the paper plate! It is a leftover from my daughters’ engagement party.) The most expensive aspect was the smoothie. I could have saved more money by just having a piece of fruit with breakfast, and drinking either water or tea. But I had the coconut milk on hand, and the berries were not badly priced (for berries!)

I do try to always pair vegetables and a protein source with a little healthy fat, in this instance by cooking the sausages and egg in coconut oil. This combination is a healthy way to consume food. I eat a mostly Paleo diet.

The components of the meal consisted of:

Mixed Berry Smoothie

2 sausage links

1 fried egg

peas in pods, carrot rounds, celery, broccoli, and tomatoes

The meal was simple and tasty, and kept me full until not long before lunch. Good deal. Note that I rarely ever eat grains. Usually just when my budget is just too tight to manage. Also note the absence of real dairy. I rarely ever have dairy. These foods are a no-no with my lifestyle change, and I should not be eating them at all. I do, once in a while, consume cheese… I just can’t help myself šŸ˜‰

What healthy things do you eat for breakfast?

Shannon

Turkey and Tomato Scramble

Keeping with the Thanksgiving leftovers theme, this recipe makes for a great stand-alone breakfast, or an excellent addition to a larger breakfast menu. It is a health alternative to cereal-based morning meals.

Ingredients (2-4 servings)

4 eggs

a little water or milk alternative, just enough to mix up the eggs

1/4 to 1/2 cup diced, leftover turkey

1 large tomato, diced

1 tbsp coconut oil

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Mix the eggs with the water or milk, and pour into the pan.
  3. Add the diced turkey and tomato and mix it all up.
  4. Cook until the eggs are done, stirring every so often.

Tips

  • To save money, buy larger container of coconut oil. They last quite some time.
  • Add other vegetables if desired.
  • Try a little precooked and diced bacon sprinkled over the top.

Serving Suggestions

You May Also Enjoy

Quick Tip: Buy Larger Quantities of Small Eggs

Quick Tip: Use Smaller Eggs

Quick Tip: Freezing Eggs

Enjoy!

Shannon

 

 

Turkey and Squash One-Pan Meal

Now that Halloween is over, we start looking ahead to Thanksgiving, and even to Thanksgiving leftovers! There are so many ways to use these leftovers, that’s best to plan ahead. Make more of everything than you cook, and you’ll be able to experiment with new recipes to your heart’s content.

Ingredients

leftover turkey

leftover roasted squash, diced

1/4 to 1/2 lb bacon

parsley

2-4 eggs

1 tbsp coconut oil

  1. Melt the oil in a skillet over med-high heat.
  2. Chop the bacon and add to the pan, frying until almost done.
  3. Add the turkey and squash and heat until almost warmed through.
  4. Top with chopped, fresh parsley, then crack the eggs over the ingredients in the pan.
  5. Cover and cook until eggs are done. Sunny side up with runny yolks is my favorite.

Tips

  • Grow your own parsley on a windowsill to save money on this meal. Herbs are expensive.
  • Try other herbs, also grown in-home, such as basil or oregano.
  • Farm fresh eggs taste the best, but do cost more. This may not make a difference if everything else is leftovers.

Serving Suggestions

  • This is great served in the morning with a fruit cocktail or homemade chunky applesauce.
  • You could also serve this dish at lunch or dinner with a pickle salad or lettuce/cabbage bowls.

Enjoy!

Shannon

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Tip: Use Smaller Eggs

Even though (most) recipes call for large eggs, that size is not usually necessary. You can get away with using a medium or a small egg in place of a large one most of the time. EX: If a recipe calls for 3 large eggs, try using 3 small.

This can save you money on your weekly grocery bill. Purchase whatever size is on sale each week.

NOTE: There may be a few baking recipes that really do need large eggs. Experiment with your recipes to see what may need them.

Shannon

Hearty Scrambled Eggs

Make complete meals using eggs as a starting point. Fruits and vegetables can be added, as well as meats and cheeses, herbs and spices. Throwing foods into a pan to cook with eggs is a simple way to get a family breakfast on the table in a hurry. Considering the amount of protein you are eating with this breakfast, a protein free lunch may be in order.

Ingredients

Eggs, any sizeenough for each family member to have one

Chicken

Shredded mozzarella cheese

diced tomato

Parsley

  1. Cook the chicken through.
  2. Add tomatoes to the pan.
  3. Break the eggs over the meat and tomatoes and cook until the eggs are just about done.
  4. Sprinkle some cheese and parsley over the egg mixture and warm until the cheese is melted.

Tips

  • Use leftovers when possible to save money.
  • Use pre-cooked meats and vegetables to make the cooking process faster.
  • Purchase ingredients on sale to save money. Generic brands are great. Coupons will help you to save money on brand name items.

Serving Suggestions

Great Fruits for Egg Meals

Pineapple

Apple chunks

Great Vegetables for Egg Meals

Carrots

Celery

Squash

Potatoes

Great Meats for Egg Meals

Chicken

Steak

Turkey

Keilbasa

Great Cheeses for Egg Meals

(I eat cheeses only minimally, as they are against the Paleo lifestyle that I try to stick close to.)

Mozarella

Mild Ceddar

Provolone

American

Parmesane

Romano

Great Herbs and Spices for Egg Meals

Parsley

Rosemary

Ginger

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Happy Eating!

Shannon