Frugal Friday: Food

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." L. Reid
Frugal means different things to different people so we hope you find some ideas here that you can use on Frugal Fridays. Today it is about food and  using things up that you have. Challenge: to use foods you already have in the fridge, pantry and garden, buying only minimal ingredients to go with them.
Super Salads
Do you know that a chef's salad basically means using whatever items you have left in the fridge or pantry? I usually have a bit of lettuce, a couple of eggs, a can of tuna and an onion. This with toast or bread can make a tasty, healthy meal.
  1. In a saucepan of cold water, place eggs and boil.
  2. Simmer for 7 minutes.
  3. Cool eggs, peel and slice.
  4. Prepare lettuce and place in salad bowl.
  5. Drain tuna and flake into salad bowl.
  6. Chop onion or shallots or chives and put into salad bowl.
  7. Add eggs.
Serve with any dressing you have even just salt and pepper.

If you don't know what to do with that left over cabbage try Turkish Cabbage Salad (Lahana Salata) which does not need mayonnaise.

If you have too many bananas you can freeze them and later use them to make ice cream or banana bread. Bill Granger's Melt & Mix Banana Bread - makes two loaves, 12 slices each

Freeze left over wine - instead of throwing it away - to use in sauces such as tomato and mushroom pasta sauce.

Supercook recipe resource is a a wonderful site to visit giving you recipes for food that you actually have in your cupboard, meaning you do not have to waste energy or time going to the shops. For example I put in 6 ingredients: carrot, olive oil, green beans, tomato, garlic and onion and was shown 186 recipes including Quick Moroccan Salad which I made.

Off to cook some breakfast now...eggs, flour, salt and bicarb makes delicious pancakes that everybody loves.

 then, she {snapped}


  1. I love this post!!! I prepare salads and food like this all the time. I've discovered some great recipes by using up what I have in my fridge. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. I adore this post, I bookmarked the super recipie.... I am going to use it, thanks for posting:)

    1. Good to know and thanks to you

  3. Hi! I have a cool weather lettuce crop growing and my herbs including cilantro, which prefers cool weather too. I grow my lettuce in a large bin to keep bunnies out. I am also composting my veggie scraps with worms. Those worms are work horses and they make such rich, microbe beneficial compost! Your salad recipe is wonderful . . . thanks for the great ideas! Warmly, Valda

  4. Ah the monster bunnies! Never heard of growing the veggies in a bin! We have to net our mini watermelons as the sneaky possuums pick then whole. Had to look up Cilantro - in Australia we call it Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), also known as Chinese parsley in china town. I love it, especially in Thai dishes but unfortunately it is the one thing Hubby will not eat! Go figure. We also have a worm farm and understand your praises for the tiny critters juice.


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