We have done endless posts on cheap and filling foods. We've touched on frugal meal ideas using these foods and how to make some of them healthier and better balanced. We have focused a lot on dry beans, rice and pasta. I'd like to focus here on a few other foods that fit the frugal bill as well.
Okay so food is food, healthy or not when you are hungry or have a family to feed any food is a blessing. I have learned this well from Stretcher members. Let's face it though, enjoyment in what you are eating and how it tastes is part of the happy eating package. Food that is too bland, plain or doesn't appeal to your taste buds can be discouraging to eating and even cause appetite loss. Ever ate something and thought to yourself how you wish you could make it taste better but weren't sure how? Sometimes "add a can of tomatoes to dry pasta" is just not enough to make the meal tastier. Well, this is where this post comes in. Our focus is not listing a bunch of frugal food staples or even how to make the choices below healthier but how to make the choices below taste better within average frugal budget/realms.
I have picked these three foods because they can all be found very cheap (generally speaking) and often call for some kind of jazzing up to make them more appealing. You will see the foods listed below on a plethora of websites that discuss "starving student staples" but are also stock ups for those on tight budgets. Maybe you have some of these foods on hand, maybe you have lived off some of these foods at times or currently are but whatever the case may be if it's what you have to work with then at least make it enjoyable right? Tasty food is going to make the eating experience a lot more enjoyable.
How can you make these foods below taste better and more enjoyable to consume while still keeping your meal ideas frugal??? What other frugal foods or seasonings could you add to them with an actual tasty outcome???
- Ramen noodles (the cheap packs that come with seasoning as an optional add in - think Top Ramen)
- Russet baking potatoes (earthy in flavor with skins - not everyone enjoys a PLAIN potato but a lot of people enjoy the price of bulk bags of baking potatoes and use them as a frugal staple)
- The common and popular famous frozen mixed veggie bag that contains the basic blend of frozen peas, carrots, green beans and corn (Sure it's great to have a blend but eating this over and over or as is can get boring after awhile so adding other things *like YOUR suggestions* can help jazz things up)
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." ~Chinese Proverb~