A new category has been added under “Cooking” called “Frugal Recipes”. I debated about whether to add it because what one calls frugal, another may think it’s extravagant.
My criteria for a frugal recipe is something that is relatively low in cost per serving. While some recipes may have a bit more expensive ingredients than others, they may provide multiple servings. Also, in my experience, Vince and I cannot go out to eat lunch for less than $25 these days so, in the end, if I can provide two good servings for about $10 or less, I consider that pretty frugal. Of course, there’s the cost of utilities to cook and clean up and there are the items I don’t always add up to arrive at a total cost/serving but when Is ay we spend $25 on lunch, there are at least a couple of dollars of gas money that should be added in.
In the end, these are going to be recipes I consider frugal. If your ideas of frugal aren’t in alignment with mine, that’s ok.
Here’s my first frugal recipe: Make Ahead Spicy Olive Pasta
You could easily leave out the anchovies. They aren’t terribly inexpensive and they’re kinda gross. Vince loves them and I had them so I used them.
I made a small dish for Addie. I went along with the recipe but I sliced up a can of drained black olives, left out the green olives, pepper and the anchovies and fixed her dish. Then I added the pepper, green olives and anchovies and fixed our dish.
I totally left out the capers. I like them in sauces, but I don’t really like to bite into them.
The small dish on the left is Addie’s. She ate less than 1/3 of that dish. The pan in the middle front was ours. We ate a little more than half of that. When we have it as leftovers, Addie won’t be here so I’ll eat what was left in her pan and Vince can have what’s left in our pan, anchovies and all.
The dish in the back went into the freezer before I baked it. I’m thinking this recipe will easily feed 8 hungry adults or 10 not so hungry adults. We had the fried green beans as our side, along with coleslaw.