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    Easy to Make Meals Using Leftover Vegetables

    I’ve added a store to the site with three e-books that I hope you’ll check out. One of them is about eating vegetarian food on a budget so I thought I’d post a short excerpt from the book here with some ideas about what sort of budget friendly meals you can make that are veggie centric and use leftovers.     Stir-Fry Making a stir-fry is super-easy. All you need is any mixture of veggies, soy sauce, honey, ginger and some cornstarch (or even flour if you don’t have it). Cook the veggies in oil in a large, hot plan in the order of cooking time length, adding a new…

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    Cutting Down on Ready Made Foods

    March means St. Patrick’s Day which always makes me think of my grandmother who was from County Cork. I’ve been paging through cookbooks figuring out what I’m going to make this St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate my Irish heritage. I’ve found recipes for dishes like colcannon and Irish soda bread. Aside from trying to recreate the foods my grandma grew up eating, I’ve been thinking about the approach her generation took toward preparing a meal.  Nothing came prepackaged and they shopped for fresh local produce every day. Besides being healthier, my grandmother’s generation probably saved a whole bunch of money too. It seems supermarkets aren’t just about food any more but…

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    Soup, a Great Budget Meal

    I can’t think of a better comfort food than a bowl of homemade soup. It also makes a great bargain meal for many reasons- Low Cost Ingredients Most items you use to make soup aren’t that expensive…vegetables and cheaper cuts of meat that usually tenderize during this slow cooking process. A Hearty Meal in a Bowl Thicker soups like split pea or chili contain lots of fiber that fill you up quickly. Soups containing dairy products add a satisfying richness that tricks us into thinking we’ve eaten an elaborate meal. Meal In Itself Serve a soup containing a protein and some vegetables, add some great crusty bread, and you’ve got yourself one…

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    Bargain Foods…that are good for you too

    With food prices set to go up this year…I think I saw some evidence of this at the grocery store the other day, it’s time to start thinking about foods that give you the biggest bang for your buck. Here are some of my favorites- Canned Salmon When fresh salmon goes on sale I buy it in bulk and freeze it, when it’s back to normal prices I opt for the canned variety. Pink salmon is a bargain, even red salmon isn’t that expensive. In the summer I use it on salads, in sandwiches, pair it with sliced cucumbers and it’s one of the best combinations. I sometimes use it with…

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    Tips on Winning The Grocery Challenge

    For those of you who missed my blog the other week, All You magazine is holding its second annual Grocery Challenge contest. There will be ten finalists and the winner will get a $1,000 grocery card and will also be featured in the magazine. The challenge is to spend $25 or less per family member per week on groceries during a four week period. The contest runs from June 20 to July 17th. Go to www.allyou.com/grocerychallenge to sign up. Beginning June 18th the magazine will send you a newsletter featuring tips for saving money and also recipes. I’d love to see a Budget Smart Girl reader win this so to…

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    The Frugal Foodie

    When I heard about the Frugal Foodie Cookbook I was intrigued. I love the idea that you can be a foodie, eat well, and well, watch your pennies at the same time. One of the authors of The Frugal Foodie Cookbook is Lara Starr. I was eager to find out more about her and her frugal foodie lifestyle. So here’s my interview with her and be sure to check out the book at www.vivaeditions.com and you can read more about Lara’s culinary adventures at http://frugalfoodiecookbook.blogspot.com Budget Smart Girl (BSG)-Have you always been budget minded? Lara Starr (LS)-Yes, I come from a long line of cheapskates. I’ve been working since I…

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    Never Waste Food Again

    This year I’m determined to stick with my resolution never to waste food again. I’m usually good about using everything but once in awhile the odd piece of fruit or vegetable heads to the garbage bin. Here are some creative ways I’ve found to use every last piece of food sitting in the fridge or pantry. Hope you can put some to good use. Combine Ingredients Sometimes I open the fridge and have half a cup of this, half a cup of that…not enough to make a meal but if you combine some foods you get a side dish or the beginnings of dinner. At Christmas I had a about…

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