Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Frugal Foods tips and recipes June 3

Check out the Asian grocery stores near you; they usually order produce in bulk and then re-package it themselves so their over-heads are lower plus they order in bulk not individual packets like the supermarkets are forced to do, which can increase the individual unit price, not to mention the printed packaging, etc.
The Asian grocery shops near me stock a wide variety of beans, lentils, flours, seeds, nuts, etc, which are between 50 cents to $5 cheaper than stock in the supermarket.
They are a good source of gluten-free products (and wider variety) which are markedly cheaper than the big chain food stores!
Many of the tinned goods are cheaper and there is usually a lot more variety of fresh vegetables to choose from, too.

Cheap, tasty and healthy seaweed soup.

  • In a saucepan toss 1 diced carrot, 1 diced onion, 1 clove of garlic, a tiny pinch of ginger, 2 stalks of celery finely chopped, a small handful of dried seaweed (or more to taste), a very tiny dash of Cayenne Pepper (or more to taste), beef/chicken stock, and any other vegies that you wish.
  • Once a gentle simmer has begun toss in 1/2 cup soy meat and noodles of choice, stirring well.
  • Serve in bowls with spoons.

Easy, cheap and healthy sauce.
  • In a saucepan toss 1 diced onion in a teaspoon of olive oil.
  • Once the onion is sauteed toss in 4-6 fresh chopped tomatoes, herbs of choice a cup of hot water and a dash of tabasco sauce.
  • Allow mix to burble away until tomatoes are reduced to liquid state and add a little stock (or stock cube and water) stirring through.
  • Serve on meat of choice and/or pasta.
For a great Fried Rice recipe check out Frog Dancer's post HERE.


  1. Yay, a new pasta sauce. I shall valiantly attempt that one and hopefully not poison the household.

  2. "Check out the Asian grocery stores near you;..."

    We haven't got any of themn. Our local greengrocer is a big fat ruddy cheeked bloke with a purple nose. That's what too many vegetables does for you, I suspect...although the bottle of whiskey behind his till might have a hand in his complexion as well somewhere.

  3. Just add more cayenne pepper if that happens, Anja :P

    Ahhh, I'd heard rumours about those aubergines and artichokes, Brian, good to see the majority of us have been wise in avoiding drinking them :P

  4. Anja, be sure and add some crushed garlic to the sauce. It's a natural antibiotic and should help guard against any poisons you might accidentally chuck in by mistake.

  5. Asian grocers are cheap, but not for meat or fish normally bought by Asians. My fried rice sounds better.

  6. No,agreed Andrew; meat and fish elsewhere but rice, flour, legumes, spices, tofu, etc are much cheaper there than at supermarkets.

  7. but we don't have one............ come to think of it I don't know that there is one this side of the mountains

  8. That seaweed ssoup (oops. Typo. I left it in because it sounds like I'm slurping it up) sounds lovely.