Cheap, Dirt Cheap, Free: Delicious!
My parents have been loving me lately with produce care packages. Their garden is producing far more than they can handle, and I am happy to “help” them. Spencer and I have been enjoying meals that are practically free by mixing free food with inexpensive pantry staples.
Try some of these meals with your garden surplus. These recipes will still be inexpensive if you have no garden because they use seasonal produce.
Eggplant and Peppers with Spicy Peanut Sauce (Recipe from Moosewood Cookbook)
Cheap: Served over rice
Dirt Cheap: Couponed peanut butter and misc. pantry spices
Free: Eggplant, green peppers
Total: Less than $1 to feed 4
Baked Potatoes with Cheesy Chili Sauce
Cheap: Cornstarch, dry milk, cheddar cheese
Dirt Cheap: Chili diced tomatoes from dented can grocery
Free: Bacon grease (terrible and awesome, all at once), potatoes, onion, green pepper
Total: Less than $1 to feed 2. Leftover sauce will be frozen and served over rice at a later date
Cheap: Mushrooms, marked down
Dirt Cheap: Bacon. I buy the 5-lb box of ends which is no big deal because I chop them anyway
Free: Eggs, peppers, onions, potatoes, spinach
Total: Less than $1 to feed 2, with leftovers for 1
Adding a side of corn, peaches, carrots, or lettuce salad makes a beautiful full meal.
What seasonal meals are you enjoying right now?