I’m sharing 101 frugal meals you can make any day. The cost of groceries continues to rise every time I go to the supermarket. I continue to use my freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, but I purchase ready made canned items when they are on sale as well.
Canned fruits and vegetables are a lot cheaper than freeze-dried fruits and vegetables and are ready to use. Make a list before you go shopping and stick to it. You will save thousands of dollars over the course of many years.
For instance, I typically buy the following items to keep my pantry stocked: green beans, kidney beans, navy beans, black beans, pinto beans, refried beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, spaghetti sauce, olives, chopped green chilies, sliced water chestnuts, cream of chicken soup, tomato soup and a few cans of cream of mushroom soup.
I also like to store the following canned fruits: pineapple chunks, mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail, sliced peaches, and sliced pears, to name a few. I always have canned tuna, canned chicken and peanut butter for protein stored in my pantry.
Today, we will assume you have flour, rice, quinoa or dehydrated potatoes stored in order to make several of the meals below. If you have the basics like salt, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, cornstarch, oil, sugar, honey, and spices, etc. you can make a lot of things from scratch when preparing the meals below.
If you have a garden you are way ahead of the game. I love fresh strawberries and tomatoes with just about every meal during harvest time. This way we can eat for less money, I love it! You will start saving money to put in your savings account.
Here’s the deal make a monthly budget amount for your groceries and you will save money in the long run, I promise. If you stick to your monthly grocery budget you will soon have money to put in your emergency fund. It’s a win-win for you and your family.
101 Frugal Meals
- Pancakes with fruit cocktail
- Homemade granola with milk
- Granola bars with juice
- Waffles with strawberries
- French toast with fruit
- Homemade scones with honey butter
- English muffins with egg and cheese
- English muffins with egg, ham, and cheese
- English muffins with eggs and bacon
- Crepes with fruit and whip cream: My Crepe Recipe
- Toast with peanut butter and sliced fruit
- Cereal with fresh blueberries
- Cereal with bananas
- Baked quiche and sliced oranges: My Spinach Quiche Cups
- Eggs in a blanket: take a piece of bread and cut a circle out of the center and fry the bread with an egg in the middle of it. Butter the circle (makes great toast) and fry it in the pan as well.
- Scrambled eggs with toast and pears
- Scrambled eggs in tortillas
- Puffy pancakes: Popeye Puffy Pancakes
- Fried eggs and toast
- Poached eggs with toast
- Eggs Benedict
- Boiled eggs with tomatoes: My Baked Eggs
- Toast with avocado slices
- Bagels with cream cheese: My Homemade Bagels
- Toast with fresh bananas
- Toast with peanut butter and apples
- Egg salad sandwiches with apple slices: My Egg Salad Recipe
- Fried egg sandwiches
- Cooked link sausage in pancakes
- Oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon: My Oatmeal Recipe in Jars
- Oatmeal with chopped apples and cinnamon
- Oatmeal with blueberries and honey
- Oatmeal with raisins
- Apple Muffins
- Pumpkin muffins
- Cinnamon muffins
- Chocolate chip muffins
- Cinnamon rolls with scrambled eggs
- Omelets with vegetables
- Egg frittata’s: Linda’s Egg Recipes
- Whole wheat cereal
- Fruit smoothies with fruit that’s in season
- Grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup: Linda’s Grilled Cheese
- Potato soup and homemade rolls
- Beans, rice, and salsa
- Tuna sandwiches and tomato soup
- Chicken salad sandwiches with fruit cocktail
- Bacon, tomato, and lettuce sandwiches
- Tomato, cucumber, and grated carrot sandwiches
- Tortillas with beans and rice
- Taco salad with fried hamburger, kidney beans, onions, chopped tomatoes, lettuce, tortilla chips, and Catalina salad dressing
- Chicken salad with grapes, mayo, celery, and onions on lettuce leaves
- Tuna salad with green onions, celery, chopped hard boiled eggs and pickles on lettuce leaves
- Bean soup with ham chunks, celery, carrots, and chicken broth
- Tomato based soup with macaroni, diced tomatoes, carrots, and celery
- Fried squash with fresh tomatoes
- Cucumber, tomato, onion salad with balsamic vinegar with homemade French Bread In One Hour
- Spaghetti and salad stuff from the garden or farmer’s market
- Zucchini spaghetti and sauce with homemade rolls
- Biscuits and sausage gravy: My Biscuit Recipe
- Cream chipped beef on biscuits: My Creamed Chip Beef Recipe
- Creamed tuna on toast
- Silver dollar size rolls with chicken salad and sliced peaches
- Homemade pizza with veggies from the garden
- Homemade pizza made with barbecue sauce and canned chicken shredded with sliced purple onions
- Cauliflower pizza crust with fresh sliced tomatoes and Mozzarella cheese
- Snack Ramen cooked with eggs or meat added, throw some veggies in the pot
- Chili made with hamburger and diced tomatoes
- White chili made with a can of chicken and spicy Jack cheese
- Chicken noodle soup made with a can of chicken, dehydrated onions, celery, and chicken broth. Add pasta of your choice. ***(Hint I always use sweet basil in all my soups, just a little. My Chicken Noodle Soup
- Grilled tuna melt with cheese
- Bean burritos with cheese, sour cream and salsa
- Fill tortillas with black beans, cooked corn, thawed frozen peas, kidney beans, and salsa.
- Make corn tortillas flat by frying them in a little oil. Use the fried tortillas as tostadas with refried beans, Spanish rice, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and salsa
- Make enchiladas using corn or flour tortillas with a can of chicken, grated cheese, and a can or two of red or green enchilada sauce: Linda’s Favorite Enchilada Recipe
- Potato soup can be made with dehydrated potatoes (rehydrate them as directed), chopped onions. Then make a white sauce and add grated cheddar cheese, top with a few bacon bits.
- Haystacks are great. You start with leftover cooked chicken, add a can or two of cream of chicken soup with one can milk to make a gravy. Cook a batch of rice and if you have a can of Chinese noodles that’s a bonus. Cut the following items and place them in bowls to let people make their haystacks: chopped celery, shredded coconut, chopped onions, grated cheese, sliced almonds, and pineapple chunks (drained)
- Sausage gravy over mashed potatoes
- Hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes
- Cheese quesadillas with sour cream and salsa
- Chicken quesadillas with sour cream and salsa
- Savory Crepes with chicken and cream of chicken soup
- Tuna casserole made with noodles and cream of mushroom soup
- Bowtie pasta salad with spinach, grated Mozzarella: My Spinach Bow tie Salad
- Macaroni salad with hard-boiled eggs and chopped bell peppers, add a little mayonnaise
- Tacos with beans, grated cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa
- Chicken salad with mayonnaise, chopped cashews, chopped celery and onions on lettuce wraps: My Chicken Salad Recipe
- Hot dogs with homemade buns and homemade potato salad
- Macaroni and cheese with green beans: My Mac & Cheese Recipe
- Chef salad from the garden, lettuce, tomatoes, and carrots. Add some hard-boiled eggs and ham. Dinner is ready in no time.
- Vegetarian lasagna with lasagna noodles, veggies of choice, grated Mozzarella cheese, and spaghetti sauce
- Sausage lasagna with lasagna noodles, your favorite cooked sausage (mine is Jimmy Dean’s), grated Mozzarella cheese and spaghetti sauce
- Eggs baked in hash
- Baked potato bar with butter, grated cheese, bacon bits, chili, cream of broccoli soup, sour cream, chopped onions and chives (make several choices available) Linda’s Potato Bar
- Salad bar with lettuce, chopped tomatoes, chopped celery, chopped onions, grated cheese, shredded chicken, hard-boiled eggs
- Turkey salad with chopped onions and chopped celery with mayonnaise. Add some cranberry sauce and serve in some lettuce wraps/leaves.
- Vegetable platter with everything from your garden, zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and make some dipping sauce (my family loves Ranch dressing)
- Chicken and broccoli casserole with cheese (some people call it Chicken Divan) Linda’s Chicken & Broccoli
- Crackers with chicken salad and orange slices
- Vegetable soup with all the leftover vegetables you place in the freezer, just add some diced tomatoes and some seasonings
- Chicken pot pie is great because you can make it with one crust on the top. Use your leftover cooked chicken or canned chicken and some potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery. Add some cream of chicken soup or gravy and make a pie crust for the top and bake until golden brown.
I know most of us are struggling to buy groceries, so if my 101 frugal meals you can make any day helps you save some money, I’m one happy chick. May God bless us in being prepared for the unexpected. Here’s to saving money by making a few of my 101 frugal meals.
If you need help with food storage and emergency preparedness my book “Prepare Your Family For Survival” should be in every home. May God bless those who prepare for the unexpected. My book is available in most stores and online. Be prepared before you need to be. May God bless this world, Linda
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