Lunchtime Links: Eat for 40 cents a day, use up those broccoli stems, and alternative recipes to boxed foods…

All the good foodie stuff around the web today…

The Prudent Homemaker has a decent  series on frugal cooking that covers all the areas. Not everyone can do all of these but if you’re able to put a few bits into practice, it can help.
Eat for 40 Cents a Day: Introduction
Eat for 40 Cents a Day: Part One: Eat More Meatless Meals
Eat for 40 Cents a Day: Part Two: Buy in Bulk
Eat for 40 Cents a Day: Part Three: Make it From Scratch
Eat for 40 Cents a Day: Part Four: Only Buy Food When It is at Its Lowest Price
Eat for 40 Cents a Day: Part Five: Grow More in Your Garden
Eat for 40 Cents a Day: Part Six: Glean
Eat for 40 Cents a Day: Part Seven: Eat In Season Produce
Eat for 40 Cents a Day: Part Eight: Eat More Soup
Eat for 40 Cents a Day: Part Nine: The Price Per Pound, or in Other Words, Comparing 

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Use up those broccoli stems – can’t wait to try broccomole.

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Something asked frequently here is what to use all the tortillas you get with WIC (besides the obvious) . There’s some good inspiration here : 5 Ways to Make a Tortilla Into a Snack

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Corporations are working to convince us that cooking from scratch is hard. Not. So.

I know,I know… sometimes the box is cheaper.Sometimes the boxed stuff is all you can get.  You all know that I know this . So, no shame if you can’t get your hands on the ingredients but if you can and you have the time, here’s some great ways to get the boxed stuff off your menu. Make It At Home

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ICYMI:Real Food for the Broke, Wool Dryer Balls, more food waste tips,and more

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The Food Stuff

25 Baked Alternatives To Potato Chips And French Fries -The only one here that has been a complete fail for me has been zucchini chips. Prolly just me and not the zucchini’s fault.
We make tortilla chips often… especially good to do with stale tortillas (dumpster divers,freegans,and food bankers might see that more often)

Saving Money on Real Food at Costco – Real Food Real Deals -Not something I have firsthand knowledge of…no Costco in my area (nor the competitors they mention) but …sounds good.

Real Food Meal Plan for the Broke – We Got Real -This is decent. Good for a #SNAPfood budget.
I saw another Real Food on A Budget thing the other day . Almost $3/ serving. I laughed and laughed.
Anyway, these aren’t like that. It’s for a real low budget.

Dinner Tonight: Senegalese Rice and Peas | Serious Eats : Recipes-So cheap and quick.
I personally leave the fish sauce out because I can’t even get past the smell when I’m cooking and I’m sure that breaks every rule with this recipe… so probably you should use it,right? But Hikers for the Homeless suggested: “Maybe use veggie stock or chicken broth??” Good idea.

Food Waste Tip – Freeze Vegetable Scraps and Use Them to Make Vegetable Stock- I always have a pile of scraps that don’t end up in the compost that can be recycled into broth.

Easy Pantry Dinners: 5 Recipes with A Can of Black Beans -For dry bean users: 1 can is equal to 1/2 cup of dry beans before cooking.

Little known info: If you lose your food due to a natural disaster, long term power outage,or sudden evacuation or relocation and receive SNAP, you can receive Disaster SNAP or Replacement SNAP.

The DIY & Frugal Living Stuff

8 Ideas for Repurposed Seed-Starting Pots | The Prairie Homestead -The amount of toilet paper tubes & little yogurt-type cups I’ve stockpiled is making me look like a hoarder.

5 WAYS WE DEAL WITH POOR PEOPLE STRESS from Beyond Mom -tips for coping with the stresses of being poor.

How to Make Felted Wool Dryer Balls – Petals to Picots- I started using wool dryer balls a few years ago and can’t imagine not using them. They save money by reducing drying time in the drier, as well as cutting out the need/want for store bought fabric softeners. They’re also really easy to make (I used an old wool sweater that was being tossed out by a thrift shop because someone had shrunk it).

Can a Major City Grow All Its Own Food?- I like what he says about looking more to repairing the “parasitic” relationship between cities and the rural surroundings …. having city dwellers spend some time on farms to get a better understanding of the work that goes into producing their food.

10 Things You Should Know Before Making Homemade Dishwasher Detergent- “Washing Soda is KING!”
I definitely agree with that.

14 Food Waste Facts That Will Make You Want to Change the World -www.foodbeast.comFOODBEAST is the premiere food news resource. A one-stop location for food news, culture and entertainment.

Cat Litter Compost, Installment #3 – Links to the 1st & 2nd are in this post. Someone asked me one day here about composting cat litter. I found this stashed in my bookmarks. I think I will try it myself in the Spring when I can build a proper compost just for it. We have to pay for garbage and have indoor cats. We compost all food scraps and recycle everything that can be, so without the litter box waste, we have very little garbage.
Anyone else try to compost their little box waste?

21 Ways To Reduce Food Waste & Save Money! -I like the “Eat First” tray idea.

Five Things You Should Never Throw Away & How to Reuse Them -Uses for food scraps and other things. All good stuff.

Twitter / SeedKeeperCo: Grew green beans indoors in .. – You can grow green beans on your windowsill.

Ok, so I have my lines when it comes to stealing but if we’re talking about food in a dumpster or something that literally was thought of by someone else as trash, go for it.
(And you know….all the other stuff is relative to if you CAN, as always…)

Frugal Foodie Digest #2

A wrap-up of everything foodie and frugal posted the past week on the Cheap Eats Pinterest board and the Poor as Folk facebook page.

Recipes & Food How-Tos
Cheesy Sweet Potato Crisps...like sweet potato hashbrowns

Cheesy Sweet Potato Crisps

Red Lentils & Spinach in Masala Sauce

Red Lentil & Spinach Masala

Roasted Spaghetti Squash | Real Food Real Deals #healthy #recipe #vegan

How to Roast Spaghetti Squash

Cider Apple Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Cider Apple Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Chicken Veggie Pie topped with Golden Potatoes | akitchenhoor.blogspot.com

http://akitchenhoor.blogspot.com/2013/09/chicken-veggie-pie-topped-with-golden.html

Butternut Squash & Chorizo Shells

http://witandvinegar.com/2013/09/butternut-squash-chorizo-shells.html

25 Sizzlin' Low Carb Pizza Recipes

http://thepaleomama.com/2013/09/25-low-carb-sizzlin-pizza-recipes/

Stir Fried Green Beans with Ginger and Onions on Simply Recipes

Stir Fry Green Beans with Ginger & Onion

Baked Eggs in Stuffed Peppers

Baked Eggs In Stuffed Peppers

White Chicken Chili with Poblano Peppers

http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/white-chicken-chili-with-poblano-peppers/

Pawpaw Flesh and Seeds Foraging for Wild Pawpaw Fruits in Pennsylvania

Foraging for Wild Paw Paws

Cinnamon Bun Minis (low sugar and vegan)

Frugal Shopping & Budgeting

25 Healthy Foods for Under a Dollar | Premeditated Leftovers

25 Healthy Foods for Under $1.00

Leftover Swap- an app that hooks up people who have leftovers with who needs them

Managers Specials

Buying Grocery Store Manager Specials

Frugal Foodie Digest #1- Fun & Easy Lunchboxes,reducing food waste,vegan crockpot freezer meals,ZUCCHINI BROWNIES, and more

By request, I’m filing all the frugal shopping,tips, and recipes from the Facebook page & Pinterest into a neat digest here.

56 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

http://www.thefrugalette.com/2013/02/56-ways-to-reduce-food-waste-and-save-thousands/

How to save money on milk and other dairy products

http://premeditatedleftovers.com/deals-money-saving-tips/how-to-save-money-on-milk-and-dairy/

Bacon Apple Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Bacon-Apple Brussel Sprouts

http://www.foodgoodlaundrybad.com/2013/09/fast-easy-and-fun-lunchboxes.html?m=1

Zucchini Brownies

http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2013/09/zucchini-brownies.html

http://whatvegankidseat.blogspot.ca/2013/01/vegan-crock-pot-freezer-meals.html

slowcookersoup

http://blog.lifeway.com/parentlife/2013/09/12/25-great-slow-cooker-recipes/#.Ujt0dcacfZF

canning-peaches

http://www.weedemandreap.com/2013/08/canning-deliciously-sweet-peaches-without-sugar.html

Cauliflower and Broccoli stems and leaves

11 Nutritious Reasons To Eat Food Scraps

Grow Your Own: Winter Lettuce and Microgreens

Late Summer Minestrone with Butternut Squash and Fresh Corn

Late Summer Minestrone with Butternut Squash and Fresh Corn