No Grocery Shopping for a Month - Day 3

Hurrah for Dried Fruits for the Oatmeal!
(Meat and Rice Accompanied the Stir-Fry Vegetables)

Oatmeal Topped with Tropical Fruit and Almonds

Oatmeal Topped with Tropical Fruit and Almonds

Although we haven’t run out of anything—except for bread, and that we have the ingredients to make more—I find I’m planning meals a bit differently. Instead of grabbing the brown rice for lunch, I used the white rice that I want to get out of the cupboard. I am also keenly aware that I used the last of the fresh celery and bell peppers. Our stir-fried veggie meals are often just the vegetables and toast. Because I have a limited supply of carrots, cabbage, and onions on hand, today we side dishes with the veggies.

Today’s Frugal Foods Breakfast

Oatmeal. We topped it with a tropical mix of dried fruit that has bananas, pineapple, mango, raisins, and coconut. We sweetened it with brown sugar. Instead of the traditional cinnamon, we added pumpkin pie spice. We also skipped meat this morning, and added roasted and salted almonds for protein. And to drink, milk and coffee with cream.

Today’s Frugal Lunch

Stir fried vegetables, fried Spam, and white rice. The vegetable mix includes cabbage, onions, carrots, celery, yellow bell peppers. It is seasoned with plenty of minced garlic and slivers of fresh ginger root. We have pretty much switched to brown rice, because it cooks up better in the CrockPot Express Pot. However, we still have white rice on hand, so we are using it.

Today’s Frugal Foods Supper

Chicken patty on a soft, flour tortilla. We finished the last of the bread yesterday, and haven’t yet baked more, but we do have tortillas. We accompanied this with tortilla chip strips, salsa, and sweet pickles. It’s a good thing we had lots of vegetables for lunch, because supper was pretty light on the veggies.


Chocolate covered cherries, a Christmas gift.

Yours in thriftiness,

P.S. Dried fruit doesn’t seem, at first glance, to be a frugal food. But it works out to be very thrifty for us. There’s no waste, no spoilage, and it lasts a long time. There’s no special care required. I don’t have to worry about it getting too warm or freezing. It is also light weight and stores easily in the food tubs.

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