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One well-known frugal tip is not to plan your meals and then shop for the ingredients, but the other way around. Fill your stockpile with ingredients bought on sale and with coupons, then figure out what to make with what you have on hand at that moment.
But how do you do that? One of my favorite things to do is to use Google as my cookbook!
I just type in a few ingredients along with the word "recipe" and voila! a list of possible dishes appears. Then it's just a matter of looking through a few of them, seeing if I want to make it and if I have the other ingredients on hand. Once I find a good recipe, it's time to start cooking!
For instance, one night I wanted to make something with chicken, green peppers, celery, and canned tomatoes. I typed in these ingredients and out popped a recipe for Creole Chicken from BigOven.com. It wasn't perfect; it had onions, which I didn't have. But I found a bottle of Worcestershire sauce in the back of my stockpile, as well as a can of tomato paste, an ingredient I rarely use.
It was easy to make, and spicy but delicious! I changed the proportions of the ingredients a little and used canned tomatoes with green chilis instead of two separate cans. I thought that the recipe is would be too spicy for my kids, so I sauteed the chicken first and put it aside for them to eat, then made the rest of the meal.
Here's the recipe!
(based on a recipe from BigOven.com)
2 tbsp canola oil
1 pound chicken breasts, diced
2 celery ribs, sliced
1 green peppers, diced
4 cloves garlic
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1-1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1-1/2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tbsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp oregano
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the canola oil. Add the raw chicken and stir-fry for 5-7 minutes until the chicken is no longer pink inside. Remove the chicken to a plate.
Add the celery, green peppers, and garlic to the pan and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until the vegetables are softened. Return the chicken to the pan and add the rest of the ingredients. Turn the heat to high until the sauce is boiling, then turn to medium-low, cover with a pot lid, and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Serve over brown rice.
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