Cook at Home and Save Money on Food This Month


     Prepared foods, take-out, fast food and restaurant meals can eat up (no pun intended) a big chunk of the monthly budget, so cooking at home is usually an easy way to enjoy great food while saving money. At the same time, let’s be realistic:  most of us are busy juggling a zillion things, we need to get a healthy, delicious dinner on the table each night, and we don’t have time to grind grain, churn butter and butcher a chicken to save money. 

     I’ll be covering this subject several times this month, but for starters here are some of my favorite food web sites — guaranteed to give you plenty of inspiration and new meal-making ideas:

  • Recipe Puppy is a wonderful, easy-to-use site that helps you find recipes from ingredients you already have. For example, I entered “water chesnuts” (one of the ingredients lurking in my pantry) and “chicken” and it returned 243 recipes using those ingredients.
  • In addition to its irreverent name and sassy writing, Broke Ass Gourmet features delicious, low-cost recipes along with great advice on inexpensive but delicious beers, wines, cocktails.  
  • CopyKat Recipes is a site devoted to recipes that are similar to restaurant favorites. It’s especially useful if you have kids clamouring for fast food; you’ll find hundreds of recipes for homemade versions of offerings like Taco Bell tacos and Domino’s Cinnastix.
  • I absolutely love the King Arthur Flour blog, which has inspired many baking adventures here including making pitas from scratch. You’ll find recipes and photos posted by various members of the company’s staff as well as plenty of readers’ comments about improvements and substitutions for the recipes.
  • The Pioneer Woman Cooks is the recipe section of Ree Drummond’s addictive blog, and I love her accessible, yummy recipes and instructive photographs.
  • Stone Soup is a blog about minimalist home cooking, with great recipes and gorgeous photography.
  • I also love the blog Eggs on Sunday for ideas and recipes about cooking with whole, natural, seasonal ingredients.

How about you? What are some of your favorite food sites and blogs?

P.S. We’re not the only ones thinking about being financially prudent  this January.  Our friends over at the Money Saving Mom and Life As Mom blogs are sponsoring the “Eat From the Pantry Challenge” and cooking the month’s meals exclusively from the contents of their pantries and freezers.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

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