Today we are kicking off the frugal food series. Each week I will highlight a frugal food, and then invite readers to post their own recipes and link back here. Hopefully this will provide us all with a nice repertoire of recipes to use during these lean times!
We are starting with the “Incredible, Edible Egg”. (what add genius came up with that one eh?) Eggs are fairly inexpensive in most parts of the country. Here in the Binghamton area I can buy organic eggs for $2.35 a dozen straight from the farm, about $1.69 at Aldi’s and $1.99 at our small local grocery store. Taking the middle price of $1.99 that’s approximately $.17 per egg.
So lets talk about some options for using eggs to make an entree.
#1-Breakfast for Dinner. I’ve been known on an occasion to whip up some scrambled eggs for dinner. It’s quick and it’s easy, but it isn’t Yankee Bill’s favorite. The kiddos however think it’s pretty cool. This is a great option to avoid the drive through on a hectic night. I mean really-how long does it take to scramble or fry a couple of eggs.
#2-Egg Salad. This can be used in egg salad sandwiches or in a green salad. Granted, it isn’t exactly hearty fare, but sometimes when it’s hot and sticky out you just want something lighter and cooler anyway.
#3-Fried Rice. I love to make homemade fried rice to take all sorts of odds and ends leftovers and turn it into a one dish meal. Frequently I’ll have a little bit of meat left over from a meal during the week that will get tossed in there, but if not (or if there isn’t much of it) then it is eggs to the rescue. You simply crack a raw egg (or two) into the fried rice and scramble it right into the dish-cooking and mixing at the same time.
#4-Quiche. I love making quiche for dinner. It is one of those fabulous meals that you can make ahead, then serve cold, reheat and serve hot, or even freeze. You can use up lots of little things from the fridge in it, and it is just plain yummy! Oh-and it doesn’t have to take all that many eggs either. My favorite way to make quiche is with a rice crust and about 3 or 4 eggs. Quiche is also a great meal for potlucks (make in a 9X13 pan and cut into little squares) or to give away (you know those occasions where you want to send someone a dinner-new baby, sickness or injury, new neighbors moving in-that sort of thing)
Now it’s your turn. What ways do you use eggs? Have any fabulous family recipes? Just post them* (with a short description in parentheses) and then link directly to the post** in Mr. Linky below. Don’t have a blog? Just email me the recipe and any pertinent comments and I’ll post it here. Oh–and don’t forget to mention the series to all your friends, the more recipes and ideas we have the better a resource this is for everyone.
Don’t worry, I’ll be posting some recipes and linking them back here as well. Let the recipes begin!
Coming up next week-Canned Tuna
*Note: It’s fine to dig up recipes from your archives-but you may want to consider reposting them as a “best of” and then linking. My understanding is that does good things for your page rank and google searches etc.
**Note: If you link to your main page, after a week or so the egg post will be buried behind anything new and folks won’t be able to find it.