I get it. I know that we all do that last minute dinner scramble once in a while, but one way I try to avoid that is meal planning with easy recipes. Each week, I put together a plan of what we’ll have each night of the week, including a “scheduled night out.” I’m often able to go a step further by creating easy recipes that repurpose ingredients. This week I’m sharing how repurposing ingredients can save you money in your grocery budget plus an easy recipe that I’ve recently tried that saved us a bundle.
How Does Repurposing Save Money?
So, when I say “repurpose,” I mean a couple of different things. Obviously, you can repurpose an ingredient into a different purpose, like I did with my Apple Nachos recipe. Repurposing can also mean utilizing an ingredient from one meal in another way to make the most out of the initial purchase.
Right, that’s a mouthful, so let’s look at it this way. Last week, I made a pot roast. I needed all of 8 potatoes for the roast, but I could only purchase my potatoes in bulk. I paid roughly $3.00 for a 2 pound bag of potatoes. Not too bad as long as I use all the potatoes. So, I had my mission…Come up with a new way to reuse the rest of the potatoes, so I didn’t take a loss for the unused ones.
Easy Crockpot Recipe
Considering it’s been cold and rainy out lately, I decided soup was perfect. So, I did a little research and found a great recipe. I used this recipe from Naturally Ella as my inspiration. I tweaked it a bit and made it in the crockpot instead of on the stove, and it turned out just perfectly. As with most crockpot recipes, I just dumped everything in at the beginning of the day and let it cook down all day. I stirred it periodically and used our NutriBullet to process potatoes for thickening. For the full recipe, and ingredient list, visit Naturally Ella.
This meal naturally qualifies as an easy recipe because all you have to do is cut a few things and add it to the crockpot. It’s also frugal, especially if you’re using leftover ingredients like me! My favorite part, though, is it’s tasty and healthy. The estimated calorie count in the soup is roughly 190, and it’s full of great nutrients. I added a crusty grilled cheese sandwich to our fare to make this a more complete meal, and I have to tell you it really hit the spot.
So, just remember, you can have a healthy and frugal meal from an easy recipe. Focus on the fundamentals of frugal, healthy cooking and you’ll be well on your way to a meal you can enjoy and feel good about eating! This potato soup is definitely going to make its way into our regular rotation?
What is your favorite easy recipe? Do you repurpose ingredients or use crockpot recipes to save on your grocery budget?