Saturday, May 20, 2006


I am a Frugal Cook by nature. I grew up poor, and made use of many basic staples in our kitchen. I am grateful that I had that start in life because I am excited by Whole Bulgur, Zucchini and Dried Beans. Give me an onion and a cast iron skillet and I'm in heaven.

This morning I made use of some leftover Garbonzo Sandwich Spread (think mock egg salad with shredded carrots and celery), Quinoa and shelled Edaname. I mixed it all together and divided it. I turned half of it into burgers, adding some Vital Wheat Gluten, Garlic Powder and salsa. My son and I devoured those for breakfast and lunch. I used the rest of it to form a "Meatloaf".. I added some ketchup, mustard, olive oil, fresh sage, fresh thyme, homemade whole wheat breadcrumbs (made from homemade bread, italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, nutritional yeast and crazy salt), and a tiny bit of Braggs and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I topped that with some leftover, homemade Chipotle BBQ Sauce. It's in the toaster oven right now. I'm looking forward to the finished product as I don't really know it it will work out well. It smells great!

This won't be our dinner though. I'm planning on allowing it to firm up a bit and using it for Monday's dinner, complete with mushroom gravy, roasted brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes.

Dinner tonight was taken out of the freezer. Coconut Red Beans and Brown Rice. I have homemade Habanero Sauce and will serve it with a huge salad on the side. I'm a big fan of cook once, eat twice, so I often make double batches and freeze the leftovers. It's great to grab a meal and defrost it on the counter and make a quick salad. My youngest son is at a sleepover tonight, so this will be more than enough for the 3 of us.

My computer crashed a month ago and I haven't been able to upload any pics, but as soon as my new computer is set up (within the next week or so) I will have pics.

1 comment:

  1. You are so inspiring to me. I did not grow up at all like you. We ate lots and lots of microwaveable dinners. However, my husband's parents were born Amish then Mennonite, so they did alot of homemade cooking. He and my children love homemade cooking, and my daughter and my husband are both more on the health-nut side. They would be thrilled if I cooked like you! So, thanks for writing down in detail how you do it. I was all set to try the coconut tofu recipe, (I even had a friend pick up some braggs while she was at a health food store for me) then I got sick and am just now getting over it. THanks again!