The trouble with the profit system has always been that it was highly unprofitable to most people.
~ E.B. White
I love eating healthy frugal food because not only is it usually cheaper but it is also often quicker to cook too.
The 2 frugal recipes for two that I’ll be sharing below will make more than that if you want them too. So these are ideal for sharing or for having as left overs if you decide to double up on the recipes.
So for example, if you tripled or quadrupled these you’d have frugal recipes for large families. I’ve used the first frugal recipe, my artichoke tofu pasta to feed as many as 8 folks before. Easy to do by just quadrupling the amounts that are called for.
Okay, let’s dig in to these healthy frugal recipes. The one is super simple and so easy that anyone could do it. But don’t be fooled it is very healthy too.
These are both vegan frugal recipes because not only is eating a plant based diet healthier for you, it is how I eat and so I want to share my recipes with you that will help you live longer and prosper.
For a terrific cookbook filled with 250 frugal and healthy recipes for 2 or more I recommend you check out this one.
I use both of these most often as frugal dinner recipes but nothing says you have to use them for dinner only. In fact I’ve also enjoyed both as frugal lunch recipes and meals but I wouldn’t suggest them for a frugal breakfast unless your tastes for breakfast are more savoury than mine. I’m a bit of a sweet tooth breakfast eater myself.
Tofu artichoke I <3 pasta
1/4 pound of coloured rotini pasta
1/4 sweet onion chopped
1 clove garlic chopped or pressed
1/2 to 1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 pound of extra firm tofu chopped into cubes
half a can of artichoke hearts quartered
1/2 cup canned or fresh tomatoes diced
1/4 cup tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the pasta according to package directions. I have found that brining the water to a boil and then adding the pasta and cooking for 11 minutes to be just about perfect timing.
In a frying pan or small pot add the oil and fry up the onion and garlic over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Add in the cubed tofu and fry for a further 2 or so minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix well and let simmer until the pasta is cooked. Drain the pasta and place back into the pot it was cooking in. The pot is now drained and dry. Add the sauce into the pasta and stir well to mix.
Ladle into bowls and dust with pepper and salt if you like. Enjoy.
Beans over bread for Fred
This next recipe is super easy but it has tons of health giving fiber and protein for you. Add or subtract the following ingredients according to your own personal taste.
1 to 2 slices of bread per person
1 tomato per 2 slices of bread
1 can of vegetarian baked beans in tomato sauce per 4 slices of bread
Toast the bread and then spread it with margarine and a layer of marmite. Slice up the tomato into 8 slices and place 4 slices of tomato on each slice of toast.
Heat the baked beans in a microwave safe bowl until hot and spread about a 1/3 of a cup over each slice of toast. Dust with pepper and enjoy.
A 2 slice serving of the above has around 490 calories with 14 grams of fiber and 20 grams of protein. It also has a whole bowl full of yumminess.