Huh?? What?? "Stretchy" Food???
Yes, S-T-R-E-T-C-H-Y food.... stretching the food budget!!
Healthy food that stretches the food dollar is one fantastic way to bless not only the physical health of your family, but the financial health as well. Stretchy food does not have to be boring, bland, or weird! Here is a list of our favorite stretchy food (snacks, sides, main dishes, deserts and beverages):
- Popcorn (I have a whrily pop as in the picture. It makes GREAT popcorn with as little as 1 tsp of oil. It is also made in a town near me.... AMERICAN made!)
- Carrots (I buy the 5 lb bags at Sams. We eat them in soups, as a side and as a crunchy snack dipped in ranch dressing)
- Cereal (when it is on sale with coupons I stock up. We have two kinds of cereal in our house: Breakfast (healthy) and Snack (not as healthy).
- Home made Popsicles (you can freeze all kinds of things into Popsicles kids will love) My kids especially love these fudge pops.
- Peanut butter (everything from sandwiches, as a dip, on a spoon, etc)
- Fresh, in-season fruit (home grown in the garden is the best also I freeze fresh fruit to enjoy when it isn't in season.)
- Venison (My hubby is a deer hunter and keeps our freezer stocked)
- Home made breads: quick or yeast (Quick (no knead) oatmeal bread)
- Brown rice (I have a rice cooker and it is totally WORTH the $18 I paid for it 3 years ago.... perfect rice every time!)
- Beans, but you already knew that.... (I am SNEAKY with beans... run them through the blender and you can add them to all kinds of thing without the family knowing it!)
- Soups (Many different soups can really stretch the food budget and warm up the body in the winter. They are comfort food!)
- Potatoes (when you can find them on sale)
- Pasta (so many things you can do with pasta)
- Homemade noodles (what a filling and frugal special meal)
- Eggs (So many ways you can prepare them. We have a weekly "breakfast" for supper.)
- Rice Crispy treats (the store brand products work just fine)
- Spice Cake (my favorite recipe from the Depression Era)
- Fudge (This wonderful recipe is frugal and makes a BIG pan... a perfect chocolate fix!)
- Home made yogurt (I have a saltan yogurt maker that has more than paid for itself many times. We love smoothies made with our home made yogurt... especially in the summer when fresh fruit is abundant.)
- Tomato sauce (I buy it by the gallon at sams and make spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, and chili with it.)
- Home made muffins and biscuits
- Pancakes and waffles
- Oatmeal (traditional, granola, in baked goods, granola bars)
- Kool aid (in the summer it is a nice treat)
- Home canned or frozen food from fresh produce from your own garden or from a local source.
Have a BLESSED day, BE a BLESSING!