Frugal Food

On the face of things Frugal Food is not an exciting concept. Imagine if someone were to invite you round for a frugal meal? You’d probably think of a miserly portion of old cheese and a slice of dry bread. It’s not a dinner invitation you’d be rushing to accept!

But a frugal meal is a meal that is not wasteful, that uses the ingredients that are to hand. Whether that meal is boring is purely down to the chef’s imagination.

What could you make if you had a standard cupboard of dry ingredients and the core ingredients of some dry bread and eggs? You could make a very unimaginative dish of egg on toast. Alternatively you could make French toast or bread pudding or a host of other recipes. You’re only limited by your imagination.


There are some fantastic cookbooks out there that have recipes for delicious, nutritious meals with everyday ingredients. Here are some particularly good books which are all available from Amazon:

The Pauper’s Cookbook by Jocasta Innes

How to Feed Your Whole Family: A Healthy Balanced Diet With Very Little Money by Gill Holcombe

Tin Can Cook: 75 Simple Store-Cupboard Recipes by Jack Monroe

The recipes in these books prove that food made on a budget ore using what’s in the fridge don’t have to be boring. There are some delicious meals.

Online Recipes

If you’re not looking to expand your cookbook collection then the internet is your friend!! You’ll find millions of recipes and can base your search on ingredients that you have to hand. For example, if you have some cauliflower, broccoli and potatoes you can whip up this delicious bake in just half an hour.  You’ll probably come across ideas you never would have thought of. Who knows you might come across your new favourite meal.

Have you and staple coobooks that you swear by? Or any recipes that you want to share? Do get in contact as I’d love to know.