I have found that most recipes can be made with far fewer ingredients than they call for, especially if you add spices. I do this because I can't afford to get extra ingredients, but I am desperately trying to eat healthy. So I leave out the things that would make the food cost more than the basic food itself, and if you spice it up, it's tasty anyway.
Also, I've discovered that everything can be cooked in a microwave, since my stove is basically non-functional and I can't afford to repair or replace it.
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Save money by cooking single portions - How? read this
I have always cooked in bulk making full use of my freezer thinking I was being as economical as possible. I have found the more I cook, the more I eat so I've started weighing + cooking single portions. I find I am more likely to stay within my calorie range, not over-eat (my biggest downfall), so my food lasts me longer and less trips to the shops, and the bonus is smaller portions cook so much faster that even though you cook more often, overall, you use less gas and electricity. Result.
Try peanut flour! When mixed with water and a pinch of salt and sweetner to suit your diet or tastes, it is a great source of protein, lowfat and has replaced peanut butter for all my eating, cooking and baking....economical source of protein at only 25 cents a serving!!
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