meals on the cheap

Have y’all heard about this web series “Great Depression Cooking with Clara”? I’m always looking for ways to save money on groceries, and if I can come up with a yummy dinner recipe for very little money, I’m all for it. Last week, we decided to try out Clara’s “Poorman’s Meal.”

Only a couple of minor tweaks to the recipe:
1. I added some salt and a little garlic powder.
2. Instead of using marinara sauce from a jar, I used half a can of diced, peeled tomatoes, so I could feel like it sort of had a vegetable in it.

And let me tell you, it was fantastic. Even Catie liked it; but then, what two year-old doesn’t like hot dogs and potatoes? Those are like staples in the average toddler’s diet, right? Anyway, all three of us loved it, it made enough food to feed us for two nights, and when you average it out, it cost next to nothing. Definitely a keeper.

The weird thing is, this is not the type of food I grew up with at all, and somehow it still tasted like comfort food. I don’t know if that makes sense. I look forward to making it again, though.

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  1. Neat video and very nice recipe. I have collected cookbooks for years and have recently found myself looking through those written around the time of both the great depression as well as both world wars. While the methods are slightly different since we have thermometers in our ovens now, many of the recommendations are valid even today. Its really neat to make a meal based on a recipe that our grandparents found comfort in!

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