Friday, November 14, 2008

Spamalot--no way!

I read the demand for Spam is skyrocketing now that the economy is in the tank. Sorry, no matter how bad it gets I'm not eating fried Spam sandwiches.

Here are three tips to help you save money on groceries.

#1 tip Go meatless one night a week
Meat is usually the most expensive thing in your grocery cart, and you're probably eating too much of it anyway.

Try this Basic Bean Soup recipe:

1 lb soaked and drained beans (soak overnight in a couple of inches of water, drain the next morning)
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon Olive Oil or other vegetable oil
(Want to add a little frill? Instead of Onion powder -Mince one onion, sauté’ in the 1 tablespoon olive oil)
3 beef or chicken bouillon cubes (or substitute beef or chicken stock as part of water cover)
Water to cover beans 1 inch above top
1 teaspoon salt or to taste

Combine all ingredients in large pot. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer several hours checking water level occasionally.

#2 Tip Make your own takeout

Rachael Ray has a ton of easy `takeout' recipes you can do at home. Here's a recipe for your own fish and has a lighter batter and roasted potatoes rather than fried, so you'll save calories as well as your precious dollars.

Fish and Chips 
4 servings

4 potatoes (about 2 lb/1 kg)
2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil (approx)
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
1/4 tsp (1 mL) turmeric
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup (50 mL) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp (2 mL) paprika
4 tilapia or catfish fillets
4 cups (1 L) packed baby spinach
lemon wedges

Scrub potatoes; prick in several places. Microwave on high for 4 minutes or until tender-firm. Let cool for 5 minutes. Cut lengthwise into wedges.

In large bowl, toss together potato wedges, half each of the oil, cumin, salt and pepper, the turmeric and garlic. Arrange on greased rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 450°F (230°C) oven, turning once, until crispy and golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in shallow dish, whisk together flour, paprika and remaining cumin, salt and pepper. Press fish into flour mixture, turning to coat; shake off excess.

In large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat; fry fish in batches, turning once and adding more oil if necessary, until golden and fish flakes easily when tested, about
7 minutes.

Add spinach; cover and steam until wilted, about 2 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over top.

#3 Tip Eat breakfast for dinner.

Breakfast is always cheaper to make than dinner. Unless you're dining on eggs benedict or something. Personally, I love me some french toast at night.


Liza's Eyeview said...

we just did! (ate breakfast for dinner tonight) - Pancakes!

Joey said...

My friend Patti (from the Churchill Downs trip) LOVES Spam. She was eating it straight out of the can when she called me the other day. The thought of it almost made me barf.