Simple & Frugal Real-Food Recipes (Good Pickins’ #20)

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Simple and Frugal Real Food Recipes

I’m happy to say that this week’s Good Pickins’ is a mouth-watering round up of real-food recipes from a bunch of stellar bloggers. I’m hoping that some of these recipes will give me little steam to help me finish out my $25 grocery challenge month. In order to make the list, the recipes had to be:

  • Mostly whole-food based
  • Good pantry/freezer cleaners
  • Frugal
  • Healthy- obviously a relative term, depending on the category and your preferences. Do with this qualification what you will. 😉

I didn’t put any particular diet restrictions on which recipes would make the list (dairy-free, gluten-free, etc.), but I included some of these recipes to accommodate those of you who may be following such diets. Hopefully this list will be a great starting point for those of us who are looking to cut back on our budgets a bit while still eating well.


banana pb cup muffins growing up mommaBanana Peanut Butter Cup Muffins (Growing Up Momma)
Or maybe these should be dessert? 😉

Soaked Oatmeal Breakfast (Oh Lardy)

Maple-Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (Milo & Oats)

Our favorite frugal breakfast? Eggs + veggies. Whatever we have on hand goes in, and the possibilities are endless. And it’s (just about) always delicious!

Main Meals

Freezer Cooking Gyspy Road SchoolSweet Potato Mac & Cheese (Gypsy Road School)

Freezer Meal Round-Up (Gypsy Road School)

Twice-Baked-Mex-Pot feeding bigTex Mex Twice-Baked Potatoes (Feeding Big)

stovetop-potato-casserole-sliderStovetop Cheesy Potato Casserole (Little Blog on the Homestead)

Quick Potato Chowder (Little Blog on the Homestead)

Eat More Kale (Sodbusters)

Creamy Pumpkin Soup (They’re Not Our Goats)

simple-siwss-chard-and-white-bean-pasta-1024x682Simple Swiss Chard & White Bean Pasta (They’re Not Our Goats)

Black Bean Quesadillas (Miss Dixie)

Grandma’s Cheddar Cheese Spaghetti (

Comforting Carrot-Onion Soup (Syncopated Mama)


Italian-Bread-feedingbigItalian Bread for Pennies (Feeding Big)

100% Whole Wheat Bread (Blossoms and Posies)

Zucchini Blueberry SourdoughZucchini-Blueberry Sourdough Quick Bread (They’re Not Our Goats)

Fresh Flour Tortillas (The Farmer’s Lamp)

Lazy Overnight Cheese Bread (Log Cabin Cooking)

Oh, breads. I would include the entirety of my baking books if I could.

Desserts & Snacks

 Apple Ginger snaps gyspsy roadApple-Ginger Snaps (Gypsy Road School)

Oatmeal Molasses Cookies (Gypsy Road School)

sproutedpeanutbutterballsSprouted Peanut Butter Balls (They’re Not Our Goats)

Sprouted Flour Cheddar Crackers (Mommypotamus)

The Extra Stuff (Condiments, Seasoning, Etc.)

best salad dressing sunshineFive-Ingredient Salad Dressing (The Sunshine is In)

 Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning (Modern Colors Two)

Or my favorite homemade salad dressing… A splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. (Salt optional!)

Growing Up Momma also gave me a great tip: the Free Healthy Meal Database. Check out the site she uses to help find frugal and healthy meals for her family!

There were so many meals I could have added to this list… but one can only do so much in one post! 🙂 Thank you again to all the wonderful bloggers who volunteered their recipes for this round-up. I’m looking forward to eating my way through the list!


2 thoughts on “Simple & Frugal Real-Food Recipes (Good Pickins’ #20)

  1. Ashley

    What an awesome resource! Thank you so much for sharing, and for featuring my muffins. There’s nothing wrong with breakfast that can second as desert, right? 😉


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