How To Eat On A Dime
So many of us and close friends and family are feeling the pinch; the money pinch specifically more than ever. I fondly remember my mother who grew up in the Depression of the 1930’s whose comment regarding today’s economic crisis was rather simple, ‘we (Us Americans) have gone through this once before you know…there’s nothing new about trying to save money when feeding your family. You simply have to be creative’.
Now my mother was one of those who taught me much in the kitchen, whose home cooked meals mostly from scratch since I think I can only recall two or three ‘pre-made’ products in our home, the occasional Campbell’s soup can, the box of Biscuit, and the Manischevitz Split Pea Soup Mix which we would make often when there was left over ham, yeah, I know, not very kosher, then again we were not Jewish or other religion that would make eating ham a naughty thing.
But here starting with a ham, I share my tips and ideas on how to eat healthy and affordably stretching your meals into more, just by getting a little more creative and learning how certain foods can go a long way to feeding your family. Dorothy Parker probably quoted Irma S. Rombauer (Joy Of Cooking in the 1930’s) who coined the phrase; Eternity is two people and a ham. And these women were both correct, regardless of who actually came up with the phrase that still holds true today as it did in 1930’s.
But I share this with you; ham is one of those affordable meats that once cooked, can turn into a variety of dishes with a little forethought. I chose to list a main dish which then can be turned into many other dishes along with links on how to make them.
The chosen foods for today are Baked Ham and Roast Chicken.
Baked Ham Dinner – can then be turned into these favorite meals…
- Navy Bean Soup
- Quiche with ham
- Western Omelets with ham, sliced bell peppers and onions
- Pasta Carbonara or Penne a la Vodka
- Sliced Ham Sandwiches
- Ham Hash
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich with ham
- Go all out with Eggs Benedict – from the food network website
Roast Chicken can then be turned into these fine meals:
- Chicken Quesadillas with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese
- Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
- Chicken Soup
- Chicken Tetrazzini
- Chicken Salad – a list of their favorites from Epicurean.com