It is always easier to eat frugally in the summer - so many garden options to choose from. But you can eat well and stay frugal all year. You just have to remember that you do NOT need a 3 course meal every evening (I don't care what they say) - and you can keep breakfast and lunch easy.
More times than not I eat one main meal a day and that is it!!! I have a breakfast drink - I eat a larger meal late afternoon and then maybe a small snack a bit later. I stay healthy and have energy - so it isn't hurting anything.
No need for 3 meals wither - that is just a habit.
I can make a pack of buns or bread last a long while. I like to make and use biscuits and also use a lot of tortillas. They are so easy to make and even cheap to buy.
Make a yummy fruit smoothie
Make breakfast burritos or biscuits (add egg, cheese and perhaps meat)
Granola bars are yummy
PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY GRANOLA BARS
3 C rolled oats or 2 C oats and 1 of rice Krispies (or what you have)
1/2 C peanut butter
1/2 C jelly or jam
1/4 C hot water
1/4 tsp. salt
Preheat oven 350*. Grease an 8 x 11 pan or what you have - you may need to adjust cooking time with different pan.
Pour oats (cereal) in large bowl
Place peanut butter, half of jelly and water and salt in a small saucepan - heat and stir till smooth
Pour over the oats and mix well. Dump into baking dish and spread out.
Cover with rest of jelly.
Bake about 25 minutes. You want the edges toasty and golden. Cool for about an hour and cut into bars.
You can add extra - 1/2 C chopped nuts
1/2 C shredded coconut
1/2 C chopped dried fruit
1/2 C honey instead of jelly
Add then while mixing up oats if desired
Think about something exciting and different than just a sandwich. I like to use a dense and hearty bread (like Italian) sliced and toasted then topped with all kinds of things.
You can top with sliced tomato and cheese, any type of veggie, avocado, apples and cheddar, sauteed mushrooms or grilled onion and swiss. Bruschetta is a yummy bite. Cream cheese and fruit is tasty.
There isn't anything that you can't top bread with. You can toast the bread and add toppings or you can broil after adding toppings. Whatever is easy. It is a nutritious bite of food, easy, and filling.
Make yourself a big salad - which contain anything and everything you can think of. Not just fresh veggies of all types, but you can add any meat, nuts, cheese, eggs, croutons, or eat with crackers. There is no right or wrong way to make salad.
It can be any type of salad. Potato, slaw, bean, corn, egg, ham, tuna, pasta, veggie......................
These would all be great for a light dinner as well!!
Keep it simple, especially in the warmer weather.
Make a casserole, soup (cold or hot), just throw together a one pot wonder or have a burger and side salad. Make a special gilled sandwich and a side of any fresh veggie.
Fancy up a grilled sammie - add meat, cheese, veggies, mac n cheese - anything you want
Life can be tasty, easy and very frugal. You just need to venture out of your comfort zone once in a while. As long as you are full - you don't have to follow any rules. Make your own rules.
EAT WELL - EAT FRUGAL