A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Jun 10, 2013

Menu Monday (A Frugal Tip and a Breakfast Casserole)...

Very early in our marriage I realized that the one place we could 
make choices to stretch our budget was at the grocery store.   
Monthly menu planning may save in the kitchen - but not necessarily money.  
Rather - I chose to shop the sales and lower priced items - 
and make my meals from what I had on hand.
  That included cooking for guests.  My meals were more simple... 
but those savings added up and we paid off our
 home long before many of our peers.
(On just one income with extra medical bills.)

Fast forward to today....  I have a girl's weekend getaway 
coming up.  My contribution to the meals will be a 
breakfast casserole.  My goals?  1. Quick (mostly able to prepare ahead)  
2. Inexpensive 3. and Gluten Free.  I will be shopping at my 
local discount grocery store which equals savings 
without the 'sales and coupons' headaches. 
(Since eating gluten free - coupons have not been a great option.)
 The store rarely has hash browns but usually has tater tots.  
So... I am searching for recipes with that in mind.  
And look what I found!
   Bacon Breakfast Bake via Bubble Crumb
Go check out the recipe.  This will be a snap to put together 
in the AM.  I can  bake the tater tots, saute the veggies and 
fry the bacon (or use cooked sausage or ham - depending on what I find) 
all ahead of time - and simply assemble onsite.  Easy Peasy!

Bottom line - figure out what food you have to work with - 
and cook from that.  
The internet makes this a snap...but you can search the 
index of your cookbooks too!
Thanks Pinterest and Bubble Crumb! 
Linking to Modest Monday

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