One sure-fire way to save money is to cook at home with cheap ingredients. We are not quite ready to adopt the Frugalwoods rice and beans based lunch, but there is a decent amount of eating the magical fruit in the DebtFreeJD household. One particular favorite is lentils: good for you, inexpensive, no soaking required, and thus achievable as a weeknight dinner.
Lentils come in lots of tasty forms. However, there is one magic ingredient that makes them irresistible.
I add a spoonful, and it turns something that’s cheap and healthy into something that feels like I’m eating a cheeseburger. Feels, I said, not actually tastes like a cheeseburger. I’m not actually certifiable over here. YET.
Other great uses of coconut milk:
- Put some in a smoothie. Preferably one with a tropical theme. (Are little umbrellas in your smoothie not-frugal approved? Don’t tell me, I don’t want to know.)
- Add some to your tea. Those who know me will not be surprised to hear I’ve got some that is tropical-themed in the Giant Tea Shelf With What Would Be A Life Time Supply of Tea for a Normal Person.
- Really any vegetable soup pureed with a teaspoon of coconut milk is good. Mr. DebtFreeJD makes fun of me for this (there are jokes about baby food) but as this is pretty far down the list of top 100-craziest things I do, I’m not worried.
- Also good in oatmeal, farina, and rice pudding.
I wish I could clue you all in as to some super cheap source of coconut milk, but we just buy the stuff in cans at our local grocery store.