We purchased a bunch of fruits and veggies from a monthly farmers market here in the city for $15. You get a whole variety box full of fruits and veggies for one price. It’s called market on the move. We don’t do it every month though. There are actually a couple local farmer’s markets we like to buy supplies from. Now that it’s warming up here in Arizona, the selection won’t be so great out there. Most outdoor farmers markets here in the city are closed for our extremely hot months in the summer but they open up again starting in October.
This months selection was…
Tomatoes- two kinds
Corn on the cob
Tomatoes were canned and seeds were collected. Sometimes seeds that come from the farmer’s market grow. Corn on the cob was eaten that night as well as lunch the next day, along with regular meals. You know, as a side. The squash was made into pasta dishes.
3-4 yellow squash
mozzarella cheese- 1 cup grated
1 ½ cups of pasta sauce ( we used our own homemade sauce but you can use any canned pasta sauce)
1 tbsp olive oil
Parmesan cheese (optional)
After I slice the squash into thin slices I will cook it for a few minutes in a pan with a teaspoon of olive oil. Then I add squash pieces to a casserole dish that has been greased with olive oil. Layering squash, then tomato sauce, then mozzarella cheese, then squash, sauce and cheese again. Keep doing that until you reach the top. Bake in an oven at 350F for 30-40 minutes. Let cool then sprinkle Parmesan cheese to the top.
With the tomatoes we made what my kids call summer salad. I am sure there is a name somewhere out there, this is just what we call it. It’s just tomatoes and green beans mixed together cold. Mix a little Italian dressing in it and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper for taste. Fresh green beans cooked and cooled work the best but if you only have canned that is good too.
My husband made fresh bread to add to the meal. This was our lunch the other day. For less then $5 we were able to feed all four of us and we had another serving as left overs, so five meals all together. My son even ate this and he hates anything with seed textures like cucumbers and watermelon. I was worried he wouldn’t like the texture of the squash but he ate it and he didn’t say his favorite food quote we all laugh about that he says sometimes when trying new foods…
“ I like it, but I never want to eat it again as long as I live.”
Imagine hearing this after having your son taste one of your favorite snacks, which mine is pickled herring. Guess that means more for me. I tried to get him excited about different ways to prepare oatmeal (or porridge, which ever way you call it), explaining how you can add nuts, fruit, butter and cream. My husband started laughing at the care I was taking in explaining the different ways oatmeal can be made.
“ Doesn’t everyone love oatmeal?” I asked.
Anyway, I’m leaving some links below of others ways to prepare frugal meals for any families out there that need some ideas. Start practicing and learning how to prepare soups, stews,casseroles and meals that go a long way and can feed a lot, but you guys already know this. Not to scare, but just have a few things put away and buy a little extra during your regular shopping trips. Some people get a little mad when you say things like that. Not saying go out and be greedy, but every now and then add a little extra to your regular shopping trips. I know the chatter out there is focusing on this summer, but what I have some concern for is the next Winter coming of 2023. Still have a few months for that. Happy meal prepping everyone.