As much as I love to cook, I absolutely despise when I have ingredients all over the fridge and freezer but don’t know what to do to get them together for a real meal. Now, I don’t mean my usual staple ingredients, like chopped onion, canned tomatoes, or even frozen chicken breasts; I mean those ones that seem to come into my life through some great clearance at my local store. Items like yellow peppers(we are a green/red pepper family), skate fish on deep discount, or a cut of beef that we’ve never had but was a total steal.
As a frugal shopper, I know I can’t pass up deals on fresh meats, produce, or some new ingredient that we’ve never even heard of, even if I have no idea what to do with it. Why do I do this to myself? Because in this day and age, we have the INTERNET!! What a wonderful invention. Better yet, as an avid cook, I love the internet when it comes to food. And that brings me to Super Cook.
I was introduced to this lovely site by the awesome ladies over on the MSN message boards and I still love to use it to this day. I’ve now made a point of not passing up any new and interesting item I can get from the store( or relatives that love to hunt and fish) because I know that I’ll be able to find a great recipe to pair up with it. For example, this week on the meal plan we are trying bluefish for the first time. I’ve heard of it once or twice, and was told is was a very “fishy” fish and it needed to be cooked a certain way. By putting bluefish into the search engine, I was bombarded with great recipes. I’m now armed to try out this interesting fish.
The reason I bring this up is because it’s sometimes difficult to be frugal and healthy when you are first starting out because you aren’t used to using certain items. The best way to start on this adventure is to use your resources to the best of your ability. Ask frugalites that have been at it for a while, find a message board or chat room that’s geared toward frugality, or use those search engines to find sites that can specifically answer your questions, culinary or not. So, if your are trying to cook new and different meals for your homestead but aren’t sure where to start, start here.