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Pinching Pennies in the Kitchen


7 Steps to Creating a Casserole (FN1647)
You can make a satisfying and economical meal for your family in seven easy steps.

7 Steps to Creating a Soup (FN1648)
A steaming bowl of soup is a hearty, healthful meal. You can use food from your pantry, freezer or leftovers from your refrigerator to make a tasty soup in about 30 minutes following these easy steps. Each pot of soup serves about four adults. The nutritional value varies depending on the ingredients you choose.

7 Steps to Creating a Stir-fry (FN1649)
You don’t have to eat at a restaurant to enjoy a delicious stir-fry. Try making your own stir-fry using the foods in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer. You can start with fresh foods or use frozen vegetables.

7 Steps to Creating an Omelet (FN1650)
Use your creativity and the foods in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer to make a delicious omelet following these easy steps.

7 Steps to Using Dry Beans (FN1701)
Cooked beans are a nutritional bargain. Follow these easy steps to prepare dry edible beans on your menus.

What's in Your Home Food Pantry? (FN1706)
A pantry stocked with essential nonperishable food items can save time and money. This publication provides a list of some ideas for common pantry items to personalize based on the ingredients that you use when you cook or bake.

4 Everyday Uses for Dry Milk (FN1713)
Nonfat dry milk has the same nutrient value as skim milk. Dry milk is versatile and has a long shelf life. It is a good source of protein, vitamins A and D, calcium and essential fats.

7 Steps to Use Canned Fish (FN1716)
Canned salmon and tuna contain an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to your health. These polyunsaturated fatty acids may play a role in preventing heart disease.

7 Steps to Making a Quesadilla (FN1717)
Create a quesadilla with a variety of colors and flavors for your next family dinner. Have your family pick out their favorite quesadilla fillings with this flexible yet delicious recipe. Choose whole-wheat tortillas with lean protein, low-fat cheese and a variety of veggies to make an easy, fun and nutritious meal.

Tips and Recipes for Preparing Elk/Venison (FN1733)
Game meats, such as elk and venison, add variety to your diet. They often are lower in fat than other meats. Consider these tips as you expand your cooking to include game meats.

Tips and Recipes for Preparing Goose (FN1734)
Using game birds in your menus adds variety to your diet. Consider these tips as you expand your menu options to include game birds such as goose.

Hummus, Roasted Chickpeas and More! (FN1739)
Pulse foods include chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), lentils and split peas. These inexpensive foods provide protein, complex carbohydrates, and several vitamins and minerals.

Pizza, Soup, Granola and More! How to Use Lentils in Your Recipes (FN1740)
Like other plant-based foods, pulses, contain no cholesterol and little fat or sodium. They are an excellent source of fiber and folate, along with many other vitamins and minerals.

Split Pea Soup, Salad, Salsa and More! (FN1741)
You can find split and whole peas in the grocery store in plastic bags and, sometimes, in bulk.

4 Ways to Use Day-old Bread (FN1743)
Using day-old bread can help you stretch your food dollars. Some bakeries offer day-old bread at discounted prices. You might buy a few loaves because you found a great deal; unfortunately, you might get tired of it before you use all of it. What can you do with it?

6 Tips to Save Money With Unit Pricing (FN1752)
Unit pricing is a term that describes pricing goods to determine what the cost is per unit of measure, such as pounds, ounces or quarts. Finding the unit price of an item allows consumers to find the “best buy” and determine any advantages to buying in bulk or switching brands.

Make Your Own Snack Mixes (FN1753)
Homemade snack mixes can be an inexpensive and healthful option for children and adults. Each snack mix recipe in this handout contains kid-friendly ingredients.

7 Steps to Creating a Sandwich (FN1756)
Sandwiches are easy to make and can serve as a quick meal for you or your family any time of day. Choose whole-grain bread, a variety of vegetables, fruit and lean protein to pack your sandwich full of nutrients.

7 Steps to Making Your Own Meal in a Bowl (FN1757)
Making your own meal in a bowl is inexpensive and easy. You can make meals from ingredients you probably already have on hand.

4 Everyday Uses for Extra Cereal in Your Cupboard (FN1760)
If you find yourself with a number of half-empty cereal boxes in your cupboard, you are not alone. Maybe the members of your household didn’t like a certain variety of cereal, or maybe you bought too many boxes when cereal was on sale.

5 Tips for Building a Healthful Lunch (FN1774)
A well-balanced, home-packed lunch can set you up for success. Eating lunch provides an opportunity to refuel your brain and body after a morning of hard work.

Do It Yourself Spice Mixes (FN1826)
Making your own spice blends is a win-win idea that gives your food a pop of flavor while reducing sodium.

3 Tips to a Healthier Celebration (FN1833)
Celebrations such as birthdays or holidays are exciting and memorable times filled with family, friends and food. Nourish your body every time you eat, even when you are celebrating a special day.

7 Tips for Choosing Healthful Oils and Fats (FN1855)
Many oils have distinct flavors and properties that make them tasty additions in your cooking.

7 Steps to Making a Salad in a Jar (FN1886)
Making an easy, on-the-go meal never has been simpler. Tap into your creative side and make your own salad in a jar recipe. Invite kids to help prepare them. Add the salad dressing of your choice and layers of tasty ingredients, and shake together when ready to eat.

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: Make Your Own Salads in a Jar: Recipe Ideas (FN1887)
Recipes for making a variety of salads in a jar. 

7 Steps to Making Your Own Pizza (FN1890)
Pizza sometimes is viewed as unhealthy or even as “junk food,” but well-chosen toppings make pizza a healthful menu option that can include all of the food groups (grain, vegetables, protein, fruit and dairy or alternative).

7 Steps to Creating a Charcuterie Board (FN2089)
Charcuterie [shahr-koo-tuh-ree] boards are collections of meats, cheeses, relishes, jams, crackers/bread and/or other food items. These boards are customizable, so they provide an opportunity to use ingredients you already have at home.