Having second thoughts about preparing a la carte dishes that might cost you much? You may want to consider some depression era recipes which taste absolutely good without drilling a hole in your pocket.
- Leftover ham If you are fond of farm food, you can make use of ingredients within your reach. You don't have to go to the grocery. All you need to have are two cups of diced ham (leftovers from last night's meal will do), a cup of cubed potatoes, half a cup of frozen green peas, water, and powdered black pepper. Combine the ingredients, except for water, in a pot. Then add water but make sure the ingredients are not completely subdued. Cook in medium heat and then simmer for about 15 minutes. You may add a pinch of salt if you find it bland.
- Tomato soup Teach your children a quick and easy treat. For a tomato soup that makes 2 servings, combine six ounces of tomato sauce, 24 ounces of non fat milk, a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of salt to taste. You may add chopped parsley and cheese for more flavor. Stir while you let this cook for a few minutes.
- Sausage casserole If you have leftover sausages at home, you may turn them into sausage casserole. Just prepare chopped onions, a pound of sliced sausages, diced tomatoes, flour, water, and barbecue sauce (for this, just combine soy sauce and catsup). First, cook the onions in a frying pan, and then put the onions in a saucepan. Set them aside. Next, fry the sausages until they turn brown in color, and put them in the saucepan with the onion. Add the tomatoes, barbecue sauce, and water. You may add spices or paprika for flavoring. Simmer over medium for 10 minutes. Add some flour to make the sauce thick. You may serve this with slices of garlic bread or spaghetti in red sauce.
- Tuna People who are equally diet and budget conscious may prepare creamed tuna and spread it on a toast. Melt the margarine or butter in a saucepan. Blend it with flour. Keep stirring until you add two cups of milk. Stir so that the mix does not get clumpy. Add shredded tuna, green peas, salt and pepper. Let it simmer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, you can already toast the bread. Afterwards, spread the tuna mixture evenly on the toast. For variations, you may use crackers instead of toasted bread. This is a perfect snack to match with tea or coffee.
- Raisin bread Another pre-war classic recipe is the raisin bread. You need 3 and a half cups of flour, 4 and a half teaspoons of baking powder, 1 egg, a teaspoon of salt, 1 and a half cups of milk, one half cup of sugar, a tablespoon of fat, and a cup of chopped raisins. Sift the dry ingredients. But do not put all the flour. Add milk, eggs, and fat. Beat the mixture and add chopped raisins and the remaining flour. Stir, and put the mixture in a loaf pan. Bake for an hour in a 350 degrees oven. Serve.
Going back to the "old" recipes has never been this fun! And when you are at a loss for ideas, asking your grandma won't hurt. These recipes were, in fact, a product of their genius. Have fun with frugal cooking!