6 Savings Tips from Sara Moulton (continued)
4. EMBRACE CANNED SALMON
"It isn't the sexiest ingredient, but it is an insane bargain (as low as $2 a can!). Even better, what's inside is usually eco-friendly wild salmon, with four times more healthful omega-3 fatty acids than canned tuna.
Skip the salmon salad and make quick and easy salmon tacos instead. Heat up the fish with some salsa verde, then spoon onto corn or flour tortillas. Serve with cheese, avocado and lettuce."
5. BUILD A THRIFTY PANTRY
"Over the years I've learned that to save money, you sometimes have to spend money. Take my pantry, for example. Every time I see any of these staples on sale, I snatch them right up: beans, rice, pasta, olives, tomato sauce, stock, and frozen peas and corn.
If you have them on hand, you can make a delicious, inexpensive dinner at a moment's notice (risotto with peas, black bean-and-corn soup). When you need inspiration, print out yummy-sounding recipes that feature this stuff, and get cooking."
6. BREAK OUT OF YOUR (EGG) SHELL
"My whole family loves eggs. Lucky for me, high-protein, low-cal eggs cost only about 15 cents each. Breakfast-for-dinner is an obvious use, but you don't have to do much work to make eggs feel a little more evening-appropriate.
I like making cute little ham- and-egg cups. Start by putting 8 slices of thinly sliced deli ham (or smoked turkey) into 8 muffin tins. Spoon finely chopped raw or cooked veggies into each cup and crack an egg on top. Finish with a little bit of coarsely grated cheese and bake in a 350° oven until the eggs are cooked just how you like them. Serve two per person with a simple salad on the side and some crusty bread."