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PoorMan Pantry – Homemade Chili

Poor Man Chili w/ Cheese

Poor Man Chili w/ Cheese

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I didn’t grow up in a rich family. We got by and we were certainly better off than some. We were the definition of middle class. There were times when I was a kid that we didn’t have money for the grocery store so my Mom and Dad rummaged the cupboards and we had whatever was in the pantry.

A lot of families are really hurting in these tough financial times, I decided to share our PoorMan Pantry recipes from my childhood. I hope it helps those who need it most.

This weekend the man-child asked if we could have chili for dinner. We picked up a can of Hormel Chili and a bag of Tostito’s Scoops Tortilla Chips and waited for the weekend. A Saturday dinner would be perfect for this and we waited for the weekend to arrive.

Yeah, if anyone finds a stray can of Chili, let me know where it is. How we lost an entire can of chili I have no idea. But when $1.98 is a lot of money to your family, it’s worrisome and upsetting at the same time. And then there’s the desire to give the child what he asked for so he doesn’t feel neglected or deprived. Which means using supplies in the kitchen that could be used for something else that gets you through the week. It was frustrating!

But this event helped create a new Poor Man Recipe. Homemade Chili. Continue reading

PoorMan Pantry – Creating Creamy Alfredo

ragu🎂 Rummaging The Cupboards

I didn’t grow up in a rich family. We got by and we were certainly better off than some. We were the definition of middle class. There were times when I was a kid that we didn’t have money for the grocery store so my Mom and Dad rummaged the cupboards and we had whatever was in the pantry.

A lot of families are really hurting in these tough financial times, I decided to share our PoorMan Pantry recipes and tricks. I hope it helps those who need it most.

When I was working our favorite Alfredo sauce is Bertolli or Classico. Primarily Bertolli. Yes we know about the controversy surrounding the company and it’s owner. Beggars can’t be choosers, thank you very much.

The tighter things have become, the more we have to watch what brands we purchase. Bertolli is twice as expensive as Ragu. But you get something with that larger price. A better creamy alfredo sauce.

There really is a difference in taste and we simply don’t like Ragu’s flavor. So I set out to find a way to make it better. Just because we’re seriously broke, doesn’t mean we don’t deserve tasty and rich tasting dinners. Sorry Ragu, love your price, but not your taste. But I’ve found a way to fix the latter.
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PoorMan Pantry – French Onion Soup

frenchonion🎂 Rummaging The Cupboards

A lot of families are really hurting in these tough financial times, I decided to share our PoorMan Pantry recipes from my childhood. I hope it helps those who need it most.

Being poor doesn’t mean you have to throw away your desire for variety or tasty meals. But it often means trying to make each meal last longer or provide left overs for another day. This French Onion Soup is one of those, make more of a little bit kind of meals. All while making something tasty too.

It took a while for me to decide to even try French Onion Soup as an adult. I think I was in my  late 20s by the time I finally gave in and had a bowl. I wasn’t sure about it. But my boyfriend at the time took to another restaurant a few weeks later and I decided to give it a second try. After that, it’s become one of my favorite soups. Continue reading

PoorMan Pantry – Ham on Toast

poorman-hamtoast🎂 Rummaging The Cupboards

I didn’t grow up in a rich family. We got by and we were certainly better off than some. We were the definition of middle class. There were times when I was a kid that we didn’t have money for the grocery store so my Mom and Dad rummaged the cupboards and we had whatever was in the pantry.

A lot of families are really hurting in these tough financial times, I decided to share our PoorMan Pantry recipes from my childhood. I hope it helps those who need it most.

Tonight was ham on toast. Or in this case homemade biscuits because we’re almost out of bread. Continue reading

PoorMan Pantry – BBQ Beef Dinner

poorman-bbqbeef🎂 Rummaging The Cupboards

I didn’t grow up in a rich family. We got by and we were certainly better off than some. We were the definition of middle class. There were times when I was a kid that we didn’t have money for the grocery store so my Mom and Dad rummaged the cupboards and we had whatever was in the pantry.

A lot of families are really hurting in these tough financial times, I decided to share our PoorMan Pantry recipes from my childhood. I hope it helps those who need it most.

One of my boys favorite PoorMan pantry meals is what we fondly call the PoorMan BBQ Beef Dinner. Hamburger, tater-tots and some veggie. Usually frozen peas and corn. Continue reading

PoorMan Pantry – PoorMan Pancakes

poorman-pancakes🎂 Rummaging The Cupboards

One of the things we’ve learned how to do during the recession is make do with what you’ve got.

I didn’t grow up in a rich family. We got by, we were the definition of middle class. There were times when I was a kid that we didn’t have money for the grocery store so my Mom and Dad rummaged the cupboards and we had whatever was in the pantry.

For breakfast that often ended up being what we in my family call PoorMan Pancakes. Continue reading

The PoorMan Pantry

poorman-pantry🎂 Rummaging The Cupboards

One of the things we’ve learned how to do during the recession is make do with what you’ve got.

I didn’t grow up in a rich family. We got by and we were certainly better off than some. We were the definition of middle class. There were times when I was a kid that we didn’t have money for the grocery store so my Mom and Dad rummaged the cupboards and we had whatever was in the pantry.

Sometimes as long as we had a loaf of bread we had something to eat for lunch or dinner. More than once we had Condiment Sandwiches for Saturday lunch. That usually consisted of two pieces of bread, with mayo and ketchup. Or mayo and mustard if you were my sister.

As long as we had some kind of meat broth in the pantry and some flour, my Mom would set the table and we’d have dumplings. Most often chicken broth and dumplings.

Sometimes it was because things were stretched thin and we didn’t have a choice. Sometimes they were saving for my Dad’s annual 2 week vacation. Other times, they were living paycheck to paycheck and the pantry went bare before the next check came in. Continue reading