Frugal Food Challenge Recipes

Jun, 28, 2020

I got many requests for the recipes from our Frugal Food Challenge, where our family of five plant-based eating members tried eating healthy and mostly organic for $100. Here are some of the recipes.

Bean Bread

Tortilla chips

4 corn tortillas

2 tsp olive oil

1 tsp garlic powder 

1 tsp turmeric 

1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to F350. Cut Tortillas into smaller triangles and place in a bowl. Add oil, spices and salt and toss until everything is evenly coated. Bake on a cookie sheet until crispy and golden. Turn at least once. 

White bean hummus 

1 cup cooked or canned white beans 

Juice from ½ lemon juice 

1 garlic clove

salt to taste


Combine in a blender or food processor until completely smooth. Add more water if it’s too thick. 


2 cups oats

1/2 cup Peanut butter

3 tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tbs water

1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven for F350.

In a large mixing bowl mix together with your hands all the ingredients. except the raisins. Spread granola in a thin layer on a cookie sheet and toast until completely dry. Toss the granola a couple of times to make sure it dries evenly. Once dried, add the raisins.

Crockpot Lentil Soup

1 large diced, yellow onion 

2 cloves minced large garlic 

1 large carrot, peeled and diced

3 teaspoons ground turmeric

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes 

3 1/2 cups water

3/4 cup red lentils, rinsed

3 cups chopped kale leaves (

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Place all the ingredients in a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on the LOW setting until the lentils are tender, about 8 hours.

Oat cookies

1 cup oats 

1/2 cup peanut butter 

1 banana 

1/4 cup raisins 

flax seeds 

Mix together and make ball and place on a cookie sheet. Use back of a fork or spoon to flatten cookie. Bake in 350 oven for about 15-20 minutes, until golden.  

Broccoli stem soup

2 cup broccoli stems, diced

1 cup red lentils, rinsed

6 cups water or vegetable broth

Salt and pepper to taste

Bring broccoli, water, salt and pepper to a boil, and reduce to a simmer until lentils and broccoli is soft. Puree in blender until creamy and add more salt or pepper if needed. 

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

Fredrika Syren

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