Being Thrifty

Before we get started: I added the super simple and thrifty recipe for the stuffed peppers at the end of yesterday’s post.


Today, I practiced being cheap. Thrifty, if you will.

I learned a few things.

Like the fact that some of the best pancakes in the world do not actually require the use of milk.

In fact, I can get by just fine – better, maybe – with the use of orange juice and yogurt.

Yogurt-Spice Pancakes for One

  • 1/4 c. + 1 T. flour (I used graham flour)
  • 1 1/2 T. wheat germ
  • 3/4 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg
  • 2 t. chia seeds mixed with 2 T. warm water, and allowed to gel
  • juice of one large orange
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 2-3 T. yogurt (I used SoDelicious vanilla. aka crack in a cup)
  • butter/earth balance/non-stick spray, for greasing pan

Mix dry ingredients together. Add in chia egg, orange juice, extract and yogurt. Whisk until a thick batter forms. Divide into two pancakes on a pre-heated, greased non-stick skillet. Cook until golden on both sides.

The xtra ground nutmeg gives them that extra oomph of spice that the otherwise plain pancake batter lacks. And the yogurt gives them fluffy texture yet still moist.

But it’s what’s on top that makes them complete: cashew cream, maple cream and cashews. For the “cashew cream,” just mix ~1 T. cashew butter with 1-2 T. yogurt.

For the maple cream, buy it here and prepare to become an addict. I wanted to swim in it this morning.

It prepared me for a day of being cheap while shopping.

See, I spend too much money at the grocery store. I used to be pretty diligent about printing coupons and buying stuff on sale, but recently I’ve slipped. In case you couldn’t tell, because it’s not like I use twenty different flours at a time. hardee-har-har.

I’m not going to be too cheap with myself, but I realized last night how couponing can be such an addiction.

But maybe I’m just belligerent, and chose to see it as a challenge. Yes, I think that’s what it was. So maybe I only saved $8 this time. I’ll try harder next time.

But can I just be a little bit proud of myself for a second? Can I tell you why?

Because I only paid 9 cents (yes, cents) for this bag of sticks and twigs. Now sure, I don’t even know if I like them, but I’ve heard wonderful things about this company, but have always been too cheap to try them for myself. I’ll just make crackers myself! But 9 cents? I can’t make pretzels for 9 cents, people.

Oh, and just to share with you my relatively ridiculous obsession with cashews at the moment, I purchased 2 pounds of cashews today. (At $10, that means it was only $5/lb! oh, no – I really am becoming a bargain freak, aren’t I?!)

And I even decided to make my own hummus instead of paying $4 for my favorite brand.

Recipe a la Appetite for Reduction. I love how it’s basically pure chickpeas. No call for tahini or even very much oil, just pure chickpea bliss. Which is pretty thrifty, too.

I’m sure glad I decided to be thrifty a while back when I had a bitt too much bread on hand, and needed breadcrumbs – but I definitely should have ground them finer.

…so that they would stick to my onion rings!! Okay, when I first saw the O.M.G. Oven Baked Onion Rings in appetite for reduction, I sort of said “oh yeah! onion rings!”

Truth be told, I think I sort of forgot they existed.

I mean, the last time I was introduced to one was when I still thought vegetables would give me cooties.

As such, the recipe seemed fun, but maybe not one I’d go through the hoops of making.

But then fate happened.

(website being my photo website, i don't refer to my blog as "my website" baha)

Every time I’d pick up the cookbook, it’d open to onion rings.

And then I saw sweet onions on sale at the grocery store.

And then I realized I was thinking about them so much, they worked their way into a conversation. I was debating between making onion rings and getting work done on my photo website.

I chose onion rings.

My method needs help. It will come with time. I blame the breadcrumbs.

And by breadcrumbs, I mean mix of course homemade breadcrumbs and pretzel crumbs.

Don’t ask. It worked. These were damn fine onion rings. I ate them and ate them until my belly could take them no more. And I think I need to go finish the leftovers now. And go back to the store and get more onions to make them all week.

I need a condiment plate/bowl. Do those exist? Like, a single person-sized condiment/dip tray? Because that’d be perfect for my needs.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, this plate pretty much defines my life right now. Dates a la Gabriela (stuffed with almond butter and dark chocolate chips) and homemade pumpernickel with almond butter and/or maple cream.

Even if you, like myself, claim not to be a chocolate fan – you will love these dates. I promise.


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21 responses to “Being Thrifty

  1. Onion rings with homemade pretzel crumbs! Great IDEA! They look wonderful. I also really lke the pumpernickel homemade bread whats the recipe?

  2. I NEED that recipe book! I’ve heard about those onion rings before and soo badly need to make them :/
    I had the sticks and twigs on the plane from Chicago – they’re good! Very…twiggy??! Tasty though 🙂

  3. Ayla

    Okay, I definitely need to make onion rings. I’ve seen them in that book but kept ignoring them because I don’t like onion rings.. except.. maybe I do. I use to hate onions so I obviously hated onion rings but now that I love onions maybe this means I will love onion rings. That’s my theory and I think it needs to be tested out asap.

  4. I love onion rings. I also spend too much money on food. I have a budget but always go way over it. I did use some coupons this past trip. I need to be thrifty, I have a friend that has the system down to an art. She never actually pays for toothpaste and gets shampoo for under a buck (namebrands at that)!

  5. I am finally getting more thrifty about food and trying to spend less on groceries. It’s a process. The onion rings look great. I need that cookbook!

  6. Those onion rings look so amazing — and I don’t even like onion rings!! (Truthfully, after “the onion trick,” I’m not sure I ever want to see onions again. ;)) I do, however, love this whole “pancakes for one” thing.

    And I am a total skinflint. No shame. 😀

    ❤ ❤

  7. Homemade onion rings! Oh boy, Oh boy, DELISH!! I love how you used your pretzels for the crumb coating. 🙂

  8. Weiiird, I was just about to make onion rings for dinner! And I love all the thriftiness in this post. Awesome coupon savings! I’m a big time clipper, too 🙂 That’s the only section of the Sunday paper I care about.

  9. I could eat pancakes for the rest of my life if I had a personal chef that would do it. Pancake making takes way too long to do every day:)

    Slash I just won a copy of Appetite for Reduction and I am SO excited. When I was looking through it at Barnes and Noble it opened right to the onion rings, every time! I think the book has a spell on it that makes it do that?

  10. Great pancake recipe! I shave to check out the recipe book – sounds great!!
    Why is it that heathy food always coats so much!! Great job with the coupons!

  11. That is the second time I’ve seen homemade onion rings today – I must go make somre.

  12. I want onion rings….right now! Those look so tasty, sweet girl. Great idea and good execution. I’ve wanted to become better about using coupons at the grocery store…but I still haven’t developed the habit (or addiction!) I hope you are having a good weekend with friends and family. Thank you for sharing with me tonight! Many blessings in the week to come.

  13. Wow- those onion rings look phenomenal! I haven’t had any for so long (considering they’re usually deep fried) but I’ll have to try those out. I’m also loving all your great deals. I’ve been trying to budget costs when it comes to food too.

  14. drdutch

    I like your blog. Those pancakes look great. I will try them and let you know what i think..

  15. The problem with me, is that I end up with mountains of coupons for things I never buy, then I get pressured to buy it when I dont even need it. But I’m a jew, so I always manage to be thrifty 😉

  16. I love to be thrifty too! $10 for 2 pounds of cashews is pretty darn cheap. I’ll need to check out my local hannafords and see if they have the same pricing. I have been so obsessed with cashews as of late. 😀

  17. I love coupon clipping too! Although, I think my method totally defeats the purpose… because I end up buying stuff I wouldn’t normally buy just because I have a 50 cents off coupon, so I really just end up spending more money haha.

    How do you like those sticks and twigs? I’ve never tried those but I’m obsessed with Mary’s crackers! You seriously need to try them!

  18. I love onion rings so much 🙂 .. Well, I love onions and any additional crunch factor is a major win in my opinion. I seriously think you need o open up a restaurant my friend. It wouldn’t be unheard of for me to travel all the way to Vermont just to try it out 😛

  19. I’m to be more frugal in my grocery spending also. I usually justify it because it’s something healthy so it’s worth the money. Which ii is but I could be better about looking for sales and deals.

  20. movesnmunchies

    i freakin love your onion rings and SNACK plate- oh my goodness i am on the date and almond butter bandwagon stat

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