If the budget is tight and you need to make ends meet stretch or you simply like to save a buck, well I have some tasty recipes for you! Here are 5 Frugal Breakfasts that I serve to my family of 7 that cost me a total of $1. Not $1 per person but $1 for the whole meal.
5 VERY Frugal Breakfast Ideas
#1 Milkless Pancakes from Scratch
This is a milk free version of pancakes from scratch. Easy and good yield of about 20 pancakes of about 4″ diameter – perfect for our hungry family of four.
Put dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix. I use this recipe for pancakes and for waffles and i serve it with fresh fruit, usually bananas because they are very inexpensive. #2 Corn Mush
- 6 cups water
- 2 cups cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons molasses (optional)
cook and stir constantly for about 10 minutes until the cornmeal has absorbed all of the water. Serve with honey, butter on top and a splash of milk. This serves about 8 folks and we normally have a little bit of fruit with it.
To us it taste a lot like the corn meal version of Cream of Wheat. We serve it with butter, milk and I sweeten it for the kids with a bit of honey. Cornmeal is very inexpensive and the only trick to this meal is to make sure you are constantly stirring it. #3 Fried Corn Mush Sticks This meal is even cheaper then corn mush because it is made with the leftover corn mush. Thus you are “using it up”.
Next morning cut into ¼” slices and fry in skillet where you have already melted several Tablespoons of margarine. Fry until beautiful golden and crispy. If most of margarine has been absorbed add more before flipping and frying other side. We dip it into a bit of honey or maple syrup.
#4 Banana Raisin Muffins This is one thing to do with overripe bananas…make muffins! I found this recipe not because someone is lactose intolerant but because we are constantly running out of milk! So here are milkless muffins 😀
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 3 bananas (very ripe, mashed)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup of raisins (optional)
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
Serve with fruit. This serves about 6 folks. #5 Hot Rice Cereal
- 3 cups leftover cooked rice
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoon margarine
- 1/4-1/2 cup raisins (OPTIONAL but tasty)
- dash salt
- dash cinnamon
Put the rice, milk, margarine, raisins and salt. I always use the raisins because even with a 1/4 cup of raisins this meal costs me less then $1! Keep stirring this while it’s cooking it will burn. We serve it with a dollop of butter and some milk like oatmeal. We usually have bananas available for children to have with it.
This serves 7+
One of the assumptions that I make for this 5 day breakfast meal plan is that certain items are staples in most frugal homes and diet such as flour, rice, corn meal, and spices. If for example you have to purchase the flour for the pancakes your price will double but we are still only looking at about $2.50 plus you’ll have 14 cups of flour left! So now you can feed your family breakfast for 5 days for $5!
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