Welcome!

Welcome to frugalfoodiefrank.com!

Whether you are a first time reader or have been here before, take some time to look around. 

Scroll down to see my latest post. Above you will see links to my pages- you can read about me and my journey with real food, see what the term “real food” means to me, and browse through some of my favorite recipes. 

What this site is:

I started this site to hold myself accountable to some changes I wanted to make in my life. One of these changes includes cutting out highly processed foods and eating foods as close to their natural state as possible. 

Here you will find recipes and tips to living a real food lifestyle on a budget.

What this site is not:

A judgement zone. I break my own rules sometimes. I am not perfect and I expect that you aren’t either. This site is about doing what you can, when you can. Do not make perfection the enemy of progress. 

You might also notice that my recipes don’t always fit into the popular categories of

  • paleo
  • gluten free
  • vegan

While I have nothing against any of these diets- I don’t follow any one of them. I eat a varied diet including fruits, veggies, meat, grains, and the occasional Reeses Peanutbutter Cup… Like I said, I’m not perfect. 

For more updates and fun stuff check out my Facebook page, Youtube Channel, and Pinterest Board!

 Enjoy 🙂 

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Prep Sunday: Or just Sunday….

Sooooo no prep work at all this week. What?!?! Right, I seriously did nothing and here it is Sunday night at 8:00 and I have no plans to prep food. I’ll just have to cook as I go this week, oh well!

Here is the meal plan 🙂

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Yeah you read that right, Moose Stroganoff!

A guy Ryan works with sent him home with some moose eye round (frozen) that he hunted. I’ve never cooked eye round before so I did some research and found that it is best cooked low and slow in meals like stroganoff. I’m sure Ryan will absolutely love this meal and I am excited to give it a try. Not exactly the picture of health (creamy sauce over egg noodles….) but I’ll make a salad to go with it.

Tuesday I am heading to a free yoga class in Elizabeth Park! It starts at 5:30 and I think I will get a drink with friends afterward. If I don’t eat out I will have some oatmeal or something easy when I get home.

Wednesday/Thursday I am planning on quiche. I think Ryan will be gone these two days although I’m not 100% sure. I’ll enjoy this for lunch and dinner, just because I freaking love it. 

Grocery shopping this week was so easy and surprisingly inexpensive. Thanks to the free meat and two nights planned out this week (Sunday and Tuesday) I spent a grand total of $48.50 for a weeks worth of meals. I did most of my shopping on Thursday night and then picked up a few things on Saturday.

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I’ll probably hit the store again on Thursday and grab a few things for the weekend. I like the two smaller trips vs. one big trip. It makes sense for us to go twice a week because we want fresh food for the weekend when we are home but we also need fresh food for the work week. We used to just go on Sunday and then scrounge for scraps and leftovers Friday/Saturday before I went shopping again, but now that Ryan is really only home on the weekend I don’t think its fair for him if I feed him eggs or spaghetti every night!!

So that’s it for this week! Check back on Wednesday to see a full day of (mostly) real food 🙂

 

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What I Ate Wednesday!!

Happy Wednesday!!!
I’m back with a little #wiaw from Monday.

Breakfast was some yogurt, banana, almonds, and cereal I bought on sale this week! I accidentally bought vanilla yogurt instead of plain which is a bummer. I absolutely hate wasting food so I’m going to eat it, I’m sure an extra 18 grams of sugar a day this week won’t kill me.

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I packed a big chef salad for lunch. How pretty are those hard boiled eggs?!

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The eggs are from a friends farm in Coventry, Grafted Vines Farm! Sam and her husband Dave run a NOFA Pledged farm (organic standards) in the Eastern part of CT. They also just had the most adorable little girl 🙂

They run a CSA so check out their blog if you are interested!!

I also packed some brown rice cakes, mashed sweet potato, Apple, and cheese.
I ended up eating everything except the cheese.

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Rice cakes were a pre workout snack, apple was eaten with lunch, and I had the sweet potato around 4.

Dinner at 7:30 was whole wheat pasta, Swiss chard, onions, tomatoes, and Parmesan.

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Oh, and wine….

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Around 9:30 I smacked on some organic kashi Cheerios. They are SO yummy. I’ve been craving cold cereal lately so when I saw it on sale this weekend I stocked up.

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That’s it for this WIAW! What’d you have today???

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Meal Plan/Prep Monday

Happy Monday! Long time no see right??

I have my weekly meal plan and preparation post for you today. 

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I’m sure you can see that dinners look a little different than they used to! With Ryan working pretty far away during the week I am on my own for dinner Monday-Thursday… don’t worry, I make him food ahead of time to bring with him for dinners so I’m not letting him starve or anything!!

On the plus side dinners are quick, easy, and freaking delicious. I’m not a huge meat eater, I definitely don’t identify as vegetarian but there are stretches of time where I can go for weeks without having a serving of meat. I just don’t crave it or enjoy it all that much. Ryan on the other hand would love a steak for dinner every night, so I’ve been enjoying a lot of vegetarian fare lately.

I spent $61 at the grocery store thanks to $2.75 off of the cat food I bought and a $10 store coupon. You know your life is PRETTY boring when you get wicked excited about saving $10 or no good reason. Seriously, for the last two weeks at the checkout I’ve gotten a “Save $10 when you spend $50” coupon at the store. So for two weeks in a row I’ve saved $10 just because. Its awesome. If you know me in real life you know that I am a cheap penny pinching freak so $10 off of groceries is huge to me. I manage my monthly budget so close to the wire that an extra $10 means I can really go crazy.

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Can you tell I’m getting a little kooky living by myself for 5/7 days of the week? Please, someone give me some human interaction…

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Prep work was really minimal this week. I washed/chopped lettuce for a bunch of salads. The three right up front are for my lunches for the next few days, each morning I add a little something more like hard boiled eggs, turkey, tomatoes, whatever I’m really feeling like. I made Ryan three salads to bring with him for dinner/lunches. One of those has some leftover chicken in a baggy to make it more of a meal than a side. 

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In addition to the one “meal” salad above I made Ryan’s favorite- perogies and kielbasa for him to have for two other nights. For the 4th night he will just eat out or have a sandwich in the hotel. 

I also get him lunch meat, bread, and cheese so he can make his own lunch each day. If any of you have good re-heatable hotel meals PLEASE let me know! Ryan is gone 4 nights a week and I’m pretty sure he is getting sick of spaghetti & meatballs and green salad. 

See you Wednesday 🙂 

 

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The Easiest Budget Meal EVER

Ok, it is one of those nights where I have nothing planned for dinner and have NO motivation to be creative. But with $40 in my wallet and a jewelry party to go to on Thursday night I really didn’t want to fork over $8 for a Chipotle burrito bowl…

Seriously, I’m pretty crazy with my budget. Unnecessarily so, honestly. I can certainly afford the Chipotle burrito bowl, I could probably even buy two if I was wicked hungry. But I stick to a STRICT zero based budgeting plan on a monthly basis and I had not allocated $8 for a burrito bowl tonight.

So I found my self in the kitchen with the fridge open just waiting for something delicious to jump out at me…. crickets.

So I went to an old stand by: breakfast.

I can’t even count how many different ways there are to prepare breakfast. You can go savory with eggs, fried, scrambled, poached, an omelet. Or you can take it sweet and make some pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, a smoothie. So breakfast is clearly the easiest budget meal ever.

I used a leftover baked potato, a cup of frozen broccoli (defrosted, duh), some chopped onion and some chopped red bell pepper. And an egg of course.

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I sauteed my veggies in a little olive oil for a few minutes to get them all warmed up and a little crispy. Then I cracked an egg on top and stirred it all together. 

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This is what I call “The Lazy Girl’s Omelet”. Because I could have sauteed the potatoes separately, taken them out of the pan and set them aside, and proceeded to make an omelet like any normal person. But I’m not exactly normal if you couldn’t tell already. Plus I’m far too lazy for all of that. 

Locally Raised Egg: $0.33

Organic Baked Potato: $0.39

Frozen Broccoli: $0.32

Chopped Onion: $0.10

Chopper Pepper: $0.25

TOTAL: $1.39

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So there you have it. Dinner from the fridge with NO plan in 10 minutes for $1.39. Take that Chipotle.

 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday: Happy Spring!

Happy Hump Day 😉

Week 2 of PiYo and I’m still loving it. I’ve doubled up on the workouts in the last two days because I feel like Define Upper and Define Lower are good compliments to each other and I really want to see results!

Here is my TUESDAY

So after my workout this morning I got ready for work and enjoyed my chocolate milk, I mean shakeology on the way to work. Seriously you guys, it tastes just like chocolate milk! I blended with half a banana, 8 oz water, a large handful of baby spinach, and 3/4 cup yogurt. shake

I was full until I ran errands at lunch around 11:30 when I had some almonds in the car.

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When I got back to the office I had my chicken fajita salad and whole wheat crackers, it was incredible!! So good that I’m planning on making it next week for dinners, I’ll post the recipe next week!

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Around 4:00 I had some cantaloupe.

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Dinner around 7:00 was a turkey burger with cheese, homemade salsa, a baked sweet potato and sautéed spinach.

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I started craving something sweet around 8:30 so I had some hot tea with honey. FYI, didn’t cure the craving but I got over it.

One thing I’m really missing is fruit!!! I used to eat heaps and heaps of fruit every day which I never thought to be unhealthy.

I do sometimes find that I’m getting light headed in the afternoons (when I used to snack on fruit) and wonder if I should be checking my blood sugar…

Over all I feel great so far and really hope this program works for me. My coach and fellow challengers really are a great support system, being part of a challenge group is KEY for me because I’ve gotten so many tips and recipes so far.

I’m starting my own FREE ten day accountability group tomorrow and have 13 friends joining me!! If you are interested in joining add me on Facebook and I’ll invite you to the group!!!

Thanks for reading!

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