Miserly Meals

by Jonni McCoy


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Women have faced food and money shortages throughout the centuries. But that never stopped them from feeding their families healthy meals. Below are more frugal recipes for you to try taken from my book, Miserly Meals. And just for fun, I have included my favorite recipe for chocolate syrup…just like Hershey's makes it!

Bon Appetit!

Baked Buffalo Wings

Serves 12
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

2 T. butter melted
1/4 cup Tabasco sauce
2 T. vinegar, any type
5 pounds chicken wings

In a bowl, mix together butter, Tabasco sauce, and vinegar. Dip chicken into the mixture. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Serve with a dipping bowl filled with Buttermilk or Bleu Cheese dressing.

Cost per serving (3 wings): $0.33

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving

Calories 244
Fat 18 grams
Cholesterol 83 mg
Carbohydrates 0 grams
Fiber 0 grams
Protein 18 grams
Sodium 93 mg

Glazed Carrots

Serves 5
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

1 lb. peeled baby carrots
1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups water
1T. butter
1 T. maple syrup (or honey)
1/8 tsp. powdered ginger

In a large saucepan, add the carrots, salt and water. Over medium heat, boil the carrots for 15 minutes. Pour carrots into a colander and let excess water drip off of them. Let sit in colander until the sauce is ready.

In the same empty saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, maple syrup and ginger. Do not burn this mixture. Add back the carrots and gently toss them until well coated with the glaze (1-2 minutes). Turn onto a serving platter and drizzle remaining glaze over the carrots.

Cost per serving (1/2 cup): $0.24

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving

Calories 68
Fat 2 grams
Cholesterol 6 mg
Carbohydrates 12 gm
Fiber 2 grams
Protein 1 grams
Sodium 214 mg

Chocolate Raspberry Frosty

Serves 4
Preparation Time: 5 minutes

1 cup low-fat milk
1/2 cup Chocolate Syrup (see recipe below)
3 cups frozen raspberries

Pour the milk and chocolate syrup into a blender. Slowly add the raspberries, 1 cup at a time, and blend for 15-30 seconds after adding each cup. Do not over mix, as this will thin the drink down. Serve immediately.

Options: substituted other frozen fruit for the raspberries (strawberry, banana, etc.).

Cost per serving (1 cup): $0.54

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving

Calories 371
Fat 14 grams
Cholesterol 53 mg
Carbohydrates 58 grams
Fiber 0 grams
Protein 7 grams
Sodium 200 mg

Chocolate Syrup (like Hershey's(R) Syrup)

Serves 12 (Makes 3 cups)
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5-10 minutes

1 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cup water
1 T. vanilla

In a 1-qt. saucepan, combine the cocoa, sugar and salt. Mix together so that no cocoa lumps remain. Add the water and stir. Turn on heat to medium and stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved (but do not boil), then remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla.

Store in a jar in the refrigerator for 2-3 months. It will become very thick when it is cold, but thins out once reheated (use low heat and constant stirring to reheat).

Use as ice cream topping, in milk to make chocolate milk, or in coffee to make coffee mocha.

Cost per serving (1/4 cup): $0.09

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving

Calories 147
Fat 1 grams
Cholesterol 0 mg
Carbohydrates 37 grams
Fiber 2 grams
Protein 1 grams
Sodium 47 mg


No part of these recipes can be reprinted without permission. All recipes are used with permission from Miserly Meals by Jonni McCoy, copyrighted 2002, Bethany House Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Jonni McCoy is the author of Miserly Meals (2002 Bethany House), Miserly Moms - Living on One Income in a Two Income Economy (2001 Bethany House), and Frugal Families - Making the Most of your Hard Earned Money (1998 Holly Hall). Prior to motherhood, she spent ten years at electronics firms such as Apple Computer and National Semiconductor. She presents seminars on living for less to women's groups and other conferences. She has been practicing her frugal ways since 1991.

Jonni has appeared on several TV shows, including The 700 Club, and radio programs such as Family Life Today and the Dick Staub Show. She has also been featured in Good Housekeeping and Woman's Day magazines. Jonni and her husband, Beau, make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. You can visit her website at miserlymoms.com. The advice given in this column is based upon personal information and experience. For further information on the disclaimer, please visit this address: http://www.miserlymoms.com/MOMdisclaimer.htm

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