Frugalicious :: Wraps and Rolls!

By: Mrs. FrugalEnginerds

When I was growing up, my family didn’t have the luxury of going out for leisure, if we ever did was either to weddings or funerals, of course, the obligatory events, and even those were rare. Our weekends consisted of home-cooking, extra curricular activities, and/or doing house chores. My mother tasked each one of us with a chore based on our availability or luck of the draw. Mine was mostly cooking. It was an easy task for me as opposed to doing five loads of laundry or mopping the floors. Even though I was no more than fifteen at the time, I was already handling cleavers and knives like a real butcher [Mr. FEN said this was one of the reasons why he was fond of me, not sure if it was out of fear or genuine love]. I didn’t hate the fact that I had to cook for my entire family, nor did I love it. It was my way to contribute within my best ability. However, one of my fondest memories about having family dinner was how much I enjoyed everyone’s presence. We didn’t have a lot but we had each other and a lot of pretty darn good meals to reminisce.

For a short while, The FrugalEnginerds family has practiced turning our weekends into “home-cooking family time” [A family that cooks together, stays together]. One of our all-time favorite dishes is Gỏi Cuốn, or Vietnamese Spring Rolls. This simple dish is light, healthy, and refreshing and it doesn’t require a lot of cooking. It’s great for dinner parties. I can eat this dish all day, especially the sweet-creamy peanut butter dipping sauce…It’s absolutely addicting!

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Recipe for Vietnamese Spring Rolls, serves 2 for a full meal (~ 10 rolls) or 5 for appetizers Continue reading “Frugalicious :: Wraps and Rolls!”

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Frugalicious :: Balsamic Vinaigrette Steak Salad

By: Mrs. FrugalEnginerds

Being new parents, we rarely have time to sit down for a proper meal at home and when we do, I try very my best to make it quick, efficient, and delicious. Sometimes I find myself making dishes that I don’t necessarily craved but rather upon availability, and to our delight, our meals turn out quite satisfying. One of our favorites is steak salad. It’s a well-balanced meal with just the right amount of veggies and proteins.

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Frugalicious :: Crawfish Boil

By: Mrs. FrugalEnginerds

When we started assessing our financial problem areas, one major bill that stood out was our grocery bill. We spent more than $1,000 a month for two, not counting dining out. This is someone’s mortgage! I grew up in an immigrant family of four kids, and I don’t think my parents ever spent that much within a month for food, ever! It was a horrendous, excessive habit. We knew we had to do something. By living frugally means we’d need to do some serious cutback, but without deprivation. One saving grace for me is I enjoy cooking. I figured if I had to start somewhere, then food would be it. I plan to cook more at home with dishes that we both love. Real delicious, restaurant inspired food that will not break the bank. On this series, I will track our food spending and including a cost analysis/comparison of home cooked meals versus restaurant meals.

This is my Frugalicious series of home cooked meals, homemade crafts, and DIY projects.


 

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It’s Spring time! Here in New Orleans we’re known for abundant seafood, and one of our 0305161835-1family’s favorites is crawfish – and Spring is their prime season. These tiny creatures look almost like mini lobsters, and taste similar to shrimp, except they’re a bit chewier. Mr. FEN usually can devour 5 pounds in one sitting, and with drinks and all the extra fixings, it can be an expensive pastime meal. What we’ve started doing is buy these crawfish live from the seafood market and boil them at home. Not only they cost a fraction of the price compared to restaurant, but the best part is we can enjoy getting messy in the comfort of our home.

After many trials and errors, I’m finally happy with my very own crawfish boil recipe and Whole Shebang sauce. Continue reading “Frugalicious :: Crawfish Boil”