May 8, 2018
With inspiration from the Frugalwoods Uber Frugal Month Challenge, I’ve been trying to use (and use up) items from my pantry. I wanted to share some very easy things that I’ve made.
First up is pumpkin pie spice–no need to buy this. You can whip it up in minutes with ingredients you probably already have. I don’t remember where I found this particular recipe, but I’m sure many versions abound online. Aside from pumpkin pie, I use this mix in my oatmeal and in other baked goods, like muffins, waffles, and sweet breads. This recipe will nearly fill a small spice jar.
Pumpkin Pie Spice
6 t. cinnamon
1 1/2 t. ginger
1 1/2 t. nutmeg
3/4 t. cloves
Whisk ingredients together and voila, you are done.
Vegetable Broth Mix
Next up is vegetable broth mix. I use this all the time–in soups, stews, and chili. I used to buy Seitenbacher brand, which I absolutely love, but it’s very expensive. So I went the frugal route and made the recipe below with herbs and spices from my pantry. I didn’t have all the ingredients–I used what I had, and it works just fine. Click here for vegetable broth mix recipe.
8-Minute Pantry Dal from Oh She Glows
This recipe is a new favorite. Our family typically has all the ingredients in stock, and the recipe is simple. I make big batches so we have leftovers. You can add any veggies that you prefer–I’ve used any of: potatoes, sweet potatoes, frozen peas, cauliflower, carrots, celery, onions, zucchini and red or yellow peppers. Any combo works, and it’s a good way to use up miscellaneous veggies you have around when groceries are running low. Angela Liddon has many wonderful recipes. Click here for 8-Minute Pantry Dal recipe.
Curry Powder Recipe from Minimalist Baker
And, here is a simple recipe for curry powder from Minimalist Baker (another phenomenal chef and blogger) that you can use in the dal!