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Frugal Tempeh, Chicken and Eggs

April 25, 2012
by Shannon Hepburn

Frugal Pseudo Pasta CarbonaraFrugal. The word du jour. So many facets of our lives demand frugality. So how are we to be frugal and eat the way we want to eat? Striking a balance is tough.  Farm fresh foods may cost more, simply because they cost more to produce. However, shopping wisely, reducing the amount of processed foods we purchase and planning ahead all work toward creating sustainability.  Here are a few items that will give you more bang for your buck ~  tempehchicken leg quarters and eggs.


Let’s start with tempeh ~



 what is it? and how do you say it?

Tempeh is made from cooked and fermented soybeans.  The final product is pressed into a dense cake that can be sliced, cubed or crumbled. Tempeh has an appealing texture and slightly nutty flavor.  Because tempeh, pronounced tem-pey, is made from whole soybeans, its nutrition profile is quite high.

If you’ve never tried it and are feeling dubious, start with an already flavored tempeh such as the Organic BBQ.  Here’s what I had for lunch today~

  • Wilted Greens With BBQ Tempeh
  • Tempeh Tacos


Price per pound, chicken leg quarters vs. chicken breasts are a seriously good deal.  They can be roasted, grilled, baked, braised or cooked all day in a slow cooker.

  • Sesame and Honey Baked Chicken


Love ’em for breakfast lunch and dinner.  Farm fresh eggs look and taste vastly different than what you’ll find in the supermarket.  Another frugal choice of excellent protein.

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