Budget saving recipes: for FIRE or in a pandemic

This won’t sound exciting. But it can make two meals for a family of 5 for under $1.50 TOTAL. Alternate the following recipe with our refried bean recipe, and enjoy all kinds of savings day after day.

Even the kids will eat it! The seasonings are key. The instant pot makes it quick and no longer an overnight time investment.

Split pea soup! The bag of split peas costs $1.28 at our local grocery store. There are so many ways to use this–here’s the basic recipe followed by ideas to change it up or spruce it up depending on your budget and your quarantine status.

Thick, warm, and simple soup. Delicious and budget friendly!
  • 1 16oz. bag of split peas
  • 5 cups of water (more or less depending on what consistency you like your soup we eat it thick)
  • 1/2 stick of butter or equivalent fat or oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • Salt (liberally) to taste (don’t like it–the answer is usually: add more salt)

Dump all ingredients together in the instant pot, stir once so peas aren’t sticking to the bottom, then cook on high pressure for 2 hours. Serve with any of the following:

  • shredded cheese
  • hot sauce/Tabasco
  • sour cream
  • crackers
  • chips
  • bread and butter
  • french fried onion
  • options are endless! If you’ve tried something else–comment below!

Want to dress it up more? Here are options to the basic split pea soup:

  • Add diced ham
  • Already eaten your ham? Don’t throw out the bone! Cook down a ham bone from the initial start of the process to add amazing nutritional value and flavor to the soup
  • Add carrots
  • Instead of water, use chicken broth or other meat based stock

When we’ve been spending too liberally in our grocery budget, we’ll pull out our bags of split peas and make a few meals for a very low cost. This has been great many times for getting our budget under control. Right now, split peas are stocked up in our pantry for other reasons. It’s a filling meal, contains some protein, and our whole family will eat it. Food for quarantine or regular frugal living.

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