Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.
Today: Our favorite frugal tips.
We're coming up on a year of My Broke Kitchen. The weather's also, finally, warming up, and as my spring fever kicks in, my devotion to cooking wanes slightly. So instead of launching a new project, let's review some of my favorite frugal advice:
1) DIY versions of boxed childhood favorites -- like ramen or mac and cheese -- are still cheap, but taste way better.
2) Don't waste money on buying lunch that you'll probably scarf down hunched over your desk. Brown bag it instead.
3) And when you're tired at night, memorize a formula for a simple, filling, nutritious dinner.
4) Stop being afraid of tofu -- it's one of the best cheap protein sources out there. And it's verstatile as hell.
Tell us: What are your favorite frugal kitchen tips?
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).