One of the easiest ways to save money is to simply not buy things. It seems like a no-brainer, really, but it can be hard at times. We live close to a few different grocery stores, and I love grocery shopping. That’s a good thing when it comes to shopping the sales, but not always a good thing when it comes to not buying things we don’t really need. It’s so easy just to make a quick trip to the store for that one thing, and of course that always turns into buying several things.
We’re growing kale in our garden for the first time this year, and it is thriving. I think it must be about the easiest food to grow because we have been inundated with kale. I’m not complaining, but I really didn’t expect so much kale. At this point I’m pretty much considering all of the kale that gets picked to be free. I feel like we’ve already more than recouped our investment of seeds and soil. I’ve also been trying to find new ways to use kale.
Last weekend I decided to make Spinach Alfredo for dinner. I don’t follow an exact recipe; it’s usually something I make when I realize we have milk and/or cream that needs to be used up. We didn’t have spinach, so I decided to substitute kale for the spinach. I tore the kale into very small pieces, and then cooked everything exactly the way I would have with spinach.
It was delicious! Kale Alfredo doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as Spinach Alfredo, but I thought it was every bit as good. Nick said he prefers it with the kale. It’s definitely going to be a repeat for us since we have an almost unlimited supply of kale right now, and even when the garden is finished for the year, kale is typically cheaper in the stores than spinach.
I know it’s a really, really small thing, but I see it as a step in the right direction.
So what about you? Have you made any thrifty recipe substitutions lately? Would you try Kale Alfredo?