When a household is working to get their finances in order, ‘luxury’ purchases are always the first to go. But what about those of us who have long ago removed the ‘luxury’ from our budgets and are still left searching for creative ways to curb our spending? Well, we begin to seriously reconsider our purchasing priorities.
I have decided to write this post because I see quite clearly that so many people in the world (myself included) are feeling the economical effects of the previous 13 months of the pandemic and the associated restrictions. In times like these, people must reevaluate their spending and consumption patterns. This doesn’t mean that one has to change lifestyle completely. But it is worth reconsidering those convenience meals for hardier and healthier home cooked meals which may just be a bit less expensive too.
Enter the humble potato.
The potato has a long history of thousands of years and is now one of the top 3 staple foods.
Ironically, with all this potato-y goodness, this food is highly ignored as the filling food that can be the base of a variety of simple, few ingredient dishes, that it really is. In my mind, potatoes are that kind of base food that we tend to ignore because we are so accustomed to seeing it and they can feel a bit boring when compared to shelves of convenience foods in the shop.
Below listed are just a few of the many dishes that can be made with potato:
- Boiled Potato
- Potato Soup
- Smashed potato
- Dill potatoes
- Potato Pasta
- Potato Bread
- Potato Pancake
- Potato Salad
- Potato Bakes (There are many varieties)
- Cheesy Potatoes
- Baked Potato
- Roasted Potatoes with Spice
- Hasselback Potatoes
- Frittered Potatoes (or Homemade Hashbrowns)
- Stuffed Potatoes
- Potato Curry
- Potato Muffins
The list is never ending, but the above recipes only call for a few ingredients. Speaking the truth, if you only have potatoes, butter or oil, salt, some herbs and maybe some cheese in your kitchen, it is possible to make at least half of the dishes on this list. This is why I like to have potatoes available in my home because it is really easy to make something, even when that feeling is that there isn’t so much food variety available in the cupboards, there is always what is needed to cook potatoes. Also, potato can be eaten raw if you are busy. I enjoy snacking on raw sliced potato when I am busy, although I admit that my husband is quite horrified by it.
Potato is also a filling and healthy food! I always eat less when I have potatoes. It is really filling for the appetite.
I would recommend, especially if you are currently living on a very small budget, to substitute some of your normal meals or ready foods which may cost more money, with potato dishes. The savings are such that it will be immediately noticeable on the food shopping bill.
Your Budget will thank you