Frugal Foodie: “Holly’s Raw Choco-Coconut Balls/Bars” from Mothering Magazine


An easy, no-bake, delicious and nutritious dessert or snack.

I got this recipe from Mothering Magazine (not sure which month or year).  It’s been a family favorite for at least a couple of years.  Continue reading “Frugal Foodie: “Holly’s Raw Choco-Coconut Balls/Bars” from Mothering Magazine”


How to Eat Healthy Without Busting Your Budget: The New EWG Guide

In the last few years since books by Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food: Eat Food, Mostly Plants, Not Too Much) and movies, such as Food, Inc., have gotten wide distribution, many people are either learning about or recommitting to a healthier way of eating. One thing I hear quite a bit is concern over the expense of eating healthier…which is ironic in many ways.  Continue reading “How to Eat Healthy Without Busting Your Budget: The New EWG Guide”

Frugally Sustainable: Learn to Make a Home-cooked Meal

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FACT:  There’s a lost generation of people who cannot cook, don’t know where their food comes from or how to eat a balanced meal. – Jamie Oliver  Continue reading “Frugally Sustainable: Learn to Make a Home-cooked Meal”

Frugal Foodie Recipes-UPDATE: Easiest Pizza Dough and Pizza Sauce for Homemade Friday Night Pizza!

Friday Night Pizzas – easy, homemade, healthier and cheaper than ordering out! You decide how much would you pay for healthier pizza?

You decide, how much would you pay for healthier pizza?  If you believe that you are what you eat, then kindly keep reading.

Made with:

  • nitrite/nitrate-free pepperoni = $7.00
  • hormone-free cheese = $8.00
  • sea salt = $ .01
  • organic whole grain flours ($1.06), tomato sauce ($2.50) , garlic ($ .07), and olive oil ($ .80)
  • bulk Red Star brand yeast ($ .06)

Grand total for both 16-inch pizzas = $19.50, for our family of 5.  (Remember this figure includes the cost of pepperoni).  And, there are always leftovers for lunch for the next day :)!

Recipes follow (from a previous post).  ~Aimee, TFF

I’ve gotten organic crushed tomatoes for cheaper than what I used here. So, your grand total could be lower than what I have listed in this updated post. Recipes follow (from a previous post).  ~Aimee, TFF

I have  been making this pizza regularly, since 2008, after reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.  I downloaded her recipe and have it taped to the inside of a kitchen cabinet.

For our family, it rolls out to make two 16-inch thin crusts.  (I also use this dough recipe for Stromboli)  Make personal pizzas and have your children take turns rolling out the dough!

Let yeast dissolve for 10 minutes
Measure and mix the two flours
Stir in salt and olive oil to the yeast mix. Here’s what I use, purchased from my food co-op.

In the time it takes for the dough to rise (for 30 – 40 minutes), your pizza sauce will be done.  I use award-winning chef and contributing writer to “Cooking Light Magazine”, Deborah Madison’s recipe:

Tomato Sauce for Pizza, from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2  garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1  28-ounce can crushed tomatoes in sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Warm the oil over medium heat in a wide skillet with the garlic and a little black pepper.  Add the tomatoes and a pinch of salt.  (On my stove, I lower the heat so that the tomatoes don’t splatter.)

Cook, stirring every now and again, until the juices are evaporated (reduced) and the sauce that remains is thick enough to mound on a spoon with no surrounding watery liquid.  (Again, on my stove, I adjust my burner dial to between 3 and 4.  In 30 – 40 minutes, the sauce is nice and thickened.  Remember that the sauce needs to be fairly thick, or the crust will come out soggy.  You can totally do this.  It takes time to figure out what settings work best on your stovetop, that’s all.)

This is what the dough looks like after it has risen. I put a dishtowel over it and put the bowl on my boiler for 40 minutes
Pizza dough rolled out on parchment paper.
Plain pizza pie for the kids…
…and a second pie with a topping of onions and peppers for me and my honey!

Enjoy saving money eating your own homemade pizza!

~Aimee, TFF