Back when we were just starting out we had no money and very little income. We also had education debt. We were frugal to the bone, and we used every edible part of veggies with very little food waste.
Here are some of the things we used to make but no longer do because we don’t have to. Wasteful? Well, yes, but also time-saving… and really I’m not crazy about greens.
Radish top soup. This is actually a pretty tasty mildly spicy green cream soup. Made from radish greens from the tops of radishes. You get the radishes, you cut off the tops so the radish doesn’t get wilty, then you use the radish greens right away before they get wilty. In Radish Top Soup.
Beet greens. These you cut off the beets, saute in olive oil, and serve with the cooked beets. These days, I just toss them into compost!
In case you’re wondering how we were able to afford fresh produce on very little money, we’d go to the city’s big open air market near the end when everything was being marked down and get huge bags of fruits and veggies at a dollar each. As we got more income, we’d go earlier when stuff was fresher and spend more to get less! Eventually we had enough of a money cushion that we’d walk to Whole Foods and buy from there instead. (Now we have to drive into the city to get to a WF, so we buy from the fru-fru section at the local chain grocery.)
Chicken leg-thigh combinations. I would buy these on bulk when they hit 69 cents/lb and boil them for the meat which I would then freeze and add sparingly to future meals. Clean-up was a PITA. Now we keep bags of individually frozen chicken breasts in the freezer.
Macaroni and cheese from a box. Just kidding! We still eat these, but we no longer wait until they’re on sale, and we tend more towards Annie’s than the store-brand Kraft imitation. (“We wouldn’t have to eat Kraft dinners” “But we would eat Kraft dinners, we’d just eat more!”)
Leftover cold pizza from department events. Now I only eat this if it’s from a good pizza place or is a kind that I particularly like. Or sometimes I’ll have a piece anyway (because, you know, pizza) but not 3 pieces and I certainly won’t take a box home.
Are there things that you used to eat when you had less money and choose not to eat now? If you still have less money, are there things you are looking forward to no longer eating or doing?