After a recent trip to Billings where Farmer Boy and I decided to eat at a national seafood restaurant, I decided a Frugal Feasting Friday post was long overdue. The total bill for the lunch portions, no desserts and water as our beverage, came in at a whopping $43.46, tip included. That's a total of $21.73 per person! By cooking a similar meal at home, you could see a savings of more than 85% per person.
So, on with a new Frugal Feasting Friday recipe for you and your family to try. Let me know if you like it.
Parmesan Crusted Fillet of Cod served with Asparagus Bundles and Herbed Mashed Potatoes
Most of you already have a favorite homemade mashed potato recipe. To "herb" them, simply stir in chopped fresh parsley and chives. The asparagus bundles (link) are Mrs. Trisha Yearwood's recipe from the Food Network website.
Parmesan Crusted Fillet of Cod
4 cod fillets, patted dry ($6.64 ea.)
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise ($.0.10)
1/2 tsp. mustard ($0.01)
1 oz. parmesan cheese, grated ($0.60)
1/4 c. homemade seasoned bread crumbs ($0.11)
salt to taste
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly sprinkle cod fillets with salt. In a small bowl combine mayonnaise and mustard. Generously spread the mayonnaise mixture over the cod fillets. Combine the parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Pat the breadcrumb mixture over the cod fillets. Bake at 350 degrees until top begins to lightly brown and fillets are flakey, about 18-20 minutes.
Here's the breakdown:
Homemade Herbed Mashed Potatoes: $0.95
Parmesan Crusted Fillet of Cod: $7.46
Grand Total: $11.81 OR $2.95 per person for a family of 4
This Frugal Friday Feast used store bought ingredients, only the parsley and chives were homegrown. But as always, the purchased ingredients were found at deeply discounted prices. When maintaining a frugal grocery budget, one has to be flexible and creative. For instance, if asparagus is not in season and on sale, substitute a fresh vegetable that is on sale (broccoli, yellow squash, sliced fresh tomatoes). If your grocer is charging more than 20 cents per pound for potatoes, substitute herbed rice. Since the fillet of cod was 40% off at the seafood counter it was prepared the same day it was purchased.