Why do so many frugal websites list recipes that call for heavily processed foods? I can't help but ask this question when I find so many recipes that use "cream of mushroom soup", "onion soup mix", "condensed tomato soup", and so on. I also wonder how healthy these meals really are. Not that there's anything wrong with people choosing these methods, I just don't understand the reasons.
Then again, because I have to avoid gluten, I have to avoid a number of these short cuts. Add to this that I'm attempting to support a family of three on my paycheck (which isn't a lot, considering), these 'convenience' items don't really work for me. Gluten free versions can cost a lot more. Even if I could eat gluten, I think I'd avoid these foods. The recipes I use here usually use whole foods, spices, cheeses, and so on. Not much in the way of processed foods, though I do use them once in a while. Most of my recipes also don't take much time to actually make. I just don't like to make things that are too time consuming or ingredient heavy, and I still keep my family satisfied with the flavors. (I leave the time consuming stuff to Mr. Frugal, who loves the challenge of the intricate recipes of gluten free baked goods. I'm very lucky, because he's allowed me to have fresh gluten free pizza, cheese-it crackers, graham crackers, and more.)
Are those recipes on other frugal websites really frugal? Are they really that healthy? Even when you don't worry about the high levels of sodium, are they nutritionally sound or comparable to foods mostly made from scratch? Is the use of these items simply to help save time? How much time is actually saved?
Anyways, I plan to start posting links, tips, and general thoughts on how to save on food and other household expenses. It seems like people are just repeating the same ideas, so I hope to find things that are a little more unique, at least to me. Some of these links will also be posted on my actual website, Frugal Celiac