Nourishing Frugal Food Carnival- Sides, Salads and Desserts!

Welcome to the second edition of the Nourishing Frugal Food Carnival (if you missed the first week of main dishes at The Nourishing Gourmet, catch it here)!

This week I am honored to host the carnival, where we will focus on frugal yet nourishing salads, side dishes and desserts- yummy!

If you have a blog and would like to join in, please share with us some of your favorite recipes that fit the bill, and then add your name and brief description to the Mr. Linky below. If you don’t have a blog, please leave your ideas and/or recipes in the comments section. For a bit more information, please read this post.

My contribution this week is a really yummy, healthy and extremely cheap salad that I discovered while pregnant with my first. It’s from the What to Eat When You’re Expecting book (I’ve adapted it slightly), which I don’t entirely agree with nutritionally speaking, but it has many good things to say, suggestions and recipes regardless.



Bean and Brown Rice Salad
Recipe type: Side Dish
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 can (16 oz) dark red kidney beans, drained (I use dry beans and cook the approximate amount)
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained (again, I use dry)
  • ⅔ cup finely minced red onion
  • 1 large, diced red bell pepper (yellow or orange are nice, too)
  • 1 large, diced green bell pepper
  • ⅓ cup coarsely chopped walnuts or whole pine nuts (I often use sunflower or pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple juice
  • ¼ tsp. dry mustard
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine the rice, beans, chickpeas, onion, peppers and nut or seeds in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk the remaining ingredients until well mixed. Pour the dressing over the mixture and toss until well coated. Refrigerate until cold, preferably overnight.


This lasts for many days in the fridge and still tastes great, although sometimes I need to mix up a bit of fresh dressing to add, as the rice soaks it all up. This is a great, frugal dish to bring to potlucks and it always goes over well- perfect for summer, too!

And a few previous recipe links…

Dijon Scalloped Potatoes (no cheese required, and they are still so yummy!)

Broccoli Salad

Whole Grain Bread Recipes (the ultimate frugal side, perfect with soups, stews, etc.)

Amazing Greek Salad (well, this is only frugal in the summer when produce is cheap or the garden is bountiful, but it’s so good, I just had to add it in)

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie (we drink smoothies for dessert all the time!)

Healthy cookie recipes

Carob Delight Smoothie (chocolately banana taste- smooth, creamy and cold!)

And now it’s your turn! Please link up to the actual blog post, rather than your homepage, and make sure that you link back to the carnival. Thanks for joining in! :)

Frugal Fridays are hosted by Biblical Womanhood!


A Parent's Guide to Natural Remedies eCourse

I don't know if you've seen it or not, but I've shared a couple times this week about a collection of resources I'm honored to be a part of with some really brilliant authors and bloggers.

Before it's gone, I wanted to make sure that you knew that "A Parent's Guide to Natural Remedies" eCourse is included in the collection. If you're anything like me, you want to learn more about using natural methods for taking care of your family, but sometimes it's just hard to know where to start. Roxanne and Wendi have done a masterful job of boiling down the complexities of wholistic family care - including homeopathy, cell salts, essential oils, probiotics, and a bunch more - and making it really accessible for regular moms.

The crazy thing is...although they usually sell the eCourse at $95 (and it's a steal at that!), they've agree to include it in the special collection of resources I've helped put together, for only $29.97.

But, if you think getting a crash course in natural remedies at two thirds off the regular price is awesome, I think you'll be surprised to learn that it comes with 98 other resources handpicked for moms like you and me.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundleis a complete library of carefully selected eBooks, eCourses, audios, online conferences, and printable packs from many of the top homemaking bloggers and writers on the web, to help you be the best mom and homemaker you can possibly be.

Now, you're obviously not going to read every eBook, and every eCourse (that would be a bit much!), but I think you'll find a number of resources in the collection to inspire, teach, equip, and encourage you in your role as a homemaker for years to come.

Valued at over $1290 but at a price tag of just $29.97, this is one tool your home can't do without!

Plus, everyone who buys a bundle through Keeper of the Home gets a bonus 2 oz. liquid herbal remedy AND our very own 4 ebooks, all designed to help you with more affordable, healthy homemaking. Learn more HERE.

But time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will only be available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27.

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. This looks great! Thanks for co-hosting this great carnival!

  2. Im new to the blogging world and haven’t quite figured out the Mr Linky thing, but I’ve just posted a recipe for a roast vege and quinoa salad on my blog. Pretty basic but very tasty!

  3. Thank you for hosting Stephanie! I make a similar bean and brown rice salad with black beans and corn and make it more “southwestern” flavored – and it is great! I can’t wait to try yours as well – along with that Greek salad! Yum!


    PS – I’m also about to check out the bread recipes – I’ve been in baking mode lately!

  4. It’s 2:08 am my time and I’ve got to get to bed, but this is so fun checking out all these recipes!

  5. Thanks for putting it up for night-owls. With four sleeping beauties I am able to get so much more done than during the day!

    8 recipes this time from me and thank you so much for organizing this. I needed it!

  6. Thank you for hosting this. I am thrilled to be one of the first to post. I don’t think I’ve ever been this close to the beginning on any blog carnivals.