We eat a lot of vegetables in this house, and we love to have a great variety.  Green beans, cucumbers, and summer squashes in the warm months.  Hard winter squashes, root vegetables, and greens in the colder months.

My daughter goes crazy for beets, and we all love cabbage. There are six frugal vegetables that I almost always have on hand though for a few reasons.

1.  They are economical.


2.  They last a long while.

A big bag of carrots can last an extremely long time in the fridge.  Onions and potatoes if kept in a cool dry place will last a long while as well.  The frozen vegetables are excellent back ups when the budget is tight for fresh or if you need to cook something fast.  The greens can be blanched and frozen to last longer as well.

3.  They are extremely versatile.

All of these can be used for so many different dishes.  Pot pies, stews, soups, casseroles, mashed, or by themselves for a simple side dish.  It’s so helpful to already have these on hand to use for many dishes throughout the week.  It certainly helps the grocery budget.

Six frugal vegetables to always keep on hand

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Uses:  pot pie, soup, sauces, stews, casseroles, honey glazed, roasted

Organic frozen corn

Uses:  burrito bowls, corn and black bean enchiladas or quesadillas, soup or chowder, corn casserole, in a salad, or buttered for a simple side



Uses:  pot pie, soup, stews, hashbrowns, mashed, baked, fried in a hash, in a casserole, roasted

Frozen peas

Uses:  pot pie, chicken soup, salads, pasta dishes, pesto, fried rice, buttered for a simple side



Uses:  I put an onion in almost everything I cook.  Soups, stews, casseroles, quiches and frittatas, quesadillas.


Uses:  sauteed for a quick simple side, in a soup, in a casserole, pasta, stewed, in a quiche, scrambled with eggs, in a warm grain salad


What vegetables do you always keep on hand?  Do you find it saves you money keeping versatile ones in stock?