Save Money by Cooking at Home

Written by S.Subramanyam   // July 7, 2011   // 3 Comments


A penny saved is a penny earned. ~ Benjamin Franklin

I am all about saving money. Like Benjamin Franklin said, every penny we save is equal to a penny earned. All the little expenses we do, adds up to a mountain of debt. I always think twice before I spend and am in constant search for ways to frugal living.  For many of us, setting up a budget is not a problem but sticking to it is always a challenge. If you take a close look at your credit card statement or bank statement, you will undoubtedly find a host of purchases that weren’t exactly necessary. For instance, instead of paying $10 on fast-food hamburger and fries, we could save money by bringing home cooked meal to work.

I have a five year old son, who loves to dine out. But, eating outside on a regular basis is a lot of money and unhealthy. So, I decided to get creative in the kitchen and cook food at home that my son would love to eat in a restaurant. His favorite is pancakes. He can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. So, I came up with a recipe to make savory pancakes for lunch or dinner to sneak in some greens and vegetables. It is called Scallion Oats Pancake Recipe. This recipe is very simple and healthy to make. The best part is, you can customize the recipe to your liking, by adding different herbs or vegetables to the batter.

Savory Scallion Oats Pancake Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


1 ½ cups rolled oats

2 cups Milk

1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon vegetable oil or any cooking oil

1 cup of scallion, finely chopped


Preparation Instructions:


1.       Lightly spoon flour and oats into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife.

2.       Add milk to the dry ingredients and mix well. Set it aside for 5 to 10 minutes.

3.       Heat oil in a sauté pan on medium heat and sauté scallion until it is slightly crisp

4.       Add flour to the oat and milk mixture and mix well to make a batter

5.       Add egg, baking soda, sautéed scallion and salt to the batter, stirring until smooth.

6.       Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat and coat it with cooking spray

7.       Spoon about ¼ cup batter onto the skillet.

8.       Gently flip the pancakes, when bubbles begin to set around the edges of the pancake and the griddle-side of the cake is golden.

9.       Serve it hot with a dipping sauce.

To have some variety, instead of scallion, you can add chopped spinach to the batter and make a healthy spinach pancakes. The kids won’t even realize that they are eating vegetables they hate the most!

The same recipe can be modified to suit adult palate by adding one finely chopped green chili to the batter.

Hope you try my recipe and enjoy with your family. Bon Appetite!


  1. By eMoney, February 23, 2019

    Nice recipe. I don’t know what it is about cooking, but it always makes me think the food is going to taste so good (because I made it). Also, the thought of how much it would have cost to buy the same dish in a restaurant makes me want to have my own restaurant. However, I know that owning a restaurant is not nearly as easy as cooking the food.

    Great tip I’m going to try this!

  2. By Mark Chen, February 23, 2019

    I love savory pancakes! My favorites are Chinese-style green onion pancakes, which I eat with a sauce mixture of soy sauce, chilie sauce, and white vinegar. Yum.

    Here is a green onion pancake recipe that has easy to follow directions and pictures.

  3. By JBanks, February 23, 2019

    Eating out can be a HUGE strain on a tight budget. I worked my way through college delivering pizzas, and one of our biggest delivery areas was low-income housing. $40 for pizza on a Friday night – you could buy a whole week’s worth of spaghetti sauce and noodles for less. That’s a choice, and too many folks make the wrong one. Having some fun in the kitchen with recipes like this can make denying yourself the pleasure of ordering in less onerous. GREAT advice!


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