Healthy Gal: Italian Bread Crumbs Recipe!

April 19, 2012

Italian Bread Crumbs Recipe!

You DO NOT have to sacrifice healthy eating just because you are on a budget! I live on a budget everyday and I am a HUGE avid healty, clean eater!

One of the ways I cut back on my grocery costs is by making things myself instead of buying pre-packaged products. That pretty little packaging costs a pretty little penny (if ya know what I mean). One of the ways I make healthier meals is by using bread crumbs and baking things instead of deep frying. All you have to do is dip the food in whipped egg whites and then in the bread crumbs and bake it in the oven. It’s that simple! You can use bread crumbs as a filler in things like meatloaf, as a coating for fried food like home-made fish fingers, pork chops, goat cheese, eggplant parmesan or chicken strips, or as a topping to a baked casserole. The possibilities are endless!

Ok, so first thing I want to share is that many stores have a marked down bread section. If you don’t know where it is…ask (PLEASE ASK). Bread can be frozen and is something that often does NOT have coupons, so finding this spot in your store will soon be your best friend. And also ask what time/day they put the bread there. For example, I know my Ralphs puts bread on a rack in the hallway near the bathroom (haha..I know, nice place) every morning, so if I need a deal on bread, I go in the morning as early as I can get there. Remember when I gave you 3 Simple Steps to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half and Still Eat Healthy? This recipe adopts two of those ideas! Buy what is on sale and freeze fresh food.

I got the bread for these Italian bread crumbs for $.99 and made the equivalent to 3 canisters of store-bought bread crumbs. Ummm…that’s just $.33 per canister compared to about $4.00. HUGE savings!


  • (1) Loaf of Sourdough Bread (you can also use whole wheat or whole grain bread, but I figure you are using so little by just dipping the food in the crumbs and you are already making it way healthier by NOT deep frying it. It’s your choice.)
  • (1) Tablespoon of Garlic Salt
  • (2) Tablespoons of mixed Italian Seasoning


  • Toast the entire loaf of bread using your toaster or the oven (set at 400 degrees).
  • Place the bread in a food processor or blender and grind the bread down to tiny little crumbs.
  • Add the garlic salt and the mixed Italian bread crumbs and mix until well blended.
  • *You can add any additional seasonings you wish to add more flavor too.
  • Enjoy!

*Be sure to check out the other Healthy Gal Recipes I have written about for some other healthy meal ideas!

~Healthy Gal~

*Disclaimer: Never start a new exercise/diet regimen without consulting your Dr. first.
*Copywright: This is an original series developed and written by Coupon Gal.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Coupon Gal April 28, 2012 at 3:42 am

Hi Betty!

I store my bread crumbs in a Ziploc freezer bag for up to 6 months. Bread is a great item to freeze because it holds its freshness. Great question!

Coupon Gal

2 Betty April 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm

How do you store your bread crumbs that you make and how long are they good for? Thanks for your recipe.

3 Coupon Gal April 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

That’s awesome Jennifer!! Great bread prices are a HUGE savings!! I’m so happy you like the recipe!

Coupon Gal

4 Jennifer Renfroe April 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

This is a great recipe. thanks so much!!! I use our dicount bread store for my bread savings. i never pay more than .50 for a loaf of bread. the short oval loafs that are super healthy but cost over $3 a loaf. you can get at a local flowers bakery for .50. Since it is double wrapped when you freeze it and then defrost it, it is more moist than when it is fresh. i stock up!! $3 for 6 loafs of bread…..yes please!

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