Saturday, August 15, 2015

RECIPES for lean times

We have all had those times when money was low and so were groceries!  Here are a few recipes that will help you stretch your dollars and supplies.
Hope these help - feel free to copy and keep.

2 C sugar
1 C water
1 tsp. maple extract (or whatever flavor you have or want)
Bring water and sugar to a slow boil over low heat, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat before it comes to a rolling boiling (boil that won't break when stirring).  Add flavoring as it is cooling.  Store in the frig.
This will cost about 1/10 the price of buying syrup.
For thicker syrup replace half the water with corn syrup.  
**  Always remember that you can heat jelly and pour over pancakes or waffles as well.

2 C nonfat dry milk
3/4 C cornstarch
1/4 C instant chicken bouillon
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. pepper
Combine ingredients and store in an airtight container.  To use for soup - combine 1/3 cup of mix to  1 1/2 cups of water.
Add a veggie for more flavor, diced celery (cream of celery), diced mushrooms (cream of mushroom), diced broccoli (cream of broccoli).
**To use in a recipe calling for a can of cream of soup mix 1/3 cup of mix to 1 3/4 cups of water.  Boil for a few minutes, stirring often.

1 Tbsp. butter
1 onion - chopped
2 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 C. water
2 C milk
1 C leftover mashed potatoes
1/2 C grated (shredded) cheese

In a saucepan melt butter and sauté onion until light brown.  Stir in flour and salt and pepper.  Stir forming a roux paste.  Add water, stirring constantly.  When mixed, add the rest of the ingredients.  Stir until thickened and cheese melts.
Great use of leftovers for something new.

1/2 to 1 lb. of ground beef (depending on people feeding)
1 large can of vegetable beef soup
1/2 tsp. thyme (optional) - I like the flavor
Make you burgers and fry until almost done.  Drain grease from pan.  Add the soup (and about 1/4 can water) and thyme, and continue to heat.
Vegetable BEEF if the way to go - it tastes so much better than using vegetarian soup.

Serve with mash potatoes.  Place a burger on each plate with potatoes, and top with the soup mixture.
Serve with a side salad.  YUM
I had this a lot growing up, as it was cheaper than round steak.  I loved it then, and still do.  I make it about once a month during the winter.

It's always nice to have a variety of ideas for food when times get tough.  I will try to regularly list cost saving recipes.

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