Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Easy Foodie Fixes

We have all had that moment when we were in the middle of making a dish and OOPS were were out of something.  Oh no!!  That generally means someone makes a trip to the store. 
We all know how that goes - you need one thing - and a half of cart later..............

I am going to try to help.  I hope to make several posts over time to give you homemade remedies for those situations.  Thus, saving you from an extra trip to the store and saving a little money in the process!  Oh, and the bonus is - you know exactly what is in your version.

1 C Mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish
1 Tbsp. finely minced onion
2 Tbsp. lemon juice

Mix together and serve with any fish.

1/4 C oil
2 Tbsp. flour
1/4 C chili powder    (I buy it in big bottles)
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce ( or 1 C homemade)
1 1/2 C water
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion salt

Heat the oil and stir in the flour and chili powder.  Stir till you have a roux and it is lightly browned.  Add sauce, water and all other ingredients.  Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes until slightly thickened.
Use any of your recipes

1 C water
1 C sugar
1 tsp. maple extract (or any flavor you wish)

Bring water and sugar to a slow boil.  Stir continually.  Once thickened - remove from heat.  Stir in extract as it is cooling.

1 1/2 - 2 C cooked leftover rice
2 oz. shredded cheese
1 egg

Mix all together and pat into a greased baking pan.  Bake at 425* for about 15 minutes.  Add any toppings you wish.  Cooked meats, leftover veggies,  cheese,  whatever you want on top.  I use less eggs with this than I do with traditional quiches, as the crust makes your 'pie' very filling.

For those times you need a fix for your toast or biscuits and have no jelly on hand

Cut up on orange with the skin on.
Place in a blender with 1 Tbsp. of water.  Blend to the consistency you want.
Pour into a pan with 1/2 cup sugar and boil about 15 minutes.  (Watch it and stir frequently)
Cool and refrigerate. 

There you go.  Easy-peasy fixes for your frugal kitchen.  Avoid those extra grocery store trips and save a little bit of money in the process.



  1. I love tartar sauce but don't use it very often and it usually gets kind of old in the jar, now I don't have to buy it! the lemon juice and minced onion are the secret ingredients I was missing when I used to make it up at home, now I have a full recipe...thanks, Cheryl!

    1. Ellen you are very welcome. Glad you found something you can use!
      Have a wonderful week.

  2. For tartar sauce I do simple. Just mayo and cut up a little dill pickle and add a little pickle juice. Hubby is happy with that! I copied the syrup recipe. I am out and have planned to make some so will try your recipe! Nancy

    1. Nancy I bet pickle juice would be good too.
      Glad to help with the syrup. Hopefully it saves you a trip to grocery!
      Have a good day.

  3. You seem to always know what I am wanting to learn to make my friend. Thank you!