I think everyone is looking for ways to stretch that budget and pantry. Once people have sheltered in place for an extent of time, they will be getting the blues and will need something to brighten the day. Having children at home can be tough - they get bored easily. I have a couple ideas for some treats with things on hand.
Enjoy and hope these help someone!
Soups and chili call for crackers - at least at my house. So what happens if you run out? You can make crackers pretty easily (Tightwad Gazette has an easy recipe) - but if you aren't in the mood, here are some other things to think about.
Any kind of crackers can be used - including snack crackers of all sorts. Triscuits, wheat thins, cheesy crackers, corn chips (my chili fav), homemade croutons, potato chips (any flavor), cornbread, tortillas, flatbread, French's fried onions ...….. So many choices!
You can also place little bunches of shredded cheese on a baking pan and bake until crisp. Cheese crisps are the bomb!
Also remember - you can use most of the things listed above to use as a coating when frying meat or on top of a casserole.
Salsa can be so versatile. If you are running low on tomatoes or tomato sauce - think about using salsa. I add it to chili, soups, and casseroles. It is great to use in dips (with cheese or beans). You can add it to pizza instead of pizza sauce. It is even good with fried potatoes instead of catsup.
Use in soups, chili, or casseroles. Add seasonings and use as spaghetti sauce, or pizza sauce. ALL tomato products are so inter-changeable. Just get creative - you may come up with a fun new recipe that is loved!
FRUITY BROWNIE PIZZA
1 box brownie mix - prepared as instructed on box
1 - 8 oz. pack of cream cheese (softened)
1/3 C sugar
Fruit - whatever you want and chocolate sauce if desired
Prepare brownie mix and spread onto a greased 12 in. pizza pan. Bake at 375 for 15 - 20 minutes. Cool completely.
Beat cream cheese and sugar. Spread over cooled brownie
Slice up fresh fruit or canned fruit. Drain all fruit completely if using canned. Spread over the cream filling. If desired, drizzle with chocolate syrup.
YUMMO!!!!! What a treat and easy as well.
1 1/2 C Cold milk
1 package (3.9 oz.) instant chocolate pudding mix ( or any type that goes with peanut butter)
1/4 - 1/2 C peanut butter
15 whole graham crackers
In a mixing bowl, mix up milk, pudding mix and peanut butter. Beat on low speed for about 2 minutes. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
Break crackers in half and spread half of them with pudding mix. Top with other cracker. Wrap and freeze until firm. Can freeze for up to a month.
IF you don't have graham cracker - get creative!!!!!!! Use what you have. I think this would be great with cookies (store bought or homemade).
Have fun and make a tasty and easy treat.
Pizza is a fun food. It is an easy food. Pizza is a filling food. It can be an ANYTHING YOU HAVE food!
Play with it.
Make a conventional pizza crust. Use bagel halves. Use English muffins (halved). Use hamburger or hotdog buns (halved). Use French bread (this is my favorite pizza of all time!!!!) Bread can even be used (I lightly toast first and use just a tad bit of sauce OVER cheese)
Sauce - if all you have is tomato sauce or plain tomatoes - blend with some seasoning. Use spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce. Salsa is great for a Mexican pizza. Alfredo sauce.
Use whatever you have for toppings - leftover meats (any type), pepperoni if you have it, veggies - fresh or cooked (make a veggie pizza if no meat). Shredded ham or turkey - or thinly sliced lunch meat. What ever type of cheese you have - a little will do (or use leftover mac n cheese!)
Use what you have. Elbow macaroni, spirals, penne, spaghetti, linguine, lasagna noodles, etc. they are all interchangeable. You can break them up and use. They basically all taste the same and have the same ingredients - use them for whatever you need. If all you have is spaghetti or lasagna noodles - bread up and use in soup, chili, or casseroles.
Mix pasta into chicken, tuna or ham salad to extend into a more servings.
Add veggies. I always add frozen peas to my tuna salad! My Momma always did and so do I. Fresh peppers, diced carrots, radish, onion, zucchini, fresh asparagus, frozen peas, cheese, etc. can be added.
Pasta salad can be made with all kinds of things - meats, veggies, mayonnaise, ranch dressing, Italian dressing, French dressing, sour cream or dip...…………… add leftovers.
Times are coming when we may need to get super creative. THERE ARE NO RULES!!!!!! Put things together and experiment. Have fun with food.
Come up with solutions. Don't over analyze. JUST HAVE FUN AND BE CREATIVE!!!!!!!!
It truly can brighten a day.
Be blessed my friends.
Discover what invigorates you physically,
Restores you spiritually,
Balances you mentally,
And relaxes you emotionally.
An Amish saying